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Whats the best attic insulation?

What's the best attic insulation?

The answer to the question of which attic insulation is best is, of course, entirely circumstantial. When the design of your attic allows, the best attic insulation is inexpensive, easy to install and will yield the performance you're looking for.

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Spoiler Alert! Preview of the Best Traditional House from the upcoming Houses issue

Spoiler Alert! Preview of the Best Traditional House from the upcoming Houses issue

A stone farmhouse built in the late 1700's has been restored to a modern version of its former glory

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News from the International Builders Show: Product Picks, Day 3

News from the International Builders' Show: Product Picks, Day 3

Even on the show's last day, there's still a bunch of cool stuff to see.

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News from the International Builders Show: Product Picks, Day 2

News from the International Builders' Show: Product Picks, Day 2

I'm continuing my quest for best new products at the International Builders' Show and the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show.

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News from the International Builders Show: Product Picks

News from the International Builders' Show: Product Picks

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I'm on the prowl for the best new building products.

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The Story of a Stairway that Never Ends

The Story of a Stairway that Never Ends

Could the paradoxical staircase from the movie "Inception" really be built?

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News from the International Builders Show: New Product Preview

News from the International Builders' Show: New Product Preview

I'm heading to Las Vegas for the International Builders' Show.

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Can You Paint Ceramic Tile?

Can You Paint Ceramic Tile?

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Faced with an messy demolition and potentially expensive tile, many homeowners are tempted to cover ugly tile with paint. Probably not a good idea, at least according to two experts.

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Whats the Difference? Small Home vs. Tiny House

What's the Difference? Small Home vs. Tiny House

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For all the talk about square feet, size doesn't really matter.

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Good-Looking Shower Drain

Good-Looking Shower Drain

This attractive tile-in drain is an affordable alternative to linear shower drains.

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Wash and Flush Saves Water and Floorspace

Wash and Flush Saves Water and Floorspace

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Hack a sink bowl onto a toilet tank and reuse hand-wash water

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Book Review: The Elements of Building

Book Review: The Elements of Building

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Following the advice in this business book for builders will make your clients happier, your business more stable, and your life less stressful.

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Living in a Passivhaus

Living in a Passivhaus

Daniel Roy is one of the owners of a recently completed Passivhaus in Falmouth, Massachusetts. Designed by architect Steve Baczek, the house was featured in a series of FHB articles and videos. In this post, Dan shares his experience from the first year in a new super efficient house.

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Fastener-free PVC Trim

Fastener-free PVC Trim

These cellular PVC casing assemblies and trim boards have channels for siding and nailing flanges for a fastener-free look.

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How to Finance a New Home

How to Finance a New Home

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Here are a few key things to know about the new world or mortgage lending.

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