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Ask the Builder: Apron sinks have more pros than cons

I’m almost certain I want an apron sink in my new kitchen. You’ve got one last chance to talk me out of it. Have you installed one? Do you own …


U.S. home construction dips 3.6% in January

Construction of new homes edged back slightly in January after a December surge that had pushed home construction to the highest level in 13 years.


Washers and dryers that will make you love laundry day

Homeowners can be passionate about their washers and dryers. After all, we depend on them to get kids’ clothes, work clothes and bedclothes clean so we can go about the …


FHA down payment requirements: Homeownership without a big savings account

FHA loans were created to encourage and help first-time homebuyers since the down payment for these mortgages backed by the Federal Housing Administration can be as low as 3.5 percent.


Home green home: Changes in cleaning and decorating can make an impact on the earth

As concerns about global warming, pollution, habitat loss and plastic islands in the Pacific grow, more and more households are making small, daily changes to live a more eco-friendly life.


Ask the Builder: What do circuit breakers do?

Several weeks ago, I read your column about installing electrical wiring. I found that very interesting, but now I’m very curious about circuit breakers. What’s the primary purpose of circuit …


Ask the Builder: Stop water mess in your garage

I’m about to build a new home with an attached garage and a separate, free-standing three-bay garage. The house I grew up in had floor drains in the garage, and …


Five experts come clean about products they keep in their kits

If only we could use one cleaning product to get our homes spick and span. Alas, it’s just not possible, says Carolyn Forte, home appliances and cleaning products director at …


Winter brings dark, dreary days – don’t let your space follow suit

When winter sets in and days are shorter and darker, the change in light can wreak havoc on our sleep schedules and moods. But coming home and sitting in a …


Classic Blue is Pantone Color Institute’s color of the year

The Pantone Color Institute has picked versatile, timeless Classic Blue as its color of the year for 2020.


Ask the Builder: Will I get shocked? That is the question

Tim, it’s a very long story, and don’t think I’m crazy. I’m building a new home and wondering if I can install all the electrical wiring myself. It’s not a …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 21, 2019

U.S. home sales rose 1.9% last month, lifted by lower rates

Americans took advantage of lower mortgage rates and purchased more homes in October, though sales were held back by a shortage of available properties.


Find a dining table perfect for your seating needs and space

Before buying a new dining table, measure – and then measure again. “The first rule of design is scale,” says Young Huh, of Young Huh Interior Design in New York.


Upcycled Life: Embossed aluminum is a crafty pop of fun

The best DIY is the one where you already have everything you need. Embossed soda cans might be one of those crafts that doesn’t take you to the store to …


Hanging on for all the wrong reasons

I’ve noticed that even when people feel motivated to purge, they still have a tough time parting with clothes.


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 14, 2019

‘Brady Bunch’ kids return home for HGTV’s sentimentally extreme makeover

On the irresistibly nostalgic four-episode miniseries “A Very Brady Renovation” (which premiered Monday on HGTV), the Brady kids reunite to assist some of the network’s stars with a massive, six-month …


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 …


The tools you need to make your home look (and work) right

Every tool kit has a hammer. Every utility room a plunger. Every junk drawer a measuring tape. If you’ve ever wondered, however, how the experts get homes looking and working …


In the Garden: Teachers bring artistic flair to South Hill garden

When two artistic gardeners collaborate, the result is a lovely landscape that is a feast for the eyes. Such is the case with John and Pat Hagney’s garden.


Expert in linens offers rules to dress your table

Jane Scott Hodges knows something about table linens. The founder of the luxury company Leontine Linens works directly with interior designers and also is the author of “Linens: For Every …


In the Garden: Spokane in Bloom kicks of garden tour season

The garden tour season officially starts on Saturday with Spokane in Bloom. This year’s tour features nine south-side gardens, carefully selected by the Inland Empire Gardeners of Spokane.


Want an instant new-bathroom feel? Update your shower head.

For a new-bathroom feel without the hassle of a full remodel, Jasmine Morvay, an interior designer in Ottawa, Ontario, has a few ideas: Install a glass door or change the …


Ask the Builder: Don’t build or buy an A-frame house until you’ve tried living in one

A-frame houses are appealing, but they have quirks that take some considering.


Pullman teen lit trailer home on fire, killed dog and cat, police say

Pullman police arrested a teenager suspected of lighting a trailer home on fire last week, killing a dog and cat.


That wicker furniture you’re eyeing is hotter than ever. And yes, you can leave it outside.

The winter coat is packed away. Your striped T-shirt is back in regular rotation. And spring has sprung. Now you’re going to need to jump on this wicker trend. “Wicker …


Ask the Builder: Yes, you can build your own garden shed

Q. I’ve put off building a small garden shed for too many years. After the wretched winter I endured, I deserve something that will lift my spirits. I don’t know …


UPDATED: Thu., May 16, 2019

U.S. home construction climbed 5.7% in April

U.S. home construction rose in April, led by an uptick in single-family homes.


UPDATED: Mon., April 29, 2019

Marriott to expand further into home-sharing

Marriott is pushing more heavily into home-sharing, confident that its combination of luxury properties and loyalty points can lure travelers away from rivals like Airbnb.


Your file cabinet doesn’t have to be an eyesore

Thankfully, the market for file storage has expanded beyond industrial metal cabinets to include upholstered, wooden, colorful or patterned containers. Many can hide in a living room or even bedroom …


Laminate counters take on a new look

Homeowners, designers and even celebrities are warming to the idea of laminate surfaces thanks to new technology that mimics the look and feel of real stone and wood. The pendulum …