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Monday, July 18th, 2016

The Water Sanctuary . . . taking backyard ponds to a whole new level

From a non-descript, standard issue, rectangular, red brick ranch on recently developed farm property with views for miles in nearly every direction to an idyllic sanctuary amidst towering white pines and hemlocks , Phil and Carole Pappas have transformed a once-drab property into a charming sanctuary. During the first decade, the family developed

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Thursday, March 24th, 2016

All The World’s a Stage . . . and your house is a scene in the “For Sale” act

By Joanne M. Anderson Photos courtesy of Debbie Campbell, CSE Gone are the days of dusting cobwebs off the front porch, mowing the lawn, cleaning the house, listing it for sale and signing a purchase contract soon...

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Thursday, March 24th, 2016

Harmony Reigns … in a vacation-like home with steel I-beams

  Text by Joanne M. Anderson Photos by April Amodeo You’ll find them in the Golden Gate Bridge, Empire State Building, the Mall of America, the Pentagon and Philip and April Amodeo’s house in Blacksburg. The method...

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Thursday, March 24th, 2016

Upgrading Outdoor Spaces

No matter the season, outdoor living in the New River Valley is in vogue. As spring approaches, here are some top trends that can influence the look, feel and function of your outdoor spaces. Outdoor rooms: Thanks...

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Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

Colonial Virginia to the Core

Text by Joanne M. Anderson Photos by Always and Forever Photography   Before America declared its independence in 1776, Mike Payne’s family cabin, now part of his home in Christiansburg, was built, log by log, from wood...

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Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

Beautiful Colonial Home ~ The Eley House

Text by Joanne M. Anderson Photos by Always and Forever Photography Some of their friends and neighbors raised eyebrows a bit when Donia and the late Randy Eley chose to move to Pulaski in 1977. “We simply...

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Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

A Sweet, Historical Bungalow

Text by Joanne M. Anderson Photos by Natalie Gibbs Photography For some, 3rd time is a charm, but for Brandon and Nicole Craig, it was the 30th time that produced the charm, and that charm is way...

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Monday, September 28th, 2015

An Open Floor Plan ~ for the kids

  Text by Joanne M. Anderson Photos by Natalie Gibbs Photography Jim and Julie Snyder designed a home and a lifestyle perfect for raising their daughters, but their story begins in a 10 x 40-foot, single wide...

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Monday, September 28th, 2015

Rain Barrels – A one-inch rain event can generate up to 623 gallons of water on a 1,000 square foot roof

People have been using rain barrels, or cisterns, for thousands of years to capture and store free water from the sky. Historical records show that rainwater was collected in simple clay containers as far back as 2,000...

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Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Historical and Homespun with a Dash of High Tech

Text by Joanne M. Anderson Photos by Always and Forever Photography Riner was once a thriving village with a sawmill, lumber yard, tobacco factory, tannery, hotel, shoe factory and well company. Originally called Old Forks around 1808...

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