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Ask the Builder: Retaining wall basics

You may recall that point in high school physics class when a frustrated student demanded, “Give me an example of when I’ll ever use this stuff in real life!” Well, …


Art in Bloom brings art and fundraising opportunity to historic Moore-Turner Heritage Gardens

The fundraiser brings together local artists’ works and floral arrangements inspired by the artwork to benefit the site, which is on both the Spokane and Washington historic registries.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 17, 2018, 9:53 a.m.

In the Garden: Artist’s colorful landscape designed to age gracefully

When passers-by slow down time and again to look at a garden, you know it’s special. But what makes this one extra special is that it’s an artist’s garden.


How to pick the perfect sofa

Typically not considered to be an impulse purchase, most seek to make a sofa purchase perhaps only once or twice.


In the Garden: Going vegan helps cultivate a green thumb

Heinz has been “seriously gardening” for about eight years and has mostly learned through trial and error and from a lot of reading.


Ask the Builder: Gutter guard madness

Good gutter guards aren’t worth the high price.


In the Garden: Find hummingbirds’ favorite perennials at Friends of Manito Plant Sale

Watching hummingbirds zip from flower to flower fills us with wonder and admiration. Adding their favorite plants to our gardens is the easiest way to attract them.


Ask the Builder: Do your due diligence before hiring a contractor. Yeah, it’s hard

Based on the number of emails I receive each week, I see a growing and alarming trend of people who are so busy, stressed and discombobulated that all they want …


Gardening: Tree with damaged trunk will seal off injured area to protect healthy bark

It started with squalling tires and a big bang.


Ask the Builder: Solar attic fan not going to be adequate for the job

Q. Can you cut through the fog of confusion about solar attic fans? Do they really work, or are they mostly hype? What does it take to really cool an …


Setting up an Airbnb? Here are the basics, the extras and the no-nos

Just like hotels, not all Airbnbs are created equal. There are the gorgeous, Instagram-friendly abodes meant to make visitors feel like they’re in the lap of luxury, and the more …


Gardening: Cooler weather brings humidity, risk of powdery mildew

The weather appears to be cooling a bit. Temperatures are dropping from the 90s into the 80s and 70s this weekend with nights in the lower 50s. Throw in a …


In the Garden: Bountiful harvests come from small city lot

Residing on a city lot in northwest Spokane, this couple has 14 bountiful raised beds and enjoys sharing their excess produce – and gardening skills – with their community.


To grow old in your home, renovate accordingly

Don’t wait until you have mobility issues to make your house ready for it.


Whole-house fans and attic fans: Two different approaches to cooling

Do whole-house fans and attic fans really work to cool an attic space?


Gardening: Yellow jackets, hornets, wasps hunting for sugar now

It’s yellow jacket and wasp season and they seem to be particularly annoying this year. Even the firefighters out on the wildfire lines are being painfully plagued by them.


Design Recipes: How to harness the power of pastels

Pastels are gender-neutral and blend well with other colors while creating a sense of soothing and calm in a subtle way.


In the Garden: Well-timed pruning helps boost tomato harvest

In my garden, I have learned a lot over the years about what I can do to ensure the best possible harvest – and it all starts from day one.


Ask the builder: Installing a pre-hung door

Installing a pre-hung door


Gardening: From 2015 windstorm to whimsical landscape – July garden of month earns perfect 10s

Sometimes good things happen when trees come crashing down in a garden. Such is the case for Russ and Sara Weaver-Lundberg.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 6, 2018, 3:45 p.m.

Friends of Manito to present lecture on how to divide perennials

Do you have crowded perennials in your yard or garden and need a little help learning how to divide them?


Design Recipes: The do’s and don’ts of decorating with gray

The color gray is often considered to be drab and gloomy, but the reality is, gray is one of the most versatile colors in home decor.


In the Garden: Protecting your garden from critters

While deer in the garden can be trying, there are other critters out there who can be destructive to your hard work: voles, gophers, squirrels, raccoons and rabbits.


Ask The Builder: Right tools make cutting drywall a snap

Whatever you do, don’t use a circular saw to cut drywall.


Ask the Builder: To change grout color, use stain, not paint

Changing the color of grout is possible, but it’s not easy.


In the Garden: Choose the right crops and covers for year-round gardening

Over the years, I’ve let the seasons dictate when I grew a garden. I’d begin in early spring and put it to bed when the frosts arrived in the fall. …


Summer stock: DIY-ers create pools with tanks from the ranch-supply store

Executed correctly, stock-tank pools achieve a certain design aesthetic for a fraction of the cost of an in-ground pool.