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Building Matters

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    Minimizing Concrete in a Slab-on-Grade Home

    For the last ten years, most of my work has been designing renovations and new homes, and now I am building again as well. But I also sometimes help clients…

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    How to Choose Black Siding

    Design trends for siding seem to be steering away from muted, neutral colors into either pure white or rich, saturated and dark tones—including pure black. Bold cladding choices can make…

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    How to Install Doors in Thick Walls

    In high-performance building envelopes—those with thick walls and other details that allow for extra insulation and air-sealing—installing standard doors poses challenges that builders don’t typically encounter on more conventional builds.…

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    Windows in Thick Walls

    Thick, highly insulated walls are great for lowering energy bills and creating a more comfortable interior environment for occupants, but they present some unique challenges for builders when it comes…