Expert Advice

Meeting Your Match

Home Building

Design-build contractor Heather Jackson on how to find a qualified professional to build your home — and be happy with the final result Photo by Rachel Sieben Freeport builder Heather Jackson often arrives on a job site with coffee and doughnuts for her crew. “I appreciate them because they’re accommodating to me — I don’t […]

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Ask a Lighting Pro: Selecting a Ceiling Fan

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In a regular column, Sanford Fogg, of Fogg Lighting in Portland, offers his best advice on illuminating — and, this month, cooling — your home. Q: How effective are ceiling fans and what should I look for when shopping for one? A: Ceiling fans have a place in every home. While they do not lower […]

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Exterior Painting Pointers

Partner Post: Maine Preservation

In a monthly column, Christopher W. Closs, an expert with Maine Preservation, answers your questions about maintaining antique and vintage homes. Q. I live in a seaside clapboard house built in 1856. Three sides of my home need repainting desperately, as bare wood is showing where paint has peeled off. What are the considerations I […]

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A Green to Envy

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Looking to refresh your rooms with an unexpected shade? Forest green is a natural. When nature creates its compositions, green is the one constant. The lush hue looks as elegant mingling with a riot of color in a wildflower field as it does in winter, when pointy evergreens punctuate the frosty landscape. Because we’re so […]

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Ask a Lighting Pro: Planning Landscape Lighting

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In a monthly column, Sanford Fogg, of Fogg Lighting in Portland, offers his best advice on illuminating your home. Q: What’s a good strategy for lighting a yard? A: I suggest following a less is more approach. You don’t want your yard to be lit up like a theme park, and I promise your neighbors […]

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Choosing the Right Area Rug

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Wondering about size, quality, materials, and more? Beth Ross, of Bradford’s Rug Gallery in Portland, breaks down the options underfoot. Being good, practical Mainers, Beth Ross’s customers frequently ask her to recommend an “indestructible” floor covering. Her facetious answer? “Tile.” But since they have stopped into Bradford’s Rug Gallery, the Portland store Ross owns with […]

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Repairing Brick Walls

Partner Post: Maine Preservation

In a new monthly column, Christopher W. Closs, an expert with Maine Preservation, answers your questions about maintaining antique and vintage homes. Q. I live in a brick house built around 1900 and I’ve noticed that some of the mortar between bricks is cracked or missing. Several workers have told me I should have the […]

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Rethinking the Asphalt Roof

Home Improvement

Camden architect John Morris on why he no longer specifies a ubiquitous building product Architect John Morris works out of a renovated 19th-century woolen barn, once part of the Knox Woolen Mill on the tumbling Megunticook River in Camden. It’s a handsome building, with clapboards painted a warm, rosy brown and a dentil molding trim. […]

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Ask a Lighting Pro: Positioning Bathroom Fixtures

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In a monthly column, Sanford Fogg, of Fogg Lighting in Portland, offers his best advice on illuminating your home. Q: What’s the proper way to light a bathroom? A: While the most critical need is adequate lighting at the vanity, I recommend incorporating additional layers of ambient and task lighting in a large space. In […]

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A Moving Essay

Guide

Down East editor in chief Kathleen Fleury on resettling in Maine — and why you too should take the leap.

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