Copyright (c) 2016 en-us Fine Homebuilding - "Caution: Hard Hat Area" blog entries Fine Homebuilding - "Caution: Hard Hat Area" blog entries Sat, 06 Feb 2016 15:54:41 -0500 Fine Homebuilding - "Caution: Hard Hat Area" blog entries Fine Homebuilding - "Caution: Hard Hat Area" blog entries <![CDATA[FTC Registers Concern Over Green Products Marketing as Certification Programs Proliferate]]> Mon, 30 Nov 2015 11:07:42 -0500 FTC Registers Concern Over Green Products Marketing as Certification Programs Proliferate Posted by boycethompson
Searchable databases can help locate environmental-data declarations and weigh competing marketing claims ]]>
<![CDATA[Greenbuild 2015 Puts Product Transparency Under Microscope]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 11:35:40 -0500 Greenbuild 2015 Puts Product Transparency Under Microscope Posted by boycethompson
Building product companies trotted out exhibits and reports to answer questions about how products are made ]]>
<![CDATA[Hunt for Green Products Turns Up Treasures]]> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 08:49:35 -0500 Hunt for Green Products Turns Up Treasures Posted by boycethompson
The search for innovative new products at Greenbuild 2015 proved worth the effort ]]>
<![CDATA[New Clip Promises Crisp Vinyl Clapboard]]> Mon, 21 Sep 2015 14:26:09 -0500 New Clip Promises Crisp Vinyl Clapboard Posted by FPR
New vinyl siding hardware promises to eliminate buckling and warping by allowing vinyl siding to move along rails, rather jamb on overtightened nails. ]]>
<![CDATA[Six Questions to Ask Before Buying a House Plan]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 10:02:24 -0500 Six Questions to Ask Before Buying a House Plan Posted by boycethompson
House plans are an inexpensive way to get a great home design. But you need to do your homework first. ]]>
<![CDATA[Irontown Brings Small Home to PCBC]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 09:14:34 -0500 Irontown Brings Small Home to PCBC Posted by boycethompson
One of the good things about modular homes is that you can take them nearly anywhere -- including the floor of a major tradeshow ]]>
<![CDATA[Internet of Things: Ready for Blast-Off]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 13:26:23 -0500 Internet of Things: Ready for Blast-Off Posted by boycethompson
Speakers at PCBC conference forecast big growth for connected home products ]]>
<![CDATA[If You Can't Beat Them, Rent Them]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 11:11:20 -0500 If You Can't Beat Them, Rent Them Posted by boycethompson
Single-family-home developers focus on build-to-rent market ]]>
<![CDATA[EcoVilliage Pioneers Net-Zero Housing]]> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 10:12:20 -0500 EcoVilliage Pioneers Net-Zero Housing Posted by boycethompson
Leaders of the co-op community in Ithaca, N.Y., took a common sense approach to meeting demanding Passive House standards ]]>
<![CDATA[Arvida Lane Residence]]> Mon, 22 Jun 2015 08:00:00 -0500 Arvida Lane Residence Posted by MarvinRemodel
2014 Architect Challenge Winner This single family, residential home in Gables Estates, Coral Gables, Florida successfully pays respect to the architecture of the Mediterranean and Renaissance... ]]>
<![CDATA[Rockville Housing]]> Mon, 15 Jun 2015 08:00:00 -0500 Rockville Housing Posted by MarvinRemodel
This commercial apartment building draws its inspiration from historical architecture, featuring high turrets and accented gables. Having the majority of its exterior covered with windows gives the... ]]>
<![CDATA[Published kitchen grows (in function and livabilty, not size) with it's family.]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 20:39:04 -0500 Published kitchen grows (in function and livabilty, not size) with it's family. Posted by spiesse
It was a tough decision to renovate my published kitchen (Inspired house 2004 Great kitchens 2007 My husband and I have really enjoyed the kitchen. We liked the basic layout (good orientation, easy transition between appliances and an open central workspace), the open plan feel and how it related to other spaces and allowed exterior light to fill the space. We chose many of the finishes together and even carried the backsplash tile back from a trip to Australia. However, when I designed and built the space 16 years ago, we had different needs and a singular lifestyle. It was also only the second kitchen we had lived in (the first being a poorly designed apartment alley kitchen). Our first kitchen design was a compromise of ingenuity, cost, and function but did not include all of the necessities for a growing family (small boys eat their weight in food every week and teenage boys eat twice that…..we have one of each). Especially one that enjoys cooking, eating and entertaining. When the majority of our appliances gave out over a 6 month period and the wear and tear started to become more apparent, we took the opportunity in hand and set out to create a better functioning kitchen, one that accommodated our family’s needs, and became a great place for entertaining in the heart of the home. ]]>
<![CDATA[Is RFID Technology in Your Future?]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 07:47:31 -0500 Is RFID Technology in Your Future? Posted by boycethompson
Radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology, already used in commercial buildings, appears poised to transform life at home ]]>
<![CDATA[Why I Regret Making My House a Smart-House]]> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 22:13:19 -0500 Why I Regret Making My House a Smart-House Posted by MikeFitzpatrick
The only regret I have in my full house remodel was believing a Smart House was going to make my life better. ]]>
<![CDATA[43 Church Street Westborough, MA]]> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 06:36:01 -0500 43 Church Street Westborough, MA Posted by MikeFitzpatrick
A 4-year synopsis of a renovation. Built in 1849; restored from 2009-2013. ]]>
<![CDATA[43 Church St. Master Bath]]> Sun, 17 Feb 2013 23:46:17 -0500 43 Church St. Master Bath Posted by MikeFitzpatrick
Full remodel of the master bath, using teak, glass, polished concrete, and limestone ]]>
<![CDATA[43 Church Street Kitchen]]> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 16:51:55 -0500 43 Church Street Kitchen Posted by MikeFitzpatrick
Custom Made Black Palm Kitchen, with White Quartz Counters, Orange Glass Tile, and a Restuarant style kitchen ]]>
<![CDATA[Chiroptophobics Beware]]> Thu, 26 Apr 2012 10:48:35 -0500 Chiroptophobics Beware Posted by TheTimberTailor
Chiroptophobia is a fear of bats. While I'm not afraid of bats, this video is just the sort of thing that could push me over the edge into becoming chiroptophobic... so beware! ]]>
<![CDATA[Paint Your House and Live Mortgage Free]]> Thu, 07 Apr 2011 08:20:36 -0500 Paint Your House and Live Mortgage Free Posted by RYagid
How far are you willing to go to have your mortgage paid for you? ]]>
<![CDATA[How NOT to Wire a Garage Door Opener]]> Wed, 23 Mar 2011 12:14:57 -0500 How NOT to Wire a Garage Door Opener Posted by TheTimberTailor
Just when you think you've seen it all something like this comes along and... and you get a cramp in your neck from shaking your head... and wonder "WHAT" were they thinking? ]]>