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Safe Stairway to Above-Garage Storage

Safe Stairway to Above-Garage Storage

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After living in several homes with less-than-friendly attic storage stairways, I decided to make access easier by enlarging opening to accomodate full-sized door and wide enough stairway with a safe...

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Oil vs Latex Paint for Millwork (Ben Moore Aura Review)

Oil vs Latex Paint for Millwork (Ben Moore Aura Review)

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Classic argument among Custom Builders: Oil or Latex for Millwork. I've been an Oil fan for years but I'm finally coming around to Latex and I think I've found the right paint for the "Crisp" paint job that I demand in my houses.

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Our Houses Are Getting Older

Our Houses Are Getting Older

The median age of American houses climbed to 35 years in 2011, a sharp increase over 1985's 23-year median age. The National Association of Home Builders says this may signal an opportunity for remodelers.

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Mesquite Hardwood Floor Install - Tips & tricks from a wood geek

Mesquite Hardwood Floor Install - Tips & tricks from a wood geek

This Mesquite Hardwood floor is stunning and this video will show you the start-to-finish process. I've included some tips from a geeky Custom Builder that you won't find anywhere else.

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Outdoor shower

Outdoor shower

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This is an outdoor shower we designed and build for a summer home in southern Rhode Island.  The shower walls are ipe.  We used beach stones on the ground and built meranti platforms on the ground...

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Powder Room

Powder Room

Powder Room in beach house, carefully appointed, featuring horizontal wainscotting, custom vanity made from 3" antique pine and a beadbord ceiling.

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Clean, Bright, and White Kitchen Remodel

Clean, Bright, and White Kitchen Remodel

This was a complete remodel utilizing the existing space, the kitchen is highlighted by carerra counter tops white ceramic subway tile backsplash, beadboard ceiling and antique stained yellow pine...

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Hardware Geek - Accurate Pocket Door Hardware Review

Hardware Geek - Accurate Pocket Door Hardware Review

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I'm a hardware geek, and I think hardware can make or break a house. Here's what I think about Accurate's full mortise pocket door hardware.

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Siga Wigluv - Air Sealing Tape Review

Siga Wigluv - Air Sealing Tape Review

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There are 4 things every house must control (in order of importance). 1. Water 2. Air 3. Vapor 4. Thermal Codes have only started to address air control and I think many builders in the US are behind in this area.

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Cheap Trick - Recessed Dryer Box Model 425 Review

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If you've ever installed a clothes dryer you know the vent at the back is in danger of being choked & pinched the moment you push the unit into place. This little $30 part is worth it's weight in gold!

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The Last Bathroom Remodel

The Last Bathroom Remodel

The Last Bathroom Remodel     It was supposed to be a typical Master bath gut and remodel.   I've done this so many times, it should've been a cake walk. Not to mention, it was for the daughter...

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How to Use Spray Foam to Meet New Energy Codes in Warm Climates

How to Use Spray Foam to Meet New Energy Codes in Warm Climates

As a builder in the hot and humid South, I regularly use spray foam in my houses. Spray foam makes it much easier to encapsulate my attic (where most HVAC systems in Texas live) so that my ducts are inside the thermal envelope.

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Ranch Transformed, Efficiency Achieved

Ranch Transformed, Efficiency Achieved

An architect rebuilds a midcentury wreck into a stylish, energy-smart home for $90 per sq. ft.

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Make Your Own Job-Site Safety Plate

Make Your Own Job-Site Safety Plate

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If you're on a remodeling job and you've discovered that someone has drilled a hole for your NM cable a little bit too close to the face of a stud — you could stop everything and run down to the hardware store for a metal plate, but there's a better way.

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Using Soss Hinges for a Concealed Door

Using Soss Hinges for a Concealed Door

Hidden Doors are super cool, but it takes some slick hardware and a skilled carpenter to pull one off successfully. See how my crew used Soss Hinges for this concealed door to a master bathroom toilet.

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Hidden Door House

Hidden Door House

I love hidden doors and this house has 4 really cool ones. This is a 1930's whole house remodel my company did with Austin Architect Hugh Jefferson Randolph.

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Maintain your Tankless, or else!

Maintain your Tankless, or else!

Your fancy Tankless Water Heater needs maintenance, and if you neglect this annual flush you may be destained for trouble. See this 5 minute video on how to do a vinegar flush to remove calcium deposits from your tankless unit's boiler.

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How to repair that dent in your hard wood

How to repair that dent in your hard wood

Have you ever dented a cabinet or a any hard wood material? All you have to do is heat up a clothes iron and get a damp rag ready. Once the iron is hot, just place the damp rag over the "dent" and...

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New porch for a Seattle Tudor revival

New porch for a Seattle Tudor revival

This porch had been sorely maintained, and poorly done up with rails while the original roof, though still in decent condition, was unfortunately too small.  We demolished the old roof and floor...

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Neighborly Suburban Home

Neighborly Suburban Home

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A new home combines privacy, daylight, and durability, and fits comfortably into a traditional neighborhood.

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