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Home Improvement: A new barn from old

Posted on October 4, 2012 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



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SHOREHAM — “Home improvement” can mean building something new or restoring something old. The raising of a particular barn in Shoreham meant both.

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Home Improvement: New construction or restoration?

Posted on October 4, 2012 |
By Christy Lynn



When choosing between patching an old pair of jeans and buying a new stiff pair, repurposing last night’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.

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Home Improvement: Clearing up some ‘green building’ terms

Posted on October 4, 2012 |
By Christy Lynn



While our culture grapples with how to reduce overall energy usage, buildings are a very important sector to consider.

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.

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Home Improvement: Advice on building a dream home

Posted on October 4, 2012 |
By Gregory Dennis



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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:

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.

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Farmstead restoration a labor of love

Posted on September 29, 2011 |
By Jeff Price



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CORNWALL — “I don’t think Rodney was one to replace anything before its time,” says Gary Barnett, one of the owners, since 2006, of the old Robbins family farm in Cornwall.

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’s oldest features untouched. For Dion and Barnett, this was the draw.

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