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Ask The Builder: Radiant heat system is your ticket to toasty-warm floors

What can you tell me about radiant floor heat? Is it really that good, or is what I’m hearing all hype?

In the Garden: Flowers bring beauty, birds, bees and butterflies to the garden

While we all reap rewards from our edible crops, flowers are an equally important component. In addition to attracting pollinators, hummingbirds, and butterflies, they delight us with their beautiful colors …

UPDATED: Mon., April 8, 2019, 1:08 p.m.

Escaping into Spokane she sheds: Local women ahead of the curve on creating their own separate spaces

Inland Northwest women seem ahead of the curve in a trend of creating a “she shed,” the space conversion craze of turning an outdoor tool shed or small barn into …

In the Garden: Blueberries provide a delicious harvest, plus beauty in the landscape

I’ve grown blueberries for about 25 years and, aside from the delicious harvest they provide, I appreciate what they contribute to our landscape. In the spring, the bushes are covered …

Ask The Builder: Building trades are a vocation, not a job

I absolutely recommend that young people pursue careers in the trades. We need thousands of carpenters, electricians, plumbers, roofers, masons, etc. We’ll always need them. It’s never been easier to …

Five tools gardening experts can’t live without

Whether you’re a beginner starting out with a container of herbs or an expert, every gardener needs a good tool kit. We asked experts for their top tools.

In the Garden: Mind your peas and onions, and other tips for starting cool-season crops

You’ll often see instructions on seed packets that say “plant in early spring as soon as the soil can be worked,” but what does that mean?

Gardening: Hot peppers tricky, but worth a try, Pat Munts says

Growing really hot peppers seems to be a trend, gardening columnist Pat Munts writes.

In the Garden: With orchids, knowing what not to do is a good starting point

With orchids, knowing what not to do is a good starting point

Is it time to replace these 5 household items?

Decluttering is great, but some things you can’t just toss; you must get another to take its place. If something is looking shabby or worn, replacing it will give your …

Ask The Builder: Creeping and snapping in laminate floor indicate faulty installation

Laminate flooring will snap and pop as you walk on it if it’s bridging across hollow spots under the flooring. Your weight stresses the interlocking tongues and grooves in the …

Ask The Builder: Building or adding on? You need to consider factory-built walls

The prefabricated wall panels go together like giant Lego blocks. They’re perfectly square from the factory, and the precision is astounding.

In the Garden: Cabin Fever Gardening Symposium offers gardeners a chance to dig into learning

After enduring a winter that began innocently enough but has been pretty harsh in the past several weeks, we gardeners deserve a break. We also need a little inspiration and …

How to buy a rug you’ll love – and keep it looking great

Several rug experts offer tips to help demystify the process of buying and caring for a rug, whether you’re shopping at Goodwill, Ikea or an upscale carpet store.

Upcycled Life: Make a traditional Finnish Himmeli decoration at home with plastic straws

Welcome to Upcycled Life, a new monthly column from Katie Patterson Larson. Each month, she’ll teach us how to create something beautiful from something we already have.

In the Garden: Raised beds offer bountiful benefits

What columnist Susan Mulvihill loves most about raised beds is that it’s possible to intensively plant them, thus getting a higher yield in a smaller space. They also warm up …

Ask the Builder: Restoring patio tile grout much easier than replacing it

The only reason to consider doing all the work to replace tile grout is if it’s crumbling and falling apart.

Gardening: Blueberriy, elderberry, serviceberry plants do well in Inland Northwest

If you’ve joined the berry and fruit tree growing trend, Pat Munts offers some tips on getting good yields.

UPDATED: Mon., March 4, 2019, 11:45 a.m.

In the Garden: Help children cultivate interest in gardening

All of us have the opportunity to involve kids in the garden. This year, I’m challenging you to do this with your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews or neighbor kids, because …

10 ways to refresh your kitchen if you can’t do a full reno

Who hasn’t stared at their kitchen and wished HGTV could sweep in and update it? Short a television show’s budget and ability to bring in contractors, the next best thing …

Gardening: Climate control: Start veggie seeds indoors

Starting your own vegetable seeds indoors is a great way to save some money and grow varieties you can’t find in the garden centers.

The dish: Vintage tableware makes a comeback in restaurants and homes

At dinner tables and restaurants across the country, vintage plates, even the flowery variety often dismissed as “granny china,” are making a comeback. There’s a move to homier place settings …

In the Garden: The weather outside may be frightful, but spring will come. Eventually.

The first day of spring is just 24 days away. Gardeners across the Inland Northwest are busily organizing their seeds, drawing up plans and dreaming of that first ripe tomato. …

Ask The Builder: Rolling cabinet, pegboard are great ways to organize tools

Q. Tim, I lost it last weekend. After I cooled down I realized I had no one to blame but myself. I spent two hours looking for a hand tool …

Gardening: ‘Good quality potting mix’ is soilless, sterile and drains well

What is “good quality potting mix”?

The latest sleeper sofas offer solutions for tight spaces

As many homeowners move to living smaller in tiny houses, accessory dwelling units and mobile homes, the sleeper sofa has taken on new importance regarding space-saving needs.

Regretting your DIY home project? You’re not alone

If you’ve ever attempted a DIY project at home, only to be disappointed by the results, you’ve got lots of company. That’s the takeaway from a survey by, which …

Ask The Builder: Pre-fab truss systems can make room for attic and access stairs

I grew up in an older home with an attic. I love storing things up there. When I watch new homes being built, all I see are trusses with all …

Ask The Builder: Rotting shed needs to be lifted off soil to make repairs last

For a rotting shed, restoration may be in the cards.

UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 8, 2019, 4:58 p.m.

Direct-to-consumer brands shake up home renovation

Paint and supply companies Clare and Backdrop both launched in 2018 with splashy e-commerce sites, social media feeds and similar price points to their bricks-and-mortar competitors. Perhaps most notably, in …