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A Classic Maine House

A Classic Maine House

Nothing fancy or overblown, just a modest, well done farmhouse that has probably been there for a hundred years and is meticulously cared for.

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Shipping Containers Turned Into Apartments

Shipping Containers Turned Into Apartments

Faced with big repairs on a rental property in Washington, D.C., the owners decided to tear the building down and create a new one with used shipping containers.

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An Easy Way to Keep Oil-Based Putty From Drying Out

An Easy Way to Keep Oil-Based Putty From Drying Out

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If you're using an oil-based product, like plumber's putty or glazing compound, you could just seal the lid tightly when you're done and hope that when you come back in a year or two the putty isn't rock hard, but there's a better way.

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Oven doors that leave the handle behind

Oven doors that leave the handle behind

Two new wall ovens from Wolf combine sleek style and ergonomic function

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Dead Prize Honors the Worst in Design

Dead Prize Honors the Worst in Design

There are plenty of competitions for innovative and beautiful projects. Now there's one for engineering and architecture that just plain sucks.

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The dining room with the floating Stairs

The dining room with the floating Stairs

This modern home in San Francisco is light filled and dynamic.

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Light-filled Modern Kitchen

Light-filled Modern Kitchen

Rich yet simple materials are found in this daylight filled home in Vermont.

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New Rules for Large Electric Water Heaters

New Rules for Large Electric Water Heaters

A new rule from the Department of Energy (DOE) bans electric-resistance water heaters that are 55 gal. or bigger.

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Modernist House in the Eye of a Storm

Modernist House in the Eye of a Storm

After winning the approval of a historic review board, a North Carolina architect started construction of his new house. But a neighbor's challenge has left the project in limbo.

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Self-Taught MBA: An App for Designer and Builder Collaboration

Self-Taught MBA: An App for Designer and Builder Collaboration

An ingenious app that makes it easy to share plans, markups, photos, and reports electronically with the entire project team on tablets and smartphones.

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Modern Outdoor Room

Modern Outdoor Room

A delightful place to sit and enjoy the warmth of a fire on a foggy day, the room has wide views of the bay and Mount Desert Island in the distance...

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Appliances Have a Shorter Life Span

Appliances Have a Shorter Life Span

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Modern appliances are marvels of technological ingenuity. There's only one problem--they don't last as long as they used to.

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The One That Almost Got Away

The One That Almost Got Away

I almost didn't take one of my favorite shots ever.

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Portable Table Saws: We want your feedback!

Portable Table Saws: We want your feedback!

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FHB is testing ultra-portable table saws and we'd like to hear about your experience with the Bosch GTS1031 and DeWalt 7490/7491.

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Bold colors and materials help make this house a home

Bold colors and materials help make this house a home

A playful living room wall anchors the main space in this home.

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Custom Built Stairs

Custom Built Stairs

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Stairs crafted and built as a important design element in a transitional space.

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2501 Barcelona Addition

2501 Barcelona Addition

Outdoor living, in Florida, is as much a part of the local lifestyle as a clam bake is in New England. Our most recent, major commission began as the expansion of small porch, on a 10 year old, Mediterranean Revival home in Fort Lauderdale. It evolved into new outdoor living and activity space for every member of the family. “Additions and Renovations to houses should look as though they were designed by the original architect and should enhance the original building as a result of the new construction.” Un-named architect. We take this premise very seriously and execute our design and construction work accordingly. Patterns and material selections utilized in the existing residence were the starting point for the design of the addition. Finish selections, consistent with and upgraded from the original, migrate across the project, blurring the line between the new and existing portions of the house. “You’d think I designed the entire building” the original Architect said to me as we neared completion of the project … a pretty nice compliment from one of your peers.

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A Lost Shotgun

A Lost Shotgun

This lovely Greek Revival "shotgun" house in New Orleans is a beautiful example a common style of southern residential architecture.

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An Affordable Production Pocket-Hole Machine

An Affordable Production Pocket-Hole Machine

Kreg's $400 Foreman pocket-hole machine is nearly as fast and less expensive than cabinet-shop versions.

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Bringing the Outside In

Bringing the Outside In

A Seattle Architect re-imagines the relationship between a home and its surroundings.

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