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"We settled upon a colorful mix of Pennsylvania sandstone, accentuated with bands of reclaimed antique granite street cobbles." (Photo courtesy of Matt L. of Portland, Ore.)
MasonryHardscaping – Pavers & Stepping Stones
The Portland family wanted to add some unique outdoor elements to their new home. So they hired Matt Goddard of Poetry in Stone to install a path and a backyard seating area with a sunken fire pit.
room with piano
Piano Tuning & Musical Instrument Repair
Take note of the benefits buying a used piano from a dealer offers.
Young and Son Woodworks prepared the construction site by moving the piano out of the way, putting down temporary floor covers and hanging sheets to contain dust. (Photos courtesy of Wink Gross)
Carpentry
Highly rated Young and Son Woodworks of Portland, Ore., remodel a 1970s-style staircase, including demolishing the old stairs and railings, then realigning and constructing the new stairs.
outdoor furniture on paver patio
Deck & Patio Furniture
What's hot for the summer? Check out these patio furniture and outdoor design trends.
Roma tomatoes
Landscaper and Landscape Designs
Growing tomatoes in the garden this year? Find the best fit for canning, making tomato paste or juicy sandwiches.
septic tank installation
Septic Systems
Review this checklist before a septic installer starts digging on your property.
wet septic drain field
Septic Systems
Take care of your septic with these tips, so it works properly and lasts a long time.
living room couch and end tables
Interior Designers and Decorating
Things look a bit stale inside your home? Here are some quick and easy tricks for spicing up your rooms.
water drinking fountain
Septic SystemsWells & Water Pumps
Water pollution from septic tank malfunctions could make your family very sick.
septic tank system additives
Septic Systems
Do septic tank additives do more harm than good?
professional septic tank pumper cleaning residential tank
Septic Systems
Follow these safety precautions when working on or near your septic system.
drywall cut out exposed copper water pipes
Common Plumbing ProblemsPlumbers
Out of sight, out of mind, right? If that's your approach to plumbing leaks, you may be in for some pricey repairs. Here's when to call a plumber for assessment.
large tree fallen on a house
OutdoorTreesTree Services - Removal and Trimming
Douglas fir, cedar and deciduous trees provide wonderful benefits for your yard, but the bigger they are, the harder they fall.
foam weather stripping being installed (Photo by Brandon Smith)
InsulationEnergy Efficiency
You can save money on energy and make your home feel more comfortable with this easy and inexpensive DIY project: weatherstrip windows and doors.
refinished bathtub with fresh paint
BathroomClaw-footFreestandingBathtubBathtub Liners & Refinishing
Are you on the fence about bathtub refinishing?