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Monday, May 13th, 2019

The Thriller, Filler and Spiller of Container Gardening

Whether for curb appeal, to complement your backyard patio or as a gift for a friend, container gardening is an opportunity to express creativity in a unique, dramatic way. Each container becomes an artistic expression and has the bonus feature of being mobile to be placed where it best accents the surroundings. If you are

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Monday, May 13th, 2019

Bloom Where You are Planted

It was love at first sight in 1998 for Christine McCann and the charming cottage on Gracelyn Court in Blacksburg. The big-city girl from upstate New York was ready for something different. “The curb appeal captivated me,...

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Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

Center Stage in the Kitchen: Cabinets and Counters

Trends are always afoot in the kitchen renovation industry, and timeless classics with staying power remain popular as well. When you walk into someone’s kitchen, it’s not normally the ceiling or drawer pulls that get your attention....

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Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

Curb Appeal ~ The First Impression

Despite our best efforts, we do judge a book by its cover, people by their attire and a house by its appearance. Like it or not, first impressions can set the stage for everything that follows. Houses...

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Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

It’s Home!

When the Durretts first saw the split level house under construction by Poff Construction, Rick was not impressed. “I didn’t like the location, and it wasn’t graded out back,” he says. It was 1972, and they bought...

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Thursday, January 17th, 2019

The Fleming Family Home Building Project

As their home state of Florida began to lose its unique appeal, along with the rural landscapes they once cherished, Paul and Linda Fleming decided to move. “We chose the New River Valley for its natural beauty,...

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Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

A Christmas Home . . . with the Hill Family

The halls are decked, the aroma of balsam mingles in the air, and the fireplace glows underneath the stockings. Little feet patter across hardwood floors, and laughter resonates off the walls of our 1950s ranch. It’s easily...

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Wednesday, September 5th, 2018

The Snugly Proportional English Cottage

When thinking about retirement, many folks have the “some day” approach, knowing that “some day” they’ll move – maybe to a warmer climate, closer to family, into a smaller space, all of the above. Philo and Ellen...

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Monday, July 16th, 2018

Relaxed Lake Living

“Our idea of lake living is relaxed, not formal,” states Greg Rooker. “So the house had to have an open, airy feel to it along with lots of windows to take advantage of the 3 1/2-mile view...

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Monday, May 21st, 2018

This Old Huggable House

Three years before George Washington was inaugurated as the first U.S. President, John Black started building his log house, affectionately known in the day as a 4-room crib. The structure is classic for the period at about...

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