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Currently Coveting: London Artist Sophie Sellu’s Functional Wood Sculptures

Sophie Sellu’s wood carvings straddle the line between utility and sculpture. Based in London, the Manchester School of Art graduate took a summer course in wilderness survival skills, and came away with a passion for wielding axes and whittling spoons. In her parents’ garage, she continued working with wood and interest in her shapely creations led to the founding of Grain & Knot, her one-woman business. An uncle who renovated period houses supplied her a while back with enough scrap timber to supply her for years. She was also helped by a loan, classes, and a business mentor from Prince…


10 Easy Pieces: Black Handled Door Levers

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Sub-Compact Tractors: Full-Size Power in a Sub-Compact Package

First Things First: What is a Sub-Compact Tractor? Designed with a smaller frame and less ground clearance to accommodate a mowing deck, a sub-compact tractor provides the strength and versatility of a compact utility tractor, with the agile handling of a 4WD vehicle and the feel of a garden tractor. Sub-compacts typically fall in the less-than-20-horsepower range. But the ability to customize them with a variety of attachments and applications makes them powerhouses in their own right. Courtesy Kubota Is a Sub-Compact Tractor Right for You? How much acreage do you have? If you have more than one acre and…


8 Best Homeowners Insurance Companies of 2020

A homeowners insurance policy protects you from having to pay unexpected repair or replacement costs out of pocket when an event damages your home or personal belongings, or when you’re responsible for bodily injury or property damage to someone else. To help you in your home insurance search, the This Old House Reviews team created a guide that walks you through the best homeowners insurance companies in the industry. Best Homeowners Insurance Companies Allstate: Best Overall Amica: Best Customer Service State Farm: Best Endorsements Liberty Mutual: Best Discounts USAA: Best Membership Perks Travelers: Most Experience Farmers: Most Customizable Coverage Lemonade:…


Steal This Look: An Economical Kitchen in an English Beach House, Ikea Hack Included

The humble, handmade holiday house of designers Maria Mihotich and Durrell Bishop sits on the Thames Estuary in Kent, England. The camp-style kitchen is made with Ikea cabinets hacked with plywood fronts, stainless steel counters, and DIY-style upper shelves. Here we dissect our favorite elements. Above: Across from the compact kitchen is a biergarten table and Ikea stools for extra seating. Photograph by Marcia Mihotich from Two London Creatives Shore Up a Tiny Beach House, Ikea Hack Kitchen Included. Above: The plywood front Ikea kitchen features loops of rope from a sailing shop as hardware. Photograph by Marcia Mihotich from Two London Creatives Shore Up a Tiny…


The Future of Hot Water Is Heat Pumps

State and local leaders nationwide are beginning to recognize the importance of eliminating fossil fuels in newly constructed buildings. The rationale is clear: gas has an extremely limited place in our clean energy future, and it’s far more difficult, costly, and disruptive to swap out gas-consuming equipment from an existing building than it is to build without gas from the start. However, this long-term view does little to sway the developers, contractors, and housing regulators accustomed to basing their decisions on one question: what does it cost? Advocates have long worked to provide a sufficient answer to this often-complex problem.…

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