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  1. A Note on Our Expert

    A Note on Our Expert

    Growing up with parents who owned a restaurant inspired Rebecca Chapa to attend the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University at age 18. Like most college kids would, Chapa jumped at the...

    01.01.09

  2. A Note on Our Expert

    A Note on Our Expert: Clayton Hubbard

    Clayton Hubbard started painting houses as a summer job during high school. In his hometown of Syracuse, New York, he perfected his brush skills and honed his eye for color, learning patience with...

    01.01.09

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. The Human Zone

    The Human Zone

    The final home zone recognizes the importance of our behavior. Living responsibly extends beyond our physical spaces into our daily actions. We must design1 the way we live as carefully as we...

    01.01.09

  11. A Note on Our Expert: Leonard Koren
    A Note on Our Expert

    A Note on Our Expert: Leonard Koren

    Leonard Koren has led an enviably desultory life, first dropping out of college to paint murals with a group called the Los Angeles Fine Arts Squad and then eventually “begging”&mdash...

    written by: Amber Bravo
    01.01.09

  12. A Note on Our Expert: Bruce Aidells
    A Note on Our Expert

    A Note on Our Expert: Bruce Aidells

    Bruce Aidells starting cooking professionally while a graduate student at UC Santa Cruz. 

    written by: Sam Grawe
    01.01.09

  13. A Note on Our Expert

    A Note on Our Expert: Katherine North

    Katherine North is the principal and founder of Northbrook Design, which specializes in designing interiors for residential and hospitality projects in the San Francisco Bay Area and New York....

    01.01.09

  14. Green

    Tempting Timber

    Building with timber is an Australian tradition. Architect Jesse Judd honored this heritage, but selected recycled or plantation timbers instead of nonrenewable hardwoods from old-growth forests....

    01.01.09

  15. A Note on Our Expert

    A Note on Our Expert, Debra Prinzing

    While scouting backyards for Seattle Homes & Lifestyles in 2000, then–garden editor Debra Prinzing repeatedly stumbled upon sheds retrofitted for everything from potting plants to serving supper.

    01.01.09

  16. A Note on Our Expert

    A Note on Our Expert, Peter Bentel

    Peter Bentel is a modernist raised by modernists: The son of influential mid-century architects Frederick and Maria Bentel, Peter is a partner at Bentel & Bentel, which his parents established in...

    01.01.09

  17. A Note on Our Expert

    A Note on Our Experts, Jessica Morgan and Heather Cocks

    It’s no secret that America has a never-ending appetite for celebrity gossip and its subset, celebrity fashion.

    01.01.09

  18. A Note on Our Expert

    A Note on Our Expert, Eric Ryan

    Eric Ryan is the cofounder and chief brand architect of Method.

    01.01.09

  19. A Note on Our Expert

    A Note on Our Expert, Patti Stanger

    Patti Stanger comes from a line of matchmakers, and as the CEO of Millionaire’s Club (which connects well-heeled gents with high-heeled women) and the host of Bravo’s series The Millionaire...

    01.01.09

  20. A Note on Our Expert

    A Note on Our Expert, Jason F. McLennan

    Jason F. McLennan is CEO of the Cascadia Region Green Building Council, the Pacific Northwest’s leading organization in the field of sustainable development.

    01.01.09

  21. 101 Bathrooms: Glass
    Design 101

    101 Bathrooms: Glass

    No longer stuck in the ’50s pink- or yellow-tiled rut, today bath fixtures come in a wide variety of materials. For those who enjoy visibility (and Windex), glass is a clear choice.

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    01.01.09

  22. 101 Bathrooms: Ceramic
    Design 101

    101 Bathrooms: Ceramic

    Long considered to be the standard bathroom material, ceramic is no longer boring. New shapes and colors help redefine what was once only basic bisque or beige.

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    01.01.09

  23. 101 Bathrooms: Plastic
    Design 101

    101 Bathrooms: Plastic

    The same qualities that make plastic so prized by designers—malleability, translucency, vibrancy—also make for one-of-a-kind pieces to place in your bathroom

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    01.01.09

  24. Marmol Radziner: Homesite Delivery
    How they make it

    Marmol Radziner: Homesite Delivery

    After completion at the factory, each home is shrink-wrapped and loaded onto a truck for direct site delivery.

    01.01.09

  25. How they make it

    Marmol Radziner: Finish Construction

    Finish surfacing comes next—windows, drywall, cabinetry, ornamental metalwork, tiling, appliances, and fixtures are put into place.

    01.01.09

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