Fine Homebuilding: The Magazine

Fine Homebuilding: The Magazine

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Artist Modern Remodel

Artist Modern Remodel

A whole house remodel that transformed a late 1940's ranch style house with 8 foot ceilings into modern, spacious, gallery like space for an empty nester couple, one of whom is an artist.The project succeeded through a great collaboration between owner, architect and a design-build contractor

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Easy-Carry Air-Hose Reel

Easy-Carry Air-Hose Reel

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This briefcase-size hose reel packs in 100 ft. of hose and weighs about 10 lb.

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Paradox Lake House

Paradox Lake House

A year round home carved into the forest, at the edge of Paradox Lake, in upstate New York. Careful site planning and a rustic casual design help this well crafted home take its place among the 'great camps' of the Adirondack Park.

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Small Spaces That are Great Places

Small Spaces That are Great Places

A trio of diminutive buildings shows how thoughtful siting and exemplary planning can yield a backyard destination you won’t want to leave.

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How to Make Basic PEX Connections

How to Make Basic PEX Connections

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Learn the basics of how to connect PEX to copper and existing metal pipe as well as how to make PEX to PEX connections to create a branch line or add a valve.

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Whats the Difference: Joint Sealing with Teflon Tape and Pipe Dope

What's the Difference: Joint Sealing with Teflon Tape and Pipe Dope

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Teflon tape and pipe dope are used to fill voids between male and female threads to make joints leakproof and to prevent metal parts from rusting together. People often use pipe dope on top of Teflon tape, but some manufacturers say there is no benefit to that usage. So, when should you use one over the other? What's the difference?

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Whats the Difference: Vapor Barriers and Vapor Retarders?

What's the Difference: Vapor Barriers and Vapor Retarders?

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You don’t have to be a building-science expert to know that trapped moisture is bad for houses. To help slow moisture diffusion through roof, wall, and floor assemblies, many experts—and in some parts of the country, building codes—demand the use of vapor retarders. Across the building industry, however, the term vapor barrier is commonly used in place of vapor retarder. This misuse raises the question of whether the two terms categorize the same products and whether those products have the same performance traits.

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Kickout Flashing: How to Flash Troublesome Roof-to-Wall Intersections

Kickout Flashing: How to Flash Troublesome Roof-to-Wall Intersections

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I use redundant layers of flashing integrated into the housewrap to keep water from getting behind exterior cladding; a kickout flashing directs water into the gutter. The process might seem overcomplicated at first, but the minor expense in time is much better than having to tackle rot repairs down the road.

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Making the Most of Basement Rooms

Making the Most of Basement Rooms

When a basement is finished with as much care and detail as the house above, the message is that the space is an equal part of the home, not subordinate to it.

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