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A Call for Entries: NAHBs Pillars of the Industry Awards

A Call for Entries: NAHB's Pillars of the Industry Awards

Open to a wide range of professionals in the multifamily industry, the 2011 edition of the competition includes five new award categories

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Smart Phone Apps for Builders: (Microsoft | Bing) Maps

Smart Phone Apps for Builders: (Microsoft | Bing) Maps

On the iPhone, Microsoft's Bing Maps fails to stack up to Google Maps, with the exception of one feature.

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Priming the Private Mortgage-Guarantee Sector (Very Carefully)

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If a 20% down payment becomes a requirement for a loan guarantee, can the housing market still thrive? Privatization hawks think so. But other credit-related issues will need attention first

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Stairmathter: Use SketchUp to Master the Math for Stairbuilding

Stairmathter: Use SketchUp to Master the Math for Stairbuilding

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Create a digital layout using jobsite dimensions and let SketchUp do the math to calculate cutting dimensions and angles for stair stringers accounting for finish floor thicknesses and other pertinent information.

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Blueprint-Reading Basics: How to Navigate a Set of House Plans

Blueprint-Reading Basics: How to Navigate a Set of House Plans

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Construction documents are usually more organized than they look. Learn some common symbols and drawing types that will help you find what you're looking for when you pick up a set of plans.

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Will Passivhaus or passive solar be the best fit for this project?

Will Passivhaus or passive solar be the best fit for this project?

A Pennsylvania homeowner is planning to downsize into a smaller house and looks for a prescription for energy efficiency on a small budget.

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Household Growths Mounting Pressure on Demand

Household Growth's Mounting Pressure on Demand

NAHB makes another pitch for easier credit based on a study highlighting predicted increases in household formation, a principal driver of housing demand

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My Story Through Houses: The Manufactured House

My Story Through Houses: The Manufactured House

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Manufactured houses can be delivered by a truck, arrive on it's own wheels, or set by a crane.

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Awakening Remodeling, Quieting Foreclosure Fever

Awakening Remodeling, Quieting Foreclosure Fever

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BuildFax data shows signs of life in the remodeling sector, while a recent Mortgage Bankers Association survey suggests the foreclosure tide will begin receding by the end of the year

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Could There Be a Boom of Backyard In-law Cottages?

Could There Be a Boom of Backyard In-law Cottages?

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By packaging everything a homeowner needs to create an in-law unit--including private financing--a Berkeley, California start-up cashes in on a growing trend.

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Use a Scrap of Electrical Cable to Make a Flexible Flashlight Stand

Use a Scrap of Electrical Cable to Make a Flexible Flashlight Stand

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Romex isn't just for electricity anymore! Make your own handy light snake with a few wraps of this easily-formable wire.

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Smart Phone Apps for Builders: Flashlight

Smart Phone Apps for Builders: Flashlight

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Flashlight was marginally useful on the pre LED-flash iPhone 3Gs models, but it have quickly becoming obsolete.

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KB Homes Mileage Sticker for Household Energy Use

KB Home's "Mileage Sticker" for Household Energy Use

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Using RESNET’s HERS Index rating system and local utility rates, the homebuilder presents prospective buyers with an energy-cost estimate based on the home's design

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Walking on Eggshells Over Mortgage Subsidies and Tax Breaks

Walking on Eggshells Over Mortgage Subsidies and Tax Breaks

It’s too early to tell what approaches will be used to wind down Fannie and Freddie and to possibly revise mortgage-interest tax subsidies, but housing industry will be watching closely

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Name This Detail

Name This Detail

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An interesting architectural feature on this old home has many of us scratching our head.

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Fixing Framing Problems: Use Your Eyes to Find Crooked Studs, Headers, and Beams

Fixing Framing Problems: Use Your Eyes to Find Crooked Studs, Headers, and Beams

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In this "Building Skills" video framer Scott Grice demonstrates a few easy ways that you can use line-of-sight to identify serious issues before they're buried under drywall.

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Digitile: Use a SketchUp Model to Layout, Estimate, and Build a Takeoff List for a Tiling-Job

Digitile: Use a SketchUp Model to Layout, Estimate, and Build a Takeoff List for a Tiling-Job

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No, digitile is not a typo for digital, its just my (lame?) title for using digital tools to layout, plan, and quantity of materials for a recent floor tile project. Here I give a brief overview of the process I used... see what you think.

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How to Reinforce 2x6 Ceiling Joists to Handle Heavy Loads

How to Reinforce 2x6 Ceiling Joists to Handle Heavy Loads

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After building a new workshop, the owner belatedly realizes the 2x6 joists may not be strong enough to support the weight of hardwood lumber he wants to store overhead. Now what?

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The Fannie-Freddie Debate Heats Up (Again)

The Fannie-Freddie Debate Heats Up (Again)

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Pressure to reckon with the two government-sponsored enterprises is yielding ideas, and illustrating how difficult it will be to come up with a satisfactory solution

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Stealth Door With Heavy-Duty Hidden Hinges

Stealth Door With Heavy-Duty Hidden Hinges

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Have you ever picked up a piece of nice hardware and smiled? If so, then you're an official hardware geek like me! Check out this amazing Hidden Hinge from Sugatsune we used in a door install we like to call our "James Bond" door. -Matt Risinger

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