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How to Bring Out Your Home’s Character With Trim

Posted on 8/21/15 9:02 AM
When it comes to architecture, details count. They also define. The places where floors, doors, ceilings and windows meet the walls are usually accompanied by trim. The way that trim is executed has refined and defined our houses throughout history. Trim adds character and flavor to a home, the way pearl buttons finish off a shirt or cinnamon completes a coffee cake. And it helps distinguish one style of architecture from another.

Project: New interior trim.

Why: Whether you want to embellish or change the character of your space, trim will give your rooms more personality and a stronger identity.
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11 Shutters to Enhance Every Window

Posted on 8/18/15 8:59 AM
The architectural detailing of traditional shutters can enhance the interior and exterior of a house. Often custom made, shutters offer full privacy with the ability to manipulate the individual louvers into the up or down position. Shutters can cover any window or door, let in as much or as little light as needed and serve as a spectacular companion to any fabric top treatment. Full of character, shutters are durable investments that can enhance a home's resale value.
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Budget Decorator: 10 Ways to Deck Out Your Patio

Posted on 8/4/15 9:08 AM
Been gazing out at your backyard, wishing you could spruce up your hangout space? You don’t need to spend a lot to make a big difference in the way your outdoor rooms look and feel; you can whip up furnishings and decor, hunt for vintage bargains and make smart choices about new purchases. Here are 10 ideas for updating your space on a dime.
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What is a Corbel/ Bracket?

Posted on 7/31/15 8:30 AM
A corbel/ bracket is a structural or decorative bracket placed between a vertical wall and a horizontal surface (ceiling, counter, tabletop, roof). Corbels are made from wood, plaster or marble, and synthetic materials. Generally when they are made from sythetic materials (polyurethane) they last much longer. Worthington brackets actually have a lifetime warranty. Brackets that are made from polyurethane are not load bearing and are for decorative purposes only. You can definitely get creative with them since they can be cut just like a typical wood bracket. You can use them for shelves or even curtain rods to add a little touch of unexpected pizazz to your home.
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Roots of Style: The 3 Waves of Italian Renaissance

Posted on 7/28/15 10:07 AM
Eclectic styles blossomed in the United States at the turn of the 20th century. Among them was Italian Renaissance, which began around 1890 and remained popular until the 1930s. The Great Depression and World War II ended its run for a few decades. But it has since regained significant ground and is now frequently replicated in Sunbelt areas, though usually in higher-end homes. Being of Mediterranean origin, this style is similar to other Spanish period styles, such as Spanish eclectic and Mission. It is loosely related to the preceding Italianate style but should not be confused with that fashion, as they are quite different when closely examined. Italianate houses fall into the Victorian-era category, and many are clad in wood, for example.
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Before and After: Beauty and Functionality in an American Foursquare

Posted on 7/21/15 8:40 AM
Life was different when this traditional foursquare home near Boston was built in the early 1900s. Back then, rooms were separate and had clear assignments: The kitchen was for cooking, the dining room was for eating and so on. In those days, windows let in cold air during the winter, so they tended to be smaller and less embracing of a view.

This home had been remodeled over the years, and each refresh had added details that were not age- or architecturally appropriate and took the home away from the plain-spoken look of an American foursquare. The new owners wanted to bring back some of the original details (or what could have been original) and add modern touches, so they hired Robert S. MacNeille, design principal and president of Carpenter & MacNeille.
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What You Need to Know When Considering a Cabana or Covered Patio

Posted on 7/13/15 9:00 AM
Mother Nature is a fickle friend. To fully appreciate the wonders of outdoor living this summer — rain or shine — an outdoor covered structure that brings the indoors out, and the outdoors in, might be the answer for you. Here’s everything you need to know, from planning to location to function and cost, as you consider building a covered structure for your home.
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When Does a House Become a Home?

Posted on 7/8/15 9:00 AM
Why is it that certain places feel like home right away, but others may take months or even years before they feel like yours? Is it the location, something about the home itself or something else? Here we’ll explore these questions and some ways to get settled at home. Please add your own experiences in the Comments!
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How to Spruce Up Your Patio for Summertime Fun

Posted on 6/22/15 9:31 AM
At last the weather is warming up, the plants are springing to life and the sun is beckoning us outside. It may still be drizzling on occasion, but we know our gardens will be getting some heavy use in the next few months. To help you make the most of your outdoor space this summer, here are six simple ways (that won’t break the budget) to ensure that you’re ready.
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6 Ways to Create an Inviting Home Entrance

Posted on 6/15/15 9:11 AM
I visit a lot of homes each year in many different settings: some in-town, and some way out in the country. I'm always amazed by the frequency with which I have a hard time finding the front door of a home. Sometimes I'll even end up at a back or a side door. This ideabook includes 6 helpful ways on how to create an entrance to your home that guides your visitors from the outside in.
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So You Want to Build: 7 Steps to Create a New Home

Posted on 6/11/15 8:49 AM
Whether building new or renovating an existing structure, creating a new home is a journey of discovering who you are, what you want, how you want to live and where you want to be. It’s a chance for you to define your relationship to the world, to your family and to yourself. Creating a home is more than building “3 bedrooms, 2 ½ bathrooms.” It is so much more than the sum of a few parts.

As with any journey, you’ll want to do some research and plan your trip. You’ll want to have a sense of what the end result should be and how much it’ll cost. And while you’ll no doubt be able to go it alone, having a seasoned and experienced guide show you the way will likely mean a more enjoyable, more enriching and overall better journey.

