These materials are tougher than felt, but do they perform as well?
Strengthening a home in earthquake country means anchoring it to its foundation and adding site-built shear walls.
Challenged with a tiny lot and a tight budget, a small house rises to the occasion.
For fastening small, stain-grade moldings, nothing works better than glue and a few headless pins.
Running PVC and low-voltage wiring brings cleaner rooms and clearer air.
Clean, fast cuts shouldn't cost a fortune.
Bookcases Transform an Unused Wall
A bedroom wall with two closets gets a boost in utility with custom cabinets.
How it Works: Shear Walls
Not every house needs to have shear walls integrated into the framing, but many do.
12 Restoration Blunders
Don't let poor planning and unrealistic expectations destroy a great old house.
What is the Difference
Decoding Framing-Lumber Stamps: Moisture Content, Species, and Grade
Engineers, architects, and builders need to know that the framing lumber they specify and install is strong enough to handle the loads placed on it.
Hang a Split-Jamb Door
With casing already installed, split-jamb doors offer a little wiggle room in old houses where wall thickness can vary.
Laminated Custom Interior Doors
Carpenter Chris Green made interior doors for his own house using a vacuum press.
Small front yards can be made something special by transforming them into forecourts. In this "Drawing Board" article, architect and urban designer Roxana Vargas-Greenan describes the forecourt as a modest…
Energy Smart Details
How to Seal 4 Hidden Air Leaks in Your House
In this "Energy Smart Details" article, Martin Holladay describes how to seal leaks in fireplaces, floors, walls, chases, and soffits.
Tailgate: Joe Simon, Solar-Decathlon Organizer
The competition manager for this year’s event brings the perspective of a two-time competitor to the job.