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High/Low: The Two-Seater Windsor-Style Bench

I love the mid-century lines and simple Shaker-esque simplicity of the Originals Loveseat Bench, designed by Lucian Ercolani in 1956, founder of the British furniture company Ercol. Made in the UK, it’s sold today at some of our favorite stores like Design Within Reach and Lekker Home, but at a premium. Recently, I noticed a couple of lookalikes, for significantly less. Let’s investigate. High Above: From the DWR site: “The Loveseat Bench is handcrafted in solid ash or walnut with traditional joinery techniques, free of metal or screws. The back rail is steam-bent, and the large outward-shaped seat is carved…


Ventilation Requirements in the Covid Era

So far, building scientists have not achieved consensus on the issue of the best ventilation rate for buildings. As readers of Green Building Advisor probably know, the issue of how much fresh air to introduce into office buildings, schools, and homes has been controversial for years. (For more on the controversy, see “How Much Fresh Air Does Your Home Need?” and “Ventilation Rates and Human Health.”) Now that public health authorities and building managers are coping with a global Covid pandemic, the ventilation rate controversy has become even more complicated. In this article, I’ll do my best to outline the…


The New Unsuburban Kitchen Booth, 10 Favorites

Recently, we identified the kitchen booth as a trend to watch. Defined as an L- or U-shaped banquette or two facing benches (think 1950s diner), the new kitchen booth is on the rise. Here are our current favorites. Above: An L-shaped booth in oil-finished white oak by designers Space Exploration from Kitchen of the Week: An Ikea Kitchen with an Elegant Upper Cabinet Solution. Above: A corner booth is created from a built-in bench and partial glass wall by architectural designers Studio Oink in a Washington, DC, remodel. Photograph by Matthew Williams for Remodelista; styling by Alexa Hotz from A Luminous,…


Allstate Renters Insurance Review (2020)

As you move into your new rental and look into insurance policies, consider Allstate renters insurance for coverage. The company has close to 90 years of industry experience, provides 24/7 customer service, and offers a variety of products and services to customers. The This Old House Reviews team has created this Allstate renters insurance review to take an in-depth look at the company’s coverage, pricing, and benefits. Keep reading to determine if Allstate offers the coverage you need. Pros and Cons of Allstate For a summary of Allstate renters insurance pros and cons, scan the table below: Pros & Cons…


Five Favorites: Chic Black Dish Drainers

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Blower Door Testing at the New ASHRAE Headquarters

Friday August 14th was a big day for SK Collaborative and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), which is is relocating from their current location on Interstate 85 in northeast Atlanta to a renovated, state-of-the-art 66,700-sq. ft. building adjacent to and in a strategic partnership with Curiosity Labs, a technology park designed to promote the growth of smart cities that includes a testing ground for autonomous vehicles. SK Collaborative was hired to perform envelope leakage testing. I manage multi-fan testing for SK Collaborative, and always look forward to the challenge of testing commercial-scale buildings of this magnitude. Located in Peachtree…

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