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Painted cabinets add a cup of good cheer to the kitchen

Conventional wisdom says to use neutral colors or simple wood stains for anything as permanent as kitchen cabinets. Homeowners craving a burst of color have generally been advised to bring …


Ask the Builder: Roof ventilation system needs to be updated to suit airtight home

The house needs a new roof. I climbed into the attic and noticed foil-faced insulation is attached to the underside of the roof, and I see I have a powered …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 4, 2017, 4:12 p.m.

Google vies to make even smarter phones, speakers, cameras

Google on Wednesday unveiled new phones, smart speakers and other devices infused with artificial intelligence in its bid to claim the high ground against rivals Amazon and Apple.


Tom Kelly: Home-equity loans come in different forms

The loans have given lenders the incentive to smooth over the unpleasant connotations of “second mortgage” and create a new atmosphere surrounding “home equity.”


Historic home tour to highlight Cannon Hill Park neighborhood

Four homes on a tree-lined South Hill street are featured on this annual fall tour.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 19, 2017, 2:15 p.m.

Neko Case’s Vermont home is damaged by fire

Fire investigators are looking for the cause of a fire that heavily damaged Neko Case’s 225-year-old Vermont home.


Stylish and savvy wastebaskets

When decorating a room, we don’t tend to give much thought to the waste receptacle. But the decorative details can be important.


Ask The Builder: How to use polymeric sand with pavers

I need to use polymeric sand on an upcoming job. Have you used this material before? Did you find it hard to work with? I’m terrified of having mottled stains …


U.S. home construction slumped in July

Homebuilders pulled back sharply on construction of apartment complexes in July, causing housing starts to tumble to a three-month low.


Childhood home of Harriet Beecher Stowe for sale on eBay

HARTFORD, Conn. – The birthplace of abolitionist writer Harriet Beecher Stowe, which was disassembled and stored in trailers 20 years ago, has been put up for sale on eBay. The …


In the Garden: Tips help homeowners transform existing landscapes

It’s fair to say that downsizing from 10 acres to a standard city lot would be an adjustment for anyone – but especially for two dedicated gardeners. Kurt Madison and …


Kelli Scott: Gratitude, humility gained through fire

My family’s new house is just finished, still a mess of unpacked boxes and construction dust, but already buzzing like a good home should.


Ask the Builder: Why brick mortar repairs fail – and how to do the job right

It appears I wasted some money five years ago. I had my brick building repointed with new mortar, and it has deteriorated quickly. Do you have any idea what caused …


Lighting that makes a statement

Creative new shapes and technology mean that home lighting fixtures often do far more than provide illumination. They can be exciting and sculptural works of art.


Upcycled treasures: Put a shine on some of the old junk in your house

Summer is a hard time for me to think about decorating; I mostly turn my focus outside to my garden and porch. But I do use these months to edit …


Ask The Builder: Treated wood can rot, and here’s why

I’m starting to have some rot issues with my 10-year-old deck. Not only are some of the treated wood decking boards rotting, but I’m also noticing that the tops of …


In the Garden: Home visit with breathtaking views of Austin roses

David Austin Roses display gardens, an hour from Stratford-upon-Avon, covers about 2 acres. The gardens are divided into separate “rooms” surrounded by brick walls or clipped hedges. In addition to …


Ask The Builder: Not all driveway blacktop is the same – here’s why

We need to have a new blacktop driveway installed, and I thought it was going to be a simple process of comparing quotes. It turns out it’s somewhat confusing. I …


Finding the right water glass isn’t as easy as it looks

If it’s something you’re going to look at and touch every day, you want it to be perfect. Case in point: the water glass. Yet finding one with the right …


In the garden: Shade makes for a cool garden

We gardeners often want what we don’t have: If our gardens are sunny, we long for shady retreats. Conversely, those who have shady yards yearn for sunshine. While some might …


Making a splash with water-themed decor

Summer for many of us means reconnecting with water – lakeside hikes, paddles in the sea, luxuriant floats in some relaxing pool. And that connection isn’t confined just to the …


Ask the Builder: Miscommunication to blame for concrete problems

Use photos, videos or local spots to help explain the results you want.


Backyards: Where the outdoors begins

So today, with summer looming just beyond the horizon, let’s celebrate backyards and the world of possibilities they present.


In the Garden: Annual Spokane in Bloom tour features North Side gardens

Garden tour season officially begins this month. First up is Saturday’s Spokane in Bloom tour, hosted by the Inland Empire Gardeners. This year’s spotlight is on six inspiring gardens on …


UPDATED: Thu., June 1, 2017, 3:47 p.m.

Search for vintage treasures at the Farm Chicks Vintage & Handmade Fair

Now in its 15th year, Farm Chicks brings vintage, antique, country, retro, shabby chic and more to the fairgrounds for a two-day show that draws thousands of shoppers.


In the Garden: Reflect your personality with a telling landscape design

A well-planned home landscape – whether designed professionally or by the gardener-in-residence – does a beautiful job of reflecting those who live there.


Ask the Builder: Building a pergola that is safe and beautiful

When planning a pergola, consider structural challenges first, then aesthetics.


Ask a Designer: decorating indoors with plants

From kitchen herb gardens to miniature indoor trees, interior designers are increasingly bringing plants into their home design projects.


Growing trash pile at Thurston County property raises concerns

City officials say they have not been able to get much done on a growing trash pile at a foreclosed Tumwater home considered hazardous.


Ask The Builder: Tips for building your own outdoor fire pit

It just so happens fire pits are a minor hobby of mine. I’ve built several and sat around many. Here are a few key fire pit ideas to consider.