Expert Advice

Hannah Holmes

How to Make Sense of a Maine Home

Home Improvement

Why is this house attached to a barn? What does that light switch do? And, um, what’s with the tarp? Let an expert walk you through it.

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three historic homes

Reading Historic Roofs

Partner Post: Maine Preservation

In a monthly column, the experts at Maine Preservation answer your questions about maintaining antique and vintage homes. This month, we discuss the roofs of historic houses.

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tiny home

So You Want to Live in a Tiny House?

Home Building

They’re cozy, efficient, economical — and, in Maine, the subject of much haggling over zoning and building codes. Here’s how to prevent your tiny house from becoming a big headache.

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Light Pollution Solutions

Sponsored Content: Fogg Lighting

In a monthly column, Sanford Fogg, of Fogg Lighting in Portland, offers his best advice on illuminating your home. This month, Fogg tackles light pollution.

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5 Items to Snap Up at a Vintage Shop

Decorating

Forget theme — the secret to distinctive decor is knowing how to pull off a hodgepodge. These on-trend, timeless pieces will help you get started. We’ve all been awed by them — those talented homeowners who somehow manage to turn a tangle of styles, eras, and shades into a whole greater than the sum of [...] Read More
Eco-friendly home

Lean and Green

Home Building

Architect Harry Hepburn shares eco-friendly design ideas for the budget-conscious homeowner. Photo by Trent Bell As a college student studying in England, Harry Hepburn marveled at the ways in which pioneers of the high-tech architecture movement, such as Norman Foster and Richard Rogers, incorporated energy efficiency into their modern steel-and-glass buildings. Post-graduation, Hepburn was eager […]

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Brunswick carriage barn

Restoring a Buckled Barn

Partner Post: Maine Preservation

In a monthly column, the experts at Maine Preservation answer your questions about maintaining antique and vintage homes. My 2 ½-story carriage barn, built in the 1890s, has walls that are bulging outward on the upper floor, just below the roof line. I am told that the building is “balloon-framed.” What does that mean and can […]

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Portland living room

Get Off the Hot Seat

Green Living

Six years ago, Ross and Christine Endicott stopped selling furniture containing toxic chemicals; now the state is following their lead. In August, Maine became the first state in the nation to ban the use of flame-retardant chemicals in residential upholstered furniture. By wide margins in both the House and Senate, state legislators rejected chemical-industry lobbyists’ […]

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InLawUnit

Is an In-Law Unit Right for Your Property?

Partner Post: Houzz

They can alleviate suburban sprawl, add rental income for homeowners, create affordable housing, and much more. Most urban and suburban lots are governed by zoning ordinances, laws that (among other things) restrict the number of dwellings allowed on a given lot. A dwelling is technically defined as a place for habitation that contains cooking, sleeping, […]

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Leak-Proof Your Chimney

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: How can I prevent water from getting into my house through the chimney? – Peggy Gierhan, Auburn A: Historically, when fireplaces were used on a daily basis for cooking, rain was absorbed into […]

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