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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 »»

Open and shut case: choosing and hanging shutters

June 2, 2016 By Melissa Kossler Dutton Associated Press Although glass and screens have eliminated the practical need for shutters, they’re still popular for decoration. more »»

US home prices rise as spring buying season begins

June 2, 2016 WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices kept climbing in March as the spring home buying season began, but so far the higher costs haven’t thwarted sales. more »»

Home sales growth driven by Midwest

May 26, 2016 WASHINGTON (AP) — Midwestern homebuyers helped spark a national increase in real estate sales during April, a sign that demand for housing remains steady despite rising prices and tight inventories. more »»

New home sales jump to highest level in 8 years

May 26, 2016 WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans ramped up their purchases of new homes in April to the highest level since January 2008, evidence of a strong start to the spring buying season. more »»

How to decorate with antiques, heirlooms

May 26, 2016 By Katherine Roth Associated Press In this age of minimalism and decluttering, the common response to an offer of a family heirloom or antique might be, “I don’t have space,” ‘’It’s not my taste,”... more »»

Daily Press Real Estate Expo tonight

May 19, 2016 ESCANABA — The Daily Press 2016 Real Estate Expo is tonight from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Quality Inn in Escanaba. Dan McDonald, publisher of the Daily Press, said this is an entirely new event for 2016. more »»

Builders increase home construction

May 19, 2016 WASHINGTON (AP) — Builders ramped up construction of new homes in April, suggesting that the market remains solid despite sluggish economic growth at the beginning of the yea. more »»

Agrihoods take root: A housing trend rooted in agriculture

May 19, 2016 DAVIS, Calif. (AP) — “How ya gonna keep ‘em down on the farm?” asks the old song. The answer may be: Build them an agrihood. more »»

Raising the ceiling dramatically changes a room

May 12, 2016 By Melissa Rayworth Associated Press Architects tend to look skyward: The ancient Greeks built coffered ceilings in their temples. Romans introduced the barrel vault. more »»

Advice for couples blending 2 homes into 1

May 12, 2016 By Melissa Rayworth Associated Press For couples setting up a new home together, it’s a challenge: how to merge two sets of stuff and two decorating styles into one space they both can love. more »»



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