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More stories about Cost-Effective Design

  • By Design: Affordable Lessons

    Refining affordable house plans

  • Notebook

    Coping with swings in lumber prices, back supports cut injuries, spray foam insulation outperforms fiberglass in extreme cold

  • Focus on Energy: Up-Front Payback for Energy Improvements

    Cutting hvac costs

  • Letters

    Balancing cost and good design, working downtown

  • Low-Voltage Lighting

    Besides giving greater control to display and accent lighting, low-voltage fixtures are less expensive in the long term than conventional incandescents.

  • Focus on Energy: Energy Upgrades -- Cash Flow vs. Payback

    Efficiency upgrades

  • Heating System Tuneups

    Most furnaces and boilers more than five years old can benefit from modifications that will improve performance. A seasoned hvac contractor explains which upgrades will be most cost-effective for gas- and oil-fired systems.

  • On Site With Parallam

    For long spans and heavy loads, parallel strand lumber is a good substitute for steel. The beams are dimensionally stable, come in a variety of standard sizes, and can be worked with ordinary carpentry tools.

  • Eight-Penny News

    Contractors working together, OSHA funding cuts spark changes, housewrap study

  • Exterior Trim: Design Basics

    Why do some houses look better than others? An architect explains the fundamental principles that distinguish good exterior details from bad ones.