Lowe’s Adding Fulfillment Centers, Large-Appliance Sites for Faster Delivery

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. is beefing up its logistics network, with plans to add dozens of distribution and shipment-handling sites as part of a $1.7 billion overhaul aimed at speeding orders to customers of the home-improvement retail chain.

Lowe’s said Wednesday that it would open four additional e-commerce fulfillment centers over the next 18 months, including a direct fulfillment site in Mira Loma, Calif., set to open in October to enable two-day delivery to nearly 100% of its customers.

The Mooresville, N.C.-based company also plans to open seven bulk distribution sites for large products such as appliances and barbecue grills, along with 50 cross-dock terminals where big items can be placed on delivery trucks bound for customers instead of sending them to retail stores.

Lowe’s is in the midst

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$45 Million Condo Listed at Manhattan’s One57 Luxury Skyscraper

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All of New York City’s Central Park—plus the city skyline and Hudson River—is in full view from the floor-to-ceiling windows of a One57 condominium that hit the market Wednesday for $45 million.

The 6,240-square-foot residence has four bedrooms and five-and-a-half bedrooms and takes up the entire 86th floor of the luxury tower in Midtown Manhattan, according to Corcoran. Agent Carrie Chiang has the listing.

A modern design sensibility is on display throughout the apartment, with custom wallpaper and painted finishes, bespoke millwork and built-in shelving and distinctive headboards.

New York-based designer Thomas Juul-Hansen created the wood-clad eat-in kitchen, which has Miele and Sub-Zero appliances, as well as vanities in the marble master bathrooms.

The 1,500-square-foot master suite has Central Park and skyline views, a separate sleeping area and lounge, a custom-designed dressing room and two en-suite master bathrooms connected by a wet room featuring hand-carved marble tub and a steam

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Modern makeover: Baldwyn native gives Tupelo home, yard new life | Lifestyle

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TUPELO • For several years, Terry Lytal lived in a very traditional home on North Lamar in Oxford that was filled with English and European antiques he’d collected.

One day he woke up, looked around and realized his tastes had changed. After liquidating just about all his furnishings, he moved home to Baldwyn in 2017 to take care of his ailing father.

When his dad died, Lytal moved back to Tupelo, where he had started his career in nursing at the North Mississippi Medical Center in 1974. And he knew just where he wanted to live – Robins Street.

“This is the first and only house I looked at,” said Lytal, 66. “I love this street, the trees, the sidewalks, the family atmosphere, the charm.”

Lytal purchased a modern-style house built in 1980 in the historic downtown neighborhood made up of 100-year-old homes and cottages.

“The woman who built it

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FGI Seeks Public Comment on 2020 Update to Guidelines for Design and Construction

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FGI is accepting public comment on the 2020 guidelines through September 30.

Editor’s note: This article was originally published in the newsletter Briefings on Accreditation & Quality. Briefings on Accreditation & Quality is published through the HCPro Accreditation & Quality Compliance Center.

The Facilities Guidelines Institute (FGI) is asking for public comment through September on the 2020 update to the FGI Guidelines for Design and Construction, which “provide minimum standards for design and construction of hospitals, outpatient facilities, and residential health, care, and support facilities,” according to an FGI announcement.

Used by many state and local authorities having jurisdiction to “regulate design and construction of these facilities,” The Joint Commission (TJC) also cites the guidelines under Environment of Care standard EC.02.06.05.

The standard requires hospitals to manage risks to the environment of care during demolition, renovation and new construction and cites the guidelines as one of the acceptable references

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Sharon Hull, This Week in the Garden

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As most of us know, usually from personal experience, gophers and invading tree roots are a frequent problem in our gardens. My neighbor Paula Barsamian had built several raised beds in which to grow vegetables over the years in her small garden but eventually, in each one, a gopher got through the wire as it disintegrated in the bottom of the bed. And in each one, tree roots grew up into the soil and began stealing all the nutrients and water. Frustration drove her to do some research. Online, she found plans for a raised bed design that used galvanized corrugated sheet metal as the sides but she modified it to overcome her specific problems.

