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Coastal Building Poses Special Challenges

There’s no tougher environment for buildings than on the coast. Coastal environments dish out salt, sun, wind, sand, storms and moisture — all of them elements that can degrade a building before its time. Windows and doors are perhaps the most critical pieces of a coastal building. As the only features intended to bridge indoors and out, they must do their job without fail R...
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Link Love: Camouflage marble, TV real estate and more

Ask A Designer: How Often Should I Paint and Make Over My House? House Beautiful A designer gives some various approaches to take when you’re considering refreshing your home. 4 DIY Decorating Ideas for a Staircase Real Simple “Want a hit of playfulness without making over an entire room? Here are four DIY ideas for a gorgeous staircase.” Stop Worrying: 7 Things About Your...
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An Open and Shut Home

This home on Italy’s Adriatic coast is closely surrounded by other properties in a popular resort area. The design challenge: allow for privacy while retaining a sense of openness. Challenge met. An open plaza area is surrounded on all four sides by sight barriers, allowing residents and guests full exposure to the outdoors while keeping their activities private. Further privacy is a...
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12 Ways (+1) to Refresh Your Porch

If your home has a front porch, it’s guaranteed to be the first thing visitors see when approaching your home — and we all know what they say about first impressions. If your porch is inviting, comfortable-looking and in good repair, it sends a positive message about your house. And if you’re ever in the market to sell, your porch is a critical element in curb appeal, whi...
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Surreal beauty: Palacio de Cristal

This stunning Spanish building, originally used as a greenhouse, is the epitome of of the phrase “light-filled”. ┬áCombine glass with just the right sort of lighting and magic can happen, as artist Kimsooja demonstrated. She “had the whole floor tiled in mirrors. She then covers the vault and the entire glass surface of the palace with a translucent diffraction film. When o...
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We're honored to be recognized as a finalist for the Minnesota Business Ethics A...

We're honored to be recognized as a finalist for the Minnesota Business Ethics Award, congrats to all the other finalists! You can find out more about all the companies raising the ethical ...