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Move Over Kitchen: The Backyard is the New Heart of the Home

Move Over Kitchen: The Backyard is the New Heart of the Home

SABER OutdoorLiving2014 Survey Finds Americans Use Their Backyards More Often Than Most Areas of Their Home

At Home 3D Printing with Makerbot

At Home 3D Printing with Makerbot

3D Printing is changing our world and the revolution is starting at home. Do you need a Makerbot?

Why You Should Go To A Really Really Free Market

Why You Should Go To A Really Really Free Market

This past weekend we had the chance to check out our city’s monthly summer Really Really Free Market — as in, yes, everything really, really is free — and we’re digging this latest urban trend. Really Really Free Markets are communal spaces where anyone can bring anything to share — […]

Ohio’s First Passive House: The Decor & Take-Home Tips

Ohio’s First Passive House: The Decor & Take-Home Tips

While walking the Passive House in February, we couldn’t help but notice the decor choices made for the ultimate eco-friendly home. From the flooring choices to furniture, accessories, color schemes, and textures, we were taken with how incredibly discerning the owners were in furnishing their new home. We’d like to […]

Why Wheatboard Wins In The Green Kitchen

Why Wheatboard Wins In The Green Kitchen

Cabinets are a large part of any kitchen renovation and make up a good portion of the budget. That means when you’re opting for a green reno, getting eco friendly cabinets scores big in the environmental department. What Is Wheatboard? Similar to particle board, wheatboard is basically a product made […]

Greenbuild 2010 Recap: Rainwater, SIPs and LEDs

Greenbuild 2010 Recap: Rainwater, SIPs and LEDs

We’ve been looking forward to the 2010 Greenbuild Expo in Chicago for a few months now and it definitely didn’t disappoint. The show keeps growing year after year and not only are the numbers of exhibitors increasing but attendance is rising and you could certainly feel the buzz and energy […]

Hover House Unites Indoor, Outdoor Living

Hover House Unites Indoor, Outdoor Living

Going green has never been so stylish thanks to Hover Houses, created by Glen Irani Architects. The third in the series (pictured above), built on the Venice Canals in Los Angeles, continues a trend of “maximizing outdoor living environments by structurally ‘hovering’ the building envelope above the land,” according to […]

Ohio’s First Passive House

Ohio’s First Passive House

There’s a real-life green building trend coming to life in the Miami Valley. A brand-new local green construction company, Generation Green Building, is in the process of constructing Ohio’s first Passive House. According to the website, The Yellow Springs Passive House is nearly 1,800 square feet and encompasses three bedrooms, […]

The Lowdown on LED Light Bulbs from Home Depot

The Lowdown on LED Light Bulbs from Home Depot

Home Depot invited us to check out their lineup of LED light bulbs which we’ve been wanting to investigate since watching an episode of This New house that profiled some offerings from Philips Lighting. Blake who has been a Home Depot Associate for 6 years and is a member of […]

The Most Common Green Home Project In 2010

The Most Common Green Home Project In 2010

This year’s most popular environmentally friendly project? Window replacements, according to a study published by the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials. The study surveyed service professionals in the top 50 markets as ranked by the U.S. Census and examined service requests. Window replacements showed a sizable increase, up […]

Treehouses Never Get Old

Treehouses Never Get Old

We love treehouses at C&H: in fact, the more luxurious or exotic, the better! So when I first spotted these new designs on Casa Sugar about German company Baumraum, I was excited. Craftsmen at the company include architects to tree experts when it comes time to pick a site and […]

Green Remodeling Tips From Sarah Susanka

Green Remodeling Tips From Sarah Susanka

In 2008 author and architect Sarah Susanka published The Not So Big House: A Blueprint for the Way We Really Live and this year her follow up Not So Big Remodeling: Tailoring Your Home for the Way You Really Live has been met with raves. It seems she was prescient […]

Turn Up The Heat With A Biomass Furnace

Turn Up The Heat With A Biomass Furnace

If the weather is as beautiful where you are as it is in Kansas City (right now, anyway!), then you, like me, may have a hard time thinking about furnaces, heating and winter weather! Yet frigid temperatures will be here before we know it, and if you find yourself in […]

Storage Goes Strange With Vintage Finds

Storage Goes Strange With Vintage Finds

It’s essential. We all need to store our stuff, from books to clothing, kitchen paraphernalia and, of course, our tools. Building a dedicated and organized storage system in each room will help you to de-clutter your life. But before you run to the local big box store to pick up […]

What The Heck Is Rurbalization?

What The Heck Is Rurbalization?

You may have heard this term before. It’s also been called “the new urbanism” or “agrarian urbanism”. The idea is that city neighborhoods could be built and restructured in order to be self-sustainable, a harmonious blend of urban and rural. Daniel Nairn wrote a compelling article about the concept over […]

Green Building Upgrades in New Homes

Green Building Upgrades in New Homes

If offering a chance to win Justin Bieber tickets wasn’t enough motivation to tour a new home development, more home builders are now touting “green” features in some of their models. According to the Wall Street Journal these home developers are taking the extra step to entice buyers. Beazer Homes […]

Can You Live in 220 Square Feet?

Can You Live in 220 Square Feet?

A lot of design in green homes often raises the question – how much space do we really need? Architect Michael Katz and designer Janet Corne offer the L41 (“all for one”) that squeezes everything you need into 220 square feet of awesomeness. According to Treehugger, Katz didn’t intend to […]

Recycling Materials from Teardowns

Recycling Materials from Teardowns

An industry we’d love to see grow is recycling materials from demolished buildings. In the past the ROI on sorting and recycling demo materials hasn’t made sense/cents but now that LEED certification can help the bottom line of a public building, more organizations are doing what they can to recycle […]

What is Xeriscaping Anyway?

What is Xeriscaping Anyway?

A new buzz word in the green movement, XERISCAPING may be a mouthful but is easier to do than you think. Xeriscaping is all about water conservation, which was one of the top 10 green building trends of 2010. Since water is such a precious resource for life, we need […]

Custom Prefab McMansions

Custom Prefab McMansions

Prefab homes have long been thought to be all energy efficient as well as built on a smaller scale. This is changing as there are more prefab builders who are offering custom prefab solutions to houses of larger scale (up to 7,200 sqft). People can now get McMansions in less […]

What is Your Home’s MPG

What is Your Home’s MPG

A new measurement from the U.S. Government will determine the miles per gallon your home gets just as if you were evaluating it like a vehicle. Are you living in a Prius or a Hummer? Federal agencies are working together to develop such a label for all homes. Currently, new […]

Are Modular Mansions Really Green?

Are Modular Mansions Really Green?

At one point, there was hope that the modular home craze would catch on. But most new buildings, like the modulars, have suffered since the crash of the housing market. According to the Washington Post, a new demand for them has come up. People are looking to build new modular […]