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UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 11, 2018, 12:06 p.m.

Escalation in Spokane County home prices shows signs of slowing

The average price for homes with sales closing in August was $260,800 – nearly unchanged from $259,300 in July, and down from a peak of $268,830 in June, according to …


Ask the Builder: Do your due diligence before hiring a contractor. Yeah, it’s hard

Based on the number of emails I receive each week, I see a growing and alarming trend of people who are so busy, stressed and discombobulated that all they want …


To grow old in your home, renovate accordingly

Don’t wait until you have mobility issues to make your house ready for it.


Design Recipes: How to harness the power of pastels

Pastels are gender-neutral and blend well with other colors while creating a sense of soothing and calm in a subtle way.


Ask the builder: Installing a pre-hung door

Installing a pre-hung door


Summer stock: DIY-ers create pools with tanks from the ranch-supply store

Executed correctly, stock-tank pools achieve a certain design aesthetic for a fraction of the cost of an in-ground pool.


Ways to deal with dreaded marks on painted walls

When it comes to cleaning painted walls, the finish of the paint is what matters; the color doesn’t. Flat paint is the hardest to clean but the easiest to touch …


Ask the Builder: Even a DIY rookie can fix a broken sink stopper

Fixing a wonky sink stopper often takes less time than moving the stuff out of the way to get to it.


In the Garden: Coeur d’Alene Garden Tour opens gates to colorful, whimsical North Idaho gardens

Sponsored by the Coeur d’Alene Garden Club, the Coeur d’Alene Garden Tour on July 15 takes visitors to six gorgeous gardens, and also features artisans and vendors of garden-related items, …


Ask the Builder: Low water pressure in shower may mean it’s time to clean the flow restrictor

A few decades ago, government officials enacted laws to try to conserve water. Little did they know the secondary effects of these laws would be millions of frustrated homeowners.


Five essential pans to use for baking and so much more

Having a few different baking pans and dishes is smart and it’s a worthwhile investment.


In the Garden: Celebrate roses with lecture, show

June is the month when roses are at their peak in area gardens. This beautiful flower will be celebrated in two very special ways this week.


Clutter control: Maximize kitchen space by organizing and culling unnecessary items

If you’re not inspired to cook because you can’t easily find the tools you need, or if you’re convinced you don’t have ample space to prepare a meal, not only …


Friends of faux: Designers embrace fake flowers

In the past few years, consumers have embraced artificial flowers, unapologetically welcoming the silk, polyester or poly-blend version of succulents, orchid plants and hydrangea bouquets into their homes.


In the Garden: Tricks to keep your garden from becoming a deer smorgasbord

While it’s fun watching deer, observing them up close in your garden or dealing with the consequences of one of their visits is a whole different story. In the Inland …


Ask The Builder: Low-voltage deck lights are an easy DIY installation

The good news is all the wiring needed for a typical low-voltage deck project can be done with no power connected to the circuit.


Step into history: Mother’s Day Home Tour heads to St. John’s Cathedral area

The museum tour page calls the event, now in its 29th year, one of Spokane’s great traditions and a cornerstone of Mother’s Day weekend.


In the Garden: Annual Garden Expo back with classes, vendors and fun

The theme is “Garden Fiesta: Let’s Party!” and if there’s one thing Inland Empire Gardeners has demonstrated over the years, they know how to put on a great party.


Seattle-area home-price growth from current boom has surpassed last decade’s bubble

SEATTLE – As the Seattle area continues its run as the nation’s hottest real estate market, it has now seen home prices surge upward for a full six years – …


Decor that brings the luxe outside

Innovations in design, materials and manufacturing have had a big impact on home decor – outdoors as well as in.


Assessed value and your tax bill: Government spending has greatest impact on how much you pay

Property taxes and the tortured terminology surrounding them leave many homeowners confused. In the end, though, it’s pretty simple.


UPDATED: Mon., April 30, 2018, 4:23 p.m.

Realtors say Zillow, other websites are inaccurate and confusing but lead buyers to those in the know

Zillow is a useful, if imperfect, tool for home hunters. But real estate agents aren’t really happy about its dominance, even if they recognize the role Zillow and other online …


Ask The Builder: Rock retaining walls pit friction against gravity

Tim Carter answers questions about retaining walls, grout.


Design Recipes: How to lighten, brighten your home this spring

If you are looking for some ways to brighten and lighten your home this spring, here are some of our top tips.


‘Genuine leather?’ ‘Real wood?’ How to read furniture labels

Terms such as “genuine leather” and “real wood,” which seem straightforward enough, can be industry code-words for composite materials.


Spokane area home prices continue ascent

Average home prices in the Spokane area continue to rise, reflecting demand for homes and a declining inventory.


What’s old is new again: Home decor rethinks its materials

“We’re potentially on the brink of a materials revolution that could help rebalance our relationship with our planet and reshape society for the better. Consumers are looking for brands and …


In the Garden: Learn about orchids at annual show and sale

Next weekend, the Spokane Orchid Society will put on their annual Orchid Show & Sale at the Spokane Community College Lair and it’s a sure thing attendees will swoon over …


In the garden: Pruning correctly helps keep trees and shrubs healthy

“It’s something of a myth that pruning needs to be done every year,” said Tim Kohlhauff of the WSU/Spokane County Extension. “It should only be done if it accomplishes a …


The latest apps for home layouts, inside and out

Planning out how to arrange furniture in your home – or plants in your garden – used to involve a pencil, graph paper, a measuring tape and a lot of …