Posts in Industry News
Integrated Project Delivery: It’s Common Sense

IPD is the simple, common sense way to build.

I’ve written a couple articles about project delivery methods. But there’s one method I haven’t written about yet, which is crazy because it’s my favorite. It’s called Integrated Project Delivery.

Most homeowners don’t even know IPD exists but it’s quickly gaining popularity with building industry pros.

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Tank Storage VS. Tankless Water Heaters

The good and bad of the most popular water heaters.

With every new project I ask: What type of water heater would you like, tank storage or tankless? And over the last three years homeowners’ answers have been varied, but most people just seem confused. Here are the pros and cons to clear things up.

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Pros and Cons of Shipping Container Homes

So many clients and friends ask me about the seemingly perfect idea of container homes. You know: homes that use shipping containers as their structure and enclosure. Until now, I couldn't really offer an opinion except to say, "Yeah! Those DO seem perfect in every way." But nothing's perfect, right??

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In Defense of Meat

We interrupt our regularly scheduled program to give you this... an education on animal farming! My husband and I recently spent a week helping our good friend Katie on her farm in Rhode Island. What we learned there was totally mind blowing.

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Crazy Designs by Other Designers

A few crazy designs I have to share.

Our articles have been a little bit serious lately... so here's a few very quick videos of the coolest, funkiest, most creative designs I've seen in the last few months.

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Tiny Spaces: Why Do We Like Them?

A recent article questions our love of small spaces.

How do Tiny Spaces make you feel? Do you want to stay? Or run away? Recently, The New York Times published a quick and very interesting article that made me think. Why do people like Tiny Houses? Molly Young thinks she has the answer.

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DIY Design: Plastic Bottle Homes

Ever consider building a home out of used water bottles? These people have.

There is a solution to every problem. It’s incredible what smart people come up with when faced with allegedly insurmountable obstacles.

Plastic bottle homes are cheap, energy efficient, and long-lasting. They can be built in any climate and with the most basic man power. They produce zero carbon emmisions and take thousands of plastic bottles out of landfills. Nigeria took this "technology" and ran with it...

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