March 4, 2015
After spending 30 minutes going up and down a ladder to remove the panels of a 2000-sq.-ft. drop-in ceiling, I decided that I could remove tiles faster from the ground…
July 17, 2014
In the final episode, Gary and his crew place the nailing backers, then nail up the soffits, bed and crown moldings that make up each coffer beam.
Carpenter Gary Katz creates a simple and elegant layout, efficiently uses his shop for preassembling components, and organizes the installation for the best possible workflow for this custom-ceiling project
July 9, 2014
Architect Steven Ginn knew this kitchen was going to be a challenge the moment he laid eyes on it. Long, narrow, and dated, the original kitchen bisected the house, with…
May 14, 2014
A trim carpenter problem-solves a tricky installation for this sought-after detail
September 12, 2013
Cathedral ceilings can offer generous open space in a great room, but they also can make a room feel cavernous and undifferentiated. In this "Drawing Board" article, architect Katie Hutchison…
May 17, 2012
Vented or unvented roof assemblies can work, but failure carries a heavy price
May 2, 2012
Design ideas, tips, and techniques for a unique coffered ceiling in kitchens, living rooms, basements and more.
July 14, 2011
We were preparing to hang a drywall ceiling from rough, unplaned joists. The chalklines for the strapping were virtually illegible. Our alternative method for laying out strapping worked so well…
June 30, 2011
As part of an extensive renovation project, veteran carpenters Don Carlson and Bill Broome installed a coffered ceiling in an enclosed sunporch. Their first challenge was dealing with the original…
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