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Huber Settles Infringement Lawsuit Over Zip System Sheathing

A Louisiana-based wood products company has agreed to stop selling a product that competes with Huber Engineered Woods' Zip System sheathing, ending a patent infringement lawsuit. The green Zip wall sheathing is widely used as an all-in-one replacement for structural sheathing and a water-resistive barrier. Photo courtesy of Huber Engineered Woods Huber Engineered Woods says it has settled a patent infringement lawsuit with a competitor, ending sales of an integrated weather-resistant sheathing panel similar to Huber’s popular Zip System product. In a press release, Huber said the agreement, which was filed in a federal district court in Texas, brings to…


Dark Horse: 7 Design Ideas from the Brentwood Hotel in Saratoga Springs

Recently, scrolling through the app OneNight—a new favorite of mine that lists last-minute deals for hotels and lodgings, should spontaneity strike—I stumbled upon the Brentwood Hotel in Saratoga Springs, New York. I was surprised how smitten I became with the equestrian-inspired interiors (the hotel is on the grounds of Saratoga’s famous racetrack), with dark interior trim and framed paintings of country scenes that, though the project was completed in 2016, feel new for fall. But no wonder: The hotel was designed by Brooklyn-based Studio Tack, the same team behind some of our favorite hotel interiors, from Scribner’s Catskill Lodge to Sound…


Office Nook for $552

To integrate the space with the rest of the room, Tee started by clearing out the clutter on the existing shelving unit, which was full of function but too dark and clunky for her current style. She followed up by giving the storage piece a couple of fresh coats of no-primer-needed chalky matte white paint. She bought a small writing desk to tuck in between the bookshelf and the window, and an upholstered chair that could double as extra living room seating for guests. New organizers put office supplies and paperwork within arm’s reach, while pops of pink and green,…


My House Won’t Cool Down

Not even the most powerful residential air conditioning unit on the market is enough to keep Ryan Welch’s Alabama home cool and comfortable. With the HVAC equipment located in what sounds like an underinsulated attic, temperatures in the second-floor living area may not reach 72°F until 10 in the evening—only after the attic has cooled. “Our attic has varying levels of insulation,” Welch writes in a Q&A post, “and the weak spots are under the attic floorboard, which has been nailed down, making it difficult to remove.” Parts of the attic floor are insulated to R-19, other areas to R-30…


Spotlight on the Summit: Avoiding Stucco Failures and Making High Performance Easier to Build

The first ever Fine Homebuilding Summit is less than 3 months away, and we’re getting more and more excited the closer we get. Why? Because planning the event means that we’ve had the pleasure of talking to each of our 12 expert presenters about the specifics of their classes. Let’s just say that holding the event from Wednesday evening through Friday afternoon is ideal, because attendees will need the rest of the weekend to recover from the amount of knowledge we are going to cram into this 2 day seminar. To give you a taste, here’s a look at just…


Current Obsessions: Marine Blue

Here’s what’s on our radar as we try to  keep our cool: Above: On view at The New Craftsmen in London: The Dining Collection, “encompassing serveware, glassware, furniture, and a new range of made to order dining sets, from the likes of John Wheeldon, Christine Milne and Matthew Cox.” Admiring the new Reed Candlestick line from Roman & Williams Guild (designed by Stephen for Robin); available in burnished or blackened brass and silver. Looking forward to the latest from one of our favorite UK cookbook writers, Diana Henry: From the Oven to the Table, full of dishes you can “bung in the oven,” as…

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