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Stretch your imagination: High Country architects bring clients’ ideas and inspirations to life

The ‘Fly Barn’ is an intimate structure adjacent to the main house, wherein the fly-fishing contingent store their fly rods, vests and drift boat, as well as sit at the bench tying flies and regale each other with fish stories.
Photo courtesy Shepherd Resources Inc.

Everyone has their own ideas about what makes a home truly stand apart from the rest, but sometimes, it takes a little inspiration from others to get those creative juices really flowing. Homeowners curate ideas from all kinds of sources — from magazines to favorite vacation memories — and experienced architects bring those visions to life. Here are several examples of cool home elements to get your motor running.

Lighting it up

Doug DeChant and his associates at Shepherd Resources Inc. believe that light is central to any good design, be it light of the sun, moon or fire.

Whether it’s an indoor fireplace or

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Bring personalized expression into kitchen design

Personalizing a kitchen’s design is an opportunity to showcase true individuality. The space will feel like a true reflection of self when finished with handpicked details. Adding special touches throughout a space, from unique materials to striking statement pieces, can work together to form that cohesive, yet individualized feel.

Merged aesthetic

Merge classic and modern design elements, such as wood cabinetry or richly veined marble, with smaller personalized touches that help to bring the room together. To unite varying design elements, consider adding a mixed stone backsplash to complement a central color scheme. By rooting the color palette in opulent shades of white, the space will evoke a sense of comfort. Warmer shades add polished neutrality, allowing striking details to shine against casement windows for a flood of natural light.

Streamlined synergy

Select integrated appliances that seamlessly blend into the kitchen, rather than distract. Adding a stove-side niche places all

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Fresh updates bring camera, pen improvements to Surface Pro 7, Book 3

Say cheese.

What you need to know

  • New firmware and driver updates are rolling out for Surface Pro 7 and Surface Book 3.
  • The Surface Book 3 updates are mostly focused on camera improvements, while Surface Pro 7 gets camera and pen improvements.
  • These updates are rolling out now via Windows Update.

Microsoft this week shipped a new set of driver and firmware updates for two of its latest Surface devices. Both the Surface Pro 7 and Surface Book 3 received updates as part of this round, and they’re mainly focused on a couple of areas. Most notably, both devices have picked up some general camera improvements, while the Surface Pro 7 has some additional improvements for the Surface Slim Pen and inking experience.

Here’s a look at what’s included in the updates for the Surface Pro 7:

Firmware version Update info
Intel Corporation – System – 42.18362.3.2451 Improves camera
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Covid ‘Testing Hell’: Devices Given to Nursing Homes Bring New Problems

“There’s no mechanism in place for reporting,” said Kim Schilling, the vice president of health services at Friendship Haven, which runs a nursing home in rural Iowa. “We were on the phone yesterday trying to figure this out with the department of public health and it was very overwhelming for them too.”

Katie Smith Sloan, the president of LeadingAge, an association of nonprofit providers of aging services, said the Trump administration’s focus on fines and stringent reporting requirements were the wrong approach to addressing a crisis that was aggravated by federal inaction in the early months of the pandemic.

“For seven months, nursing homes have been saving and protecting lives while dealing with staffing shortages, testing and personal protective equipment challenges and growing unexpected costs,” she said.

David Grabowski, a health care policy expert at Harvard Medical School, described the federal rapid-test program as “a positive step but late in

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Calgary renovation companies bring awards hardware home

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“There can be a lot of structural tie-ins — a lot of engineering that needs to be done. And it’s important to find a contractor you’ll be best suited with, who shares your beliefs. It’s a team effort between client and builder,” he says.

The planning and design department at Ultimate is preparing for work scheduled to begin the first week of January. Ritchie says he’s getting calls right now from people who want a kitchen done by Christmas, but he stresses the importance of doing the homework.

“People who accept our advice are happier in the end,” he says, with a grin.

Cold weather renos can be challenging, but Garth McDaniel of Allenbrook says that as long as things are reasonably warm, there’s no specific time to start.

“It’s whenever people are ready to engage,” he says.

