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Hotels Are a New Frontier for Net-Zero

The country’s hotel industry has been a barren landscape for net-zero design, but new projects are popping up and they suggest that owners are finding ways around traditional roadblocks to lowering carbon emissions in a very energy-intensive corner of the commercial real estate market. In San Francisco, the William Penn Hotel in the city’s Tenderloin district is getting a $3 million net-zero rehab that will benefit the formerly homeless residents who live in its single-occupancy rooms. Improvements will include solar panels on the roof, better access to natural light, and new ventilation systems, according to this post at Fast Company.…


How to Build a Poker Table

Project details Skill 3 out of 5 Moderate The precise mitered joints and interlocking parts require that each piece be scribed to fit. Estimated Time 10 hours Poker night is the perfect time to catch up with friends and show off a good hand. To provide a handsome game table that's sure to make the guys take your bet—or bluff—more seriously, follow our free card table plans to build a table complete with a felt playing surface, insets for poker chips, and coasters. When the game is over, just fit the lid onto the surface to turn it into a…


Kitchen of the Week: Going Big with Color in a Small Space

Not everyone wants a huge kitchen with fancy equipment and built-in everything. Take the owners of this Victorian home (currently for sale on The Modern House) in the Ferndale neighborhood of London. According to designer Adam Bray, who took them on as clients when they decided to renovate, character and efficiency were the priorities. Prior to the update, the kitchen “was perfectly nice, inherited from the previous owner,” says Adam. “But the clients wanted to make it their own.” To them, that meant a kitchen with personality and “a feeling of not being too ‘fitted,’ which is why we used…


A Christmas Wish

We set our scene: a tired neighborhoodIn Illinois. A cold December day.An older building, made of brick and wood.The bricks are dirty, and the sky is gray. Two units in Chicago, near the Loop:Below, a diner with an oaken door—The owner calls her place “A Bowl of Soup”—A big apartment on the second floor. Adele despaired; her restaurant was unwell.The Covid rules kept customers away.Her menu, mostly soup, just wouldn’t sell;Her bills were mounting, every passing day. Her pantry shelves were almost empty now;Her Christmas prospects now appeared quite bleak.“What will I cook?” she sighed, with knitted brow.“I have potatoes…


Changes to the 2020 EIFS Hero Awards

Changes to the 2020 EIFS Hero Awards | 2020-12-23 | Walls & Ceilings This website requires certain cookies to work and uses other cookies to help you have the best experience. By visiting this website, certain cookies have already been set, which you may delete and block. By closing this message or continuing to use our site, you agree to the use of cookies. Visit our updated privacy and cookie policy to learn more. This Website Uses CookiesBy closing this message or continuing to use our site, you agree to our cookie policy. Learn More This website requires certain cookies…


Lamb’s House: A Masterful Restoration of a 17th Century Home (Once Visited by Mary Queen of Scots)

Here are the CliffsNotes version of what you need to know about Lamb’s House, located in Edinburgh’s port of Leith: The home was built in 1610 for a wealthy merchant (Andrew Lamb); Mary Queen of Scots was rumored to have once been a guest there; its restoration more than 400 years later by Groves-Raines Architects has won a load of awards. While those facts communicate the importance of the building, they don’t convey its soul, which had nearly perished due to neglect over the centuries before being masterfully brought back to life by its current owners, architects Kristin Hannesdottir and…

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