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A Panelized Home: A Dream of Home

When Ned and Anne Hammond began to consider what type of home they wanted to build on their unique site, they did what most of us might do – they began to study every house they encountered.

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An Illusion of Neatness: Garden Cleanliness

Some people’s gardens always look as though they were momentarily expecting Architectural Digest’s photographer. Others look as though they’ve been stirred up with a giant spoon and never tidied up.

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EnergyWise House: Maintaining Existing Air Conditioners

Older air conditioners may still be able to offer years of relatively efficient use. However, making your older air conditioner last requires you to perform proper operation and maintenance.

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Dividing Perennials in Late Summer

If you’re tired of paying big bucks for small pots of perennials of dubious hardiness, look around your garden (while you’re lying in the summer hammock) and choose the flowers that perform best for you.

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EnergyWise House: Energy-Efficient Air Conditioning

Many people buy or use air conditioners without understanding their designs, components, and operating principles. Proper sizing, selection, installation, maintenance, and correct use are keys to cost-effective operation and lower overall costs.

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EnergyWise House: Elements of an Energy-Efficient House

Designing and building an energy-efficient home that conforms to the many considerations faced by home builders can be a challenge. However, any house style can be made to require relatively minimal amounts of energy to heat and cool and be comfortable and healthy.

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EPA Pressures the Wood-Preservative Industry to Change

With an EPA ban on CCA-treated wood going into effect, are decks going to crumble, picnic tables disintegrate, and play sets collapse? Not likely. Learn what will replace it and how to deal with existing structures made from pressure-treated lumber.

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EnergyWise House: Using Plants for Sun Control

Landscaping is a critical element in building an energy efficient home. A few simple strategies can add up to big savings on your monthly electric bill.

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Countertop Options

With hundreds of options for countertops and kitchen surfaces, it’s best to narrow the scope by deciding how long the counter should last, how durable it will be, the difficulty of installation and how much you want to spend.

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