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Safe Stairway to Above-Garage Storage

Safe Stairway to Above-Garage Storage

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After living in several homes with less-than-friendly attic storage stairways, I decided to make access easier by enlarging opening to accomodate full-sized door and wide enough stairway with a safe...

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How to Use Spray Foam to Meet New Energy Codes in Warm Climates

How to Use Spray Foam to Meet New Energy Codes in Warm Climates

As a builder in the hot and humid South, I regularly use spray foam in my houses. Spray foam makes it much easier to encapsulate my attic (where most HVAC systems in Texas live) so that my ducts are inside the thermal envelope.

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Stair-side Bookcases

Stair-side Bookcases

Stairs are great for coming and going, but these stair-side bookcases turn under-used stairwell walls into a library. It's a great place to linger and browse.

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Texas Deep-Energy Retrofit Remodel

Texas Deep-Energy Retrofit Remodel

When you hear about a deep energy retrofit project most people think of the snowy North Eastern US. I can tell you that the strategy for a Northern remodel with energy efficiency in mind is very different that our strategy for Hot/Humid Texas. In this video I'll show you 6 things we are doing to making a dramatic difference in this 1950's slab on grade house's energy bills.

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Model and Measure: De-Mystifying Hip Roof Framing by Measuring in SketchUp

Model and Measure: De-Mystifying Hip Roof Framing by Measuring in SketchUp

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Measuring a modeled hip roof is a foolproof way to measure all the rafters for a complete hip roof. This third of 3 parts shows the process to obtain perfect measurements for rafter layout.

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Model & Measure: Hip Roof Framing De-Mystified by Modeling in SketchUp

Model & Measure: Hip Roof Framing De-Mystified by Modeling in SketchUp

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Modeling hip roof framing components in the digital realm is comparable in complexity to cutting hip rafters on a jobsite. In either case, an understanding of roof geometry along with a handful of helpful hints makes for satisfying results. This tutorial will help de-mystify the process for modeling rafters with SketchUp

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Fine Homebuilding is On Pinterest

Fine Homebuilding is On Pinterest

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Check out the Fine Homebuilding boards on Pinterest for design inspiration

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Simplify Rafter-Pattern-Layout Math with Google SketchUp

Simplify Rafter-Pattern-Layout Math with Google SketchUp

SketchUp can be a useful option for layout and planning for cutting rafters. Check out this process for doing the math and see if it fits into your "bag-o-tricks" for carpentry or design projects.

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PODCAST: Five Big Holes in your House That Suck Energy Out

PODCAST: Five Big Holes in your House That Suck Energy Out

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  An 1/8th inch crack along a window doesn't seem like much to worry about, but a 1/8th in. crack running the length of your house amounts to a hole bigger than a half sheet of plywood. If...

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Getting the Details Right for an Unvented Roof

Getting the Details Right for an Unvented Roof

The roof is on, and insulation contractors are now advising Ted Storm on how much open-cell foam to spray on the back side of the roof deck. Three contractors suggest the same thing, but is their advice on the right track?

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When Does a Conditioned Attic Make Sense?

When Does a Conditioned Attic Make Sense?

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An Oklahoma builder who builds relatively large, single-story homes wonders whether his best approach is to turn the attic into a conditioned space with the use of spray polyurethane insulation.

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Whats the worst time for a holesaw to fail?

What's the worst time for a holesaw to fail?

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One of my brothers has a colonial with two upstairs bathrooms. The builders who did his house clearly had enough good sense to include bath vent fans, but not enough sense to vent them properly. Both...

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You know they designed the attic ventilation to take care of this!!!!!!

You know they designed the attic ventilation to take care of this!!!!!!

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The pipe in the middle of the second picture is a fireplace flue! This photo was taken at the "meter release" inspection after drywall is installed, etc. The fireplace this is connected to wasnt...

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Fait Accompli: Our First House...Finished

Fait Accompli: Our First House...Finished

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After almost two years of steady work our passive-solar house is now "officially" built. Looking back it hardly seems possible... Thanks to a combination of mutual enthusiasm, several talented...

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2nd Story Addition

2nd Story Addition

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Add 1500 Sq Ft on top of 1950's era 2200 Sq ft ranch home. 3 bedrooms with jack and jill bath and hall bath servicing 3rd bedroom and upstairs playroom. 

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