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Cool New Building Products from the AIA Conference

Cool New Building Products from the AIA Conference

I recently attended my first American Institute of Architects Conference, held this year in my home port of Denver, Colorado. It was a pleasure to see things I’d never seen before.

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A Universal Kitchen for Everyone

A Universal Kitchen for Everyone

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Accessible kitchens don't have to be bland and institutional-looking. Here's one that's beautiful and functional for the whole family.

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Patricks Barn: Budget and Costs

Patrick's Barn: Budget and Costs

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With the barn moving toward completion, it's time to open the books.

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Can You Survive a Tornado?

Can You Survive a Tornado?

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Living in Tornado Alley without a storm shelter is a bit like barreling down the freeway without fastening your seat belt. Never mind the house--what about you and your family?

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Patricks Barn: Taping Drywall

Patrick's Barn: Taping Drywall

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A few tips from drywall pros have really improved my finishing.

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Should I Build with Autoclaved Aerated Concrete?

Should I Build with Autoclaved Aerated Concrete?

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A couple living in Atlanta want a house that's free of the chemical pollutants common in standard construction. They consider using autoclaved aerated concrete blocks for the walls, but soon find there are doubters aplenty.

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Patricks Barn: Drywall Is Hung

Patrick's Barn: Drywall Is Hung

Seventy sheets later, the drywall is up and ready for finishing.

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Excavators Getting Their Groove On

Excavators Getting Their Groove On

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If you are in need of a lighthearted distraction from your busy day and you like heavy machinery, you've come to the right place.

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Patricks Barn: Heat, Light, and Internet

Patrick's Barn: Heat, Light, and Internet

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Heat, light, and an internet connection make a barn a lot more liveable.

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Building Energy 13: Old Hippies Conspire to Save the World

Building Energy 13: Old Hippies Conspire to Save the World

After a visit to the annual conference and trade show of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association, editor-at-large Kevin Ireton reports on the business of energy-efficient home building, deep-energy retrofits, and more

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