A New Header for an Old Wall
Forget the jacks and temporary framing; install the two-piece header one half at a time.
Making Sense of Housewraps
These plastic-based barriers help to keep wind and water at bay, but only if you choose the right product and install it correctly.
6 Rules for Fast and Foolproof Cabinetmaking
A smart design, a few jigs, and some tactical advice will maximize output and minimize mistakes.
25 Years of Milestones
From OSB and cordless drills to The Home Depot and HGTV, here's a look at how the home-building industry evolved in Fine Homebuilding's first quarter century (published on our anniversary in 2006).
How To Install Stone Veneer over a Concrete Wall
Learn how to plan the layout, choose materials, and cut and fit the rocks for a beautiful, durable stone facade.
Test Your Building-Code IQ
Vague language allows flexibility for inspectors, but it can be confusing to the rest of us. How do you score?
One Carpenter's Life
Still driving nails at 75, a veteran framer recalls the postwar housing boom of the 1950s and how it changed the way we build.
Zero Energy, Infinite Appeal
Winner of a national green-building award, this low-maintenance house should produce as much energy as it uses.
Retrofitting a Ceiling Fan
With common-sense wiring and the right hardware, you can replace an existing light fixture with a breeze in almost any room in the house.
The Future of Home Building
In 25 years, a new house won't look like a spaceship, but appearances can be deceiving.
Reader Feedback: Issue 177, February/March 2006
An honorable pursuit After Katrina’s floodwaters finally receded, it suddenly became fashionable, even glamorous, to build a house. Celebrities, movie stars, and politicians all were swinging hammers on TV. It…
Making Raised-Panel Doors on a Tablesaw
With a stacked dado set, you can build Shaker-style cabinet doors in six easy steps.
Making a Story Stick
A story stick can save time and minimize mistakes during cabinet construction
Tips for Installing Stone Veneer
Stonemason Cody Macfie shows how he chooses and fits individual stones when cladding a wall.