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If you can solve the geometry, spacing, and proportions of the balustrade along the rise and run of the stair, then the design for a level balustrade is a piece of cake.
Traditional cut rafters are still the go-to approach to roof framing in some areas.
Energy Nerd: Net-zero case study, space heating, cold climates.
This homemade box catches dust and provides power.
Lead flashing keeps water out and protects masonry.
Modern batteries make this problem-solving tool even more useful.
A contractor shares ideas for managing complex design/build projects.
Higher energy bills and lower comfort levels aren’t the worst effects of faulty ducts.
A long-lasting, good-looking floor starts with a smart layout and strong fastening.
This traditional detail is fast to install and adds historic charm, even on a new house.
New methods and materials produce flatter walls and ceilings, and fewer callbacks.
An efficient home means a smaller, less expensive conditioning system.
Portable UV equipment yields a fully cured finish in seconds, not days.
A 2-ft. bump-out brings a midcentury home into the next century.
Hang pocket doors so they work for a lifetime.
Choose the best tool for profiling, flush trimming, and mortising one-handed.
Several code-approved options beyond the standard double 2x12 save material and energy.
This custom-built bench offers seating, hidden storage, and a whole lot of charm.
Foam-core beams and moldings make for an attractive, easy-to-install ceiling.
How every design decision impacts cost.
Foam insulation below the concrete makes deep footings a thing of the past.
It comes down to good brushing technique and thin layers
Site-laminated handrails, flexible skirtboards, and off-angle miters are standard on winding walkways.
Add style to your bathroom with this basic carpentry and plumbing project.
Use the right substrate and mortar for a long-lasting tile installation.
Simple calculations make for a much more accurate spacing method
Joint design and prep may matter even more than choosing the right product
Simple joinery supports inexpensive windows to yield jaw-dropping interior doors
Save time and money by bending PVC trim with a site-made oven
A homemade array of tubing and fittings can rival brand-name water-distribution panels
Incorporate the beauty of structural timbers into a stick-frame house
Get the drainage and base right, and gravel can be an economical alternative to asphalt
Steel piles screwed into the ground can support anything from mailboxes to houses
Rebuilding these stairs in place preserved a finished ceiling below but added other challenges
Drywall primer/surfacers are the first step in getting the perfect paint job
This retro framing technique is a good fit for today’s superinsulated walls
A veteran builder uncovers the upgrades that take building budgets from baseline to busted
Get ample storage and traditional styling on a budget of just $2000
Pocket doors allow a view from the bedroom, through a beautiful bath, to the outdoors.
Custom cabinetry, a curvaceous island, and unique materials make a kitchen remodel special.
Top designers define and share tips for the most popular style in kitchens today.
This new master bath has sunlight, views, and easy access to the backyard.
Remodeling the bath and mudroom together created an opportunity to make both rooms better.
This kitchen remodel pushes the room as a central hub for the family.
This practical and healthy home confronts the challenges of location, extreme weather, climate change, and the looming clean-water crisis with noteworthy simplicity
A tight building envelope and plenty of insulation mean low energy bills, even for a Minnesota home with electric heat
Farming is central to a new breed of planned community
Thoughtfully designed nooks offer refuge and comfort in the hustle and bustle of larger rooms
The ins and outs of an enduring favorite
This home’s low energy bills speak louder than any performance certificate
An industry veteran explains how to get the right gas fireplace for your home
An architect uses the site itself to guide his take on a traditional style
With a new layout and smarter storage, this kitchen works for everyone
Strategic daylighting and an open plan make this modern master bath a unique retreat
Smoke alarms and CO alarms are more nuanced than most people realize.
These tools combine corded performance with cordless convenience
If you choose wisely, your go-to air compressor can be quiet, durable, and easy to operate
A seasoned remodeler looks for the perfect concrete drill
The tools in these brushless combo kits work hard and run for a long time between charges
This natural spun-stone insulation is enjoying a resurgence in popularity—and for good reason
A veteran carpenter sorts through 10 of the latest engineered options
Even if you’ve had an oscillating tool for years, you may not be using it to its full potential
Choose a good-looking, energy-efficient fan, and use it correctly
Modern cordless saws cut fast and run for a long time
Connectivity is at the door. Are you ready to let it in?
With a host of innovative features, one saw rises to the top
Knowing your priorities will help you find the best value in windows
Small enough to carry with one hand, but big enough for job-site work
From rocks to titanium, hammer design has a rich history
Understand brand marketing to spend wisely on your next refrigerator, range, or dishwasher
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