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Prepare for the cold while it's still warm

Late summer is a perfect time to start preparing for winter.

Trees can be prepped for harsh winter weather

Trees can be prepped for harsh winter weather

It's a rite of fall -- green leaves turn red and gold and then fall as trees prepare themselves for winter. It's an excellent time to give your trees a good once over.

Kitchen sinks get eye-catching updates

Kitchen sinks get eye-catching updates

If you haven't looked at kitchen sinks in a few years, you might be surprised. Kim Kubicki of Overland Park, Kan., certainly was when she recently remodeled her kitchen .

Kids should have own space to do homework

Kids may want to do their homework at the kitchen table with a sea of activity surrounding them. Many experts say they shouldn't.

Outdoor : Fire feature extends outdoor season

Just because cooler weather's on the way doesn't mean the backyard parties have to come to a halt. Today's outdoor spaces are planned with three-season entertaining in mind. Built-in fire pits and outdoor fireplaces can extend the fresh air fun well into the winter.

Creativity of Schenectady muralist gives new life to old furniture, rooms

Rosemary Prock can turn a child's bedroom into a jungle, the bathroom of a family's log cabin home into a forest and give an aged armoire a new beginning.

Home addditions expensive, messy projects

Ask William Carter about expanding your home and he's going to be blunt: It will be expensive. It will be messy . And it will take time.

Properly winterizing your camp pays dividends

Many summer cottages and camps don't have year-round heat or heavy insulation, if any at all. Left vacant after the summer, they are especially vulnerable to a number of natural and man-made challenges, among them: rodent infestation, storm damage, frozen pipes, mold, mildew, and in the latter category, break-ins and vandalism.

A pool table can provide years of enjoyment

Sofa, love seat, coffee table , pool table . Hey, why not? Once banished to the basement or attic, pool tables are now finding places in main living spaces.

Charms of fireplace lure writer indoors in fall

Autumn, finally.

The heat, bugs, loud barking dogs and musical ice cream trucks of summer are beginning seasonal fades. Cool air, fall colors and dark skies by late afternoon are on the way.

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Backyard fruit trees grow in popularity locally

As with vegetable gardens, having a few fruit trees in the yard allows homeowners to grow some of their own food, which has become a popular trend, according to local experts.

Energy audit can save money, if done correctly

Jim Alexander, a real estate agent in Atlanta, decided this summer to subject his own 11-year-old house to an energy audit.

Howell home reflects the life of a family

Some people have a gift for turning a house into a home. Diane and David Howell are two such people.

Local’s secrets can help with garden planning

Schuylerville resident Susie Kane-Kettlewell, owner of Garden Masters, has established breathtaking gardens around her hillside home.

Equine passion focus of design book

Vicky Moon’s latest book “Equestrian Style — Home Design, Couture, and Collections from Eclectic to the Elegant” is about people who have such a passion for horses that they decorate their homes with fabrics, paintings, prints, trophies and architectural details that reflect their love of all things equine.

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