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Bounce back from rubber roof problems

Contractor Rob Robillard takes on reader questions about rubber roofs that won’t drain and don’t repel the heat.

MY FIRST HOME

‘The unicorns of first-time home buyers’

They told us buying in Boston was a numbers game: Expect to bid on at least three places.

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Get truckin’: Which flowers to deadhead

Award-winning writer Carol Stocker on choosing the right chrysanthemum and on getting trees the moisture they need amid watering restrictions.

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Here is the church. Here is the steeple. Here is the condo.

Formed from the sanctuary of a Colonial Revival-style church, this condo has neck-craning panache.

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Thanks to updates, 1720 Cape won’t act its age

This Duxbury home was expanded in the 1980s and in 2007.

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The chase to save the paperbark maple

The species is dying out in China, and it may come down to individual gardeners and arboretums to save it.

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Break away from bland hallways

These spaces are the most underappreciated, overlooked design opportunity in your house.

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Gardeners seem to dig Rose of Sharon again

In the world of shrubs, this one has a lot going against it, but there isn’t much else in flower in late summer.

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What is it like to live in Ipswich?

Ipswich, a coastal community north of Boston, is famous as tourist destination and for its history.

FALL HOUSE HUNT: ROOM TO LOVE

Art Deco touches, paneling add warmth to powder room redesign

Designer transforms Wellesley bath as part of a whole house re-do.

FALL HOUSE HUNT: LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

What does your money buy in Ipswich?

A sampling of homes on the market in Ipswich includes a Cape with a sunroom and an antique Colonial with a rental apartment and artist studio.

FALL HOUSE HUNT: MY FIRST HOME

Mom, Dad, and the magnificent seven

There were nine of us in a second-floor apartment of a typical two-family in Dorchester .

FALL HOUSE HUNT: WRITE AT HOME

Bright design ideas for the color cautious

Blogger Will Taylor cures people of color shyness with a trip to the cupboard.

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Don’t get caught up in the bidding war ‘hype’

Contrary to what people think, not every home is selling for over the asking price.

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A slick trick to try when oil gets on your driveway

Contractor Rob Robillard tackles reader questions about oil stains on asphalt, wallpaper removal, and more.

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Are you better off living in a new neighborhood?

Why no one is immune to undesirable development next door and tips on what to consider before you buy.

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What is it like to live in Easton?

Ed Hands, an Easton resident since 1962, remembers when his town was little more than a farming outpost south of Boston.

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What does your money buy in Easton?

A sampling of homes on the market in Easton includes two Colonials: one not far from the high and middle schools and the other with a fireplace in the master suite.

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Say ‘I do’ now for spring-wedding tulips

May 13 is during tulip time, so order bulbs now, plant this fall, and cut next spring.

MY FIRST HOME

‘Our House’ was a very, very, very fine house — eventually

It was obvious that this property was abandoned.

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Tips on repairing composite deck scratches

Contractor Rob Robillard tackles questions on composite deck and hardwood floor repairs.

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Selling? Tips to try from model-home designers

We asked the experts how they design model homes that attract buyers.

Perhaps the most psychedelic bathroom on the market.

If you want to live in a ’70s time machine, here’s your chance

Someone in Framingham is committed to making sure the ‘70s aesthetic is stayin’ alive.

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Cottage designed by famed architect is saved, expanded, and for sale

The home Marcel Breuer designed in 1940 was falling apart when two architects looking for a riverfront lot spotted it.

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What is it like to live in Harwich?

“Sometimes I can’t believe I live in such a quaint, idyllic place,” rockabilly guitarist Sarah Swain says.

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Should you replace or restore your windows?

Defining what a “replacement window” is and requires.

MY FIRST HOME

This schoolhouse rocks

We found our perfect home on Dedham’s town common — a historic schoolhouse.

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

What does your money buy in Harwich?

A sampling of properties on the market in this Cape town includes an antique with newer additions and a waterfront home with four bedrooms, five baths, and a private beach.

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Do gutter covers cause ice dams?

Contractor Rob Robillard answers readers questions about mesh guards and a troublesome towel holder.

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What is it like to live in Harwich?

“Sometimes I can’t believe I live in such a quaint, idyllic place,” rockabilly guitarist Sarah Swain says.

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As is? As if. Realtors translate listing lingo

“Chef’s kitchen?” “As is?” Realtors define that listing lingo.

The exterior of 3 Acorn St.

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Want a picture-perfect place? This Acorn Street home is ready to rent.

You could soon be a resident of the cobblestone way known as Boston’s most photographed. Just bring a boatload of cash.