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A 4,546-square-foot custom-built house that replaced a small bungalow is on the Dilworth Home Tour.

It’s hard to talk about design trends without mentioning open floor plans, which have officially replaced granite countertops as a national obsession. But what do they mean for renters? These days, many apartment buildings have responded to open-plan demand by slyly combining the kitchen, living room and dining room into one small space.

The first time we looked at our 1930s Tudor, we immediately fell in love with the character. But when it came to the closets, character wasn’t necessarily a good thing.

Competition and conflict have existed between people and animals since the first gardeners began sowing seeds on the ground. The critters just as quickly carried them away.

Q: I read somewhere that the window in the bathroom is supposed to be safety glass. Is this true? We are replacing our windows this fall and I’m doing as much research as I can.

Versatile accents are the key to style for fall 2014

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