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A Welcome Disruption: How Prefab Construction Savings could Transform the Industry White Paper

A Welcome Disruption: How Prefab Construction Savings could Transform the Industry White Paper | 2019-08-21 | Walls & Ceilings 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 cookie policy. Learn…

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10 Easy Pieces: Keypad Leversets

There a dozen reasons why a keyless door lock is useful. For starters: lost keys. But it’s also helpful when keys are accidentally locked inside, forgotten, at the bottom of a bag, or annoyingly tucked into your sock or shoe while on a neighborhood run (never again). There’s also the issue of copied and shared keys: most keypad leversets have the option of programming multiple codes for kids, family, and select friends, neighbors, dog walkers, delivery drivers, and special codes for emergency scenarios. It should be noted that a simple keypad leverset, as opposed to a smart lock, is free from…

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Animal, Vegetable, or Mineral (Part II)

In part I of this blog, we looked at some puzzling examples of unidentified substances from buildings I have investigated over the years and discussed how sometimes it is challenging to determine whether what looks like something that is growing on various surfaces of buildings is actually alive, dead, or neither. In my work, I came across a guru of unidentified substances, Russ Crutcher of MicroLab Northwest. I decided to interview Crutcher as a way of addressing the puzzles presented in Part I. If you are just interested in the results of Crutcher’s work, browse this blog’s  and take a…

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The Inn at Kenmore Hall: A Stately New Bed & Breakfast in the Berkshires

I think almost anyone with an interest in home design has daydreamed at one point or another of opening up a bed and breakfast. But as soon as the fantasy turns into a serious brainstorm, most wake up from the reverie and file the plans under “pipe dreams.” Unless you’re Frank Muytjens and Edward Scott Cole, that is. Not long after Frank left his job as head of menswear at J.Crew in April 2017, the couple moved to the Berkshires and began to entertain the idea of becoming innkeepers. Before they knew it, they had bought a historic Georgian-Federalist home,…

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Minnesota Homestead: Energy Planning for a Net-Zero Home

Editor’s Note: This is part of a series of posts describing the construction of a net-zero energy house in Rochester, Minnesota, by Tracee Vetting Wolf, Matt Vetting, and their son Max. You can find their complete blog here. A list of their previous posts appears at the bottom of this column. Before starting our net-zero house, we rented a 2,165-square-foot house built in the late ’90’s. The house has two levels, four bedrooms, and two bathrooms. The lower level of the house is one-half to three-quarters below ground, with the master bedroom and the kitchen on the upper level. A portion…

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Shaker, Reincarnated: A Young Furniture Maker in Midcoast Maine

Move over, Thomas Moser: Meet the young female furniture maker revitalizing the tired furniture scene on the coast of Maine. From her house and studio “in a small, wooded homestead” in Rockport, Heide Martin—who started her career in landscape architecture and urban planning before moving to Maine and training at a furniture school—builds simple, hard-wood furniture that draws on a long tradition of New England sensibility. Here’s a look at her Shaker-like designs. Above: Martin designs and builds all of the furniture herself in Rockport, Maine. Shown here: the Shaker-influenced Splint Peg Cabinet, which hangs from a Shaker peg rail.…

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