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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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Announcing our Before and After contest winners

Announcing our Before and After contest winners

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Fine Homebuilding editors are a finicky bunch, and opinionated too. So the task of narrowing down the nearly 150 entries from our “Before and After: What’s Old is New Again,” kitchen and bath contest to just five winners wasn’t easy.

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Award Winning Restoration

Award Winning Restoration

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Winner of the Griffin Award for residential rehabilitation in Asheville, NC, this home went from "in the rough" to "high-end, green restoration".  As part of a whole house restoration, the...

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Turning the Corner

Turning the Corner

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I tend toward obsessive when it comes to efficiency, so for me the layout of our kitchen was labored over during many a restless night. Back in 1952 when our house was constructed, I’m sure the...

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Help Build an Article on Remodeling

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I’m working on an article about framing interior walls. I plan to make it specific to remodeling, but other than that, I don’t have a particular focus yet. But I need your help. nbspIf...

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copper themed bathroom remodel

copper themed bathroom remodel

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I bought this 1925 craftsman in SE Portland which had been remodeled in the '80's for the previous family who had 6 children.  The only original casework and windows existed in the entry and the...

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The enduring power of curb appeal in green construction

Samuel Matchett, who in 1999 purchased the first home built under the EarthCraft House program, was drawn to the house primarily because he liked its design. Its energy efficiency and construction quality were icing on the cake.

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Oklahoma builder, local government team up on green home construction

Red Rock Builders, based in Edmond, Oklahoma, partnered with the city to build an Energy Star-rated home that will be used as a showcase for sustainable, energy efficient residential construction in Central Oklahoma.

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Old Bleachers New Kitchen

Old Bleachers New Kitchen

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In this project we had some serious structural issues to correct in order to rearrange the layout to maximize the footprint of the space. The kitchen space that we started with was the result of two...

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NAHB now selling "National Green Building Standard" document

A product of collaboration between NAHB and the International Code Council, the "National Green Building Standard" describes green practices for all phases of residential development and construction.

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On stimulus handouts and bargain-seeking brides

On stimulus handouts and bargain-seeking brides

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Some builders argue with Marc Rosenbaum when he reports the results of a blower-door test. He tells them the air changes per hour at 50 pascals, and they roll their eyes and say...

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Green news from both coasts

That beater you’re driving? It could become metal studs for green housing. Also, a green-building supply manufacturer opens a plant in North Carolina.

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Beating the sell-by dates on green tax credits

The more consumers learn about tax credits for energy efficiency upgrades, the more likely they’ll be to take advantage of them before the credits time out.

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This faux slate may be worth a closer look

This faux slate may be worth a closer look

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I didn’t want to like Davinci Roofscapes synthetic slate roof tiles, I really didn’t.   The product isn’t really to blame. It’s just that I’ve been ruined by...

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