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Taking Curb Appeal to New Heights—and Added Depths
Healthier Air at the TOH 2019 Idea House • Today’s homes are being built with greater energy efficiency in mind, and the TOH 2019 Idea House is no exception. With features like watertight sheathing, double-paned windows, and layers of insulation, this tighter building envelope conserves energy and keeps the cold out—but it can also keep pollutants in. Here’s how Panasonic is helping to create a healthier indoor air environment.
Ideas worth adopting—and adapting
Clean, Chic, Convenient: The Elkay ezH2O® Liv™ • The TOH 2019 Idea House is chock-full of innovative ideas and smart new home products. We asked KARP Associates Residential Builder and Designer Robin Carroll to tell us about the Elkay ezH2O® Liv™ built-in filtered water dispenser—and why she installed it in our Idea House kitchen.
The metal fan rake • It’s a classic for clearing fallen leaves and yard debris, no ear protection required. TOH building technology editor Thomas Baker goes into detail
Leaf mold is gold • Fallen leaves make one of the best soil amendments around
WD-40 best practices • Ever since Water-Displacement 40th Formula was made available to the public in 1958, a spritz of the stuff has been a go-to fix for things rusty, squeaky, or stuck. While this proprietary mix of oils and solvents is remarkably useful , it’s not necessarily the best choice in all cases.
Better-behaved berries • With autumnal red fruit in split yellow pods, Oriental bittersweet is oh-so-tempting to clip. But the prolific seed-spreader is highly invasive, so consider one of these ornamentals instead.
Never clean gutters again • Many products claim to keep gutters from clogging as tree debris falls, but few deliver over the long haul. After looking at—and living with—various gutter-guard options, here are the materials and construction we’ve found work best.
3 ways to boost radiator performance • These cast-iron relics from the early days of central heating are still remarkably good at keeping a house warm and cozy. If radiators are part of your home, TOH’s Richard Trethewey explains how you can improve their operating efficiency.
America’s Source for Fine Hardwood Products • Welcome to Baird Brothers Fine Hardwoods—where craftsmanship is still an art. Whether custom-designed or standard favorites, from timeless classics to the latest design trends, there is no limit to what we can make.
Farm and function • A father-daughter duo restores a 1920s kitchen’s down-home vintage charm
Handwoven accent wall • Painted freehand, a fool-the-eye basketweave pattern gives a small bath a budget-conscious style boost
Retro-style record cabinet • Using plywood and a tenon joiner, Tom and Kevin build a simple case for LPs and a turntable
STEP-BY-STEP • Record cabinet
Details make the difference • Small improvements give a tuckered-out 1950 Cape a big style upgrade
finishing touches • Handsome, style-appropriate additions boost this home’s classic curb appeal
Smarter than ever • These...