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Artist in Residence: A Collage Artist’s Soulful Bungalow in Augusta, Georgia

“Gabi Hutchison is a collage artist from Augusta, Georgia. She is heavily influenced by texture and proportion. Her work is the result of an intuitive process in which she focuses on soft, organic, fluid shapes as well as texture, pattern, color and all the ways they interact.” The above is from Gabi’s artist statement, but it also aptly describes her sensibility when it comes to designing her home, a sweet, modest 1936 bungalow that is a pastiche of artwork (including her own beautiful collages), hand-made ceramics, vintage finds, and artisan-crafted pieces. Every detail seems to have a human touch. Gabi…

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Idea House 2019 Preview | Main Street Event

Idea House 2019 Preview | Main Street Event 2 × Greek Revival Signatures Greek Revival Signatures Architectural drawing CAH Architecture and Design, LLC “This is the hardest part,” he says, pointing out the hand-hewn beams now sandwiched between crisp new 2x6s. When the work is complete, those beams—along with a number of surviving windows and trim sections—will be all that remains of the Greek Revival that has been a fixture on Main Street in downtown New Canaan, CT, since at least 1840. The house taking its place will retain its familiar architectural style while incorporating updated materials, technology, and design…

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New Rockwool Plant Divides a West Virginia Community

Green builders and bloggers often hail mineral-wool insulation as an environmentally attractive alternative to plastic foams. But construction of a $150 million factory in West Virginia to meet growing U.S. demand for the insulation has opened deep community rifts and raised fears of air and water pollution. Rockwool, a Danish company that makes a variety of mineral wool products for both commercial and residential applications, is building a manufacturing plant that will bring 150 permanent jobs to Ranson, West Virginia. Site work is well underway, and Rockwool hopes to open the plant by the fall of 2020. But opponents are…

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Streaming Services | Play it Again, Alexa

Tidal HiFi  Tidal differentiates itself with higher-quality streaming at $19.99/month. There is a 30-day free trial to let you see if you can tell the difference. No free tier. Sonos can teach your stereo even more digital-music tricks. The Santa Barbara–based trendsetter upended the home speaker industry over the last decade not with better sound in the den, though the company’s $199 Sonos One and $499 Play:5 speakers are a good value. The real innovation was cleverly networked multiroom systems that play any song anywhere in the home. In recent years, Sonos has positioned itself as a kind of Switzerland…

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Understanding “Recycled Content” in Insulation Materials

As we continue to see a cultural shift toward supporting and implementing sustainability, recycling and sustainable manufacturing processes are becoming substantially more prominent. When it comes to materials like fiberglass insulation, it’s a one-two punch as this is a material that can substantially improve a building’s energy efficiency, and it is made from glass, a rapidly renewable and readily recyclable material. At JM, we don’t just refine our manufacturing processes to ensure that systems are running as efficiently as possible, we also look for ways that we can incorporate recycled materials into our manufacturing process to reduce waste in our…

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Market for Recycled Glass Remains Strong Despite Challenges

In Georgia, for instance, Pratt Industries stopped accepting glass from DeKalb County’s curbside recycling program when it opened a new plant in September 2015. The company said it considered glass a contaminant in the stream, because the material damaged its equipment. The company later said it was developing a network of locations where consumers could drop off glass for recycling. More recently, the city and county recycling agencies in Spartanburg, South Carolina, announced they would end a four year old glass recycling effort and no longer accept glass after March 1, 2016. Curbside collection was not the only thing affected…

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