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Deck as Living Room? Not Far Off

Gary Marsh, a much-published deck designer and builder in Northern California, still gets calls from people who want curves. When Marsh—trained as an artist, designer, draftsman, and builder—first launched his business, All Decked Out, curves were curiosities. That was 1979. Though design in California, where the biggest trees on the continent grow, has always made innovative use of wood, Marsh’s signature curves and organic shapes put his deck designs in another league. In his original mission statement, the contractor/designer announced that he was “striving to reshape the image of a deck. ” Platform Blues Fast-forward 38 years and the image of the deck has indeed been reshaped. Decks are not what they were, or at least they don’t have to be.

Five Tiny House Ideas That Work for Big Houses Too

There's something to be said for living small and clutter-free, but most people want the benefits of a tiny house lifestyle without actually having to cram into 250 square feet. Realtor. com's Jennifer Geddes presents five tiny house design tips and tricks that can easily be applied to a regular single family build. 1. Carve out storage in surprising placesTake a tip from tiny houses, where storage space is at a premium, and make use of every square inch. “My husband cut into the stairs to make shelving for our shoes,” says Julie Coraccio, a professional organizer at Reawaken Your Brilliance in Raleigh, NC.

What to Look For: Inspecting your Insulation and Weather Stripping

As the cold weather approaches and your furnace begins its annual duties, we often think of ways to make our homes more energy efficient. One thing that can make a big impact on energy savings at a reasonable cost is inspecting your insulation and weatherstripping. Over time, weatherstripping can become worn out and damaged which then creates drafts. Insulation can settle over time, thus reducing its R-value and becoming less effective.