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A Good Decade for Remodeling Businesses

Homeowners who deferred maintenance and improvements during the recession may soon start to spend more freely.


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Extreme Sandboxing!

Jeni Christopher really digs heavy machinery.


Urban Breakthrough: Pervious Concrete

Normally, when rain water lands on concrete, it pools or runs downhill until it reaches a storm drain that then pipes the water far away from the site of the initial downpour.


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Wine Cellar Innovations Makes Storage Simple At Any Size

Founder and creator Jim Deckebach’s love of fine wines and foods began in 1974 when he studied in France.


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Building Homes for Extended Families

Lennar designers and researchers and an independent architect developed the floor plans this year to respond to the doubling-up trend that has affected more than 1 in 5 U.S.


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iPad Will Transform Construction Industry

Here’s just a short list of some things that will transformed in the next few years as the iPad delivers computing to the construction site: Adios, blueprints: The first thing that will disappear is paper.


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You Will Print Your Next Home

An engineering professor, Behrokh Khoshnevis, at the University of Southern California, is really thinking big: He has figured out a way to build housing with a giant 3D printer.


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Lumber Prices are Up (So is Construction)

In another sign of housing market recovery, framing lumber prices have been rising lately and reached $347 per 1,000 board feet last week, which was the highest level since early May 2010 (see blue line in chart).


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Lowe’s Home Improvement Launches “Iris” Smart Home

Lowe’s Home Improvement recently launched Iris, a cloud-based “smart home” system for mobile device owners who want to monitor their homes’ security.


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Printing a Home

It can take anywhere from six weeks to six months to build a 2,800-square-foot, two-story house in the U.S., mostly because human beings do all the work.