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Tips for reducing noise in your apartment

Contractor Rob Robillard tackles a question from a reader happy with his new condo but not the noise coming from above.

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Parched trees? Focus on watering to keep them alive

Award-winning garden writer Carol Stocker offers advice on how to battle the region’s record drought.

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Dream home had us headed for the highway

The highway project took away the dream home we built in Belmont.

What does your money buy in Woburn?

A sampling of homes on the market in Woburn includes two Colonials with four bedrooms and finished basements.

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Go off the beaten path in your own backyard

Duckboard paths are easy to make yourself and keep you from sinking into the muck.

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Seniors have more options than selling their home

Why planning ahead and contacting an elder law attorney can help you save your home.

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In my house, all features great and small

The patterned walls, colorful rugs, and perfectly sized furniture were all I needed. My imagination held that world.

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What does your money buy in Ashland?

A sampling of homes on the market in Ashland includes a Gambrel Cape and a contemporary, both with finished lower levels and patios.

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Thatch could be a match for a new roof look

Contractor Rob Robillard gets help from across The Pond for a question about thatch roofs and offers advice on how to remove a wallpaper border.

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Nina Bagby, 1, who had an elevated lead level, hangs out in the kitchen of her family’s home with her dad close by.

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The state’s battle with lead paint is far from won

One family’s struggle shows how Massachusetts’ war with poisonous paint is not over.

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Two-story condo in penthouse tower overlooks Brighton

There have been 26 presidential elections since this red brick and concrete building rose above Commonwealth Avenue.

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Shunning the new ‘kid’ on the block

The decision came down to two houses, and both of them appeared to have had the front door kicked in.

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What does your money buy in Andover?

A three-bedroom home with 3½ baths, and a four-bedroom home on a one-acre lot are for sale.

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Design gets kick from something old, new, borrowed, and blue

In the master bedroom of this Lincoln contemporary, West Newton-based designer Annie Hall blended contemporary and castoff furnishings with custom pieces.

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Tips for improving your AC’s performance

Here’s what you can do to keep your air conditioning going strong, especially with the summer heat.

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Screened-in rooms are cool again

After decades in which screened-in spaces were torn down or enclosed for year-round use, homeowners are taking another look.

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On side street, a Colonial with a twist

This Melrose home offers three bedrooms, a modern kitchen, and a lot of charm.

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What does your money buy in Franklin?

A sampling of homes on the market in Franklin includes a Garrison Colonial with a stone patio and an antique farmhouse with an au pair suite.

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Should you paint your deck?

Carpenter Rob Robillard tackles questions about painting a deck on the waterfront, maintenance contracts, and plaster ceiling repair.

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What is it like to live in Franklin?

Debbie Pellegri’s roots run deep in this Norfolk County community of roughly 33,000.

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The house next door

I found my first home while visiting a hospice patient.

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Tips for creating a kitchen that sells

Award-winning home stager Kara Woods offers advice on refurbishing kitchen cabinets and clearing counter clutter.

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‘Betty Crocker’ home in Norwell hits the market

A woman behind the brand counted on the kitchen of her antique Norwell home to help her perfect Betty Crocker recipes.

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Trying to put the ‘family’ back in multifamily homes

New housing stock for multifamilies is low: Many are renovated and sold as condos; other owners hang on to them as rental properties.

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Keep vacation homes from splintering your family tree

Tips on how relatives can share a vacation house amicably.

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This home practically beckons you to the Cape

Less than a mile to the beach, this house in Brewster is awash in blues, greens, and whites.

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Floral compass: Up north, bulbs surprise

Award-winning garden writer Carol Stocker offers advice on why hydrangeas and roses aren’t blooming but dahlias are.

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Sit up and take notice of this room

A young family add visual impact, using color and texture and a variety of finishes.

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When is the best time to book a roofer? A carpenter? ...

Planning a home improvement project? Here’s how to beat the rush.

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New 55-plus community is short hop to highway, train

Sixteen condo units are still available at the Reading Woods development by Pulte Homes.