BuildDirect Blog: Life at Home

The Joy of Canning: For the Love of Good Food

Ahh, the end of summer, a time of delicious bounty -- and busywork in the kitchen. Preserving food is a ...

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Water Conservation: 6 Ways To Get Serious About Water Usage

Conserving water is the right thing to do for your environment, but guess what -- it helps your bottom line, ...

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Care Guide For Interior Brick Walls

Interior brick walls are beautiful. Care for them before they crumble with this short, handy care guide. *** A little while ago ...

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canned goods vegetables
Ahh, the end of summer, a time of delicious bounty — and busywork in the kitchen. Preserving food is a beloved seasonal task that keeps giving for months. *** As I type, all across the country, avid food gardeners...
back to school bus
Back to school isn’t just a change of season; it’s a change in organization and routine for the whole family. Here’s 9 ways to reduce stress and boost excitement for the school year. *** Summer is coming to an...
astrology sign aquarius illustration
Aquarius is an eccentric, intellectual sign with a deep interest in social causes. What does her home look like? Find out here. *** Despite its name, Aquarius isn’t actually a water sign: it’s actually an air sign. And like its...
kids bedroom workspace desk
Your kids are growing quickly and that means assessing their bedroom for better studying and creating. Here are tips for getting that done. *** School is a big deal when you’re a kid. Every new grade is another step...
corner shelf kitchen
  Do you really need more space, or can you just use your space better? Here are some ideas to get you thinking! *** I’ve been looking at a lot of European homes for a long time now and...
acacia hardwood flooring living room scene
Australian Acacia is a thriving genus of species known to be tough. What are some of the things going for it that make it so reliable? Take a look. *** Australia. A country and continent known for its vast...
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In the 21st century home, we’re rethinking land use, food production, and home economies. How do these converge? Well, here’s a great example. *** In Lincoln, Nebraska, a quiet, dirty little revolution has taken hold. Spurred on by climate-change...
modern adobe brick building
Adobe brick building is thousands of years old. But, it’s modern too. Here are some ways to use earthen bricks to build energy efficient and sustainable homes. *** Adobe construction is an ancient building method dating back to at...
renters agreement insurance
Insurance makes the difference from having the worst day of your life versus starting the worst chapter of your life. Protect yourself, even as a renter. *** Lately, I’ve had reason to investigate insurance a lot and I’m constantly...
kimono flowers color palette
A piece of kimono fabric brings images of a summer meadow for this week’s color palette. Does this color scheme represent the rising sun for you? *** I have somewhat of a fascination with Japan. Aside from taking Japanese...
acacia hardwood flooring dining room
  African acacia is a wonderfully dense and durable hardwood species that can add not only a historical richness but also a beautiful flooring look to our homes. *** It’s like a scene right out of an Indiana Jones...
backyard gardening
Food security has never been more insecure. Here are five reasons to take charge of your own food security with an edible garden. *** We’re on the heels of harvest season and it’s a glorious thing if you’re a...
seasons trees illustration
Winterizing in late summer and into fall helps you seal up and insulate your house to keep energy bills low. Here are some of the common trouble spots. *** Before it gets cold, winterize your house. Yes, it’s easy...