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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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Tips for Specifying, Pouring, and Finishing Concrete

Tips for Specifying, Pouring, and Finishing Concrete

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Getting the correct mix and the right amount of concrete isn't hard if you master a little of the lingo and use a quick-calc chart.

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Tattletale Cracks

Tattletale Cracks

In some cases, the handwriting is literally on the wall. But what is it trying to tell you?

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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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Whats Better: Crawlspace or Slab-on-Grade?

What's Better: Crawlspace or Slab-on-Grade?

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A 74-year-old planning a new home in North Carolina ponders the relative advantages of a crawl space and a slab.

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How To Prevent Termite Infestion - Using Stainless Steel

How To Prevent Termite Infestion - Using Stainless Steel

Stainless Steel, what builder doesn't love using SS? Check out this video on how to use SS Termite Barriers for a lifetime of protection for Slab Foundations.

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Video-Series Preview: How to Build Deck and Shed Foundations

Video-Series Preview: How to Build Deck and Shed Foundations

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Learn reliable, time-saving techniques for getting your deck or shed project on level, solid ground in these free video episodes on building pier and block foundations

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Pier & Beam vs Slab Foundations

Pier & Beam vs Slab Foundations

In the South there are two main foundation types. Concrete Piers with Wooden beams that elevate the house above the ground, and concrete slab foundations that sit on the ground. In this video I'm discussion the merits of these two options with Building Science expert Mark LaLiberte.

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concrete vibrator

concrete vibrator

This tool uses any 3/8" (chuck) drill and a length of rebar #3 or #4. Cut rebar to comfortable length allowing insertion to the full depth of the form or trench. Put a little wiggle in one...

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Locate Your Building on a Plot Plan with SketchUp

Locate Your Building on a Plot Plan with SketchUp

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With the challenges of setbacks, easements, drainage planning, and other code compliance issues, it's important to get the location for a structure properly on the lot. Google's free 3-D modeling software has some features that make drawing a plot plan a snap.

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Russias First Active House Gets a Test Drive

Russia's First "Active House" Gets a Test Drive

A Danish solar-panel company teams up with a Russian developer to build a home designed to showcase net-zero-energy performance

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Mountain Porch Retreat

Mountain Porch Retreat

Our region has an extended outdoor season that the homeowners wanted to take full advantage of. The existing deck was not adequate for hosting large parties and had no covered space for protection...

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