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6 Charred Wood Designs in Modern Homes

Charring is a simple and time-honored way to toughen the exterior of any wooden design. Called shou sugi ban in Japanese (when specifically referring to cedar) the process hardens the surface, protecting it against rain, rot, and insects. Too much burn weakens the wood but just enough leaves a beautiful, textured, coal-black sheen.
October 30, 2015
Open-plan living area and kitchen

A Look at Oak in 6 Modern Homes

Strong, hard, and resistant to bugs and fungus, oak has been the 'workhorse' of timbers for centuries, finding use in everything from ship's hulls to fine veneers. Tour these six examples of oak in modern homes.
October 29, 2015
Upstate New York small sustainable retreat for Chilewich and Sultan facade

6 Modern Homes in Upstate New York

With the thrum of New York City only a faint echo in the distance, these upstate homes illustrate the comforts of rustic living.
October 22, 2015
Facade of University of Buffalo's Solar Decathlon design.

An Eco-Friendly Prototype whose Furniture Maximizes Energy Efficiency

For their debut at the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2015 Solar Decathlon, the University at Buffalo goes beyond the competition parameters with custom furniture.
October 21, 2015
Modern house design in New Zealand

6 Statement-Making Front Doors

Whether giving off an aura of mystery, fun, or hospitality, front doors determine our first impressions of a home. These entryways welcome you inside with some serious spunk.
October 21, 2015
Facade with bronze-clad windows of Massachusetts renovation by Hammer Architects.

A Midcentury Modern Renovation Opens Interiors and Admits More Sunlight

Thanks to one client and architecture firm, this modern dwelling stands out in Hingham, Massachusetts, where traditional homes abound on historic streets.
October 20, 2015
Modern attic playroom by the window

A Look at Cork Floors in Modern Homes

While it's been used since the 19th century in flooring, cork has recently been gaining broader recognition: cork is eco-friendly (careful harvesting of cork bark keeps the tree alive, potentially for centuries), comfortable (it stays at room temperature, so no more cold floors), durable (potentially lasting decades), noise-attenuating, and it comes in multiple colors. However, cork is soft, so heavy furniture, sharp objects, and animal claws can damage it. Prices can vary compared to other flooring options but humble cork is always worth a look.
October 20, 2015
bog house living room

6 Double-Height Rooms

These rooms illustrate how high ceilings are the secret to maximizing interior space.
October 15, 2015
Living room with large windows, sofa, and a skylight

5 Modern Homes with Exposed Timbers

From rustic retreats to sleek contemporary abodes, timbers add a dash of ruggedness to any space. However, "timbers" aren't just any wooden rafter or beam: they're thicker and heavier than average dimensional lumber (like the ubiquitous 2-by-4) and more akin to what you find in buildings 100 years old or more.
October 13, 2015
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