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Foundation on a Flatbed

Photo by Russell Kaye Foundation walls are surprisingly complicated things — they have to hold up the weight of the house, resist the pressure from the ground surrounding them, and keep the basement dry and warm. That's why building codes are so strict about them, and that's why they require so much painstaking planning. Even so, not every foundation is a decade in the making. Update: Installation Complete The foundation wall panels were installed on July 1. If you missed it, check out the time-lapse photos on our WebCams page. Go to the WebCams It was in 1994, at the…

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How to Add Drawers to a Mobile Workbench

Project details Skill 1 out of 5 Easy Estimated Time 4 hours In the first two parts of this series, I built the functional base and an organizer to give a few of my tools a permanent home. In this video, I’ll demonstrate a simple method to build drawers, another way we’re adding storage to the Ultimate Mobile Workbench. For the cut list, tools, and materials needed for this project, scroll down to the bottom of this page. Steps for Adding Drawers to a Workbench Jenn Largesse First, determine the number of drawers you want to add. I thought about…

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Healthy Homes | Clearstory S2 Ep. 6

As building technologies have improved and new building materials have found their way into construction sites, our homes have certainly become healthier than before... right? Host Kevin O’Connor speaks with professors Jonsara Ruth and Alison Mears, co-founders of the Healthy Materials Lab, a design research lab at Parsons School of Design, about the history of toxic building materials, what we use today that could be harmful to our health, and how we can create healthier built environments. Subscribe to Clearstory on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, Google, or wherever you get your podcasts. https://www.thisoldhouse.com/22538043/healthy-homes-clearstory-s2-ep-6

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Cult Vinegar, a Labor of Love in the UK

It’s impossible not to be charmed by the exuberance of Jonathan Brown, who once ran a food blog called “Around Britain with a Paunch” and says he has loved food and wine since a young age. By day he works in advertising, but in his spare time he operates his specialty line Cult Vinegar with his wife, Sarah. “I’ve become fascinated (or my wife would say obsessed) by fermenting and culturing food. From sourdough bread, to kimchi, to pickled artichokes, to making vinegar from the dregs of wine and leftover cider—it seems almost anything can be made more tasty and…

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No. 1 Bruton: A Hotel in a 500-Year-Old Property in Somerset

Ever since Julie stumbled on the lodgings at No. 1 Bruton in the tiny, design-forward town of Bruton in Somerset, I’ve been studying their guest rooms for an education in soft but cheerful palettes. The hotel is set in a series of preserved old buildings: a row of cottages, a Georgian townhouse, and a medieval forge. All told, the property has been in use for over 500 years, the No. 1 Bruton site notes. Now in its latest iteration, historic exposed beams and stone floors mix with doses of color, ticking stripes, and Morris textiles in the 12 guest quarters.…

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Choosing Low-Carbon Insulation

The insulation choices we make can significantly impact the amount of embodied carbon that is in our construction projects. Last year, I set about determining how much of an impact different materials have. I also wanted to find a way to make the materials selection process easier for others.  The lifecycle “cost” of carbon involved in building construction can be measured by the global warming potential (GWP) associated with the manufacturing and use of each building component. This is measured in carbon dioxide equivalence (CO2e). My focus was specifically on insulation, which is a product that customers and contractors generally…

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