This Old House Takes DIY Literally with Reader-Created Issue

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By Stephanie Murg Comment

Your Old House.jpgThis Old House has been remodeled—by its readers. The June issue of the home improvement magazine boasts that it is “100% reader-created,” complete with a cover that reads This Your Old House. Brimming with reader-submitted photos, the issue features the winners of the magazine’s remodel contest, results of a “highly unscientific” reader survey, and a section entitled “On the Couch With This Old House” in which the magazine’s renovation-oriented psychiatrists analyze readers’ worst contractor nightmares. Also on offer are instructions on how to create your own backyard pond and new ways to get that Craftsman style (think Gustav Stickley, not those tools that Bob Vila speaks so highly of).

Folio reports today that This Old House‘s call for submissions for its first reader-generated issue was so successful that it will be an annual affair. “But just as important,we received so many great tips and projects from readers—and they’re still coming in—that we’re going to continue showcasing them in each issue,” executive editor Kathryn Keller told Folio. “We definitely want to keep the conversation going.”