Innovative solutions for creating healthy, efficient, eco-friendly homes

November 2002

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Wet Above? Try Dry-B-Lo

Do you have a second-story deck that provides a nice, shady spot on sunny days, but offers no protection from rain? Dry-B-Lo converts the area underneath these decks, where rain and snow has to be allowed to drain through the decking, into an attractive, dry and usable outdoor living space. This professionally installed and fully ventilated system features all-aluminum construction with baked-on enamel in several colors and carries a limited lifetime warranty.

Cleaning with a Conscience

If you are concerned about what goes into your cleaning agents, look for products that voluntarily disclose their ingredients and state their testing procedures.

Fieldstone Redux

The old New England farmers would probably shake their heads at one of today's hottest trends in home landscaping - fieldstone walls. After all, settlers struggling to feed themselves 200 years ago had to deal with a legacy from the last ice age and move the megatons of rock that the glaciers deposited across their fields. The miles of dry-stacked stone walls these farmers built had a practical application - they fenced in livestock. No one was dragging rocks into their dooryards just to create rustic appeal or complement the color of their homes.

Structural Stone

Dry-stacking fieldstone is a difficult method of building with stone. When done properly, the results are worth the extra effort. Built in the late 1700s, the stately, Colonial-style home is a handsome part of the historic streetscape for drivers passing through the village area of Yarmouth, Maine.

All About Wells

One of the most-often-overlooked details of building a home in a rural setting is the well. Many people think there is plenty of clean and safe water waiting below the surface for them to use. Only after drilling the well do they find that this is not true. The water is often of poor quality or insufficient quantity. To make matters worse, there is often no money left in the budget to buy treatment equipment and no space in the home to place it. With a little pre-planning, all of this can be avoided.

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