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558 Sustainable Materials Ideabooks
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..."
Kitchen Sinks: Antibacterial Copper Gives Kitchens a Gleam
If you want a classic sink material that rejects bacteria, babies your dishes and develops a patina, copper is for you
"classic sink material that rejects bacteria, babies your dishes and develops a patina, copper... used as a material for kitchen sinks and cookware for centuries. As a result, its advantages... unique material to incorporate into your kitchen. If you want the copper to look... antimicrobial material. Pretty ideal for food prep and bathing! Most important to look for... of the material for that reason. In fact some persons wear copper bracelets for their..."
Kitchen Counters: Durable, Easy-Clean Soapstone
Give bacteria the boot and say sayonara to stains with this long-lasting material that's a great choice for kitchen and bath countertops
"long-lasting material that's a great choice for kitchen and bath countertops... countertop material of choice due to its chemically inert composition (meaning chemicals... bullet-proof material! The cost for material was $11.50 per square foot, including shipping... wonderful material! We love working with it. I think my favorite part about it is that... gorgeous material. Nice article and some stunning examples. Well I too have small children..."
5 Modern Home Exteriors Tell a Texture Story
'Woven' concrete, rammed earth, stones tumbled into baskets ... Materials with texture give these homes freedom of expression
"baskets ... Materials with texture give these homes freedom of expression... and the materials they are made of. This ideabook explores the textures that can be... g how materials can play a direct role in construction as well as aesthetics. This... Simple materials, elaborate execution. I am quite familiar with ornate brick facades... Great materials! My husband would love this article.... be more sustainable. Of course, the desert is perfect for the material, given its thermal..."
Kitchen Counters: Tile, the Choice for Affordable Durability
DIYers and budget-minded remodelers often look to this countertop material, which can last for decades with the right maintenance
"countertop material, which can last for decades with the right maintenance... to one material (i.e. granite), designers will start a new trend .. using a material... counter materials starts in just a few minutes at 11am Pacific. Join us! http://bit... other materials andyou don't have to worry about stains or heat damage. I've put... regarding what material chosen has many factors involved. A solid counter top in my house..."
Design Workshop: Natural Wood Siding Minus the Maintenance
"specifying materials that you wish to allow to weather, but the results can be a house... selecting materials that look better as they age. It reminds me of the Japanese gardens... exterior with materials that will wear in with the structure is ingenious. The windows and... weathering and sustainability. Great Job! Well done! There is nothing more beautiful than... aging materials used in architecture and product design. And please don't use any..."
Insulation Basics: What to Know About Spray Foam
Learn what exactly spray foam is, the pros and cons of using it and why you shouldn’t mess around with installation
"true for material options for home insulation. Despite what the market says is the most... insulation material or method at any given moment, the truth is that each individual project... each material and how it works within your home’s construction and the environment... types and materials to help you figure out which is the best one for your project.... building materials, spray foam and furniture off-gassing. This is very serious and could..."
Meet the Studs
Two-by-fours are just the kind of strong, silent type every home needs. Get to know studs — and how they lie about their size — right here
"it, the material is the same: wood. Houses in North America are almost all built at... versatile material and how it works inside your walls, floors and roof.... $500 in material I took back for refunds. And still have a lot of material left that... skill and materials that go into a QUALITY build. Luschka - You don't need bigger studs... charged for materials. How would you know? I'm beginning to think there are few who met..."
Woodipedia: Maple Is a Marvel Around the House
A heavy hardwood with lots of potential, maple appeals to modern sensibilities and won't break your budget
Fiber Cement Siding Takes a Front Seat
Not just a wood or vinyl substitute, fiber cement is a stellar siding choice in its own right for modern home exteriors
"fiber material, Portland cement, silica, sand, water and other additives, according... helpful book Materials for Design. Panels made with it are also called Hardie board, after... this material can have its own aesthetic, owing to larger panel sizes and the various... siding materials. Second, it's not a maintenance-free siding material. You will have... Is this material available/recommended for DIY? Would it be usable as a fence material..."