You changed their diapers; they changed your life. Now they’re gone. The children have fledged and flown the coop, leaving you alone in your empty nest. What do you want in the way of living space now that you’re as free as a bird? more

Jan 5, 2017 7:05 AM HOME & GARDEN

The 2016 Homearama, which ran from June 4 through 19, was, once again, a huge success. The event, sponsored by The Home Building Association of Richmond (HBAR), gave nine of the area’s leading custom homebuilders an opportunity to showcase their ... more

Jul 19, 2016 6:36 AM HOME & GARDEN

When Richmond-based Cornerstone Homes first announced it was developing a new home community in Hanover, Chickahominy Falls, for the region’s active adult homebuyer (age 55+), that was no big surprise. Since its inception in 2001... more

May 2, 2016 4:12 PM My Town

There’s something slightly magical about this time of year. As we start to see signs of summer’s farewell, the first morning chills of autumn invigorate our souls. It’s hard to imagine that freezing temperatures are right around the corner. But... more

Nov 19, 2015 8:32 AM HOME & GARDEN

These days we all seem to go nonstop — meetings, carpools, afterschool activities, work, travel. To maintain this demanding pace, it’s imperative to make a conscious effort to relax. Since most of our budgets don’t allow for a daily visit to the... more

May 1, 2015 12:07 PM HOME & GARDEN


Screened porches provide a cool, protected retreat and a comfortable space from which to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors. Photo courtesy of summer classics.

Did you know that the average person spends in excess of 90 percent of each day indoors? It’s not surprising that your interior environment − its ambience, comfort, function and features − has a major impact on your day-to-day experience and... more

Mar 10, 2015 11:32 AM HOME & GARDEN


Attractive window coverings, like these blinds available from MannKidwell, add decorative touches while allowing you to direct and control the light. Photo courtesy of MannKidwell.

As new life springs up outside, your rooms inside may seem dull and old. Their comfort carried you through the winter, but now you’re ready to usher in the new season with a new look. Here are six suggestions from the experts for rejuvenating your... more

Mar 10, 2015 9:59 AM HOME & GARDEN


Courtesty of RaceDeck

I recently stumbled upon the blueprint of the perfect house: 1,800 square feet of garage plus 200 square feet for a bedroom, kitchen, and bathroom. Knowing that my wife would not agree to such living arrangements, however, I must settle for less... more

Jan 15, 2015 2:56 PM HOME & GARDEN


Furnishings come in varying qualities and nearly endless styles. I took this image at the fall 2014 furniture market in High Point.

Making major purchases for your house or tackling a home improvement project can be daunting, so it’s good to consider your options before starting the search for products and services that best suit your needs. Before hitting the stores – either... more

Jan 15, 2015 2:31 PM HOME & GARDEN


Your exterior greeting may primarily consist of tasteful, permanent plantings accented with colorful annuals and seasonal decorations.

The calendar is punctuated throughout the year with holidays, special occasions, and our own unique happenings. We frequently celebrate these moments-to-remember with family and friends, and sometimes guests fill our home to overflowing. Welcoming... more

Nov 10, 2014 3:33 PM HOME & GARDEN

making cultured-marble products and building custom bathrooms is a family affair at Venetian Marble, Inc. Owners Tom and Darla Skinner practically have their DNAs imprinted in the Powhatan-based company they take such pride in running. Darla’s... more

Nov 10, 2014 1:47 PM Business Spotlights


AT&T offers home security and home automation services that work with your smartphone, tablet, or computer, allowing remote access as well as in-home operation. Highlights include front door video cameras and locks, thermostat adjustments, and light and small appliance controls.

Home automation is no longer a thing of the future: it’s here and is enhancing lives, adding convenience and providing energy savings to millions of Americans each day. Having a connected home where all devices “talk” to each other isn’t just for... more

Nov 10, 2014 1:47 PM HOME & GARDEN

Fire. It's been an important part of cultures from prehistoric times, vital to the development of civilization. Though this classical element seems entirely distinct from advances in technology, a few minutes spent at Bon Air Hearth, Porch and Patio more

Sep 15, 2014 10:16 AM Business Spotlights

Sure, you probably know that quality siding can improve your home’s curb appeal. And you’ve undoubtedly heard the pitches about how some siding is easier to maintain than others. What you may not realize is that there’s a product that’s superior... more

Sep 15, 2014 9:03 AM Business Spotlights

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