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Laminate counters take on a new look

Homeowners, designers and even celebrities are warming to the idea of laminate surfaces thanks to new technology that mimics the look and feel of real stone and wood. The pendulum …


Ask Dr. Universe: It takes imagination and planning to build a home

Humans have built all kinds of houses throughout history. During the Ice Age, humans made their homes in big caves. A few thousand years later, people figured out how to …


Upcycled Life: Silk dyed eggs

This technique for dying eggs with old neckties or other silk fabric scraps is simple and creates beautiful designs that pop.


Ask The Builder: Radiant heat system is your ticket to toasty-warm floors

What can you tell me about radiant floor heat? Is it really that good, or is what I’m hearing all hype?


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Escaping into Spokane she sheds: Local women ahead of the curve on creating their own separate spaces

Inland Northwest women seem ahead of the curve in a trend of creating a “she shed,” the space conversion craze of turning an outdoor tool shed or small barn into …


Is it time to replace these 5 household items?

Decluttering is great, but some things you can’t just toss; you must get another to take its place. If something is looking shabby or worn, replacing it will give your …


Ask The Builder: Creeping and snapping in laminate floor indicate faulty installation

Laminate flooring will snap and pop as you walk on it if it’s bridging across hollow spots under the flooring. Your weight stresses the interlocking tongues and grooves in the …


How to buy a rug you’ll love – and keep it looking great

Several rug experts offer tips to help demystify the process of buying and caring for a rug, whether you’re shopping at Goodwill, Ikea or an upscale carpet store.


In the Garden: Raised beds offer bountiful benefits

What columnist Susan Mulvihill loves most about raised beds is that it’s possible to intensively plant them, thus getting a higher yield in a smaller space. They also warm up …


10 ways to refresh your kitchen if you can’t do a full reno

Who hasn’t stared at their kitchen and wished HGTV could sweep in and update it? Short a television show’s budget and ability to bring in contractors, the next best thing …


Ask The Builder: Building a garage? Think carefully about space

Poor planning is the most common reason for dissatisfaction with both detached garages and homes in general. The root of the problem is that most people are unable to visualize …


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 …


Easy and attractive ways to live green

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


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 …


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.


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.


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, …


The best white dishes, according to tastemakers

Just as there are many shades of white, there are also many different types of white dinnerware, so we asked tastemakers for their advice and recommendations.


Dishing up politics: Collection brings china from the White House to your house

You can’t buy the official White House china patterns that presidential families use to entertain. But a new line of glass decoupage plates by designer John Derian and artist Katharine …


Ask the Builder: Caulking doesn’t have to be hard

The good news is that crappy caulk jobs can be repaired with relative ease.



10 tips to create a great closet

Let’s face it, closets can be messy! One of the main culprits often relates to a lack of proper organization. The key to a well-organized space is for everything to …


Ask the Builder: Building a shed? Get size and access right

Based on the email that I get, I’d say the biggest mistake you might make when building or buying a pre-built shed is that it’s going to be too small.


Ask the Builder: Both poured and concrete block foundations can last … if they’re built right

No matter which type of concrete foundation you use, make sure it’s reinforced with steel.