Green Living and other home improvements
Where to put tiny houses: pocket neighborhoods
Searching for affordable housing recently led me to explore the possibility of buying a tiny house. I've been attracted to the tiny house concept for quite some time. I am pretty sure that I could be content in less… More >>(0) Comment >>
How much are solar panels worth?
For many years it's been clear that homes with solar have added value for buyers. But it wasn't until very recently that appraisers had a way to calculate that value. We installed solar on our roof in November of 2010… More >>
Upcycling: from crushed cans to folk art
Sometimes I envy my creative friends. While I'm the one who imposes order on chaos by tossing clutter, they embrace what others discard, imagining for it a whole new life. They can transform used, forgotten, and rejected… More >>
Which is better: oil or water-based paints?
My good friend Eric Corey Freed, an architect, is one of the foremost thinkers in sustainable building and named one of the "Top Ten Most Influential Green Architects." He says that after years of talking about "green… More >>
5 jaw-dropping passive houses
Along with Net Zero Energy homes, "passive house" is one of the hottest housing trends both in the United States and around the world. The standard allows homes to reduce energy consumption by an astonishing 90% or… More >>