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The Joys of a Road Trip

The Joys of a Road Trip

An Airstream trailer is lovingly restored

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Tiny beach cottages - Big obsession

Tiny beach cottages - Big obsession

One room cottages on the beach are icons of seaside vacations.

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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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Government Promotes Wood High-Rise Buildings

Government Promotes Wood High-Rise Buildings

The Department of Agriculture will spend $1 million to train builders, engineers and architects as it promotes the use of advanced wood building materials.

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Self-Taught MBA: Are You Ready for Building Information Modeling?

Self-Taught MBA: Are You Ready for Building Information Modeling?

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Building information modeling (BIM) is the next evolution of CAD, involving the five-dimensional generation and management of digital plans. This post, written by my colleague Kristin Dispenza, introduces a new product specifically for small firms.

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Self Taught MBA: From Single to Multifamily Builder

Self Taught MBA: From Single to Multifamily Builder

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The transition from single family to small multifamily builder presents fewer challenges than from homebuilder to remodeler. You use the same designers, the same subs, and even the same mindset. Now that the multifamily market is booming, perhaps there's an opportunity for you.

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Mountain Porch Retreat

Mountain Porch Retreat

Our region has an extended outdoor season that the homeowners wanted to take full advantage of. The existing deck was not adequate for hosting large parties and had no covered space for protection...

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Green Jobs Growing Share of Construction

Green Jobs' Growing Share of Construction

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A McGraw-Hill Construction study indicates green jobs comprise about one third of the design-and-construction workforce

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Adapting Home-Building Projects to Survive in a Down Market

Adapting Home-Building Projects to Survive in a Down Market

Phoenix-based Modus Development revisits a condo project proposed in 2007, and, in response to market conditions, redesigns it as rental apartments

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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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AIA Billings Index Takes a Peek at Positive Territory

AIA Billings Index Takes a Peek at Positive Territory

Billings for residential projects were unchanged, but commercial and industrial specialties drove the index to its best score since early 2008

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AIA Survey: Practical Upgrades Prevail Over Luxury Add-ons

AIA Survey: Practical Upgrades Prevail Over Luxury Add-ons

The American Institute of Architects Design Trends Survey for the second quarter shows ongoing client interest in home performance improvements

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Green Building is for Whiners and Hippies

Green Building is for Whiners and Hippies

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Scott Adams (the creator of Dilbert) and the Wall Street Journal take aim at green building.

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SketchUp for Builders and Remodelers: Build a Virtual Lumber Yard

SketchUp for Builders and Remodelers: Build a Virtual Lumber Yard

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Remodeler Matt Jackson introduces SketchUp — the easy-to-use free 3D drawing software from Google — as a great tool for planning and selling small construction projects.

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Haiti InnoVida Update

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Short movie shows how these homes go together.

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IBS 2010: Green Builder Donates 1,000 Homes to Haitians

IBS 2010: Green Builder Donates 1,000 Homes to Haitians

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New building technology firm, InnoVida™, donates 1,000 homes to Haiti using Fiber Composite Structural Insulated panels introduced at IBS.

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Circa:1680 Colonial Farm House on Long Island, NY

Circa:1680 Colonial Farm House on Long Island, NY

I purchased an historic circa:1680 farm house in Cold Spring Harbor, LI, NY (50 minutes from Manhatten) that no one else would take on. It sat vacant for a very long while. It took me...

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