Archive for the 'Polls' Category

EPA issues new rules to protect kids from lead during remodels

Sixteen years ago, Congress told the Environmental Protection Agency to do something about the lead-tainted dust that seeps into the air during renovations of houses built before 1978. Perhaps spurred on by recent recalls of lead-taineted toys from China, this week the EPA finally issued new rules requiring contractors to take additional precautions when it [...]

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Sprinklers running in the rain? Mushrooms growing in your yard?

High-tech wizards have tried to get us to use our computers to control so many mundane daily tasks: opening and closing the drapes, turning on the hot tub, setting back our thermostats. But so far, we’ve resisted, finding a quick yank on the drapery pull easy enough. But here’s a device that might tip us [...]

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Architect/contractor from California builds colorful home in Israel

Michael Abel, an architect and contractor from California, and his Israeli-born wife Nava, built and decorated this 1,800-square-foot, five-bedroom, three-bathroom home in the town of Zichron Yaacov, Israel, which overlooks the Mediterranean. This is from an article in the New York Times. The article says that many of the building materials, including interior doors, were [...]

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Contrary about contemporary

This Pacific Palisades house, a rebuild designed by L.A. architect John Sofio, is pretty good-looking, don’t you think? I love the boxy shapes, banks of windows and the way he brought natural light into that stairwell. But, I wonder what the neighbors think. If you study the top photo, you can see that the house [...]

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