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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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BuildingEnergy Conference Scheduled for March 3-5

BuildingEnergy Conference Scheduled for March 3-5

Organized by the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association, this annual event includes workshops, speakers, and a trade show.

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Deep in the Mississippi Woods

Deep in the Mississippi Woods

No driveway leads up to this sculptural home deep in the woods.

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Low-Voltage Landscape Lighting

Low-Voltage Landscape Lighting

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When done incorrectly a landscape lighting system can be a household hazard. Fortunately, installing a system correctly isn’t hard. Here are the important details to consider and the one resource you must read before installing any landscape lighting system.

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Board-and-batten reborn

Board-and-batten reborn

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Commonly associated with utility sheds and farm buildings, board-and-batten siding is being reinvented as a contemporary material

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Build your firewood storage shed to stand the test of time

Build your firewood storage shed to stand the test of time

To do its job well, a firewood storage shed has to not only shelter your stacks of cordwood from the rain and snow coming from above and driven horizontally by strong winds, but do so in a way that...

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The Basics of Replacement Windows

The Basics of Replacement Windows

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Everything you want to know about installing replacement windows.

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American Gothic (Dog House)

American Gothic (Dog House)

I wonder if this lucky dog knows what a cool and architecturally interesting house he has? Built in Bangor, Maine sometime in the mid 1800's, this dog house was designed and built to match the nearby real house, itself a fine example of the Gothic Revival influence​.

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How to Become a Carpenter

How to Become a Carpenter

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Advice on landing that first carpentry job

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LEEDs Top 10 List

LEED's Top 10 List

Illinois tops national rankings for certified commercial and industrial space for the second year running

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Nest Thermostat Pays for Itself in Two Years, Studies Find

Nest Thermostat Pays for Itself in Two Years, Studies Find

The smart thermostats are pricey, but three studies back the manufacturer's claims of energy savings.

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Self-Taught MBA: Agreeing to Agree

Self-Taught MBA: Agreeing to Agree

You may not want to jump straight into a partnership any more than you would jump into a marriage without a period of engagement. A Letter of Intent can function as a kind of business “engagement” before a formal marriage.

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Buying Cabinet-Grade Plywood

Buying Cabinet-Grade Plywood

Understanding plywood veneer options and how they’re graded will help you decide which cabinet-grade plywood products to use for your next built-in or cabinetry project.

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A bridge from the past

A bridge from the past

A bridge in the courtyard speaks to the sites past

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Is Net-Zero Energy in McDonalds Future?

Is Net-Zero Energy in McDonald's Future?

The restaurant chain studies the feasibility of opening net-zero restaurants in three U.S. cities. Though possible, it's no easy feat.

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Nations Largest Furniture Manufacturer Fined Over Safety Violations

Nation's Largest Furniture Manufacturer Fined Over Safety Violations

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has doled out $1.7 million in fines to a Wisconsin-based furniture maker, citing a long record of safety violations and injuries among workers.

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