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.

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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...
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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...
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Cob has the lowest environmental impact of all building materials. It’s natural, and non-toxic. The finished home is also energy efficient. *** Earth is the oldest building material. For thousands of years, walls have been made of mud, and...
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Whether you are downsizing to save money, or redoing a single room, you can visually expand the space with these simple ideas. *** If your living quarters make you claustrophobic, there are a few decorating ideas you can use...
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Summertime means hot days. Ditch your dependence on the energy hungry AC and adopt these methods of staying cool instead. *** I am blessed to live in a place where we don’t need air conditioning. The air is dry,...
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Reseeding flowers, vegetables and herbs surprise you every year in the garden. Here are some ways to keep things varied and interesting in your garden. *** Decades ago when I was first getting turned on to the plant world,...
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An old window shutter can be used in place of any surface in your upcycling projects.  Here are a few ideas using shutters to inspire you. *** Years ago at my mother’s house, I found four shutters about 3’...
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Landscaping to help thwart wildfires is simply about clean up and maintenance. Find out how to firescape your property with defensible space. *** After a wet spring and record rainfall throughout May in the southern Rocky Mountains, we aren’t...
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A guest space separate from your main house adds function, comfort, and value. Here are some ideas for rentals and functional longer-term guest homes.   *** When I bought my current house, there was a shed, maybe 250 square feet, at...
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Off-grid options for homes are becoming more and more viable. Used with solar and wind power, lithium ion batteries for home use are being pioneered today. *** Off-grid living is getting more and more popular as people want simpler...