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Builder Offers Best-Practices Manual to Public

Builder Offers Best-Practices Manual to Public

Hammer & Hand, a high-end builder in the Pacific Northwest, posts its construction manual online "in the spirit of collaboration"

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Shea Homes Sued in Washington State

Shea Homes Sued in Washington State

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The California-based developer is accused of shoddy workmanship on houses in a 55-and-over resort community in Washington State. Hundreds of houses are affected, according to a lawsuit filed in federal district court.

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A Renovated Farmhouse

A Renovated Farmhouse

The steel I beam bridge creates a delightful contrast to the traditional farmhouse design.

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Colorado Town Softens Construction-Defects Law

Colorado Town Softens Construction-Defects Law

Despite protests, Lakewood city officials have made it a little tougher for homeowners to sue builders over construction defects.

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A Roll-Up Story Pole That Stores Easily

A Roll-Up Story Pole That Stores Easily

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If you need a story pole on the job, you could hunt around for a piece of wood and hope it's long enough, but there's a better way.

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Room With A View

Room With A View

One should consider carefully how to design and build to take full advantage of a view like this one.

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Modern Addition

Modern Addition

Waiting for the right light to capture this beautiful modern addition to a classic Boise Craftsman

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Self-Taught MBA: To Cut Costs, Split the Profits

Self-Taught MBA: To Cut Costs, Split the Profits

To induce my employees and subcontractors to remain on the lookout for cost savings, I offer to split the money.

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Ultra-Compact Laser Measuring Tool

Ultra-Compact Laser Measuring Tool

This new laser measuring tool allows single-handed measurements up to 50 ft. and it's smaller than a deck of cards.

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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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Prefabricated Foam Forms for Slab Foundations

Prefabricated Foam Forms for Slab Foundations

A New Jersey company looks to Sweden for techniques on forming frost-protected slabs faster and with far less labor than conventional foundations

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This New Door Design Solves an Old Problem

This New Door Design Solves an Old Problem

Canadian students developed an interior door that helps equalize air pressure between adjacent rooms, then they founded a company to market it.

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New faucet spray sweeps dirty dishes

New faucet spray "sweeps" dirty dishes

Kohler's "Sweep Spray" brings pull-down faucet function up a notch

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Precast Footings:  EZ-Tube

Precast Footings: EZ-Tube

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Instead of getting sacks of concrete delivered, get precast EZ-Tube footing sections dropped off. Dig the hole, stack them up, start building.

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Board Formed Architectural Concrete

Board Formed Architectural Concrete

Architects love board formed concrete, but it's a tricky process and requires a careful craftsman to ensure it looks good. See this video and pictures of a house I'm building where we used Board Formed Concrete for foundation and house walls extensively.

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At the bottom of the Secret Stairs...

At the bottom of the Secret Stairs...

Hidden underneath this homes living room, an entire apartment awaits

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A Covered Bridge-like House

A Covered Bridge-like House

This house provides refuge and prospect on each end with a light-filled public space in the center open to the landscape.

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Adjustable Paint-Roller Handle Doubles as a Compact Broom Handle

Adjustable Paint-Roller Handle Doubles as a Compact Broom Handle

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If you can't fit a full-size broom in the back of your truck, you could just cut 6 inches off of the handle, but there's a better way.

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 To everything there is a time...AND a place!

To everything there is a time...AND a place!

Architect Hans Warner of Portland, Maine took full advantage of this wall space adjacent to the front stairway to give significant storage and organization capacity to this new home he had designed.

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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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