Whether you’re trying to keep the water running during a power failure or the lights on and the air conditioner humming during a blackout, a standby generator can be an invaluable addition.
A final skim coat of compound creates a surface as smooth as plaster but at a lower cost.
A generator can provide days of emergency power. Here's how to choose the right one.
A leak-free installation depends on compatible materials and multiple layers of defense.
Gone are the days of hammer tackers for installing housewrap and roof underlayment.
How the best builders adopt new materials and building techniques to boost quality and profits.
Building Better Affordable Homes
How to increase style and efficiency on a modest budget.
Stormproof Your Roof
Self-adhering underlayment provides critical protection in vulnerable locations.
The extreme simplicity of the ancient shinmei-zukuri style of Japanese architecture inspired Glenn Montgomery’s 9-ft. by 12-ft. shed.
What is the Difference
What's the Difference: Amp hours
The rise in popularity of lithium-ion batteries in power tools over the past six years has brought consumers voltage options ranging from a compact 3.6v up to a muscle-packed 36v.…
Sanded vs. Unsanded Grout
Which of these two common styles of grout you use on your tile job is typically based on the width of the joints between tiles.
How to Choose the Right Sandpaper
Learn the pros and cons of the 3 common abrasive materials to pick the type of sandpaper that best matches your project.
How To Use a Japanese-Style Pull Saw
Pull saws aren't everyday tools, but they can come in handy on occasion for cutting trim in place and for cutting small moldings.
Framing an Octagonal Turret Roof
This roof shape may look complicated, but it's basically the same process as framing a common 45-degree bay-window roof.
Popular Period Windows Styles
Architect Lynn Hopkins describes both the characteristic and uncharacteristic features of four common American house styles.
Energy Smart Details
An Unvented, Superinsulated Roof
Rigid-foam insulation installed above the roof assembly can create an energy-smart roof.
Tailgate: Chuck Miller, Editor
After 30 years at Fine Homebuilding, Chuck Miller calls it a day. Here’s our exit interview.