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Design and PlanningFloor Plans | Siting a House
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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
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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
How it Works: Wood Rot
by Justin Fink
Q & A:
How do I make a shelf strong without making it too thick?
by Michael Maines
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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