February 2014 Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Sound Surround Detail Sound Surround

Architect Sean Bell speced the inexpensive fireplace units and then increased their hotness factor by designing an oversized surround and elongated hearth. Read more

FourPlans: Pocket Offices Done Right FourPlans: Pocket Offices Done Right

Your buyers may not need a full office, but no one should get stuck with a dark cave-like nook. Windows brighten up the smart pocket offices in these efficient designs. Read more

FourPlans: Master Foyers FourPlans FourPlans: Master Foyers

It’s important to preserve privacy for the owner’s bedroom when the master suite is on the main level.  These plans do exactly that with cleverly placed foyers that buffer the master suites from public spaces. Read more

FourPlans: Don Gardner's Most Functional Designs FourPlans FourPlans: Don Gardner's Most Functional Designs

Since 1978, Donald A. Gardner Architects has delivered popular house plans that beautifully combine stylish exteriors with open, practical-minded interiors. These four plans show off the best of what Gardner designs offer: indoor/outdoor living, space where it counts (in the kitchen and master suite), functional workspace, and lots of storage.Builder House Plans showcases nearly 1,000 plans in the Donald A. Gardner collection. Read more

A Man for Others Hearthstone Award A Man for Others

The 2014 Hearthstone Builder Humanitarian Award winner raises millions of dollars to help eradicate homelessness, ALS, diabetes, and cancer. Read more

Working With Biochar Next Working With Biochar

University of Illinois researchers report that a wood-based technology can produce as much power as today’s activated-carbon supercapacitors at a fraction of the cost—and with environmentally friendly byproducts, too. Read more

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