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40th-Anniversary Season Premiere Breakdown | The Jamestown Net-Zero House

It’s a big year for us here at This Old House. It’s our 40th-anniversary season, and to celebrate we’ll be doing a net-zero renovation of a 1920s bungalow in Jamestown, Rhode Island. Our Generation NEXT program continues with the addition of two amazing apprentices (Kevin Barker and Mary McGuire Smith) on the job site.RELATED: The 2019 Generation NEXT Apprentice Casting Call IS OPEN For this project, the goal is to create a super-efficient dwelling that produces all the energy it needs. In our season premiere, Kevin and Tommy make a pit-stop at The Breakers in Newport, Rhode Island, then they meet up with this…

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High/Low: The Modern Banker’s Desk Lamp

News of a new product from one of our favorite lighting makers, UK-based Original BTC, recently landed in our in-box.  The company’s banker’s desk lamp is a modern take on the traditional version—instead of an emerald glass shade, it has a shade made of white bone china and a graceful brass base. Here’s a look (plus a lower-priced version): Above: The white bone shade is hand-cast from a mold at the company’s ceramics factory in Stoke-on-Trent. The brass base, meanwhile, is fabricated at its Birmingham metal works. Above: The light features LED technology patented by the company’s LED lighting arm, Beadlight.…

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Before and After Kitchen: Vintage Charmer

Before and After Kitchen: Vintage Charmer 1 × BEFORE | Functionality Challenge BEFORE | Functionality Challenge Old kitchens are a bit like frosted cakes: You don’t really know what you’ve got until you slice them open. That was certainly the case with the one in Bobbie and Jack Larkin’s circa-1850 farmhouse, located in Radnor, Pennsylvania. The home was so rife with centuries-old hiccups that the Larkins felt lucky to find local craftsmen used to elderly homes to tend it. “When they tore up the kitchen floor, they found five different layers, the lowest of which was just resting on soil,”…

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Enter to Win Over $3,000 Towards a Room Refresh

Enter to Win Over $3,000 Towards a Room Refresh - RemodelistaIcon - Arrow LeftIcon - Arrow RightIcon - External LinkIcon - MessageIcon - Down ChevronIcon - CloseIcon - Dropdown ArrowIcon - Location PinIcon - Zoom OutIcon - Zoom InIcon - SearchIcon - EmailIcon - FacebookflipboardIcon - InstagramIcon - PinterestIcon - TwitterIcon - Check Mark An icon we use to indicate a rightwards action. An icon we use to indicate a leftwards action. An icon we use to indicate a button link is external. The icon we use to represent an email action. Used to indicate a dropdown. Used to indicate…

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‘Mamma Mia’ Music Producer Nick Gilpin’s Stylishly Revived Georgian Manse

If houses could talk this one might say, “Mamma mia, here we go again.” It sits at the center of a crescent of Georgian dwellings that overlook the historic English city of Bath: Jane Austen would take long walks here for the rarefied air and the views. Used as University of Bath housing for the last 60 years, the building required a tag team of professionals to convert it back to a single family manse. Architect Jonathan Rhind stepped up to the task of removing the institutional additions and restoring the stately structure to all that it had been. Designer…

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7 Low-Cost, High-Style Furniture Upgrades | DIY on a Dime

The DIYer: Jen Woodhouse, a singer/songwriter-turned-carpenter whose love of woodworking inspired her blog, The House of Wood. She encourages readers to “build their way to a more beautiful home,” and offers downloadable project plans complete with cut lists and step-by-step instructions for each project.The inspiration: “My sister was newly married, had just bought a house, and was in need of furniture,” says Jen. “The nightstands she wanted cost almost $800 apiece from a high-end catalog—and she would need two. Building them meant we could customize them to her space and her storage needs.” How she did it: After sketching out a plan her sister…

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