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US homebuilder sentiment rises

September 22, 2016 By Alex Veiga AP Business Writer Confidence among U.S. homebuilders has surged to the highest level in nearly a year, reflecting a brighter outlook for sales now and into 2017. more »»

Home construction slumped in August

September 22, 2016 WASHINGTON (AP) — Homebuilders pulled back on construction in the South, causing the pace of August housing starts nationwide to fall to their lowest level in three months. more »»

White walls? The trick is choosing the right white

September 22, 2016 NEW YORK (AP) — So you want to paint a room white. Sounds easy, until you go to the hardware store to buy paint and discover there are dozens of whites to choose from. more »»

Remember the ceiling when decorating

September 22, 2016 By Sarah Wolfe For The Associated Press Ceilings are the Rodney Dangerfield of homes. They get no respect. more »»

‘Super pantries on kitchen wish lists

September 15, 2016 By Melissa Kossler Dutton Associated Press Teresa Keller used to joke that she was pantry-challenged. more »»

Tips to save energy, money this winter

September 15, 2016 DETROIT — As cooler temperatures signal the start of another heating season, DTE Energy suggests customers prepare their homes and their budgets for winter. Steps taken now can pay big dividends. more »»

Tips on making a room feel bigger

September 15, 2016 By Melissa Rayworth Associated Press As the weather gets colder and we come indoors, it’s easy to wish your indoor space had some of the open, airy feeling of the outdoors. more »»

Setting up home just a click away

September 15, 2016 By Kim Cook Associated Press In a connected world, nesting’s a lot easier than it used to be. There are apps and websites that streamline many aspects of setting up and dismantling a home. more »»

US construction spending drops 0.6 percent in June

August 4, 2016 WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. construction spending fell for a third straight month in June with spending on nonresidential construction dropping by the largest amount in six months. more »»

Downsizing tips from the pros

August 4, 2016 By Katherine Roth Associated Press For empty nesters, seniors and others who find themselves moving into a smaller space, downsizing can feel emotionally and physically overwhelming. more »»

Today’s wood walls make a modern statement

August 4, 2016 By Kim Cook Associated Press The phrase “wood walls” should no longer conjure up images of gloomy paneled basements or cabins sheathed in dated, knotty pine. more »»

US homebuilder sentiment slips in July

July 21, 2016 By Alex Veiga AP Business Writer U.S. homebuilders are feeling slightly less optimistic about their sales prospects this month, though their outlook for the new-home market remains positive overal. more »»

Get more consistent heating and cooling

July 21, 2016 Dear Jim: Our furnace and air conditioner work fine, but some rooms are always too hot or too cold. They change when heating or cooling. more »»

‘Micro’ apartments challenging minimalist living

July 21, 2016 NEW YORK (AP) — New York City’s first “micro” apartment complex is open for business, challenging the limits of minimalist living. more »»

Pending US home sales slumped

July 7, 2016 WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans signed contracts to buy homes in May, with the year-over-year pace of pending sales sliding for the first time in nearly two years. more »»

Outdoor art celebrates iconic Glass House

July 7, 2016 NEW CANAAN, Conn. (AP) — Philip Johnson’s Glass House, built in this leafy corner of Connecticut in 1949, was always about more than architectur. more »»

Ask a Designer: Creating snazzy staircases

July 7, 2016 By Melissa Rayworth Associated Press We give lots of thought to decorating rooms but often overlook the staircase, despite the fact that in many homes it’s the first thing people see when they walk... more »»

US home construction down slightly

June 23, 2016 WASHINGTON (AP) — Construction of new homes nudged down slightly in May, with builders pulling back in the Northeast and Midwest. Housing starts ticked down 0. more »»

Window films offer heat control

June 23, 2016 Dear Jim: I need to block the sun’s heat and fading rays coming in my windows. They are just single-pane, but are in good condition. more »»

Right at Home: decor with a West Coast vibe

June 23, 2016 There’s no single definition of California style: The state’s design sensibilities are as varied and interesting as its geography and climate. more »»

A good entrance gate makes a good garden

June 16, 2016 By Lee Reich Associated Press Visitors always admired the entrance gate to my vegetable garden, more than I ever did. Built from cedar branches, it did have rustic charm. more »»



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