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Farm Sheds Done Well for Low Prices

Farm Sheds Done Well for Low Prices

While garages and sheds are fine and dandy, farm sheds and barns are much better suited to a busy farm life style. Building a farm shed can be much more cost effective than buying one. How to Build a...

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How to dig a post hole

I was watching a Jacques Cousteau episode about under water archeological excavations where they used a giant vacume to suck up the dirt and artifacts. It struck me that I could use a similar method...

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Build Your Shed on a Solid Foundation

Build Your Shed on a Solid Foundation

If you're going to be taking on a shed project, you need to check out these articles that all focus on what's underneath--the flooring and foundation. It's easy to overlook this part of the build...

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Getting Footings Right

Getting Footings Right

Footings might not be very glamorous, but the reality is the quality of the work above doesn't matter all that much if the footings below fail. When footings fail the results can be truly...

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Stacked Cubes At Dusk

Stacked Cubes At Dusk

A peek inside a modern home.

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Fixing Concrete Cracks - Basement Slab Repair

Fixing Concrete Cracks - Basement Slab Repair

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I found a product that's specifically designed for fixing cosmetic cracks in concrete and I thought it worked fantastically well!

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A modern home in Seattle

A modern home in Seattle

A modern home opens up views.

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removing bearing wall help

removing bearing wall help

I'm in the middle of a home addition. I need to remove the exterior wall including the 4 foot foundation wall. Question is how to I temporarily support this wall during demo? The floor joists a 14"...

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Sometimes things just line up

Sometimes things just line up

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An abstract view describes a project in a new way.

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Deep in the Mississippi Woods

Deep in the Mississippi Woods

No driveway leads up to this sculptural home deep in the woods.

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How You Can Decorate Your Master Bed Room Wall Using Memes Frames

How You Can Decorate Your Master Bed Room Wall Using Memes Frames

Your master bedroom is the place you retreat after all the hectic day's work and one thing you would like to ensure is that you create a calm experience. Decorating your master bedroom with...

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Small House- Dynamic Space

Small House- Dynamic Space

This small home packs a dramatic punch.

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Board Formed Architectural Concrete

Board Formed Architectural Concrete

Architects love board formed concrete, but it's a tricky process and requires a careful craftsman to ensure it looks good. See this video and pictures of a house I'm building where we used Board Formed Concrete for foundation and house walls extensively.

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At the bottom of the Secret Stairs...

At the bottom of the Secret Stairs...

Hidden underneath this homes living room, an entire apartment awaits

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A garden for the morning and one in the afternoon.

A garden for the morning and one in the afternoon.

The layout of this home brings the best elements of the outdoors inside. And creates a cozy retreat. A creative floor-plan makes for amazing spaces

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How to Insulate a Slab Foundation

How to Insulate a Slab Foundation

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Have you ever wondered why Slab Foundations aren't insulated? Two reasons, your house needs to be pretty efficient first before it's necessary, then it's darn hard to accomplish without making an easy path for termites. In this video I'll show you how we used Borated Treated Perimeter foam to insulate a Texas Slab on Grade Foundation.

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Temporary Support Beams for Sill and Foundation Work

Temporary Support Beams for Sill and Foundation Work

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To replace rotted mudsills or foundation sections you must transfer loads to shoring. Start by noting which way floor joists run.

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I Need a What in my Crawlspace?

I Need a What in my Crawlspace?

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As he makes plans for an addition to his Connecticut house, RickGreg has been told by the local building department he must install a fan in the insulated, unvented crawlspace. Does this mysterious edict make any sense?

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Cutting into a Concrete Floor

Cutting into a Concrete Floor

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Cutting concrete is noisy, dirty, and dangerous; and the tools are heavy and unpredictable. In short, it's a job you may want to sub out.

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Replacing a Wooden Girder with a Steel I-Beam

Replacing a Wooden Girder with a Steel I-Beam

Steel I-beams are stronger than comparably sized engineered wood ones. Need a beam that can support a garage above, yet hide in a ceiling below? Choose steel.

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