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Simple twin stairs

"Simple" twin stairs

Twin stairs with subtle details take this design to a new level.

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Wisconsin Tightens Net-Metering Rules

Wisconsin Tightens Net-Metering Rules

Regulators permit utilities to settle accounts monthly rather than annually, and pay the wholesale rather than the retail rate. Existing customers are grandfathered for 10 years.

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Whats the best attic insulation?

What's the best attic insulation?

The answer to the question of which attic insulation is best is, of course, entirely circumstantial. When the design of your attic allows, the best attic insulation is inexpensive, easy to install and will yield the performance you're looking for.

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Thinking Big and Building Small

Thinking Big and Building Small

With wheels, this 232-square-foot tiny house can be easily moved to any location.

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Wireless Charging on your Countertop

Wireless Charging on your Countertop

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LG Hausys gets top KBIS honors for its kitchen-countertop phone charging technology

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Ontario to Yank Some Smart Meters

Ontario to Yank Some Smart Meters

The order affects only a small percentage of the millions of meters that have been installed. In Maine, critics appeal a ruling that the meters are safe.

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Spoiler Alert! Preview of the Best Traditional House from the upcoming Houses issue

Spoiler Alert! Preview of the Best Traditional House from the upcoming Houses issue

A stone farmhouse built in the late 1700's has been restored to a modern version of its former glory

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News from the International Builders Show: Product Picks, Day 3

News from the International Builders' Show: Product Picks, Day 3

Even on the show's last day, there's still a bunch of cool stuff to see.

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Tight Squeeze

Tight Squeeze

Several years ago I came across this tiny little house squeezed between two brick buildings in an alley in Taunton, MA. I have no idea who loved there or why, but it's an example of the incredibly diverse shelters in which we live and another reason why I find the photography of architecture so fascinating.

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Mineral wool vs. Fiberglass insulation - some impromptu research at the International Builders Show

Mineral wool vs. Fiberglass insulation - some impromptu research at the International Builders' Show

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The timing of this year's International Builders' Show was convenient for me. I was able to spend some time on the show floor talking to manufacturers about mineral wool insulation, sometimes called...

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Open Concept

Open Concept

Concrete and steel used to open up this old house.

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Hawaii Tinkers With Its Solar Formula

Hawaii Tinkers With Its Solar Formula

A utility on Kauai turns to lithium-ion batteries after its first try with lead-acid batteries fails to meet expectations. Another Hawaiian utility tweaks its net-metering rules.

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Making and Installing Wood Plugs

Making and Installing Wood Plugs

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Conceal screw heads with shop-made plugs

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News from the International Builders Show: Product Picks, Day 2

News from the International Builders' Show: Product Picks, Day 2

I'm continuing my quest for best new products at the International Builders' Show and the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show.

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The Internet of Things Takes Center Stage

The Internet of Things Takes Center Stage

Interconnected devices for the home are getting a lot of attention at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

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International Builders Show: Zip System Stretch Tape is a huge winner

International Builders' Show: Zip System Stretch Tape is a huge winner

Despite having a fairly restrained scope and number of products, it's hard to not be impressed with the continued innovation of a company like Huber Engineered Wood. Much of their success being built...

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News from the International Builders Show: Product Picks

News from the International Builders' Show: Product Picks

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I'm on the prowl for the best new building products.

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IBS 2015: Five Stops On a Contemporary Home Tour

IBS 2015: Five Stops On a Contemporary Home Tour

Some of the best-selling communities in Las Vegas these days feature contemporary homes. Here are five worth visiting

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FastenMaster at the International Builders Show

FastenMaster at the International Builders' Show

It's day one at the International Builders' Show in Las Vegas, and one of the most interesting booths I've visited so far was FastenMaster. Some people might not recognize the brand name, but you may...

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Rock Garden

Rock Garden

A zen garden offers a calm oasis.

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