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Gardening: ‘Good quality potting mix’ is soilless, sterile and drains well

What is “good quality potting mix”?


The latest sleeper sofas offer solutions for tight spaces

As many homeowners move to living smaller in tiny houses, accessory dwelling units and mobile homes, the sleeper sofa has taken on new importance regarding space-saving needs.


Ask The Builder: Pre-fab truss systems can make room for attic and access stairs

I grew up in an older home with an attic. I love storing things up there. When I watch new homes being built, all I see are trusses with all …


Regretting your DIY home project? You’re not alone

If you’ve ever attempted a DIY project at home, only to be disappointed by the results, you’ve got lots of company. That’s the takeaway from a survey by Improvenet.com, which …


Ask The Builder: Rotting shed needs to be lifted off soil to make repairs last

For a rotting shed, restoration may be in the cards.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 8, 2019, 4:58 p.m.

Direct-to-consumer brands shake up home renovation

Paint and supply companies Clare and Backdrop both launched in 2018 with splashy e-commerce sites, social media feeds and similar price points to their bricks-and-mortar competitors. Perhaps most notably, in …


Easy and attractive ways to live green

Recent innovations make it easier than ever to live a green lifestyle without sacrificing style.


Ask The Builder: Even a small greenhouse benefits from a foundation

While it’s always best to defer to the manufacturer about exactly how to install a greenhouse kit, you’ll never go wrong adding a liberal dose of common sense.


Design Recipes: A case for white kitchen cabinets

Not considered bland, boring or low end, these days white is a popular and desired choice for homeowners looking for a timeless and elegant look and a neutral palette.


Marie Kondo is proud of your tidying up, and wants to clarify that part about books

With the debut of “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo,” cleverly released on Jan. 1 for those seeking a reset in the new year, she has quickly emerged as a cultural …


Share your she shed story with us

If you are like Sheryl and really love your shed shed, we want to hear from you.


Seeing red in home accents

From ruby to rich burgundy, red is a powerful accent color when used purposefully in a space. One key design tip to remember is that it isn’t taboo to mix …


Ask The Builder: How to keep kitchen and bath drains clog free

Never allow grease to go down a drain. It solidifies and will clog drain pipes. Same goes for flour and egg mixtures into your kitchen sink drains.


Ask The Builder: You can drill a well almost anywhere, but beware local regulations (and pollutants)

The trouble is that in many locations well drilling is mostly chance.


5 quick ways to reduce your heating bills

Heating bills are looming large. Check out these five tips to quickly cut your energy costs without sacrificing comfort.


The best doormats, according to experts

Not only can a good doormat keep your floors cleaner, it can be part of your allergy-fighting plan.


How fine details can make your decor shine

From artwork to accessories, look for fine details to help make individual spaces stand out.


High-end home improvements that are worth the splurge (and when it’s best to scrimp)

The only thing harder than setting a realistic remodeling budget is sticking to it. The secret? Knowing when to splurge and when to save. Here are top picks for each …


Ask The Builder: New trusses let you dispense with interior bearing walls

Is it possible to build a multi-story home with no, or few, interior bearing walls or beams? Sure is.


Ask the builder: Stop water vapor now

It’s important to realize that vapor is very hard to stop. That’s why it’s best to call the products vapor retarders, not vapor barriers. I can tell you unequivocally they’re …


10 home design trends to watch for in 2019

The home remodeling and design platform Houzz recently released its annual forecast, derived from conversations with industry experts as well as trends spotted among its 40 million monthly users. It …


Sleek, simple galley kitchens compete with larger, eat-in spaces

There’s a good case to be made for galley kitchens: They allow you to work without the obstruction of an island or table. They also keep the work area smaller, …


Ask The Builder: Proper materials, hardware and technique are crucial to avoid deck collapse

Deck construction is serious business, and you need to make sure everything is done correctly.


Holiday treasures: Favorite ornaments remind us of loved ones and special times

These trinkets are well-loved, even if – in some cases – only the memory of them remains.


Design Recipes: How to use Pantone’s 2019 Color of the Year in your home

Pantone’s new Color of the Year is Living Coral. Orange? Not really. Living Coral is updated and fresh, not orange, not peach, but instead, according to the celebrated Pantone Institute, …


Ask The Builder: A better way to vent your clothes dryer

Q. I need your advice. My clothes dryer stopped getting my clothes dry. The problem was traced to the vent line being squished behind the dryer. I was also told …


Easy and elegant ways to decorate for the holidays

It’s supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, but between hosting holiday festivities, shopping for presents and working full time, it can feel like the most stressful.


Ask the Builder: How to deal with radon gas in new construction

Radon is a colorless, odorless gas that can cause health issues. The gas is generated by the decomposition of uranium, a natural element. Some types of bedrock contain more uranium …


Ask The Builder: Most roof leaks are caused by failing flashings

Q. My roof is leaking, and my last attempt to get it repaired was fruitless. It rained again and water still came in. Where do most roof leaks happen? Is …


Help us deck our halls

Does your favorite holiday ornament have a story to tell?