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Planning for spring cleaning eases task

We have been cooped up for the winter months and are ready to emerge from hibernation and freshen up our lives and surroundings.

6 days ago
Design features plenty of windows

Retiring into a vacation home that is spacious and elegant is a great bonus.

6 days ago
From barns to art

RALEIGH, N.C. — Where some people might have seen the knots, twists and warps of the aging timber of two dilapidated barns and sent it straight to the dumpster,

1 week ago
Debate continues on pesticides safety

What is the importance of the pesticides/​herbicides that the Environmental Protection Agency recently ruled on? Are these chemicals dangerous or not? What is the real answer?

1 week ago
Around the house 5/13/17

INVASIVE SPECIES PRESENTATION ON AMUR CORK TREE: 

1 week ago
Use your tax refund to fix your home

If you’re looking to spend it on your home, the typical tax refund is no great windfall. It won’t cover a kitchen revamp or a solar system installation.

2 weeks ago
Rambler-style house design has space for family to spread out

Accented by a wraparound porch, the Noble Card house design has the classic look of a rambler. 

2 weeks ago
Decks with no flashing can lead to rot

The floor by my patio doors appears soft. What could be causing this?

2 weeks ago
Couple create a cozy cupboard bed for grandson

EXCELSIOR, Minn. — Favorite room: “Walter’s bed,” a tiny sleeping/​playroom just big enough for a 2-year-old grandson.

3 weeks ago
Good first impressions can sell homes

It is said that you create a first impression within the first 30 seconds of greeting someone. 

3 weeks ago
Add homegrown flavor to dishes

Looking to add some flavor to your dinner this weekend? 

1 month ago
Around the House 4/22/17

REMINDERS FROM EAU CLAIRE STREET DIVISION: 

1 month ago
Two-pronged outlets can be grounded

A reader recently asked about homes that have a mix of two- and three-prong outlets, what that says about electrical updates through the years, whether there are problems

1 month ago
Around the House 4/15/17

TOUR OF UW-SPROUT CAMPUS GARDEN: 

1 month ago
Hands-on education

WOODBURY, Minn. — Wind your way through the housing subdivisions of Woodbury, up a gentle hill, and you come to a pastoral sight: a picturesque yellow farmhouse,

1 month ago
Dim concerns over CFLs

Q: Given the toxicity of mercury, why in the world would light-bulb manufacturers have chosen to use this in the CFL light bulbs that replaced the incandescents? 

1 month ago
Prepare home’s checklist

Spring is here, hopefully, and it is time for a home check-up.

1 month ago
Age in place: A Baby Boomer’s guide to empty nesting

A large number of baby boomers are reaching the point where their children have grown up and moved out of the house. 

2 months ago
Daisy lives up to its name

The Daisy house design with its brick and wood face, and covered pillar porch reflects the characteristics of its namesake.

2 months ago
Around the House 3/25/17

AMAZING EAU CLAIRE CLEANUP: 

2 months ago
Poor maintenance is expensive

In the past few weeks, I have come across many items that were damaged due to poor maintenance and now must be replaced.

2 months ago
Around the House 3/18/17

ORGANIC SOILS FOR LAWN AND GARDEN: The Eau Claire Area Master Gardener Association will welcome Gordy Petschow from Midwest Environmental Consultants for a presentation

2 months ago
Keep Out: Take steps to deter burglars from targeting your home

A home burglary occurs every 15 seconds in the U.S., but the burglary average arrest rate is only 13 percent. 

2 months ago
Greener grass: Some companies go eco-friendly with lawn mowers

SAN JOSE, Calif. —With spring coming up, it’s time to think about getting that lawn back into shape. And now there’s a greener way to do it.

2 months ago
Around the House 3/11/17

OUTDOOR LIVING SPACES SEMINAR: The Chippewa Valley Home Builders Association is presenting a seminar on outdoor living spaces at 6 p.m. Tuesday at its offices, 4319 Jeffers

2 months ago
Direct your sump pump water outside

Can I pump the water from my sump pump into my plumbing system?

