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Energy Efficiency in the Laundry Room

Unless you ship your bedding, towels, and clothing items off to the dry cleaners, you're going to have to use water in your laundry room. If you're an energy and [...]

Openness and Natural Woods for the Hopper House

After Hollywood actor and director Dennis Hopper passed away this May after a long bout with cancer, his house went on sale. The Hopper compound--located on Indiana Avenue in Venice, [...]

Sustainable Options That Might Floor You

The range of materials and prices in the latest flooring products should create enthusiasm for homeowners looking for something different than the same old carpeting or tile coverings. With prices [...]

Shop Wisely for New Appliances

So many reasons today can contribute to your desire to buy new cooking appliances. You may be remodeling a kitchen because it's too small. Or perhaps your energy bills are [...]

Know Your State Green Remodeling Initiatives

By now, most of you know all about the ENERGYSTAR programs that can bring tax credits for green remodeling if the products are purchased by the end of this year. [...]

Cut Your Air Conditioning Bills This Summer

I don't know which is worse in the town where I live--three months of hundred-degree heat or my energy bill! Believe me, I take to heart most of the recommendations [...]

Draft Snakes and Permanent Solutions

Most everyone at one time has had to put a rolled-up towel at the bottom of a leaky window or drafty door. In fact, draft snakes--decorated, stuffed lengths of fabric--were [...]

Getting the Green Light on Sustainability

Builder Magazine recently declared that while it's difficult to predict, the future is already here. The magazine interviewed a wide range of construction experts, green and sustainable authorities, and Leadership [...]

Avoiding Unscrupulous Contractors

Even the more scrupulous building contractors may be tempted to manipulate the details in hopes of a sweeter deal. That's the word out this week from Josh Garskof of Yahoo [...]

Make the Most Out of a Cramped Kitchen

When faced with a small kitchen, too many people settle. They stuff plates and cookware into tiny cabinets. They suck in their bellies when other family members try to squeeze [...]