Guide To Choose Exterior Doors

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Roots of Style: The Segmental Vault Home

Screen Shot 2015-02-24 at 4.41.18 PMDistinctive and proud, these houses may be more common than you might first realize

Don’t dismiss segmental vault houses as just Quonset huts or airplane hangars. The Quonset hut, developed and used during World War I and II, is a long half-circle of corrugated tin with a lightweight metal structure. Airplane hangars are considerably larger. These houses are different from the primitive wartime huts and deserve attention as a style for several reasons. First, Virginia Savage McAlester designates them as their own class of 21st-century modern style in the revised 2013 edition of her book, A Field Guide to American Houses. Second, many segmental vault houses can be found around California, including in Palm Springs. Lastly, these houses have a distinct character, derived from the arched roof shape, that clearly sets them apart from other contemporary structures.

Why Wood Works in the Bath

Screen Shot 2015-02-24 at 4.38.34 PMDon’t be afraid of choosing the warmest, most versatile material for your bathing space — it can work wonders

Laying a wooden floor or covering surfaces in wood used to be a decor no-no in the bathroom. But modern sealants and paints and superefficient ventilation systems mean you can now embrace your inner Scandi by welcoming the tones and textures of wood. Check out these schemes for inspiration.

9 Ways to Save on Your Kitchen Remodel

Screen Shot 2015-02-19 at 8.05.57 AMA designer shares key areas where you can economize — and still get the kitchen of your dreams

When you’re investing in a home remodeling project, you want to make sure that the results not only please you but add value to your home and save you money. Never is that more true than in a kitchen remodel, where costs can added up so quickly that your budget can all of a sudden seem like pennies in a jar. To avoid that and keep costs in line, and yet still get the kitchen of your dreams, here are a few of my favorite ways of getting the most out of a tight budget.

10 Fascinating Home Designs

Most of us have some desires about our dream homes, what kind of design we want, and what style we prefer. Check out these spectacular designs. 8 9 5 6 2 3 4 10 (1) 1 7

How Thermal Mass Keeps You Warm and Cool

Screen Shot 2015-01-28 at 10.08.07 AMPassive solar design makes use of this element. Here’s how it works and how you can get it in your home

It’s been around since Roman times, so it’s not exactly new, but we hear the term “thermal mass” bandied around these days when we talk about passive solar design and sustainable homes. So what exactly does it mean? If you want to maintain a comfortable temperature all year round in your home with minimal use of heating or air conditioning, read on for a clear breakdown.

Make the Most of Your Window Wall

Screen Shot 2015-01-28 at 10.06.15 AMThe Hardworking Home: Put that area under your window to work as a mini library, a crash pad, a workspace, storage and more

The short space under a window can be tricky to furnish and decorate, especially when it hosts a bulky radiator. It doesn’t have to be that way! See what happens when you fit the area with a knee-high library, a sleek storage bench, bedroom dresser drawers or a cozy curl-up zone.

The Top Amenities that Homebuyers Love

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Amazing Outdoor Fireplaces

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