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When doing a recent remodel, several challenges were faced – working around what’s there and/or incorporating the old with the new. A master bath remodel was presented to me in an original home built in the 1920s. The original bathroom was small, the ceiling flat and low, and the shower was boxed in by an… Read more »

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  Thanksgiving morning to many of us means the Macy’s Day Parade in New York City. It was first held in 1924 and was actually a Christmas Parade to open the Christmas season. Other than a 3-year period during WWII the parade has been a continuous part of a New York Thanksgiving So my spin… Read more »

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For building and design, if you think Indonesia, you thing teak. But nowadays a new ceiling, floor and wall tile is being imported from Indonesia into the U.S. that is not made from teak, but from coconuts. Their color patterns, texture and 3-dimensional look make them a beautiful treatment for your remodel. The coconut tiles… Read more »

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I’m sure we’re all familiar with Legos as children, and with our own children and grandchildren. Legos, a Danish company, has made their iconic plastic building blocks since 1949. Have you ever been to Legoland?Legoland California is their theme park and aquarium located in Carlsbad, California. There you can see a miniature downtown Manhattan, San… Read more »

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The Presidential election is just around the corner. One of the candidates will soon be taking up residence in the White House at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington D.C. It’s timely then to take a closer look at this well known building. The White House was originally designed by Irish-born James Hoban, who won an architectural competition to… Read more »

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Great American cities wouldn’t be as great without the uniquely American architectural design of some of their most famous edifices. Cities with the Best Architecture, according to some. For example, the architecture of Chicago is considered world class and has had a considerable influence on much of America’s architecture. And New York easily comes to mind with the Empire State Building,… Read more »

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Strictly speaking the Internet has changed everything. Virtual meetings, collaborative documents and long distance chats. But some things will never change. For example: face-to-face communication. There is something very human about communicating with someone within their physical space. We are, after all, highly communicative, and most obviously verbal creatures. But body language, facial expressions, hand… Read more »

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Concrete has been around for thousands of years. The Romans were the first to use it on a grand scale. The Colosseum in Rome was built primarily with concrete, Yet we are still finding new applications for concrete in architectural design. Sometimes people use the words concrete and cement interchangeably. But concrete and cement are… Read more »

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Smart home technology, also called home automation technology, is exploding. Consumers are now able to automate and remotely control lighting, HVAC, security for their homes, as well as drop the shades, start the dishwasher and get dinner started. Sounds like the Jetsons. Nest may have started it all. Its learnable thermostat was one of the… Read more »