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Fine Homebuilding Magazine Departments

comments (2) September 26th, 2013 in Blogs

Browse through these collections of mini-articles from the Fine Homebuilding archives to find detailed illustrations and in-depth coverage of all areas of house design and construction. These departments are full of insights into essential topics such as craftsmanship, building science, energy efficiency, design, material choices, tool reviews, business, and more.

Each of the titles below represents a recurring department found in issues of Fine Homebuilding. Click through to see a FREE collection of past articles from each department.

 Building Skills

Building Skills

Follow step-by-step instructions for essential tasks found in typical home-building and remodeling projects, such as cutting a rafter, coping a piece of molding, soldering a copper pipe, or hanging a door.

 Drawing Board

Drawing Board

Get insight into the concepts and processes architects and designers use to create beautiful, functional homes.

 Energy-smart Details

Energy-Smart Details

Each of these detailed construction drawings comes with a clear explanation of why, how, and where to use it to help your home perform more efficiently.

 Finishing Touches

Finishing Touches

Browse this collection of photos and accompanying information to find useful design ideas and inspiring craftsmanship.

Great Ideas 

Great Ideas

We hope this department makes you slap your head and say, "Now why didn't I think of that?"

 Great Moments

Great Moments

Sometimes things just go haywire in the building process. This department provides a healthy dose of humor and reminds beginners that things go wrong even for professionals.

 How it Works

How It Works

Take a closer look at what makes things tick. How It Works always follows the topic of one of the feature articles from the magazine.

 Master Carpenter

Master Carpenter

Here, we feature specialized techniques or projects not typically shown in our articles, such as eyebrow dormers, unequally pitched roofs, curved moldings, and traditional frame-and-panel work. The column is written by an expert craftsman.

 Reader Tips

Reader Tips

The most popular department in the magazine, tips are useful and clever. Most of the tips we run are aimed at getting work done faster, better, and cheaper.

 Tailgate

Tailgate

In this department, we interview builders, architects, designers, manufacturers, and other building specialists.

 What's the Difference?

 

What's the Difference?

Here, we explore a choice between two or more similar items (what's the difference between paint and primer, or silicone and latex caulk). The goal is to help you choose the right product when you are shopping at your local home center.

 

 


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Comments (2)

ChuckB ChuckB writes: If you go to our sister-site, GreenBuildingAdvisor.com, you should be able to get a good handle on the details of a well-insulated slab. (I think the key is to insulate the perimeter and below, but don't take my word on it. Check here as well: (http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/31642/how-to-insulate-a-slab-foundation)

as written by a fellow Texan.

Good luck.

Chuck
Posted: 12:39 pm on April 28th

demac7 demac7 writes: I live in the North Texas area. I'm planning to build a energy efficient home there. Is anyone aware of a slab foundation being insulated with foam board on top of the slab and under the flooring? My thinking is the ground temp will be absorbed by the slab and will make a constant draw of energy to heat or cool the home, especially around the exterior of the home.
Tks
Posted: 10:47 am on April 28th

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