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Historic Chevy Chase Village Residence

Historic Chevy Chase Village Residence

Renovation of and addition to a historic residence adjacent to a golf course in Chevy Chase, MD.

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A playhouse for my kids

A playhouse for my kids

This is a playhouse I built for my 3 daughters. I am a DIYer and have always had a passion for construction and renovations. I have gotten alot of ideas from reading magazines such as Fine...

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Transformation of the Week

Transformation of the Week

The Gatehouse - Transformation of an early 1900's gatehouse on a majestic lakefront property

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The 4 Major Window Frame Types - Southern US recommendations

The 4 Major Window Frame Types - Southern US recommendations

The 4 major window frame materials are Vinyl, Fiberglass/Composite, Aluminum, & Wood. In this video we will discuss the pros/cons of each type along with my recommendations for the Hot/Humid Southern US.

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IBS 2014: A Look Inside The New, New Home Book

IBS 2014: A Look Inside 'The New, New Home' Book

Curious about what's possible when building a 21st-century house? Justin chats with architect Boyce Thompson and discovers how his new book helps people ask architects and builders the right questions to get the home of their dreams

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Demystifying Window Labels - SHGC? U-Factor?

Demystifying Window Labels - SHGC? U-Factor?

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Learn to decipher the codes on the window labels, and know what stats to look for in a good window (and what meets current building codes). In this video I'll explain in plain english what U-Factor means (and how to relate it to R-value), as well as the meaning to SHGC.

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Converting a Closet into a ¾ Bathroom full of Craftsmanship & Architectural Design

Converting a Closet into a ¾ Bathroom full of Craftsmanship & Architectural Design

In need of another bathroom, this 1927 Built duplex bungalow had a closet on an exterior wall that had the room to be expanded making is possible to add a much needed extra bathroom. With the...

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Book Excerpt: Back to the Cabin

Book Excerpt: Back to the Cabin

Get a sneak peek of this beautiful book, plus you could win tickets to the Midwest Lake Home & Cabin Show and meet the author

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Hardware Geek - Accurate Pocket Door Hardware Review

Hardware Geek - Accurate Pocket Door Hardware Review

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I'm a hardware geek, and I think hardware can make or break a house. Here's what I think about Accurate's full mortise pocket door hardware.

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Vermont Super-insulated Ski Home

Vermont Super-insulated Ski Home

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This is a second home in Vermont in an area with many over-sized inefficient ski homes. We designed the home to be very low maintenence inside and out as well as maintain a comfortable temperature...

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Hidden Door House

Hidden Door House

I love hidden doors and this house has 4 really cool ones. This is a 1930's whole house remodel my company did with Austin Architect Hugh Jefferson Randolph.

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We Built This Modern Ranch House

We Built This Modern Ranch House

When it comes to home building, experience matters - and so does an artful simplicity. Houseplans.com chairman Stephen Williamson built Ranch House Plan 888-3 designed by Nicholas Lee, AIA, as a kind...

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Finishing Touch Extra: Porch from the Past

Finishing Touch Extra: Porch from the Past

Clues from the past helped reconstruct this porch to its original beauty.

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Project Gallery Extra: Magnolia Pavilion

Project Gallery Extra: Magnolia Pavilion

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Get a behind-the-scenes look at the design and construction of this impressive timber-frame pool house.

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Fern House in Vermont

Fern House in Vermont

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This is a screened structure for napping and the occasional overnight in Vermont. Located out of view of the house and gardens up a lovely path in the woods. The roof is clear polycarbonate and the...

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A Year-Round Outdoor Living Space

A Year-Round Outdoor Living Space

A little Dutch Colonial gets an open plan and lots of year-round living space.

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Another Take on Reproducing Historic Moldings

Another Take on Reproducing Historic Moldings

FHB author Bill Rainford (#237, Master Carpenter - Reproducing Traditional Moldings) wrote a blog his work with Historic Boston, Inc., a non-profit dedicated to preserving buildings in the Boston area.

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Hidden Giant Medicine Cabinet

Hidden Giant Medicine Cabinet

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Everyone loves a medicine cabinet, and this is the biggest one I've ever seen. Scott Ginder the Architect on this remodel designed this med cab with all the features; Tons of glass shelves, LED lights, and an electrical outlet for my clients toothbrush.

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CREE CR6 LED Recessed Light Review - 2 years later

CREE CR6 LED Recessed Light Review - 2 years later

We installed a house full of these CREE CR6 LED bulbs 2 years ago and I had a chance to interview the Architect/Client about his experience.

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Finnish Contraflow Masonry Heater w/ H20 heat exchanger

Finnish Contraflow Masonry Heater w/ H20 heat exchanger

A Finnish Contraflow masonry heater with H20 heat exchanger and veneered with Monarch sandstone in Colorado Gulch Montana. Design by Ron Pihl (owner of WarmStone Fireplaces & Designs), installation...

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