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    Drywall primer; affordable whirlpool tub; easy replacement windows; quiet garbage disposer; more

  • Model Home for Sale

    Every year since 2001, home builder Cape Associates of North Eastham, Mass., has built a playhouse replica of a local historic building. Past models have included the town library, the Coast Guard station, and the famous Outermost House, which was swept off the beach during a winter storm in 1978.

  • Quality, Schedule, Price: Pick Two

    All clients come to the table with a set of unspoken expectations, some of which they may not even be aware of. Because these assumptions will inform every decision they make, it's important to bring them into the open and prioritize them early on. This will help you decide whether you and the...

  • Church, Going

    Stricken by falling attendance and a major scandal, the Catholic Archdiocese of Boston is closing 65 parishes. As other cities grapple with the same problem, what becomes of America's urban churches?

  • Framing a Curved Porch

    Laminated beams and PVC trim round off the corner on a new porch for a historic building

  • On the Job

    Raising the bar on efficiency; restoration in the round

  • In the News

    Big builder goes solar; restoration show; affordable-housing index; more

  • Interview: Restoring Trust

    The projects that D.P. Thomas Construction complete each year on or near the water around Wrightsville Beach, N.C., range in cost from $150K to well past the million-dollar mark. What owner Dave Thomas started as a small remodeling firm in the 1970s has grown to become a local authority on the...

  • Ghosts of the Gold Rush

    Tell Charley Spiller that his roofs look like they've been cobbled together from tin cans, and he'll thank you for the compliment. Spiller, a maintenance mechanic for California's Bodie State Historic Park, works in the ghost town of Bodie, Calif., on buildings that haven't been inhabited for a...

  • Storms and Screens for Metal Casement Windows

    Q: My clients love the look of the original diamond-grid metal casement windows in their historic stone house, but they are not happy with the windows' performance in cold winter weather. The outswinging casements have been fitted with fixed interior stor