FHB’s Facebook followers share their favorite problem-solving tools. Listener questions lead to interesting discussion on radiant barriers, orphaned water heaters, building repairability, and WRBs.
A carpenter's approach to simple, modern metal stairs.
Designed to be erected in a day, this shed uses readily available materials and basic tools.
Three architects reimagine the same space to suit different needs.
Use these time-tested design principles and basic carpentry techniques to create beautiful layered crown and cornice trim details that will dress up any room in your house.
A guide to materials for flooring, countertops, cabinetry, and more that benefit people and are better for the environment.
Learn professional techniques for evaluating damaged flooring, removing individual boards, and installing seamless repair patches.
Interior designer John Kelsey describes the decision-making process behind a six-week gut remodel of an old bathroom in a Dutch colonial home.
Learn how to level floor framing in an old home by lifting joists with temporary walls, installing a midspan beam, and adding new studs to distribute the load down the the foundation.
Behind the brick lies an airtight envelope and an extravagant bath
Carpenter Tim Holton and his crew came up with an up-in-the-air solution for sealing an addition with an elevated floor.
Framing this classic detail is easier than you think
Use these tips to design and create a long-lasting, heat-throwing firebox based on the traditional Rumford fireplace.
A New Orleans prototype home may provide a path for builders looking to design and construct houses that can withstand rising sea levels and intense storms.
A veteran trim carpenter shares his secrets for using routers to make perfect mortises, splines, edge profiles, and more.
Lighting designer David K. Warfel explains how to choose the right lights and lighting controls to create a safe, practical, comfortable, and healthy kitchen.
Handcrafted accents emphasize the beauty of simple design while keeping this kitchen on a budget.
Longtime readers of Fine Homebuilding magazine will recognize the name of Buddy Rhodes. For the last twenty years, he’s been at the leading edge of concrete design in both residential and commercial applications.…
Hanging and taping wallboard doesn’t have to be a back-breaking, messy job. With the right tools and materials, and some surprisingly simple techniques, anyone can have smooth walls and crisp…
In this Shop Class video series, builder Jake Bruton demonstrates flashing best-practices for installing a flanged window in a wall built with Zip System sheathing.
In this edition of Shop Class, builder Jake Bruton demonstrates trusted flashing details for a flanged window installed in a wall covered in a layer of rigid-foam insulation.
In this Shop Class video series, builder Jake Bruton demonstrates durable flashing details for a flanged window in a wall covered in housewrap—in this case, Benjamin Obdyke Hydrogap.
In this Shop Class video series, builder Jake Bruton shows how to flash a flanged window in a wall covered in a self-adhered housewrap, such Henry Blueskin VP100.
In this edition of Shop Class, Builder Jake Bruton demonstrates how to get the flashing details right when installing a flanged window in a wall with a fluid-applied WRB.
Senior editor Chuck Bickford and videographer John Ross travel to Sacramento to visit with electrical contractor, Cliff Popejoy, to learn the ins and outs of rough wiring. This may sound…
In this segment of Master Carpenter, Chuck Bickford and John Ross travel to Michigan City, Indiana, to meet up with carpenter Mike Belzowski as he builds a curved stair riser.…
We met up with Mike Maines at his 1830s Greek-revival home just in time for him to show us how to install a new fireplace surround. Mike is building all…
Tile is easy to maintain and a very durable flooring option. It's versatile and can look good in any room, and in heavy traffic areas that may see water, dirt,…
Installing a concrete walkway is a relatively simple project that is sure to enhance your home's landscape. With a few helping hands and some guidance from an expert, you can…
Restoring wood floors is not as simple as grabbing some oak from the lumberyard, replacing the damaged parts of the floor with the new, and then patting yourself on the…
Builder John Spier shares insights about working with this tricky material from his years of experience.
Learn how to address waterproofing, air-sealing, and insulation to make the most of your below-grade living spaces.
Builder Mike Norton shares tips for laying out, assembling, and raising walls to make the job easier and the results more professional.
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In this episode of Shop Class, learn how to measure, cut, and build window casing made of cellular PVC, solid wood, poly-ash boards, or any common molding material. Plus, get tips for a clean and solid installation.
Clean lines and retractable controls help the Elica Arezzo range hood strike a balance between standing out and blending in.
Code expert Glenn Mathewson describes how to provide makeup air for a kitchen exhaust fan to prevent backdrafting of water heaters, furnaces, and other fuel-burning appliances.
Carpenter and longtime Fine Homebuilding contributor Scott McBride takes a look at the evolution of the American kitchen through the 1960s, 70s, 80s, and 90s.
The Esse Ironheart wood-fired stove is a space heater, cooktop, and oven all rolled into one.
Cramped apartments make way for a bright and airy kitchen and breakfast nook when converting this historic Philadelphia building into a single spacious home.
Non-structural beams help a new kitchen match the aesthetic of this post-and-beam home.
Tall cabinet doors disguise a spacious pantry and office in this new kitchen.
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