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$5.99 US $7.99 Canadawww.UltimateHomeDesign.com Volume3,Number 3, Issue 15June 2007
part XV 
site and foundationpreparation
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, you will be empowered to make intelligent choices about the designand make-up ofyour home, whether considering remodels or additions, planning a new home, or evaluatingan already-built home.
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www.UltimateHomeDesign.com • Issue 15 • June 2008 
   W   E   L   C   O   M   E   H   O   M   E
The First Optimum Performance Home 
— Site And Foundation PreparationPart XV 
By Gary Reber
Building One Of The First LEED®-Certified Homes In Massachusetts 
By Doug Storey
Universal Design Makes Life Easier For Everyone 
By Susan Mack
Kolbe Contributes Windows And Doors For An Accessible,Comfortable Model Home 
By Heather West
Universally Designed Proto-House: Lessons From Arkansas? 
By Korydon Smith, Jennifer Webb, AndBrent Williams
Gold, Silver, And Bronze Universal Design Features In Houses 
By The Center For Universal Design,College Of Design, North CarolinaState University
Is There An Optimum Approach To Incorporate Universal Design Principles When Designing A Home? 
By Walton D. Dutcher, Jr.
Mission, Magazine BusinessMatters, Contributions,Subscriptions
Editor’s Space 
Reflections & Directions
Breaking Ground 
New To The Neighborhood 
By David DelGrosso & Tricia SpearsManufacturers’ ProductInnovations Showcase
Advertisers’ Information 
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