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7 Prefab Eco-Houses You Can Order Today

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Ever since the early days of the 20th century, when Americans started buying kit bungalows and farmhouses from the Sears Roebuck catalog, the lure of instant housing has been huge. But in recent decades, “prefab” got a bad name, associated with shoddy construction, cookie-cutter design, and cheap, synthetic, environmentally questionable materials.

Now it’s time to forget all that and say hello to the rapidly growing world of prefab and modular green homes, one where you can pick a LEED platinum or zero-energy house off a website and have it installed on your lot of choice in a matter of months. If this sounds appealing, you’re in good company. Market research firm Freedonia reports 15 percent growth in the prefab business, and Global Industry Analysts finds even greater momentum in China, Japan, Europe, and Latin America.

RELATED: 3 Tiny Houses That Let You Live Green—and off the Grid

One reason: Offsite

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Happening today at the Fall Dispatch Home & Garden Show

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TODAY AT THE SHOW

Don’t miss “This Old House” host Kevin O’Connor’s virtual appearance today. He will offer advice and answer questions, plus you can also enter to win a private personal online conversation with him.

Be sure to check out all that this year’s show has to offer.

Location: DispatchHomeAndGardenShow.com

Admission: free

Hours: Show opens at 8 a.m.; chats are open through 8 p.m. Today is the last day for live virtual presentations and to chat with companies. Highlights from the show will remain online through Oct. 31.

Special attractions: The Backyard Garden Award winners will be announced at 4 p.m. 

Today’s workshops

Chat with presenters and get your specific questions answered; check online for additional workshops.

10 a.m.: SimpleBath/SimpleKitchen presentation

11 a.m: Kevin O’Connor, host of “This Old House”

Noon: How do you improve

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What’s happening today at the online Fall Dispatch Home & Garden Show

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TODAY AT THE SHOW



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Then 2020 Fall Dispatch Home & Garden Show

The fall show is online for everyone’s safety, so here is your chance to leisurely enjoy what the show has to offer. The event re-creates an expo hall with booths and an auditorium, and each participating company has resources and representatives you can talk with online. 

Location: DispatchHomeAndGardenShow.com

Admission: free

Hours: The show opens at 8 a.m.; chats available through 8 p.m.

Special attractions: At noon, Home 214 Design’s Melinda McCoy will present simple autumn decorating tips for any home, any budget and any decorating ability. 

Today’s workshops

Chat with presenters and get your specific questions answered; check online for additional workshops.

4 p.m.: six signs your chimney is fine (or not!), presented by The Chimney Guys

• 5 p.m.: Discover key facts, types, well-known lilacs and even public collections and festivals to visit

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Health, function fuel kitchen plans today

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         The kitchen is a home’s hot spot. But a kitchen’s design trends aren’t trendy when its composition and construction are dictated by how people really live, says Jonas Carnemark, whose eponymous design-build firm is based in Bethesda, Maryland.

         “The self-isolation caused by the coronavirus pandemic has placed a magnifying lens on home design, especially in the kitchen,” says the 33-year certified kitchen designer, as designated by the National Kitchen and Bath Association. “The kitchen isn’t just a place where people prepare and eat food. It’s the heart and hub of a home, where everyone gathers before and after meals, too.”

         The NKBA’s “Living Impacts Design” research was released during the first quarter of 2020, and highlights consumers’ kitchen inclinations based on more than 750 completed industry surveys. Influential changes to kitchen design include: plans for aging in place; homeowners’ need to escape from a chaotic world; a desire to live

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Safe Guard Commercial Kitchen Hood Exhaust Cleaning “On-site Photo Inspection and Quote” Call us today 314.389.9400

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Online Enquiry powered by ServiceM8Your Safe Guard Field Service Inspector will meet with your facility manager to complete an on-site photo inspection to explain the cleaning process and what to expect from the Safe Guard Commercial Services Team.

Your Commercial Kitchen Grease Exhaust Fan will go through a test run to make sure everything is working to code.

Safe Guard Commercial Services can change broken restaurant fan belts and recommend routine maintenance to keep your kitchen exhaust hood system functioning properly.

Kitchen exhaust hood system will then be wrapped in plastic to protect appliances and equipment. Safe Guard removes all restaurant grease filters and excessive grease build up in preparation for the rigorous cleaning process.

Technician will go to the roof and shut fan, they will check the fan belt and replace if necessary, they will listen to the bearings and motor for irregularities, they will also check airflow (draw) to make sure adequate

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