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An Old House Gets a New Thermomass Basement

Giving an old house new life can be an exciting project for many contractors, especially for those operating in historical areas. Here's how one contractor did that with a house in the Boston suburbs by installing a Thermomass basement. Read more

Identifying Poria Fungus

While renovating a home in New Jersey, a contractor found a fungus-like growth in the bathroom. Is it poria? According to one expert, a field test is easier and cheaper than a lab test to find out and if it is the house eating fungus, here's how to stop it. Read more

Tags: Bath
When the Problem Is Heat

Much like Northern homeowners wanted to keep the heat in and the cold out, those living in the arid Southwest part of the U.S. want to keep the heat out and the cold in. Here are some experts' advice on how to do that without breaking the budget. Read more

EPA Releases Flood-Resilience Tool

The agency's smart growth approaches can help communities prepare for and recover from disaster. Read more

How to Do Everything

Want to brush up on your green building know-how? This collection of articles from GREEN BUILDING ADVISOR covers just about everything. Read more

Tiny Houses Big With U.S. Owners Seeking Economic Freedom

The tiny house trend appears to be picking up steam—especially among homeowners not interested in taking out a mortgage for a larger home. Here's why and how they've made it work for them. Read more

(In)stability in Special Trade Employment

Having trouble finding a good subcontractor? You're not alone as data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that nearly 1.4 million specialty trade (or subcontractor) employees left the industry from 2006 to 2011. Read more

Objects of Desire: Beautifully Individual Concrete Floors

Do you have clients looking for flooring that is durable and strong? Why not concrete? These six floors show just unique, beautiful, and colorful concrete floors can be. Read more

Tags: Flooring
Hillside Residence Kitchen

A kitchen-centric remodel revolving around an inventive and efficient galley setup that opens up to the rest of the house takes home wins a grand prize award as part of CUSTOM HOME's annual Watermark awards. Read more

Tags: Kitchen
Clearances for Outdoor Cookers

A built in grill or cooker is a must-have for just about any outdoor kitchen. If you are installing one on a truly outdoor kitchen (with no roof or coverage) you probably have very little to worry about, but put that cooker under a roof overhang and suddenly you may enter the world of codes, says one expert. Read more

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