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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.


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 …


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 …


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 …