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Bathroom Sinks

Forest Stream Kohler's Mirovia Spun Glass plain vessels lavatory is simple and understated—perfect for any minimalist's bathroom. Note the sink's subtle texturtes, mimicking water, which create a waterfall-like effect when the faucet is turned on. It's a bit like...

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Home Gyms

Batting Cage Centerpiece, Cont'd The batting cage, pictured here, is padded with vinyl. Custom-made light covers protect from flyballs and the color palette matches the homeowner's favorite team: the Yankees. Cost: $250,000 For more information: DiSalvo Interiors,...

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Award-Winning Kitchen and Bath Designs

Kitchen: Best Before and After by designer Ines Hanl of The Sky is the Limit Design Project Details Homeowner's goal: Improve the existing dark and dingy kitchen, which was badly lit, offered insufficient flow and had no storage. Design process: Worked with...

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Birdhouses

From Coal Bin to Sleep In This Hammered Copper Coal Bin Birdhouse was creator Brian Carlisle's first every "upcycled" birdhouse. Some used copper from a stained glass supply was segmented to follow the diameter of the bird hole. The perch is the handle from the coal...

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ClosetMaid Storage Solutions

Love Your Living Room Whether your design taste is traditional, vintage, romantic or modern eclectic like this living room, you don't have to go penniless in order to decorate your home. There are affordable no-fuss solutions to help organize movies, books and all...

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8 Ways to Prepare Your Home for a Dog

Invest in a Collar As a general rule, your dog should have a collar on at all times, and that collar should display your dog's I.D. tags, which should include its name, as well as your name, address and phone number. As collars go, the traditional style is usually...

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Cold Weather Emergency Kit

Battery-Operated Radio It can be tempting to wander out into a snow storm after losing power to get a sense for the breadth of the outage and to check in with neighbors. In reality, this move can put you -- and utility workers -- in greater harm, especially if road...

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Green Homes Series: Foundations

A solid foundation is essential for any home. But today’s emphasis on “green” suggests that other factors be considered as well. A good foundation is important. It helps a house withstand vertical and horizontal loads and protects from frost heaves. Foundation Basics...

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Framing a Garage Workshop

When choosing the framing and construction materials for your garage, consider how it will be used, what fire and safety requirements you may have, and what additions you may need later on. Today’s garage holds cars, big toys, and serves as a central home workshop or...

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Laminated Veneer Lumber

The laminated veneer lumber (LVL) manufacturing process creates a strong and stable product that can reliably support large areas. Wide open spaces are great for country music singers, but can be a real headache for builders. To create large, open rooms, builders and...

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Load-bearing Walls

Before you grab a hammer, saw or crowbar to remove an unwanted wall, make sure you understand its role in holding up your house. Today's typical floor plan often includes bright and open spaces with high ceilings. Before the advent of today's modern building...

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Stairbuilding Basics

Take the quick way to the top with a simple lesson in basic stair construction. Building nice staircases takes patience and skill. But it's worth the effort: beautiful stairs help make a home special. But, before you break out the tape measure and circular saw,...

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The Carpenter’s Square

The carpenter's square is a deceptive tool. It looks simple, it's a ruler with an elbow, a straightedge that turns a corner. Yet it is a great deal more, because it can function as a sophisticated arithmetical guide to many of the complexities of laying out a...

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Roofing Materials

Cost, ease of installation and appearance are all factors when choosing a roofing material. While asphalt shingles account for close to 90 percent of all residential roofing jobs, they certainly aren't the end of the story when it comes to roofing. Sheet metal, cement...

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Roofs: Design, Function and Maintenance

A good roof is graceful, it's good-looking, and it ages well. To realize that end, however, you'll need to do three things: design the roof appropriately, build it right, and take good care of it. Your roof is critical to basic house performance. It gives your house...

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Six Steps to Better Roof Protection

The weak link in most existing houses is in the connection of the roof sheathing to the rafters or roof trusses. The weak link in most existing houses is in the connection of the roof sheathing to the rafters or roof trusses. There are several ways to strengthen this...

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