Bay Area Green Tile

May 1, 2012

The Bay Area is home to at least three green tile manufacturers: Fireclay Tile (shown above), Heath Ceramics, and McIntyre Tile. You can find their eco-friendly tile products at a number of local tile shops. And when you purchase local products, you’re being green too – a win-win! The image above with Saltillo tile, comes [...]

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Bay Area Custom Cabinets

April 25, 2012
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My under 2 minute video on custom cabinets and cabinetry design highlights some of Bill’s most inspired projects and demonstrates deep expertise in both home building and cabinetmaking with cabinetry that is fully integrated into the home’s structure. All projects shown have come from the Bill Fry Construction portfolio of custom home building and fine [...]

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Indoor Air Quality and Cabinets

April 19, 2012

Did you know that the cabinets you choose can affect indoor air quality (IAQ)? Most cabinets are made of engineered wood, such as hardwood plywood or Medium-density fiberboard (MDF) that is bound together with adhesives. The resin used in the adhesive typically contains urea-formaldehyde which is bad for your health. The EPA and WHO have [...]

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High-Efficiency Toilets (HET)

April 12, 2012
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High-Efficiency Toilets (HET) – How Low Can They Go? The State of California in 1992 (the Federal government followed in 1994) required that all toilets sold used no more than 1.6 Gallons Per Flush (GPF). These were called ultra low-flush toilets or ULFT. Many cities and counties offered rebates for replacing older toilets that used [...]

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Residential Net-Zero 2020

April 10, 2012

This is Part 2 of a story about the information and inspiration gathered from a presentation on big data management in the energy sector at NASA Ames Research Center, sponsored by my alma mater, Carnegie Mellon University on April 5, 2012. One of the many issues facing data collection on the smart grid is customer [...]

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NASA Sustainability Base

April 7, 2012

Part 1 of this story focuses on NASA’s Sustainability Base and Part 2 will tie it in with net-zero residential construction by 2020. On April 5 2012, I attended a presentation on big data management in the energy sector at NASA Ames Research Center, sponsored by my alma mater, Carnegie Mellon University. Experts from both [...]

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Kitchen Storage Solutions by Hafele

April 4, 2012
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One of the most popular kitchen images on, a leading destination site for home design enthusiasts, is an image of a kitchen pantry, with spices, taco sauce, olive oil, parmesan cheese, corn starch and even a lowly bottle of Pepto Bismol! This also happens to be what you would find behind closed doors of [...]

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Looking for Home Design Inspiration?

April 4, 2012
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If you’re looking for home design inspiration, then check out one of my favorite websites, houzz is home to nearly 400,000 home design photographs that you can search through using various criteria such as style (Contemporary, Mediterranean, Modern, Traditional, etc…) and space (kitchen, bathroom, living room, staircase, wine cellar, etc…). Say you want to [...]

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Introducing: The Contractor’s Wife

April 3, 2012

Hi! I’m Rhoda Fry, “The Contractor’s Wife,” and for years I’ve been responding to questions via email for Bill’s clients and writing on chat groups about green home remodeling, how to hire a contractor, designer, architect, and even how to select a toilet etc… So, I thought it was time that I polished up all this [...]

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