The solar industry in recent years has been characterized by double-digit installation growth and moderate revenue expansion, especially in the largest markets — namely Japan, China, and the United States. With the ongoing cost reduction of solar power, forward-thinking organizations are reevaluating their energy strategy to cut costs and manage their energy consumption more effectively.
It used to be that many people thought everything in a home — wood tones, metals, countertops — had to match. But today it’s perfectly acceptable to choose one type of countertop for your kitchen perimeter and another for the kitchen island. You might select one color for your upper cabinets and a different one
“Storage, always an issue, is particularly challenging in the small bath. Storage can be ‘found’ by boxing out space between studs, while the design of features for vanity cabinets provides storage pockets by accessing every inch of space under the sink.” Author: Mary Jo Peterson Repeatedly, when I am speaking about bath design, I am
University researchers stumbled on a new blue pigment in 2009. Now they’re making others, which could show up in your home Featured Image: At center is YInMn Blue, the pigment discovered in 2009. Around it are other YInMn pigments that have since been developed. Images courtesy of Oregon State University Seven years ago, a student
Dreaming your tiny bedroom had space for more than a bed? Or your guest room was more than a dumping ground? Then read on. Small bedrooms can be tricky to decorate. They often end up as unloved spaces with little personality because we’re worried that too much stuff will “shrink” them visually. Conversely, small spare
Insulating older homes is an all-or-nothing proposition. Just blowing insulation into the walls can create moisture problems that will rot the wood structure from the inside out. Wood has only a few enemies. An encounter with termites, fire, or a weekend warrior is almost always fatal. But when it comes to a fourth enemy, water,
Consider more than just looks when choosing hardware for your kitchen cabinetry. Whether you’re remodeling your kitchen or updating its look, give as much attention to your kitchen cabinet hardware as you would the kitchen cabinets, flooring, countertops and appliances. Although many homeowners choose cabinet pulls and handles solely on appearance, other factors should come
Your kids have finally left the nest (so sad!), but just think of what you can do with that spare bedroom (cue happy dance!). Perhaps you don’t have kids, just an extra room that’s accumulating clutter. The question remains: What should you do with this spare? Face it, home gyms or offices are pretty tired ideas.
Open-plan living has been one of the biggest trends in our homes in recent decades. Indeed, knocking down walls can create a sense of space, light, sociability and fluidity that many of us love. But open-plan layouts can reduce privacy and quiet spots, as well as useful walls against which to place furniture. You may
If your bathroom or kitchen is plastered in plain old tiles that don’t rock your world, why not shake things up with an update? Look no further than these mind-blowing new tile ideas you can pull off in your own home. Wherever you put them, that area is bound to become the crown jewel of your house.