Expert Advice

Five Minutes With Decontie & Brown

Q & A

Bangor performance/visual artists Donna Decontie-Brown and Jason K. Brown, of Decontie & Brown, on a spiritually energetic heirloom, a glam DIY, and the evolution of Wabanaki art.

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Avril Williams

Five Minutes With Avril Williams

Q & A

The Portland potter/yoga teacher/world traveler on making art on the go, backpack-friendly souvenirs, and furnishing her apartment for $100.

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What is the average cost per square foot to build a new home these days?

Home Rx

Ask Hannah Holmes

Realtor/science writer/self-proclaimed “house geek” Hannah Holmes on outwitting squirrels in the attic, cost-to-build estimates in a frothy market, and more.

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David Fuller, UMaine Cooperative Extension’s outgoing agriculture expert

Get to Know Maine’s Garlic Guru

Q & A

An exit interview with David Fuller, the Cooperative Extension’s outgoing agriculture expert who popularized every Maine gardener’s favorite overwintering crop.

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stand-by generators in rural Maine

Home Rx

Ask Hannah Holmes

Realtor/science writer/self-proclaimed “house geek” Hannah Holmes on heating a slab foundation, why home buyers are settling for “ludicrous,” and more.

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Evelyn Wong, Portland interdisciplinary artist and founder of Fireball Bookbindery

Five Minutes With Evelyn Wong

Q & A

The Portland interdisciplinary artist and founder of Fireball Bookbindery on her high-school side hustle, making art that bridges cultures, and trying water bugs.

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Geo Neptune

Five Minutes With Geo Neptune

Q & A

The Passamaquoddy master basket maker/educator/drag queen on living with a menagerie, “gateway plants,” and honoring Molly Neptune Parker’s legacy.

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A modest 1,100 square feet and sporting Maine-milled cedar siding and rooftop solar panels, this York home, designed by Portland’s Caleb Johnson Studio, embodies several Pretty Good House principles.

How to Design a Pretty Good House

Expert Advice

Niftier than its tongue-in-cheek name suggests, the grassroots building standard launched in Portland balances cost and energy performance.

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