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How Do Dry Wells Work?

Thanks to a new garage build, Roger Cook, landscape contractor, and Kevin O’Connor of This Old House, need to install a 36’ long, 8’ wide, and 7’ deep engineered trench to manage stormwater and additional runoff at their renovation project. How Dry Wells Work Stormwater can cause costly flooding and damaging erosion to properties. To prevent this, downspouts and drains redirect rainfall and runoff from non-absorbent surfaces (like a roof and driveway) into a concrete galley or dry well that has been buried underground. The perforated unit(s) allow water to dissipate slowly and drain out of the holes, into the…

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This Old House: Summer DIY Contest

#TOHSummerDIY This summer, we want to see what you’re working on at home! Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and post a photo of your latest DIY project with the hashtag #TOHSummerDIY. You may be chosen to be featured on our website and social media channels, and win some TOH swag. NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Entries must be posted between 12:00:01 AM 7/27/20 and 11:59:59 PM ET 7/31/20. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia 18 years of age or older. This contest is not affiliated with a…

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Kitchen of the Week: A Sleek Modern Kitchen with a Hippie Heart

We are all trying to make more low-impact choices here at Remodelista, so it was with a particular thrill that we recently stumbled upon Sustainable Kitchens, a kitchen design and manufacturing company based in Bristol, England, that prioritizes ethical materials. Its core principles—a reliance on solid, responsibly-sourced wood and non-toxic materials; an emphasis on locally sourced products; and a commitment to reducing waste and replanting trees—grew out of founder Sam Shaw’s interest in sustainable forestry (he has an environmental management degree) and passion for woodwork. What we especially admire about Sustainable Kitchens’ projects is that they are both eco- and…

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Why Air Conditioning Vents Sweat

Back in the summer of 2005, I got a call to figure out a moisture problem in a new house. The homeowners took me into the master suite, where my eye was drawn immediately to the towel folded neatly on the floor. It hadn’t just fallen out of the laundry basket; it was there to catch the water dripping from the air conditioner supply vent directly above. Another towel was on the other side of the bed, and those two vents were dripping steadily. It didn’t take me long to find the problem.Air conditioner vents get cold. Water vapor loves…

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Currently Coveting: Swedish Wood and Leather Designs from an Eco-Conscious Tannery

We love the idea of buying something once and never having to replace it. But what would we want to own forever? When we ponder this, Smålands Skinnmanufaktur (SSM), a creative studio and production house in the Southern Swedish province of Småland, comes to mind. Run by Hillevi Magnell and Josef Stockhem, a husband-and-wife team, SSM hand produces a capsule collection of useful, built-to-last household designs, from tables to clothes hangers. All are made of pale ash detailed with leather from Tärnsjö Garveri, a local 140-year-old tannery with a focus on sustainability. We could see living with these things for…

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10 Easy Pieces: Natural Steel Towel Bars

I’ve been a renter for over a decade and with every house or apartment I move to, there’s never been an acceptable (or even passable) towel bar in the bathroom. I’ve dealt with everything from a faux-chrome plastic bar to a towel bar that was actually installed via sticky putty (it fell off the wall the minute I put a towel on it). My solution has been BYOTB (bring your own towel bar). With this plan in mind, it’s best to invest in something mid-priced and very simple. If you’re looking for bathroom hardware with these parameters, here are our…

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