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Louisville Pinnacle Series Energy Efficient Attic Ladders

Louisville Pinnacle Series Energy Efficient Attic Ladders

Fold-away attic stairs are a handy way to allow access without giving up a lot of space. That's why they are used so often. Thousands and thousands of homes feature these ladders. The big issue is...

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A Famous Explorers Cottage

A Famous Explorer's Cottage

Admiral Peary's Cottage Eagle Island, Casco Bay, Maine ca. 1912 Admiral Robert Peary, the man widely recognized (but sometimes disputed) as being the first to discover the North Pole built his retirement cottage on Eagle Island in Maine in 1912. The rustic nature of the cottage is illustrated in this image of one of its bedrooms.

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Roof Venting Done Right

Roof Venting Done Right

I live in New England where ice dams are a common problem, which is to say improper roof venting is a common problem. Roof-wrecking ice dams aren't the only reason to make sure a roof is properly...

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Insulation and Attics

Insulation and Attics

Potential Air Leaks in the Attic In a conventional attic, insulation typically placed between the ceiling joists of the rooms below can be only partially effective if air leaks aren'tproperly sealed...

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View from the Attic Window

View from the Attic Window

Hamilton House, in South Berwick, Maine is one of the finest historic homes in the state. A masterpiece of the Georgian Style, it was built on the banks of the Salmon River in 1780. This perspective from the attic window shows the view downstream and is an example of an early skylight window.

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Whats the best attic insulation?

What's the best attic insulation?

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The answer to the question of which attic insulation is best is, of course, entirely circumstantial. When the design of your attic allows, the best attic insulation is inexpensive, easy to install and will yield the performance you're looking for.

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Trunks in the Attic​

Trunks in the Attic​

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You never know what you will discover on a photo shoot.Many years ago I was assigned by a preservation magazine to photograph a house that was up for auction because there were no more descendants to inherit the property.

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Attic Retreat

Attic Retreat

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This imaginative homeowner made good use of some unused space in​ his Kennebunk, Maine attic. Creating a library/study using old furniture, simple bookshelves, oriental rugs and other items to make this space a cozy and interesting place to read or just hang out and relax. Sometimes it doesn't take much, just a little creativity.

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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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