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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

14 hrs 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.

14 hrs ago
Think of thrift shops during spring cleaning, projects

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

14 hrs 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. 

1 week 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.

1 week 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

2 weeks 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

2 weeks 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 weeks ago
State requires liscensed home inspectors

Does Wisconsin require home inspectors to be licensed?

3 weeks 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? 

4 weeks 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. 

4 weeks 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

1 month 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.

1 month ago
Cheap tricks for laundry room redo

I love a project.

1 month ago
Gardening trends for 2017 include growing own hops

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

1 month 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

1 month 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. 

1 month ago
Permits are required for various home alterations, projects

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

1 month 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

1 month ago
With aging population, a gap in home design

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

2 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

2 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. 

2 months ago
Master of the house: Master suite has walk-in closet that leads to utility room

A combination of brick and wood with large window accents complements the exterior of the Plitt house design. 

2 months ago
Inspections helpful when buying ‘as is’

What’s the purpose in getting a home inspection if you’re buying “as is?”

2 months ago
Thermal expansion can occur in all water heaters

A reader bought a water heater and expansion tank and had them installed by someone who was not a licensed plumber.

2 months ago
Punch up décor with a homemade wreath

Homes decked out for the holidays add to the spirit of the season. When strolling about, take a look at the wreaths, tabletop décor and centerpieces — because

2 months ago
Home has porch, deck and patio

A covered, wrap-around porch in the Desert Wine house design provides plenty of open space. 

2 months ago
A healthy dose of warmth: Cozy up to these tips to keep your fireplace running at its best

Getting your home nice and toasty is certainly a benefit of owning a fireplace. But the added feature doesn’t come without maintenance, and its neglect can lead to

2 months ago
Family room can be turned into an extra bedroom

Traditional homes of the past provided separated rooms and privacy. 

2 months ago
Three homes on tour full of Christmas spirit

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, at least on the Tour of Homes in Menomonie this year, sponsored by the Women’s Fellowship of the First Congregational

2 months ago
Merry & Bright: Do the math to figure out how many amps your Christmas lights are drawing

It’s that time of year when we are lighting up yards and homes with hundreds and sometimes thousands of lights. 

3 months ago
Around the house 11/26/16

COOK-RUTLEDGE MANSION CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE: Decorated for Christmas in the tradition of the 1880s, The Cook-Rutledge Mansion, 505 W. Grand Ave., Chippewa Falls, will

3 months ago
Design is easily adaptable

A covered porch and large corner win-dows add charm to the Dunham house design. 

3 months ago
House of the Week

For a plan of this home, send $25 for a printed copy or $7.50 for an electronic version to Landmark Designs, P.O. Box 5625, Eugene, OR 97405. Specify Dunham, plan 407-43 LT54.

3 months ago
Vacation home designed for great views

The Phillips house design is ideal as a home away from home, whether that’s near the ocean or in the mountains.

3 months ago
All fuel-burning appliances can produce CO

You are always reminding us about installing carbon monoxide detectors. Could you expand on this?

3 months ago
Tiny house a big hit

WICHITA, Kan. — Robert Wagoner had a big idea to build tiny homes. Out of shipping containers.

3 months ago
Watch your step: Hunters, hikers should be aware of invasive plants to help prevent their spread

None of us wants to go hunting or hiking with a clingy, destructive hitchhiker. 

3 months ago
Around the House 11/5/16

COMMON TREE DISEASE PRESENTATION:

3 months ago
Consider home security systems to keep burglars at bay

Halloween is almost here! 

3 months ago
Home inspectors can’t predict the future

I asked my home inspector what kind of warranty or guarantee they offer, and he said none. Why is that?

4 months ago
Burglar-proof your home

SEATTLE — Mafe Rajul, King County senior deputy prosecuting attorney, drove around King County — mainly Seattle and the Eastside — with a prolific

4 months ago
Around The House 10/15/16

MOSAIC GARDEN ART: Dunn County Master Garden Association speaker Betty Verdon will deliver a presentation on mosaic garden art from 6 to 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday in Suite

4 months ago
Design has dedicated space for sewing

The front of the Weber design has a courtyard for plants and flowers and a covered porch with a ramp.

4 months ago
Follow these tips to avoid high heating bills

It’s that time of year again to get your home ready for cold weather. It’s hard to believe, but the heating season is almost upon us.

4 months ago
Open concept home ideal for narrow and deep lots

The traditional look of the covered porch, two-car garage, compact home is very visible in the Misty Falls design. 

4 months ago
Around the House 10/1/16

COLFAX HOME TOUR: A tour of six homes in Colfax from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 19 will serve as a fundraiser for the restoration of a 1915 Colfax municipal building. 

4 months ago
House design comes with alternate plan for dining room

The Riffle house plan gives the owner a feel of openness and comfort. 

4 months ago
Designer puts woodworking skills to the test to decorate bungalow

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles-based designer Taidgh O’Neill and his wife, Stephanie, had been searching for a home for months when the architectural restorer

4 months ago
Electrical systems often rife with problems

What do you find to be the most important areas of a home inspection?

5 months ago