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  1. Reading Time: Creative Books for Kids
    Books

    Reading Time: Creative Books for Kids

    From picture books for pint-size readers to more involved, didactic tomes that parents can read to their kids, break out these entertaining and educational volumes for more creative play.

    written by: Dan Maginn
    photos by: Peter Belanger
    09.27.13

  2. An Ode to the IKEA Cabinet
    Design 101

    An Ode to the IKEA Cabinet

    Joining the Grecian urn, the much-rhapsodized IKEA cabinet finally gets its poetic due as a heroic ode. Anyone who owns a set may verily be inclined to put quill to paper and dash off a few stanzas...

    written by: Dan Maginn
    01.30.09

  3. Ich Bin Ein Mulcher
    Outdoor

    Ich Bin Ein Mulcher

    When, at cocktail parties, the conversation turns from the fleeting news of the day to the subject of sublime beauty, Dan Maginn often find himself smiling, for soon, he will speak of mulch.

    written by: Dan Maginn
    02.04.09

  4. The Whole House Zone
    Design 101

    The Whole House Zone

    By conceptually dividing your home into zones, you can analyze each of its functions in turn. From there, you can develop strategies to understand how you actually live inside these zones—...

    written by: Dan Maginn
    01.01.09

  5. The Food Zone

    The Food Zone

    Fine-tuning your cooking and dining areas pays off in more ways than just saving resources. As in other functional zones, their success starts with awareness: Where exactly does your food come from...

    written by: Dan Maginn
    01.01.09

  6. The Living Zone

    The Living Zone

    Let’s talk design for a minute. It’s important to remember that potential modifications to your home must be carefully considered before you implement them. If you blindly follow the...

    written by: Dan Maginn
    01.01.09

  7. The Sleeping Zone

    The Sleeping Zone

    Sleep on this: You probably spend more time in your bedroom than any other home zone, so it’s important to get it right.1 Reducing your resource consumption here requires a close look at how...

    written by: Dan Maginn
    01.01.09

  8. The Bathroom Zone

    The Bathroom Zone

    Reducing your water usage is easy, and it doesn’t mean you have to brush your teeth with a pinecone or weep with remorse every time you flush the can. As is the case with all resource usage,...

    written by: Dan Maginn
    01.01.09

  9. The Utility Zone

    The Utility Zone

    Your garage, laundry room, basement, and other nonglam support areas: These are the silent killers of energy-efficiency in your home.1 Because these spaces are largely “unseen” (and...

    written by: Dan Maginn
    01.01.09

  10. The Yard Zone

    The Yard Zone

    The space outside your walls should be as thoughtfully considered as the space within. Aside from contributing to pleasant, functioning outdoor space, well-placed landscaping can protect your house...

    written by: Dan Maginn
    01.01.09

  11. Why Is Jane Smiling?
    Design 101

    Why Is Jane Smiling?

    So you’ve brought home an ebullient new contractor to turn your wreck into the Ritz. How to do it? Read on.

    written by: Dan Maginn
    01.25.10

  12. Why Is Joe Frowning?
    Design 101

    Why Is Joe Frowning?

    So you’ve brought home a bumbling new contractor who’ll turn your Ritz into a wreck. How to avoid it? Read on.

    written by: Dan Maginn
    01.25.10

  13. In the Nick of Time
    Design 101

    In the Nick of Time

    Though contractors are unusually deft with tools, accidents do happen. SawStop puts an end to that.

    written by: Dan Maginn
    01.25.10

  14. Building Tomorrow
    Design 101

    Building Tomorrow

    What will the future hold for contractors and builders? We asked three industry leaders for their prognostications.

    written by: Dan Maginn
    01.25.10

  15. Words You Should Know
    Design 101

    Words You Should Know

    Bid: How much the contractor will charge to build the house. Different than “estimate.” (“Bid” is to “estimate” as “getting wife flowers” is to ...

    written by: Dan Maginn
    01.25.10

  16. Underdone
    Essay

    Underdone

    At least 19 unfinished renovation projects currently reside within the crotchety old puzzle box of a house that I share with my wife, Keri. Together, the 21 of us live in a spirit of communal...

    written by: Dan Maginn
    03.20.10

  17. Your House, Your Sandwich
    Essay

    Your House, Your Sandwich

    An Architectural Drama in Five Parts

    written by: Dan Maginn
    05.03.10

  18. An Introduction to Architects
    Design 101

    An Introduction to Architects

    Aside from that mischievous caveperson in France who used a piece of charcoal to draw a line around some stick figures that suggested some kind of manmade shelter, it is generally acknowledged that...

    written by: Dan Maginn
    10.12.10

  19. On the Level
    --Done Right

    On the Level

    Sadly there's no blueprint for how to best work with an architect. Follow the example of the Smiths, though, and you'll come out ahead.

    written by: Dan Maginn
    10.12.10

  20. Ill Communication
    --Done Wrong

    Ill Communication

    The Joneses went for a splashy starchitect to design their new home. Then things took a turn for the worse.

    written by: Dan Maginn
    10.12.10

  21. Exploded View
    A Great Idea

    Exploded View

    There is so much rolled up in a building—form, function, historical reference, materials, craftsmanship—that developing a comprehensive opinion on its design can be daunting. If you...

    written by: Dan Maginn
    10.12.10

  22. Beyond Thunderdome
    --The Future of

    Beyond Thunderdome

    Ten years from now, a hundred, a thousand? Yeah, we know what architecture will look like then.

    written by: Dan Maginn
    10.12.10

  23. An Introduction to Building Codes
    Design 101

    An Introduction to Building Codes

    Fuss all you like about sprinklers and guardrails, we need building codes. Here's how to get your architect to play along.

    written by: Dan Maginn
    09.29.11

  24. Words You Should Know: Building Codes
    Design 101

    Words You Should Know: Building Codes

    Arm yourself with the vocabulary needed to navigate the world of building codes.

    written by: Dan Maginn
    09.29.11

  25. Up to Code
    Design 101

    Up to Code

    How one homeowner chose a savvy architect, made nice with the building code, and moved in without a hitch.

    written by: Dan Maginn
    09.29.11

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