Recent Alternatives To Wood Articles

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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...

Photo and paper bag floor by Ashley at Domestic Imperfection.

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...

The decorative rammed earth wall that the author discusses.

Rammed Earth: It's Not Cosmetic

Posted by Carl Seville | Jun 21, 2012

Rammed earth, an ancient construction technique, uses soil, sand, and sometimes a little Portland cement, compressed into forms to create thick, solid, and often beautiful structural...

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Designer Picks: Hemp Home Furnishings

Posted by Linda Merrill | May 09, 2012

Hemp is a strong fiberous plant that is grown predominantly in China, but also in many other parts of the world. Environmentally friendly, hemp requires few pesticides or herbicides...

Why Bamboo Floors Won't Make Your House Green

Posted by Carl Seville | Jan 17, 2012

Along with solar panels, so called “green” bamboo floors are another stereotypical material that people latch onto when thinking about green homes. In the same way that those solar...

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How Fiberboard Furniture Compares to Solid Wood

Posted by Kevin Stevens | Sep 21, 2011

Is it wood or does it want to be wood? A few years ago I picked up an antique drop front desk from one of my clients. It was bartered in trade for some tile work I had done on his...