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History at Your Feet

Sponsored Content: Bradford's Rug Gallery

Is an antique or vintage rug right for you? Bradford Ross of Bradford’s Rug Gallery in Portland takes the floor to help you decide. Twenty years ago, a refugee from Afghanistan helped Bradford Ross find his life’s work. The man imported rugs from his home country and sold them to the owners of the carpet […]

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Is an Ethanol Fireplace Right for You?

Partner Post: Houzz

The trend toward energy efficiency in building has forced innovation on a variety of fronts, and the fireplace, with its historically poor energy performance and high particulate emissions, was a prime target for reinvention. A traditional fireplace flue bores a hole in a home’s roof, where heat loss is rapidly promoted, and the burning of […]

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Sea Change

Q & A

Height requirements and insurance premiums are rising along with the water levels in Maine’s flood zones. We asked architect Kristi Kenney how homeowners can prepare for the next round of regulations. For many, the Maine dream culminates with a waterfront home. But surging water levels effected by climate change can add challenges to owning a […]

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Have Your Flat Roof and Your Snow Too

Partner Post: Houzz

As the snow begins to fall here in Maine, I’m reminded of just how much our building technology has evolved from the primitive hut informed solely by functional necessity to our modern abodes informed by convenience, luxury and nearly infinite choice. The very notion of shelter is linked to the image of a roof over our […]

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Knickerbocker Group

Team Building

Sponsored Content: Knickerbocker Group

What happens when pros traditionally ensconced in different worlds work together under the same roof? Architect Rick Nelson and construction manager Steve Berger of Portland and Boothbay-based Knickerbocker Group hash out the advantages of the design-build process.

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Quality Control

Q & A

Ben Block of Block Brothers Custom Cabinets in Searsport discusses the benefits of custom casework and dispels the myths. (Hint: It’s more affordable than you might think.)

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East Meets West

Q & A

Landscape architect William Carson Joyce of Edgecomb brings eco-friendly design and a clean, SoCal aesthetic to Maine.

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The Secret Lives of Houses

Got 100-year-old shoes in your walls? Beneath layers of wallpaper and dropped ceilings lie clues to your old home's hidden story.

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Portal to the Past

A Maine Antiques Shopping How-To

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