Home & Garden

Tue
16
Apr

How late is it, anyway?

According to seasonal averages, this spring is “behind” the average by about a week and a half, assistant state climatologist Pete Boulay says.

Spring 2012, on the other hand, came four weeks early.

Tue
16
Apr

What to do with a late spring?

Last year saw throngs flocking to garden stores the first two weeks of April.

Mon
08
Apr

Check the foundations, the roof -- and the radon

An estimated one in three Minnesota homes harbors high levels of radon, and the Minnesota Department of Health urges people to have radon levels checked before buying or selling a home.

Fri
05
Apr

'Rehab Addict' host Nicole Curtis transforms local house


This spring, viewers of “Rehab Addict” have been watching host Nicole Curtis restore this 1,264-square-foot house, which was built in 1889 on the East Side of St. Paul.

The front of the restored 381 Case Ave. house, with the woodwork on the front porch intact, is shown on a sunny day. (photo courtesy of DIY Network.)

In the 381 Case Avenue home, the ‘Rehab Addict’ team tackled ceiling and wall damage, a worn floor and an original fireplace mantel and pocket door in need of restoration. (photos courtesy of Ariel Photography)

The kitchen needed extensive work on the ceiling and floors, as well as a better-organized workspace. Nicole Curtis moved the built-in cabinet from a facing wall to a spot over the sink and added more counter space for modern cooks. (photos courtesy of Ariel Photography)

Relocating a virtual traffic jam of doors and exposing more of the chimney brickwork set the stage for a spacious, serene bedroom. (photos courtesy of Ariel Photography)

An unused nook in the dining room, just left, becomes a perfect place to display a period buffet, and repaired windows let the light shine in.(photos courtesy of Ariel Photography)

One East Side home full of memories gets brought back to life, soul intact

Fri
05
Apr

Q & A with Nicole Curtis of 'Rehab Addict'


Nicole Curtis (photo courtesy of DIY Network)

In the Case Ave house, a little-used porch, at top, becomes a great place for a breezy breakfast or supper. The “car siding” that adds such a warm tone to the space is now reflected by the restored plank flooring. (photos courtesy of Ariel Photography)

In the bathroom of the Case Ave house, Curtis used a couple new fixtures with old-time style, but kept the lovely claw-foot tub. To make the tub useful as a shower, it was easy to add a shower spray and curtain, but the team also had to make the wall alongside the tub waterproof. The glazed subway tile Curtis chose looks like it’s been there since the 1880s. (photos courtesy of Ariel Photography)

TV host talks about her latest project and popular show

Fri
05
Apr

Spring tips for official clean water

Spring is a challenging time for our lakes, rivers and wetlands.  Snowmelt and rain wash many pollutants into these water bodies.  Because the ground is still frozen, water cannot be absorbed or infiltrate the ground. Instead rain and melting snow act like a water hose, washing the landscape free of sand, salt and debris.

Mon
21
Nov

Cooking fires peak on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

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