Home Building

eco-friendly subdivisions

The first house constructed on Cumberland’s Solar Way is outfitted with 20 solar panels (but wired for 30, which would elevate it to net-zero status) and a charging station for an electric car in the garage. The porch is five feet deep — ideal for allowing sunlight into the home in winter and providing shade in the summer. Photograph by Michael Eric Bérubé.

Greener Acres

Green Living

Is one of Maine’s new eco-friendly subdivisions right for you?

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Welcome to Smallville

Photograph by Benjamin Williamson

Welcome to Smallville

Home Building

Can tiny-house communities help solve Maine’s affordable-housing shortage?

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Bungalow in a Box

Photograph by Rachel Sieben

Special Delivery

Home Building

This affordable, efficient, Maine-made home was assembled in a matter of days.

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Marvin Windows and Doors at EBS

Let There Be Light

Expert Advice

Bring a sunny day into your living room with Marvin Windows and Doors.

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Marvin Windows

Peace of Mind at Your Fingertips

Home Improvement Tips

With Marvin Windows and Doors’ new Lock Status Sensor technology, you can now select windows and doors that connect easily and seamlessly with this home automation ecosystem.

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Pre Fab Home

Way Fab Prefabs

House Tour

In their quest for affordable, energy-efficient homes, some Mainers are thinking outside the site-built box.

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accessory dwelling unit

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Granny Flat Redux

Home Building

Accessory dwelling units aren’t just for your mother-in-law anymore.

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tiny home

So You Want to Live in a Tiny House?

Home Building

They’re cozy, efficient, economical — and, in Maine, the subject of much haggling over zoning and building codes. Here’s how to prevent your tiny house from becoming a big headache.

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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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InLawUnit

Is an In-Law Unit Right for Your Property?

Partner Post: Houzz

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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