Copyright (c) 2015 FineHomebuilding.com en-us Fine Homebuilding - Blogs category featured posts Fine Homebuilding - Blogs category featured posts http://www.finehomebuilding.com/blogs Thu, 29 Jan 2015 02:41:14 -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[New York Now Requires Truss Warning on Buildings]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:01:19 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72450/new-york-now-requires-truss-warning-on-buildings http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72450/new-york-now-requires-truss-warning-on-buildings New York Now Requires Truss Warning on Buildings Posted by ScottG
Signs must be posted at houses where roof trusses have been used so that firefighters have a better idea of what to expect in case of fire. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72450/new-york-now-requires-truss-warning-on-buildings
<![CDATA[Minnesota Builders Try to Block Sprinkler Law]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 11:56:44 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72442/minnesota-builders-try-to-block-sprinkler-law http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72442/minnesota-builders-try-to-block-sprinkler-law Minnesota Builders Try to Block Sprinkler Law Posted by ScottG
Minnesota becomes the fourth state in the country to require fire sprinklers in some new houses, but a builders' association has gone to court in an attempt to delay the new law. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72442/minnesota-builders-try-to-block-sprinkler-law
<![CDATA[IRS Now Requires Small Wind Turbines To Be Certified]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 08:42:48 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72413/irs-now-requires-small-wind-turbines-to-be-certified http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72413/irs-now-requires-small-wind-turbines-to-be-certified IRS Now Requires Small Wind Turbines To Be Certified Posted by ScottG
The new rule is aimed at weeding out the 'wild assertions' that fringe manufacturers make about the efficiency of their wind generators. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72413/irs-now-requires-small-wind-turbines-to-be-certified
<![CDATA["Simple" twin stairs]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 08:00:00 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72402/simple-twin-stairs http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72402/simple-twin-stairs Posted by KenGutmaker
Twin stairs with subtle details take this design to a new level. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72402/simple-twin-stairs
<![CDATA[Wisconsin Tightens Net-Metering Rules]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:02:36 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72400/wisconsin-tightens-net-metering-rules http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72400/wisconsin-tightens-net-metering-rules Wisconsin Tightens Net-Metering Rules Posted by ScottG
Regulators permit utilities to settle accounts monthly rather than annually, and pay the wholesale rather than the retail rate. Existing customers are grandfathered for 10 years. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72400/wisconsin-tightens-net-metering-rules
<![CDATA[What's the best attic insulation? ]]> Sat, 24 Jan 2015 14:49:24 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28961/whats-the-best-attic-insulation http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28961/whats-the-best-attic-insulation What's the best attic insulation? Posted by RYagid
The answer to the question of which attic insulation is best is, of course, entirely circumstantial. When the design of your attic allows, the best attic insulation is inexpensive, easy to install and will yield the performance you're looking for. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/28961/whats-the-best-attic-insulation
<![CDATA[Thinking Big and Building Small]]> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 19:42:43 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/71885/thinking-big-and-building-small http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/71885/thinking-big-and-building-small Thinking Big and Building Small Posted by Susan_Teare
With wheels, this 232-square-foot tiny house can be easily moved to any location. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/71885/thinking-big-and-building-small
<![CDATA[Wireless Charging on your Countertop]]> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:59:16 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72238/wireless-charging-on-your-countertop http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72238/wireless-charging-on-your-countertop Wireless Charging on your Countertop Posted by DebSilber
LG Hausys gets top KBIS honors for its kitchen-countertop phone charging technology ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72238/wireless-charging-on-your-countertop
<![CDATA[Ontario to Yank Some Smart Meters]]> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 16:38:30 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72213/ontario-to-yank-some-smart-meters http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72213/ontario-to-yank-some-smart-meters Ontario to Yank Some Smart Meters Posted by ScottG
The order affects only a small percentage of the millions of meters that have been installed. In Maine, critics appeal a ruling that the meters are safe. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72213/ontario-to-yank-some-smart-meters
<![CDATA[Spoiler Alert! Preview of the Best Traditional House from the upcoming Houses issue]]> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 14:26:12 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72215/spoiler-alert-preview-of-the-best-traditional-house-from-the-upcoming-houses-issue http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72215/spoiler-alert-preview-of-the-best-traditional-house-from-the-upcoming-houses-issue Spoiler Alert! Preview of the Best Traditional House from the upcoming Houses issue Posted by ChuckB
