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What is a Shouse?
Oct12

What is a Shouse?

A shouse, shome, or barndominium, (barndo)—call it what you wish—the combination of a shop and house as one building unit is one of the hottest trends in new home construction. Many owners are finding great value in this dual-purpose building. The structure combines a traditional house with a workshop that can accommodate work, hobby[...] Read more.
A House that got its Dream Start at Walter Reed Army Hospital
Sep09

A House that got its Dream Start at Walter Reed Army Hospital

The dream for this house started at the Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, DC. It was there that James Hay was recovering from injuries he sustained in a bombing in Afghanistan. After he arrived at the hospital, doctors wanted to keep the brains of the soldiers moving, even though their physical abilities were limited.

“After being[...]

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Needs vs. Wants for your New Home
Aug08

Needs vs. Wants for your New Home

Are you thinking of building a new home or a new shouse? The overall cost per square foot of your building project will be greatly determined by your list of wants and needs. Making decisions about a long list of choices can be overwhelming. One way to make sure you will remain in your targeted budget is to divide your considerations into a needs[...]

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Measuring Air Infiltration in Your New Home
Jul08

Measuring Air Infiltration in Your New Home

According to the Department of Energy, a typical home contains a half-mile of cracks and gaps behind walls and around windows and doors, along with dozens of holes for pipes, vents, ducts, lighting, and wiring.

When these openings do not exist or are sealed, there are reduced drafts, moisture, dust, pollen, pests, and noise.

The energy savings[...]

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A Plan for a Supportive Community in Austin, Texas
Jun08

A Plan for a Supportive Community in Austin, Texas

Community First! Village is a master planned community in Austin, Texas. The community, developed by Mobile Loaves and Fishes, (MLF) provides affordable, permanent housing and a supportive community for men and women coming out of chronic homelessness.

Energy Panel Structures (EPS) and authorized dealer Trevor Huffard of GeoFaze are supplying[...]

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