Home Improvement

Eco-friendly home

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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Lessons from the Louvre

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In a regular column, Sanford Fogg, of Fogg Lighting in Portland, offers his best advice on illuminating your home. Q: What’s the best way to illuminate artwork in my home? A: If you’ve invested in a beautiful piece of art, you want to display it in the best possible light. One way of doing this […]

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InLawUnit

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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Home with Marvin Windows

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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Task lights

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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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 residence

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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Planning a New Home or Remodeling?

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These details make the difference. Whether you are planning a new custom home, designing an addition, or remodeling an existing space, Hammond Lumber Company helps you envision how Marvin Windows and Doors can change the way you live in your home. The tiniest details can create the look and feel you imagine. That’s why it’s […]

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