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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

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Home has porch, deck and patio

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

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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

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Family room can be turned into an extra bedroom

Traditional homes of the past provided separated rooms and privacy. 

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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

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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. 

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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

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Design is easily adaptable

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

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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.

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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.

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All fuel-burning appliances can produce CO

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

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Tiny house a big hit

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

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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. 

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Around the House 11/5/16

COMMON TREE DISEASE PRESENTATION:

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Consider home security systems to keep burglars at bay

Halloween is almost here! 

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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?

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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House design comes with alternate plan for dining room

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

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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

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Electrical systems often rife with problems

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

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Tudor-style home has stucco exterior 

Parents can cook dinner and still keep an eye on kids playing in the front yard in the Donald 1 house design. 

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Around the House 9/17/16

AGRI-SCIENCE PROGRAM: 

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Garage tucked in back of three-bedroom home

The Biggs house design has the garage in the rear with a side entry. 

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House of the Week: 9/10/16

The Kloster house design is ideal for a cabin in the woods or on beachfront property, with 1,778 square feet divided between 1,224 square feet on the main floor and 554

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Ask the Inspector: Remove thermal vent dampers in pipes

This time of year, certain things change in the home inspection process.

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Duo’s love of home design prompts startup

DALLAS — Carly Nance and Rachel Bentley dreamed of starting a company that sold unique home goods made by artisans from around the world. Then, they hopped on a plane

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House of the Week 9/3/16

 A portico porch covers the entry door of the Theron house design, which has 1,828 square feet of living space and a storage area of 316 square feet.

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Electrical safety No. 1 priority

Electricity is such a fundamental part of our everyday lives that we hardly ever think about how it works or any safety issues that could occur as a result of our plugged-in

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Hopping over the border

A sharp-eyed state Department of Natural Resources botanist visiting the Chippewa Falls area recently found Japanese hop among a tangle of vegetation between a Chippewa Falls

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Wood flooring options grow for homes

Wood flooring is a classic look for any home, but there are trends to consider when installing a new floor or refinishing an existing one:

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Waste removal methods depend on project size

A home remodeling project has homeowners dreaming of the finished space. 

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House features big patio, deck

This three-bedroom split-level house design features a rear deck over a walk-out basement patio — providing ample opportunities to enjoy the outdoors.

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Optional attic could be used as a playroom

The Sheba design has the look of a traditional two-story ranch home from the outside but has many extras inside. 

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Around the House: 8/13/16

WELL INSPECTIONS REMINDER: Well checkups should be done each year, or if there is a change in color, taste or smell of your water, according to a news release from the

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Presale inspections grow in popularity

Do you recommend a home be inspected before it is put on the market?

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Set home temp to sweet spot while on vacation

Before you leave on your last, late-summer vacation, don’t forget to give your HVAC system a break too.

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Design can function as duplex or multiplex

Duplexes, triplexes and quadplexes are popular to build. 

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It's a homebuyer's market

Lower interest rates and favorable home prices continue to boost housing affordability across the country.

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Outdoor kitchens need water-safe outlets

Homeowners might be giving thought to building outdoor kitchens or barbecue islands and other outdoor entertaining options during summer.

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Ask the Inspector: Moisture, insulation issues can be spotted in attics

If you can get into your attic, you should inspect it a couple times a year for moisture buildup and a check of the insulation.

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Ranch-style home has room to grow

The Renegade is a ranch-style home design featuring a wrap-around porch, large garage, lots of windows and room to grow inside.

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Big ambition, smaller scale

LOS ANGELES — When Vanessa Bradley and Michel Bocande had an opportunity to tour the Minarc-designed Appleton house in Venice several years ago, they walked away

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Tile, wood shingles among priciest roofing materials

It’s important to consider the pros and cons of several different types of roof shingles and the relative cost of each material, as well as consult with a local roofing

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Most rooms in home have vaulted ceilings

The Orion is a two-bedroom compact home with 1,028 square feet of living area designed with an open floor plan, two-car garage and amenities available in larger homes. 

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