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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 […]

Adding An Outdoor Room

Adding An Outdoor Room

I spotted these mini additions over at Remodelista and I think they’re a great idea if you’ve got the space. In lieu of an addition, Flexa Studio offers 10-by-12-foot prefab structures as an easy way to add extra space. All that’s required is a foundation on which to bolt the […]

Introducing Our New Blogs

Introducing Our New Blogs

We’re pleased to announce the launch of 5 more blogs which will focus on Kitchens, Paint, Green Building, Tools and Home Security. The depth of these categories is huge so we felt they needed their own websites. You can reach these other blogs from the navigation bar at the very […]

Modular Homes From Recycled Plastic

Modular Homes From Recycled Plastic

Live across the pond and want to downsize your home into something more eco-friendly? Consider a new line of modular homes created by U.K. company Affresol, as reported by Fast Company magazine. The prefab homes are made from a recycled plastic waste product called Thermo Poly Rock, which creates homes […]

Green Advantages for Advanced Framing Techniques

Green Advantages for Advanced Framing Techniques

From the discontinued blog Pardon our Dust from the L.A. Times, two builders share their opinions on advanced framing techniques. At debate here is whether advanced framing techniques (2×6′s 24-inch on center) are justified in their building a more sustainable structure as opposed to using standard framing techniques (2×4′s 16-inch […]

Top 10 Ways to Build Green

Top 10 Ways to Build Green

The Central Plains chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council is at the Greater Kansas City Home Show this weekend, offering tips and resources for homeowners interested in going green, especially when building a home. According to a tip sheet compiled by the Central Plains chapter, the top 10 ways […]

Amazing DIY Castle Home

Amazing DIY Castle Home

In an incredible display of do-it-yourself ingenuity and sticktoitiveness, a couple in Surrey, England constructed a castle/tudor home. But the kicker is that they did this without the knowledge of neighbors or local building authorities who had repeatedly denied the proper permits to build such a structure. How’d they do […]

Top 10 Green Building Trends 2010

Top 10 Green Building Trends 2010

Jetson Green, one of our favorite green building blogs, broke down the top 10 green building trends according to the Earth Advantage Institute. 1. The smart grid and connected home. Smart grid aspects will be noticed in the home. Dashboards and energy monitoring technology will pick up as we start […]

California Goes All-In on Green Building

California Goes All-In on Green Building

Today California approved a building code that is the most aggressive eco-friendly statewide code in the US. “Calgreen” won by unanimous approval by the state and will take effect in 2011. All homes, hospitals, schools and shopping malls must abide by this code. Highlights include: Builders must divert 50% of […]

House Blog Highlight: A House By The Park

House Blog Highlight: A House By The Park

Seattle, one of our favorite (and we feel most underrated) cities in the world, has an enormous amount of interesting homes and a plethora of DIY resources. From luxury houseboats to modern and modest bungalows there are homes of every taste and many are gorgeous and green. There also plenty […]

Reading the Fine Print in the American Clean Energy and Security Act

Reading the Fine Print in the American Clean Energy and Security Act

We read this letter regarding the American Clean Energy and Security Act to the Mesquite Local News and thought it deserved a partial re-print The American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, HR 2454 (Cap & Trade), has passed the House of Representatives and is now in the Senate […]

Top 10 Green Building Products 2009

Top 10 Green Building Products 2009

Jetson Green has tipped us to BuildingGreen’s Top 10 list of green building products for 2009. They breakdown their choices with a brief description, why it’s green and what level of LEED credit relevance it’s been awarded. One of our favorites is the Pozzotive Plus CMUs and Concrete Brick from […]

Welcome Aboard Your Repurposed Train Car Home

Welcome Aboard Your Repurposed Train Car Home

In the ongoing quest to recycle and structures for use as live/work spaces, these train cars have followed the lead of re-purposed shipping containers and are now being transformed into permanent living structures.

DIY City Guide: Seattle

DIY City Guide: Seattle

The plethora of old homes in Seattle require regular maintenance and the wet climate ensures homeowners stay vigilant against mold and water damage. Landscaping is also an issue that can’t be ignored or else plants will overrun your yard in a matter of weeks as there is no shortage of […]

Reusing Materials from Building Demolitions

Reusing Materials from Building Demolitions

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 […]

LEED Certified Homes for the Middle-Class?

This manufactured home built in Cobb County, Georgia is the first home of it’s type to get a platinum LEED certification. Once only thought to be available to the rich who can build custom homes with fancy and far-out green options, the builder New World Home has shown us that […]

Vertical Green Walls by Patrick Blanc

Vertical Green Walls by Patrick Blanc

Patrick Blanc is one of the most high-profile pioneers in the fantastic world of green walls. These vertical gardens are beginning to proliferate across Europe and it won’t be long before we see them across major US cities. Proponents argue that by infusing an exterior wall with a living organism […]

It’s Not Easy Being Green

It’s Not Easy Being Green

Beyond the plethora of magazines and websites that extol the virtues of living a greener lifestyle and one which not only is minimally invasive to the environment but also saves you energy which in turn saves you money, there are “experts” who will do home visits and review your energy […]

8 Green Building Mistakes

8 Green Building Mistakes

Jetson Green has highlighted 5 Common Green Building Mistakes and we couldn’t agree more. They include: 1. Wasted Resources – use scraps where possible, save materials for other projects, or donate extras to reuse centers 2. Poorly Selected and Installed Insulation – use blown-in or spray foam insulation products to […]

Homebuilders Need an Extreme Home Makeover

Homebuilders Need an Extreme Home Makeover

Urbanologist William Olson foresees 3 changes that major home builders should make if they expect to succeed in the new world of tightened loans, green building, and smaller homes. The big builders are caught swimming upstream in a current that continues to pick up speed. Record losses, staggering overhead costs, […]

Highlights from the International Builders Show 2009

Highlights from the International Builders Show 2009

The buzz from the builders show this year is conservation and moderation. We’ve pulled some highlights that will impact you in 2009. LA Times: In the kitchen, it’s time to pull back, focus on function, eat better by cooking in and avoid going overboard. Dwell Blog: Both Rinnai and Noritz […]