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Steve Thomas Notes From the Field: 2015 Home Builders Blitz, Raleigh, North Carolina

Steve Thomas' Notes From the Field: 2015 Home Builders Blitz, Raleigh, North Carolina

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Today, I’m in Raleigh, N.C., where five builders and their subs are getting ready to put the finishing touches on five new homes as part of Habitat for Humanity’s Home Builders Blitz.

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GalaxG Counter-Gravity System for Paint Brushes

GalaxG Counter-Gravity System for Paint Brushes

Recently, we showed you GalaxG's ErgoMaster Pro paint brush handle. You can check it out here. Gadgets like these might, at first glance, seem like a novelty, but the reality is proper ergonomics is...

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Louisville Pinnacle Series Energy Efficient Attic Ladders

Louisville Pinnacle Series Energy Efficient Attic Ladders

Fold-away attic stairs are a handy way to allow access without giving up a lot of space. That's why they are used so often. Thousands and thousands of homes feature these ladders. The big issue is...

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Steve Thomas Notes From the Field: 2015 Home Builders Blitz, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Steve Thomas' Notes From the Field: 2015 Home Builders Blitz, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

It’s the second day of our tour of Habitat for Humanity sites nationwide during the annual Home Builders Blitz. Today, we visited Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where members of the Home Builders Association of Winston-Salem are building four new homes.

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Lakeside Home

Lakeside Home

Marvin Windows were made for this lakeside stunner.

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An elegant choice

An elegant choice

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A kitchen table and chairs help define a space.

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Steve Thomas Notes From the Field: 2015 Home Builders Blitz, Sanford, Florida

Steve Thomas' Notes From the Field: 2015 Home Builders Blitz, Sanford, Florida

Today was the kick-off for Habitat for Humanity's 2015 Home Builders Blitz in Sanford, Florida. Habitat for Humanity of Seminole County and Greater Apopka teamed up with e2 Homes to build a modest 1215-sq.-ft. home with two bedrooms and one bath during the week-long event.

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Tubs: Adding Some Luxury

Tubs: Adding Some Luxury

Bathrooms have changed a great deal over years. More homeowners 

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Lenzen House

Lenzen House

This home welcomes you in from the moment you see it.

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GalaxG Freehand ErgoMaster Pro Paint Brush Handle

GalaxG Freehand ErgoMaster Pro Paint Brush Handle

If you like the idea of having the newest, cool-looking gadgets, keep reading. If you've ever painted anything, you'd probably agree that any device that promises to make painting easier is an...

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Connecticut Starts an Energy Label Program

Connecticut Starts an Energy Label Program

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A Home Energy Score is designed to tell homeowners and homebuyers how energy efficient a house might be, and how to improve performance.

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California Project Tinkers With a Net-Zero Future

California Project Tinkers With a Net-Zero Future

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In advance of the state's 2020 requirement for net-zero energy residential building, a collaboration of public and private interests studies 20 test houses.

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A Beautiful Fireplace Design

A Beautiful Fireplace Design

This majestic fireplace is the focal point of a greatroom in an upstate New York residence. The house was designed by Centerbrook Architects, who also designed the fireplace, firescreen, and andirons with mica maple leaves that glow when a fire is burning.

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Background Checks for Nail Guns?

Background Checks for Nail Guns?

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In Oregon, there is a bit of a legal rush going on to clarify some new state gun laws that potentially classify powder-actuated nail guns as a firearm. Being classified as a firearm, as the law is...

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Home Builders Blitz 2015: Steve Thomas to Deliver Us Notes From the Field

Home Builders Blitz 2015: Steve Thomas to Deliver Us "Notes From the Field"

Habitat for Humanity International is about to kick off their now annual Home Builders Blitz, and Habitat spokesman Steve Thomas--former host of This Old House--will be delivering Fine Homebuilding's readers an exclusive look at the event from five locations across the country as the week from June 8th to June 12th unfolds.

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The Hot Topic of Pools

The Hot Topic of Pools

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Pools can be a breathtaking addition to a home and they can be a topic of heated debate. While most agree pools are enjoyable on a hot summer day, there are plenty of people convinced nothing makes a...

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Flatbar Helps Lift Drywall into Place

Flatbar Helps Lift Drywall into Place

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If you need to hang some drywall, you could lift the bottom sheet into place and then struggle to hold it there with your knee while you run a few screws into the studs, but there's a better way.

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Best New Home 2015: A Place Between

Best New Home 2015: A Place Between

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A Maine coast cottage blends the best of traditional architecture with an attitude of easy living.

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What Homeowners Think About Clean Energy

What Homeowners Think About Clean Energy

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An annual survey finds solar and wind are the most important energy sources for the future, but most aren't planning any purchases in the near term.

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Installing Grace Ice & Water Shield Underlayment

Installing Grace Ice & Water Shield Underlayment

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A home is both shelter and investment and extreme weather is a real concern, so it's so real surprise that consumers want to know that their home is constructed to withstand the likes of winddriven...

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