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From Paper to Practice: Natural Light Reimagined

One of the compromises in adding an elevator to this Brooklyn Heights home was that it would block the natural light streaming through an existing etched glass window into this stairwell. To make room for the elevator shaft located just on the other side of the etched window, we were able to condense the stairs…

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Enjoy the Sunshine!

Here’s a midweek reminder to enjoy the outdoors today! After a year spent mostly indoors, warmer temperatures have us looking forward to spending more time in the open air, whether it’s going for a walk around the neighborhood or sitting in your backyard. We love this Park Slope example that has a direct connection to…

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Playful Tile Geometries

A playful geometric pattern can add lots of interest to small scale bathrooms. Pattern always works well on a traditional bathroom floor, and can also be applied to bathroom walls for a modern twist. Tiles can be pieced together like a puzzle to create a one-of-a-kind wall mural that is full of movement or uniquely…

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Fine Homebuilding’s Podcast with Baxt Ingui

Tune in to Fine Homebuilding’s podcast episode that features a discussion with Michael Ingui about the challenges of building in New York City, how to improve builder-contractor relationships, and make Passive House construction more mainstream. The Fine Homebuilding podcast embodies Fine Homebuilding magazine’s commitment to the preservation of craftsmanship and the advancement of home performance…

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Before + After: Kitchen Relocation

This Cobble Hill townhouse underwent a major transformation when the existing small kitchen was relocated from the garden floor to the more light-filled parlor. The kitchen did not have to give up its outdoor access because we added a deck off the parlor floor with stairs down to the yard. The new configuration allows a…

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Before + After: Double Height Transformation

This project combined casual and formal living floors through a unique steel and glass system that lets light flood the house but keeps noise at bay through the open spaces. The second floor family room looks down into the parlor living room and the vast, 2-story bookcases that will soon be filled with a personal…

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Join Baxt Ingui at the Global Passive House Accelerator!

If you haven’t heard, February is retrofit month at Passive House Accelerator. Continuing the retrofit palooza, the Accelerator is welcoming our own Amy Failla to present on a historic firehouse Passive House retrofit at the Global Passive House Accelerator Happy Hour this Wednesday, February 10th. Fast. Factual. Fun. These FREE gatherings are a virtual place…

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Heated Pavers = No More Shoveling!

Are you sick of shoveling snow yet? With the Nor’Easter blanketing the East Coast with inches or feet of snow, we are dreaming of ways to minimize the constant shoveling. To minimize maintenance, some clients add electric heat cables under their yards. When cables are heated prior to a forecasted snowstorm, the warm pavers can…

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Before + After: Relocated Kitchen Allows for Light and Airy Living

This dramatic parlor floor transformation in this recently completed Brooklyn Heights project centered around a much more open parlor floor plan designed for comfortable living, cooking, and dining. Relocating the kitchen to the center of the floorplan allows easy circulation through the plan and easy outdoor access through the door off the dining room that…

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Join Us for a Look Inside the Net-Zero Build Process

Join us next week Tuesday, January 26th as we participate in a behind-the-scenes interview with SMR Craftworks, the builders that we are collaborating with on a number of high-performance, residential retrofits. The webinar is meant to demystify the process of certification by sharing the experiences of designers and homebuilders pursuing high-performance certification for residential architecture…