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Eight Ways to Patch Drywall

Eight Ways to Patch Drywall

A lot of people understandably have a love/hate relationship with drywall. Take patching holes for example. When a fix comes out right, it's hard not to love drywall despite its messy, often fickle...

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A hidden solution to a common problem

A hidden solution to a common problem

By placing the flat screen television and entertainment systems behind panels of reclaimed barn board this architect creates a solution to an all too common conundrum. Having a large television in...

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The Autumn Lighting Projects: Tips for Illuminating your Interior

The Autumn Lighting Projects: Tips for Illuminating your Interior

While recently redesigning my home, I was reminded of an ancient, Chinese proverb which claims that once you have made it 90% down a chosen path, you are halfway towards your final destination. I...

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Paint: Lots of Bang for the Buck

Paint: Lots of Bang for the Buck

  Just painting the trim and the doors to set them off from the walls made a big difference. Admittedly, we changed out furnishings, but they were mostly sourced at Salvation Army, Home Depot...

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Unique Ways to Intelligently Design an Easy-to-Clean Home

Unique Ways to Intelligently Design an Easy-to-Clean Home

    Whether you are building your first dream house or remodeling an old one, your choices of furnishings, layouts and finishing can massively impact the amount of time you spend for cleaning it...

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Replacing a Load Bearing Wall with a Glulam Column and Beam System

Replacing a Load Bearing Wall with a Glulam Column and Beam System

We bought a 1947 vintage ranch in upstate NY for our sons to live in while in university. In addition to the need for upgrading (especially electrical) and catching up on deferred maintenance, the...

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Rustic Blue Ridge Home

Rustic Blue Ridge Home

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Integrity's Ultrex products blended in with the rustic look of the house and achieved the overall look the architect had drawn for the house.

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Park Cottage

Park Cottage

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This cottage was conceived as a shingle style building meeting the preservation requirements of the community.

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A construction site- A house takes shape

A construction site- A house takes shape

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A visit to a construction site reveals what makes a design possible.

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The Modern Farm Home

The Modern Farm Home

This ContemPrairie Home embraces the modern look but with a warmth and functionality designed for today’s family living.

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Olive Street Residence

Olive Street Residence

The simple sight lines of the Wood-Ultrex Casement & Awning products worked well in the context of this mixed-use neighborhood.

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Curing Cracks in Drywall

Curing Cracks in Drywall

While there are plaster pros and gypsum gurus who think nothing of it, most people consider working with drywall a neccessary evil that's heavy on the evil. It's not surprising that drywall is one of...

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Our Secret to Getting a Crisp Finish

Our Secret to Getting a "Crisp" Finish

To get the perfectly flat, smooth drywall finish that is so important to the finish of our homes, we use Laminated Strand Lumber (LSL) Studs. Read on for my top 4 reasons to use LSL Studs and tips for installation.

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Wellstone Place

Wellstone Place

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The fiberglass exterior makes such a huge difference in our salt air environment, and the wood interior really coincides with the interior trim.

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House Wrap for Modern Architecture

House Wrap for Modern Architecture

Choosing the correct weather resistant barrier (or house wrap) it's important to take into account the amount of exposure your walls are getting. Houses with more exposure will require a more robust waterproofing strategy. Read on for more information and my tips for choosing the right house wrap for your project.

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Desert Magic

Desert Magic

This home opens up in the cool desert evening.

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Lake Arrowhead

Lake Arrowhead

This home in Waleska, Georgia feels like a tree house with building projections hanging in space high over the steep lot below.

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The Beach House

The Beach House

This beachfront home is designed with a strong impact window that accentuates the stunning views with the beauty of a wood interior finish.

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Opening up a home.

Opening up a home.

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Taking a home "down to the studs"

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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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