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Smart Homes for a Smarter you!

Smart Homes for a Smarter you!

  From stone-age to modern age, everything has changed except for the quest of man to live a luxurious life. In every era, new inventions came forth creating a revolution but the 21st century is...

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Historic Factory converted into Live Work Lofts In Oakland Ca.

Historic Factory converted into Live Work Lofts In Oakland Ca.

Using the bones of a 1940s factory, an architect creates beautiful light filled living spaces in an industrial section of Oakland Ca.

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Suspended Motorcycle Flex Garage

Suspended Motorcycle Flex Garage

The problem: store 3 motorcycles, 3 bicycles, store large amount of tools and other equipment, and park 2 cars indoors. The space: an existing 2 car garage in a small house with no interior room to...

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Clairemont Renovation

Clairemont Renovation

This project was a whole-home renovation where the home, before, was dark and closed off where access to the second level and many of the spaces on the main level were difficult to navigate in this...

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Riverfront Raze and Replace

Riverfront Raze and Replace

A raze and replace that includes a historic portion of the home originally brought across the ice of the frozen Nantucket Sound.

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Colonial-era rainscreen?

Colonial-era rainscreen?

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During a rot repair job, I found an early attempt at a rainscreen wall.

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Is this renovation doomed from the start?

Is this renovation doomed from the start?

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When an existing brick foundation is capped with another layer of concrete block to reduce the transmission of water vapor, is this renovation company creating the potential for a structural problem?

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Cheap Housewrap Challenge - Should I pay for a premium product?

Cheap Housewrap Challenge - Should I pay for a premium product?

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We've all been in this situation... two identical looking products on the shelf, but different prices. Which should I choose? Well, when it comes to housewraps not all are alike, nor will they perform the same. Have a look at this test that will give you an idea how these two white rolls will perform on YOUR house.

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Beach Home

Beach Home

A quirky four-apartment structure on the water transformed into a multi-generational beach home.

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Ten Great Home Improvement Resources

Ten Great Home Improvement Resources

Sources for home improvement materials and information

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The Gatehouse

The Gatehouse

Transformation of an early 1900's gatehouse on a majestic lakefront property

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Oil vs Latex Paint for Millwork (Ben Moore Aura Review)

Oil vs Latex Paint for Millwork (Ben Moore Aura Review)

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Classic argument among Custom Builders: Oil or Latex for Millwork. I've been an Oil fan for years but I'm finally coming around to Latex and I think I've found the right paint for the "Crisp" paint job that I demand in my houses.

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Mesquite Hardwood Floor Install - Tips & tricks from a wood geek

Mesquite Hardwood Floor Install - Tips & tricks from a wood geek

This Mesquite Hardwood floor is stunning and this video will show you the start-to-finish process. I've included some tips from a geeky Custom Builder that you won't find anywhere else.

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Hardware Geek - Accurate Pocket Door Hardware Review

Hardware Geek - Accurate Pocket Door Hardware Review

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I'm a hardware geek, and I think hardware can make or break a house. Here's what I think about Accurate's full mortise pocket door hardware.

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How to repair that dent in your hard wood

How to repair that dent in your hard wood

Have you ever dented a cabinet or a any hard wood material? All you have to do is heat up a clothes iron and get a damp rag ready. Once the iron is hot, just place the damp rag over the "dent" and...

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Finishing Touch Extra: Porch from the Past

Finishing Touch Extra: Porch from the Past

Clues from the past helped reconstruct this porch to its original beauty.

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New porch for a Seattle Tudor revival

New porch for a Seattle Tudor revival

This porch had been sorely maintained, and poorly done up with rails while the original roof, though still in decent condition, was unfortunately too small.  We demolished the old roof and floor...

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Learn Timber-Framing Skills at Montpeliers Log-Cabin School

Learn Timber-Framing Skills at Montpelier's Log-Cabin School

Would you like to spend a week working alongside talented restoration carpenters to reconstruct a piece of history?

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Remodelers Gallery

Remodelers Gallery

Exterior facelift gives this home an updated look with quality siding and windows.

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Another Take on Reproducing Historic Moldings

Another Take on Reproducing Historic Moldings

FHB author Bill Rainford (#237, Master Carpenter - Reproducing Traditional Moldings) wrote a blog his work with Historic Boston, Inc., a non-profit dedicated to preserving buildings in the Boston area.

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