Recent Alternatives To Wood Articles

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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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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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6 Wood Pallet Scavenging Tips for Your Next Project

Posted by Katie Marks | Nov 18, 2013

As every great DIYer knows, wood pallets are an immensely useful construction material. You can use them in a wide range of projects, in a huge assortment of ways, and they're totally...

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...