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Menorca Experimental: Summer is Just Getting Going at this Chic New Resort

For the many of us with late-August blues: summer has barely begun at Menorca Experimental, a resort designed by Remodelista favorite Dorothée Meilichzon of Paris studio Chzon that officially just debuted. Set on a former finca, or agricultural estate, on the Spanish island of Menorca, the appealingly low-key alternative to neighboring Mallorca and Ibiza, the hotel was created from a Palladian-style, cliff-top house and cluster of whitewashed farm villas. All were reconceived by Meilichzon as a dream agroturismo retreat: the sort of place Picasso, Miro, and cronies would go to live it up in the sun. The results are both grand…


Mostly Safe Drinking Water Is Not Safe Enough

Most Americans take clean drinking water for granted as a convenience of modern life. The United States has one of the world’s safest drinking water supplies, but new challenges constantly emerge. For example, on May 6 researchers at the nonprofit Environmental Working Group and Northeastern University reported that 43 states have sites where water is contaminated with toxic fluorinated compounds known as PFAS. And many farm workers in California’s Central Valley have to buy bottled water because their tap water contains unsafe levels of arsenic and agricultural chemicals that have been linked to elevated risks of infant death and cancer…


Richard Trethewey’s Cutaways

Richard Trethewey’s Cutaways 1 × It’s What’s Inside That Counts It’s What’s Inside That Counts Photo by Carlene Riling If plumbing is a mystery to you, you’re not alone. “Many people have no idea how water gets to their building, how wastewater leaves, or how their house is heated or cooled,” says This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey. “So my role in the past forty years has been to demystify that technical world. And it is almost impossible without a cutaway. I am the great bisector.” Wielding band saws, rotary tools, hacksaws, and more, Richard has cut…


Three Echelon Masonry Products Blend to Create Modern New Look

Three Echelon Masonry Products Blend to Create Modern New Look | 2019-08-27 | Walls & CeilingsWalls & Ceilings logoWalls & Ceilings logo This website requires certain cookies to work and uses other cookies to help you have the best experience. By visiting this website, certain cookies have already been set, which you may delete and block. By closing this message or continuing to use our site, you agree to the use of cookies. Visit our updated privacy and cookie policy to learn more. This Website Uses CookiesBy closing this message or continuing to use our site, you agree to our…


Le Barn: Paddock Living at a Rustic-Chic Retreat Outside of Paris

Le Barn for le weekend, anyone? The idea behind the resort is to put urbanites “immediately in touch with the changing seasons, the outdoors, and the local wildlife.” Situated in the Île-de-France forest of Rambouillet, 30 minutes by train from Paris, the hotel is set on a 500-acre estate that’s home to an elite equestrian center. Both are owned by Franco-American businessman and horse-lover William Kriegel who teamed up with hotelier Edouard Daehn and Studio Be-Poles to transform the barns into down-home guest quarters of the most glamorous sort. In addition to horseback riding, there’s biking, hiking, fishing, mushrooming, a restaurant set…


In California, Zero Carbon Goal Has Some Cooks on Guard

Beginning in January, gas-burning stoves will be increasingly hard to find in Berkeley, California. The city is the first in the country to prohibit gas lines to new residential buildings as part of an effort to trim carbon emissions. Photo: Tim Evanson / CC BY-SA / Flickr California’s push to become carbon neutral by 2045 may hurt amateur chefs where it hurts most—in their own kitchens. Berkeley, Ca. last month became the first city in the country to ban the use of natural gas in new low-rise residential buildings. The edict, which takes effect on Jan. 1, will compel homeowners…

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