Green Grows Affordable

April 29, 2010

Although “green design” has been a buzz word for the past few years, many people are likely to associate eco-friendly with expensive. But even big-box stores are making a foray into sustainable design, including Target, Ethan Allen, Crate & Barrel and La-Z-Boy. “Green furniture styles are evolving and expanding too,” according to the Denver Post.

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Prepping your Outdoor Spaces for BBQ Season

April 27, 2010

The telltale signs of Spring are upon us, and along with the longer days, chirping birds and the sizzling sounds from the grill comes a little spring cleaning! All decks need to be cleaned periodically, according to AsktheBuilder.com, and . So what to do about all the dirt, mold, and mildew that can collect on

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New Product – REAL WOOD cedar siding

Our Friends at Roseburg  have introduced a new REAL WOOD cedar siding for your home. Cedar Siding is a REAL WOOD siding panel that offers a rustic cedar plank appearance. It combines strength and durability with a rough natural wood. The face of the panel is manufactured using a select, cedar veneer that has a

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On Purchasing Sustainably Harvested Wood

April 24, 2010

Business-ethics.com recently responded to a reader who asked the question, “Which woods can I purchase without harming forests?” The short answer is, of course, to look for sustainably harvested woods, or even to seek out salvaged or reclaimed wood. Because, as the article states, “Wood products are essential to modern life. Without wood we wouldn’t

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Happy Earth Day!

April 22, 2010

In honor of Earth Day today, now in its 40th year of celebration, Treehugger.com asked the question, “Does Earth Day Matter?” Below, we bring you a few top bloggers’ answers: Jeff McIntire-Strasburg of Sustainablog: “I think Earth Day matters even more now that it’s become more mainstream. It’s an opportunity to come face-to-face with the

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Using Ipe as Decking

When looking at the many choices homeowners have in materials for their new deck, Ipe is often overlooked because of price.  It would be a shame to miss out on this beautiful, durable wood however. Ipe is a dark brown wood which will fade to a silver gray if left untreated. Rated as one of

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Eco-Labels 101

April 20, 2010

Thanks to our friends at Inhabitat.com for enlightening their readers as to the mechanics behind the ever-evolving list of green certifications out there. See their excerpt below for explanations: FSC CERTIFIED (Forest Stewardship Council) – This certification accredits forest managers, manufacturing companies, and controlled wood products that exhibit responsible consumption of forest products. FSC is

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How to Build a Backyard Pergola: Simple DIY Woodworking Project

April 19, 2010

Summer is approaching and our thoughts are turning towards our outdoor living spaces.  A terrific upgrade is a Pergola, it defines your outdoor “room”.  Popular Mechanics has a great article on how to build your own Pergola.  For more ideas visit our Showroom to see our display pergola.  We can do all of the custom work in

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Elevated Living: Treehouses

April 16, 2010

We’ve found some treehouses that take “green living” to the next step for sustainable-minded families. Check out these incredible prefab tree homes by Elevated Living–“the perfect marriage of technology and nature, manufactured to have as little impact on the environment as possible,” according to Inhabitat.com. According to Inhabitat.com, these treehouses’ multifunctional uses include: “outdoor living

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What's Behind the Lumber Numbers

April 15, 2010

Curious as to why it seems like you’re paying more for lumber these days? It has nothing to do with demand, according to an article on WALB.com. It’s a supply problem. Here’s the short answer to your question, as the news outlet explains: “The housing market slump forced lumber mills to cut production. Now that

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