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Many children are fascinated by the world of construction. Toddlers might run to the window to point at a passing truck. Or they might halt a walk to the playground to watch a construction crew at work. Some come to carpentry later, wanting to build a fort or a piece of furniture. Do you know any young builders? West Berkeley is home to at least three sites that transform children’s curiosity into creativity by teaching them how to use hand tools.

Where can kids learn to build...


Here’s what your designer should consider before putting pen to paper.

You’ve done your research, you’ve addressed the best design question of “What problem am I trying to solve?” and you’ve hired your designer. You’re anxious to get your new design. Who wouldn’t be?

But first, there’s something you need to know. Great design requires a lot of background work that you won’t see. 



American homes account for about 22% of the CO2 output in the U.S., collectively making them one of the biggest contributors. Although there are very good economic reasons to shift to home electrification, the fact that almost a quarter of U.S. CO2 output comes from our homes means that it’s a place where we can each make a real difference in the rate of climate change with our market choices. So let’s begin listing a number of the savings that are now available in the new legislation.

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