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The Story of a Stairway that Never Ends

The Story of a Stairway that Never Ends

Could the paradoxical staircase from the movie "Inception" really be built?

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News from the International Builders Show: 9 Trends to Guide Product Gazing at IBS

News from the International Builders' Show: 9 Trends to Guide Product Gazing at IBS

Here are some hot trends to assist with your hunt for noteworthy new products at the International Builders Show

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Custom built shed, or a 10x10 shed kit?

Custom built shed, or a 10x10 shed kit?

There are so many different pre-fabricated shed options on the market now, does it still make sense to build your own?

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Next stop: The International Builders Show

Next stop: The International Builders' Show

The week before attending the International Builders' Show in Las Vegas is always a blur. The phone is ringing with last minute invitations to product release events, the inbox is filling up with...

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News from the International Builders Show: New Product Preview

News from the International Builders' Show: New Product Preview

I'm heading to Las Vegas for the International Builders' Show.

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News from the International Builders Show: Economists Probe Deeper To Explain Lackluster Housing Market

News from the International Builders' Show: Economists Probe Deeper To Explain Lackluster Housing Market

Economists will trot out theories for housing's lackluster growth at this year's IBS

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Trees under glass

Trees under glass

Two classic materials--glass and bark--unite in a dramatic new surfacing material.

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 A Nebraska Soddy

A Nebraska "Soddy"

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This pioneer sod house built near Ash Hollow, Nebraska still stands after so many years and reminds us of the ingenuity of our forebears.

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Study Finds Solar Panels Add Value to Houses

Study Finds Solar Panels Add Value to Houses

Researchers looking at sales records of nearly 23,000 homes have concluded that buyers are willing to pay $15,000 more for a house with an average-size photovoltaic system.

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Wheelbarrow Doubles as an Easy Chair

Wheelbarrow Doubles as an Easy Chair

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The most comfortable seat on any job site

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One Full Year, Eight Building Permits

One Full Year, Eight Building Permits

In Maine's southernmost town, plan on spending a couple of days in line if you want to be sure of snagging a building permit.

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Can You Paint Ceramic Tile?

Can You Paint Ceramic Tile?

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Faced with an messy demolition and potentially expensive tile, many homeowners are tempted to cover ugly tile with paint. Probably not a good idea, at least according to two experts.

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Self-Taught MBA: Between a Handshake Deal and a Formal Partnership, Theres an MOU

Self-Taught MBA: Between a Handshake Deal and a Formal Partnership, There's an MOU

How a Memorandum of Understanding can provide a useful tool when you need to bridge the distance between good intentions and formal legal relationships.

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5 Small Home Plans to Admire

5 Small Home Plans to Admire

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Designing a home is more daunting than any venture you're likely to encounter, as the challenges placed upon it are borne out of the most personal of demands. Get the design wrong, and its faults...

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House Members Ask for More Scrutiny of Solar Leases

House Members Ask for More Scrutiny of Solar Leases

Separate groups of representatives have approached two federal agencies with questions about sales pitches from solar leasing companies. Are consumers getting a square deal?

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Whats the Difference? Small Home vs. Tiny House

What's the Difference? Small Home vs. Tiny House

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For all the talk about square feet, size doesn't really matter.

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No Sheetrock was harmed in the making of this photograph....

No Sheetrock was harmed in the making of this photograph....

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A cabinetmakers home has very little sheetrock to be seen.

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Upping the Energy-Star Ante

Upping the Energy-Star Ante

The Department of Energy hopes to see a 5% market share for zero-energy-ready homes by the year 2020.

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The Best Deck-Demo Tool

The Best Deck-Demo Tool

This heavy-duty deck-board puller works better than any other.

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FLIR Updates Its Thermal Imager

FLIR Updates Its Thermal Imager

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A new model, available later this year, will work with either Apple or Android devices. The price has not been announced.

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