Guide

Is it Time to Let Basements Become Extinct?

Partner Post: Houzz

Should we build basements at all? In light of our evolving energy codes and a genuine interest in doing the right thing environmentally, it’s a question architects are frequently asking themselves and their clients. To properly answer the question, it helps to understand the true purpose of a home’s foundation. Fundamentally, the foundation is there […]

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Best Places to Live in Maine 2017

Guide

Here are the eight bang-up boroughs that advanced to round two, including this year’s reader pick for the Best Place to Live in Maine.

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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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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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Find Your Maine Style

Authentic Maine design is not one style but many. What they all have in common is a strong sense of place. Here are four expressions of this aesthetic.

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Best Places to Live in Maine 2016

Guide

Explore the sixteen idyllic burgs that made it into this year's tournament — and discover the quintessential Maine mountain town that came out on top!

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