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Six Questions to Ask Before Buying a House Plan

Six Questions to Ask Before Buying a House Plan

House plans are an inexpensive way to get a great home design. But you need to do your homework first.

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Irontown Brings Small Home to PCBC

Irontown Brings Small Home to PCBC

One of the good things about modular homes is that you can take them nearly anywhere -- including the floor of a major tradeshow

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Internet of Things: Ready for Blast-Off

Internet of Things: Ready for Blast-Off

Speakers at PCBC conference forecast big growth for connected home products

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If You Cant Beat Them, Rent Them

If You Can't Beat Them, Rent Them

Single-family-home developers focus on build-to-rent market

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EcoVilliage Pioneers Net-Zero Housing

EcoVilliage Pioneers Net-Zero Housing

Leaders of the co-op community in Ithaca, N.Y., took a common sense approach to meeting demanding Passive House standards

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Arvida Lane Residence

Arvida Lane Residence

2014 Architect Challenge Winner This single family, residential home in Gables Estates, Coral Gables, Florida successfully pays respect to the architecture of the Mediterranean and Renaissance...

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Rockville Housing

Rockville Housing

This commercial apartment building draws its inspiration from historical architecture, featuring high turrets and accented gables. Having the majority of its exterior covered with windows gives the...

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Published kitchen grows (in function and livabilty, not size) with its family.

Published kitchen grows (in function and livabilty, not size) with it's family.

It was a tough decision to renovate my published kitchen (Inspired house 2004 http://www.taunton.com/inspiredhouse/pages/ih00003_01.asp Great kitchens 2007 http://www.tauntonstore.com/great-kitchens-082003.html). My husband and I have really enjoyed the kitchen. We liked the basic layout (good orientation, easy transition between appliances and an open central workspace), the open plan feel and how it related to other spaces and allowed exterior light to fill the space. We chose many of the finishes together and even carried the backsplash tile back from a trip to Australia. However, when I designed and built the space 16 years ago, we had different needs and a singular lifestyle. It was also only the second kitchen we had lived in (the first being a poorly designed apartment alley kitchen). Our first kitchen design was a compromise of ingenuity, cost, and function but did not include all of the necessities for a growing family (small boys eat their weight in food every week and teenage boys eat twice that…..we have one of each). Especially one that enjoys cooking, eating and entertaining. When the majority of our appliances gave out over a 6 month period and the wear and tear started to become more apparent, we took the opportunity in hand and set out to create a better functioning kitchen, one that accommodated our family’s needs, and became a great place for entertaining in the heart of the home.

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Is RFID Technology in Your Future?

Is RFID Technology in Your Future?

Radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology, already used in commercial buildings, appears poised to transform life at home

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Why I Regret Making My House a Smart-House

Why I Regret Making My House a Smart-House

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The only regret I have in my full house remodel was believing a Smart House was going to make my life better.

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