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Customize your kitchen on a budget
Aug 11, 2017 4:00 AM

Customize your kitchen on a budget

(BPT) -- Who wouldn't want a kitchen customized to meet their specific tastes and needs? A complete kitchen renovation can cost tens of thousands of dollars, but you don't have to spend a bundle to achieve a custom effect.

5 decorating mistakes
Aug 11, 2017 4:00 AM

5 decorating mistakes

People say that you can't learn style -- you're either born with it or you're not. While this may be true to some extent, we believe you can learn how to make your home polished and put together whether you're a born stylist or not.

By Gabrielle Savoie Domaine
How long do families stay in their homes?
Aug 11, 2017 4:00 AM

How long do families stay in their homes?

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) keeps historical data on many aspects of homeownership. One of the data points that has changed dramatically is the median tenure of a family in a home, meaning how long a family stays in a home prior to moving.

Aug 11, 2017 4:00 AM

Property transfers

ATWATER Sheriff of Portage County, to Fannie Mae, 1441 Bank St., $58,100 Honradez Investment Group LLC, to Putnam & Associates LLC, 7611 S.R. 224, $30,000 AURORA Ronald J. Leonhardt, to Ryan and Julie Driscoll, 349 Aberdeen Lane, $543,188 Quinn P.

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Marvelous modern farmhouse
Aug 11, 2017 4:00 AM

Marvelous modern farmhouse

Both classic and modern, this farmhouse presents an open layout that's full of amenities. The split-bedroom configuration gives plenty of privacy to the master suite, which opens via French doors to the lanai.

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First-time homebuyer mistakes
Aug 11, 2017 4:00 AM

First-time homebuyer mistakes

Buying your first home brings a lot of emotions. With so many considerations and processes to navigate, it's easy to get tripped up in details and make costly errors.

By Amanda Bell Angie's List
Affordable dorm DIY projects
Aug 11, 2017 4:00 AM

Affordable dorm DIY projects

It is quickly approaching that time of year again, when thousands of college students head back to school. Whether a dorm room is shared by a single roommate or many, there are ways to make the room special without breaking the bank.

By Cathy Hobbs Tribune News Service
Rethink the standard bar sink
Aug 11, 2017 4:00 AM

Rethink the standard bar sink

Q: Dear Ed: I'm planning an extensive kitchen remodel. I want a kitchen island with a bar sink and plan to include this feature with our new kitchen. What bar sink features can you suggest to help me find my perfect island sink?

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

Property Transfers

ATWATER Sheriff of Portage County, to US National Bank Association, 6369 Waterloo Road, $96,667 AURORA Mark D. Walz, to Julie A. Kenny, 99 Devorah Drive, $222,000 Alicia Knowles, to Josh A. Cowing, 900 Dora Lane, $120,000 Gloria J. Boyd, to Robert C.

2017's biggest decor trends
Aug 4, 2017 4:00 AM

2017's biggest decor trends

Following trends can be dangerous in home decor, where rooms are designed to last decades, not months.

By Kelsey Clark Domaine
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Decorate with mirrors
Aug 4, 2017 4:00 AM

Decorate with mirrors

Mirrors can serve a number of purposes when decorating a space. They can help reflect light, make a space feel more open or serve as windows in a room that doesn't get much light, to name a few.

By Cathy Hobbs Tribune News Service
How much does it cost to build a deck?
Aug 4, 2017 4:00 AM

How much does it cost to build a deck?

Putting up a new deck can improve the function and look of your home, and its future resale value. Costs can vary, depending on square footage, the type of materials used and whether you hire a contractor or do it yourself. So, what can you expect to pay for a deck?

By Tom Lange Angie's List
One-piece vs. two-piece toilet
Aug 4, 2017 4:00 AM

One-piece vs. two-piece toilet

Q: Dear Ed: We're replacing our existing two-piece toilet and have two questions. First, besides the obvious number of components, what is the difference between a one-piece vs. a two-piece toilet? Second, can you easily replace an existing two-piece toilet with a one-piece toilet?

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

Pending home sales recover in June

WASHINGTON --After declining for three straight months, pending home sales reversed course in June as all major regions, except for the Midwest, saw an increase in contract activity, according to the National Association of Realtors. The Pending Home Sales Index -- www.nar.

Portage County Association Of Realtors
Extra-wide porch inviting
Aug 4, 2017 4:00 AM

Extra-wide porch inviting

Open and relaxed, this one-story home invites you to step outside on a lovely summer evening. Porches in front and back (plus an optional patio) add lots of outdoor living space.

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Magical dinner in the courtyard
Aug 4, 2017 4:00 AM

Magical dinner in the courtyard

On lovely summer evenings, the best seat in the house is outside. That's why I entertain al fresco every chance I get when the weather is nice. Today, I want to take you back in time a bit, to the courtyard at my old home in Atchison, Kan., which was one of my favorite places on earth.

By Mary Carol Garrity Tribune News Service
Jul 28, 2017 4:00 AM

Flood insurance legislation moves ahead in the House

WASHINGTON -- The National Association of Realtors said that significant improvements to the "21stCentury Flood Reform Act," key legislation aimed at strengthening and reauthorizing the National Flood Insurance Program, have cleared the way for endorsement of the bill.

Portage County Association Of Realtors
Jul 28, 2017 4:00 AM

Four favorite interior designers

I'm a sponge, soaking up the ideas and inspiration of all the talented interior designers I come across. Many of those are our customers, who share about their homes and how they have made them into havens.

By Mary Carol Garrity Tribune News Service
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Take your time when choosing a bathroom mirror
Jul 28, 2017 4:00 AM

Take your time when choosing a bathroom mirror

Looking in the mirror can be an important part of a daily routine. And while we can all agree that beauty begins from the inside out, we certainly don't mind any help we can get to look and feel our best on the regular.

By Jonathan Steinitz Domaine
Ed's toilet tips for new home
Jul 28, 2017 4:00 AM

Ed's toilet tips for new home

Q: Dear Ed: We are planning to build our first new home and I am in charge of choosing the toilets. Can you please give me a little toilet guidance on new toilet trends? A: The new theme I have seen is to think green, smart and clean.

By Ed Del Grande Tribune News Service