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Developers share their vision for Garden Theater block on North Side

By Natasha Lindstrom
Developers seeking to transform the North Side’s blighted area known as the Garden Theater block pitched their plan Sunday at a community meeting, one of ...

How to keep your home cool

By The Associated Press
There are some easy ways to keep cool that are cheaper and greener than air conditioning. A little savvy about when to open windows and when to keep them closed with curtains drawn goes a long way toward cooling a ...

Spray-foam effective to seal a space

By Henri De Marne
Question: I recently read an answer you gave about attic ventilation. The part that caught my attention was, “The first thing to do is to look for all possible convective paths. Sealing them would likely solve the moisture problem.” ...

Top commercial and residential real estate transactions — Aug. 2

By Tribune-Review
Deals of the Week A quick look at recent retail, commercial and industrial projects, sales and leases of note in Western Pennsylvania: $9 million ...

Experts: Landscaping work possible on even $50 budget

By Angieslist.com.
How much does landscaping cost? Top-rated companies explain how far your dollar stretches when it comes to enhancing your home’s curb appeal. As you survey your property, you might wonder what type of landscaping additions or upgrades fit your budget. Well, ...

Homework: Sister-city wallpapers blend unique designs; new Ikea catalog focuses on ‘Little Things’

By Tribune-Review
Wall coverings inspired by  sister cities A certain wunderkammer — or “cabinet of curiosities” — aesthetic defines the hand-printed wallpaper, fabric and tile of Grow House Grow. The Brooklyn-based design studio, helmed by Katie Deedy, specializes in “narrative-inspired pattern work” ...

Since 1969, Pine resident Fitzgerald’s garden has flourished

By Doug Oster
A brief, but powerful afternoon thunderstorm rolled through Susie Fitzgerald’s Pine garden, peppering her treasured hostas with fat raindrops. Thirty minutes later, the rain subsided ...

Gas cans have come a long way

By Ed Pfeifer
I’ve heard it said and believe myself that failure teaches us valuable lessons. It humbles us, educates us and makes us more adaptable. It also irritates us and usually costs money. When it comes to chores around the home, failure ...

Watering garden right during summer’s high temperatures makes difference

By Doug Oster
In a season that had gardeners wondering if they would be marching into an ark two by two, summer has given way to a hot, ...

How to practice lawn mower safety

By The Washington Post
For many of us, lawn care is an unavoidable task — whether your goal is making your yard look like a golf course or just keeping the homeowners association from sending you nasty letters. Unfortunately, lawn mowers present several hazards for ...

How to decide on track lighting for your home

By Angie's List
When used correctly, track lighting highlights a room’s best features. Whether you’re taking on a complete home remodel or just trying to brighten up a room, consider these pros and cons before choosing track lighting. Pro: It’s easy to install. Track ...

Auction watch: Sales slow for summer, but values remain plentiful

By John Altdorfer
Those lazy, hazy days of summer may be bypassing Pittsburgh meteorologically. But the season-long sales slowdown plods along as just a few auctioneers stay open ...

Top commercial and residential real estate transactions — June 26

By Tribune-Review
Deals of the Week A quick look at recent retail, commercial and industrial projects, sales and leases of note in Western Pennsylvania: $2.3 million Property: ...

Experts: Keep construction addendums in check to ensure home projects stay on time, budget

By Angieslist.com.
It’s just a piece of paper, often only one sheet, and different companies write it up different ways. Yet when needed, the change order could prove the only thing that stands between you and hundreds or thousands of dollars worth ...

Muralist tackles Mt. Lebanon office building bathrooms in 13-month project

By Jean Horne
How can you not smile at a bevy of fanciful ladies hats floating on the walls of a powder room? Or the marvelously entertaining sight ...

Doug Oster moves to the Trib

By Tribune-Review
Western Pennsylvania gardeners dig Doug Oster and the Trib does, too. Oster, whose name is synonymous with gardening and growing, accepted an offer to join the ...

Butterfly garden taking root at Greensburg Garden Center

By Tribune-Review
The Greensburg Garden Center this week began planting a new Butterfly Garden behind the Greensburg Garden and Civic Center on Old Salem Road. The money from ...

Rodef Shalom’s Biblical garden in Oakland re-creates ideas of heaven

By Kellie B. Gormly
There’s a “Paradise” in Oakland. Along Fifth Avenue, the Rodef Shalom Temple’s Biblical Botanical Garden has opened for the summer — this year’s theme: “Paradise ...

Corroding chimney needs care

By Henri De Marne
Editor’s note: Henri de Marne is on vacation. The following is a previously published column. Question: We rent a 100-plus-year-old house from my mother-in-law. The house was originally heated with coal. A gas-fired hot water heating ...

Standing desks can look good

By Stephen Pulvirent
Sure, standing at your desk all day can be a bit of a pain, but spending the 9-to-5 leaning back or hunched over is terrible ...