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From Scraps to Studs

From Scraps to Studs

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You’ve heard of a See Saw but how about a SEE Stud? Turn your stud scraps into engineered lumber right on the jobsite.

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Radiant barrier in attic

Radiant barrier in attic

I sprayed radiant barrier paint a few years ago, but wanted more savings. So I recently installed Energy Q foil on the attic floor. Awesome savings! Tips are at...

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123 West, ,  Darien, Ct.  Before & After

123 West, , Darien, Ct. Before & After

Renovation, remodel and addition to a 1928 home, keeping the original architectual details and craftmanship.

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California on the job.

California on the job.

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Renovation & addition at 123W

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Our Vermont Home Project

Our Vermont Home Project

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This is the first gallery entry for the new home construction project my wife and I are working on in Plainfield, Vermont.  These are a few snapshots of our life & project to date.

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Spray foam for the eco-conscious

Spray foam for the eco-conscious

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Identifying the “greenest” foam isn't so easy. But, it helps to know what its made of.

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Marketing Green: How to sell homeowners on the benefits, not the features

Marketing Green: How to sell homeowners on the benefits, not the features

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Green isn’t an upgrade, it’s the way quality builders build houses, but builders who are trying to move toward building greener, more sustainable homes often say that they hit a lot of resistance with their customers. Selling green, they say, is tough because it costs more. . .

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Ravens Roost: Where the Columbia Hills meet High Prairie

Ravens Roost: Where the Columbia Hills meet High Prairie

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My husband and I designed and built a contemporary home on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge.This rural construction project began with raw land, and includes a geothermal heating...

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Green Driveway Paving

Green Driveway Paving

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Many driveways are oversized to provide extra room for backing and turning and parking for occasional guests. Excess pavement often overwhelms a small lot and increases storm water runoff. On a recent project I used blacktop pavement for the high traffic area with Turfstone ™, a green pervious paving alternative around the perimeter for extra swing room when turning and extra off-street parking.

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Dumb as we wanna be about energy?

"Dumb as we wanna be" about energy?

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In this NEWSWEEK Q&A, New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman criticizes America's passive attitude towards energy, how we got lazy about change, and why we're "dumb" for thinking that switching to compact fluorescent bulbs will solve the problem.

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Fait Accompli: Our First House...Finished

Fait Accompli: Our First House...Finished

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After almost two years of steady work our passive-solar house is now "officially" built. Looking back it hardly seems possible... Thanks to a combination of mutual enthusiasm, several talented...

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Paper Countertops Look and Feel Like Stone

Paper Countertops Look and Feel Like Stone

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Paper might not seem like a suitable raw material for countertop fabrication, but when saturated with resin, heated, and compressed, the result is surprisingly stonelike.

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Simple Complexity

Simple Complexity

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Beautiful Lake View Deck This simple L-shaped deck was transformed into a work of art by adding an inlaid Celtic pattern. The weave goes down both legs of the L with the knot design in the center...

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Commentary: Controlling Job-Site Waste

Commentary: Controlling Job-Site Waste

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What used to be called the dump is now the resource center. That's good news. Advice for both contractor and client. . .

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The Watershed: A Writing Studio

The Watershed: A Writing Studio

Nested inside a prefabricated steel framework, this diminutive writing studio overlooks a meadow.

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Drawing Board: Designing Sunscreens

Drawing Board: Designing Sunscreens

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Passive-solar design uses windows and shading devices to control the sun’s impact on a house.

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Pergola and deck

Pergola and deck

Backyard deck 16'x8' with 8' tall pergola! wire railing, privacy screen, built in bench, and rain barrels!

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Fly ash deck planks

Fly ash deck planks

I know what you’re thinking: “Oh brother…how much can these guys at Fine Homebuilding tell us about synthetic decking?” Well, at least one more thing, apparently. But first a...

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A Homeowners Story: Did Going Green Make Sense?

A Homeowner's Story: Did Going Green Make Sense?

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As electricity costs go up, the payback period shortens; at payback, future electricity is essentially free. And there is great satisfaction in watching your electric meter run backward.

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What is Open Building?

What is Open Building?

In the early 1990s that I bumped into a marvelous little book by the Dutch architect John Habraken titled Supports. He argued passionately that the process of making housing must preserve the “natural relationship” that humans need to have with the place where they live. . .

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