Let’s look at the steps, in chronological order, involved in creating a home.
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5 Remodels That Make Good Resale Value Sense — and 5 That Don’t

Posted on 6/8/15 9:38 AM
Repeat after me: I am the master of my remodel. Perhaps you should say it again, because sadly, it’s not always so. Remodels sometimes have a tendency to develop their own inertia, as decisions lead to new dilemmas, unintended consequences and surprising outcomes. In some cases, these flights of fancy are perfectly acceptable, provided the design and completed execution truly align with the vision and budget.

But if your budget is a concern, and the wise investment of limited home improvement dollars matters, then there are a few basic guidelines you should familiarize yourself with before planning your remodel. Today we review five remodels that typically make good financial sense, providing a nice return on the investment at the time of resale — and five that don’t.
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Building Permits: 10 Critical Code Requirements for Every Project

Posted on 6/4/15 9:56 AM
If only the three little pigs had gotten a permit. How different their story would be. If each piggy’s home had been constructed to code, it could have withstood the onslaught of an earthquake, a blizzard, a fire or a wolf’s mighty wind.

Today we’ll examine 10 critical code requirements that often come into play in typical U.S. remodel projects. Whether you’re tackling a project yourself or working with a professional, you’ll want make sure these codes are met. Especially if there’s a huffing and puffing wolf in your neighborhood.

More in this series:
When a Permit Is Required and When It’s Not | The Submittal Process
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A Historic Charleston Charmer Home Is Reborn

Posted on 6/1/15 9:15 AM
For as long as historic bus tours have been run along the cobblestone streets of Charleston, South Carolina, a point of interest has been the classical revival home originally owned by John N. Tidemann. A pre–Civil War beauty boasting wrought iron gates, mahogany shutters and a gracious front porch (or piazza), this “Charleston single” home was beginning to show its age when Nancy and Steve Feinberg purchased it in 2014. The Feinbergs, who own a manufacturing company in Hong Kong, had been living in Chicago nine months a year and wintering in Charleston for more than a decade. They were now ready to split their time evenly between the Windy City and the charming Southern town. To make the transition complete, the Feinbergs reached out to Palm Springs, California, interior designer Dann Foley to bring back their historic house’s original grandeur.
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10 Outdoor Room Ideas That Radiate Style

Posted on 5/27/15 2:53 PM
Longer days mean more time to relax outdoors with a cool drink, watching the sun dip below the fence line. Furnish your outdoor rooms in style, from the front porch to the back deck, with the right combination of comfortable furniture and fresh accessories. From beachy to retro cool, here are 10 outdoor spaces that get it right.
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Pergolas Pump Up Curb Appeal

Posted on 5/25/15 1:35 PM
When the temperature started climbing this spring, my husband and I realized it was time to turn our attention to the outside of our house, most importantly the garage. Not only is it in need of some major repairs, but it's crying for a dose of jazzification in the form of a pergola.

A wall-mounted pergola is the ultimate garage accessory. Traditionally mounted above the garage door with brackets supporting it from below, pergolas feature purlins that sit directly on rafters. Architecturally, they act as a focal point that connects and intrigues, and — best of all — they increase your property's curb appeal.
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Houzz News - Meet Our Future of Architecture Winners

Posted on 5/22/15 9:34 AM
Houzz and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) this year launched the Future of Architecture Residential Design Contest and Showcase to increase public awareness of the impact that good design can have on our lives. One of the biggest challenges for architects early in their careers is getting visibility for their work — the type of exposure that brings opportunities for jobs or a first built project. So Houzz and the AIA teamed up to spotlight talented emerging architects and share their work with Houzz’s 30 million users.

The contest, open to new architects and architecture students, had participants vying for a chance to collaborate with Houzz on a community revitalization project. Other prizes included $5,000 to invest in their architecture career and an expenses-paid trip to the 2015 AIA National Convention and Design Exposition in Atlanta. Winners were determined by the Houzz community, and they are …
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Renovation Detail: The Chippendale Balustrade

Posted on 5/18/15 9:00 AM
In my quest to replace the iron railings on our front porch, I discovered the Chippendale balustrade and fell in love. Affectionately inspired by the work of Thomas Chippendale, an 18th-century English furniture maker, the fretwork is also influenced by Asian designs trends.

The geometric pattern is typically set within a rectangular frame and is often repeated. With careful mathematical calculations, a skilled craftsperson is able to construct the regimented balustrade, which is often found on porches, decks, widow walks and staircases.

The next time you find yourself in a historic neighborhood with well-preserved homes, take a look-see at the balustrades. You're guaranteed to stumble upon a Chippendale or two. Heck, even Thomas Jefferson used them at Monticello.
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Outdoor Rooms: The Perfect Pergola

Posted on 5/14/15 1:33 PM
If you've been thinking about how to add more elegance to your terrace, patio or deck, a pergola could be the perfect choice. This beautiful structure is a wonderful way to define your outdoor space without closing it in. Pergolas are classic, architectural features that often covered the walkways in Italian Renaissance gardens. A pergola makes a versatile addition to any outdoor living area because it can be customized to fit the style of your yard, whether it's formal or casual. Pergolas don't provide full shelter, but their openness is what provides that look of simple elegance.
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Lean on Me: Balustrades and Rails Through the Ages to Today

Posted on 5/13/15 11:06 AM
Whether you live in a cottage by the sea, a cabin in the mountains, an apartment in the sky or even a bungalow on a suburban street, the veranda is one architectural element that stays in high regard. The balustrades and rails on our verandas not only protect loved ones, but they also harmonize with all the other important details of an exterior — occasionally becoming the standout feature.

Let the interesting balustrade and rail styles below inspire details on your own veranda.
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