Synthetic Roofing Underlayments
These materials are tougher than felt, but do they perform as well?
Protect Your Home With a Basic Seismic Retrofit
Strengthening a home in earthquake country means anchoring it to its foundation and adding site-built shear walls.
Form Follows Function
Challenged with a tiny lot and a tight budget, a small house rises to the occasion.
Tool Test: Pin Nailers
For fastening small, stain-grade moldings, nothing works better than glue and a few headless pins.
You Can Install a Central Vac
Running PVC and low-voltage wiring brings cleaner rooms and clearer air.
Torture Test: Multitool Blades
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
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.
What is the Difference
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…
How to Seal 4 Hidden Air Leaks in Your House
Although you can't see them, they're there, and they are costing you money. In this "Energy Smart Details" article, senior editor Martin Holladay describes four hidden air leaks in you…
Energy Smart Details
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.