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A New Kitchen Space with Clever, Custom Built-In Storage

A New Kitchen Space with Clever, Custom Built-In Storage

A combination of new ideas and materials brought new life to this kitchen

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Maine School Chooses the Passivhaus Route

Maine School Chooses the Passivhaus Route

In need of a new home, a Montessori school in Belfast is raising money for a $1.2 million school that would open in time for fall classes.

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Plastic Production Rises but Recycling Cant Keep Up

Plastic Production Rises but Recycling Can't Keep Up

Production continues its 50-year trend upward, but millions of pounds of plastics end up in landfills and the oceans. Post-consumer recycling remains anemic.

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Velux Introduces Roof Windows

Velux Introduces Roof Windows

We caught up with VELUX at the 2015 International Builders' Show to learn more about their line of roof windows. Roof windows have been popular in Europe for decades, but are just now entering the...

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Sometimes things just line up

Sometimes things just line up

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An abstract view describes a project in a new way.

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Deck Codes

Deck Codes

Unlike the IRC, the alternative DCA-6 deck code provides clear construction details. And it's free.

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Folly Farm

Folly Farm

This casual, contemporary farm house is the perfect fit for a young family.   Folly farm is a contemporary expression of historic, additive farmhouse-style architecture. The energetic, creative clients wanted a...

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Strong-Drive TimberHex HDG screws

Strong-Drive TimberHex HDG screws

Need a heavy duty screw that can stand up to marine and coastal construction? Simpson Strongtie's Timber-Hex HDG can replace lag screws and bolts; and they're faster to install.

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How do you make a square cut on a round footing form?

How do you make a square cut on a round footing form?

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Marking a square line around a cardboard footing tube isn't as easy as squaring off a 6x6. Here are two ways to mark a square line for a neat cut.

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Giant Geothermal-Only Community in the Works

Giant Geothermal-Only Community in the Works

Every one of the 1800 housing units will be heated and cooled by a ground-source heat pump.

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DRIcores Smartwall System for Finishing Basements

DRIcore's Smartwall System for Finishing Basements

We stopped by DRIcore's booth at the 2015 International Builders' Show to learn more about their Smartwall system for finishing basement. Their product is the all-in-one, quick-to-install wall panel.

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An Inviting Stone Patio

An Inviting Stone Patio

For those of us living in the northeast this winter it might be hard to remember how it feels to be outside in mid summer enjoying a lovely patio like this one in Connecticut. The sun warming the stones, birds chirping in the fresh air and just the peace and tranquility of a summer afternoon.​ Simple adirondack chairs and a red painted deacon's bench provide the seating while the sheltering tree overhead creates a welcome shade, making an inviting setting for an outdoor lunch. Ahhh...

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EPA Tightens Rules for Wood-Burning Heaters

EPA Tightens Rules for Wood-Burning Heaters

The new emissions standards, which will be phased in over time, also cover indoor and outdoor boilers, forced-air furnaces and pellet stoves.

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Get the Best Cordless Drill

Get the Best Cordless Drill

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If you want longer run-times and a lighter, smaller housing, consider a drill with a brushless motor.

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Advertiser Video: Zip Systems Stretch Tape

Advertiser Video: Zip System's Stretch Tape

Huber Engineered Woods launched their Zip System Stretch Tape at the 2015 International Builders' Show

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Block Island

Block Island

This Block Island beauty incorporates an architectural feature that's unique to its location. The residence incorporates two architectural features common to the island: the "Block Island Dormer", where the building...

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New Standards Proposed for Gas Furnaces

New Standards Proposed for Gas Furnaces

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The minimum efficiency will rise to 92% under a Department of Energy plan, so you say "so long" to conventional furnaces. The rules would take effect in 2021.

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Top 10 Take-Home Trends From IBS

Top 10 Take-Home Trends From IBS

Check out this list of 10 big design trends gleaned from presentations at the 2015 International Builders' Show.

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 A Breakout Year for Housing? Builders and Investors Are Skeptical

A Breakout Year for Housing? Builders and Investors Are Skeptical

While housing economists are predicting a long-awaited breakout year for housing, builders and investors remain in a wait-and-see mode.

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Gatineau Hills

Gatineau Hills

This sunny oasis tucked in the Canadian hills is a beautiful balance of modern and natural style.

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