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What does your money buy in Hull?

A sampling of homes for sale in Hull includes a Colonial a block from the ocean and an updated Victorian with water views on all three levels.

ASK THE ARCHITECT

Cool ideas for tempering summer’s swelter

It is finally summer — a time when outdoor spaces are enjoyed and indoor spaces become hot and sticky.

MY FIRST HOME

For a single mom in the ’70s, unchartered territory

Mortgage papers in hand, I headed for my appointment with the bank. The ’70s were not kind to divorced single women, and I was prepared for rejection.

ASK THE CARPENTER

Pros, cons on installing solar cylinders

Contractor Rob Robillard answers readers’ questions about solar tubes and rotting window trim.

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HOME OF THE WEEK

Mayor White’s childhood home hits market

The family of former Boston mayor Kevin White is selling his childhood home, a Queen Anne Victorian in West Roxbury.

WRITE AT HOME

For DIYer, home’s a hive of activity and ideas

Australian Kristine Franklin has been painting, gluing, and reconstructing for her blog, The Painted Hive, for six years now.

More tips and tricks from home bloggers

There’s a lot to learn from the people who spend their days thinking about how to make homes better.

BY DESIGN

Can you dig it? Gain more space in your basement

Designer Dina Holland takes readers with her as she tears apart and redesigns her own home.

MY FIRST HOME

In a two-family, a one-of-a-kind renter

It didn’t take much to sell my wife on the idea of purchasing a standard two-family as our first home. My primary concern was managing the X-factor of the landlord-tenant relationship.

ASK THE GARDENER

Don’t give up on those dead-looking plants

Award-winning garden writer Carol Stocker offers advice on what to do in the garden this week, banishing red sorrel, and more.

ASK THE CARPENTER

Rogue rouge: Get stains out of your concrete sink

Carpenter Rob Robillard takes on ugly questions: stained concrete and cheap linoleum.

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Lugnut tests out a designer doghouse his owner, John Veale, is selling.

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Being in the doghouse isn’t such a bad thing for these pampered pets

Devoted pet owners go to great lengths to make their furry and finned friends feel like stars at home, even if they’re city dwellers.

HOME OF THE WEEK

All hands on decks: Colonial perched on hill overlooking sea

The home is in Quincy’s Houghs Neck neighborhood.

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

What is it like to live in Bourne?

Claudine Wrighter’s relocation from Falmouth to Bourne wasn’t a life-altering change, but her career path did take a bit of a twist.

Room to Love: Den

Room showcases the bright side of dark walls

An extra bedroom in a Ritz-Carlton Towers condo is transformed into a cozy den.

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

What does your money buy in Bourne?

A sampling of homes on the market in Bourne includes a cottage with canal views and a Colonial that’s a short walk to the beach.

MY FIRST HOME

In the marriage dance, the floor was ours — to rip up

It was a third-floor walk-up, a condo a few feet short of 500. We were just married, but I did not carry my husband, Paul, over the threshold and he did not carry me.

ASK THE REALTOR

Five myths about selling a home

Real estate is fraught with misunderstanding — about pricing, commissions, even when to sell.

ASK THE CARPENTER

Finding a door-lock fix that sticks

Carpenter and contractor Rob Robillard tackles questions about a door that won’t shut without a shove and laminate flooring.

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‘Amityville Horror’ house could be yours for $850,000

Four owners have lived in the Long Island Dutch Colonial since Ronald DeFeo killed six relatives while they were sleeping in 1974.

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Abandoned then rejected, tales of a roommate wannabe

The roommate hunt was like high-stakes online dating.

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Should you rent or should you buy?

The decision about whether it’s better to rent or buy comes down to flexibility, financial and personal.

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Hostess co-owner is buying Playboy Mansion

Hugh Hefner’s Playboy Mansion is about to acquire a new owner — the wealthy businessman who lives next door.

HOME OF THE WEEK

Hull home is short walk to beach, ice cream shop

This Colonial has three bedrooms, and the roof and heating, air-conditioning, plumbing, and electrical systems are new.

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My First home

Firstborn: The house on the hill was our baby

Childless then, our Colonial in Plymouth became our baby.

79 Garnet Rd. in West Roxbury.

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What does your money buy in West Roxbury?

A 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom with a renovated kitchen, and a home built in 1912 with old-house woodwork are on the market.

(From the top) A patio at the home of landscape architect Sean Papich; Built-in stone fireplaces and fire pits are increasingly popular with new backyard landscape projects; decks can help to hide tree roots or sloping lawns.

How your yard can be a space you actually use

Patios are in, decks are less popular. But backyard landscapes have become more elaborate in recent years.

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Keep planting, and take some time to check out garden tours

Keep planting annual flowers, tropical bulbs, floral containers, and vegetable gardens. Make time for some of the special nonprofit garden tours and events this month.

The gap between the floor and a wall may be the result of a heavy door slamming shut.

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A sorrowful separation: Wall and floor are heading in different directions

Carpenter and contractor Rob Robillard tackles questions about a floor that is separating from a wall and a leaky chimney.

Jonathan Scott (right) will not be charged following an incident at a North Dakota bar.

‘Property Brothers’ star avoids charges in bar incident

No charges will be filed against one of the twin brother stars of HGTV’s “Property Brothers” following an incident in North Dakota.