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Before & After: An Awkward Space Grows Into a Comfortable Home for Two Sisters (Plus Boyfriends)

Olivia and Catherine Crawford grew up sharing secrets and clothes as sisters often do. Five years ago, they decided to continue their sharing habit and bought a two-bedroom maisonette together in the Islington district of London. But as each added a boyfriend to the mix, things got a little too close for comfort. “It felt like we were living on top of one another. We were all sleeping upstairs and living downstairs. You could hear every movement which was very annoying—and we shared one bathroom,” says Olivia. Rather than go their separate ways (which they couldn’t afford), the sisters decided…

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Notable Advances in Building Technology the Last 40 Years | Water World

Before 1994, a single flush could consume up to 3.5 gallons of water. Now the legal limit is 1.6 gallons, but there are many toilets that use much less, including Niagara’s dual-flush, 05/.95-gallon model.Original Stealth Dual Flush; Niagara“Even though our population has grown, water consumption is dropping, thanks to the new fixtures that meet federal water-use regulations.”—Richard Trethewey https://www.thisoldhouse.com/ideas/notable-advances-building-technology-last-40-years-water-world

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Notable Advances in Building Technology the Last 40 Years | Fresher Interiors

Notable Advances in Building Technology the Last 40 Years | Fresher Interiors 1 × Outside Air, Less Energy Loss Outside Air, Less Energy Loss Way better than opening a window, energy-recovery ventilators (ERVs) and heat-recovery ventilators (HRVs) expel stale indoor air as they temper the incoming flow of fresh outdoor air. That tempering action reduces both the cooling and heating loads. While most ERVs are meant for climates with long, humid summers, Panasonic makes one that operates in both hot and cold climates.Intelli-Balance 100 Cold-Climate ERV; Panasonic 3 × Low-VOC Carpeting and Rugs Low-VOC Carpeting and Rugs Products designated as…

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Notable Advances in Building Technology the Last 40 Years | Better Building

Notable Advances in Building Technology the Last 40 Years | Better Building 4 × Sophisticated Sealants Sophisticated Sealants Exterior sealants are meant to keep out water and block airflow, grip both sides of a gap, remain flexible through years of hot, cold, and wet weather, and accept a coat of paint. The new hybrid sealants made by Gorilla and others use polymers modified with silyls—silicone derivatives—and can actually do all those things, performing far better than the old, shrink-prone latex formulations.Paintable Silicone Sealant; Gorilla Glue https://www.thisoldhouse.com/ideas/notable-advances-building-technology-last-40-years-better-building

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Notable Advances in Building Technology the Last 40 Years | Durable Exteriors

Cellular PVC, brought to the U.S. market by AZEK, looks and cuts like painted pine, but doesn’t decay, warp, or get chewed up by insects. And it’s not just for trim; the material is also fashioned into handrails, moldings, fences, and pergolas.AZEK“I have cellular PVC trim and fiber-cement siding on my Victorian-era house, and most people can’t tell it isn’t wood.”—Tom Silva Shown: At the 2017 TOH Idea House, the exterior trim around the doors and windows, and over the beams and columns, may look like painted wood, but it’s actually rot-proof cellular PVC. https://www.thisoldhouse.com/ideas/notable-advances-building-technology-last-40-years-durable-exteriors

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