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In seven luxury communities, buyers share common dreams

Bruce Pasquarella has constructed about 40 custom homes in six of the seven master-planned luxury communities that make up The Cliffs in the Blue Ridge Mountains. While the attractions in each community are different, the buyers share much in common.

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Propane generators become integral in resilient homes

Cultural shifts often creep up unannounced. So if the increasing power outages are any indication, propane standby generators may soon be second nature on homes, especially in storm-prone parts of the country.

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Hydronic heating: Just add a tankless water heater

Tankless water heaters can do a lot, from offering endless domestic hot water on demand to eliminating the standby losses of a storage tank water heater. Another manufacturer is adding hydronic space heating to that list.

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Why Hickory Construction specs tankless automatically

Hickory’s reputation relies on customer satisfaction, and that’s one reason the company specs propane or natural gas on almost every one of its projects.

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Black Magic in the Colorado mountains

For architects, limitations often serve as inspiration. So when Bryan May began work on Black Magic, a mountainside custom home halfway between Aspen and Snowmass Village in Colorado, the restrictive site felt more like an opportunity than a hindrance.

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Continuous pilot lights may go extinct

Continuous pilot lights allow gas fireplaces to work even during a power outage, but they’ve always had a downside — they allow a trace amount of gas to flow at all times, driving up fuel costs. Soon, such pilot lights may be eliminated altogether, reports Pool and Spa News.

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The next luxury amenity: extravagant decks

he interiors of our homes have been getting more open for years. Now that trend is continuing outdoors, with decks and patios becoming larger and more popular, reports Wall Street Journal’s Stefanos Chen.

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Resort boosts business with propane-fueled water park

To keep its three hotels and popular water park cozy in the frigid winters of northern Vermont, Jay Peak Resort requires a high-performance heating system. Propane is versatile enough to work in the resort’s remote, rural location and powerful enough to fuel the high-efficiency boiler plant.

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Reliable power makes happy campers

For institutions and retreats like Camp Woodstock and Crossroads that consider a remote location to be a selling point rather than a turn-off, propane can play a unique role in offering high-efficiency heating systems and reliable power sources that wouldn’t be available otherwise.

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When is propane an infill solution?

When Rockwell Custom had the opportunity to develop a small, wooded plot in densely populated Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, just seven miles from the city center of Philadelphia, the developer jumped on it. There was just one hitch: It was too expensive to bring in natural gas.

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