Hot Property, Athletes Edition: Ex-49ers slinger on the move

| |Friday, Aug. 29, 2014

Jeff Garcia, the retired NFL quarterback who was named quarterbacks coach of the Montreal Alouettes in early August, has called an audible on his estate in Rancho Santa Fe, north of San Diego, listing the property for sale at $7.75 million.

1930s California cabin transformed into 'green' showplace

| |Friday, Aug. 29, 2014

BERKELEY, Calif. - Back in 1930, artist Ray Boynton built a small redwood-clad cabin in the Berkeley hills, situating it with a northern exposure to receive indirect daylight - perhaps perfect for an artist's studio but a snub to the property's eye-boggling views of the bay, San Francisco, the Golden Gate and beyond.

Your Place: Get home prepared well before hurricane strikes

| |Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014

Three years ago, my family and I drove overnight from Maine to New Jersey, trying to get home ahead of Hurricane Irene.

On Gardening: Bottlebrush buckeye an underused but spectacular shrub

| |Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014

The word "bottlebrush" alone should make you want to grow it, but when you consider that the flowers are 4-inches wide and 12-inches long and are produced in huge quantities, it really should make you want to go shopping. If there were a poster child for underused plants however, the bottlebrush buckeye would be the spectacular winner.

Diggin' In: Richmond, Va., trail a model for 'garden tourism'

| |Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014

Richmond is rich in gardens.

Living Smart: Rid your home of welcome mats for insect invaders

| |Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014

The waning days of summer are a good time to make sure your home isn't putting out a welcome mat for insect invaders.

Yard wars: Homeowner fined for replacing grass with drought-tolerant plants

| |Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014

SAN RAMON, Calif. - Fran Paxson figured to get a little credit and admiration when she replaced the old lawn around her suburban San Ramon home with drought-resistant plants.

He wants forest, she wants beach; house offers both

| |Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014

He wanted a contemporary in the forest. She wanted a traditional home on the water. They owned a substantial piece of Orcas Island, off the coast of Washington State, along its northern beaches that could swing either way.

Hot Property: President Obama buying in Rancho Mirage? Not this time

| |Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014

The house in Rancho Mirage that was thought to be purchased by President Barack Obama sold for $3.5 million to a couple from Omaha, Neb., with no apparent ties to the commander in chief.

9 creative ways to display vacation souvenirs

| |Monday, Aug. 25, 2014

Instead of letting your summer vacation memories fade with your souvenirs into the back of a closet, make your travel mementos a part of your home decor. Here are some do-it-yourself ideas for giving your travel tokens a permanent place in your home.

Introducing: Design Recipes by Cathy Hobbs

|Monday, Aug. 25, 2014

The McClatchy-Tribune News Service is pleased to announce the latest addition to the At Home package, a weekly design column by Cathy Hobbs.

Design Recipes: The art of the den

| |Monday, Aug. 25, 2014

Dens are often designed to be "man caves," but that doesn't mean they can't be family-friendly, too.

Style at Home: Tips for fabulous fall tables

| |Monday, Aug. 25, 2014

One of the best places in your home to showcase the bounty and beauty of autumn is on your dining table. I think of this wide open plane as a ready-made stage that's just waiting for a show-stopping presentation that celebrates the colors, textures and iconic images of fall.

Green on the upswing as eco-friendly home building goes mainstream

| |Monday, Aug. 25, 2014

At first, Baldwin Homes didn't build green. Then it dipped its corporate toe in - one home here, another there.

Young architect is living the dream in north Minneapolis

| |Monday, Aug. 25, 2014

Architect Alissa Pier loves north Minneapolis and its old, architecturally rich housing stock. She and her husband, Brent, have lived on the city's North Side since 1998, in three neighborhoods, and have no desire to make their home anywhere else.

For Your Home: Consider using a room in an unexpected way

| |Monday, Aug. 25, 2014

How would you use your home if you didn't know what the rooms were designed to be? Some would be easy to figure out, but what about all those other boxes?

Gardener: Soil testing provides a smart step to a healthy landscape

| |Monday, Aug. 25, 2014

In my many years of personal gardening and horticultural consulting, I firmly believe there are two factors more responsible for a healthy landscape than anything else. First, putting the right plant in the right place. It sounds simple but you'd be surprised how often this basic principle is violated. Second, do all you can to make sure your soil is healthy by providing the conditions and nutrients your plants and lawn need to thrive.

Plumber: Heating water can be a 'tankless' job

| |Monday, Aug. 25, 2014

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Treasures: Limoges dinnerware worth less than it should be compared to modern china

| |Monday, Aug. 25, 2014

Dear Helaine and Joe:

Yardsmart: Strategies for controlling flies in urban agriculture

| |Monday, Aug. 25, 2014

I love my horses and the distinctive odor they bring to my home site. For others though, the smell is not appealing at all. To them it's just animal urine that attracts hoards of stable flies. If you're an urban agriculture fan, chances are something similar may be happening in your backyard, too. The chickens and pygmy goats and rabbits you love also create odors and flies. If your neighbor's outdoor living space is on the other side of a good neighbor fence, they may not be good neighbors for long.