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Design/Build: As the McMansion dwindles in popularity, simpler rooflines are back in fashion.
Despite some advantages over wood, light-gauge steel framing hasn’t made the leap to residential building, and the reasons why may surprise you.
This fundamental approach hinges on an accurate layout that keeps the math to a minimum.
Factory-made panels and flashing go together without specialty tools or subcontractors.
A close look at the ever-expanding options for joining PEX plumbing.
Turning a quirky rustic lodge into a comfortable modern home is a problem-solving proposition.
How to tell the difference between a good cellulose insulation job and a bad one.
Modern materials breathe new life into a siding that can be both rustic and refined.
The job isn’t hard, but it’s not exactly straightforward, either.
Timeless by Design: Designers from across the country agree that it’s not style that makes a kitchen last, it’s function.
Would you hire your siblings to take a dated master bath from cramped to contemporary?
More Midcentury: This project did much more than improve a kitchen. It improved an entire house in function, flow, and style.
A Labor of Love: Do some work yourself and be selective with your spending for an elegant kitchen remodel on a tight budget.
A cabinetmaker offers smart construction details for the most common types of cabinets.
From curbless showers to vessel sinks, it’s important to get the details right.
Traditional Touch: Combining two barely functional bathrooms gives a young family a bigger bath with classic charm.
Editors distill their favorite nuggets of framing wisdom from 36 years of Fine Homebuilding.
In this Tool Tech review, a new 7-1/4 in. sawblade cuts nail-embedded wood without breaking a sweat.
For job-site foot protection, check out these comfortable boots.
This inexpensive pocket knife is sharp and sturdy.
With heavy-duty springs, comfy grips, and intelligently designed handle locks, Fiskar’s new aviation snips are better than anything that’s come before.
Powered by DeWalt’s 20v MAX batteries, these new outdoor tools make trimming and cleanup a breeze.
By pumping up the pressure, you can get a full-power framing nailer that’s the size of a siding nailer.
Chris Corson says someone has to elevate American housing, and he’s ready for the job.
Patrick McCombe shows the benefits of the Tajima Convoy Light and the Cox Ascot pro-grade caulk guns.
Pushed beneath the counter, it’s a cabinet with an adjustable shelf. Pulled out, it’s an extra work surface with a butcher-block top.
A traditional porch project offers lessons in style, proportions, and seamless transitions.
One of the first in a new generation of dust extractors with self-cleaning filters, the Bosch VAC090A has some great features.
There are a lot of different PEX fitting systems out there, but some of the most appealing may be out of reach.
For when you end up hanging a new door in an existing frame and have to match the door’s hinge locations to the frame’s.
For a clean look, skip the casing and install a low-profile stool.
What you don’t know about choosing a respirator can kill you.
Put down that sledgehammer. A careful, methodical approach gets better results.
Bring the endless possibilities of custom architectural steel to your projects with readily available stock and some basic tools.
Woven corners are more complicated — and give a more elegant look, in my opinion.
Design/Build: If budgets allow, consider designing and building custom newels to personalize and even modernize details in a home.
A stair pro shares his process for installing the three common types of stock balusters.
How not to lose your shirt installing stair rails.
Large-format tiles have their own set of rules — install them like standard tiles and watch the job fail.
Waterborne lacquer and a modest spray setup yield quick, quality painted work
A banquette is a great way to efficiently accommodate a table and seating in a space that would otherwise be too cramped for a more conventional dining table and chairs.
A remodel can create an inviting, usable living space under the deck.
Special materials, simple tools, step by step.
A master waller shares how to dry-lay stone walls that hold their ground for centuries.
This cedar structure combines the look of traditional joinery with contemporary lines — all built with simple techniques.
Traditional cut rafters are still the go-to approach to roof framing in some areas.
Lead flashing keeps water out and protects masonry.
A long-lasting, good-looking floor starts with a smart layout and strong fastening.
New kitchen breaks with the trend of open living space.
Three of a Kind: Colors, materials, and patterns unify a new home’s three distinct bathrooms.
Full of Personality: This kitchen has everything the owners need, all the style they could want, and nothing more.
Design/Build: Getting porch details right.
A second-story addition provides homeowners with the space they need in the home they love.
Let there be light: a beautiful way to extend sightlines and add charm.
Understand the hallmarks of this informal style, whether you’re designing a new home or remodeling a classic.
Making a small bath that doesn’t feel small at all.
Low energy costs don’t have to come at a high price.
A sensitive path to updating a traditional home with modern design details.
Be inspired by six examples of entertaining outdoor spaces, for parties of six or 60.
Three projects by a Santa Fe architect demonstrate how well this performance standard and the Southwest style work together.
Inexpensive screen panels combined with cable railings create a clever assembly.
A 2-ft. bump-out brings a midcentury home into the next century.
Hang pocket doors so they work for a lifetime.
Pocket doors allow a view from the bedroom, through a beautiful bath, to the outdoors.
Breathing difficulties — When choosing a respirator, straight answers are surprisingly hard to find.
Learn the alphabet soup of materials, but first get the slope and underlying details right.
Here are the secrets to keeping this precision tool up and running.
Basic masonry skills are all a remodeler needs.
Cost-effective, versatile, and green, cellulose may be the hardest-working insulation available.
Automatic tools produce better walls in less time.
Light-gauge steel makes creative deck framing easier.
Meet the new class of miter saws ... from big to little, we tested them all.
Modern batteries make this problem-solving tool even more useful.
An efficient home means a smaller, less expensive conditioning system.
Choose the best tool for profiling, flush trimming, and mortising one-handed.
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
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