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  • HEALTH AND WELL-BEING AT HOME TODAY–AND IN 2040

    Until recently, health rarely was a part of a home buyer’s search criteria, nor was it part of a builder’s design set. But now, as consumers, we have endless access to data and technology that put our health more in our control than ever, helping us understand the nuances of our health, along with how

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  • Sustainable Products from GreenBuild 2018

    Nearly 18,000 architecture, engineering, and construction professionals from around the world attended this year’s Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, held Nov. 14–16 in Chicago. Participants attended educational sessions, tours, workshops, and summits, and checked out the latest sustainable products and materials on the tradeshow floor, which hosted more than 550 manufacturers and exhibitors. Here are seven

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  • Six Unexpected Concrete Products

    Concrete is a durable, relatively affordable, and low-maintenance material. Although concrete is perhaps most commonly associated with forming the basis of large-scale infrastructure projects and structures, it’s also widely used in industrial design and furniture manufacturing, thanks to its versatility and ability to assume an array of geometries. The six products below demonstrate how designers

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  • How the ‘modern farmhouse’ look took over

    A decade ago the phrase “modern farmhouse” would perhaps have referred to a newly built actual farmhouse, but today it conjures a checklist of decor elements that add up to something a little bit country, a little bit industrial, and a whole lot of white paint. Shiplap paneling? Check. Reclaimed wood? Check. White walls and

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  • Smart Lighting: A Beginner’s Guide

    When it comes to smart home tech, the sheer breadth of products and integrations available can get overwhelming fast. An easy way to get started? Smart lighting. Setting up just one smart light bulb makes your home more controllable than before, and because bulbs are small and easy to change, they’re ideal for playing around with in rental apartments as well.

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  • Eleven Contemporary-and Traditional-Style Gas Fireplaces and Fire Pits

      While a “traditional-style” fireplace immediately conjures the image of a wood-burning hearth, it’s far from the only option available to builders and designers. Electric, propane, and natural gas-powered burners have enabled and inspired a new range of design options for in-home fire features. Contemporary fires are characterized by their stone, metal, or reflective glass

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