BuildDirect Blog: Life at Home

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Nan Fischer

Nan Fischer has been living and building green for over 35 years. Nan’s emphasis on the BuildDirect blog is about how to make your dollar stretch further, while also moving toward a more sustainable lifestyle, as well as upcoming and existing technology to help us live in an ecologically-friendly way. Nan also authors posts on the website of her seed business, sweetly seeds.

Saint Patricks Day
Saint Patrick’s day is characterized by the color green. So, today is the perfect day to talk about another permutation of what green can mean to home improvment – eco-friendly products! *** A lot of people will be wearing...
fiber cement board-river-rock-multi-1000
A fiber cement board’s qualities as an exterior siding make it good for interior applications, too.  Here are 10 ideas to try yourself. *** Fiber cement board is almost the perfect exterior siding. Made of wood pulp and cement,...
empty patio
Winter is the time to plan hardscaping projects, such as a patio, fencing, garden paths, and retaining walls.  Here’s how hardscape surfaces can redefine an outdoor living space. *** The quiet of winter is the time to make plans...
clean energy wind power turbines
The nature of home energy will change in upcoming decades as sustainability and efficient grids becomes a priority. What are some residential energy options? *** After decades of debate, a climate agreement was reached last month. There is now...
green building sprout
Green building is in demand and gaining in importance for contractors and designers. Here’s selected list of green building trends for 2016. *** Energy efficiency, environmental impact, and occupant health have been main concerns of the construction industry for...
2016 buildings illustration
Here’s a building and home improvement retrospective for building projects in 2015. Have you been inspired for 2016? These are some ideas to run with. *** It’s the end of the year, and time for reflection and anticipation of the...
off white living room wood flooring
Does off-white sound boring as a color trend? It’s not! There are dozens of uses for it in your home. Here are some prime examples of how to use it. *** The 2015 Pantone Color of the Year was...
Embroidery quilt
Window quilts are a low-tech solution to energy efficiency in a high-tech 21st century, cutting your energy bills and save you money. Here’s how to get started. *** I was visiting a friend last week. A large expanse of...
winter window covering drapes
High quality window coverings will keep warm air from transferring to the outdoors through the glass.  Here are ways to balance style and energy efficiency. *** Window coverings, or window treatments, have always been a vital part of room...