How to assemble semicustom cabinets and off-the-shelf parts for a hardworking island.
When restoring a house, making accurate copies of architectural details is often part of the job.
Prepare to face the strictest building codes in history.
From demolition to installation, how to repair old, water-damaged floor joists.
Model-specific tool cases may be facing extinction thanks to a new breed of stackable, customizable boxes.
It's cheaper than spray foam, air-seals better than fiberglass, and has more recycled content than both of them.
An architect brings his vision for a boathouse built right into its natural landscape to life.
Dan Thornton By setting minimum standards for design and construction, building codes protect public safety while establishing uniformity in construction methods and materials. Regulations governing building have existed in the…
If your kitchen has a powerful exhaust fan, it may be making your indoor air worse.
Rodney Diaz Although various specialty tapes exist, the choice of tape in most drywall installations comes down to two products: paper or fiberglass mesh. Most joints can be taped with…
Ball, gate, and globe valves all open and close supply lines. But they work differently and sometimes the code is specific about which you must use.
Boring and mortising a door for a knob or dead-bolt lock isn't difficult, but the work requires precision. In this "Building Skills" article, associate editor Patrick McCombe describes the process…
An island can be a great addition to a kitchen, but it's important to be thoughtful about design and location
When building with double-stud walls to maximize energy efficiency, locating windows can be a challenge. Traditionally, windows either lie flat on the exterior sheathing ("outies") or are installed closer to…
In a conversation with the Green Architects, this professor talks about why architects and engineers just don’t get it
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