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Don't Try to Accelerate the Value by Adding Too Many Improvements Feb. 18, 2020

The Real Estate Expert

I often have clients call me asking if it makes sense to put in a swimming pool or add on to their h... Read More

The Contractor Nightmare Feb. 11, 2020

The Real Estate Expert

You might be one of the fortunate people who had a flawless experience adding a room, building a sec... Read More

The Places Where Builders Can Cut Corners Jan. 28, 2020

The Real Estate Expert

Don't think of it as someone trying to pull the wool over your eyes. Think of it more as you get wha... Read More

How To Evaluate and Select a Building Lot Jan. 23, 2020

Here's How

Dear James: I am looking for a building lot. The nicest lots have already been taken in subdivisions... Read More

Trump Plans to Streamline Environmental Assessments Jan. 15, 2020

Daily Editorials

President Barack Obama had a grand vision of fixing the country's infrastructure. Bureaucracy stood ... Read More

Add More Storage With a Window Seat Nov. 28, 2019

Here's How

Dear James: I could use some additional storage space, especially in the children's bedroom. I thoug... Read More

Install a Lightweight Box Beam on Ceiling Oct. 31, 2019

Here's How

Dear James: I want to add ceiling lighting and a ceiling fan to my living room, but there is no wiri... Read More

Repair Toilets Yourself to Save Water and Money Sep. 12, 2019

Here's How

Dear James: We have three toilets in our house, and each one seems to have a different problem. It c... Read More

Install a Space-Saving Pocket Door Yourself Sep. 05, 2019

Here's How

Dear James: When I was in college, our old dorm had pocket doors to save space, but they were hard t... Read More

Methods to Reduce Dust During a Home Project Aug. 29, 2019

Here's How

Dear James: I like to do home improvement projects around my house, but the dust and dirt gets every... Read More

Repair Leaky Rolled Roofing With New Membrane Aug. 22, 2019

Here's How

Dear James: My older house has asphalt roll roofing over an attic/bedroom conversion with a low slop... Read More

Avoid Design Errors When Building a Home Jun. 20, 2019

Here's How

Dear James: We are doing the basic design of our new house. We want to make sure it is perfect witho... Read More

Repair Potholes in an Asphalt Driveway Yourself Jun. 13, 2019

Here's How

Dear James: My asphalt driveway need some serious repairs. There are several potholes and dents in i... Read More

Design a Mudroom for Your Garage or Back Door Jun. 06, 2019

Here's How

Dear James: We are designing a new house. We have two children and think a mudroom between the garag... Read More

Tile a Kitchen Countertop Backsplash May. 30, 2019

Here's How

Dear James: The area of the wall behind the countertop always gets messy, and the paint gets stained... Read More

Select Small-Sized, Easy-to-Handle Tools May. 16, 2019

Here's How

Dear James: I want to do some outdoor projects, such as adding a deck, a trellis, etc. Being petite,... Read More

Install an Attractive Beadboard Ceiling May. 09, 2019

Here's How

Dear James: I bought an older home, and the living room ceiling is in pretty bad condition. I am loo... Read More

Replace a Shower Mixing Valve With a New One May. 02, 2019

Here's How

Dear James: Whenever one of the kids flushes a toilet while I am showering, the water gets very hot.... Read More

Fashionable Hardware Apr. 27, 2019

The Art of Design

I remember not so long ago when a home renovation required changing all your hardware to "update" th... Read More

Build Your Own Bridge Through the Garden Apr. 25, 2019

Here's How

Dear James: I am planning to sell my house, so I want to improve the landscaping. I think a small de... Read More