Copyright (c) 2014 FineHomebuilding.com en-us Fine Homebuilding - Blogs category featured posts Fine Homebuilding - Blogs category featured posts http://www.finehomebuilding.com/blogs Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:01:52 -0500 Fine Homebuilding - Blogs category featured posts Fine Homebuilding - Blogs category featured posts http://www.finehomebuilding.com/assets/images/cs_logo_sm.jpg http://www.finehomebuilding.com/blogs <![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: Know the Battlefield]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:49:17 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34246/self-taught-mba-know-the-battlefield http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34246/self-taught-mba-know-the-battlefield Self-Taught MBA: Know the Battlefield Posted by FPR
Strategic thinking is essential to success in any highly competitive activity, and the building business qualifies as one. This, the second in our three-part series on strategy, focuses on learning the contours of the real-estate marketplace, the builder's battlefield. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34246/self-taught-mba-know-the-battlefield
<![CDATA[Honda Builds an Experimental House]]> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:32:08 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34220/honda-builds-an-experimental-house http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34220/honda-builds-an-experimental-house Honda Builds an Experimental House Posted by ScottG
The net-zero energy house in California includes many energy-efficiency features and comes with its own battery-powered car. Honda says it will give plans and specs away for free. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34220/honda-builds-an-experimental-house
<![CDATA[Patrick's Barn: An Inexpensive, Resource-Efficient Building]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 10:22:58 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34202/patricks-barn-an-inexpensive-resource-efficient-building http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34202/patricks-barn-an-inexpensive-resource-efficient-building Patrick's Barn: An Inexpensive, Resource-Efficient Building Posted by FHBdotcom
Fine Homebuilding associate editor Patrick McCombe describes the construction of an energy-efficient outbuilding he built for about $32,000. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34202/patricks-barn-an-inexpensive-resource-efficient-building
<![CDATA[Ductless Minisplits for DIYers]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 08:25:36 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34176/ductless-minisplits-for-diyers http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34176/ductless-minisplits-for-diyers Ductless Minisplits for DIYers Posted by ScottG
An air-source heat pump powers this air-conditioning and heating unit designed for installation by homeowners. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34176/ductless-minisplits-for-diyers
<![CDATA[Why You Should Heat Your Home with an Air-Source Heat Pump]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 05:55:35 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34206/why-you-should-heat-your-home-with-an-air-source-heat-pump http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34206/why-you-should-heat-your-home-with-an-air-source-heat-pump Why You Should Heat Your Home with an  Air-Source Heat Pump Posted by FHBdotcom
In a presentation at NESEA's 2014 BuildingEnergy conference, Rick Nortz from Mitsubishi Electric explains why modern air-source heat pumps are poised to become the fastest growing segment of the US HVAC industry ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34206/why-you-should-heat-your-home-with-an-air-source-heat-pump
<![CDATA[How to Install a Liquid-Applied Weather-Resistant Barrier]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 05:26:38 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34192/how-to-install-a-liquid-applied-weather-resistant-barrier http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34192/how-to-install-a-liquid-applied-weather-resistant-barrier How to Install a Liquid-Applied Weather-Resistant Barrier Posted by FHBdotcom
Ken Lynch & Joe Studer from Tremco Barrier Solutions demonstrate how to apply roll-on and brush-on alternatives to housewrap and flashing tape at NESEA's 2014 conference ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34192/how-to-install-a-liquid-applied-weather-resistant-barrier
<![CDATA[Infrared Cameras for Building Science and Home Performance]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 05:13:59 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34174/infrared-cameras-for-building-science-and-home-performance http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34174/infrared-cameras-for-building-science-and-home-performance Infrared Cameras for Building Science and Home Performance Posted by FHBdotcom
Building-science consultant Flemming Lund explains how to use IR cameras to identify missing insulation, air leaks, water leaks, and more ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34174/infrared-cameras-for-building-science-and-home-performance
<![CDATA[BuildingEnergy 2014: Stump the Energy Nerd]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 05:12:31 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34183/buildingenergy-2014-stump-the-energy-nerd http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34183/buildingenergy-2014-stump-the-energy-nerd BuildingEnergy 2014: Stump the Energy Nerd Posted by FHBdotcom
GreenBuildingAdvisor.com editor Martin Holladay takes questions from the audience at NESEA's annual energy-efficiency and solar-power conference ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34183/buildingenergy-2014-stump-the-energy-nerd
<![CDATA[How to Clean Fuzz Off of a New Paint Roller]]> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 11:11:01 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34167/how-to-clean-fuzz-off-of-a-new-paint-roller http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34167/how-to-clean-fuzz-off-of-a-new-paint-roller How to Clean Fuzz Off of a New Paint Roller Posted by grateful.ed
If you're rolling a nice, smooth finish onto a painted surface, you could take your chances that the fuzz from your brand-new roller doesn't end up in your paint, but there's a better way ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34167/how-to-clean-fuzz-off-of-a-new-paint-roller
<![CDATA[Demand for Existing Houses Falls]]> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 00:05:00 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34125/demand-for-existing-houses-falls http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34125/demand-for-existing-houses-falls Demand for Existing Houses Falls Posted by ScottG
