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Houzz Tour: A Contemporary Home on a Working Farm

Rural Wisconsin provides the bucolic setting for a barn-inspired home that fosters comfort and connections Full Story
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ellie48
4500square feet! Eat your heart out Ellie48! I love the soaring ceiling! Dramatic!
I like the seating area between the kitchen and the dining room too. Love the loft. I could live in this house, altho I am not familiar with Wisconsin.
July 14, 2014 at 4:38pm   
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ellie48
I forgot to say thank you Becky for this post.
July 14, 2014 at 4:45pm   
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Houzz Tour: A Transformed Carriage House Opens for Play

With a new, open plan, a dark workshop becomes a welcoming ‘play barn’ in the Vermont countryside Full Story
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gusmom61
From the photos, it appears there is a handrail on both sides of the stairs once you reach the landing to the higher level. The lower stairs only have a handrail along the wall. Our home is in an unincorporated area where we can basically build how we want without regard to code but we do have to consider whether our insurance company will be willing to cover it and whether it is safe! My hubby is a safety manager so that topic is always in mind for us.

One thing I was recently reminded of regarding rails on staircases is that it is really annoying and unsafe when the rail is on one side for part of your climb or descent and then switches to the other side for the remainder. I am a firm believer in holding onto the rail for safety any time I am going up or down stairs. But if you are carrying something under your "free arm", you have to stop and switch the load to your other side if the handrail is switched. Keeping a grip on the rail is one of the most obvious and simple ways of avoiding serious injury on stairs. It can be the difference between just a slip versus tumbling all the way down. Always hold on!
July 14, 2014 at 10:57pm   
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maudiej
What a place to just ..... breeeaaathe........ it's beautiful.
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Off the Grid: Siting and Building to Conserve Energy

Look to low-tech solutions for big energy savings when you’re constructing a home Full Story
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Robin
So I had a really hard time finding info on the web for my rural area, but just found some iPhone apps on solar calculations! (I haven't researched apps for wind info yet.) One thing I just read on installing solar panels: there is a common installation error made where panels are misaligned off magnetic south to true south by rotating them east rather than to the west reducing performance substantially. SEE APPENDIX B ON NOT REPEATING THE TRUE SOUTH MISTAKE...http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/ECMD/Multimedia/documents/AxClimateManual_000.pdf
May 28, 2014 at 7:37am     
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Ken Kirkham
Why do people use the term off-grid for homes attached to the grid? You may be energy efficient but you are still on-grid. Off-grid can be achieved but you likely get no refund checks and no tax incentives.

As for aligning PV panels to true south there is more than due south to calculate. Unless you live in flat country you may have the sun rise later or set earlier than the charts. In my area I gain nearly 1.5 hours in the summer and 1/2 hour in the winter by aligning the panels 30 degrees to southwest. We have a hill on the east that blocks the early morning sun and nothing on the west.
May 29, 2014 at 12:49pm   
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What Is a Living Building?

Part philosophy, part advocacy, the Living Building Challenge is pushing designers and homeowners to rethink how we live Full Story
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Environmental Health Consulting Inc.
The Cascadian Living Building Challenge is a wonderful tool to help create the best buildings possible. Much better than LEED. Great article!

About plants, the NASA/Wolverton work was done 30+ yrs ago and since then much research has found the following: too many plants is not good (too much moisture, mould, etc.), many species of plant will work (Wolverton only studied 30 commonly grow indoor tropical plants, there are sooooo many plants...), it is not really the plant but the whole plant system that conducts the phytofiltration (soil, water, insects, microbes), and one needs to be cautious about plants toxins especially when it comes to design around children and pets (many of the 30 plants studied have poisonous parts to them).
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Eskandari Stone
Great post with beautiful images. Very nicely explained the meaning of living building. Thanks for this informative article.
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Houzz Tour: Having Fun With a Half-Buried House

Layers of dirt help create energy efficiency and an unusual look on a steep slope in Washington state Full Story
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Pacific Home Source LLC
This is really cool. I bet the temperature stays nice and consistent year round.
last Friday at 1:52pm     
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nanapower2
Impressive design, very compact look ... It has less flexible for expansion and remodels ... That is what it's for though! Great!
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My Houzz: Rustic Meets Refined in a Converted Ohio Barn

Intelligent reuse and innovative engineering create a modern family home that’s anything but typical Full Story
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FatCat
Inspiring, thanks you also for the before photo. You've done a great job.
July 12, 2014 at 5:07am   
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tinaag68
Woooooowww so speciall
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