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13 Awesome Advantages of Aluminum Decks

Posted by Laura Firszt | Aug 25, 2014

Strong, weather resistant, lightweight, and surprisingly eco-friendly, aluminum has been widely utilized in both commercial and residential construction projects for many years. A relatively...


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DIY: Repair, Don’t Replace, Rotten Wood

Posted by Laura Firszt | Aug 07, 2014

Wood anywhere in your home is vulnerable to decay in the form of either wet or dry rot (both of which are actually fungal infestation). A rotten wooden door, floorboard, section of...


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Get the Facts on Wicker Furniture

Posted by Laura Firszt | Jun 26, 2014

Wow! Wicker furniture has long been known as a versatile, relatively inexpensive design option. But today’s wicker is taking a giant step further with gorgeous, contemporary and...


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Faux Wood for Real Homes

Posted by Laura Firszt | May 27, 2014

The handsome look of wood is enduringly popular as a building material or a décor accent. Features such as rustic ceiling beams are now coming back into style after a long hiatus....


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Who's the Greenest Floor of All?

Posted by Katie Marks | Feb 05, 2014

Ah, those things we put our feet (or wheels) on. Floors do a whole lot for us without asking for much in return, and if you're thinking about replacing or upgrading yours, have you...


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Are Built-Ins Worth It?

Posted by Katie Marks | Feb 04, 2014

Built-ins are an incredibly popular aspect of interior design in homes from all eras, from homey Craftsmen with charming woodwork to soaring modern homes with sleek, minimalist shelving...


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Five Unbelievable Uses for Paper Bags

Posted by Chaya Kurtz | Mar 15, 2013

The use of plastic bags is restricted in quite a few cities, and if you don't happen to be carrying a reusable shopping bag on the day when you pop into the grocery store after work,...


Gabor Lukacs with his DIY bamboo bike trailer. Photo by Cris Carl.

Building Your Own Bamboo Bike Trailer

Posted by Cris Carl | Aug 07, 2012

Gabor Lukacs of Amherst, MA believes we can go beyond sustainability to a place of “resilience.” Part of Lukacs response to the effects of global problems relating to the...