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Remodeling Your Attic: Find Out Before You Start

Posted by Laura Firszt | Dec 09, 2014

So you're thinking of remodeling your attic? Great! You'll add valuable living or working space to your home without increasing its footprint or impinging on your yard. But before you...


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Install a Safe Shower for Universal Access

Posted by Laura Firszt | Dec 02, 2014

The idea of universal design is all about offering quick and easy access to every part of your home. It builds in the flexibility to accommodate users in any state of health or physical...


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Concrete Steps: Precast vs. Poured in Place

Posted by Laura Firszt | Nov 30, 2014

A new type of staircase has made its appearance on the home improvement scene lately -- precast concrete steps. These factory-molded stairs have a lot to offer in terms of ease of installation,...


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Fabulous, Functional Cabinet and Drawer Design

Posted by Laura Firszt | Nov 27, 2014

Today's kitchens are more fabulous-looking and functional than ever. And well they should be, since they're the room where families spend a large number of their waking at-home hours....


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Space-Saving Fixtures Scaled to Fit Small Bathrooms

Posted by Laura Firszt | Nov 16, 2014

What do rural tiny homes, new suburban houses, and old apartments smack dab in the center of the city have in common? Most were built with bathrooms that can politely be termed minuscule....


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We've Been Splitting Wood All Wrong

Posted by Katie Marks | Jan 22, 2014

Splitting wood is one of the least favorite tasks of woodstove owners, and even for people who are just chopping for a decorative fireplace or pit, it gets unfun very rapidly. The repetitive...


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Toxic Sludge Pit to Model Eco-Town

Posted by Katie Marks | Jan 13, 2014

Readers of the news in October 2010 may remember a series of horrifying and heartbreaking images from the Hungarian town of Devecser. The town was battered by a flood of toxic red sludge...


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Prefab, Green, AND Attractive?

Posted by Katie Marks | Oct 15, 2013

If you've spent any time on the freeways and highways of this country, you've probably seen a prefabricated home lumbering down the road with an "Oversized Load" sign. They're instantly...