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Let the good times roll
Feb 17, 2017 4:00 AM

Let the good times roll

I have never been so thankful for horrible icy weather as I was on a special Fat Tuesday a few years ago, when the car's inability get traction on the highway scored me an invite to one heck of a Mardi Gras party.

By Mary Carol Garrity Tribune News Service
Feb 17, 2017 4:00 AM

Questions to ask before renovating

Many homeowners have lofty goals for their homes. Such plans may include extensive renovations or even additions. While many of these projects create beautiful changes in a home, it's important to consider the impact that renovations can have on property value before beginning a project.

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Toilets go high-tech
Feb 17, 2017 4:00 AM

Toilets go high-tech

Q: Dear Ed: I just saw a toilet from the future on TV that had very cool features. I'm a new homeowner on a budget and cannot afford an expensive toilet plus installation. Is there anything I can do to convert my present toilet to a high-tech toilet?

By Ed Del Grande Tribune News Service
Debt, down payment confusion prevent sales
Feb 17, 2017 4:00 AM

Debt, down payment confusion prevent sales

WASHINGTON -- Existing-home sales increased 3.

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Incorporate popular pink into your decor
Feb 17, 2017 4:00 AM

Incorporate popular pink into your decor

Pink is one of those colors that you can dress up or down, and use all year long. Despite what many people may think, pink is more than just a feminine color. From the runways to home decor, pink remains one of the most popular accent colors.

By Cathy Hobbs Tribune News Service
Feb 17, 2017 4:00 AM

No propertytranfers for this week

Editor's note: There are no Property Transfers in this week's At Home section. The Record-Courier receives property transfer information from CoreLogic, a company that provides real estate analytics to businesses and the government. CoreLogic reports no activity this week.

Modern design has open layout
Feb 17, 2017 4:00 AM

Modern design has open layout

This charming open layout displays modern design sensibility and fantastic curb appeal. Inside, the family room offers excellent views of the back lanai. The kitchen gives you plenty of room for meal prep with a spacious counter, a separate central island, and a walk-in pantry.

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Small space design
Feb 17, 2017 4:00 AM

Small space design

With limited space, creating a striking neutral design with a clean, streamlined aesthetic isn't easy, but we love the thrill of a challenge at MyDomaine HQ. And besides, we honestly believe that a small space is way more fun to decorate than a large one is. Why?

By Sacha Strebe Domaine
Bigger tub for a smaller bathroom
Feb 10, 2017 4:00 AM

Bigger tub for a smaller bathroom

Q: Dear Ed, you are my plumbing guru and I wanted to ask you a remodeling question for my smaller bathroom. I really want to have a whirlpool tub and need to ask: How can I fit a larger than standard tub into my new bathroom?

By Ed Del Grande Tribune News Service
Tricks for artfully styling a cabinet
Feb 10, 2017 4:00 AM

Tricks for artfully styling a cabinet

Dan once joked to an acquaintance that on my days off, I could spend the whole day puttering around my house, tweaking each display, "rotating everything a quarter of an inch" until it was just so. I would have given him a nudge in the gut for that, if it wasn't a tiny bit true.

By Mary Carol Garrity Tribune News Service
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Feb 10, 2017 4:00 AM

How to go green in your home

Europe has been the leader for decades and now the United States is finally catching up. The trend right now is to be not only environmentally friendly, but also to not waste resources. Sustainability, many believe, is the key to healthy living.

By Cathy Hobbs Tribune News Service
A farmhouse for today
Feb 10, 2017 4:00 AM

A farmhouse for today

Decorative columns frame the wrapping covered porch of this lovely design. Each room offers views of the surrounding property; the great room includes three sets of French doors to the rear porch. Upscale amenities and striking ceiling treatments heighten appeal.

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Adding a powder room can have big impact on value
Feb 10, 2017 4:00 AM

Adding a powder room can have big impact on value

(BPT) -- Never underestimate the power of a powder room to make your home more livable and increase its resale value. Having more and nicer bathrooms consistently scores high in surveys on homeowners' wish lists.

The myth of the down payment
Feb 10, 2017 4:00 AM

The myth of the down payment

Did you know that the median down payment for first-time buyers has been 6 percent for three straight years? If you answered no to this question, you are likely not alone.

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Shades of gray
Feb 10, 2017 4:00 AM

Shades of gray

Gray, like other popular neutrals, blends well with other colors and can help to create environments that can vary from muted and soothing to rich and bold. The beauty of gray is its versatility. Looking for ways to incorporate gray into your decor?

By Cathy Hobbs Tribune News Service
Light solutions for dark spaces
Feb 10, 2017 4:00 AM

Light solutions for dark spaces

(BPT) -- A house with ample windows can win your heart with silent promises of sun-drenched rooms and warm breezes wafting through open windows. The truth, however, is that even a home with windows galore can have rooms that feel dark and cave like.

Decorating low and high
Feb 3, 2017 4:00 AM

Decorating low and high

Whether your ceilings are low or high, or your space is small or spacious, it is important to select and choose furniture that is the appropriate size and scale.

By Cathy Hobbs Tribune News Service
Hard facts about cast-iron sinks
Feb 3, 2017 4:00 AM

Hard facts about cast-iron sinks

Q: Dear Ed, I enjoyed your recent article on natural stone vessel-type bathroom sinks. I now want to install a vessel sink in my new bathroom. But, I'm thinking about cast iron for my sink material choice. Can you please give me some advice on cast-iron vessel-type sinks? P.S.

By Ed Del Grande Tribune News Service
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Feb 3, 2017 4:00 AM

Options for insulating an older home

Q: Just bought a 1910 house in Queen Anne. We love the house, but it's very chilly. I thought I would start with insulating the basement. I also need to install a dryer vent, so I removed a section of the lath and plaster, removing the interior lath and plaster to expose the stud bays.

By C. Dwight Barnett Tribune News Service
Design trends in hardwood
Feb 3, 2017 4:00 AM

Design trends in hardwood

(BPT) --- Hardwood may be one of the oldest building materials known to man, yet architects, designers and homeowners are always finding fresh ways to use it in the modern home. What's the appeal? Flexibility and variety, for starters.