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Two tools for tight miters

Two tools for tight miters

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Not every tool that you read about in this blog will be brand-spankin’ new. That’s because some of the best tools have been around for years, but they aren’t commercially marketed...

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Keauhou mauka replacement deck

Keauhou mauka replacement deck

The finished replacement utility area/garden deck.  Note new, ABS plastic drain vent on wall behind reinstalled utility sink.  New, capped hollow tile wall protects deck and serves as low...

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Old To New

Old To New

This was built using pressure treated lumber. The home owners gave me the green light to go with what I felt would look good on their cottage on a lake near Edmonton, Alberta

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Water view roof deck

Water view roof deck

This was a second story and roof deck  addition.the roof deck is not visible from the street so the homeowner has a great view without being watched.  

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Double Decker

Double Decker

The upper balcony was falling off of the house, and the downstairs bedroom had only a window to the outside.   We designed and built a deck that is twice the square footage of the...

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Fly ash deck planks

Fly ash deck planks

I know what you’re thinking: “Oh brother…how much can these guys at Fine Homebuilding tell us about synthetic decking?” Well, at least one more thing, apparently. But first a...

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Use a Subpanel to Update an Electrical System

Use a Subpanel to Update an Electrical System

Sometimes, adding a subpanel is the best way to integrate new wiring with an old electrical system.

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Stiletto Hammers: Trade-in...Trade-up

Stiletto Hammers: Trade-in...Trade-up

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If, like me, you are always just one lotto ticket away from being able to afford a Stiletto titanium hammer, then listen up to this latest promotion: Bring any old hammer into your local Stiletto...

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Ornate Hand Railing

Ornate Hand Railing

This deck was built with TimberTech Composite Decking and hand rail system.  The owner wanted "classy" look, so instead of the standard spindle selection, they chose "scrolls"...

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Carter Project

Carter Project

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This beautiful home on the water needed a deck to transition with the hillside slope.  A landing outside of french doors steps down to a large deck area with a pergola overhead and bar sitting...

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Bosch unveils pneumatic nailers

Bosch unveils pneumatic nailers

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Pneumatic nailers have been around for almost 50 years, but it wasn’t until Tuesday, during a press conference at their North American headquarters outside of Chicago, that Bosch officially...

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Call for Entries: In-laws, outlaws and mothers-in-law

Call for Entries: In-laws, outlaws and mothers-in-law

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We’re working on a new book about "mother-in-law" units and would like to hear about any that you've designed, constructed, or owned. These dwellings might be basement, garage, or attic conversions; bump-outs; carve-outs; or separate, stand-alone structures. The units we’re seeking should be modestly sized—from 250 to 900 sq. ft.—but size is less important than the space's livability, ingenuity, and level of craftsmanship.

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1925 Craftsman bath

1925 Craftsman bath

Our efficient (small) 1925 Craftsman home features just under 900 square feet on the main floor with another 200 square feet on the typical half second floor. As home to my wife, two children, two...

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Kitchen remodel

Kitchen remodel

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This is our kitchen remodel that spanned 6 years.  We started in 2003 on our 1960's ranch style kitchen and had made pretty good progress by 2006.  Then we had a big flood from a burst pipe...

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Hotel Bath to Home Bath

Hotel Bath to Home Bath

When my wife and I bought this house three years ago,  we knew the first thing I’d do was to remodel the bathroom.  Our first impression of the existing bath was a confused...

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1850s Mill Workers Cottage

1850's Mill Workers Cottage

This kitchen is in a 2 family house that was a neglected rental property for many years.  It was in really poor shape.  I gutted as litlle as possible and did all the work my self including...

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A Fine Wine Cellar

A Fine Wine Cellar

The conversion of the laundry room into this fabulous wine cellar was substantial.  The owners  wished to have a Napa-look that created a visual connection between the wine...

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Award Winning Restoration

Award Winning Restoration

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Winner of the Griffin Award for residential rehabilitation in Asheville, NC, this home went from "in the rough" to "high-end, green restoration".  As part of a whole house restoration, the...

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FROM OLD TO NEW

FROM OLD TO NEW

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OUR KITCHEN WAS COMPLETELY GUTTED. IT ORIGINALLY MEASURED 12X17, AND AFTER THE ADDITION IT MEASURES 18X26. IT HAS A WALK IN BUTLER'S PANTRY AND A WORKING ISLAND THAT COMFORTLY SEATS 4. THERE'S A...

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1970s Bathroom Renovation (Product from Lowes / Work done by Me)

1970's Bathroom Renovation (Product from Lowes / Work done by Me)

This half-bath still had the original wild looking yellow wall paper the 1970’s before we launched our attack on this room.    We chose to buy all our products, materials and tools...

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