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A Case for Compact Duct Layouts

Energy and building codes now require a high level of insulation, high-performance glazing, and better air sealing—compact duct layouts may help


Guest Column: Blurred Lines

Using floor-to-ceiling sliding or folding glass doors is an effective means of enhancing the connection between interior spaces and the outdoors.

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Coming Soon: The New American Remodel 2019

The 2019 New American Remodel will blend modern design with a farm-to-table lifestyle


Clip-Together Building System Adapts to Regional Codes

A team from a German university has developed a clip-together wood structural system that can be adapted to regional building codes. ClipHut is…


Backyard Bliss

A Chicagoland remodeler turns his bland backyard into an outdoor oasis


Never Short On Space

Home prices are high, inventories are shallow, and personal savings are rising, which is leading everyone to say 2018 is the year of remodeling.…


Backstory: Good Chemistry

A scientist and an accountant combine their varied skills in a sustainable building company

Case Studies

Energy Efficiency: Getting to Net Zero

Homes that meet Passive House standards require less investment in solar to achieve net zero

Design Spotlight

Design Spotlight: Surfaces + Textures by Wendy Ackerman

An artist's viewpoint and a talented tile setter created these original mosiac designs

Design Spotlight

Surfaces + Textures by Tina Ramchandani and Maureen McDermott

Creating drama with wallpaper, slabs, and faux concrete

Design Spotlight

Surfaces + Textures by Jennifer Stoner

Making bold statements and subtle accents with wall (and ceiling) paper


Cottage Industry for Vacation Homes

Two modest-size homes that welcome the vacation crowd in comfort and style

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