By far the weakest link in a Passive House, windows must be installed perfectly
Now able to shoot 2-in. nails, these small tools are more versatile than ever
Don’t guess at your deck footings. Dig in and figure it out.
7 basic principles to make homes safe, durable, and energy efficient
Contemporary details and a new floor plan turn a near teardown into a practical home
Interior vs. exterior
Units for class A, B, C, and K fires
If you’re laying a significant amount of tile, a tile saw is an essential tool. Pros need their own, but if you lay tile only occasionally, you can find tile…
A pro shares 8 steps from prep to final coat
Mike Maines, in the Drawing Board department, explains the best way to design gable dormers. The resounding caution is to mindful of scale. Appropriately scaled gable dormers bring in light…
Debra Judge Silber explores "Nails" in How It Works. Considering how critical nails are to holding wood-frame houses together, it’s surprising that we don’t pay more attention to them. The…
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…
What’s the best way to insulate a slab-on-grade foundation?
This former carpenter talks about how having worked in the trades made her a better architect.
The overall efficiency of machines are rated two ways: the modified energy factor (MEF) and the water factor (WF).
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