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CEO Charts His Companys Path to Net-Zero Homes

CEO Charts His Company's Path to Net-Zero Homes

Two years running Gene Myers has guided his Denver-based home building company to DOE's grand award for housing innovation. What's his secret?

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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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43 Church Street Westborough, MA

43 Church Street Westborough, MA

A 4-year synopsis of a renovation. Built in 1849; restored from 2009-2013.

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43 Church St. Master Bath

43 Church St. Master Bath

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Full remodel of the master bath, using teak, glass, polished concrete, and limestone

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43 Church Street Kitchen

43 Church Street Kitchen

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Custom Made Black Palm Kitchen, with White Quartz Counters, Orange Glass Tile, and a Restuarant style kitchen

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Chiroptophobics Beware

Chiroptophobics Beware

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Chiroptophobia is a fear of bats. While I'm not afraid of bats, this video is just the sort of thing that could push me over the edge into becoming chiroptophobic... so beware!

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Paint Your House and Live Mortgage Free

Paint Your House and Live Mortgage Free

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How far are you willing to go to have your mortgage paid for you?

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How NOT to Wire a Garage Door Opener

How NOT to Wire a Garage Door Opener

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Just when you think you've seen it all something like this comes along and... and you get a cramp in your neck from shaking your head... and wonder "WHAT" were they thinking?

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