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It’s a daunting job, but a good one to do before the holidays.

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What makes Joan O’Rourke’s gift unusual: It supports a piece of infrastructure most visitors will never see. But they will benefit from it.

To refresh a tired home addition, paint the brick fireplace and go bold with the upholstery.

Technology, creativity and cash allow owners to transform the lowly garage.

RIGHT AT HOME: Sugarplum hues are one of holiday decor’s sweet surprises

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Maple trees run the gamut, from the beloved sugar maple to the unwelcome and invasive Norway maple

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It’s a daunting job, but a good one to do before the holidays.

Welding is a possibility, and so is getting a new part made.

Clarification: Homes-Single Use Plastics story

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If you’re lacking square footage, consider this simple, sleek look.

Avoiding single-use plastics like straws, bags and water bottles is easier than it seems, say those who’ve managed to stop using them altogether

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A Thanksgiving Countdown: how to plan right and take the stress out of hosting

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Manufacturer’s coupons, store coupons and rebates maximize your buying power and help nonprofits such as food pantries and shelters.

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Those wood ashes from your fireplace or stove can be a good soil amendment in the garden, if applied correctly

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Hotels, and some homes, go the shower-only route.

You’ll have to do a lot of cleaning and move out for a couple of days.

Varieties now find themselves in gardens on both sides of the Atlantic. For a field weed, they can be maddeningly fickle.

The Washington Post's home and design writer hosts a live chat every week for readers.

The homeowner is retired and no longer needs a large desk. Designer Stuart Nordin helps her rethink the space.

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