The Well-Designed Walk-In Closet
Often crammed into whatever space remains on a floor plan, closets deserve thoughtful location, layout, and outfitting.
Installing a Shower Niche
Improve bathroom storage and style with a simple wall recess.
Clean lines and balanced proportions are the key ingredients for this classic trim treatment.
Smart Deck-Framing Strategies
Ledger brackets, flexible flashing, and a joist-hanger jig are a few field-tested tricks for overcoming construction challenges.
Yes, You Need a Cordless Impact Driver
These compact, high-torque tools leave cordless drills in the dust for most any drilling or driving application.
A Small, Spacious House for a Skinny City Lot
A contest-winning design squeezes a vaulted living room, a master suite, and room to breathe onto a pencil-thin lot.
Make Sure the Power Is Off
Two testers and some basic know-how are all you need to be certain you are working safely.
Creating the Poetry House
Salvaged materials and unorthodox building methods are used to create a small, sacred structure
Building a Cherry Entry Door
Learn how to make a strong, elegant door and a weatherproof threshold.
The next wave of home energy?
Micro-cogenerators, or combined heat and power (CHP) systems, are both environmentally friendly and a money saver
Web sites we like: June/July 2008 issue
Appliance parts Find and purchase almost any part you’d possibly need for major household appliances. Interactive illustrations in the Repair Help section are particularly useful. www.repairclinic.com Green trends Read blogs…
Mandate passive survivability in building codes
Passive survivability is a life-safety issue. How long could you live in your house without power or fuel?
A push for more near-zero energy homes
Voluntary Department of Energy program promotes and supports energy-efficient design and construction
Tools & Materials
The safest contractor's saw
SawStop brings their safety system into the field with this 10-inch model
Smaller, better mortar hoe
Short handle mortar hoe
EndCuts Sealer for Trim
This water-based sealer is a quick and easy way to prime the end cuts of trim and minimize rot.
Tight ropes with no knots
Figure 9 rope tightener
Reader Feedback: Issue 196, June/July 2008
Here’s to responsible remodeling I enjoyed Betsy Pettit’s article ”Remodeling for Energy Efficiency” (FHB #194) and heard echoes of my own philosophies on old-house remodeling. I spent many years as…
Mudrooms for Harmony at Home
No longer simply a spot for wet boots and coats, these spaces are both functional and beautiful
What is the Difference
What's the Difference: Self-adhesive flashing
Using butyl-based or rubberized asphalt-based depends on temperature, location
What's the Difference: Construction Adhesive
Are solvent-free, low-VOC products any good?
Choosing thinset or mastic depends on the tile job.
How to Hang Drywall
A good finished look starts with properly hung panels, which reduces the work of taping, mudding, and sanding
Reproducing historic architectural details
When a train station's 120-year-old roof brackets decay, a carpenter braces the roof and constructs a detailed template to guide the restoration
The Junkie's Wife
Great moments in building history: When you think a man has a tool addiction, sometimes all you need is a little perspective
How to Design a Comfortable and Efficient Home Office
Answer these 12 important questions to help you balance your personal and business needs before planning an in-home workspace.
Choosing and Using Electrical Testers
Learn to choose the right testing device for the job, and use it with care and confidence to work safely on electrical circuits.
Testing Cordless Impact Drivers
With so many models on the market, which one is for you?
Video Vault: Constructing Custom Windows
Spectacular Sashes: Hand-built reproduction mahogany windows are the order for this Manhattan row house.
Spectacular Sashes: Assembling Custom Windows
Large reproduction mahogany windows are assembled onsite and installed in this Manhattan row house
Video Vault: Slip Inside a Skinny House
What sort of house can you build on a 25 ft. by 100 ft. lot? An architect walks you through her award-winning design.
Watch Myron R. Ferguson demonstrate his techniques for smooth, hassle-free drywall hanging.
Ask the Experts
Waterproofing a Window in a Tiled Shower
How to Repair Hairline Cracks in Chimney Mortar
Ask the Expert: Spray foam durability
Save water with a home run