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home improvement http://addisonindependent.com/taxonomy/term/983/all en Home Improvement: A new barn from old http://addisonindependent.com/201210home-improvement-new-barn-old <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-13482" style="width: 156px;"><a href="/201210home-improvement-new-barn-old"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/HH8151.thumbnail.jpg" alt="HH8151.jpg" title="HH8151.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="156" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> IN RECONSTRUCTING A barn at the home of Colin Davis and Kathryn Flagg in Shoreham, builders used some modern tools, like a crane to lift beams into place, and some traditional techniques, like pegging the beams together. Independent photo/Trent Campbell </div> </div> </div> <p> SHOREHAM &mdash; &ldquo;Home improvement&rdquo; can mean building something new or restoring something old. The raising of a particular barn in Shoreham meant both.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/13483">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201210home-improvement-new-barn-old" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Feature Article home improvement Special Section Thu, 04 Oct 2012 14:58:55 +0000 13483 at http://addisonindependent.com Home Improvement: New construction or restoration? http://addisonindependent.com/201210home-improvement-new-construction-or-restoration <p> When choosing between patching an old pair of jeans and buying a new stiff pair, repurposing last night&rsquo;s dinner or starting from scratch, or deciding whether to renovate an old house versus starting from the ground up, we are often faced with decisions about salvaging the old versus investing in the new. Depending on the matter at hand, we can be tempted to either latch on to something old and sentimental or abandon what exists and start again.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/13481">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201210home-improvement-new-construction-or-restoration" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Special Section home improvement Thu, 04 Oct 2012 14:53:36 +0000 rcrest 13481 at http://addisonindependent.com Home Improvement: Clearing up some ‘green building’ terms http://addisonindependent.com/201210home-improvement-clearing-some-%E2%80%98green-building%E2%80%99-terms <p> While our culture grapples with how to reduce overall energy usage, buildings are a very important sector to consider.</p> <p> According to the Environmental Protection Agency, buildings account for 36 percent of overall energy usage and 65 percent of electricity consumption across the country. It is therefore easy to see how building more energy-efficient and sustainable buildings can have a large impact on our total energy usage.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/13480">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201210home-improvement-clearing-some-%E2%80%98green-building%E2%80%99-terms" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Special Section home improvement Thu, 04 Oct 2012 14:50:45 +0000 rcrest 13480 at http://addisonindependent.com Home Improvement: Advice on building a dream home http://addisonindependent.com/201210home-improvement-advice-building-dream-home <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-13478" style="width: 133px;"><a href="/201210home-improvement-advice-building-dream-home"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/NEW greg Dennis house Job_10026a~10x7.thumbnail.jpg" alt="NEW greg Dennis house Job_10026a~10x7.jpg" title="NEW greg Dennis house Job_10026a~10x7.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="133" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> THE HOMEOWNER SAID his designer, McLeod Kredell Architects, understood passive solar and oriented the house to take full advantage of natural heating and cooling. Photo by Susan Teare </div> </div> </div> <p> <em>Addison County resident and columnist Gregory Dennis recently completed construction on a new home. We asked him to comment on the process and share with our readers some of the lessons he learned through the process. Here is his response:</em></p> <p> The biggest thing I learned was the value of working with an architect. It will save you money and he/she can take care of many of the details you would otherwise have to handle yourself. I was amazed to find out how much a good architect could do beyond just coming up with a good design.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/13479">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201210home-improvement-advice-building-dream-home" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Special Section home improvement Thu, 04 Oct 2012 14:47:13 +0000 13479 at http://addisonindependent.com Farmstead restoration a labor of love http://addisonindependent.com/201109farmstead-restoration-labor-love <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-9442" style="width: 156px;"><a href="/201109farmstead-restoration-labor-love"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/HH4480.thumbnail.jpg" alt="HH4480.jpg" title="HH4480.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="156" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GARY BARNETT LOOKS out at one of his four Cornwall barns that are in various stages of renovation. Independent photo/Trent Campbell </div> </div> </div> <p> CORNWALL &mdash; &ldquo;I don&rsquo;t think Rodney was one to replace anything before its time,&rdquo; says Gary Barnett, one of the owners, since 2006, of the old Robbins family farm in Cornwall.</p> <p> Barnett and Louise Dion, a married couple from Santa Cruz, Calif., bought the property after Rodney Robbins died in 2004; they had a distant goal in mind. The house was originally built in 1816, and in the 100 years of his life, Rodney lived there for close to 40, choosing to leave many of the house&rsquo;s oldest features untouched. For Dion and Barnett, this was the draw.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/9443">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201109farmstead-restoration-labor-love" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cornwall home improvement Thu, 29 Sep 2011 15:30:00 +0000 Andrea Suozzo 9443 at http://addisonindependent.com