The authors take on straight-guy habits, straight-guy style, and straight-guy home decor, using quick questionnaires that identify problem areas and providing straightforward advice to help women renovate their men.
Question by beach comber: What is the best carpet to use at a beach condo on balconies that are on north (shade) side of the condo?
The balconies are covered and do not get direct rain but get some moisture due to blowing rain and adjacent planter beds. These balconies which serve 2 condo units each were covered with an indoor/outdoor carpet that lasted for 20 years but was removed during an Ivan restoration project. What product do you recommend for this application?
Answer by rob s Any carpet that can get wet shouldn t be used out side.. Getting it wet can delaminate the carpet from the backing.
Now if you use a true indoor/out door or a marine carpet then your safe… These are made to take on moisture.. GL
Question by Robert P: What type of tradesmen would be best a building a house?
I’m currently looking into being a carpenter and I think this would be good as about 15 years I want to build my own house. Does anyone think there is any other trade one could have that would make this more achieable. – sounds wierd i know, but i wondering.
Answer by merlineaton carpenter sounds like a cool job, i’m sure once you work building houses, you will learn all kinds of other skills that will help you build your own house, but being a carpenter, you could build your own furniture too! cool!
Who does not dream of owning their own home? To allow these dreams to come true and to make houses affordable, more and more planners are turning to prefabrication as a solution. Whether just individual building elements or the entire house, prefabrication helps to create a home of one”s own even with very limited funds.
21st Century Houses offers a bumper selection of outstanding contemporary designs in gorgeous, glossy color spreads. From modest to massive and everything in between, all the houses feature the latest trends in building and interior design and provide a revealing glimpse of what it’s like to live in some of the most spectacular houses in the world. Locations include the United States, the United Kingdom, India, Germany, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Norway, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indones
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Contractor quality mechanical jack for all-purpose lifts and supports. Holds heavy loads indefinitely and will not creep. Heavy-duty bell shaped cast base. Less effort required to lift capacity load with new design. Corrugated steel swivel head turns easi
Question by aboveparcan: What is the best home design/home fix-it show?
Just bought a house and I want to do some work on it in the future. I would like to start watching a good home design/home fix-it show to give me some ideas. Can someone suggest a good one to watch that is on a basic cable channel? I only have 78 channels.
Answer by Brent C All of the best one are all gone now. all that is out there is like game show ones
So if you find one please let me know. I don;t even watch them any more. There are way to fofo and only decorating stuff. But before there was this old house, bob vilias home again, michal halagans, that guy and girl team that sells the cutting thing infomercial, I learn more from the tv show “home improvement with time the tool man taylor” then I do from all of the shows that are on now.
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The Sarasota Housing Authority (SHA) and The Michaels Development Company have been recognized for outstanding achievement in neighborhood building and design by The National Association of Home Builders(NAHB) for Phase 1 of Janies Garden, an 86-unit, garden-style apartment community in the historic Newtown neighborhood of Sarasota.
Featuring both affordable and market-rate apartments and townhomes and a LEED-Certified Green community center, Janies Garden won NAHBs Best in American Living Award for Neighborhood Design.
We are delighted that a national housing organization has singled out Janies Garden for this honor, said William Russell, executive director of the Sarasota Housing Authority. Were even more proud that this beautiful housing community and its wonderful amenities and social services programs are making such a significant difference in the lives of our residents.
Located on the site of the former Janie Poe public housing complex, Janies Garden 1 is the first phase of an ambitious plan by the city and SHA to revitalize a neighborhood once blighted by neglect. In December, the SHA and Michaels unveiled Janies Garden Phase 2, which includes additional affordable and market-rate apartments as well as 10,000 square feet of retail space fronting the historic communitys main street, Martin Luther King Way.
Now in its 28th year, NAHBs Best in America Living Awards program recognizes outstanding achievement by builders and design professionals in all sectors of the residential housing industry including single-family production, custom, rental, affordable, interiors, remodeling, community and international, based on the principle that good design is not and should not be limited to high-priced and/or custom homes. Even the simplest, most affordable homes can receive an award if they showcase good design.
Award winners were announced during the annual NAHB International Builders Show in Orlando earlier this month.
In addition to the Sarasota Housing Authority and Michaels Development Company, the project team for Janies Garden Phase 1 included Torti Gallas & Partners, which served as Architect and Land Planner; Carlson Studio Architecture, which served as the local architect and who designed the Green community Center, and Clark Construction Group, as the builder.
About the Sarasota Housing Authority
The Sarasota Housing Authority(SHA) was established as a public housing authority in 1938 under Florida statute to administer federal housing assistance for low, very low and extremely low-income families. Presently SHA provides subsidized housing for over 1,300 low-income families in Sarasota, FL. SHA administers 436 Public Housing apartments, 75 units of Section 8 New Construction, and 800 Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers. SHA administers an annual budget of over $ 10 million with a staff of 24.
