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Vermont Super-insulated Ski Home

Vermont Super-insulated Ski Home

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This is a second home in Vermont in an area with many over-sized inefficient ski homes. We designed the home to be very low maintenence inside and out as well as maintain a comfortable temperature...

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Garage AC - Wrong Way & Right Way

Garage AC - Wrong Way & Right Way

Who wouldn't love their garage to be Air Conditioned? In this video I'll show you two methods to accomplish that cool garage.

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How to Keep a Garage-Shop Toasty Warm

How to Keep a Garage-Shop Toasty Warm

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Strawmyers knows all about the misery of working in an icy cold pole barn, and with a new attached garage on the horizon he has a chance for more comfortable working conditions. The question is how much to invest in insulation, and how to heat the space

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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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An Ingenious In-law Suite on an Unforgiving Site

An Ingenious In-law Suite on an Unforgiving Site

The space under the garage was dark, damp and steep. But sometimes the most unforgiving conditions demand the cleverest solutions.

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Insulating an Advanced-Framed House - A Hybrid Approach

Insulating an Advanced-Framed House - A Hybrid Approach

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Insulation advertisements would lead you to believe there products are perfect for every situation. In fact a hybrid approach is more likely to yield the high performance home I'm after. See this video to see how I used three types of insulation on this new Advanced Framed House I'm building in Austin Texas. -Matt Risinger

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Carriage House

Carriage House

This prominent Victorian style home in historic Mineral Point, Wisconsin was drab & dreary before inappropriate siding was replaced and shutters removed. A gabled kitchen addition & covered entry...

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Boat House Rebuild

Boat House Rebuild

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This is an open-concept boat port with plenty of storage areas for water toys and life jackets, as well as shore-side fuel storage.

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Garage Progress

Garage Progress

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We're making good progress on the garage shop at the project house. Drywall is hung, carriage doors are installed and the new front facade has been painted.

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Sneak Peek: Building the carriage doors in the shop

Sneak Peek: Building the carriage doors in the shop

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Here, the doors are still being assembled. They're now completed and in place, so stay tuned for a full article about their construction and installation.

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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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Justin Fink and Chuck Bickford thinking about a door

Justin Fink and Chuck Bickford thinking about a door

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Justin built these carriage doors in the woodshop.

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New Garage/Convert old indoor garage to Womancave

New Garage/Convert old indoor garage to Womancave

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This was a 2 year project.  First we built a new two car garage to replace the old, indoor garage.  The next summer we created a studio/den in the space created in the home. (Dubbed the...

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Storage Shed

Storage Shed

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This is a 10 yr old shed built on a 12' square pad designed to maximize usable volume. Polycarbonate sheet used for porch roof.

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Garage Conversions: Turning One House Into Two Homes

Garage Conversions: Turning One House Into Two Homes

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From a full garage conversion to just renovating an area to live in over the garage, these free chapters will clue you in on where to start.

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A Garage Fit for a Queen

A Garage Fit for a Queen

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parking at a premium in this San Francisco neighborhood, the owners of this 1900s Queen Anne Victorian hoped to add a garage when remodeling.

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How NOT to Wire a Garage Door Opener

How NOT to Wire a Garage Door Opener

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Just when you think you've seen it all something like this comes along and... and you get a cramp in your neck from shaking your head... and wonder "WHAT" were they thinking?

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The 5 Race Car Garage Remodeling Experience

The 5 Race Car Garage Remodeling Experience

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The Stears project, This simple garage face lift was part of a 2 year whole house remodel with new windows, doors, interior and exterior trim and paint, drywall and lighting, better attic access and...

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Replacing garage-door panels

Replacing garage-door panels

My frame-and-panel garage door had a nasty gouge in one of the bottom panels. My job was to figure out a way to remove the 1/4-in. thick panel without ruining the rest of the door. To do so, I turned...

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Garage-door safety cable

Garage-door safety cable

When an overhead garage-door spring breaks, it can do considerable property damage. But the potential for personal injury is even greater. Because of this possibility, whenever I service or install a...

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