A swim in the salt water, a hot shower in the cool late-summer air, and dinner by the fire at sunset.
Don’t get burned: The right materials and details are a start. Landscaping and regular maintenance can help. But even these steps sometimes aren’t enough.
Prescriptive guides provide textbook solutions.
Foam backer and a few jigs are the keys to reproducing this traditional cornice detail.
This classic look is made even better with modern materials.
This home is headed to net-zero energy, with very little impact on its site.
Versatile assembly can be adapted to any gate design.
Dress up your next deck by setting the boards at an angle.
How homes are evaluated for solar, how a system works, and how it’s installed.
Ten brushless impact drivers put through their paces.
Condenser dryers don’t make sense for every house, but are a great solution when venting isn’t an option.
9 steps to install quiet, well-connected ABS and PVC piping.
When repairs are in order, a steam box, an easel, and two-part epoxy are your best friends.
An electrician shares the basics of bending, fastening, and connecting electrical metallic tubing.
Design/Build: These mantels illustrate not only the range of independent design options, but also the plug-and-play aspect of fireplace-surround composition.
On-site measurements and off-site production yield a traditional look at a more affordable price.
How to tell the difference between a good cellulose insulation job and a bad one.
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Mastered in a Minute: No-hub couplings make it easy to tie in to existing cast-iron drain/waste/vent lines with new PVC.
This updated Victorian restoration features an original transom window.
This Modern Farmhouse design features a new look at kitchen cabinets.
This addition not only preserved the character of the home, but also included a larger, updated kitchen, a new sitting area, a new master bedroom, and a new porch.
Bathroom electricals, roof vents, adhesive guns, appliances and kitchen cabinets, tablesaw safety, and two great sweepstakes.
A log cabin in Virginia, built around 1828, offers an interesting photographic challenge.
This addition to a 1920’s row house offers a balance between old and new.
Builders (and photographers) tend to find inspiration even where it is not obvious.
When real-life use informs beautiful design, the synthesis works for a range of styles and materials.
Installation features innovative toe kicks and continuous horizontal trim pieces.
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