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A window on life under water

Aquariums offer a mind-massaging hideaway - and help maintain humidity

A web of crafty options

Internet classes and blogs are popular ways to learn new skills

Fall brings new bulbs, variety of winter blooms

Garden centres in September are thrilling places.

California's 'Toad Hall' a dream world

Chinese garden latest addition to truly international property

Simple measures reduce storm runoff

Rain barrels, rain gardens help keep overflow out of city pipes

'The setting matters most'

Waterfront location on Portage Inlet prompted two-phase makeover of 1950s home

Fixing cracked patio

Q: I am trying to make some small improvements to make my home more appealing for buyers. The previous owners poured the 200-square-foot patio in one large chunk, probably about 15 years ago.

Ensure insulated panels are installed correctly

If you're thinking about building a new house and doing some research, you may be hearing about SIPs and ICFs, two new building systems that have been gaining popularity. But like everything else, they have their pros and cons.

A fitting entry

Dear Debbie: We will be selling our house in the fall and want to give it some added curb appeal. Would there be much work and expense involved in putting in a new front door? I was thinking of adding side glass panels, not sure if this is a mistake.

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Helen Chesnut >F3