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Tour 6 Award-Winning Houses

Tour 6 Award-Winning Houses

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Get an inside look at each of the 2013 Fine Homebuilding HOUSES Award winners, including the best new home, best remodel, best energy-smart home, best small home, best retirement home, and our editor's choice

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CNC-Manufactured Framing Replaces Site-Built Custom Dormers

CNC-Manufactured Framing Replaces Site-Built Custom Dormers

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Question: What do each of these carpentry disciplines have in common; millwork, windows, cabinets, doors and stairs? Answer: In the not-to-distant past, each of these tasks was performed on-site by highly skilled carpenters. New applications of digital capabilities assure more change is inevitable as shown here with CNC fabrication of complex roof-framing assemblies.

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Wall Layout and Framing Basics for Simple Shed Project

Wall Layout and Framing Basics for Simple Shed Project

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Accurate wall layout and construction are key to building this sturdy shed project. Get insight into basic wall framing layout and assembly procedures using a SketchUp shed model to understand how plates, studs, headers and cripples become the supporting structure for the roof, siding, door and window.

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The True Tale of a One-Tree House

The True Tale of a One-Tree House

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Nancy longed to build an in-law cottage but could never quite make the numbers work. Then one wild, dark night, good fortune arrived with a crash.

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Indoor-Air Quality and Ventilation for Homes in Hot-Humid Climates

Indoor-Air Quality and Ventilation for Homes in Hot-Humid Climates

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The weather in the Southern United States poses a unique challenge to the issues of ventilation and indoor-air quality. Here are my opinions and suggestions on how to address these issues if you are building or remodeling in the South.

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AIA: Interest in kitchens, baths points way to recovery

AIA: Interest in kitchens, baths points way to recovery

Trends survey by American Institute of Architects finds more interest in kitchens and baths, and greater attention to use of technology

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High-Performance Homes Dos & Donts: Mark LaLiberte Seminar Notes

High-Performance Homes Dos & Don'ts: Mark LaLiberte Seminar Notes

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Mark LaLiberte is an amazing building-science teacher. Read my blogging notes from his seminar titled "Building High-Performance Homes Dos & Don'ts," which I attended in Austin, Texas. Remember that this is focused on Texas construction, but there is plenty to learn here for anyone in the U.S.

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Self-Taught MBA: Are You Ready for Building Information Modeling?

Self-Taught MBA: Are You Ready for Building Information Modeling?

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Building information modeling (BIM) is the next evolution of CAD, involving the five-dimensional generation and management of digital plans. This post, written by my colleague Kristin Dispenza, introduces a new product specifically for small firms.

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Is Your Future Sketchy?

Is Your Future Sketchy?

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A New Year's resolution to learn how to use SketchUp for tackling project plans and design might be just the motivation needed to make your future a little less sketchy.

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A Tale of Two Pitches: Exploring Off-Angle Roof Framing

A Tale of Two Pitches: Exploring Off-Angle Roof Framing

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Explore framing complexities that result when roofs of two different pitches intersect. A SketchUp model helps clarify how various rafters and framing components are assembled in an "off angle" hip and valley configuration.

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Design snapshot: Shingled swordfish as sea

Design snapshot: Shingled swordfish as sea

Architect Katie Hutchison shares a "Design snapshot" of an artful shingle pattern.

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Maidenrock House

Maidenrock House

The new house is sited on a bluff top lot views overlooking the Mississippi River. The home is designed to have living spaces all on the main entry level, master bedroom and bath at one end and guest...

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All concrete home, 3 stories ICF block construction

All concrete home, 3 stories ICF block construction

All ICF exterior walls, 3 stories! 10,000 heated sq. ft., six car garage, indoor shooting range! Custom wood windows with 12" jams, ZO6 glass. Hers rating of 52! 

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Design snapshot: Vestige of Victorian era entry

Design snapshot: Vestige of Victorian era entry

Architect Katie Hutchison shares a "Design snapshot" of a pair of striking entry doors.

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Design snapshot: Alley gateway

Design snapshot: Alley gateway

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Architect Katie Hutchison shares a "Design snapshot" of a gateway that tempts and thwarts our curiosity.

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Design snapshot: Distinctive bay window with a view

Design snapshot: Distinctive bay window with a view

Architect Katie Hutchison shares a "Design snapshot" of a corbelled oriel.

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Design snapshot: Understated classical entry

Design snapshot: Understated classical entry

Architect Katie Hutchison shares a "Design snapshot" of a photogenic treat.

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Design snapshot: An entry door with a touch of mystery

Design snapshot: An entry door with a touch of mystery

Architect Katie Hutchison shares a beguiling "Design snapshot" detail.

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Kitchen & Bath Design Resources

Kitchen & Bath Design Resources

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The Fine Homebuilding archives are full of design tips and material reviews that could help you to plan your dream project. Take a look at some of our favorite details in this collection from our design galleries

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Design snapshot: Brick-paving pointers

Design snapshot: Brick-paving pointers

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Architect Katie Hutchison shares a "Design snapshot" of brick underfoot

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