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.
A bedroom wall with two closets gets a boost in utility with custom cabinets.
Not every house needs to have shear walls integrated into the framing, but many do.
Don't let poor planning and unrealistic expectations destroy a great old house
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. At the same time, they…
Split-jamb doors have some advantages: they have casing installed already, which offers a little wiggle room in old houses in terms of accommodating wall thickness.
Custom interior doors can be a tall -- and pricey -- order. When carpenter Chris Green was looking at options for custom interior doors for his house, he eventually realized…
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…
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…
The competition manager for this year’s event brings the perspective of a two-time competitor to the job.
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