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Making a small bath that doesn’t feel small at all.
How not to lose your shirt installing stair rails.
Low energy costs don’t have to come at a high price.
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.
A sensitive path to updating a traditional home with modern design details.
Light-gauge steel makes creative deck framing easier.
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.
Whether you’re in a historic district or an upscale development, the secrets of success are the same.
This new home for a Navajo family blends traditional values with modern details and materials.
This new home blends the nostalgia of a traditional Massachusetts farmhouse with the needs of a 21st-century family.
A Vermont architect uses the state’s energy-efficiency guidelines to craft a new zero-energy home steeped in traditional character.
An architect designs a right-sized, certified Platinum home on a challenging building lot in British Columbia.
Improved flow, more natural light, and a connection to the outdoors modernize a creekside Minnesota home.
Modern batteries make this problem-solving tool even more useful.
A master waller shares how to dry-lay stone walls that hold their ground for centuries.
A long-lasting, good-looking floor starts with a smart layout and strong fastening.
Higher energy bills and lower comfort levels aren’t the worst effects of faulty ducts.
This cedar structure combines the look of traditional joinery with contemporary lines — all built with simple techniques.
New methods and materials produce flatter walls and ceilings, and fewer callbacks.
A remodel can create an inviting, usable living space under the deck.
A skillful execution of building-science principles and the quest for a simple, long-lasting home allow a unique detail to shine: the framing.
Inexpensive screen panels combined with cable railings create a clever assembly.
This traditional detail is fast to install and adds historic charm, even on a new house
Traditional cut rafters are still the go-to approach to roof framing in some areas.
This homemade box catches dust and provides power.
Energy Nerd: The cost to make and transport new windows vs better efficiency.
It comes down to good brushing technique and thin layers
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.
Special materials, simple tools, step by step.
Lead flashing keeps water out and protects masonry.
Portable UV equipment yields a fully cured finish in seconds, not days.
Foam-core beams and moldings make for an attractive, easy-to-install ceiling.
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.
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.
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
Be inspired by six examples of entertaining outdoor spaces, for parties of six or 60.
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.
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.
How every design decision impacts cost.
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
Meet the new class of miter saws ... from big to little, we tested them all.
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
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
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