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The happy house in Fort Worth, Texas

FORT WORTH, TEXAS

The happy house in Fort Worth, Texas

Most people do not know the story behind the two-story bungalow in the historic Fairmount neighborhood of Fort Worth. They just admire the rainbow of pastel hues.

Author’s cozy Cape Cod house inspired him to write a book

Author’s cozy Cape Cod house inspired him to write a book

Back in the 1940s, when Minnesota’s movers and shakers wanted to build a rustic yet upscale cabin on the North Shore, their go-to guy was Edwin Lundie.

For $71,000, live large in a new little place

WASHINGTON

For $71,000, live large in a new little place

Micro-houses - or tiny homes - are part of an architectural movement encouraging simple and sustainable living. But critics of the movement contend that it focuses on single adults and overlooks vulnerable segments of the population, such as families and children, who experience poverty.

It's family, not friends, who may help you live longer, study says

It's family, not friends, who may help you live longer, study says

A new study shows that people with more family members as close confidants - as opposed to close friends - tend to live longer.

Digging for facts about your house?

Digging for facts about your house?

Homeowners in “Old Niskayuna” are in agreement. The Stockade and the GE Realty Plot aren’t the only neighborhoods with interesting house histories.

Break away from bland hallways

Break away from bland hallways

Hallways are the most underappreciated, overlooked design opportunity in your house. Think about how many times you pass through them each day. What if they were something special?

Medal-winning makeover: Add a splash of Rio to your home

Medal-winning makeover: Add a splash of Rio to your home

Almost no other country will be dominating headlines in these upcoming months more than Brazil.

Nineteen places to visit and admire on Stockade Garden Tour

Nineteen places to visit and admire on Stockade Garden Tour

When Werner Feibes was looking to liven up the backyard of his home at 17 North Ferry Street in Schenectady, a typical garden wasn’t the answer.

Homeowners convert cramped quarters into cozy destination

Homeowners convert cramped quarters into cozy destination

The challenge: Homeowner Caryn Schall had no place to stash her stuff. When she and her husband bought their Minnetonka house in 2009, its lack of storage space wasn’t immediately apparent.

Elaborate design or basic throwback, treehouses are a labor of love

SPARKS, Md.

Elaborate design or basic throwback, treehouses are a labor of love

Lexi, Lucas and Devin Goodman wander up the two-tier staircase and through a trapdoor. In the middle of the room is the trunk of a large oak tree. It’s their very own treehouse — and it’s far more involved than a few pieces of wood nailed to some branches.

In the round: Vacation home addition incorporates silo in design

In the round: Vacation home addition incorporates silo in design

As the owner and operator of Port City Brewing Company, Bill Butcher is certainly familiar with silos, since he uses one at his business in Alexandria, Virginia.

Soroptimist garden tour is Saturday

Soroptimist garden tour is Saturday

Cathy and David Wood’s garden, at their home at 1218 S. Country Club Drive in Niskayuna, is one of eight on the Soroptimist International of Schenectady’s annual garden tour this Saturday.

Give a friend a mini-garden, the gift that keeps on growing

Give a friend a mini-garden, the gift that keeps on growing

The options are endless for these beautiful displays of herbs, greens and flowers.

Thinking outside the fence and going green

Thinking outside the fence and going green

Landscapers and their clients are using a variety of greens to create privacy and outdoor living rooms and gardens.

Out in style: How to furnish outdoor spaces

Out in style: How to furnish outdoor spaces

There used to be a shortage of options for outdoor furnishings, especially when it came to smaller spaces. Now, it seems there are just about as many pieces, styles, colors, materials and price points for items outside the home as there are for items inside it.

‘I’m a lot proud’: Ground broken for Allen Apartments

SCHENECTADY

‘I’m a lot proud’: Ground broken for Allen Apartments

Ground was broken Thursday on affordable housing in Hamilton Hill named after late city Councilman Joseph Allen, whose grandson, Ray, described the project as great.

Every home, big or small, should have a mudroom

Every home, big or small, should have a mudroom

Given the volatile weather this spring, we all need to be prepared for all conditions, all of the time.

Bright idea: Investing in roofless solar

HALFMOON

Bright idea: Investing in roofless solar

Capital Region residents have a chance to cut down on their electric bills without slapping solar panels on their roofs by buying into the state’s first shared renewable solar project based in Halfmoon.

Concept house is as much about the outside as the inside

Concept house is as much about the outside as the inside

The “Contemporary Farmhouse” constructed in a subdivision outside Las Vegas in what once had been a desert, is a modest-sized dwelling that lives big and throws convention out the window.

Labyrinths winding their way into homeowners’ yards

Labyrinths winding their way into homeowners’ yards

The labyrinth is an ancient idea made new. The spiral design has been around since before recorded history, though no one is sure where the pattern originated or why.

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