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Building my passive house - Part 2

Building my passive house – Part 2

This is the second entry in a series of columns about the design and construction of my own newly certified passive house. Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) offers a certification program developed in Europe to assist home-building professionals seeking to build highly energy-efficient homes (www.phaus.org for more information). The cottage The cottage I bought for...
Mother’s Day: Gifts from the heart

Mother’s Day: Gifts from the heart

Mother’s Day is a perfect time to ask yourself how much you really know about your mother.  It’s a time to get to know the person that she is outside of her role as mother or wife. How much do you know of your mother’s past? Do you know what interests her? Do you know...
HomeBriefs: June 2013

HomeBriefs: June 2013

Home decor trends from Darien Design Center When in comes to interior design, there are definite trends, according to Jackie Christman, interior designer and owner of Darien Design Center,  “Sometimes trends move toward or away from a particular style,” Jackie explains. “Right now the styles continue to move away from wood furniture in any sort...

American Fabrics holding annual Open Studio event this weekend

The American Fabrics Building is holding its annual Open Studio event this weekend, November 10 and 11 from 10 to 5 each day. Over 30 artists representing all types of creative pursuits will open their loft studios to the public. There will be  demonstrations, raffles, food, drink and music. There is something for everyone: ceramics,...
Roof Replacement

Roof Replacement

My husband and I have lived in our 1962 split level for more than 15 years, and during that time we’ve replaced the flooring and appliances and repainted the interior and exterior several times; you could say we’re veterans when it comes to the home improvement process. As far as a new roof is concerned,...

The art of the stone wall

Don’t believe what Robert Frost said, when he wrote: “Something there is that doesn’t love a wall.” The poet loved a stone wall enough to write an entire poem about it and that “Mending Wall” happens to be one of his most famous poems. Frost poked fun in his poem at his old-fashioned neighbor for...
Next month’s Home: A new, larger format

Next month’s Home: A new, larger format

Next month’s Home will have a new format featuring bigger pages, new features and an upgraded online presence. The size will change from 10-7/8 inches by 11 inches to 11-3/8 inches by 17 inches, a 62% increase per page. New features will include a Do-it-Yourself and Don’t-Do-it-Yourself feature, a before and after renovation project, a...
You never forget your first house ... But maybe you should

You never forget your first house … But maybe you should

The tree peonies are still there, hidden by weeds, and I think I see a glimpse of the bird bath that I bought before I knew anything about birds. But what was once my garden, tenderly cared for, revised so many times from flowers to vegetables and back again, looked abandoned, as if the people...
A Vintage Home with Character

A Vintage Home with Character

LOCATION: A quiet road in Redding is the site for this distinctive antique home, which was originally a toll house. PROPERTY: An acre and a half of land is attractively landscaped with a patio and an abundance of gardens, and there’s a greenhouse to keep those gardens flourishing. HOUSE: Built in 1800, this vintage home...