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This Old House

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This Old House brings yesterday's craftsmanship, tomorrow's ideas, and today's living all under one roof. Review

Who Reads This Old House?
This Old House is a magazine for homeowners in search of practical, affordable, and inspirational ideas for enhancing and maintaining their homes. What they find is a balance of step-by-step instruction for DIY interior and landscape projects; lively how-to’s about keeping contractors on the level and saving money on remodels; expert tool and product reviews; and handsome feature stories showcasing fine craftsmanship and elegant architectural design.

What You Can Expect in Each Issue:
Detailed information, illustration, and photography that provides an understanding of the tools, materials and techniques required to renovate a home, as well as how to work more effectively with architects, contractors, and designers. Regular sections:

  • Idea File Inspirational: “before and after” kitchen and bathroom remodeling projects; and virtual makeover schemes for dated home exteriors.
  • TOH TV: Take-home lessons gleaned from This Old House television’s current house projects.
  • Upgrades: How to get high-end looks—both indoors and out—for less; expert shopping advice for scoring the best deals on a range of household fixtures and appliances; comparative analysis of home improvement materials and finishes; and ideas for “greening” interiors and landscapes.
  • Home Solutions: Money-saving tips and easy DIY spruce-up projects; need-to-know news related to home safety and finance; and This Old House’s “remodeling therapists” answer reader questions and help them steer clear of home improvement pitfalls.
  • How-to Projects: Creative recycling projects for salvaged house parts; easy step-by-step plans for weekend remodelers; tutorials on how all those “whaddaya call it” household systems and appliances actually work.
  • Ask This Old House: Expert troubleshooting for a range of problems submitted by the This Old House community; reader tool tests; TOH TV master carpenter Norm Abram’s shares his tricks of the trade.
  • Feature Articles: Best bang for your buck ways to boost curb appeal; tips and tricks to save space and get organized; round-ups of winning room designs; period-perfect whole house renovation projects; and “All About” guides to building materials, fixtures, and finishes.

Special Issues
Reader-Created — The annual round up of projects and tips offered by the magazine readers and website users. The TOH community shares what they know, shows what they’ve done, and votes on for their favorite projects sent in by their peers. Green — Whether building from scratch or improving an existing house, TOH helps homeowners weigh the many options for energy and water savings and choose the very best among thousands of eco-friendly products, new technologies and materials. The issue also showcases attractive, value-minded projects that inspire readers to envision their own green home makeovers.

Magazine Layout:
The overall design is engaging and fresh, with friendly and straightforward typefaces. A mix of illustration and step-by-step photography offers easy navigation of how-to stories. Pulled back views of interiors and landscapes are always highlighted with tight shots that break the images down to the details so readers can follow along and replicate the results at home.
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This Old House editors are DIYers; testing the tools, executing the how-to projects, and volunteering their own homes as research and development labs for devising smart solutions to real-life problems. The magazine also works closely with This Old House television’s pros, calling on our resident general contractor, carpenter, plumber, landscape contractor, and interior designer for expert advice. Last, the readers themselves contribute to the magazine, submitting their own before and after projects, field-tested tips, and personal stories—good and bad—about home improvement.

Past Issues:

Comparisons to Other Magazines:
Neither rarified interior design magazine nor DIY manual, This Old House is a blend of the two, designed to help its readers enjoy, understand, and protect their investment in their homes.

Lowe’s and Home Depot, Valspar and Sherwin-Williams, Moen and Delta, Trex, True Value, Trane, Craftsman and Kohler are just a few of the home-centered advertisers This Old House carries.

  • MIN’s Best of the Web Winner 2009. Category: Video: Magazine-Branded Show (CONSUMER): This Old House Family Projects
  • Folio Eddie Awards: Gold Winner, Consumer/Shelter Full Issue, June 2008; Gold Winner, Consumer/Shelter Single Article or Series, June 2008, “Family Projects”
  • Editor and Publisher’s “EPpy” award for best national magazine-affiliated web site, 2008
  • Society of Publication Designers: Website Redesign, 2008; Feature Photography Award, March 2007; Back of Book, Design Award, November 2007; Front of Book, Design Award, December 2007; Photography Award, 2006; Redesign Award*, 2005; Award, House Plans, 2005; llustration Spot Award*, 2005; Photography Award, 2005
  • American Photographer - Photography Award, 2005
  • Henry R. Luce Award, Special Interests, 2005
    *indicates multiple award

