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Redesign with what you have
Jan 13, 2017 4:00 AM

Redesign with what you have

Before you throw away accents and accessories you feel are no longer a fit for your decor, consider repurposing those items instead. Often, redesigning your home using items you already own is a refreshing solution that is also budget-friendly. The key is to essentially shop your house.

By Cathy Hobbs Tribune News Service
Composite materials offer alternative kitchen sink options
Jan 13, 2017 4:00 AM

Composite materials offer alternative kitchen sink options

Q: Dear Ed: I am looking to install a new kitchen sink, and I have seen products called composite sinks. What is a composite kitchen sink, and have you worked with them in the past? A: I have worked with composite products.

By Ed Del Grande Tribune News Service
Jan 13, 2017 4:00 AM

Property Transfers

The following records were collected from the Portage County Recorder's Office and were provided by a subscription service. Each property transfer shows the name of the seller, the buyer's name, the address and the selling price. For more information, visit www.portagecountyauditor.org.

A guide to finding the perfect sofa
Jan 13, 2017 4:00 AM

A guide to finding the perfect sofa

A lot of your life happens on your sofa. It's the place you perch as you catch up with friends over a glass of wine. Where you nestle in to read that best-seller you've been dying to get your hands on. And, where you fall asleep waiting for your teen to get home safely from that first date.

By Mary Carol Garrity Tribune News Service
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Habits to start to buy a home in 2017
Jan 13, 2017 4:00 AM

Habits to start to buy a home in 2017

It's the end of another year (thanks for nothing, 2016), which means it's also time for our end-of-year new resolutions series for homebuyers. This installment: good habits to start! Have you vowed to buy a home this year? It's time to get moving!

Portage County Association Of Realtors
Art arrangements finish a room
Jan 6, 2017 4:00 AM

Art arrangements finish a room

You can fill your room with beautiful furniture and accents, but it won't look finished until the walls come alive with artwork. If you have blank walls or beautiful pieces of art stored away that you've never hung, make that your new year's resolution.

By Mary Carol Garrity Tribune News Service
Jan 6, 2017 4:00 AM

Building Permits

These building permits were compiled from the issuing county and city authorities. PORTAGE COUNTY John Rayle, 2899 E.

Jan 6, 2017 4:00 AM

Property Transfers

The following records were collected from the Portage County Recorder's Office and were provided by a subscription service. Each property transfer shows the name of the seller, the buyer's name, the address and the selling price. For more information, visit www.portagecountyauditor.org.

Do student loans equal high credit scores?
Jan 6, 2017 4:00 AM

Do student loans equal high credit scores?

According to arecent analysisbyCoreLogic, Millennial renters (aged 20-34) who have student loan debt also have higher credit scores than those who do not have student loans.

Portage County Association Of Realtors
Mortgage rates seen rising in '17
Jan 6, 2017 4:00 AM

Mortgage rates seen rising in '17

Nate Lowenstein has been shopping for a home in Los Angeles, on and off, for more than a year. His search has been stymied by a stubbornly low roster of homes on the market and the hurdles that come with it: multiple competing bids and higher prices.

By Alex Veiga Associated Press
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Go gold for new year glam
Jan 6, 2017 4:00 AM

Go gold for new year glam

Every now and then, every home can benefit from a bit of glam. Enter gold. Once the finish of choice in the '80s, it fell out of favor in the '90s, often considered to be gaudy.

By Cathy Hobbs Tribune News Service
Accent and area rugs can make a room come alive
Jan 6, 2017 4:00 AM

Accent and area rugs can make a room come alive

If you're looking for a relatively easy way to spruce up a room, consider laying a solid foundation -- not concrete or wood, mind you, but a rug. Floor coverings can be a solution to anyone's decorating dilemma or simply a means of adding a little pizazz to a room.

By Suzanne Sproul The Orange County Register (tns)
Jan 6, 2017 4:00 AM

Intelligent question about smart fixtures

Q: Dear Ed, I recently read about the growing interest in smart plumbing fixtures like electronic toilets and kitchen faucets. While I like the concept of these plumbing fixtures for the future, since most run on electric power aren't they non-functional during a power outage?

By Ed Del Grande Tribune News Service
Dec 30, 2016 4:00 AM

Property tranfers

The following records were collected from the Portage County Recorder's Office and were provided by a subscription service. Each propery transfer shows the name of the seller, the buyer's name, the address and the selling price. For more information, visit www.portagecountyauditor.org.

Treasures: Desk is a mid-range Horner piece
Dec 30, 2016 4:00 AM

Treasures: Desk is a mid-range Horner piece

Dear Helaine and Joe: Enclosed are photos of a Horner desk we purchased about 20 years ago. We understand that at 36 inches wide it is a lady's desk. We are aware that prices of most antiques have dipped in recent years but we would appreciate you take in its current value.

By Helaine Fendelman And Joe Rosson Tribune News Service
Architects renovate 1955 penthouse
Dec 30, 2016 4:00 AM

Architects renovate 1955 penthouse

SEATTLE -- It's one of those apocalyptically hot August afternoons, when even the trivial elevation of Lower Queen Anne feels just a little too close to the sun.

By Sandy Deneau Dunham The Seattle Times (tns)
Dec 30, 2016 4:00 AM

8 ways to make your living room extra cozy

The year is practically over. We successfully got through the December grind, the holiday parties, the Christmas festivities and the overindulgent eating.

By Gabrielle Savoie Domaine (tns)
Dec 30, 2016 4:00 AM

Home sales expected to expand in 2017

Existing-home sales are forecast to muster only a small gain in 2017 because of increasing mortgage rates and shrinking consumer confidence that now is a good time to buy a home, according to new consumer survey findings and a2017 housing forecast updatefrom the National Association of Realtors°.

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Toasting the new year with a new bar sink
Dec 30, 2016 4:00 AM

Toasting the new year with a new bar sink

Q: Happy new year Ed, my plumbing resolution this year is to install a wet bar in my basement. To my surprise, there are many types and styles of bar faucets and sinks available today. What can you tell me about bar faucets and bar sinks that can point me in the right direction?

By Ed Del Grande Tribune News Service
With a little TLC, holiday plants will last longer
Dec 30, 2016 4:00 AM

With a little TLC, holiday plants will last longer

Did someone get a gift plant? You can keep it merry and bright a little longer with these tips. Prolong the life of potted poinsettias with a little TLC. They love a cool window with half-day sun or filtered light. Water when the soil feels dry to the touch, but don't let them get soggy.

By Debbie Arrington The Sacramento Bee (tns)