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OPEN HOUSE • THE BUSINESS OF BUILDING
Your Ultimate Guide to WINDOWS • SURE, THEY’LL FILL A ROOM WITH MOOD-BOOSTING SUNSHINE AND SAVE YOU SOME 30 PERCENT on your heating and cooling bills. But can we talk about how installing new windows packs such an architectural punch that you’ll feel like you just walked into a whole new room? Architect Jeffrey Dungan, known for building homes around inspiring vistas, puts it this way: “Windows are the eyes to the soul of a house.”
Find the Right Style • Choose one that harmonizes with the interior and exterior architecture of your home.
What’s Your Type?
5 Terms Worth Knowing
Game-changing New Features • Make your windows work harder.
Should You Replace Yours? • Take this quick test.
3 Surprising Ways to Use Skylights • They’re not just for windowless rooms.
Shutter School • Though nowadays often purely decorative, shutters should be “wide enough to be able to fully cover the window, even if you don’t plan to close them,” Dungan says. Add hardware to complete the look.
THE Rufino Report • What’s past is present, says our man-about-town Robert Rufino. This month, he’s headed up to the attic to gather inspiration for his latest infatuation: new takes on timeless that will imbue any space with a bit of history.
Chasing Daylight • Now the sun-drenched heart of a luxury townhouse, this kitchen (with its full wall of windows) wasn’t even in the original floor plan.
Timeless BATHROOMS • Some things never go out of style. The key to designing a space that always feels just right? Look to the past for inspiration—and to the future for innovation!
Find Your Hideaway • The beauty of building a living room—or workout zone, or home office—in your backyard is that a true retreat is now just steps away.
9 Other Genius Shed Conversions
Should you RENOVATE or BUILD from SCRATCH? • Do your digs have the true potential to become your dream home? Kaitlin Petersen, editor in chief of trusted industry resource Business of Home, investigates.
6 SCENARIOS that could SCREW YOU UP
NEXT WAVE CLASS of 2021 • Well, one thing’s for sure: We’re feeling incredibly hopeful about the future of design. Our annual list of on-the-rise industry talents—who are creating, inspiring, and invigorating spaces across the U.S., and Canada, and Mexico—is proof that some of the best interiors are yet to come.
FACTORY GIRL • A once-rundown industrial loft in SoHo is now a happier—and thoughtfully restored—home for an art historian.
Country House, CITY HOUSE • A 19th-century Louisiana farmhouse moves to new digs—but stays true to its old soul.
The next CHAPTER • For a recent widow, one designer found every possible way to brighten her home—and spotlight all the good memories.
KEEPING THE FAMILY SECRET • The house had been neglected for decades. But the little girl who grew up in this Brazilian getaway was ready to give it a second life.
STARTING FROM SCRATCH • When the local real estate market proved impenetrable, one enterprising creative quit the listing game and started looking for an empty lot.
A GUY WALKS INTO A GARAGE… • And where others saw only a massive, decrepit, empty space, this HGTV star saw his dream home.
WHEN YOU CAN’T RENOVATE… • …the next best option is to let super-personal, statement-making design take center stage.
Don’t Get Attached • High-design patterns meet the damage-free ease of peel-and-stick wallpaper panels.