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Get ready for spring

Spring is almost here, and it’s time to start preparing your home for the warmer months ahead. Here are some tips to help you get your house and yard in shape. Although many of the tasks can be do-it-yourself projects, hiring professionals can also help to move things along and get the job done right.

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Housing and taxes

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA)—you know, that new tax law—has given many people a temporary tax break and corporations a permanent one. But one of its bigger surprises: after years of the government supporting American homeownership with tax advantages, the new law has altered some of those benefits.

Modern touches such as colored lights behind the bar combine with old-school posts and beams and wrought iron-legged bar stools.

The smartest 1800s barn

Unbeknownst to Fernando and Rachel Zorrilla, in 2006, their future home, a dairy barn, was en route from Livermore Falls, ME to Barryville, NY.

TRR photos by Joe Cooke

Our seed-starting non-dirt is part peat moss, part vermiculite.

Seed Starting 101

Full disclosure: I’m not a gardener. My wife would like to be. Our land consists of a little dirt on a lot of rocks. None of that has stopped us from trying to grow food. One of the first things we did after moving here was plant a garden, from seeds, since we didn’t have money and seeds are cheap.

Furniture maker Walter “Bo” Stevens poses in front of his studio in Eldred, NY.

Bo Stevens: DIY mastery in marquetry

Based in Eldred, NY, fine furniture maker Bo Stevens (aka Walter Stevens) initially attained his command of the craft in the boldest of ways: “At first, I acquired most of my skills by telling people I knew how to do something and then figuring out how to do it,” he explains.


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