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Making a House Livable Trumps Energy Efficiency

Making a House Livable Trumps Energy Efficiency

A couple planning to build a high-performance house have come across some plans that interest them. They turn to the Q&A forum at GreenBuildingAdvisor to ask whether anyone can make suggestions for improving the design.

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Raising money for the farm

Raising money for the farm

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My business donated a small timberframe to raise funds for a non-profit CSA farm. They sold it at auction for $12,000. My business was busy so I needed all the help I could get to build...

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Siting a House

Siting a House

Things to consider when you want to take advantage of the sun's free energy.

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Mahogany Trim

Mahogany Trim

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I worked on this house with the Builder from start to finish. It took us about 3 months to do the finish work. Mostly mahogany a couple rooms were american cherry. All of the copes were done by hand...

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Coffered Ceiling

Coffered Ceiling

This was a project that would have been more difficult if it were not for the article in Fine Homebuilding on "Coffered Ceilings".  Made of poplar crown, baseboard, finger jointed trim boards...

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Home Office

Home Office

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This was a home office project using solid cherry baseboards, chair rails, crown moulding and custom made cabinets. Owner supplied 'Plantation Shutters' (white aspen) were stained and finished to...

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Quick and Slick: Install Crown Molding the SketchUp Way

Quick and Slick: Install Crown Molding the SketchUp Way

Forget all the "cut upside-down and backwards" stuff you've learned about installing crown molding. On The Digital Job Site with SketchUp and the "Follow Me" tool even a novice can get perfect 3D installation every time!

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Jack helping us move the basement stairs

Jack helping us move the basement stairs

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Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 We got 2-year-old Jack, a Shetland Sheepdog, a month ago from a couple that could no longer keep him.  He is new at...

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Steps in the Right Direction:  Use SketchUps Tools for Stairbuilding Plans

Steps in the Right Direction: Use SketchUp's Tools for Stairbuilding Plans

The staircase model created in the Stairmathter blog post gets filled in with more details and components to calculate meaningful dimensions for code compliance and finish features

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Blueprint-Reading Basics: How to Navigate a Set of House Plans

Blueprint-Reading Basics: How to Navigate a Set of House Plans

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Construction documents are usually more organized than they look. Learn some common symbols and drawing types that will help you find what you're looking for when you pick up a set of plans.

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Name This Detail

Name This Detail

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An interesting architectural feature on this old home has many of us scratching our head.

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Creating an Urban Oasis: A Green Live-Work Space Blooms on a Gritty City Lot

Creating an Urban Oasis: A Green Live-Work Space Blooms on a Gritty City Lot

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Recycled shipping containers, energy-scrimping details and a sophisticated design sense create a handsome urban compound in a transitional neighborhood.

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Dining Room Remodel

Dining Room Remodel

This is a recent remodel. It started with the master bath and closet, and ended up encompassing the master bedroom, the second floor hallway, foyer, powder room, library, dining room and living...

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Pull out cabinet in full bath

Pull out cabinet in full bath

This was a 2nd Floor bathroom remodel ( 5' x 9' )  So space is a premium at best for storage. We came up with the idea of using a media full extension swivel pull out by...

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A Passive House in Rhode Island

A Passive House in Rhode Island

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An ultra-efficient home in Rhode Island offers inspration for the rest of us

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Bunkhouse in the Woods!

Bunkhouse in the Woods!

Here is what kept me sane a few years ago!  Decided that we needed more space for my kids and their cousins at the shared family cottage.  Set out to build a bunkie that would give them a...

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How to Live Comfortably Off the Grid

How to Live Comfortably Off the Grid

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A builder in British Columbia will soon be building an off-the-grid house for an island couple. Although the house will be heated primarily with wood, it will still need a backup system, and he looks for advice on the best approach.

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The Artfully Concealed Closet

The Artfully Concealed Closet

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A bookcase swings open to reveal a hidden closet.

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A new Dutch door

A new Dutch door

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An architect designs a new type of Dutch door.

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How to Make Your Kitchen Look Better and Work Harder on a Budget

How to Make Your Kitchen Look Better and Work Harder on a Budget

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Get the most out of your cabinets and counter tops without spending an arm and a leg. Download this free book chapter on smart kitchen planning.

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