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Retrofitting the renovation

Carl Seville took a quick look at the floor plans I rolled out for him one afternoon last year, looked up over his glasses and fired out the kind of blunt comment (paired with textbook snicker) that is his trademark. “It’s
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DIY tips: Choosing a green architect

Hiring the right architect for a renovation or a new house is difficult enough. Adding the qualification “green” to the mix makes the search even more complicated. The first question you need to ask yourself is whether you need an architect
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DIY tips: Design-build vs. architecture

Architects and design-build contractors have heatedly debated the relative merits of two design and construction approaches for about three decades. The truth: There are arguments for either method, even after you throw in a green twist. Under design-bid-build (the "traditional" method preferred
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DIY tips: Alternatives to architects

The owner who's getting set to build a new house often assumes she or he will be working with an architect. But architects actually design only a fraction of the single-family homes built in the U.S. every year. High-end custom
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DIY tips: Green stock house plans

Buying a stock home plan online can be the least expensive and fastest way to obtain a design for a completely new house. Of course, there also are potential drawbacks. Ben Uyeda, founder and design director at FreeGreen.com. Photo courtesy
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