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Home improvement: Yard & deck

  • Creating a backyard getaway

    Creating a backyard getaway

    Outdoor entertaining areas set the scene for festive gatherings

  • Fabulous floors spice up outdoor entertaining

    Fabulous floors spice up outdoor entertaining

    With gas prices soaring, the most cost-effective place to throw a party this summer might be our own backyards. There are a number of inexpensive ways to turn your outdoor space into an entertainment haven. Start with the flooring, which offers a seemingly infinite number of choices, from pavers...

  • Upgrades make these garages the envy of the neighborhood

    Upgrades make these garages the envy of the neighborhood

    The sign in John Schneider's garage says "Schneider's Biker Bar — Bikes, Beers and Babes." Bikes and beers, yes, said the Shorewood electrician about his five-car castle. "But no babes unless my wife or daughter come in, which they rarely do," he said. "Chateau Harding" is how Michael Harding describes...

  • Porches that bring the outdoors in

    Porches that bring the outdoors in

    Forty years ago, when the young Charles Page was first designing and building custom homes, he faced a pesky problem. The houses he built were going up amid the forests and marshes of suburban Riverwoods. Mosquitoes there were so thick, "I got to the point I just ignored the bites," Page recalled....

  • Green lawn, happy planet

    Green lawn, happy planet

    Ten steps to a more earth-friendly yard

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