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Motorized Blinds and Shades—Design with Ease

Posted by Graber, Guest Columnist

Aug 6, 2015 4:03:58 PM

Installing new window treatments is a quick home improvement project that can immediately add a luxe touch to bedrooms, dining rooms, or other living spaces.

The right blinds or shades can refine your room by adding rich colors and textures, or rejuvenate your environment by playing with the light. And as a perfect finishing touch, you can add motorized controls to operate your new window treatments with ease and efficiency.

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Topics: design

Research Shows Men and Women's Color Tastes Are Not That Different

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jun 9, 2015 6:04:20 AM

Should the man cave be red, and the "room of one's own" be blue, to please the sexes? Not necessarily.

We ran across a great article recently that goes into serious depth about interior colors—a major concern for people remodeling or building new homes. Here's an excerpt."Is there a gender difference in response to color? Although findings are ambiguous, many investigations have indicated that there are differences between gender in preferences for colors. Early investigations done by by Guilford (1934) on the harmony of color combinations found that a person is likely to see balance in colors that are closely related or the opposite. Guilford also found some evidence that more pleasing results were obtained from either very small or very large differences in hue rather than medium differences, with this tendency more frequent in women than men.

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Topics: Paint

YOO "Vertical Village" Strives to Link Montreal's Past and Future

Posted by Christina B. Farnsworth

Jun 5, 2015 8:36:27 AM

YOO's Montreal Vertical Village Is part of a historic renaissance that is morphing a former suburb and gritty industrial neighborhood into polished urban cool.

Famed designer Philippe Starck designed the 84-unit YOO Montreal project in conjunction with international property developer John Hitchcox. Under construction in the Montreal neighborhood Griffintown, Constructions Chapam, a Montreal firm headed by Maxime Lachance, is the builder and will be selling the 84 units.

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Topics: design, Montreal, condo

Designed for Flexibility

Posted by Green Builder Staff

May 26, 2015 2:52:56 PM

For this Portland, Oregon makeover, creating the perfect kitchen meant energy-efficient, customized design—with minimal waste.


THE KEY TO FITTING the perfect kitchen into this small 1940s home was flexibility, says Therese DuBravac, design consultant at Neil Kelly Design.

The original kitchen was a very tight space, but the 40-something chef-and-teacher couple has no children and plans to live in the house for the long term.

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Topics: Indoor Air Quality, kitchen, energy efficiency, Kohler, Green Appliances, appliances

Taos Treasure

Posted by Green Builder Staff

May 20, 2015 1:38:00 PM

The bath and kitchen in this Passivhaus, which is part of a senior co-housing community, feature clean lines and compact design.


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Topics: bathroom, kitchen, solar hot water, Passive design, passive house, senior housing

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