Citing government data, the National Association of Home Builders says new home sales are "effectively flat" and that sales of existing homes show a "significant decline." ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34125/demand-for-existing-houses-falls
<![CDATA[Planning a Major Upgrade? Consider New Siding]]> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 09:49:47 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34115/planning-a-major-upgrade-consider-new-siding http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34115/planning-a-major-upgrade-consider-new-siding Planning a Major Upgrade? Consider New Siding Posted by ScottG
Remodeling magazine's annual cost vs. value study ranks projects by the proportion of money that can be recouped when reselling the property. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34115/planning-a-major-upgrade-consider-new-siding
<![CDATA[New Admixture Will Eliminate Need for Air-Entrained Concrete]]> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 08:59:07 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34148/new-admixture-will-eliminate-need-for-air-entrained-concrete http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34148/new-admixture-will-eliminate-need-for-air-entrained-concrete New Admixture Will Eliminate Need for Air-Entrained Concrete Posted by ScottG
The BASF Corp. unveils a liquid admixture for use in concrete exposed to freeze-thaw cycles. It will produce a mix that's as much as 30% stronger than air-entrained concrete. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34148/new-admixture-will-eliminate-need-for-air-entrained-concrete
<![CDATA[Build a Foolproof Jig For Cutting Laminate Countertops]]> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 12:47:24 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34122/build-a-foolproof-jig-for-cutting-laminate-countertops http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34122/build-a-foolproof-jig-for-cutting-laminate-countertops Build a Foolproof Jig For Cutting Laminate Countertops Posted by grateful.ed
If you're cutting a postform laminate countertop in the field, you could try freehanding the awkward cuts and hope you don't screw it up, but there's a better way.   ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34122/build-a-foolproof-jig-for-cutting-laminate-countertops
<![CDATA[NAHB Opposes Clean Water Act Expansion]]> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 14:48:21 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34118/nahb-opposes-clean-water-act-expansion http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34118/nahb-opposes-clean-water-act-expansion NAHB Opposes Clean Water Act Expansion Posted by ScottG
The building-industry trade group says new federal rules would require permits be issued for a greater number of projects and would lead to delays. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34118/nahb-opposes-clean-water-act-expansion
<![CDATA[Self-Taught MBA: Profiles in Good Business]]> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 09:43:06 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33932/self-taught-mba-profiles-in-good-business http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33932/self-taught-mba-profiles-in-good-business Self-Taught MBA: Profiles in Good Business Posted by FPR
Profiles of building enterprises that provide valuable insights. Unique business strategies that work for them, and may work for you. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33932/self-taught-mba-profiles-in-good-business
<![CDATA[How to Lay Out an Accurate Ellipse with a Stick, Two Nails, and a Pencil]]> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 16:02:58 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34060/how-to-lay-out-an-accurate-ellipse-with-a-stick-two-nails-and-a-pencil http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34060/how-to-lay-out-an-accurate-ellipse-with-a-stick-two-nails-and-a-pencil How to Lay Out an Accurate Ellipse with a Stick, Two Nails, and a Pencil Posted by grateful.ed
If you need to make an elliptical backing for a cove or arch, you could look at the 15 ways Wikipedia shows how to do it and risk your head exploding, but there's a better way. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34060/how-to-lay-out-an-accurate-ellipse-with-a-stick-two-nails-and-a-pencil
<![CDATA[The Making of a Hobbit-House Door]]> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 09:16:35 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34082/the-making-of-a-hobbit-house-door http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34082/the-making-of-a-hobbit-house-door The Making of a Hobbit-House Door Posted by rwotzak
This one-of-a-kind custom door was inspired by a creative couple's love of Art Nouveau and elfin details ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34082/the-making-of-a-hobbit-house-door
<![CDATA[Lawsuits Against Azek Decking are Consolidated]]> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 09:00:00 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33961/lawsuits-against-azek-decking-are-consolidated http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33961/lawsuits-against-azek-decking-are-consolidated Lawsuits Against Azek Decking are Consolidated Posted by ScottG
Complaints from Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Illinois claim Azek PVC decking is defective. The lawsuits have now been consolidated in a New Jersey court. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/33961/lawsuits-against-azek-decking-are-consolidated
<![CDATA[This House Is Assembled With a Screw Driver]]> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 09:00:00 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34043/this-house-is-assembled-with-a-screw-driver http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34043/this-house-is-assembled-with-a-screw-driver This House Is Assembled With a Screw Driver Posted by ScottG
A French design firm develops a prototype for a 1615-sq.-ft. house built from blocks of foam insulation and laminated-veneer lumber. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34043/this-house-is-assembled-with-a-screw-driver
<![CDATA[The Risks of Building Green]]> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 08:47:08 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34059/the-risks-of-building-green http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34059/the-risks-of-building-green The Risks of Building Green Posted by ScottG
Contractors who make sustainable building their focus face a variety of business risks that mainstream builders don't have. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/34059/the-risks-of-building-green