| Jan 17, 2014
| 5:11 PM
The recent report from the Los Angeles 2020 Commission paints a bleak picture for Los Angeles, with a laundry list of ills facing the city. Our concern is that the commission will recommend options, to come within 90 days, that mimic those of the past:...
| Sep 19, 2013
| 12:59 PM
What do empty nesters want in a home? For Sally and James Gavin, formerly of Lake Forest, it's a lofty perch in an apartment at 500 Lake Shore Drive in Chicago. For Fred and Stephanie Bishop, it's a comfy roost in a remodeled Glencoe condo near their...
| Sep 20, 2013
Home improvement shows are a mixed blessing, says Kent Drinker of Timberlake Building & Renovations.
Drinker speaks from experience. The Annapolis, Md.-based project and client relations manager had his brush with television when his company was...
| Oct 10, 2013
| 5:20 AM
The makers of Gorilla Glue have come out with a clear tape that stands up to tough repairs.
Gorilla Clear Repair can be used to fix most surfaces, such as cracked smart phone screens, broken headlights and torn tents. It's weatherproof, water-resistant...
| Feb 25, 2014
| 8:10 AM
Wilmette officials are concerned about the number of residents completing home improvement projects without proper permits, some of which could contribute to flooding and other issues.
If they seek variances after the fact, trustees are put in the...
| Feb 19, 2014
Home warranties, maintenance plans and service contracts have two things in common. One: You pay upfront to cover home repairs and services even if you never need them. Two: Many plans will pay for only part of the fix. Sound like a bad deal?
| Jan 28, 2014
| 11:05 AM
More Tri-Cities residents invested in construction projects for their homes in 2013 than in 2012, according to local officials.
"We definitely did see an upswing in the number of building permits but that did not necessarily (translate into) a lot of...
| Oct 24, 2013
| 5:20 AM
Here's a prescription for your cabin fever: architect Dale Mulfinger's new book, "Back to the Cabin."
Mulfinger, who has designed cabins across North America, takes readers on a tour of 37 getaways, both old and new. Among them is the cabin in northern...
| Nov 19, 2013
| 8:14 AM
Home Depot, the country's largest home-improvement retailer, reported a 43% jump in third-quarter earnings, thanks largely to the housing recovery.
Net income rose to $1.35 billion in the quarter that ended Nov. 3 from $947 million a year earlier....
| Jan 22, 2014
Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas acknowledged Tuesday that a taxpayer-funded project to install a security system in a converted garage at his home involved improvements "over and above" that job, but said he reimbursed the county for...
| Sep 29, 2013
| 2:30 PM
By Ilyce Glink and Samuel J. Tamkin
Many people have faced difficult moments during the housing crisis wondering whether the home they want to buy, sell or refinance would appraise out in value. We've answered a number of questions about appraisers and...