Learn how to keep water out of basements and crawlspaces.
If you want to avoid foam insulation, you can use semi-rigid mineral wool—or you can build your house on piers.
Getting a first new home out of the ground can be a challenge, so we've assembled some pro tips for making the job go as smoothly as possible.
Rather than repairing a failing wood wall, replacing it with a dry-laid modular concrete-block system is a more durable option.
Learn about the various types of deck footings that help spread point loads over a wider area.
Whether it's delivered by truck or mixed by hand, you'll need a good supply of concrete for your deck footings.
Pin footings and store-bought concrete piers are a couple of low-impact alternatives to traditional poured-on-site deck footings.
Depending how many holes you have to dig (and how deep), you might consider a power auger or other mechanized digger rather than doing the work by hand.
Builder Mike Guertin demonstrates the entire process of measuring, marking, and forming the foundation for a backyard deck.
Northern Minnesota designer Randy Williams omitted the concrete under the floors in this new house—a growing trend among builders of energy-efficient homes.
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