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Housing starts best in 4 years

July 26, 2012 WASHINGTON — Builders are putting up more houses than they have in nearly four years, a long-awaited recovery that could help energize the U.S. economy. more »»

Construction spending on the rise

July 12, 2012 WASHINGTON — A surge in homebuilding pushed U.S. construction spending up by the largest amount in five months, the latest indication that the housing sector is slowly recovering. more »»

Tastefully making your home patriotic

July 5, 2012 From Memorial Day and Independence Day on through Labor Day, Americans are staging celebrations of patriotis. more »»

Tracking chronology of home a fun hobby

June 28, 2012 ST PAUL, Minn. — The construction of Julian Sellers’ bungalow in St. Paul, Minn., was started in 1926 and finished in early 1927. The builder was a Swedish immigran. more »»

Decorating material mimics many items

June 21, 2012 Choosing tile for your home once meant picking from among a handful of pastel ceramic squares. more »»

Companies reuse old building components

June 7, 2012 NASHVILLE — Industrial designer Robert Hendrick was on a tech career track out of college until two things happened that changed his trajector. more »»

Outdoor ornaments take on lots of color

May 31, 2012 SEATTLE — I feel like Alice in Wonderland. Sprinting past an alligator drinking a soda pop and a T-Rex playing guitar, I lean toward a family of colorful metal toadstools that come to my knee. more »»

Homegrown veggies, meats more popular

May 24, 2012 MONTPELIER, Vt. — A committed “locavore,” Robin McDermott once struggled to stock her kitchen with food grown within 100 miles of her Vermont home. more »»

Craftsman turns tree parts into masterpieces

May 17, 2012 FAIRBANKS, Alaska — To an untrained eye, the property surrounding Phil Marshall’s home along Skyline Drive looks like it houses a vast, eclectic and surprisingly well-organized firewood collection. more »»

Quality, affordable furniture highlighted

May 10, 2012 MILAN — Philippe Starck said his philosophy of democratic design, or quality pieces at accessible prices, is paying off in the ongoing economic crisis. “People are intelligent. They want quality. more »»

 
 
 

 

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