Welders End Up in Unusual Places»

Overhead welding while suspended in a climbing harness is an incredibly effective way to work on your core strength.

Big Stuff on the Jobsite»

We managed to get a large crane into the job. The driver was excellent. He had plenty of clearance (about an inch on either side) and managed to back though…

Scouting, Importing, Designing and Building a Boulder Fountain»

The new home Green Star Builders designed with the owners of a beautiful hillside lot in Santa Fe required huge retaining walls. Instead of the typical block and concrete wall,…

Creative Fireplace Solutions»

Fireplaces can bring so much joy and comfort to homes, but, when not in use, chimneys are a large air-exchange gap that cause unwanted heat loss.

Mobile Boring Machine Fabricated by Green Star Builders»

After analyzing what commercially available $14,000 machines did and how they did it, I decided that I would make my own. It wound up being lightweight, able to be disassembled and set up in place by one person, and cost me under $1,000 to build.

Welders End Up in Unusual Places»

Ray Santa Fe (that’s what he calls himself!) called us looking for the right guy to repair a giant mechanical puppet designed to be burned. Each fall, the local Kiwanas…

Salvage in Modern Green Homes»

Use of locally salvaged materials in new home construction is a great way to recycle and reuse items with more useable life while adding to the character and unique story of a home.

Innovative Plumbing Fixture Hack»

Instead of gracefully dropping into the tub, the water crawled along the bottom of the fixture and headed for the wall behind it. No bueno.

Vertical Gardens»

There is an undeniable awe at the vigor and exuberance of life on display here