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Corner cabinet custom pull-out

Corner cabinet custom pull-out

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While remodeling the kitchen for a petite client, I was given the challenge to make her many spices easier to reach (and see) without losing countertop or under-counter space. Corner cabinets make...

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Recycled Oak Arts and Crafts Floor

Recycled Oak Arts and Crafts Floor

I collected this flooring for 12 yrs from all the old homes I remodeled in Lake Forest il. Some of it was nailed with square nails.  

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Tax Credit Extended for Builders of Energy Efficient Homes

Tax Credit Extended for Builders of Energy Efficient Homes

The new tax package extends, through 2011, the $2,000 credit for newly built homes that use no more than half the energy of those conforming to the 2003 national model energy code. Consumers get breaks too

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Super-mod deck

Super-mod deck

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THis was a fun project, for a cabinetmaker frind of mine-- needless to say, he's particular about the details.  everything is cantilevered, the deck, the stairs.  And the trim board at the...

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Framing Super Straight Walls With LSL Studs

Framing Super Straight Walls With LSL Studs

No one will notice if you frame your houses with straight walls, but your clients will definitely notice if they are wavy. This LSL stud makes a super straight wall for your kitchens, baths, and tall walls. They are more expensive than pine or fir studs but there is no cull and you will eliminate surprises.

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And the Building-Blunders Contest Winner Is...

And the Building-Blunders Contest Winner Is...

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Thank you to all who voted in our latest gallery challenge. See which lucky person took home three of our popular Graphic Guides to Construction.

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A Week of Mixed Signals, with a Lift in Hiring

A Week of Mixed Signals, with a Lift in Hiring

Remodeling Market Index stays put as NAHB reminds consumers tax credits are about to expire for energy-efficiency improvements; meanwhile, Meritage reports a third-quarter profit and the Labor Department reports an employment jump for October

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Some flimsy metal with some shims stuck in the gap is weather tight for a new door, right?

Some flimsy metal with some shims stuck in the gap is weather tight for a new door, right?

I thought by buying a high end patio door through the showroom and using their recommended installer, the installation would be then best. The door they replaced was rotted (which they said...

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Attempting to install a skylight

Attempting to install a skylight

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This chap apparently was attempting to install a skylight in the roof of his house, failed to follow the instructions and got a little carried away when he started stipping the roof ....

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Recycled Material

Recycled Material

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Some projects are so special that they need a little special attention.  This blog is all about recycling, recycling of material in which came from my current project.  My current project...

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How to move a light fixture...NOT!

How to move a light fixture...NOT!

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As part of the reno for our new addition, the existing duct work had to be extended into the new room. The contractor chose to extend it from the duct feeding into the basement bathroom, and that...

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Screened in Porch Swing Failure

Screened in Porch Swing Failure

Porch swing failure.  When we arrived we noticed her porch swing was at a serious tilt.  Customer had a screened in porch with vinyl covering a tradional plywood ceiling.  Two...

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Remodeling Awards Honor Two Universal Design Projects

Remodeling Awards Honor Two Universal Design Projects

The NAHB Remodelers’ Homes for Life Awards highlight accommodations for aging in place and physical impairment

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How to Retrofit A Radiant Barrier: Paint it On

How to Retrofit A Radiant Barrier: Paint it On

This 10 year old house didn't have a radiant barrier on the roof and replacing the plywood wasn't an option. We sprayed on Sherwin William E Barrier paint for an easy retrofit that should easily pay for itself with lower attic temperatures. Simple, affordable, easy. Pretty nice.

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Ballasts for holding down plastic sheeting

Ballasts for holding down plastic sheeting

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Ballasts made from pvc pipe filled with sand and capped are vey useful in holdiing down plastic sheeting when pressure washing or scraping the exterior of a house. The sheeting can be wrapped around...

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Jambing with SketchUp: Create and Add an Exterior Door Component

Jambing with SketchUp: Create and Add an Exterior Door Component

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This Digital Jobsite session shows some ideas for using an "outline" method and SketchUp's "follow me" tool to create profiled millwork in an exterior door component for the shed model.

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AIA Survey: Practical Upgrades Prevail Over Luxury Add-ons

AIA Survey: Practical Upgrades Prevail Over Luxury Add-ons

The American Institute of Architects Design Trends Survey for the second quarter shows ongoing client interest in home performance improvements

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Deck  Flashing  Done Right

Deck Flashing Done Right

This Picture Came from the 2010 Deck Expo and Remodelers Show. Deck  Flashing  Done  Right

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Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes: Adding a Door Opening

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes: Adding a Door Opening

These two video clips demonstrate how simple it is to make changes to an existing SketchUp model with the help of the Section Plane tool.

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21st Century Neo-Classical Sunroom

21st Century Neo-Classical Sunroom

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The challenge was to take a mid-19th century schoolhouse with Greek Revival architecture and add a 21st century sunroom modeled after the original structure. The details on the new sunroom...

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