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essential storage tips

12 Clutter-Free Ways to Organize and Store Your Stuff

An interior design expert offers creative tips to organize and store everything so you can find it. by Joyanna Laughlin When you move into your dream home, you’ll finally have enough closet and storage space, and you’ll organize and store everything, and it will stay where it belongs, right? Wrong. Without designing enough storage space

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Reclaimed Wood

Reclaimed, Recycled, & Salvaged Wood

Reclaimed wood is an important, relatively new option for your new home. Demand is soaring as homeowners build greener homes and the availability of old growth wood necessary to make the larger-plank-size wood flooring that homeowners want dwindles. This has led manufacturers to reclaim wood, says Washington, D.C.-based interior designer Kirsten Lytle, NCIDQ. Reclaimed old growth wood

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energy efficient hot water system

ENERGY EFFICIENT HOT WATER

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Comparing energy-efficient hot water heaters probably isn’t on your green homebuilding to-do list. But, wait a minute! Water heating is the second biggest expense in your home, and the average family uses 64 gallons of water a day and spends $400 to $600 a year on hot showers and clean dishes and laundry. It’s time

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monticello green

Monticello – Thomas Jefferson, Green Builder

Written by Joyanna Laughlin for Motherearthliving.com We, the members of the seventh generation since Thomas Jefferson built Monticello, can learn a thing or two from the early green architect. “Those who construct their own shelter replicate themselves at their deepest and most significant level, in their houses. They are what they build.” —Jack McLaughlin in Jefferson

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Weekend Getaway

Weekend Getaway Tucson Style

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Come to Tucson in the fall for perfect weather, fantastic food, the great outdoors and local culture.                             Rest and Relax. Book your reservation now at the Big Blue House, an award-winning bed-and-breakfast inn located in a historic Queen Anne Victorian home

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solar panels

Solar Panels Made Simple

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Written by Joyanna Laughlin for Time to Build a Houseplans Blog Properly oriented solar panels can make a house or cabin energy-independent. Are you thinking about installing solar panels as part of living a greener lifestyle? Here’s what you need to know from homeowners and experts who have done the homework for you. Solar panels or

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essentials for building green

12 Essentials for Building Green

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Written by Joyanna Laughlin for Time to Build a Houseplans Blog The goal for this vacation house in Rhode Island — by Zero Energy Design — was to minimize energy use. At first, building a new energy-efficient home is all about imagining the best of what’s possible—the hottest design, the latest green technology, and the

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energy

Common Sense Energy Efficiency

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Article written by Joyanna Laughlin for Time to Build Blog Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff by Joyanna Laughlin From air sealing to solar panels, green building experts David Johnston and Marc Richmond offer tips on saving time, energy and money when building your energy-efficient home. Seal It Up Right Air sealing is as important to

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Energy Efficient House

Building an Energy-Efficient Home

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Article written for Time to Build Blog By Joyanna Laughlin Tips for Building an Energy-Efficient Home. Don’t wait until you’re shopping for appliances to think about energy efficiency—make it a priority from the start.To build your energy-efficient, dream green home, you need to know where to begin.Orientation David Johnston, president of the Boulder, Colorado-based green building/sustainable

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ACCESSORY DWELLING UNITS -- FOR IN-LAWS

In-Law Apartments and Dwelling Units

Article written for Time to Build Blog by Joyanna Laughlin Why ADUs Make Sense An aging baby boomer population, a challenging economy, and a lack of affordable housing are just a few of the reasons that accessory dwelling units (ADUs) are becoming more popular. According to the fall 2012 issue of The Appraisal Journal, an ADU is

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outdoor fireplaces

Outdoor Fireplaces, Fire Pits and Fire Bowls

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Outdoor fireplaces, fire pits and fire bowls are hot this summer! Article written for Time to Build Blog by Joyanna Laughlin According to Portland, Oregon-based Architect Risa Boyer Leritz, an outdoor fireplace or fire bowl is one of the top five ways to add style to your outdoor room. And whatever your style, from traditional

