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The Best Idea for a Small Bath?

The Best Idea for a Small Bath?

One word: Daylight

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New Efficiency Standards for Gas Fireplaces and Fluorescent Lamps

New Efficiency Standards for Gas Fireplaces and Fluorescent Lamps

The Department of Energy wants to dump pilot lights that burn continuously in gas fireplaces and to bring on more-efficient fluorescent lamps.

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A Clean, Well Lighted Space

A Clean, Well Lighted Space

This clean and spare home office designed for a town house in Hilton Head, South Carolina is a good example of modern aesthetics. Designed by Group 3 Architects of Hilton Head, it's minimal look is accentuated by good lighting and well organized book storage. The soothing and neutral color palette lends a peaceful, quiet tone to the space creating a good working environment....

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Tile Redi: A Fast, Reliable Way to Make a Tile Shower

Tile Redi: A Fast, Reliable Way to Make a Tile Shower

Tile Redi shower pans are sloped, waterproof, and easy to install.

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Solar Leasing Hopes for a Toehold in the South

Solar Leasing Hopes for a Toehold in the South

The Georgia Legislature is considering a bill that would allow third-party ownership for solar electric systems. In Florida, a citizens' group is seeking to overturn a ban at the ballot box.

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Basement ceilings: drywall or a drop ceiling?

Basement ceilings: drywall or a drop ceiling?

I've remodeled a lot of basements over the years, and one of the most important decisions I face on every job is how to handle the ceiling. You've got two basic choices: install a drop ceiling...

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Easy Fix for a Clogged Spray-Can Nozzle

Easy Fix for a Clogged Spray-Can Nozzle

A quick and easy tip for unclogging a spray-can nozzle

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Deck Building Blunders

Deck Building Blunders

An example of a bad deck footing detail, with information on how to build a deck safely.

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New York Now Requires Truss Warning on Buildings

New York Now Requires Truss Warning on Buildings

Signs must be posted at houses where roof trusses have been used so that firefighters have a better idea of what to expect in case of fire.

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Minnesota Builders Try to Block Sprinkler Law

Minnesota Builders Try to Block Sprinkler Law

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Minnesota becomes the fourth state in the country to require fire sprinklers in some new houses, but a builders' association has gone to court in an attempt to delay the new law.

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IRS Now Requires Small Wind Turbines To Be Certified

IRS Now Requires Small Wind Turbines To Be Certified

The new rule is aimed at weeding out the 'wild assertions' that fringe manufacturers make about the efficiency of their wind generators.

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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 lived 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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