About the Michaels Development Company:
Headquartered in Marlton, NJ, The Michaels Development Company is part of The Michaels Organization, a family of eight integrated but independent companies dedicated to excellence in affordable, mixed-income, military housing and student housing. Michaels Development is the number one affordable housing developer in the country and in 2010 was named the Multifamily Development Firm of the Year by the National Association of Home Builders. The Michaels Organization currently owns more than 43,000 units and manages more than 38,000 units in 32 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Award winning Yaletown developer James Schouw is a designer, green-minded builder, philanthropist, and community visionary. A building by James Schouw looks unlike any other, anywhere else in the world. James is influenced by early Vancouver architecture with neo-classical elements but his designs are truly original and eclectic.
James oversees all aspects of his developments, from conception, to design, to construction. His timeless design with attention to detail and cutting edge construction, has created a devoted following. His buildings are on the ‘must-see’ list of Vancouver architecture and it’s a common site to see people taking pictures of his buildings. The beauty of his buildings have turned them into Habitable Art, art that people live in.
Best known for the dramatic style of his buildings, James is changing the way buildings are built and raising the bar for environmental sensitivity with his innovative designs. His landmark Grace building, at 1280 Richards, is the first high rise in the city to have been conceived with energy efficient geothermal heating, a technology that saves on heating costs, produces minimal greenhouse gases and has set the standard for other high end projects. The carbon emission reduction for Grace is the equivalent of taking 100 cars off the road annually. In addition to the Geothermal heating system, his projects incorporate a rainwater recovery system. He has also installed a fingerprint recognition security system that ensures only inhabitants gain entrance.
Creating buildings with a reduced environmental footprint is a reflection of James’ overall development philosophy. He has sense of responsibility to enhance the community and give back to society. A minimum of 50% of each year’s net corporate and personal income will be donated to humanitarian efforts over a ten-year period. Charity work is ingrained into his company’s values and culture.
Born in Winnipeg and raised in Vancouver, James studied physics at university but became fascinated with construction after spending time helping his architect father at a construction site. A natural entrepreneur he left school to start a successful ice cream distribution business and to pursue his interest in design and construction. His own dissatisfaction with what he saw on the market prompted him to build his first multifamily development, Iliad. James is a long time resident of Yaletown and always resides in the projects he creates so that they have the liveability that he would expect in a home.
James’ Grace building was awarded the 2008 Georgie Award for High Rise of the Year, was a nominee for best multi-family housing for the national SAM awards, and was a finalist for the international SPARK design awards. James is a past winner of Business in Vancouver’s 40 under 40 Award and he has been featured on CBC Television’s “Living Vancouver”, HGTV’s Lofty Ideas, and CKNW’s “Adler Online”. He is an occasional contributor to Business in Vancouver Magazine, writing articles giving his thoughtful perspective on Vancouver’s housing industry.
steen eiler rasmussen, tingbjerg, 1950-1972
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tingbjerg social housing, copenhagen, c.1950-1972.
architect: steen eiler rasmussen.
many influences come together in steen eiler rasmussen’s postwar essay in urbanism, tingbjerg: his liking of urban spaces, repetition, and anonymous architecture bespeak his origin in nordic neoclassicism; there is the klint school’s reactionary insistence on local craft, masonry in this case; also rasmussen’s love of all things English shows itself in street scenes resembling at times a garden city and at times a mining town…finally, there is more than a hint of Italian rationalism.
but all that is invisible to most Danes, not because they don’t appreciate architecture, but rather because of the almost complete failure of tingbjerg as an urban experiment.
its 2000-3000 counsil flats have been used as a social dump by the copenhagen municipality for decades; together with the physical isolation of the neighbourhood this has created an endemic condition of unemployment, substance abuse, and crime. flats are abandoned, shops are boarded up.
steen eiler rasmussen knew full well that his major work was a failure and made no effort to hide the fact that a different approach had to be found for public housing. his legacy as a building architect was permanently tainted and his reputation today rests solely on his writings.
these days see the early stages of a huge reinvestment in the area. the basic architectural fabric is of a quality that should make change possible even if some of us remain sceptical about what landscape architects can do about social problems…
still, as the early modernists well knew, social problems are best adressed with education, jobs, and decent housing. architecture does play a part.
Question by ஐ❤♫ Archie’s Angels ♫❤ஐ: Best House building companies?
Hey everyone! 🙂
My family is currently in the phase of buying a house. We are not sure if we should build a new house (it seems like worth it). We have been looking at different “communities”.
So my question is…..
What companies (like Losani, Empire Homes…etc.) would be the best to work with? Has anyone ever build their house like this?
Help is highly appreciated! THANK YOU! 🙂
Oh, and I am in Sounthern Ontario, but what you said Mark makes sense 🙂
Answer by Mike Congatulations!
I’m assuming you’re in So Cal with builder names like Losani and Empire. Although I have no direct experience with either, I think a good place to start would be to visit other communities either builder has built, preferably a couple years after the community was completed. It’d be great if you could speak with owners in the communities you visit. New houses look wonderful but sometimes it takes a year or two for problems to become evident, ie settling, inferior construction techniques and materials, etc.
I bought a Toll Bros home in sw Florida after doing a bunch of research and am very pleased. Not only with the construction but also with the financing package. I’ve bought homes in the past and this one’s process was the most painless.