• By STEVE BATIE/Columnist

A young friend stopped by the shop on his way home from school a while back and was curious about the odd little "table" I was using to hold a wood carving in place.

  • By STEVE BATIE/Columnist

Under normal conditions, there's nothing a gardener likes more than free irrigation courtesy of Mother Nature.

  • By STEVE BATIE/Columnist

After I wrote back in April about one of the challenges facing anyone who plants bluegrass -- that it can take some varieties as much as six weeks to germinate -- I got email from loyal HouseWorks reader Ernie.

  • By STEVE BATIE / Column

It's been our habit here at HouseWorks Central to devote one column each fall to what we call "The Facts of Homeownering Life," which also would be the title of our how-to manual if we'd ever never gotten around to writing one.

  • By STEVE BATIE / Column

It's been our habit here at HouseWorks Central to devote one column each fall to what we call "The Facts of Homeownering Life," which also would be the title of our how-to manual if we'd ever never gotten around to writing one.

Selling a home is a big financial decision, as hundreds of thousands of dollars can be on the line. You might consider yourself lucky if your home sells quickly at a top price, but luck isn't the determining factor. FindTheHome found that getting the best deal on your home sale can be all ab…

  • Matthew Rybak

The U.S. Department of Commerce's Census Bureau published quarterly data on nationwide rental vacancies, defined as the proportion of rental housing inventory that is vacant for rent. For the quarter ending in June 2015, vacancy rates for rental housing was reported at 6.8%, a decrease of 0.…

  • Matthew Rybak

The U.S. Department of Commerce's Census Bureau released its quarterly report on residential vacancies and homeownership in June 2015. National vacancy rates for homeowner housing was reported at 1.8%, a decrease of 0.10 percentage points from the vacancy rate of 1.9% last quarter, and an de…

  • Matthew Rybak

The U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development released June 2015 figures for new residential home construction in the United States. This includes the most recent indicators relating to residential building permits, housing starts, and housing completions nationw…