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How to Clean Wood Kitchen Cabinets with Pressure Washer

How to Clean Wood Kitchen Cabinets with Pressure Washer

Wood Kitchen Cabinets often have to deal with dirt and grime because of oil, grease as well as other bacteria. They are bad influences that not only affect the appearance of your cabinets, but also...

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Tips for Building a Net Zero House

Tips for Building a Net Zero House

In this video we identify what it means to build a Net Zero house, and some of the best practices for building Net Zero houses, using one of our own projects as an example. The house we review will generate enough electricity with its Solar Array to have a Zero sum electric bill for the course of the entire year. (Some months the bill will be negative, some months they will have to pay, but overall if you sum the 12 months of the year it will be $0.) Learn more by watching the video below!

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A Simple Guideline to Drip Irrigation Installation

A Simple Guideline to Drip Irrigation Installation

  It is estimated that less than 21% of the earth's surface is filled with fresh water. These statistics show that water is becoming a more scarce resource as the days go by and hence the need to...

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Ultimate Electric Hot Water Setup

Ultimate Electric Hot Water Setup

Gas has been the traditional king of hot water in the US. With the advent of the Heat Pump water heater I think that tide will change. Here's how I'm solving the capacity issue...

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Guide to Roof Construction and Inspection

Guide to Roof Construction and Inspection

  Roof repair or replacement is inevitable for any home owner. It is important to beware of the costs and challenges involved when it comes to repairing or replacing roofs. This post seeks to...

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Self-Taught MBA: Should you Embrace New Urbanism?

Self-Taught MBA: Should you Embrace New Urbanism?

The movement is all around--and likely being built in your neighborhood--but what impact does New Urbanism really have on real-estate values and sales? We explore the subject with Steve Mouzon.

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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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Free 8x10 Timber-frame Garden Shed Plan

Free 8x10 Timber-frame Garden Shed Plan

Download a Free 8x10 Timber-frame Garden Shed Plan with Step-By-Step Instructions, Easy To Follow Blueprints, Full Blown Diagrams, Detailed Photos & Full Materials List. howbuildshed.com/freeshedplan

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AIHA Formaldehyde Technical Guide and Consumer Fact Sheet

AIHA Formaldehyde Technical Guide and Consumer Fact Sheet

The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) has released two new educational materials focused on formaldehyde, specifically formaldehyde emissions from laminate flooring. "Laminate Flooring...

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Small footprint- Big view

Small footprint- Big view

A small lot size made for some creative solutions.

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EcoVilliage Pioneers Net-Zero Housing

EcoVilliage Pioneers Net-Zero Housing

Leaders of the co-op community in Ithaca, N.Y., took a common sense approach to meeting demanding Passive House standards

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Keeping Your Heating Cheap and Green

Keeping Your Heating Cheap and Green

Eco-friendly heating for the environmentally conscious Energy bills might be too high considering the costs nowadays, and in order to reduce it considerably, it will be important that you turn...

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Daltile Sponsors Sunset Green Home Project

Daltile Sponsors Sunset Green Home Project

The Sunset Green Home is a project that is not only rebuilding a home essentially destroyed by Hurricane Sandy in 2012 but is doing so with LEED Platinum credentials. Making a 70-year-old home meet...

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Straw-Bale Bedroom

Straw-Bale Bedroom

A storage wall in a straw bale house.

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Outdoor entertaining

Outdoor entertaining

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A Modern renovation creates an elegant courtyard for entertaining.

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DIY Greenhouse Watering System

DIY Greenhouse Watering System

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Greenhouses are a great way to enjoy the fruits of harvest all year long. Not only that, but they dramatically improve the conditions needed to grow plants while keeping them protected from the...

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Tips and Tricks for Planning the Modern Home Office of Your Dreams

Tips and Tricks for Planning the Modern Home Office of Your Dreams

Whether you want to covert that spare bedroom or you're considering renovating the garden shed, having a home office can save you a ton of money and time over renting traditional office space. If you...

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A Cool kitchen in a Hot market. New construction in San Francisco.

A Cool kitchen in a Hot market. New construction in San Francisco.

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What does new construction look like in one of the countries hottest real estate markets?

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Do You Reuse?

Do You Reuse?

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We've all heard of reduce, reuse, recycle, but when doing demolition for a remodel, the methods must be modified if there is going to be a focus on resuing materials in the future. In the article...

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A special courtyard- with a specific purpose.

A special courtyard- with a specific purpose.

A nurturing space was created for visually impaired students and their guide dogs.

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