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Take the Pain Out of Replacing Your Windows

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As the autumn chill arrives, it’s a reminder that there are many reasons to replace your windows and doors, and energy efficiency is often at the top of the list. While the investment can be significant, your family will feel the added warmth and comfort now, plus you’ll reap the financial benefits in years to […]

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Tips (and Task Lights) for Aging Eyes

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In a regular column, Sanford Fogg, of Fogg Lighting in Portland, offers his best advice on illuminating your home. Q: As I get older, I’m finding it harder to see when I read or do other simple tasks in my home, even with my glasses on. Can you suggest some lighting improvements that might help? […]

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Modern Maine Kitchen

5 Trends with Staying Power

Decorating

Brass, navy, marble, and more — interior designer Heidi Lachapelle explains how to incorporate today’s top décor elements into your home. Two years ago, designer Heidi Lachapelle’s quest for a matte brass faucet for her kitchen island took her to a specialty robinetterie store in Montreal. To her dismay, the only available model at the […]

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Safford House, Portland, Maine

10 Steps to a Tighter Home

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In a monthly column, Christopher W. Closs, an expert with Maine Preservation, answers your questions about maintaining antique and vintage homes. Q: What are some practical ways to make my 1911 home more energy efficient? – B. Randall, Portland As the temperature drops and the threat of higher energy prices looms large, this is an […]

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What Do Architects Recommend for a New Interior Look?

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What interior finish is a current spin on a classic look, both traditional and contemporary? What color can replicate the feeling of a European metal window, as well as a painted Colonial sash, while giving it a modern interpretation? According to Maine architects, black interior finishes are a trend to watch — and incorporate into […]

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Understanding LED Light Bulbs

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In a regular column, Sanford Fogg, of Fogg Lighting in Portland, offers his best advice on illuminating your home. Q: It used to be easy to replace a light bulb; now there are so many options, I don’t know what to choose. What do you recommend? A: It’s hard to imagine a household commodity that […]

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Passive-House Pioneer

Home Building

GO Logic’s Matthew O’Malia talks about building houses you can heat by baking cookies. Photo by Josh Gerritsen When he first heard about Passivhaus, Germany’s rigorous energy-efficiency building standard, architect Matthew O’Malia thought, “That’s crazy: a foot-thick wall, all this insulation in the foundation, and triple-glazed windows? That seems like overkill.” At the time, O’Malia […]

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Removing Artificial Siding

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In a monthly column, Christopher W. Closs, an expert with Maine Preservation, answers your questions about maintaining antique and vintage homes. Q: Our historic Georgian home was clad in vinyl siding about 30 years ago, prior to our purchasing the house. In your July 2017 article, you discouraged the use of artificial siding, which is often […]

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Meeting Your Match

Home Building

Design-build contractor Heather Jackson on how to find a qualified professional to build your home — and be happy with the final result Photo by Rachel Sieben Freeport builder Heather Jackson often arrives on a job site with coffee and doughnuts for her crew. “I appreciate them because they’re accommodating to me — I don’t […]

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Selecting a Ceiling Fan

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In a regular column, Sanford Fogg, of Fogg Lighting in Portland, offers his best advice on illuminating — and, this month, cooling — your home. Q: How effective are ceiling fans and what should I look for when shopping for one? A: Ceiling fans have a place in every home. While they do not lower […]

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