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Foam insulation below the concrete makes deep footings a thing of the past.
How every design decision impacts cost.
The growth in home wireless devices demands more wiring and better hardware.
This custom-built bench offers seating, hidden storage, and a whole lot of charm.
Use the right substrate and mortar for a long-lasting tile installation.
This practical and healthy home confronts the challenges of location, extreme weather, climate change, and the looming clean-water crisis with noteworthy simplicity
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
These tools combine corded performance with cordless convenience
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
If you choose wisely, your go-to air compressor can be quiet, durable, and easy to operate
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
A tight building envelope and plenty of insulation mean low energy bills, even for a Minnesota home with electric heat
This retro framing technique is a good fit for today’s superinsulated walls
Drywall primer/surfacers are the first step in getting the perfect paint job
It comes down to good brushing technique and thin layers
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
The ideal stair stringers balance strength, durability, and ease of assembly
Afraid to tackle cracked bricks? Dye some mortar for a durable and invisible repair
A look at the forces at work on a deck and the hardware designed to keep things in check
What you need to know about choosing a minisplit heat pump and ensuring that it’s set up correctly
Make your deck safer and more enjoyable with good lighting
Here’s what you can expect in the 2015 IRC
A second layer of plywood stiffens floors for long-lasting tile installations
Experimentation and learning have led one builder to integrate energy-smart techniques into everyday construction
Residential builders are beginning to experiment with fluid flashing products developed for commercial jobs
Beautify a wood door with dye, stain, varnish, and a commitment to doing the process right
Focus your efforts on the pattern rafter, and the rest of the roof falls into place easily
If you dial in your measurements and fine-tune your cuts, you won’t need the painter to make your work look good
Navigating the challenges of exterior insulation isn’t the nightmare you might think it is
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
An architect redesigns her kitchen to meet the needs of a maturing family
A clever arrangement makes a large space inviting
Two architects rebuild their kitchen with a minimalist look at a minimal cost
A simple mistake turns a modest fixture upgrade into a more spacious bathroom
A sunroom addition sets the stage for a more functional kitchen
Construct a curbless shower quickly and at less cost than the traditional method
Mixing surfaces makes a kitchen dynamic and functional—but getting it right is more art than science
Back-painted glass offers a colorful, durable option for kitchen and bathroom walls
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
We cut through the contenders to find the longest-lasting, most cost-effective blades
Now able to shoot 2-in. nails, these small tools are more versatile than ever
Get ready: Airtightness requirements are part of the 2012 building and energy code
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