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Captain Whidbey: The Pioneer (and Communal) Spirit Revived at a New Old Resort

I was surprised to learn that Captain Whidbey, nestled among the majestic evergreens of the Pacific Northwest, was founded by the same team behind Pioneertown Motel, set against the dusty backdrop of the Mojave Desert—but I shouldn’t have been. Both traffic in nostalgia for the American West, both prioritize a casual-aesthete style, and both are housed in historical structures. Captain Whidbey, on Puget Sound’s Whidbey Island, is the newer project, but it feels like the older, more sophisticated brother to Pioneertown. “Our experience in Pioneertown helped frame our approach to Captain Whidbey and guided us towards more of a ‘restoration’…

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Buyer Interest in a Net-Zero Home Sags in Survey of Architects

A survey among architects finds interest in solar panels is on the rise among prospective homebuyers. Photot: Green MPs / CC BY-NC-ND / Flickr A quarterly survey by The American Institute of Architects shows rising interest in solar panels and docking stations for electric vehicles but declining interest over time in the number of people who say they want net-zero energy or superinsulated houses. The findings for the third quarter of the year represent information that AIA member architects who design single-family homes gather in their dealings with clients. The survey, which measured changes in interest from 2018 to 2019,…

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The Nesting Instinct: A Cabin Retreat in Washington Inspired by a Bird

In a large-scale study released last week, scientists confirmed a 29 percent decline in the North American bird population—to the tune of 2.9 billion fewer birds—since 1970. I read the alarming news with great sadness and fear. But then I stumbled upon this project by Wittman Estes Architecture + Landscape that was inspired by a small bird—the nesting killdeer—and I felt a tinge of hope. Their clients, Pat and John Troth, are environmentalists and nature-lovers. John is a wildlife photographer, and whenever he found himself at their cabin overlooking Washington’s Hood Canal, he would seize the opportunity to take pictures…

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What’s the Best Way to Insulate a Basement Slab?

Dave Feldman is building a new house near Boston, Massachusetts, that will have a walkout basement with a tile floor. His goal is to have the floor comfortably warm in this Climate Zone 5 locale even in the dead of winter. Feldman plans to insulate the basement walls with closed-cell spray polyurethane foam. For insulation below the slab, Feldman is considering two types of rigid foam insulation—expanded polystyrene (EPS) and extruded polystyrene (XPS)—as well as closed-cell spray polyurethane foam. He’s uncertain whether to insulate the slab with 2 inches of foam (which he estimates at R-10 to R-14) or invest…

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Current Obsessions: Fall Design Fairs (and More)

Current Obsessions: Fall Design Fairs (and More) - RemodelistaIcon - Arrow LeftIcon - Arrow RightIcon - External LinkIcon - MessageIcon - Down ChevronIcon - CloseIcon - Dropdown ArrowIcon - Location PinIcon - Zoom OutIcon - Zoom InIcon - SearchIcon - EmailIcon - FacebookflipboardIcon - InstagramIcon - PinterestIcon - TwitterIcon - Check Mark An icon we use to indicate a rightwards action. An icon we use to indicate a leftwards action. An icon we use to indicate a button link is external. The icon we use to represent an email action. Used to indicate a dropdown. Used to indicate a close…

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8 Favorites: Arty Abstract Throws

Not sure about laying down a bold, statement-making abstract rug? (See our story about the trend here.) Consider its commitment-light cousin: the abstract blanket. Here, 8 appealing modern throws, each a conversation starter: Above: Artist Dee Clements of Chicago-based Studio Herron designs and weaves the cotton throws sold on her website. We’re partial to her Architecture Throw (pictured, $180), but we’re also quite enamored with her Lee Throw, named for painter (and Jackson Pollock’s wife) Lee Krasner. Above: The nine-year-old brand Cold Picnic arguably brought the trend to the masses. Their   Shipwrecked Knit Blanket is $200. Above: Viso’s tapestry…

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