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How integrating design and construction made a really, really complicated home doable
by Ann V. Edminster
Here’s how the tough lessons of the collapse made us more-responsible builders
by Boyce Thompson
A practical design delivers a remarkably air-tight, super insulated home on a modest budget
by Jesse Thompson
This compact farmhouse achieves home building’s highest performance standard without a shred of aesthetic compromise
by Justin Pauly
A retirement house in keeping with its rural surroundings conjures old-world sensibilities in modern masonry
by Charles Miller
by Rob Yagid
In New York state, a new house combines compound curves and energy-saving details
by Kurt Ofer
Defined by a mosaic of indoor and outdoor spaces, a new house tames the sun and adapts a traditional Southwest style for an established neighborhood
by Murray Silverstein, Barbara Winslow
A new family room and master suite, improved entries, and an updated building envelope saved this home from the wrecking ball, again
by Michael Klement
In a dense urban neighborhood, this remodeled bungalow goes green with recycled materials, solar energy, gray water, and room for the owners’ day jobs
by Geoffrey Holton
A first-time home designer nails it with an updated farmhouse that includes double-duty spaces, a serious mudroom, and a five-star energy rating
by Diane Kolak
An architect highlights the hallmarks of a style that responds to its environment
by James Tuer
This home uses five systems to reduce its environmental impact, lower its operating cost, and improve its connection to the land
by James Tuer
A video introduction to Portland's Green Homes Tour + Info Fair
For starters, the simple modular plan optimizes daylight and cross ventilation
Master Carpenter Video Series
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Gene Myers, Zero-Energy Builder
This builder’s Denver-based company recently won its second grand award in the DOE’s Housing Innovation program.
by Boyce Thompson
Tour West Coast Green's Eco-Prefab
Compact and beautiful, mkLotus is a zero-energy house with major appeal
by Tim Schmidt
The Greenest House in America?
Although it's healthful, low maintenance, and easy on the environment, this Texas home is also lots of fun to live in
by Peter L. Pfeiffer
Katrin Klingenberg, Passive House Pioneer
This architect is leading the movement for affordable energy-efficient homes in the United States.
by Charles Bickford
Tailgate: Nicole Starnes Taylor, Architect
This former carpenter talks about how having worked in the trades made her a better architect.
by Andy Engel
Green Building for Beginners
by Martin Holladay
The Barefoot HomeDressed-Down Design for Casual Living
Outside the Not So Big HouseExpand your home to include outdoor spaces.
Window Treatments Idea BookUpdate the look of your home’s windows with hundreds of fresh ideas.
Inside the Not So Big HousePersonalize your home and discover how to make it more functional with special built-in details.
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