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    • Format: Magazine
    • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
    • Publisher: This Old House Ventures
    • ASIN: B0000AWD94
    • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (260 customer reviews)
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    205 of 221 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Read the publisher's statement carefully February 15, 2002
    Subscription Term Name:1 year
    If you're looking for d.i.y. information on maintenance and minor repairs for your old house, skip this one. As the publisher says, it's pretty much all about major restorations by professionals, and there's very little the average homeowner could even participate in, let alone do on his or her own. If you want to learn how an architect chooses historically correct replacement windows for your old ones that stick, buy "This Old House." If you just want to know how to get the old ones unstuck, move on to "Family Handyman."
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    43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Resource Material November 1, 2002
    Subscription Term Name:1 year
    If you are a fan of This Old House, then you probably want to get this magazine. If you have been watching the show for a long time (who hasn't?) then you will feel like you are reading a magazine about family, as there is usually something in each issue from each of the show's participants.
    The magazine offers more in-depth information about the projects you see on television. A big reason to get the magazine is to learn more about the materials used in the projects and where you can get them. In addition, there are projects covered in the magazine which are not done on the television series.
    While the magazine, in my opinion, is a bit short on exact specifics, or "how-to's," one has to keep in mind that a lot of the attitude of the show seems to be "use a professional." While I can understand doing that if you have the financial resources, it just isn't always practical. Still, if you want to be informed when you do call the professionals, this is one way to do it.
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    25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars perfect gift for TOH fans October 27, 2001
    Subscription Term Name:1 year
    This is a magazine for old house lovers -- people who like the style of an older home, for whom the things that break and the things that creak inspire renovation not cursing.

    My wife and I live in our second old house, and have watched the TV show since before our first. For us pragmatic Norm the woodworker, blow-dried Steve the host, and spendthrift Richard the plumbing/HVAC guy are like family. This magazine provides occasional coverage of the project house you see on PBS which is a bonus for fans. But its main focus is to show you how you can fix up your own old house.

    It is a great source of ideas, inspiration, and the vendors who can sell you what you'll need. Got an old house and the money and patience for renovation? If you do, get this magazine.
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    41 of 50 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother with this one. August 21, 2005
    Subscription Term Name:1 year
    This is a magazine for paid product-placement in articles, tons of ads, and so-so articles. You are paying for the name, and getting much less in return.

    I HIGHLY recommend Fine Homebuilding instead of This Old House. You will not only see fabulous new and old construction, but actually take something away from it (that is the point behind magazines, right?) A magazine that actually saved me money!

    I'm cancelling my subscription to T.O.H. and adding another year onto my Fine Homebuilding subscription. It's money well spent.
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    23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Not much there. May 16, 2003
    Subscription Term Name:1 year
    This Old House is published, naturally enough, as an adjunct to the popular PBS show, but it doesn't really offer much by itself. It's mostly a read-and-toss sort of magazine. If you're really interested in home building and remodeling, there are two far superior magazines: Fine Homebuilding and Old Home Journal. Each of them offers far more depth and useful information than This Old House, not to mention better photography and a wider range of topics. Fine Homebuilding in particular is a magazine you'll want to keep- and most readers do.
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    14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Lots of Fluff...not much Stuff June 23, 2003
    By J. Roy
    Subscription Term Name:1 year
    This magazine has lots of nice pictures.....but lacks the indepth articles that Fine Homebuilding or Fine Woodworking offers. Its basically a promotional of the long running tv series, and will disapoint anyone above a novice in construction.
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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars completely on target July 9, 2009
    By magpub
    Subscription Term Name:1 year
    With the redesign, the magazine now captures the essence of the TV show and extends it into useful information every homeowner can use. Some of the articles focus on DIY-related projects, some help you when you want to work with professionals - all are perfectly suited for me and my wife. I now have a library of the mags which I save for future reference (honey do lists) although I also use their web site (which is integrated into the magazine each month). Great read; great resource.
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    7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A great resource October 30, 2001
    Subscription Term Name:1 year
    TOH Magazine is a great resource for those who are restoring their vintage homes. It includes many how to guides and readers can send in their questions to Norm. His answers are not always the easy way, but the best way! I also find many of the pictures are good ways to come up with ideas that you would have never thought of for your newly recreated space. All in all, it is one of the best home and garden magazines on the market!
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