A stone farmhouse built in the late 1700's has been restored to a modern version of its former glory ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72215/spoiler-alert-preview-of-the-best-traditional-house-from-the-upcoming-houses-issue
<![CDATA[News from the International Builders' Show: Product Picks, Day 3]]> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 10:51:28 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72202/news-from-the-international-builders-show-product-picks-day-3 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72202/news-from-the-international-builders-show-product-picks-day-3 News from the International Builders' Show: Product Picks, Day 3 Posted by patrick_mccombe
Even on the show's last day, there's still a bunch of cool stuff to see. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72202/news-from-the-international-builders-show-product-picks-day-3
<![CDATA[Tight Squeeze]]> Fri, 23 Jan 2015 09:00:00 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72179/tight-squeeze http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72179/tight-squeeze Tight Squeeze Posted by BrianVandenBrink51
Several years ago I came across this tiny little house squeezed between two brick buildings in an alley in Taunton, MA. I have no idea who loved there or why, but it's an example of the incredibly diverse shelters in which we live and another reason why I find the photography of architecture so fascinating. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72179/tight-squeeze
<![CDATA[Mineral wool vs. Fiberglass insulation - some impromptu research at the International Builders' Show]]> Thu, 22 Jan 2015 18:54:04 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72185/mineral-wool-vs-fiberglass-insulation-some-impromptu-research-at-the-international-builders-show http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72185/mineral-wool-vs-fiberglass-insulation-some-impromptu-research-at-the-international-builders-show Mineral wool vs. Fiberglass insulation - some impromptu research at the International Builders' Show Posted by JFink
The timing of this year's International Builders' Show was convenient for me. I was able to spend some time on the show floor talking to manufacturers about mineral wool insulation, sometimes called... ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72185/mineral-wool-vs-fiberglass-insulation-some-impromptu-research-at-the-international-builders-show
<![CDATA[Open Concept]]> Thu, 22 Jan 2015 17:30:31 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72182/open-concept http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72182/open-concept Open Concept Posted by Lincoln_Barbour
Concrete and steel used to open up this old house. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72182/open-concept
<![CDATA[Hawaii Tinkers With Its Solar Formula]]> Thu, 22 Jan 2015 15:18:57 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72177/hawaii-tinkers-with-its-solar-formula http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72177/hawaii-tinkers-with-its-solar-formula Hawaii Tinkers With Its Solar Formula Posted by ScottG
A utility on Kauai turns to lithium-ion batteries after its first try with lead-acid batteries fails to meet expectations. Another Hawaiian utility tweaks its net-metering rules. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72177/hawaii-tinkers-with-its-solar-formula
<![CDATA[Making and Installing Wood Plugs]]> Thu, 22 Jan 2015 14:40:00 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72138/making-and-installing-wood-plugs http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72138/making-and-installing-wood-plugs Making and Installing Wood Plugs Posted by JFink
Conceal screw heads with shop-made plugs ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72138/making-and-installing-wood-plugs
<![CDATA[News from the International Builders' Show: Product Picks, Day 2]]> Thu, 22 Jan 2015 14:19:47 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72156/news-from-the-international-builders-show-product-picks-day-2 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72156/news-from-the-international-builders-show-product-picks-day-2 News from the International Builders' Show: Product Picks, Day 2 Posted by patrick_mccombe
I'm continuing my quest for best new products at the International Builders' Show and the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72156/news-from-the-international-builders-show-product-picks-day-2
<![CDATA[The Internet of Things Takes Center Stage]]> Thu, 22 Jan 2015 11:33:30 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72159/the-internet-of-things-takes-center-stage http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72159/the-internet-of-things-takes-center-stage The Internet of Things Takes Center Stage Posted by ScottG
Interconnected devices for the home are getting a lot of attention at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72159/the-internet-of-things-takes-center-stage
<![CDATA[International Builders' Show: Zip System Stretch Tape is a huge winner]]> Thu, 22 Jan 2015 01:52:11 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72154/international-builders-show-zip-system-stretch-tape-is-a-huge-winner http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72154/international-builders-show-zip-system-stretch-tape-is-a-huge-winner International Builders' Show: Zip System Stretch Tape is a huge winner Posted by JFink
Despite having a fairly restrained scope and number of products, it's hard to not be impressed with the continued innovation of a company like Huber Engineered Wood. Much of their success being built... ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72154/international-builders-show-zip-system-stretch-tape-is-a-huge-winner
<![CDATA[News from the International Builders' Show: Product Picks]]> Wed, 21 Jan 2015 11:55:56 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72090/news-from-the-international-builders-show-product-picks http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72090/news-from-the-international-builders-show-product-picks News from the International Builders' Show: Product Picks Posted by patrick_mccombe
I'm on the prowl for the best new building products. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/72090/news-from-the-international-builders-show-product-picks