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Ask the Builder: Workmanship errors can cost thousands of dollars down the road

This column was inspired by two expensive mistakes, one by a home builder and one by a home service installer. In both instances, an hour or two of extra time …


Tom Kelly: Be honest about remodel needs for aging in place

Before deciding on and executing the typical major renovations – roof, bathroom and kitchen – plus other applications that are often needed to age in place, remember that any renovation …


Ask The Builder: Doing due diligence is part of hiring a contractor

You should never ever hope that everything in your new home is going to be done the best possible way or to the highest level you can afford.


Dramatic bedtime story: Comforters, duvets get bolder

Colored, textured and patterned comforters and duvets are telling a dramatic bedtime story these days.


10 ways to use more color in your space

Color can both attract and repel. It can also serve as a creative way to add energy and interest into your home. Afraid to use color? Well, you are not …


Ask the Builder: Getting help with flood-damaged floors and other home-improvement headaches

Each day, through the “Ask Tim” page at my website, I get questions from readers like you and folks that find me on the Internet.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 19, 2018, 7:46 p.m.

Future smart homes will have roll-up TVs, a brain-wave bath

Technology may come and go, but some things never change. In the not-so-distant future, cars will drive themselves and other things may become obsolete, but home will always be home. …


Artistry on the floor: Rugs and tile bring design impact

There was a time when designers and decorators considered floor coverings to be background elements in a room. Rugs and tile were meant to be practical, not attention-getting. That’s changed.


Design Recipes: All that glitters is gold (accents)

Gold has long been associated with luxury and glamour. And it’s currently one of the hottest and most utilized finishes in home decor. Gold or brass accents remain more popular …


Suzani style: Persian quilt design is having a moment in the U.S. – and not just on beds

In recent months, several decorating books have been published that examine the interiors of some of the world’s most enviable stylemakers. Many of the featured projects, particularly the more bohemian …


Spokane workshops spotlight historic barn, schoolhouse remodels

Spokane Preservation Advocates offer three adaptive reuse workshops in February.


Ask The Builder: Advice for architects to be, and for those who hire them

The gentleman wanted to know the best books I’d recommend about building and construction for young architecture students. You might think my first reaction would be to provide a few …


Design Recipes: How to use pillows to boost your home’s look

Instead of being an afterthought, toss pillows can and should complete a color story, serve as an opportunity to bring in graphics and texture as well as serve as a …


Right at home: Nurseries worthy of a Bohemian lullaby

Many parents and designers are looking to inject nurseries with a quirkier style sense, creating spaces that encourage creativity and individuality.


Ask the builder: Who’s to blame for major construction mistakes?

My builder really goofed up my new home. A room at the corner of the house next to the front door had its roof installed too low. The mistake is …


Growing citrus indoors takes patience, pays off handsomely

Interest in growing edibles and diverse plants has helped make citrus trees more popular and available. Would-be growers can find a variety of lemon, lime and orange trees from which …


Ask the Builder: Good ventilation is key to keeping attic free from mold

I’m so confused. I’ve spent hours online reading all sorts of stuff about attic ventilation. There’s all sorts of conflicting information out there.


Ask the Builder: Translucent window film adds to privacy in bathroom

I grew up in an older home that had unique pressed glass in the bathroom windows. It allowed lots of light in the room, and you didn’t have to put …


A naval architect adapts boatbuilding techniques to create an otherworldly lunar lander

Houston, we have a project. Technically, it is not a starship, but it certainly has proved quite the enterprise.


Still using Solo cups when you entertain? Here are ways to improve your holiday style

Disposable plates and red Solo cups are fine for frat parties and tailgates, but a host or hostess on a budget shouldn’t have to resort to a sweep of the …


Ask the Builder: Concrete drive vs. pavers: Which stands up best?

My wife and are debating whether to replace the concrete driveway with another concrete driveway or a concrete paver driveway.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 12, 2017, 11:55 a.m.

Spokane-area’s strong home-buying streak continues in November

Spokane-area home sales continued at a strong pace in November, benefiting from mild temperatures and the lack of significant snowfall. Strong demand for homes and inventory shortages will continue in …


Seattle-based company Wrench delivers automotive mechanic to your door

Seattle-based startup Wrench aims to eliminate long wait times at auto repair shops and costly towing fees by bringing a mechanic directly to your doorstep.


Five ways to organize your holidays now

“The holidays are supposed to be a joyous time. To make that happen, the most wonderful thing to do is to cleanse your house of things you don’t like or …


Johnny Cash boyhood home considered for historic nomination

The boyhood home of country music icon Johnny Cash is being considered as a nominee for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places.


Ask the Builder: Pricing out a garage roof repair

A few weeks ago I took a much-needed break and traveled to Down East Maine, never imagining I’d be pricing a garage roof repair within minutes of arriving at the …


Serving up fun: Stocking a sleepover kitchen

Parents who have hosted sleepovers know that half the fun for kids is making and eating treats. So it pays to prep the kitchen with fun culinary gear and supplies …


Not at home? Amazon wants to come in and drop off packages

Online retailer Amazon said Wednesday that it will launch a service next month called Amazon Key that would allow delivery people to walk into your home and drop off a …


Then and Now: Cannon House

One of the grandest homes in the Rockwood National Register Historic District was erected for pioneer attorney Edward J. Cannon and his wife, Helen, in 1911. The brick home in …


Clowning around with Halloween decor

Films , TV shows and stories, including the current hits “It” and “American Horror Story,” have long imagined a dark side to circuses and side shows. No surprise then that …