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Farm Sheds Done Well for Low Prices

Farm Sheds Done Well for Low Prices

While garages and sheds are fine and dandy, farm sheds and barns are much better suited to a busy farm life style. Building a farm shed can be much more cost effective than buying one. How to Build a...

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Small House- Dynamic Space

Small House- Dynamic Space

This small home packs a dramatic punch.

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A garden for the morning and one in the afternoon.

A garden for the morning and one in the afternoon.

The layout of this home brings the best elements of the outdoors inside. And creates a cozy retreat. A creative floor-plan makes for amazing spaces

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How to Insulate a Slab Foundation

How to Insulate a Slab Foundation

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Have you ever wondered why Slab Foundations aren't insulated? Two reasons, your house needs to be pretty efficient first before it's necessary, then it's darn hard to accomplish without making an easy path for termites. In this video I'll show you how we used Borated Treated Perimeter foam to insulate a Texas Slab on Grade Foundation.

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All concrete home, 3 stories ICF block construction

All concrete home, 3 stories ICF block construction

All ICF exterior walls, 3 stories! 10,000 heated sq. ft., six car garage, indoor shooting range! Custom wood windows with 12" jams, ZO6 glass. Hers rating of 52! 

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Pier & Beam vs Slab Foundations

Pier & Beam vs Slab Foundations

In the South there are two main foundation types. Concrete Piers with Wooden beams that elevate the house above the ground, and concrete slab foundations that sit on the ground. In this video I'm discussion the merits of these two options with Building Science expert Mark LaLiberte.

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Russias First Active House Gets a Test Drive

Russia's First "Active House" Gets a Test Drive

A Danish solar-panel company teams up with a Russian developer to build a home designed to showcase net-zero-energy performance

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Building a radon-resistant home.

Building a radon-resistant home.

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What is deadly and might be lurking in your basement? No, not a Ninja (well probably not), in most cases it is Radon. And it is important to know what Radon is and how to ensure it isn't a threat to your household. From building to testing, I will share what I learned about Radon while building my house.

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Bill Rose on crawlspaces: A bad idea, should be illegal

Bill Rose on crawlspaces: A bad idea, should be illegal

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In seeking subjects for "Inspector" games, I stumbled across a potential gold mine: The U.S. Department of Energy's Building America teams. These folks are constantly working to improve the houses...

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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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Whats the Best Vapor Barrier for a Concrete Slab?

What's the Best Vapor Barrier for a Concrete Slab?

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A homeowner with chemical sensitivities who lives near a Superfund site seeks the most effective way of keeping potential toxins out of her basement

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Carpenter quits job, builds himself a tropical island

Carpenter quits job, builds himself a tropical island

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Who hasn't dreamed of giving up the 9-to-five and escaping to a tropical island to while away the days until the bank account ran dry? Well, carpenter Richie Sowa is one who made the move and is...

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Building Our First House: Floor Plan & Elevations Tour

Building Our First House: Floor Plan & Elevations Tour

After our house was featured in Fine Homebuilding (February) we've had requests to see our floor plan. For those interested this page shows the working plan - minus dimensions & notes - from...

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