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Cindy Kosloski, Home Builders Association of Greater Lansing
Published 3:10 p.m. ET July 16, 2020


Homeowners have transformed their living spaces into classrooms, home offices and gyms this year. With people spending more time at home, the future of home design is being reimagined. As homeowners seek out ways to maximize the functionality their living spaces, here are some of the budding trends in home design and renovation.

Modifying Mudrooms and Entryways

A simple area to take off jackets or rainboots when entering your home is no longer an afterthought. Now a focal point, home entryways and mudrooms are a space where mail is dropped off, groceries/delivery boxes are collected, face coverings are removed, or hands are sanitized. Future home design will take these activities in consideration when creating a functional, cohesive and

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Boston’s Public Garden will move its annual “Duckling Day” Mother’s Day event online this year, as organizers seek to maintain some of the spirit of the kid-friendly gathering amid the COVID-19 pandemic that has led to the cancellation or postponement of so many other traditions.

Duckling Day will be held on the organization’s Facebook page May 10 starting at 12 p.m., the Friends of the Public Garden said in a statement Monday.

The broadcast runs for about 20 minutes, and it will feature a personal message from Mayor Martin J. Walsh and a video from Duckling Days past. WCVB-5 anchor Rhondella Richardson will do a live reading of Robert McCloskey’s “Make Way for Ducklings.”

On most years, hundreds of people dress up like characters in the book on Duckling Day to celebrate the classic children’s story with a parade, crafts, and circus games.

“We know many families were excited and

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Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson applauds outside 10 Downing Street during the Clap for our Carers campaign in support of the NHS, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in London, Britain, April 30, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Boris Johnson joined in a nationwide round of applause on Thursday to thank hospital and care workers battling the coronavirus pandemic, as many Britons also sang happy birthday to centenarian war veteran Tom Moore.

The applause has become an emotional weekly ritual in Britain since it first took place on March 26, but Johnson had not been seen publicly taking part since before he was taken to hospital with a bad case of COVID-19 on April 5.

The 55-year-old prime minister spent three nights in intensive care, then convalesced for two weeks at his country residence and returned to work on Monday.

He appeared on the doorstep

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BASTIA UMBRA, Italy (Reuters) – Simone Mela never dreamed that a traffic light would determine when he could take a bathroom break in the factory where he works. But in the world according to coronavirus, that is the new normal.

A worker is seen by a traffic light limiting the access to bathrooms inside the ISA factory that has introduced new safety measures to respect social distancing among workers to stop the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Bastia Umbra, Italy, April 22, 2020, in this still image taken from video. REUTERS TV via REUTERS

And he feels lucky to have a job. Only 200 of the 800 workers at the ISA company, which makes refrigerated display cases for bars, restaurants and supermarkets, have so far been able to return to the factory in Italy’s Umbria region.

The gradual return has been made possible through a combination of solutions

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Onion Flats redesigned their bathrooms to save space, but it actually is a healthier design.

In a recent post, Home design lessons from the coronavirus, I suggested that we should bring back the vestibule: “Even in apartments, there should be a vestibule with a door on each end, a big closet, and enough room to take off your coat and shoes without entering the home.” I also suggested that there be a sink in the hall, and showed the layout of a typical suburban prefab where the main door is actually through the garage:

Years ago when I worked in the prefab modular home biz, I asked why the powder room was often placed in what I thought was a weird place. Pieter, the company owner, told me that most of the homes were built on lots in the country for working people who drive long distances and they often

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In the Kitchen: Prevent the Spread of Infection.

Bacteria can spread anywhere in the kitchen.  So it’s important to wash your hands and kitchen surfaces before and after making food.

Kitchen and More showroom disinfecting every day

The kitchen is the heart of many homes. It’s not only where the food is prepared, but it is also where the family meets to share meals and play board games together, or where the children do their homework. If not properly cleaned, the kitchen could turn into a storehouse of bacteria and germs. Keep your kitchen clean and hygienic to prevent those bacteria and germs from making you and your family sick.

  1. Wipe the counters and the stovetop using a paper towel with dish detergent and water. Use a fresh paper towel, then rinse the soap with clean water. Let the counters and oven dry.
  2. Place 1 small cup of bleach and 1 gallon of water together. Load
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The coronavirus pandemic is beginning to show signs that it is nearing a peak in New Jersey, Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J., told CNBC on Tuesday.

“What we’re doing is working,” Gottheimer said on “Squawk Box.” “Our death toll is still way too high, and it’s just awful the number of people who are sick. … But the good news is it seems there is some light on the horizon.” 

More than 41,000 cases have been confirmed in New Jersey, including more than 1,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

Gottheimer said about 20% of the state’s cases have been in his northern New Jersey district, which includes Bergen and Sussex counties.

Earlier Tuesday, the head of New Jersey’s largest health-care network told “Squawk Box” he’s “certainly encouraged” by recent COVID-19 data. 

“The number of new cases each day were in the double digits. They were about 35% increase every

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An employee of the Lowe’s Home Improvement store in York has tested positive for coronavirus, company officials said.

The employee at the store on East Liberty Street has been quarantined at home after it was confirmed the associate had COVID-19, Lowe’s officials said in an email to The Herald.

“The well-being of our associates and customers is Lowe’s priority, and have confirmed a COVID-19 case of a Lowe’s associate at our York store, located at 1010 E Liberty St.,” the statement from Lowe’s said. “The associate has been quarantined and is receiving care.”

Other employees who worked closely with the associate have been placed on paid leave, Lowe’s said in the statement. It remains unclear how many other workers at the store had close contact with the employee who tested positive.

“In an abundance of caution, associates who had worked closely with this individual over a period of

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As more restaurants have been mandated to offer only takeout or delivery service amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Olive Garden is offering a new buy-one, get-one meal deal — and, in true never-ending style, customers are able to use it as many times as they like.

This is the first time in the restaurant’s history that a promotion is being offered solely as a takeout or delivery option.

Guests will be able to choose between several hot “Buy One” options, like the chain’s classic fettuccine Alfredo, cheese ravioli, lasagna or chicken Parmigiana. Then, they can select a “Take One” option (of equal or lesser value), which will be packaged up and chilled, ready to be popped in the freezer or fridge for a next-day meal. Orders can be placed online or by phone, and entrees start at $12.99.

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Home improvement companies are only doing a fraction of their normal workload and are dealing with customers who don’t wanted them inside their homes despite taking safety precautions against spreading the coronavirus. 4/1/20

Delaware News Journal

EDITOR’S NOTE: A prior version of this article misclassified real estate businesses. They are not considered essential under the governor’s state of emergency decree. 

In the 14 years Marcin Jodko has been in the home improvement business, he has never seen something quite like the coronavirus pandemic.

He never expected to be turned away by his customers, who fear having someone potentially infecting their family with the virus. He never expected that he would be working only about 20% of the jobs he normally would be this time of year.

Yet, this is exactly what he is doing. 

The home improvement industry and all those who depend on it have been hit hard

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