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The Gatehouse

The Gatehouse

Transformation of an early 1900's gatehouse on a majestic lakefront property

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The 4 Major Window Frame Types - Southern US recommendations

The 4 Major Window Frame Types - Southern US recommendations

The 4 major window frame materials are Vinyl, Fiberglass/Composite, Aluminum, & Wood. In this video we will discuss the pros/cons of each type along with my recommendations for the Hot/Humid Southern US.

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A Better Way to Fold a Tarp or Drop Cloth

A Better Way to Fold a Tarp or Drop Cloth

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Chuck Miller demonstrates why folding your tarp like a flag is not the most convenient way to stow it. Learn this old trick from the theater industry and save time every time you need to protect a surface.

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Revolutionary New HVAC Equipment - A Split Dehumidifier!

Revolutionary New HVAC Equipment - A Split Dehumidifier!

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I'd venture to guess that most houses in the Southern US aren't very comfortable. They are either too cold or too hot! The missing component in HVAC is Dehumidification. Ultra-Aire has a new Dehum that I think is a game changer.

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Temporary Job Site Power Box - Plans to build your own

Temporary Job Site Power Box - Plans to build your own

Have you ever been frustrated by a lack of power available at your job sites? Look no further than this custom designed Temp Power Box to handle all your needs. Including a parts list to build your own!

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Demystifying Window Labels - SHGC? U-Factor?

Demystifying Window Labels - SHGC? U-Factor?

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Learn to decipher the codes on the window labels, and know what stats to look for in a good window (and what meets current building codes). In this video I'll explain in plain english what U-Factor means (and how to relate it to R-value), as well as the meaning to SHGC.

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Converting a Closet into a ¾ Bathroom full of Craftsmanship & Architectural Design

Converting a Closet into a ¾ Bathroom full of Craftsmanship & Architectural Design

In need of another bathroom, this 1927 Built duplex bungalow had a closet on an exterior wall that had the room to be expanded making is possible to add a much needed extra bathroom. With the...

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Sticky House Wrap? - Delta Vent SA Review

Sticky House Wrap? - Delta Vent SA Review

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Sticky House Wrap? Yes, that makes perfect sense. I just completed my first job with Delta Vent SA a house wrap from German company Cosella-Dorken. Here's my impressions.

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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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