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Minneapolis To Eliminate Single-Family Zoning

Minneapolis has become the first major city in the country to drop zoning regulations that allow only single-family homes, The New York Times reports. In a vote earlier this month, the City Council approved new zoning rules that will allow multifamily units with as many as three dwelling units in every neighborhood in the city. The changes, now under review by a regional policy-setting body, are expected to be put into place next year. The change is part of the city’s revised comprehensive plan, called Minneapolis 2040, that lays out objectives in a variety of categories, including housing. The document…


Best of the Belgians: 10 Favorite Architects and Designers

The Belgian design aesthetic: forever pleasing and always moreish. In this roundup, we catch up with our favorite Belgian architects and designers and circle in on their low-key luxe vibe. Above: Belgian design master Vincent Van Duysen likens the Belgian aesthetic to the “art of living”; read more about his design philosophy at 20 Questions: Julianne Moore and Vincent Van Duysen Talk Design. His protégé Nicolas Schuybroek (see below) says of Van Duysen, “Working out a door handle for him is as important as designing a tower. The strength of an architect lies in the fact that he can deliver…


Amazon Will Ban Controversial Paint Strippers

An aviation support technician applies paint stripper to a stanchion aboard an amphibious assault ship in this U.S. Navy photo. Despite the use of protective equipment such as gloves and respirators, users of paint strippers containing methylene chloride have died from exposure to the chemical. (Photo: Naval Surface Warriors / CC BY-SA / Flickr) Amazon is joining other retailers in banning paint strippers containing chemicals that have been linked to dozens of deaths. In a policy that becomes effective next March, the retailing giant said it will prohibit the listing or sale of strippers that contain methylene chloride or n-methylpyrrolidone…


Best TOH Insider Moments of 2018

Best TOH Insider Moments of 2018 1 × VIP at the 2018 Idea House in Rhode Island VIP at the 2018 Idea House in Rhode Island Phil W. of Rego Park, NY, brought his son Greg with him to this Insider-only event. The pharmacist, who also works as a wedding photographer, also snagged this photo op with TOH host Kevin O'Connor, Roger, Richard, and Tommy. See more from this event here. 2 × Getting Inspired at the Idea House Getting Inspired at the Idea House Insider Carl G. and his sister Mary, who made the trip from Detroit, Michigan, were thrilled to meet…


Ikea Kitchen Upgrade: 11 Custom Cabinet Companies for the Ultimate Kitchen Hack

Love the price and functionality of Ikea kitchen components but not the cabinet front choices? An array of new companies is offering custom cabinet fronts to pair with Ikea’s kitchen systems. “Ikea cabinets are like building blocks,” says Finnish company A.S. Helsingö. “The quality is solid,” adds John McDonald, founder of SemiHandmade. “And we especially love their price; even with SemiHandmade doors, you’ll easily save 30 to 40 percent on the cost of a typical custom kitchen.” With the bones of a kitchen from Ikea (who, by the way, source all hardware, hinges, and drawer slides from reputable company Blum) and customized fronts from…


California Approves a Pilot Program for Energy Upgrades

Air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions in California's San Joaquin Valley are the targets of the recently approved pilot program. (Illustration: Environmental Protection Agency) Homes across one of the most polluted and disadvantaged regions in California will be outfitted with state-of-the-art, electric-powered heating systems and appliances free of cost under a pilot program approved by the state Public Utilities Commission. The 4-1 vote to fund the installation of high-efficiency electric heat pumps and other energy-efficient upgrades in up to 1,667 San Joaquin Valley homes is a first in California. The approximately $50 million project is expected to save participating households…

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