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How to Make Home Rennovations Yourself, Safely

How to Make Home Rennovations Yourself, Safely

It might be tough to know how to begin when you are thinking home improvement, but it really doesn't need to be. It is important to read more about home improvement before you begin concentrating on...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Going Green with Your Appliances

Going Green with Your Appliances

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With significant increases in both environmental awareness and fuel bills over the recent years, there's been much written about the changes we can make to our homes and habits to save money and...

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Small Home, Big Green Features

Small Home, Big Green Features

Small Home, Big Green Features This beautiful new home in Troutman, NC packs a punch in just 2,500 square feet. The homeowners hired custom homebuilder 4G Design Build to build a home that included...

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Self-Taught MBA: Steve Mouzon on the New Business of Business

Self-Taught MBA: Steve Mouzon on the New Business of Business

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I spoke with Steve Mouzon, author of The Original Green, and now, New Media for Designers and Builders to ask him, “What’s different about the new builder’s business plan from the building business as usual?” His answer will surprise you.

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The Counterintuitive Cladding

The Counterintuitive Cladding

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Like it or not, vinyl siding is an environmental option.

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Lets See Those Grand Designs

Lets See Those Grand Designs

If you've got big plans for a new property, you're not alone. According to figures published, people are literally spending thousands when they first purchase a new home. But what's the most...

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