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improve outdoor space

Tips for improving your outdoor living spaces

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Article written for Time to Build Blog By Joyanna Laughlin Creating the coolest, outdoor living spaces you can imagine is easier and less expensive than you might think. Here, architects and interior designers from around the country offer 13 tips to help you design the outdoor rooms of your dreams.1. Consider your climate. Before you

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decking choices

Decking Building Choices by Joyanna Laughlin

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Article written for Time to Build Houseplans Blog by Joyanna Laughlin What’s On Deck A good deck can be the perfect transition between the interior and exterior of your home. Whether you want a great view, a quiet retreat, a backyard bistro or barbecue central, the first step is to choose the right decking materials.

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Outdoor Living

Seven Steps to Outdoor Lounging Space

Imagine relaxing on a warm afternoon in a luxurious daybed or hammock with an iced tea and a book. Article written by Joyanna Laughlin for Time to Build a Houseplans Blog    Or falling asleep on a summer night to the scents and sounds of nature, yet with all the comforts of home around you. This

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overcoming pain

5 Steps to Overcoming Painful Memories & Past by Joyanna Laughlin

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Cynthia James knows from experience how dejected, listless and dispirited a person can feel after a painful event, or a series of painful events, come at you without warning. “I came out of a violent childhood with sexual abuse,” says James, associate minister at Mile Hi Church in Lakewood, Colo. “I lived my teens, 20s and

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Arizona Birdwatching

Arizona Bird Watching Paradise

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Bring your binoculars and your Arizona birding list to these top spots for birders. by Joyanna Laughlin. Imagine hiking through a cool desert canyon before sunrise and feeling a thrill as you spot a bird you’ve wanted to see all your life. It’s not a dream; it’s Arizona – one of the top 10 places in

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energy building

Energy Efficiency Mistakes to Avoid

Article written by Joyanna Laughlin for Houseplans Blog The secret to getting the most for your money is using good, old-fashioned common sense — as with the design by David Wright, above. If you want to save energy, don’t build the largest home you can afford. Build a smaller, higher quality home, and build it right the

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energy efficient windows

Building with energy efficient Windows & Lighting

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Written by Joyanna Laughlin for Time to Build Shine a Light on Energy Savings Make windows and lighting a priority in your energy-efficient home When it comes to building your energy efficient home, it’s not just the big decisions (like orientation and insulation) that are important. Selecting the right lighting and windows has a bigger

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fair trade

5 Fair Trade FAQs and Buying Guide

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Buying “fair trade” products sounds like a good thing to do. But what does fair trade really mean? Does it make a difference? And how do you know your money is being used as you intend it to?  1. What does fair trade mean? The answer might seem like a no-brainer. But it’s actually challenging to

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Energy Saving Tips

Energy-Saving tips on Light Bulbs by Joyanna Laughlin

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Written for Gaiam Life: Burning questions about switching to compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) or other energy-efficient light bulbs? Allow us to shed some light. Q. How can a little light bulb make a difference? A. “CFLs prevent the emission of substantial quantities of greenhouse gases and other pollutants,” says Vicki Fulbright-Calwell, lighting and mercury consultant

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organic cotton

Opportunity Grows for the Organic Cotton Market

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by Joyanna Laughlin and Richard Fleming LOHAS Journal Oct. 2003 Push comes to pull as suppliers work to keep pace with rising demand from consumers who cotton to organic In the early 1990s, Texas farmer La Rhea Pepper “started exploring what we could do to bring economic sustainability back to the farm-gate level as well

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Cast Earth Construction

Cast & Character: Building a Home With Cast Earth Construction

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When Jan Johnson saw a newspaper article on earth houses and decided she wanted one, little did she know that she would end up owning a home in the forefront of sustainable building technology. Jan, a pediatric occupational therapist, cut out the article and tacked it up in her office. Twelve years later, she moved

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National Business on Organic Foods Medial Scrutiny

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