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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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When is it illegal to call a 2x4 a 2x4? When you're in California of course.

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Link to a story about Lowes being fined for selling 2x4s that actually measured 1 1/2 in. x 3 1/2 in.

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My Friend Michael Standish

My Friend Michael Standish

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Memorializing long time Fine Homebuilding contributor Michael Standish

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New Rules for Large Electric Water Heaters

New Rules for Large Electric Water Heaters

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A new rule from the Department of Energy (DOE) bans electric-resistance water heaters that are 55 gal. or bigger.

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Portable Table Saws: We want your feedback!

Portable Table Saws: We want your feedback!

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FHB is testing ultra-portable table saws and we'd like to hear about your experience with the Bosch GTS1031 and DeWalt 7490/7491.

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An Affordable Production Pocket-Hole Machine

An Affordable Production Pocket-Hole Machine

Kreg's $400 Foreman pocket-hole machine is nearly as fast and less expensive than cabinet-shop versions.

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