We have been cooped up for the winter months and are ready to emerge from hibernation and freshen up our lives and surroundings.
Retiring into a vacation home that is spacious and elegant is a great bonus.
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,
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?
INVASIVE SPECIES PRESENTATION ON AMUR CORK TREE:
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.
Accented by a wraparound porch, the Noble Card house design has the classic look of a rambler.
The floor by my patio doors appears soft. What could be causing this?
EXCELSIOR, Minn. — Favorite room: “Walter’s bed,” a tiny sleeping/playroom just big enough for a 2-year-old grandson.
It is said that you create a first impression within the first 30 seconds of greeting someone.
Looking to add some flavor to your dinner this weekend?
REMINDERS FROM EAU CLAIRE STREET DIVISION:
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
TOUR OF UW-SPROUT CAMPUS GARDEN:
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,
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?
Spring is here, hopefully, and it is time for a home check-up.
A large number of baby boomers are reaching the point where their children have grown up and moved out of the house.
The Daisy house design with its brick and wood face, and covered pillar porch reflects the characteristics of its namesake.
AMAZING EAU CLAIRE CLEANUP:
In the past few weeks, I have come across many items that were damaged due to poor maintenance and now must be replaced.
ORGANIC SOILS FOR LAWN AND GARDEN: The Eau Claire Area Master Gardener Association will welcome Gordy Petschow from Midwest Environmental Consultants for a presentation
A home burglary occurs every 15 seconds in the U.S., but the burglary average arrest rate is only 13 percent.
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.
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
Some like it hot; others prefer to chill.
Can I pump the water from my sump pump into my plumbing system?
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Hanging from the ceiling or making a major green statement in any room, houseplants are back in style.
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
A side-sloping lot is needed to accommodate the split-level Stone Cottage house design.
Spring is on its way, and we all know what that means: spring cleaning.
Large windows, a fireplace, an optional basement and a screened porch all add to the East Coast attraction of the Granby design.
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.
GETTING YOUR HOUSEPLANTS IN SHAPE: Susan Frame, horticulture instructor at Chippewa Valley Technical College, will speak at the Dunn County Master Gardener Association
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
A beautiful wooded lot with a long clearing would be ideal for the colonial-looking Okeson.
Does Wisconsin require home inspectors to be licensed?
Did you know that single-family homes are the highest users of energy in our country?
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.
PHILADELPHIA — In the showroom of the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, the warehouse-size furniture thrift store, there is lots and lots of brown — huge
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.
I love a project.
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Like paint colors and fashion, gardening trends come and go.
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
The front of the Bunce house design has a porch in front of a large bay window covered by an overhang with a dormer.
When do I need a permit for work done around my home?
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
Suzanne and Dan Swisher started looking for a new house a few years ago.
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
The Blue Skye house design, perfect for a sloped property, has a five-sided turret room accenting the face of the three-bedroom home.