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Feb 24, 2017 4:00 AM

Flood insurance: Are you covered in case of disaster?

(BPT) --- We know the old saying: when it rains, it pours... and when it pours, it floods. With winter snow storms coming to an end, the threat of flooding increases as the snow begins to melt and the rivers and creeks begin to swell.

Rift between housing availability, affordability
Feb 24, 2017 4:00 AM

Rift between housing availability, affordability

WASHINGTON -- Existing-home sales are forecast to expand 1.7 percent in 2017, but a new housing affordability model created jointly by the National Association of Realtors and realtor.com, a leading online real estate destination operated by by News Corp subsidiary Move, Inc.

Portage County Association Of Realtors
Help with sound proofing basement
Feb 24, 2017 4:00 AM

Help with sound proofing basement

Q: I need help with sound proofing. Noise from the main level travels to rooms in the basement. What can I do to the ceiling in the basement to soundproof the downstairs rooms?

By C. Dwight Barnett Tribune News Service
Go from plain to polished in the bathroom
Feb 24, 2017 4:00 AM

Go from plain to polished in the bathroom

Not everyone can have a sprawling bathroom with floor-to-ceiling marble tiles, extra-wide soaking tubs, and roaring fireplaces. But everyone can have a bathroom that feels luxe, no matter how old or small.

By Gabrielle Savole Domaine (tns)
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Pillow pairings to perk up a space
Feb 24, 2017 4:00 AM

Pillow pairings to perk up a space

I love the changing of the seasons. One of my favorite rituals as the cold months fold into warm, and back again, is to switch out the accent pillows on my sofa, chairs and bedding. In a few weeks, I will unzip my heavy weight plaids and replace them with lightweight florals and stripes.

By Mary Carol Garrity Tribune News Service
Big curb appeal, modest square footage
Feb 24, 2017 4:00 AM

Big curb appeal, modest square footage

Proving that smaller homes can pack a big style punch, this design provides homeowners with a versatile layout. Inside the home, a flex space can become a nursery, a home office, or even a crafting room.

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Working with white
Feb 24, 2017 4:00 AM

Working with white

White is one of the easiest colors to work with, and for some, one of the most difficult. Many are surprised when they browse the paint aisles and discover literally hundreds of shades of white.

By Cathy Hobbs Tribune News Service
Feb 24, 2017 4:00 AM

No property transfers in today's At Home section

Editor's note: There are no Property Transfers in this week's At Home section. The Record-Courier receives property transfer information from CoreLogic, a company that provides real estate analytics to businesses and the government. CoreLogic reports no activity this week.

Stone sink naturally brings up questions
Feb 24, 2017 4:00 AM

Stone sink naturally brings up questions

Q: Dear Ed: We're planning to remodel our powder room and missed your column on natural stone vessel-type sinks. Can you please revisit your thoughts on stone sinks? Also, what other types of natural vessel sinks have you seen? A: My articles on bathroom sinks generate a lot of questions.

By Ed Del Grande Tribune News Service
Let the good times roll
Feb 17, 2017 4:00 AM

Let the good times roll

I have never been so thankful for horrible icy weather as I was on a special Fat Tuesday a few years ago, when the car's inability get traction on the highway scored me an invite to one heck of a Mardi Gras party.

By Mary Carol Garrity Tribune News Service
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Feb 17, 2017 4:00 AM

Questions to ask before renovating

Many homeowners have lofty goals for their homes. Such plans may include extensive renovations or even additions. While many of these projects create beautiful changes in a home, it's important to consider the impact that renovations can have on property value before beginning a project.

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Toilets go high-tech
Feb 17, 2017 4:00 AM

Toilets go high-tech

Q: Dear Ed: I just saw a toilet from the future on TV that had very cool features. I'm a new homeowner on a budget and cannot afford an expensive toilet plus installation. Is there anything I can do to convert my present toilet to a high-tech toilet?

By Ed Del Grande Tribune News Service
Debt, down payment confusion prevent sales
Feb 17, 2017 4:00 AM

Debt, down payment confusion prevent sales

WASHINGTON -- Existing-home sales increased 3.

Portage County Association Of Realtors
Incorporate popular pink into your decor
Feb 17, 2017 4:00 AM

Incorporate popular pink into your decor

Pink is one of those colors that you can dress up or down, and use all year long. Despite what many people may think, pink is more than just a feminine color. From the runways to home decor, pink remains one of the most popular accent colors.

By Cathy Hobbs Tribune News Service
Feb 17, 2017 4:00 AM

No propertytranfers for this week

Editor's note: There are no Property Transfers in this week's At Home section. The Record-Courier receives property transfer information from CoreLogic, a company that provides real estate analytics to businesses and the government. CoreLogic reports no activity this week.

Modern design has open layout
Feb 17, 2017 4:00 AM

Modern design has open layout

This charming open layout displays modern design sensibility and fantastic curb appeal. Inside, the family room offers excellent views of the back lanai. The kitchen gives you plenty of room for meal prep with a spacious counter, a separate central island, and a walk-in pantry.

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Small space design
Feb 17, 2017 4:00 AM

Small space design

With limited space, creating a striking neutral design with a clean, streamlined aesthetic isn't easy, but we love the thrill of a challenge at MyDomaine HQ. And besides, we honestly believe that a small space is way more fun to decorate than a large one is. Why?

By Sacha Strebe Domaine
Bigger tub for a smaller bathroom
Feb 10, 2017 4:00 AM

Bigger tub for a smaller bathroom

Q: Dear Ed, you are my plumbing guru and I wanted to ask you a remodeling question for my smaller bathroom. I really want to have a whirlpool tub and need to ask: How can I fit a larger than standard tub into my new bathroom?

By Ed Del Grande Tribune News Service
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Tricks for artfully styling a cabinet
Feb 10, 2017 4:00 AM

Tricks for artfully styling a cabinet

Dan once joked to an acquaintance that on my days off, I could spend the whole day puttering around my house, tweaking each display, "rotating everything a quarter of an inch" until it was just so. I would have given him a nudge in the gut for that, if it wasn't a tiny bit true.

By Mary Carol Garrity Tribune News Service
Feb 10, 2017 4:00 AM

How to go green in your home

Europe has been the leader for decades and now the United States is finally catching up. The trend right now is to be not only environmentally friendly, but also to not waste resources. Sustainability, many believe, is the key to healthy living.

By Cathy Hobbs Tribune News Service