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Adventures in Housing

Building a house, one log at a time

by Maria Hollenhorst Feb 19, 2020
Brigitte Ruthman has always wanted to live in a log home. "It's like living in artwork," she said.
Brigitte Ruthman's cabin she built near Sandisfield, Massachusetts.
Courtesy of Brigitte Ruthman

Sewing made easy: A fashion startup wants to simplify DIY

by Kai Ryssdal and Bennett Purser Sep 12, 2019
No sewing machine? No problem, says Zoey Washington of SewSquad.
Sewing supplies next to a garment made with a SewSquad kit.
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Dollar signs on the doilies

by Gigi Douban Mar 5, 2015
Etsy's scaling up, but how does that sit with its socially-minded users?

What can you make with cardboard and tape? A robot

by Ben Johnson and Aparna Alluri Jan 21, 2015
Robotics goes DIY.

Have you cut out the middle man?

by Jenny Ament Oct 3, 2014
When have you skipped the middle man, and just done it yourself?

My money story: Synthpop band Future Islands

by Raghu Manavalan Aug 15, 2014
Future Islands and the art of letting go.
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Opportunity cost and the home

by Paddy Hirsch May 20, 2014
Opportunity cost isn't just for economists; it's for real people, too!
Is fixing this myself worth the opportunity cost?
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by Mark Garrison Nov 5, 2013
Google launches its new video-conferencing advice and how-to service, called Google Helpouts.

DIY planes in Kenya

by Molly Wood Jul 5, 2013
In Kenya, a growing group of amateur aviation enthusiasts are building homemade flying machines out of everything from junk metal to old car engines.
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The Toaster Project: Building a toaster from scratch

by Kai Ryssdal Dec 14, 2011
Thomas Thwaites discusses how --and why -- he built a toaster from the bottom up.