How To Build Housed-Stringer Stairs
Treads and risers that are glued and wedged into routed stringers are tighter and more stable than conventionally framed stairs.
The Best Practices for Lead-Safe Remodeling
It’s required by law for professional contractors, but working lead-safe should be a priority for everyone.
A Slick Approach to Straightening Walls
String and springboards make it easy to get walls straight and the second floor off to a great start.
For Great Tile Floors, Layout Is Everything
Take time to snap a few chalklines and find where the cuts are, and tiling becomes an easier task with better results.
A Practical Look at Deep-Energy Retrofits
Cutting a home’s energy use by 50% to 90% is a worthy goal, but the extreme costs keep it out of reach for many. We take a look at the most cost-effective alternatives.
Will Your Next Asphalt Roof Last a Lifetime?
Asphalt shingles have come a long way since the advent of the simple three-tab. Now, durable laminated shingles dominate the market.
4 Quick Cabinet Upgrades
Improve storage and style for a fraction of the cost of new cabinets.
Taping Tricky Transitions
Apply innovative products to difficult drywall corners for a faster, easier, and more durable job.
Live Tall on a Small Footprint
Two projects smaller than 1500 sq. ft. illustrate how to design a comfortable home with little impact on the site.
What's the Difference: Pex Tubing
PEX-a, -b, or -c?
What is the Difference
Using Extension Ladders Safely
What's the most dangerous tool that you work with? If your first thought is a power tool—probably a tablesaw—then the answer might surprise you.
Three Ways to Lay Out an Elliptical Curve
Ellipses can provide striking, graceful curves on a building, but they can be tricky to build.
Windows From the Inside Out
Windows may be crucial to the exterior appearance of a house, but they play a vital role on the interior as well, and not just because they let in natural light.
These energy-smart details will help you build a tight house with ordinary drywall, caulk, and gaskets.
Energy Smart Details
Tailgate: Will Beemer, Timber Framer
From concrete eco-structures in Arizona to the post-and-beam heritage of New England, Will Beemer has built a teaching career that strikes a balance between the past and future of home building.
Rain-Screen-Siding Details for Gable Ends
Taping New Drywall to Existing, Painted Drywall
Painting Fiber Cement: Is It Like Wood?