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Monday, October 21, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Ask the Builder: Should a shed look like the house?

I want to build a deluxe shed. I’ve just retired and have plenty of time on my hands. I want to stop paying the outrageous offsite storage fees. First and foremost, what do you think of my shed matching my house? Is this a good idea or a waste of time?

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Ask the Builder: Artificial stone is not waterproof

This will not be a usual column. I’m sitting in my man cave writing it several hours before I talk to a reader named Amanda on the phone. She lives in Oklahoma in a new home covered with artificial stone made from colored and textured concrete.
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In the Garden: Planting for the birds reaps many rewards

This summer, my husband, Bill, and I have been treated to some delightful interactions with the birds in our garden. We’ve enticed hummingbirds to sit on our fingers while they sipped from tiny feeders and watched baby quail blissfully napping in the shade of the daylily patch.
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Ask the Builder: Dressing up vinyl siding

It’s impossible to list all the vinyl siding accessories and options that are available. For starters, don’t think that you have to use just one color and siding style on your home. Quite a few homes I see are incorporating white trim with two complementary colors and siding profiles.
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Ask the Builder: How hard can drywall be? Very hard

I’m building a new home. Because of the booming economy and shortage of great help, I might be forced to hang and finish the drywall myself. I’ve done a few repairs here and there and wonder if it’s possible to pull off DIY drywall work on a larger scale. Don’t sugarcoat it.
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Style at home: Wallpaper – the great comeback of 2019

It is true what they say: If you wait long enough, old trends will make their way back into fashion (unless we are talking about shag carpet, in which case that can stay in the past!). One of my favorite comebacks of the last few years is wallpaper. Wallpaper is a style destined to come around again and again. Not only is it functional and beautiful, it also has a certain nostalgia that keeps us coming back to it. I love hearing about renovations where homeowners find layer after layer of wallpaper when working on the walls. They help tell the story of the home in a way few other elements can. Wallpaper and wall coverings in general are back in full force and are still a versatile, impactful way to dress up your home.
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In the Garden: Tips to make gardening easier as we get older

I hate to say this, but I’m not getting any younger. And chances are I’ve got plenty of company. As we gardeners age, our favorite pastime can start to feel overwhelming. While my love for gardening hasn’t waned over the years, I’m looking for ways to make certain aspects of it easier and less time-consuming.
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Fall design: 10 hot decor trends

Every so often the furniture industry rolls out the red carpet and rolls in their new lines for a new season. The Las Vegas Market, dedicated to the home furnishings industry, held one of its twice-a-year market shows in July. Unveiled were some of the hot new trends you will likely see translated and interpreted in home decor this fall. Looking for some ideas? Here are 10 hot trends that caught our eye.