(I had intended to include the link to that article but found that the domain was allowed to lapse so the link is no longer valid. However, there is a photo from that original article

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Is This Type of Appliance Endangering Your Health?

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Gas-powered appliances such as stoves, ovens and water heaters in your home can increase your risk of developing respiratory and cardiovascular diseases and may even lead to premature death, according to a new study.

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Researchers at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health found that after just 60 minutes of using a gas-powered stove and oven at the same time in a home, levels of nitrogen dioxide exceeded both national and California ambient air quality standards more than 90% of the time.

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Nitrogen dioxide is one of the gases that contributes to smog formation.

The report — which was commissioned by the Sierra Club — says:

“Exposure to the pollutants produced from gas appliances can be detrimental to human health; thus, one significant benefit of replacing natural gas

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Knoll’s Design Director on the Joy of Collecting

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AD PRO: What else do you collect?

BP: The other passion I have is cuff links, which the world is sort of running out of. It’s weird; with the level of informality in the world, I wear them less and less. But the question of understanding them is influenced by the fact that I experience them every day.

AD PRO: Do you have a guiding collecting principle?

BP: I encourage people to collect, even if it’s just bubble gum wrappers, because the exhilaration that’s associated with the process is really quite fun. In the scheme of things, depending on what you are collecting, this is a fortunate situation to be in and a clearly very privileged thing to get to do. But I hope that it can happen on all levels. In the same way that my parents encouraged me to have a bank account and to understand the value

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$52M Modern Oceanfront Retreat in Hamptons Is Most Expensive New Listing

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A modern vacation home with beachfront bragging rights is listed for $52 million. That price makes the Hamptons home this week’s most expensive new listing.


The Hamptons are hot, as city dwellers search for an escape. For those with deep pockets, there’s always a way to beat the heat.

Which brings us to a modern vacation home with beachfront bragging rights that’s waded onto the market for $52 million. The price tag makes it this week’s most expensive new listing on realtor.com®.

The spectacular spread is set behind a gated entry in Wainscott, NY. The oceanside edifice offers 230 feet of beachfront.

It’s located close to the storied Kilkare estate, which snagged the honor of most expensive listing back in 2017, when it landed on the market

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This Couple Spent Two Years Creating The Perfect Low-Maintenance Garden

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a house with bushes in the middle of a road: And it's now the subject of an Instagram account.

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And it’s now the subject of an Instagram account.

a person standing in a garden: Brandau in the garden.

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Brandau in the garden.

Like many fortunate enough to have a second home outside of the city, Ryan James Brandau, an artistic director and conductor, and his husband Ian Ferguson decamped to their home in Water Mill in Southampton as soon as stay-at-home orders were enacted in New York. It gave them more room to spread out, of course, but it also provided precious outdoor space with a balm many have sought during the pandemic: a garden to tend.

They renovated the home two years ago with the help of design firm General Assembly and rebuilt the pool area last summer, but the landscape still needed some work. “I had intended to do a lot of gardening this year,” explains Brandau, “but being here more regularly meant that I could do planting and maintenance work

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Turn Your Garage into the Living Room You’ve Always Wanted

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How do you add more square footage to your house without increasing its size?

It might sound like a riddle, but the answer is easy: look to your garage.

“Most municipalities require extensive architectural drawings for new additions,” explains KV Harper, founder and principal of the New Orleans-based firm Kex Design + Build, who warns prospective builders to think twice before constructing something new. “A garage conversion is a bit less extensive since the structure is already existing.”

You will still need approval and permits for the project, but the process will be simpler and likely shorter, and can be a great solution for a family in need of more living space, a guest suite, or an office. But here’s what homeowners should ask themselves before giving up their garage.

What’s Your Budget?

Even though you’re not building a new structure, converting a garage can still be an expensive

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