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The Cuban Mop: The Near Perfect Cleaning Tool You’ve Never Heard of (and How to Use It)

When it comes mops, I have a hate-hate relationship. Either I struggle to wield the heft of rope mops or find myself searching in vain for matching replacement heads for sponge mops. Plus, both models are really hard to clean. I often feel as though I’m just spreading the dirt around. Finally, for dust bunnies under the bed, I’ve long been searching for an alternative to the widely used Swiffer, with its plastic parts and expensive non-eco-friendly disposable cloths. Enter the Cuban mop. Its genius lies in the simplicity of its design—no bells and whistles, just two sticks that screw…

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12 Favorites: Snow-Covered Cabins from the Remodelista Archives

For those of us in the cold, here are 12 snow-covered exteriors from some of our favorite projects to keep us inspired through the winter months ahead. Above: A 19th-century house in Härnösand, Sweden, renovated by Sofia Nyman of Skälsö; see more at A Darkly Romantic House in Sweden by Skälsö Architects. Above: A 1971 Aspen ski chalet renovated by Oppenheim Architecture from A Wabi-Sabi Ski Chalet in Aspen, Colorado. Above: London architect Jonathan Tuckey overhauled a 17th-century timber-frame chalet in Andermatt, Switzerland. For more, see Swish Chalet: An Alpine Remodel by Jonathan Tuckey. Above: An off-the-grid alpine cabin on the north end…

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About the Ethanol In Your Tank

President Donald Trump has promised his supporters in Iowa that the federal government will take a step that may increase corn ethanol sales. This plant-derived fuel, which comprises about 10% of the 143 billion gallons of gasoline Americans buy each year, is a kind of alcohol made from corn. The industry first emerged in 1980s with government support, after interest in making the country less reliant on imported oil surged in the 1970s. It later acquired a second purpose: lowering greenhouse gas emissions. I have spent the last 24 years studying alternative fuels and fuel blends. Based on my research,…

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Is a Ground-Source Heat Pump the Right Choice?

In Grand Rapids, Michigan, Andy Zbojniewicz is planning a large, high-performance home that ultimately will be powered by a 15-kW solar array. The house will have more than 3,000 square feet above grade, and another 1,633 square feet in the basement. His immediate concern is how to heat and cool the house. “I was told the home was too large to heat and cool with air-source heat pumps and be comfortable,” Zbojniewicz writes in a Q&A post,  “so [I] was primarily looking at geothermal.” To that end, Zbojniewicz sought quotes from two HVAC contractors for ground-source heat pumps. One of…

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Danish Heritage: A Copenhagen Townhouse Renovated by Hand

Caroline Feiffer is a Danish brand designer (recently she worked with Frederik Bille Brahe on Atelier September and Apollo Bar) who thinks a lot about space. She lives with her husband, Steffan, a woodworker, on the top floor of a 1737 townhouse on the Frederiksholms Kanal in old Copenhagen. The flat is located in a narrow, 860-square-foot sloped attic space that Caroline and Steffan renovated by hand. They replaced the floors with bleached pine, painted the walls and beams tonal white, remodeled the kitchen, and sectioned off rooms with Danish, French, and Italian antiques (resourcefully sourced or inherited). Join us for a…

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Best of the 2018 Idea House

Best of the 2018 Idea House 1 × Gorgeous Flared Eaves Gorgeous Flared Eaves Photo by Talia Sweenor “The level of craftsmanship really gets your attention at this house,” says TOH host Kevin O’Connor, who was particularly taken with the swooping roofline. “That curve took extra effort, and it’s a beautiful flared detail.” ROOF: DaVinci Roofscapes SHINGLES: SBC Cedar 3 × Detail-filled Garage 5 × Staycation-worthy Plunge Pool Staycation-worthy Plunge Pool Photo by Nat Rea This 7x13-foot pre-cast plunge pool was delivered in one piece, dropped into a 4-foot hole, and then faced with stone veneer and a bluestone ledge. With a built-in…

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