Keep Siding Dry With a Vented Rain Screen
The best way to deal with water is to let it drain away or dry out, and a gap of less than an inch behind the siding ensures both.
Save Time With a Prefinished Wood Floor
Factory-finished products mean less work on site, but they demand a more careful installation.
Tool Test: Demolition Blades
The price you pay for these reciprocating-saw blades doesn’t necessarily correspond to the performance you get.
The Remodeler’s Guide to Construction Debris
A thoughtful plan is the key to minimizing waste and maximizing profit.
Do Europeans Really Make the Best Windows?
These cold-weather windows are relatively new to our shores and perform well, but some lesser-known North American products may be just as good.
A Cool Texas Remodel
A remodeled ranch stays in the same footprint, but gains a master suite and a passive-cooling strategy.
Add Storage to Your Stair Rail
A long cabinet with traditional joinery and improvised details replaces a traditional stairwell railing.
Bringing the Water Shortage Home
It has meant drought in some parts of the country, and nothing more than low-flow fixtures in others. The fact is, the nation’s growing water crisis is changing the houses we build.
Soft-Cap Kneepads: Rubber, Foam, Leather, or Gel?
What's the difference?
What's the Difference: Paintbrushes
Choose the right bristle shape, ferrule type, and handle style to match the demands of your paint job.
What is the Difference
How to Install European Cup Hinges
Overlay or inset, the tricky part is boring the 35 mm hole. Here are two ways to get it right.
How to Build an Arched Pocket Door
An arched opening, door, and drywall make an elegant and space-saving transition.
Secrets to an Uncluttered Kitchen
Small kitchens can layer storage options while big kitchens should limit storage options.
Rigid Foam on the Roof and Walls
This energy smart detail will increase R-value and prevent condensation.
Energy Smart Details
Tailgate: Marianne Cusato, Designer
Marianne Cusato won acclaim for her design of one of the compact and affordable Katrina Cottages. She recently unveiled her New Economy Home, an adaptable, energy-efficient 1800-sq.-ft. house.