Home Improvement

Positioning Bathroom Fixtures

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In a monthly column, Sanford Fogg, of Fogg Lighting in Portland, offers his best advice on illuminating your home. Q: What’s the proper way to light a bathroom? A: While the most critical need is adequate lighting at the vanity, I recommend incorporating additional layers of ambient and task lighting in a large space. In […]

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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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Choosing Exterior Fixtures

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In a new monthly column, Sanford Fogg, of Fogg Lighting in Portland, offers his best advice on illuminating your home. Q: What should I consider when selecting fixtures for the exterior of my house? A: The first step is determining the type of fixture, or fixtures, that best suit your house. This is, of course, […]

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A Unique Perspective on Coastal Living

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Looking for inspired ways to bring light, sea breezes, and a feeling of expansiveness into your home? At EBS Building Supplies, the motto is “Can do! Just ask.” That kind of positive spirit and dedication is exactly what Maine homeowners are looking for when it comes to reimagining the places they live. EBS has 10 Maine […]

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How to Separate Space in an Open Floor Plan

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The open floor plan — championed by early modernists Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe, and Walter Gropius, among others — is as relevant today in home design as it was in the early 20th century. But modern life still requires, at varying times, functional, aesthetic, visual, and auditory isolation. The following examples explore the […]

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Illuminating a New Home or Remodel

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In a new monthly column, Sanford Fogg, of Fogg Lighting in Portland, offers his best advice on illuminating your home. Q: What’s the most important thing to consider when planning lighting for a new home or remodel? A: Bringing in a lighting designer at the start of a project is key. This is not a […]

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Your Doorway to an Inspiring View

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New Englanders — especially those living in Maine — are passionate about their vistas. Whether your home overlooks Casco Bay, Sebago Lake, or the mountain vistas of Western Maine, the view is definitely the main attraction. So, framing that view and seamlessly connecting your inside space with the beauty right outside your door is key when building […]

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Is it Time to Let Basements Become Extinct?

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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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Is an Ethanol Fireplace Right for You?

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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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