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Transformation of the Week by:
Design and PlanningFloor Plans | Siting a House
Home Parts and MaterialsTile and Stonework
Home StyleCraftsman | Federal | Log Homes | Timber-Frame
A year of carving carefully produced a masterpiece of complexity. See detail photos of the mantel on the back cover of the June/July 2004 issue.
by Charles Bickford
Site-milled timbers and local river rock transform a house with a simple floor plan into a rustic camp
by Priscilla Zimmerman
Different designs, different materials, and different techniques all yield great results
by Gary M. Katz, Gary Striegler, Sebastian Eggert
Watch the Passive House video series
Play the Inspector Game!
Transformation of the Week Gallery
Building a Mantel
A frame-and-panel base topped with a broad shelf dresses up a plain fireplace
by David Getts
Replacing a Chimney Cap
Homeowners rarely see their chimney caps, and few people have ever called me to repair them. But when I'm asked to inspect a roof or an attic, I generally find myself looking down at the top of the chimney.
by Fred Lugano
Q & A:
Building with natural birch
by Daniel Mack
Building a Fireplace Mantel
Fluted pilasters and decorative trim make for a mantel that appears complicated but really isn't
by Gary M. Katz
Q & A:
How do I make a shelf strong without making it too thick?
by Michael Maines
Great Tips for Building a Mantel
Get more tips on how to build a mantel
by Fine Homebuilding Editors
For Pros By Pros: Building with Engineered LumberLearn to purchase and frame efficiently with engineered lumber for high-quality results.
Graphic Guide to Frame ConstructionA standard reference for residential framing details
Trim TransformationsDo it Now / Do it Fast / Do it Right
Wooden FencesA beautiful and informative guide
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