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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

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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

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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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We Poured A Foundation!

We Poured A Foundation!

We poured our foundation this friday and everything went wonderfully.  For the full low down check out the blog here. The pour went so well and we were lucky to have two awesome...

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A Different Kind of Foundation

A Different Kind of Foundation

When we first started planning our house we assumed our foundation would be like many others in the area.  The typical footers with stemwalls, we researched using Insulated Concrete Forms and...

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Basement Addition Harper & Company Homes

Basement Addition Harper & Company Homes

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We completed this basement addition by excvating the crawl space beneath the existing home and adding a new foundation. The addition added over 1300 square feet to the house and provided the...

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How to look at houses (like an architect): Base

How to look at houses (like an architect): Base

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Take a video tour with architect Katie Hutchison to train your eye on houses -- starting with the base.

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A Damp Basement has a Dehumidifier Running Overtime

A Damp Basement has a Dehumidifier Running Overtime

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A homeowner in Atlanta has taken all of the usual precautions to keep moisture out of the basement. But he's still running a dehumidifier around the clock. Is there something else he can try?

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Building a radon-resistant home.

Building a radon-resistant home.

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What is deadly and might be lurking in your basement? No, not a Ninja (well probably not), in most cases it is Radon. And it is important to know what Radon is and how to ensure it isn't a threat to your household. From building to testing, I will share what I learned about Radon while building my house.

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Bill Rose on crawlspaces: A bad idea, should be illegal

Bill Rose on crawlspaces: A bad idea, should be illegal

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In seeking subjects for "Inspector" games, I stumbled across a potential gold mine: The U.S. Department of Energy's Building America teams. These folks are constantly working to improve the houses...

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Patricks Barn: Rookie Mistake

Patrick's Barn: Rookie Mistake

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Success with concrete starts with having enough to do the job.

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The Tool Shed

The Tool Shed

August 2010 – A day to remember…..or maybe, to forget.About 14 years ago, I built this 12×12 tool shed off the back of my woodworking shop. Money was pretty tight back then so I...

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Patricks Barn: Underslab Insulation

Patrick's Barn: Underslab Insulation

This past weekend we leveled the gravel with a site-built jig and put down a layer of rigid foam.

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Almost out of the Ground

Almost out of the Ground

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With the foundation done and water and power lines run to the site, the fun part is about to begin.

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Siting a House

Siting a House

Things to consider when you want to take advantage of the sun's free energy.

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