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Current Obsessions: The City in Fall

This week the Remodelista team toured spaces in Brooklyn, London, and beyond; here are a few of the sales, new collections, and products that crossed our paths: Above: Photograph by Paul Massey from A Music Producer’s Stylishly Revived Georgian Manse. May we recommend: https://www.remodelista.com/posts/current-obsessions-the-city-in-fall/


Updated Climate Zone Map Reflects Warming Trend

Warming temperatures have prompted changes in a climate-zone map used to set energy efficiency requirements across the U.S. The familiar multi-colored map showing seven temperature zones in the continental U.S. is published by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). It’s used by the International Code Council (ICC) to recommend requirements for insulation, windows, and other features in low-rise residential buildings. Acting on data related to a changing climate that has brought warmer conditions to much of the country, ASHRAE determined in 2013 that roughly 400 of the nation’s 3000 counties should be assigned to a new…


Required Reading: A Look Inside ‘Workstead: Interiors of Beauty and Necessity’

Stained-glass windows, a turret, a pool: You’d be forgiven for thinking this historic Colonial Revival house, redone by Workstead, was anywhere but New York City, but you’d be mistaken. Surprising but true: It’s located in Prospect Park South in Brooklyn, updated with care by principal Ryan Mahoney and the Brooklyn- and Hudson-based team. The project is also a highlight of the studio’s first monograph, Workstead: Interiors of Beauty and Necessity, out this month from Rizzoli, which chronicles Workstead’s first 10 years. (We’ve been admirers for just about as long: Our first post on the firm, way back in 2012, began:…


2021 Cottage Community: Finishing Touches | Ep. 3

Host Chris Ermides is back at the Idea House, where the finishing work is well underway. From bathroom tiles to kitchen countertops, from built-in workspaces to scenic screen porches—here’s a peek behind the scenes leading up to our big reveal. Share this story Share All sharing options for: 2021 Cottage Community: Finishing Touches | Ep. 3 https://www.thisoldhouse.com/cottage-community-idea-house/22739255/finishing-touches-ep-3


Kitchen of the Week: An Ikea Kitchen, Elevated and Upgraded

We love a good Ikea-hack kitchen. This delightful one comes to us courtesy of London-based architects James Alder and Thom Brisco (formerly of Alder Brisco, now practicing as James Alder Architect and Brisco Loran). Tasked with building an extension to a 1930s townhouse in West London for a couple with young children, they came up with clever, economical solutions—including selecting Ikea base cabinets and hard-wearing, no-fuss materials. “Prior to the remodel, the tiny galley kitchen was isolated from the living and dining spaces,” explains Thom. “The clients hoped to see it enlarged and repositioned to become a focal center of…


Zonal Pressure Diagnostics, Part III

This article was originally published by the HVAC School; it has been slightly edited. It is the last in a three-part series. I am picking up where I left off in part 2 of the series, where I discussed how a pressure reading from an attached zone indicates only the ratio of the collective size of the leaks between the zone and the envelope with relation to the collective size of the leaks between the zone and outdoors (and vice versa). In other words, a zonal pressure diagnostic (ZPD) reading by itself does not tell us if a zone is…

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