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Sneak Peek: Brookline storm water problem-solving

A big challenge early on at the TOH Mid-century Modern project house was designing the storm water management system.When the house was built in the 1950s, the rainwater was collected in a drain that tied directly into the town’s sewer system, but that type of tie-in is no longer allowed. The house is on a terraced lot, at the bottom of a street, so water runs down the street and onto the lot. The new driveway has a downhill incline into the new garage, creating even more of a storm water challenge. The solution, according to TOH landscape contractor Roger Cook…

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Behind the Scenes: Brookline’s Pill Hill

Our Mid-century Modern project house is located in Pill Hill, one of the Town of Brookline’s seven local historic districts.With the town situated just four miles from the center of Boston, Brookline became a streetcar suburb of Boston in the mid-1800s. Pill Hill’s name reflects the fact that many medical professionals chose to live in this area because of its proximity to Boston’s hospitals and medical schools, many of which have been located in the Longwood medical area of Brookline since the early 1900s. Pill Hill includes many houses built between 1870 and 1930, in styles such as Victorian, English…

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Watch It Again: Ask This Old House garden ideas

At this time of year, many homeowners are yearning to get outdoors.In Season 14, Episode 19 of AskTOH, TOH landscape contractor Roger Cook tells TOH host Kevin O’Connor about three key trends: outdoor rooms—to get you outside and enjoying your space  plants you can eat, rather than ornamental plants you just enjoy looking at  wildlife gardens “Everyone is into attracting birds and bees to the garden; the kids can go out there and watch them, and it’s really interesting,” says Roger. TOH landscape designer Jenn Nawada helps a homeowner in Washington, D.C., plant a wildlife garden to attract birds and…

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Behind the Scenes: Transforming a Westerly ranch

Work is under way for the 41st season of This Old House, with TOH home builder Jeff Sweenor’s crew tackling a ranch in Westerly, RI.The original one-story house will expand into a two-story Dutch Colonial for a family with young children. Lori Foley, architectural designer for Sweenor Builders, says: “The original ranch design is a perfect starting point to create a Colonial-style layout. Our homeowner prefers the look of a Dutch Colonial with the gambrel roof style. The main portion of this house will be raised to have nine-foot ceilings. The gambrel roofline has dormers to accommodate the rooms on…

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Insider’s proud moment: Meeting Kevin O’Connor!

Insider Bailey Kohl of Sanford, NC, writes:“My husband and I are longtime fans of This Old House. We even spent a wedding anniversary touring the project home in Carlisle, MA, back in 2004, when we lived in New England. We’ve been in North Carolina for years now, and last month we attended the Downtown Raleigh Home Show at the Raleigh Convention Center hoping to be able to hear Kevin O’Connor speak about his experiences and insights. "Even though we missed his first talk, we saw him in the crowd, offstage, signing copies of This Old House magazine. Kevin was so…

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Destroyer: An Under-the-Radar Restaurant Serving Food from the Future

Jordan Kahn, the enfant terrible of LA dining (in a past life, he visually outed an LA Times restaurant critic), has been quietly operating Destroyer, his tiny 16-seat Culver City breakfast and lunch spot, since September 2017. The inspiration for the interiors? “I wanted to create a minimalist space void of superfluousness, a neutral canvas for the food, ceramics, and people,” he says. “Often, the professional kitchen is a space associated with noise and chaos. I wanted to create a more tranquil environment to encourage the interaction between the chefs and guests.” “The design focus was to create the most Instagrammable…

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