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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 »»

Savvy ways to keep your home cool this summer

June 16, 2016 By Katherine Roth Associated Press As summer temperatures — and utility bills — rise, there are some easy ways to keep cool that are cheaper and greener than air conditioning. more »»

Rising home prices lift US wealth, even as stocks fall

June 16, 2016 WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans’ household wealth rose in the first three months of this year as home values increased, offsetting a drop in stock prices. The Federal Reserve said that U.. more »»

Right at Home: Sellers, give every room a role

June 9, 2016 By Kim Cook Associated Press Many of us have one room in the house that doesn’t really have a job. more »»

Report: US construction spending tumbled in April

June 9, 2016 WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. construction spending fell in April by the biggest amount in five years, dragged by declines in housing, commercial construction and spending on government projects. more »»

Fruity, summery colors perk up decor all year

June 9, 2016 By Kim Cook Associated Press Ah, summer — the season when oranges are transformed into ice pops, limes add zing to slushies, peaches become pies, and berries take over nearly every dessert from Jun... more »»

Ask a Designer: Sweat the details like doorknobs and handles

June 9, 2016 By Melissa Rayworth Associated Press It’s a small thing, often overlooked amid major items like furniture and paint colors when you’re decorating a room. more »»

Coming up with a furniture plan that works

June 2, 2016 By Melissa Rayworth Associated Press Sometimes the way to improve a room isn’t to buy new furniture: It’s to rearrange pieces you already own. more »»

 
 
 

 

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