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Seaside Garden

Seaside Garden

Seaside gardens can be lovely but this one is particularly nice. Located near Cape Cod, its small scale and proximity to the water make a wonderful combination

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House Wrap for Modern Architecture

House Wrap for Modern Architecture

Choosing the correct weather resistant barrier (or house wrap) it's important to take into account the amount of exposure your walls are getting. Houses with more exposure will require a more robust waterproofing strategy. Read on for more information and my tips for choosing the right house wrap for your project.

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Deck Finishes

Deck Finishes

Tips on how to maximize the durability of a deck finish.

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Finding the Small-House Sweet Spot

Finding the Small-House Sweet Spot

Two builders collaborate on a 60-unit subdivision where 610-sq.-ft. houses start at $129,900 and solar panels mean free heat

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Water for Cutting Masonry

Water for Cutting Masonry

If you have to cut a paving stone or concrete block with an angle grinder, you could cut it dry and get a face full of dust and possibly ruin the blade, but there's a better way.

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What I did on my summer vacation.

What I did on my summer vacation.

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A trailer park offers overnight rentals in Vintage RV's

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Saniflo Saniswift Drainage Pump

Saniflo Saniswift Drainage Pump

There are numerous examples where gray water removal is needed in a remodel type situation. There are just as many possible complications, but a big one is the lack of below-floor drainage. If you...

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Wilkinson Lake Home

Wilkinson Lake Home

With both prairie meadow views and lake views, the large expanse of glass allows the outdoor beauty to be visible from nearly every room of the home.

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The Best Roof for Hot & Humid Climates

The Best Roof for Hot & Humid Climates

Working in Texas for over 10 years, I've learned how important it is to select materials that work well with the climate. In this video, I review the benefits of using a metal roof when you're working with in the hot and humid southern states of the US.

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A Green Guide for Native Americans

A Green Guide for Native Americans

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Government and tribal representatives release a guide to help revive sustainable-building practices for tribal housing

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Green Building Council Names Home of the Year

Green Building Council Names Home of the Year

The Hawaiian home is the first in the state to be certified under the newest version of LEED

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Malco Stone Coated Steel Roofing Cutter

Malco Stone Coated Steel Roofing Cutter

When a material is made out of steel and is stone coated, it isn't easy to cut. Malco states its cutting table makes the job 30% easier. The table allows you to cut shingles in one easy, steady...

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Sievert Powerjet 2535 Blowtorch

Sievert Powerjet 2535 Blowtorch

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The Sievert Power 2535 blowtorch is designed to increase comfort through design attention on ergonomics. The long handle is manufactured from molded composite plastic. The trigger on/off function...

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Here Are the Basics on Passivhaus

Here Are the Basics on Passivhaus

The North American Passive House Network publishes a free e-book that explains what this building technique is all about

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Tips for Building a Net Zero House

Tips for Building a Net Zero House

In this video we identify what it means to build a Net Zero house, and some of the best practices for building Net Zero houses, using one of our own projects as an example. The house we review will generate enough electricity with its Solar Array to have a Zero sum electric bill for the course of the entire year. (Some months the bill will be negative, some months they will have to pay, but overall if you sum the 12 months of the year it will be $0.) Learn more by watching the video below!

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Oregon House Wins DOE Award

Oregon House Wins DOE Award

The Passivhaus-certified home has won a preliminary Housing Innovation Award from the Department of Energy and is now in the running as a finalist

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Self-Taught MBA: Accounting for Callbacks

Self-Taught MBA: Accounting for Callbacks

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Creating a separate “job” to track all you spend on callbacks may help you identify weak points in your construction processes and fix them.

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Free-Standing Deck Footings

Free-Standing Deck Footings

Shallow footing for free-standing decks and sheds

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An Elegant Kitchen Remodel

An Elegant Kitchen Remodel

I never tire of photographing kitchens

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Residential architects to meet in September

Residential architects to meet in September

Where is the art in residential architecture? Architects will puzzle this out at the 8th annual CRAN symposium in September

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