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Kitchen of the Week: A Compact, Nautical Entertaining Kitchen on Cape Cod

Last summer Julie and Justine stopped into a Cape Cod beach house reimagined by college roommates Tei Carpenter (an architect) and Victoria Birch (an interior designer), inspired by the Belafonte, Steve Zissou’s boat in The Life Aquatic. The kitchen is filled with design ideas to steal; let’s zoom in closer. Photography by Justine Hand for Remodelista. Above: The light fixtures are all vintage; a double sconce from Amsterdam and a red barn light from 1st Dibs (for something similar, look to Barn Light Electric). The countertops are oak finished with a marine varnish. On the white electric range sits a Kaiko One-Handle…

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The Third Worst Place to Put a Duct

An older house with ducts located in the third worst place you can put them. All photos courtesy of Energy Vanguard. If you want to design and install a duct system to create problems, the possibilities are endless. I’ve certainly written about a lot of them (as well as how to do it properly). Today, though, let’s focus on one particularly bad place to put a duct. In fact, I think it’s the third worst place to put one. The problem What spurred this article is that I recently moved from a condo to 1961 ranch house in Atlanta, and…

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2019 Idea House | Making Progress

2019 Idea House | Making Progress 13 × Let the Sun Shine In Let the Sun Shine In Photo by Cynthia Brown Studio Shown here are the roof penetrations that will soon house reflective sun tunnels, designed to bring light into the master his-and-hers closets. Sun tunnels are a great way to introduce natural light into inner areas of the home that cannot support standard windows or skylights. Skylights: VELUX Sun Tunnel SkylightsRoofing: GAF Timberline Shingles in Pewter  14 × A Smarter Load Center A Smarter Load Center Photo by Cynthia Brown Studio At nearly 6,000 square feet, the home…

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Survey Finds Growth in Zero-Energy Housing

Sifton's West 5 development in London, Ontario will include roughly 2000 net-zero units when fully built out. It's now in the fourth year of a planned 15-year development. Photo courtesy of Sifton. Net-zero housing is still a very minor player in overall construction starts, but the numbers are rising steadily, according to an annual survey now in its fourth year. The total number of housing units grew by 59% in the U.S. and Canada last year, from just under 14,000 in 2017 to a total of 22,146 last year. The annual accounting is conducted by Team Zero (formerly the Net…

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10 Easy Pieces: Modern Robe Hooks

Back in 2010, we made our first appearance on the Martha Stewart Show. The topic? Hardware of course, including robe hooks—an essential part of any organized bathroom. Years later, wall hooks are plenty, but there are so many options to choose from that it’s harder than ever to sort quality out of the large quantity. Our favorite modern robe hooks are good for hanging robes, but also for things like towels, washcloths, soap-on-a-rope, drying hand-washing and so forth. Here’s our selection (including Martha’s all-time favorite). Above: Martha Stewart’s favorite robe hook designed in 1904 by Josef Hoffmann of hand-forged nickel-plated or…

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In Los Angeles, Green Technology Gets a Helping Hand

Angel City Lumber, which diverts downed trees from the waste stream and turns them into usable lumber, is one of 13 organizations included in the new initiative. Photo courtesy of Angel City Lumber. More than a dozen green technology firms will be getting a boost over the coming months as they show a broader audience how they can help the Los Angeles region meet its net-zero energy goals. The U.S. Green Building Council-Los Angeles Chapter (USGBC-LA) calls the initiative the Net Zero Accelerator. The idea is to pair companies that have shown promise in such areas as energy efficiency, waste…

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