2 months ago
It’s a jungle in here! Houseplants help decorate, comfort and clean the air

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Hanging from the ceiling or making a major green statement in any room, houseplants are back in style.

2 months ago
Not simply salt: De-icers pose varying dangers to pets, plants

When your driveway and walkways are covered in ice, you need to move quickly to remove it for safety’s sake. Applying a de-icer preventively after clearing walkways is

3 months ago
Vaulted ceilings add space to split-level, three-bedroom ranch home

A side-sloping lot is needed to accommodate the split-level Stone Cottage house design.

3 months ago
Think of thrift shops during spring cleaning, projects

Spring is on its way, and we all know what that means: spring cleaning. 

3 months ago
Finished basement would double living space

Large windows, a fireplace, an optional basement and a screened porch all add to the East Coast attraction of the Granby design. 

3 months ago
Home is where the barn is

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — John Iiams and Jenilee Borth-Iiams are the first owners of their striking, barn-like house, but they weren't involved in the design process.

3 months ago
Around the House 2/11/17

GETTING YOUR HOUSEPLANTS IN SHAPE: Susan Frame, horticulture instructor at Chippewa Valley Technical College, will speak at the Dunn County Master Gardener Association

3 months ago
Burt’s coop: Burt's Bees founder lived in converted turkey coop

DURHAM, N.C. — Before he met Roxanne Quimby and founded Burt’s Bees, Burt Shavitz lived in a converted turkey coop made of white cedar shingles on 37 acres of

3 months ago
Wide open space: Design requires large lot for 3,000 square feet of living space

A beautiful wooded lot with a long clearing would be ideal for the colonial-looking Okeson.

3 months ago
State requires liscensed home inspectors

Does Wisconsin require home inspectors to be licensed?

3 months ago
Power guzzlers: Take a whole- house approach to insulation to help reduce costs

Did you know that single-family homes are the highest users of energy in our country? 

3 months ago
Kits can identify high radon levels

Radon test kits from the Eau Claire City-County Health Department can be purchased as a way to test your home for for the odorless, tasteless radioactive gas. 

3 months ago
From thrift store to showstopper: DIY pro talks through steps for furniture makeover

PHILADELPHIA — In the showroom of the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, the warehouse-size furniture thrift store, there is lots and lots of brown — huge

4 months ago
Around the House 1/14/17

POLLINATOR & PERENNIAL FIELD GARDEN: Tom Walsh will be the featured speaker Tuesday from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. at the Dunn County Master Gardener Association meeting.

4 months ago
Cheap tricks for laundry room redo

I love a project.

4 months ago
Gardening trends for 2017 include growing own hops

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Like paint colors and fashion, gardening trends come and go.

4 months ago
Turn your home into a New Year’s resolution

Creating a few personal New Year’s resolutions is one way give yourself a little extra motivation to make some positive changes in your life. The same also can be true

4 months ago
Design has small footprint, features lots of natural light

The front of the Bunce house design has a porch in front of a large bay window covered by an overhang with a dormer. 

4 months ago
Permits are required for various home alterations, projects

When do I need a permit for work done around my home?

4 months ago
House inspired by movie 'Up'

FORT WORTH, Texas — Children stop and point at the house on College Avenue. Cars slow down and sometimes stop completely. Occasionally, someone honks and waves, or

4 months ago
With aging population, a gap in home design

Suzanne and Dan Swisher started looking for a new house a few years ago. 

5 months ago
A merry vintage Christmas

MINNEAPOLIS — Want to time-travel back to the 1960s, when Shiny Brite ornaments dangled from shiny aluminum trees? Step inside Cassy Zamora’s Columbia Heights

5 months ago
House designed for sloping lot

The Blue Skye house design, perfect for a sloped property, has a five-sided turret room accenting the face of the three-bedroom home. 

5 months ago