No matter how simply or lavishly outfitted, the bathroom first must be a clean, safe place. When renovating, think about who uses the bathroom. Is it a busy family space or a guest bathroom; a bachelor's bath or a sybaritic, spa-like retreat? Issues of style and space differ accordingly.
This is the time to weed, feed and heed the advice of experience. If you don't pull, hoe or smother weeds in April, you'll have showers of weeds all summer long.
Dear Debbie: We live in the country, and I work from home part time. We have a den that doubles as a guest bedroom and would like to repurpose this room as an office space for me, but want it to also still look inviting as a bedroom when friends and family visit. I've followed you through the years, and you always have fun solutions. Thanks. - Marie
Recently, we had a new standing-seam metal roof installed on our home. The installation included removal of three layers of asphalt shingles from the one-quarter-inch-thick sheathing.
What type of roof is hanging over your head? Is it stained? Is it leaking? Or is it simply time to replace the old one?
Those foil-wrapped potted tulips, daffodils and hyacinths sold at supermarkets, garden or home centers, farmers markets and other retailers are perfect for outdoor planting, just like bedding plants. They are a great way to dress up your deck, patio or porch in planters that say spring is here.
During March, the wet and wild winter weather has only encouraged what is natural here in the Pacific Northwest - the invasion of the moss monster.
I have a friend who has cheerfully worked through more than her fair share of kitchen renovations. Just when she gets it right, another move comes up and it's back to the drawing board once more. I've followed her progress over 20 years, from tiny apartment to country home, and there is always one overriding theme her kitchens are pretty.
I have been receiving numerous inquiries from local gardeners about how to control the moss that's invading their lawns and gardens.
The third week of March is time for seeding, weeding and reading as new plants and new weeds announce the beginning of the growing season. It is now safe to plant peas, lettuce, radish, kale, Swiss Chard and other cool-season crops directly into the ground. Don't get hasty and plant warm-season crops just yet. There are still plenty of cold, wet days ahead.