Lytle has seen another shift since the double whammy

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10 trucks from Bring a Trailer to pretend you’re a 1990s building contractor

Nostalgia is a hell of a drug. It’s the kind of thing that makes a programmer in Seattle wake up on a Saturday morning in the year 2020, pour some coffee into a metal thermos, put on a plaid shirt and yellow workboots made by Timberland, a John Deere baseball cap, and head on down to Home Depot in a correct vintage truck to buy something industrial-looking.

If you haven’t noticed, minty trucks from the 1990s have been all the rage on online auction sites for the past few years, and they’re being bought by the kids of the 1980s and 1990s who now want to reenact a Saturday morning at a lumber yard, or go inspect some forest road or railroad despite being employed by neither the forestry service or a railroad. Nostalgia for days just far enough in the rear view mirror to seem distant is what’s driving

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New residential community coming north of Fort Worth will bring 1,000 homes

A new residential community on the way north of Fort Worth will bring more than 1,000 homes.

The Ridge at Northlake is located on Robson Ranch Road near the town of Northlake in Denton County. Its first phase will include 267 home sites and a four-acre community center with a swimming pool and splash park.

Houses in the development will be priced from the $300,000s.

Future plans include an adventure park for young children and teens, a second amenity campus with a pool, outdoor game areas and lawns and an extensive community trail system.

McKinney's new Painted Tree community is planned to have more than 3,000 homes.

“When planning The Ridge, we knew we wanted to push the notion of what an active neighborhood could mean for families,” said a statement from Ryan Huey, vice president for corporate land investment for builder Taylor Morrison Homes and managing partner for The Ridge. “We wanted to create a place where you and your family could

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New Britain lottery will bring opportunity for first-time home ownership to two families

Two families on relatively low incomes will win a lottery in New Britain next month that will let them buy their first homes.


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The city is selling two houses on the East Side that it bought and extensively renovated, with each set to sell for tens of thousands of dollars below market rate.

New Britain isn’t looking to make money on the deal, though, city officials emphasized. Using federal funds, it periodically buys and rehabilitates homes and then sells them to first-time homebuyers who otherwise could not afford to own property.

“It’s a great boost for them. The people we sell to have never owned a home, so just doing this is a great self-esteem boost that they take pride in,” said Margaret Malinowski of the city’s economic development department.

Many communities around the country use lotteries to award low- or moderate-income apartment leases when demand is high,

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Android TV Android 11 update to bring speed, gamepad improvements

Even compared to Android Auto, Android’s TV incarnation hasn’t exactly been getting much attention, especially from Google itself. The past months, however, have been particularly interesting, especially with rumors around Google’s first Android TV dongle. As if heralding the arrival of that “Sabrina” device, Google has now announced the Android 11 update for Android TV, promising to bring a handful of improvements that will hopefully prepare the platform for the future.

With so many smart TV platforms out there, including those from Samsung (Tizen), LG (webOS), and Apple (tvOS), it isn’t really that surprising that Android TV hasn’t exactly caught on. Aside from access to streaming apps, which other platforms and set-top boxes also have, Android TV may not look like it has much else to offer. Of course, you have access to some popular Android apps but viewing them on a larger screen might not exactly be that attractive.

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How to Bring More Space into Bathrooms


Time to Bottom Fish? Top Analyst Offers 3 Stocks to Buy

September saw some serious market losses, from 5% in the Dow to 9.5% in the NASDAQ. In the wake of it, investors must decide what those losses mean, and how it will impact investment strategy going forward. And for that, investment bank Oppenheimer has some suggestions.The firm’s 5-star analyst Ittai Kidron has tagged three tech stocks in which he sees plenty of room for near- to mid-term growth. Kidron is an expert in the market’s technology sector, and is rated among the Street’s 25 best analysts, with a 72% success rate to his forecasts and a 34.5% average return on his stock picks. Using TipRanks’ Stock Comparison tool, we were able to evaluate these 3 stock picks alongside each other to get a sense of what the analyst community has to say.Smartsheet, Inc. (SMAR)Kidron’s first pick is Smartsheet,

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