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  • Many ‘presidential’ homes still found around D.C. Mar 22, 2015 1:00 AM
    Here is a sampling of where commanders in chief lived before and after their time in the White House. Several served as congressmen, senators or Cabinet officials before becoming president, and they tended to move around.

     
  • Bill addressing foreclosure-prevention options under fire Mar 22, 2015 10:04 AM
    Bill that would change Indiana residents' foreclosure-prevention options draws fire

     
  • Electrolux takes new stab at intelligent home Mar 22, 2015 12:00 AM
    Electrolux AB is revisiting dot-com era attempts to build an intelligent home around its appliances, just as the likes of Apple Inc. and Google Inc. ramp up their offerings in the field.

     
  • Why parking spaces shouldn’t always be wasted on cars Mar 22, 2015 7:39 AM
    For the last few years, Philadelphia has converted a handful of parking spots in front of neighborhood businesses into temporary “parklets” no bigger than the space that might fit one or two cars (these tiny interventions are now popular in a lot of cities). Records from adjacent businesses show sales went up about 20 percent immediately after the parks were installed, relative to right beforehand.

     
  • Making the most of your outdoor living space Mar 22, 2015 7:00 AM
    Even though you’re cold right now, that doesn’t mean you cannot plan ahead. Dreaming is an often a healthy pastime. No matter how tiny your outdoor space, there are many ways to enjoy it.

     
  • A new view of boomerang millennials Mar 21, 2015 12:01 AM
    A recent study found a higher incidence of “relaunch” for millennials with a bachelor’s degree compared to those with a lower education attainment. A “relaunch” occurs when a young adult moves out, returns to the parental household and then leaves again.

     
  • Kitchen upgrades heat up Mar 21, 2015 9:58 AM
    As homeowners emerge from their recent state of “recession hibernation” and start spending money on home improvement projects again, companies like Imperial Stone in Elk Grove Village are enjoying a resurgence of their businesses.

     
  • Techies snatching up more real estate in Southern California Mar 21, 2015 3:12 PM
    Internet moguls not the only techies snatching up real estate in Southern California

     
  • A legacy of the housing bubble: bidding wars Mar 21, 2015 12:00 AM
    A curious thing has happened since the housing market has returned to something more rational: The bidding wars haven’t gone away. A practice that was rare in the 1980s and 1990s now seems here to stay.

     
  • Condo board asked to improve building’s accessibility Mar 21, 2015 12:00 AM
    Q. The elevator in my five-story condominium building stops at the first-floor lobby. However, there are three steps that must be navigated to get to the apartments on the first floor.

     
  • McMansion is back, strong as ever Mar 21, 2015 12:00 AM
    New American homes were bigger than ever last year, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. After a few years of shrinkage in the aftermath of the Great Recession, the median square footage of newly built homes last year tipped the scales at over 2,400 square feet. The death of the McMansion has been greatly exaggerated.

     
  • Break ground with the right tools Mar 21, 2015 7:00 AM
    The right tools for the job can be the difference between an interminable landscaping project and one that goes smoothly and efficiently. Aspiring landscapers probably have a few shovels and rakes hanging in their garages and sheds for basic landscaping work.

     
  • Chicago Home Show about more than just remodeling Mar 21, 2015 8:00 PM
    The Chicago Home Show returned to the Kane County Fairgrounds in St. Charles Saturday to help homeowners gather ideas and jump-start new projects. “I like to have a surprise around every corner,” said Peggy Ruh, president of The Home Shows Inc.

     
  • Egypt, Emirati developers tout nebulous plan for new capital Mar 20, 2015 12:42 PM
    No firm details on financing, timeframe to build Egypt's massive new capital east of Cairo

     
  • Save money by ripping up strips of carpet Mar 20, 2015 12:01 AM
    I've been saving for a wood floor in my bedroom. As much as I love carpet, my allergies are getting bad again, and I think wood flooring would be much less irritating than carpet. I’ve decided to save some money by removing the old carpet first. You also can do this, and save some bucks. Here’s how:

     
  • Water dripping from furnace flue pipe Mar 20, 2015 12:00 AM
    Q. We purchased a home that was built in the 1960s. The forced air furnace is new, but the metal flue pipe from the furnace is connected to the original concrete flue pipe that extends up through the roof. Whenever the furnace is turned on, water drips from the flue pipe onto the top of the furnace. The contractor who installed the furnace said that this is not a safety problem and won’t damage the furnace. We checked with another heating contractor, and he said the same thing. But this doesn’t seem right to us. What do you think?

     
  • Simon Property raises bid for Macerich to $16.8B Mar 20, 2015 3:29 PM
    Simon Property boosts bid for mall rival Macerich to $16.8 billion; calls offer 'final'

     
  • Congress inches closer to extending tax break for ‘underwater’ sellers Mar 20, 2015 12:00 AM
    Lawmakers are hoping to extend a recently expired rule that allows homeowners who sell at a loss to avoid thousands of dollars in federal taxes.

     
  • Color conundrums and design dilemmas Mar 20, 2015 12:00 AM
    Q. My condo’s tiny, windowless galley kitchen has a black granite counter and backsplash with white cabinets and appliances. There’s one wall that is crying out for a pop of color. Any suggestions to brighten things up?

     
  • Some say leased solar panels become a headache Mar 20, 2015 12:00 AM
    Can going green by leasing solar panels for your roof cost you money — or headaches — when you go to sell the house?

     
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