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Does Spray Foam in the Attic Make It a High-Performance Home?

Ten years ago, Georgia led the United States in adopting a new energy code. Perhaps the biggest advance was that it required all new homes to meet a threshold for airtightness (7 ACH50). Now most states require blower-door tests and the threshold is generally in the 3 to 5 ACH50 range. Unfortunately, Georgia has fallen behind. It took us seven years to update the energy code. When we did, we increased the airtightness requirement, but not as much as the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), and we opted out of better insulated walls. Yes, we still allow R-13 2×4 walls…

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One, Two, Three Minimalist Guesthouses on the Coast of Portugal (Pools Included)

Here’s your daily dose of virtual, almost-too-beautiful-to-be-believed design travel: The Addresses lodgings in Portugal’s southern, coastal Algarve region, actually a series of three minimalist guesthouses created by two friends, a wine connoisseur and an art director, and designed by architects. Each house comes ready with a “concierge” for custom local experiences—al fresco massages, boat trips to secluded islands—and stocked with shoppable products: “stylish beach towels, organic soaps, a selection of hand-picked books, locally made olive oil, the famous ‘Flor de Sal de Castro Marim’ (pure salt), and some of our Portuguese wines,” according to the hosts. Here’s a look around…

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10 Easy Pieces: Essential Wooden Beds

Ten simple wood beds with modern lines; for the purists among us. Above: From Design Within Reach, the Cove Bed is available in oak (shown here) and walnut; the queen size bed is $1,995. Above: The Hudson Bed from Room & Board comes in eight different wood types/finishes starting at $1,699 for the queen size frame. Above: The Marcel Bed from Canadian company EQ3 is available in oak (shown here), black oak, and walnut; the queen size is $1,099. Above: The Simple Bed in ash (it’s also available in walnut) from LA-based Kalon Studio is $3,295 for the queen size.…

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Industry Shift: The Acceleration of Panelization

Industry Shift: The Acceleration of Panelization | 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 to work and…

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How to Build an Accessible Home Gym

Project details Skill 1 out of 5 Easy Cost $1,000, not including fitness equipment Estimated Time 1 to 2 hours In this video, Ask This Old House general contractor Tom Silva and host Kevin O'Connor head to Montana to build an accessible home gym for a Navy SEAL injured in the war in Afghanistan. Steps for building an accessible home gym Use the interlocking rubber pad squares to build a floor for the home gym. Lay them down in the space using the locking system, starting from a corner and working your way out. You can trim the ends with…

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All About Multi-Panel Doors

This article appeared in the Summer 2021 issue of This Old House Magazine. Click here to learn how to subscribe. These floor-to-ceiling folding doors retract to both sides of the opening for an unobstructed view. Black grilles give them a modern, industrial look. Similar to shown: Ultimate Bi-Fold Doors, from about $2,000 per linear foot (LF); Marvin David Patterson As modernist architect Le Corbusier famously said, “The history of architecture is the history of the struggle for light.” What an ally he would have found in today’s multi-panel doors, movable glass wall systems that let sunlight stream in. What Are…

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