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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...


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...


20 Annuals that Beat the Heat

Posted by | Jul 11, 2011

No matter where in the US you garden, summer heat and periods of dry weather can present a challenge to even the most seasoned gardeners. The good news is that there are a wealth of...

Allium christophii, Lysimachia and Epimedium.  Photo by Erica Glasener.

A Garden that Deer Won't Eat

Posted by | Jul 07, 2011

With the explosion of the deer population across the US, gardeners are often forced to find ways to deal with these pests. There are a variety of ways to keep deer from treating your...


5 Do's and Don'ts When Hiring Contractors

Posted by | Jul 06, 2011

1. Research pays off, but remember who the expert is. DO research your project before you get quotes. It doesn't hurt to find out, at least generally, the correct way your project...