Category Archives: Building and Renovation

Using Glass On Outside Banisters For Privacy

by Sanju Kmr There are a number of situations that could call for an external balustrade, including: around your swimming pool (it is actually a legal requirement for spas and pools to be fenced), around balconies, and to separate alfresco entertaining … Continue reading

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Using Sandstone Paving

by Sanju Kmr Those who are not familiar with sandstone paving may wonder whether there is anything to be wary of when using this beautiful natural stone in their homes. It is important to remember that sandstone is actually quite a … Continue reading

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Renovating Your Vacation Home

by Ella Andrews Moving into a new getaway home can be an exciting experience. Your new surroundings provide new opportunities as well as improve your life. Your new location can allow you to have the home you wanted that corresponds your … Continue reading

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Cozy Cabins

The warmth of natural materials, combined with the needs of today’s eco-friendly lifestyles, make these small cabins the perfect getaway. Garden Cottage This little cabin features a covered porch and a double-door entry flanked by pillars.  Finished with cedar shingles and … Continue reading

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The Challenge Of Keeping Old Cabin Charm When Remodeling

By Dale Mulfinger Cabin remodels and additions are as varied as the many existing structures at the lake or in the forrest. This creates a plethora of client goals and constraining budgets. One frequent challenge is what to do with … Continue reading

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What you may not know about building or remodeling on water.

by Wayne Branum  Over many years of practicing architecture in Minnesota and Wisconsin I have been surprised by how many property owners are not fully informed about the issues involved with building new or remodeling their properties, especially on bodies … Continue reading

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Back to the Cabin: More Inspiration for the Classic American Getaway

New Book by Architect Dale Mulfinger “Cabinologist” Dale Mulfinger, FAIA, has designed cabins all over North America, from Nova Scotia to Jackson Hole, Wyo. A principal emeritus of SALA Architects, he is the author of five books including the best-selling … Continue reading

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Redwood – one of the most energy-efficient building materials.

Since the 1990s, there has been increased awareness of redwood sustainable forestry and the ways it safeguards our environment.  Third-party forest certification standards have been put into effect, ensuring that socially responsible business and environmental protections are enforced in forest … Continue reading

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Models: The Design Tool of Choice

There is no better method for previewing your design ideas, than to fabricate a 3D cardboard model. Don’t be too concerned about making it precious as its principle value is in representing the forms/roofs of the building. Scotch tape, a … Continue reading

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Take Advantage of Tax Credits to Stretch Home Improvement Dollars

Warm weather heralds home improvement season. It’s also the season of high electric bills as air conditioners hum to life in response to rising temperatures across the country. When you’re making summer upgrades to your home, improvements that make your … Continue reading

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