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Design Recipes: 10 ways to freshen up your walls

When it comes to artwork, sometimes thinking outside the box can be the best solution. Gone are the days of solely traditional prints or canvases; in are the days of creativity, including innovative DIY projects. Looking for ways to spark up your walls?
News >  Home and garden

If you want a robust spring garden, start shopping for seeds now

Times of economic and political turmoil have the predictable effect of turning people to the garden plot principally to generate food but also to remain grounded in uncertain periods. This response was seen during both world wars, the Depression and in the immediate aftermath of the Great Recession of the late 2000s. 

News >  Home

Ask the Builder: Are gutters and downspouts necessary?

Q. Tim, I think I’ve got a good idea. I’m re-roofing two of my barns with metal roofing. I was thinking of extending the roof past the walls 18 inches so dripping water falls farther away from the barn walls. Right now I’ve got gutters, and I’m tired of them clogging up with leaves and debris.
Opinion >  Column

Gardening: Gather firewood for cozy fires

With the holidays behind us, it’s time to settle into the winter curled up with our garden catalogs in front of a warm fire. Whether it’s a gas, pellet or good old-fashioned wood fire, there is something cozy and satisfying about the warmth and the glow.
News >  Home and garden

10 home trends to enhance your space for the winter ahead

With the pandemic still looming large, we’re facing a long slog at home during the winter months ahead. If that prospect fills you with gloom, consider it an opportunity to make some changes to your home so that it feels more inviting, enjoyable and functional. End-of-year trend reports and predictions for 2021 are full of ideas.
News >  Features

Ask the Builder: Will you be prepared when disaster strikes?

In mid-December, I spent four days digging out from Winter Storm Gail. While it appeared to millions to be just an ordinary winter snowstorm, Gail unleashed her full wrath on a narrow band of New Hampshire, dumping up to 48 inches of snow in just 12 hours. Much of the water Gail gulped and slurped from Nantucket Sound.
News >  Home and garden

Upcycled Life: Wrap up Christmas with less waste

Millions of pounds of single-use gift wrap are thrown out each year. Start the tradition of upcycled wrapping instead. Reusing what is on hand makes each gift beautiful and unique. Comics: The Sunday comics were always the favorite at birthdays when I was growing up. Add a fancy paper bow for an extra-special presentation.
News >  Home and garden

Black Christmas trees: A symbol of 2020 angst or a refined choice?

UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 12, 2020

There is a decorating trend that has slowly been creeping, Grinch-like, into the holiday season. People across the country have been ditching their very green evergreens for artificial black trees. It makes sense for right now: With a still-raging pandemic, millions out of work and food pantries inundated, a black tree seems like the perfect symbol for our plagued 2020.
News >  Features

Ask the Builder: How to hide pipes and ducts

UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 12, 2020

Q. Oh, Tim, do I have a conundrum for you. A major remodel is about to happen at my home, and already we’ve got a problem. A new master bathroom is being created in a second-floor room, but I can’t figure out how to get the drainpipe down to where it will connect to the rest of the plumbing drainpipes. How have you done this in the past on your jobs?
News >  Family

Pandemic projects: Garden shed made to size: Steve Peck uses self-taught skills to construct place to store tools

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 10, 2020

The pandemic gave Steve Peck time to consider a project that seemed simple but turned out to require some ingenuity and innovation. “We have an odd lot that has made our landscaping and gardening a bit more complicated,” he explained. “Over the years, our outdoor storage was too far from where it needed to be. We needed a shed closer to the front.”