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Light Wood vs Dark Wood
"fabulous sustainable alternatives to new cut hardwood), color is huge. Going light... quality materials- regardless of what color you choose, having hardwood is a timeless... natural materials. The blond throughout, including in the flooring, creates a pleasant... below, the materials and colors of the room help create a lightness up top. The room seems..."
Glass Home Exteriors Reflect Modern Tastes
Advances in coatings and insulation make glass a more usable choice for home exteriors than ever before
Houzz Tour: Artful and Efficient in Austin
"local materials, thoughtful design, heritage trees and Moontowers... providing sustainable, affordable housing, contracted Sampley to build this residence... building materials are simple but hardworking: a corrugated Galvalume roof, which reflects... fiber-cement material that resists rot and holds paint well; and soffits and porches built... given its materials and such. Hooray!! I love seeing idea books on Austin homes The interiors..."
Houzz Call: What Have You Salvaged for Home Use?
If your floors, furniture, exterior materials or other home elements have a past life, we'd like to hear the story
"exterior materials or other home elements have a past life, we'd like to hear the story... Salvaged Materials Triumph as All-Stars of Sustainability. So tell us more. What kinds... reclaim material? I had been trying to find some salvaged reclaim or recycle material... salvaged materials to give our new homes that "old home" feel. The transformation is... source of materials for a while were land clearing contractors. The price was a 1/3rd..."
Meet a New Resource-Saving Prefab Design
Energy efficiency and a resourceful layout combine with ecofriendly materials in this noteworthy prototype for modular homes
"ecofriendly materials in this noteworthy prototype for modular homes... recycled materials, rainwater collection, two outdoor greenhouses, solar panels and... and how sustainability can become a seamless part of residential design.... create more sustainable life styles. It will happen faster than you can imagine. Remember... e and sustainable solutions to our housing needs. It will happen, it will be interesting..."
Kitchen of the Week: A Warm and Eco-Friendly Update
"sake of sustainability, but also to preserve the style of the home. "Our goal was to... reclaimed materials. "Using reclaimed woods saved on material costs, but added a lot... reclaimed materials weren't used, the couple opted for hard-wearing materials such as... Salvaged Materials... salvaged materials that we used. http://www.re-store.org http://www.seconduse.com/..."
Houzz Tour: Step Inside (and Out) a New Florida Showhouse
2012 'New American Home' at International Builders Show celebrates latest materials and ideas for luxurious, indoor-outdoor living
Bamboo Sprouts Up in Bountiful Home Uses
When utensils, flooring and even fabric can be made from a single renewable material, it's a design winner
"renewable material, it's a design winner... flexible material can be worn, made into paper and wallpaper, transformed into countertops... relatively sustainable crop, the manufacturing processes to make it into fabric raises... to the sustainable solution. It is only one option amongst many. Wow jwo7888, thank... utilized materials in the world. This durable material can be harvested every five to..."
Insulation Basics: Heat, R-Value and the Building Envelope
Learn how heat moves through a home and the materials that can stop it, to make sure your insulation is as effective as you think
"and the materials that can stop it, to make sure your insulation is as effective as... specific materials, and I'll cover both SIPs and blown-in. You can follow my profile... framing material that performs worse than the glass. (By the way R-1.4 seems really... every material needed from foundation to roof, PLUS all labor costs associated with... extra materials, not to mention the increased carrying costs for a larger mortgage..."
5 Finishes Pets and Kids Can’t Destroy — and 5 to Avoid
Save your sanity and your decorating budget by choosing materials and surfaces that can stand up to abuse
"choosing materials and surfaces that can stand up to abuse... cover materials (except the zippers), the foam, and the frames, are holding up fabulously... animal-proof material for furniture out there is stainless steel - I think he was right... great material to have in a house with cats. We also have about 1,500 square feet... floor material you can name as well as a variety of furniture. Our 'Handscraped'... extremely hard material. Nor have I heard of problems with chipping. The big problem with..."
When to Use Engineered Wood Floors
"products from sustainable sources, I'd like to add two more green items. First, purchasing... the most sustainable option in their range. I was wondering how it wears, and any other... it is sustainable. But, after installing them, I do not see them going the distance... anyway. Sustainability is a multi-faceted thing indeed and there's a lot more involved... day and sustainability is a relative term. The real problem is the thinking (and building..."
The Power of Plywood All Around the House
Of course you've heard of it, but you might not know all the uses and benefits of this workhorse building material
"it is a sustainable substitute for wood from trees. Sustainability is all in the details... energy. SustainabilityIn recent years attention has turned to the glues in plywood... building materials. It has many uses inside, too. Here, plywood is used to create a... building material..."
Woodipedia: Make a Solid Choice With Oak
Forget those low-end products of old. Red and white oak today are beautiful, versatile and relatively inexpensive
"determining sustainability), maple is considered much more sustainable. That said, oak... wood's sustainability is not a simple matter of availability. It takes oak much longer... availability/sustainability relationship. I do think, though, that it's very difficult... to rate sustainability because there are so many factors that go into it, and what... tone. Sustainability: Oak trees comprise more than half of the total hardwood forests..."
My Houzz: Ecofriendly and Salvaged Style in a Montreal Triplex
Repurposed materials, graywater reuse, and no-VOC paints make for a resourcefully earth-friendly home in Quebec
"posed materials, graywater reuse, and no-VOC paints make for a resourcefully ear... leftover material as possible from the gutted interior. Most of the salvaged original... other materials as possible such as glass panes, hooks, etc. Unusable but recyclable... recyclable materials were disposed of in an efficient manner (metal is a no-brainer, wood... purchasing new materials. The building was, at the very least, unhealthy, with 3 major structural..."
Kitchen Sinks: Soapstone for Germ-Free Beauty and Durability
"this sink material's benefits don't come cheap.... heavy-duty material has been used for centuries, and for good reason. Its soft feel works... and true material is right for you.... different material in the end... quite an unusual one actually but it gave me the colour... the same material all over again... I am in the process of remodeling my kitchen and... harder material, thus harder to work. If I had it to do over, I'd let a shop do the..."