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Lean and Green

Home Building

Architect Harry Hepburn shares eco-friendly design ideas for the budget-conscious homeowner. Photo by Trent Bell As a college student studying in England, Harry Hepburn marveled at the ways in which pioneers of the high-tech architecture movement, such as Norman Foster and Richard Rogers, incorporated energy efficiency into their modern steel-and-glass buildings. Post-graduation, Hepburn was eager […]

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Is an In-Law Unit Right for Your Property?

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They can alleviate suburban sprawl, add rental income for homeowners, create affordable housing, and much more. Most urban and suburban lots are governed by zoning ordinances, laws that (among other things) restrict the number of dwellings allowed on a given lot. A dwelling is technically defined as a place for habitation that contains cooking, sleeping, […]

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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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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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Maine Island Home

When “Good Enough” Is Enough

Building on an Island

Building on an Island writer Laura Serino, of Island Apothecary, has moved into her North Haven home with her husband and their new baby — but the projects continue. Read up on their progress and see photos of their finished rooms (and gorgeous bambino) below, and be sure to share your thoughts! – Sarah “Good […]

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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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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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Rethinking the Asphalt Roof

Home Improvement

Camden architect John Morris on why he no longer specifies a ubiquitous building product Architect John Morris works out of a renovated 19th-century woolen barn, once part of the Knox Woolen Mill on the tumbling Megunticook River in Camden. It’s a handsome building, with clapboards painted a warm, rosy brown and a dentil molding trim. […]

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These Two Families Help You Make a Home

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Nice guys don’t always finish last. In fact, in Maine, they finish first and help families build homes throughout the region. In a world of e-commerce and faceless corporations, it’s nice to know that family businesses like Hammond Lumber still succeed and foster a culture that puts customers first. This personal approach is ingrained in […]

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The Lowdown on Colossal Doors

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Want to erase the boundary to the outdoors? Here’s what to know about materials, cost, energy efficiency, and more. Architect Philip Johnson famously remarked, “I have very expensive wallpaper,” referring to the four see-through walls of his Glass House, completed in 1949. Even today transparency defines modern architecture. And our desire to connect our interior […]

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