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An Introduction to Universal Design

Mention universal design and see your companions’ eyes start glazing over. Though formally flashy chairs and posh penthouses may reside at the sexier end of the design world, universal design actually affects us all. So pay attention and prepare to learn something - your less hale days aren’t far off; none of ours is.
February 9, 2010
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An Introduction to Contractors

Architect-author, Dan Maginn of El Dorado Inc., in Kansas City, Missouri, gives us the inside track on one of his favorite subjects: contractors. Learn what makes them tick, how to work with them, and how to keep all your fingers.
January 26, 2010
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Words You Should Know

January 25, 2010
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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.
January 25, 2010
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In the Nick of Time

Though contractors are unusually deft with tools, accidents do happen. SawStop puts an end to that.
January 25, 2010
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Building Tomorrow

What will the future hold for contractors and builders? We asked three industry leaders for their prognostications.
January 25, 2010
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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.
January 25, 2010
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Before You Renovate

Finding the perfect home sometimes means creating it. Renovation can require as much effort in the planning as in the execution so you’ll need some patience—and you should arm yourself with as much knowledge as possible before jumping in. Here are some essentials to consider:
October 3, 2009
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Modern Love

Single mod-loving gal seeks North Jersey split-level for a match made in Hoboken.
September 23, 2009