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  1. How they make it

    04 Groove

    Once the pieces are assembled, their stepped miter joints are glued together and clamped to dry. Wrong routs a three-millimeter perpendicular groove along every 90-degree corner of each piece. The...

    01.01.09

  2. Birdhouses
    Product Reviews

    Birdhouses

    Dear Dwell: We'd like to get a modern-looking birdhouse. Which ones will look best in our backyard? —Erik Edwards, St. Louis, Missouri

    written by: Christopher Bright
    photos by: Peter Belanger
    01.01.09

  3. Rough Frame Construction
    How they make it

    Rough Frame Construction

    In the third stage of rough frame construction, after painting and prepping, structural insulated panels (SIPs) are dropped in from above and attached to grooves set within the basic frames in...

    01.01.09

  4. House Plants
    Product Reviews

    House Plants

    Q: I enjoy plants' form, color, and positive impact, but what frustrates me is the lack of interesting houseplants available today. Are houseplants old-fashioned and out of place in the modern home...

    01.01.09

  5. Architecture and Design Books
    Product Reviews

    Architecture and Design Books

    Dear Dwell, I am new to modernism and eager to learn all I can about architecture and design. What books would you recommend to a novice? —Mathilda Feigenbaum, Mission Hills, Kansas

    photos by: Peter Belanger
    01.01.09

  6. A Note on Our Expert

    A Note on Our Expert: Josh Epple

    Originally opened in 1889, Drewes Bros. is a San Francisco neighborhood butcher shop specializing in all-natural free-range products, run by brothers Josh and Isaac Epple.

    01.01.09

  7. A Note on Our Expert

    A Note on Our Experts: Richard and Peter Schultz

    After 20 years working for Knoll and collaborating with modern furniture titans like Harry Bertoia, Richard Schultz went into business for himself.

    01.01.09

  8. Vampire Power
    Design 101

    Vampire Power

    Probably the most evocative term among the otherwise technocratic energy vocabulary, vampire power is the continuous current that appliances and electronics draw from an outlet even when turned off.

    written by: Sarah Rich
    01.01.09

  9. Design 101

    Residential Wind

    When we think of alternative energy at home, our minds leap straight to solar panels, the most obvious symbol of a site-generated grid-free power source.

    written by: Sarah Rich
    01.01.09

  10. Design 101

    101 Alternative Energy: On-Demand Hot Water

    We don’t keep a kettle boiling on the stove all day for the one moment when we want tea, so why do we keep water heated around the clock when all we need it for is a shower or a load of laundry?

    written by: Sarah Rich
    01.01.09

  11. A Note on Our Expert

    A Note on Our Expert: Susumu Ueda

    Executive chef Susumu Ueda was born in the United States and raised in Japan and has lived everywhere from Belgrade to Athens.

    01.01.09

  12. A Note on Our Expert

    A Note on Our Expert: Steve Reczkowski

    Steve Reczkowski has been a fine-art photographer for 15 years and finds working in a photo lab a most convenient occupation for supporting himself and his art.

    01.01.09

  13. A Note on Our Expert

    A Note on Our Expert: Tony Espinoza

    Tony Espinoza is the man behind San Francisco Soundworks, a full-service multiroom recording studio that’s putting the city back on the map as one of the top places to hit the charts.

    01.01.09

  14. A Note on Our Expert

    A Note on Our Expert: Arshad Chowdury

    Arshad Chowdhury is the cofounder of MetroNaps, the first company to provide midday napping facilities in the form of handsome fiberglass pods (shown opposite).

    01.01.09

  15. A Note on Our Expert

    A Note on Our Expert: Peter Stathis

    Peter Stathis is the principal of a leading collaborative design venture, Virtual Studio, which specializes in consumer products, and has worked with Arstecnica, KnollStudio, Nambé, and OXO.

    01.01.09

  16. A Note on Our Expert

    A Note on Our Expert: Daniel Patterson

    Daniel Patterson is the owner and executive chef of Coi Restaurant in San Francisco. Coi, which means “tranquil” in archaic French, is just that: a quiet refuge amid the flamboyant flash of strip...

    01.01.09

  17. A Note on Our Expert

    A Note on Our Expert: Heather Wagner

    Heather Wagner is a freelance writer and Dwell contributor and is currently writing a comic novel on the subject of modern etiquette.

    01.01.09

  18. Not Just Another Plant in the Wall
    Outdoor

    Not Just Another Plant in the Wall

    “Technically it’s a cinch,” Patrick Blanc says, and with a wave of the hand ticks off the ingredients needed to build a plant wall: ten-millimeter-thick waterproof PVC slabs...

    written by: Michelle Hoffman
    01.01.09

  19. A Note on Our Expert

    A Note on Our Expert: Kathleen Walsh

    Kathleen Walsh is the founder and head designer of the Los Angeles–based design firm Walteria Living, which was established in 2004. Walsh and her staff of five specialize in usually clever,...

    01.01.09

  20. Green

    Blame It On the Rain

    The home’s water collection system makes capturing and storing fresh water so simple that you wonder why cities need a municipal supply at all.

    01.01.09

  21. Green

    Iceynene

    Spray foams are made from a variety of materials, some of which are toxic or harmful to the environment, so it’s important to know what you’re getting.

    01.01.09

  22. Green

    Geothermal Heat Facts and Figures

    No matter where you live, you can use the stable temperatures of the earth to condition building spaces. In winter, the ground is warmer than the air, so it can be used to heat a house. In summer...

    01.01.09

  23. Green

    Eco-Hat

    The EcoHat is as typical of the Oxley Woods design as an old-fashioned chimney. The unit is easily accessible from inside the home, allowing for repairs and updates to technology without the need...

    01.01.09

  24. Green

    Straw House: Facts and Figures

    Environment: About 200 million tons of straw go to waste in the U.S. every year. If all the wasted straw were burned, it would add up to nearly 6 percent of the total CO2 emitted annually by...

    01.01.09

  25. Green

    Heat-Pump

    One piece of correspondence that never darkens the mailbox of this Northern California beach house is a utility bill (nor are guests wandering around swathed in multiple sweaters).

    01.01.09

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