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Remodeling 101: In Praise of Wall-Mounted Faucets

Meet the unsung hero of the fixtures world: the wall-mounted faucet. Of all the decisions you need to make during a remodel, the location of the sink faucet may be an afterthought. But where the tap attaches matters—and can even save cleaning time, particularly in the kitchen, where wall-mounted taps are less common than in the bath. To get some professional input on the pros and cons of wall-mounted faucets, we talked with designer Malachi Connolly, who recently completed Julie’s renovation in Brooklyn Heights. (She opted for a wall-mounted kitchen faucet there and loves how it leaves a blank, clean…

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Happy Housekeeping: Cheerful Storage and Laundry Baskets from Mexico

While poring over pictures for a recent house tour (Before & After: An Environmentally Sensitive Rehab of a Cotswold Bungalow), my eyes alighted upon what I thought was a stylish planter. Turns out, it isn’t a planter, though it’s certainly been repurposed as one; it’s a storage basket from Milagros, a store in London that, according to its website, “works directly with individual makers and workshops in Mexico to create quality handmade products, combining traditional techniques with contemporary design.” Above: A green storage basket from Milagros used as a planter in a Charlie Luxton-designed home. Photograph by Ed RS Aves,…

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Why There’s Mold in Your Basement and How to Prevent it

When we think of a home’s basement, we often imagine dark, damp places with old holiday decorations and lots of spiders. And what else? Mold. What is Mold? Mold (sometimes called mildew), is a type of fungus. It’s made up of small organisms that send out tiny spores to reproduce when they find somewhere wet. These spores can attach themselves to clothing, hair, shoes, or just travel on the wind — and you encounter them throughout your day, mostly without noticing. What Causes Mold to Grow in Basements? Mold loves temperatures between 60 and 80 degrees F, a little bit…

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When and How to Clean Your Chimney

If you have a chimney, it will need cleaning—that’s a fact. But when and how often do you have to clean your chimney? The answer depends on a number of factors, including how often it’s used, what kind of fuel you’re burning, and even what material your flue is made from. Why Clean the Chimney? The biggest concern is chimney fires, which occur when creosote build-up that condenses inside chimneys from wood smoke catches fire. This is most common with wood stoves but can be a problem with fireplaces as well. According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA),…

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Showroom Visit: Aerosoles’ Industrial-Chic Loft Space in TriBeCa

Our ethos at Remodelista is all about where practicality and beauty meet, so we appreciate Aerosoles’ mission: “We believe fashion can be functional and that comfort is cool.” The shoe company is in the business of classics: iconic silhouettes that are easy to wear, with built-in comfort core technology. When Aerosoles found a historic, industrial loft in the TriBeCa neighborhood of Manhattan and began to design their first-ever New York City showroom and design center, it was this perspective that guided the interiors. Together with principal designer Hodie L. Clark, Aerosoles CEO Alison Bergen and chief creative officer Mirco Scoccia…

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Saving Sustainably: Installing the Heat Pump

Editor’s note: This is one in a series of blogs detailing the construction of a net-zero-energy house in Point Roberts, Washington, by an owner-builder with relatively little building experience. A list of Matt Bath’s GBA articles can be found at the bottom of this page. You’ll find Matt Bath’s full blog, Saving Sustainably, here. If you want to follow project costs, you can keep an eye on a budget worksheet here. One of the things I was most excited about, yet also most apprehensive about, was installing the heat pump. Installation of refrigerant systems like air conditioning units and heat pumps…

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