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Perennial Wood decking from Eastma Manufactured by Eastman 800-530-7495; www.perennialwood.com Eastman Chemical Company in Kingsport, Tenn., has been making acetic anhydride for years. In the 1930s, the company used…
Rigid-foam wall-cap forms from Stegmeier Manufactured by Stegmeier 800-382-5430; www.stegmeier.com Cost: $130 to $150 for a box of 10 8-ft.-long pieces; $140 for a box of 10 spring-steel clamps Stegmeier…
Inconspicuous vents blend with the roof surface without being an eyesore.
Receptacles from Bocci Manufactured by Bocci 815-741-9768; www.bocci.ca/collection Cost: $50 to $75 Bocci 22 electrical components install flush with finished-wall materials, eliminating conventional cover plates for switches, receptacles,…
Manufactured by Eleek 815-741-9768; www.eleekinc.com If you’re in the market for ersatz colonial wall sconces or run-of-the-mill pendant lights, you can probably skip the Eleek catalog. If your tastes run…
Garage openers from Sommer Manufactured by Sommer 877-766-6607; www.sommer-usa.com Cost: $350 to $450 Standard garage-door openers have a fixed motor that powers a belt or chain to open and close…
When reviewing the submissions we received for this year’s awards issue, each of our five guest judges discovered a compelling project that didn’t quite fit as a category winner. We…
The founder of Architecture for Humanity is working to improve lives through socially conscious design
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