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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.


Unique property hits market: Victorian home built in 1892 for former Spokane mayor

A Victorian home in northeast Spokane was built in 1890 for a former city mayor and is now up for sale


Police: Connecticut man stockpiled massive amounts of explosives in home

Authorities say a Connecticut man is under arrest after massive amounts of explosive black powder were found in nearly every room of his home, enough to potentially blow up his …


Ask the Builder: Finding the ideal rise and run for porch steps

I asked a contractor to build a set of porch steps using name-brand materials. He made a mess of it and when you step off the last step you trip …


Embraced by Baby Boomers, recliners get a makeover

Including recliners in home decorating projects used to be an interior designer’s nightmare, says Bonnie Lewis, founder of 55+ TLC Interior Design in Scottsdale, Arizona.


In the Garden: Protecting plants from the weather

Even though it’s too early to transplant our seedlings out in the garden, a few mild days can make any gardener want to jump the gun. Unfortunately, this can lead …


Ask the Builder: Home maintenance requires more than a standard checklist

I’ve seen those standardized spring checklists over the years, and I sort of chuckle at many of them. I realize the authors have good intentions, but I often wonder if …


Why the dining room is due for a revival

“Everything is so casual these days, it’s nice to be a bit more formal in a room where you entertain or gather your family,” said designer Erica Burns. “The room …


Ask the Builder: Roof popping noise has a simple fix

Diagonal bracing can quiet roof noises.


In the Garden: Flowers bring beauty and pollinators to the garden

This year, I’ll be growing a small cutting garden right in the middle of my vegetable garden. Cut flowers are often a blend of perennials, bulbs and annuals, but I’m …


Why some designers genuinely love faux materials

What you lose in integrity, you make up for in savings, and these days, most folks can’t tell the difference.


Ask a designer: Rethinking the basement for spring

Basements can be cold and dark, and often get much less decorating attention than the rest of the house. But you can gain new, useful and stylish living space by …


Ask the Builder: Repairing mortar with caulk not the ideal fix

My 10-year-old house developed some cosmetic cracks in the mortar. I got some bids to have tuck-pointing work done and nearly gagged when I looked at the cost.


An argument for the color that makes everybody look (and feel) good

Rose Quartz is a soft light pink that, according to Pantone, fulfills “our yearning for reassurance and security.” If you ask me, it’s just the sort of calming color our …


In the Garden: Know your zone to pick the right plants

Oftentimes, gardeners will engage in what has been amusingly coined “zonal denial” and buy a plant that isn’t hardy enough. Because it’s so desirable, they are certain it will grow …


Ask the Builder: Colorful trim tile dresses up terra cotta steps

I’ve got an exciting outdoor patio project I’m about to start. But I need your help. This is a multi-level patio that will be connected by several different sets of …


Ask the Builder: Tackling black spots on composite deck boards

I’ve got 1,500 square feet of lakefront boardwalk made from composite decking. The brand is Trex Accents. It started developing black spots within two years of the installation. I’m mad …


Ask the Builder: Dealing with a bungled wall tile job

having a small bathroom remodeled. My wife and I thought we did our due diligence and hired a great contractor. I came home from work to discover the ceramic wall …


In the Garden: Unlocking the secrets to successful gardening for all

“Everyone can grow a garden.” That will be the recurring theme for my columns throughout this year’s growing season. I strongly believe everyone should be able to successfully grow a …


Get your home red-carpet-ready with Badgley Mischka

The designers describe their first-ever Badgley Mischka Home Collection, which launched last week, as “couture furniture” infused with old Hollywood glamour.


How to bring hotel chic home

In “Hotel Chic at Home” (The Monacelli Press), author Sara Bliss tries to capture the transformative power of travel, and that moment in a stylish hotel when you say to …


Ask the Builder: Retaining wall repair won’t cost a fortune

DEAR TIM: The retaining wall at my older home is in sad shape. A contractor told me that if I don’t tear it down immediately and replace it, my house …


Building bookcases? Make a prototype first

I live in a 100-year-old wooden house in Norway and am doing all the refurbishing and maintenance myself that the laws of my country allow. I’m making floor-to-ceiling built-in bookcases …


Our favorite decor in Pantone’s Color of the Year, Greenery

Pantone selected its 2017 Color of the Year, Greenery, based on research that shows everyone just wants a big, deep breath of air. “We don’t all have access to the …


Building a decorative stone patio to last

DEAR TIM: On vacation in Southern California, I visited Huntington Gardens in Pasadena. There I saw the most unusual patio and sidewalk paving. Never before had I seen such beauty; …


Granite countertop span needs support

DEAR TIM: My husband and I are just about at the end of an arduous and stressful kitchen remodel. Originally, in the planning phase, the general contractor said we didn’t …


Trump’s boyhood home is going back on the auction block

President-elect Donald Trump’s boyhood home in New York City is going back on the auction block.


Air has many ways to leak into house; you can solve most of them

It’s very simple to stop a vast majority of air leaks in the average home during the construction process. I feel it doesn’t happen, unfortunately, because most workers don’t know …


Fixing cosmetic cracks in mortar joints

I’ve just placed an offer to purchase a two-bedroom house. It’s an older building, probably close to 70 or more years old. After placing the offer, I then took a …


Holiday gifts for hosts, homebodies and everybody else

For people who love, love, love to nest and entertain, a gift for the home is always a win. You know the type: a homebody who loves to organize, a …