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A Custom Step Stool For a Kids Bathroom

A Custom Step Stool For a Kid's Bathroom

When you are five years old and you can't quite see in your bathroom mirror yet, having a built-in step stool comes in very handy!

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Desert Magic

Desert Magic

This home opens up in the cool desert evening.

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Canada Launches a Net-Zero Project

Canada Launches a Net-Zero Project

Builders in four provinces independently search for the best route to affordable net-zero construction and come up with surprisingly similar answers

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Lake Arrowhead

Lake Arrowhead

This home in Waleska, Georgia feels like a tree house with building projections hanging in space high over the steep lot below.

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Passive House Network Conference Set

Passive House Network Conference Set

Speakers will discuss a variety of building types for different climate zones

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PHIUS Sets Annual Conference

PHIUS Sets Annual Conference

This year's PHIUS conference is in Chicago on Sept. 11 and 12

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Sierra Clubs Anti-Coal Campaign Hits a Landmark

Sierra Club's Anti-Coal Campaign Hits a Landmark

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The environmental advocacy group claims its 200th coal-plant closure under its Beyond Coal campaign

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Summertime... And The Livin Is Easy

Summertime... And The Livin' Is Easy

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What's better than relaxing by the sea and enjoying a summer day? This deck, cantilevered off the side of a remodeled cottage in Sorrento, Maine has the right stuff to do just that. The views overlooking Mount Desert Island in the distance provide the right background for this perfect little deck. Design by Priestly Associates, Architects of Rockport, Maine.

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Things That Save Energy

Things That Save Energy

Stricter building codes help, but vehicle fuel-economy standards accounted for the most energy savings in calendar 2014.

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Key Ring Makes a Cut Bucket More Comfortable

Key Ring Makes a Cut Bucket More Comfortable

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Learn how to outfit your cut bucket for a more comfortable grip while painting

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New Life for Old Decks

New Life for Old Decks

If your deck is in need of a face lift, there are new superthick coatings that can help.

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A staircase opens up a home

A staircase opens up a home

Stairs provide a glimpse into many levels

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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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The Beach House

The Beach House

This beachfront home is designed with a strong impact window that accentuates the stunning views with the beauty of a wood interior finish.

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A Reconfigured Staircase

A Reconfigured Staircase

The custom work of many talented people came together to improve flow and beauty to an old staircase in a historic home

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Smart Thermostats on the Rise

Smart Thermostats on the Rise

Internet-connected smart thermostats are no longer an oddity as they become the norm rather than the exception

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A Restful Restroom

A Restful Restroom

Architect John Silverio of Lincolnville, Maine designed this bathroom which exudes a sense of tranquility and calm. The large window overlooking the colorful spring trees outdoors is a beautiful source of light, with the pedestal sink, white glazed tiles and turquoise blue walls contributing to the pleasing aesthetic.

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Study Examines Insulation Performance

Study Examines Insulation Performance

When properly installed and air-sealed, all type of insulation perform about the same, an updated report says. The search continues for a successor to R-value.

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The Bonair

The Bonair

The idea with this home was to view architecture as art, so with that in mind, every room in the house has a view of the home itself.

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Irwin Impact Power Bit Magnetic Screw Holder

Irwin Impact Power Bit Magnetic Screw Holder

The Irwin Impact Power Bit Magnetic Screw Holder is small slide-on plastic device that will turn most 1/4 hex-shaped bit into a magnatized bit. It won't work with a few larger bits, such as a...

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