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Modern Meets Organic in the Brooklyn Apartment of Delia Kenza’s ‘Bad Ass’ Client

A sure-fire sign that a designer and a client are sympatico? When the client asks for the exact same furniture and lighting that the designer has in her own home. “She purchased her place and saw a photo of my Brooklyn home, and she said she immediately bought the chairs and light that I had—and then realized she needed my help and gave me a call,” explains designer Delia Kenza, of how she came to be hired. “The client’s vibe inspired the project. She appreciates things made by hand, prefers a vintage organic vibe over stark, and has beautiful pieces…

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Attic Ventilation for a Revamped Timberframe

Jonathan Sinclair’s home, a 225-year-old timber frame in New Hampshire, is getting a facelift. Sinclair is residing the building with fiber-cement lap siding, and he plans to install the siding over a vented rainscreen—a thoroughly modern detail.“My question comes from building an adequate soffit vent that will flow air,” Sinclair writes in this recent Q&A post. As he explains, the original builder included 2×6 soffits with a 2 1/2-inch-wide gap between the building and the edge of the soffit. That gap was then covered with molding. Sinclair plans to incorporate this gap into the top of his rainscreen so that…

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The BS* + Beer Show: All About Advanced Framing

Advanced framing, also called optimum-value engineering, or OVE, was developed decades ago as a way of saving materials and making more energy-efficient buildings, but many designers and builders have been reluctant to adopt it. Though many of the details will be familiar to GBA reader—2×6 framing on 24 inch centers, two-stud corners, single top plates—other see weak structures, wavy walls, and not enough fastening for drywall and trim when the imagine houses built with this approach.While advanced framing doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing proposition, many builders—including our panelists—Mike Guertin and Tim Uhler—have adopted it as their standard way of…

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R.P. Marzilli & Company Review 2020

R.P. Marzilli & Company markets itself as a high-end residential landscape team with decades of experience. The company manages stunning estates and large properties throughout New England, offering design, construction, and maintenance services. Choosing the right landscape team for your home comes down to a series of priorities, including the budget, the team’s portfolio, and expertise. R.P. Marzilli & Company is ideal for New England-based residents with larger budgets looking for guidance on overhauling a large property or one who requires extensive maintenance and seasonal changes throughout the year. In this guide, we’ll review services, pricing, and explain what you…

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Christy Webber Landscapes Review 2020

Christy Webber Landscapes has been serving Chicago clients since 1994 and is now one of the premier companies in the area. It provides design, construction, and maintenance services to a long list of parks and commercial sites in the city, as well as extensive work on resident yards and green roofs. In this guide, we’ll cover what past customers have had to say about working with Christy Webber Landscapes and break down service details and what you can expect from your experience. We’ll also compare Christy Webber Landscapes with the leading lawn care provider, TruGreen, a national lawn care company…

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Best Gifts for Cat Lovers

If you’re in need of a unique gift for the cat lover in your life, we’ve rounded up 11 ideas that will make any cat (and human) happy. Homes For Cats Looking for a cozy home for your feline? Look no further than these options. Double Decker This weatherproof cedar cat house offers several entry points, which makes cleaning a breeze. It also offers an escape door and multiple “balconies” for your kitty to reach new heights and perch…or purrch. About $130; Amazon LURVIG Cat House This cozy modern cat house can double as your nightstand. It features a scratching…

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