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Infographic: Save Water, Save Money

Posted by | Jul 07, 2015

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The Nebuta House at Aomori Harbor

Todd MacAllen on Designing Nebuta House

Posted by | May 07, 2012

Housing the Center for Creative Culture in Japan and set on the waterfront of Aomori Harbor, the Nebuta House is a strikingly simple yet elegant structure inspired by its surrounding...

Mike Lieberman in his urban organic garden in Los Angeles.

Step-By-Step: A Guide to Starting an Urban Garden

Posted by | Mar 07, 2012

Are you looking to start an urban garden this spring and not sure where to start? I hear you on that. That's exactly where I was back in the spring of 2009 when I first started urban...

This is insulation that is properly sealed around a wire. (Photo by Carl Seville/Seville Consulting.)

Busting 3 Green Insulation Myths

Posted by | Jan 05, 2012

There is no free insulation lunch. Super-magic foil insulation won’t do what salespeople say it will. Natural, recycled, and green insulation won’t work if it isn’t installed...

The author's space-clearing bell. Photo: Ann Bingley Gallops

Clearing Your Home's Energy for the New Year

Posted by | Dec 21, 2011

At New Year’s time it’s natural to think about what’s transpired in the year just passed and prepare to welcome positive new energy to support your intentions in the months ahead. ...


The Science of Laundry Detergent

Posted by | Nov 22, 2011

We all love clean clothes: their smell, their look, their feel. We all use copious amounts of detergent each year. However, aside from watching commercial dramatizations, we pay little...


The Science of Vinegar

Posted by | Nov 14, 2011

With the rise of environment-friendly products on the market, vinegar has emerged as a folk hero of sorts when it comes to cleaning agents. There is a surplus of books, websites, and...

A beautiful bathroom renovated by the author, Matt Hoots of SawHorse, Inc. Photo via Hometalk.

A Green Contractor Talks Bathroom Mold

Posted by | Oct 14, 2011

The last thing that you want to deal with when buying, selling or living in a house is mold, especially in the visible areas like the bathroom. As a green contractor, our clients...


Rain Screens: A New Way to Protect Your Home

Posted by | Sep 02, 2011

Anyone who lives in a rain-drenched part of the country can testify to the toll that Mother Nature can take on a home. Rot, mildew and warped wood are just some of the brutalizing effects...

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Secrets of Saving Paint for Later

Posted by | Jul 28, 2011

No matter how careful we are, there usually comes a time when even a crisp, clean paint job will need a touch up. Each container of paint is custom mixed. Even if you have the formula,...