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Old and New

Old and New

Modern accents in traditional spaces makes for a unique look

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Safer Wall Raising With Steel Strapping

Safer Wall Raising With Steel Strapping

 If you're framing the second-floor walls on the exterior of a house, you could toenail the bottom plate into the deck and hope that the whole wall doesn't slip off the edge when you stand the wall up, but there's a better way         Kevin Ireton is editor-at-large and a good friend and former colleague of Chuck Miller's. Keep your eye out for more Better Way videos from Kevin and several of our other regular...

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Bright and Welcoming Kitchen

Bright and Welcoming Kitchen

A 1928 home is opened up and changed into a contemporary living space.

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Turn On the Lights? Theres an App for That

Turn On the Lights? There's an App for That

Betting on fresh interest in networked home products, GE launches a light bulb that can be turned on and off with a smartphone.

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Reclaim Reuse Repurpose

Reclaim Reuse Repurpose

Using salvage materials may be almost all you need when building a home or remodeling.

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How To Connect PVC Pipe

How To Connect PVC Pipe

Learn how to prepare plastic pipe fittings, apply primer and cement, and make the connection between the two parts.

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A Classic Maine House

A Classic Maine House

Nothing fancy or overblown, just a modest, well done farmhouse that has probably been there for a hundred years and is meticulously cared for.

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Shipping Containers Turned Into Apartments

Shipping Containers Turned Into Apartments

Faced with big repairs on a rental property in Washington, D.C., the owners decided to tear the building down and create a new one with used shipping containers.

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An Easy Way to Keep Oil-Based Putty From Drying Out

An Easy Way to Keep Oil-Based Putty From Drying Out

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If you're using an oil-based product, like plumber's putty or glazing compound, you could just seal the lid tightly when you're done and hope that when you come back in a year or two the putty isn't rock hard, but there's a better way.

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Oven doors that leave the handle behind

Oven doors that leave the handle behind

Two new wall ovens from Wolf combine sleek style and ergonomic function

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Dead Prize Honors the Worst in Design

Dead Prize Honors the Worst in Design

There are plenty of competitions for innovative and beautiful projects. Now there's one for engineering and architecture that just plain sucks.

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The dining room with the floating Stairs

The dining room with the floating Stairs

This modern home in San Francisco is light filled and dynamic.

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Light-filled Modern Kitchen

Light-filled Modern Kitchen

Rich yet simple materials are found in this daylight filled home in Vermont.

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New Rules for Large Electric Water Heaters

New Rules for Large Electric Water Heaters

A new rule from the Department of Energy (DOE) bans electric-resistance water heaters that are 55 gal. or bigger.

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Modernist House in the Eye of a Storm

Modernist House in the Eye of a Storm

After winning the approval of a historic review board, a North Carolina architect started construction of his new house. But a neighbor's challenge has left the project in limbo.

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Self-Taught MBA: An App for Designer and Builder Collaboration

Self-Taught MBA: An App for Designer and Builder Collaboration

An ingenious app that makes it easy to share plans, markups, photos, and reports electronically with the entire project team on tablets and smartphones.

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Modern Outdoor Room

Modern Outdoor Room

A delightful place to sit and enjoy the warmth of a fire on a foggy day, the room has wide views of the bay and Mount Desert Island in the distance...

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Appliances Have a Shorter Life Span

Appliances Have a Shorter Life Span

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Modern appliances are marvels of technological ingenuity. There's only one problem--they don't last as long as they used to.

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The One That Almost Got Away

The One That Almost Got Away

I almost didn't take one of my favorite shots ever.

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Portable Table Saws: We want your feedback!

Portable Table Saws: We want your feedback!

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FHB is testing ultra-portable table saws and we'd like to hear about your experience with the Bosch GTS1031 and DeWalt 7490/7491.

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