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Fixing Concrete Cracks - Basement Slab Repair

Fixing Concrete Cracks - Basement Slab Repair

I found a product that's specifically designed for fixing cosmetic cracks in concrete and I thought it worked fantastically well!

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removing bearing wall help

removing bearing wall help

I'm in the middle of a home addition. I need to remove the exterior wall including the 4 foot foundation wall. Question is how to I temporarily support this wall during demo? The floor joists a 14"...

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A bridge from the past

A bridge from the past

A bridge in the courtyard speaks to the sites past

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Spoiler Alert! Preview of the Best Traditional House from the upcoming Houses issue

Spoiler Alert! Preview of the Best Traditional House from the upcoming Houses issue

A stone farmhouse built in the late 1700's has been restored to a modern version of its former glory

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Seven Simple Lessons All First Time Homeowners Should Know

Seven Simple Lessons All First Time Homeowners Should Know

After finding your new home, securing a mortgage and moving all your worldly possessions in, it can feel as though the hard work is over. However, as you get to know your new home, slight problems...

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Little Bit of Life

Little Bit of Life

A fresh look for a mid century living room

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Tight Spaces

Tight Spaces

Where there's a will there's a way

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Necessity is the mother of invention.

Necessity is the mother of invention.

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This unique solution to a "historic" problem is quite a surprise.

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Bringing the Outside In

Bringing the Outside In

A Seattle Architect re-imagines the relationship between a home and its surroundings.

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Suspended Motorcycle Flex Garage

Suspended Motorcycle Flex Garage

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The problem: store 3 motorcycles, 3 bicycles, store large amount of tools and other equipment, and park 2 cars indoors. The space: an existing 2 car garage in a small house with no interior room to...

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Clairemont Renovation

Clairemont Renovation

This project was a whole-home renovation where the home, before, was dark and closed off where access to the second level and many of the spaces on the main level were difficult to navigate in this...

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Riverfront Raze and Replace

Riverfront Raze and Replace

A raze and replace that includes a historic portion of the home originally brought across the ice of the frozen Nantucket Sound.

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Colonial-era rainscreen?

Colonial-era rainscreen?

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During a rot repair job, I found an early attempt at a rainscreen wall.

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Is this renovation doomed from the start?

Is this renovation doomed from the start?

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When an existing brick foundation is capped with another layer of concrete block to reduce the transmission of water vapor, is this renovation company creating the potential for a structural problem?

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Cheap Housewrap Challenge - Should I pay for a premium product?

Cheap Housewrap Challenge - Should I pay for a premium product?

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We've all been in this situation... two identical looking products on the shelf, but different prices. Which should I choose? Well, when it comes to housewraps not all are alike, nor will they perform the same. Have a look at this test that will give you an idea how these two white rolls will perform on YOUR house.

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Beach Home

Beach Home

A quirky four-apartment structure on the water transformed into a multi-generational beach home.

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Ten Great Home Improvement Resources

Ten Great Home Improvement Resources

Sources for home improvement materials and information

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The Gatehouse

The Gatehouse

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

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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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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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