DebSilber


managing editor


DebSilber
Deb Silber was a newspaper reporter, editor and freelance magazine writer before joining Taunton’s Inspired House in 2003. She worked on the development of Green Building Advisor and Fine Homebuilding’s series of Special Interest Publications before taking the role of managing editor at the magazine.

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Emecos Starck stool is colorful, sustainable

Emeco's Starck stool is colorful, sustainable

It's called the "Broom Stool," but don't sweep this design aside

Creative solutions for IKEA cabinets

Creative solutions for IKEA cabinets

Being on an IKEA budget shouldn't stop you from having a custom kitchen

A toilet with a germ-free flush

A toilet with a germ-free flush

Losing the lever, Kohler's new Touchless toilets work with a wave of the hand

Solar Power for Home Use: The grid connection

Solar Power for Home Use: The grid connection

Grid-tied home solar systems offer a reliable flow of electricity and lower energy costs. But how well they work may be changing.

Florida plumber puts trade skills to work in Haiti

Florida plumber puts trade skills to work in Haiti

He’s plumbed luxury homes, commercial buildings and a water park; now Fred Schilling applies his wrench to bringing clean water to the people of Haiti.

What a Beautiful House!

What a Beautiful House!

Is beauty in the eye of the beholder, or in your home’s bones?

A Bath Where East Meets West

A Bath Where East Meets West

An international romance translates into a stunning master bath in Virginia

A Universal Kitchen for Everyone

A Universal Kitchen for Everyone

Accessible kitchens don't have to be bland and institutional-looking. Here's one that's beautiful and functional for the whole family.

Highlights from the Kitchen & Bath Show

Highlights from the Kitchen & Bath Show

Some notes from the floor of this week's KBIS show in New Orleans.

Healthier kitchen cabinets are coming...quietly

Healthier kitchen cabinets are coming...quietly

If cabinet manufacturers are making healthier cabinets, why aren't we hearing more about it?

Kitchen & bath trends: Are our readers leaders?

Kitchen & bath trends: Are our readers leaders?

Just as NKBA released its survey of Kitchen and Bath trends for 2012, editors at Fine Homebuilding began reviewing submissions for our Kitchen & Bath issue. So, how closely do our readers follow the rest of the world?

Can Make it Right teach us to build better?

Can Make it Right teach us to build better?

Brad Pitt's Make it Right foundation has made it their mission to build safe, green and affordable houses in New Orleans' devastated Lower Ninth Ward. Should builders be paying attention?

Building Homes with American-Made Materials Could Save the Economy

Building Homes with American-Made Materials Could Save the Economy

A Bozeman builder suggests that "building American" can stimulate the economy

A bath thats not just remodeled, its reinvented

A bath that's not just remodeled, it's reinvented

A new shower, new fixtures and a new floorplan make this remodeled bathroom a whole new experience

Kitchen closed

Kitchen closed

KBIS 2010 closed today, leaving behind its share of sore feet and indeligble images.

Its back to business at KBIS

It's back to business at KBIS

This year's Kitchen & Bath Industry Show leaves the flash in the pan, but still cooks up some innovation

Water where it oughta be

Water where it oughta be

In the wake of spring storms, rainwater collection makes more sense than rainwater mitigation

On conscience and construction

On conscience and construction

If stepping on a crack breaks mom's back, would you really want to take your chances on my unsafe deck?

In kitchen design, the beat goes on

In kitchen design, the beat goes on

NKBA’s top kitchen-and-bath trends for 2010 read like yesterday’s news. Isn’t it time we put some “heart” into the “heart of the home?”

Taking the pain out of homebuilding

Taking the pain out of homebuilding

There’s no doubt homebuilders are hurting. Former contractor and longtime yoga instructor Allan Nett is offering some relief.

Dogged by decks

Dogged by decks

It seems these days that every house needs a deck. So can we make a corresponding rule that every deck needs to be well-designed?

Call it Structural Insulated Snowpack

Call it "Structural Insulated Snowpack"

Igloo-building might just be a lesson in traditional energy-efficient construction

Kitchen Design Moves Worth Remembering

Kitchen Design Moves Worth Remembering

Think your kitchen design tricks are the latest and greatest? Chances are some other brilliant—uh, bureaucratic—mind discovered them first.

Can Bark Outlast Vinyl Siding by Fifty Years?

Can Bark Outlast Vinyl Siding by Fifty Years?

Looking for an energy-efficient, durable, green alternative to standard siding? The answer may be the next tree over.



Recent comments


Re: Doctoring Curves Into PVC Decking

If you're intrigued by Jason's process, you might also want to check out this post from his mentor, Kim Katwijk: http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/11732/how-to-bend-azek-cellular-pvc-decking

Re: Design snapshot: Small house, big windows

You're right -- Window size is so important, and so often overlooked, particularly when a home's original windows are swapped out for replacement units. The smaller pane sizes can really effect the appearance of the house, as well as the amount of light that enters the rooms.
If you're interested in how window choice makes or breaks a home, check out Lynn Hopkins' article, "Character-defining Windows." You can find it on this site by clicking on the Design tab and selecting "windows," or see it in print in ReDesign, a special FHB design issue that's on newsstands now.

Re: Design snapshot: From fishing shacks to home

As someone trying to create functional, family-friendly spaces within a box of a house (typical 1970s construction)I can appreciate what you say, Katie. Every house needs a variety of spaces that run the continuum from public to quasi-public to private--something too many houses don't provide. If only the folks who built my house resisted, as you say, "the all-too-common tendency to bundle everything in to something monolithic"!

Re: Almost out of the Ground

Nice to see your wife getting in on the fun. That's what this whole project has been so far, right?

Re: In kitchen design, the beat goes on

Plumbed coffee and tea center a must, no doubt about that.

Re: A Countdown to the Big Buildoff

Nobody makes a saw sing like you, Chuck.