Issue 232 – Dec 2012/Jan 2013
How to Build a Kitchen Island
How to assemble semicustom cabinets and off-the-shelf parts for a hardworking island.
Reproducing a Corbel for a House Built in 1848
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.
How to Fix a Failing Bathroom Floor
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.
Insulating With Damp-Spray Cellulose
It's cheaper than spray foam, air-seals better than fiberglass, and has more recycled content than both of them.
Suited to the Site
An architect brings his vision for a boathouse built right into its natural landscape to life.
How it Works: Code Changes
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…
How to Provide Makeup Air for Range Hoods
If your kitchen has a powerful exhaust fan, it may be making your indoor air worse.
What's the Difference: Paper and Fiberglass Mesh Drywall Tape
You can use either tape, but each one has advantages in specific situations.
Choosing the Right Plumbing Valve
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.
What is the Difference
Prep Doors for Knobs and Dead Bolts
Get the hole layout right, and the rest of the job is straightforward.
Considerations for Kitchen Islands
An island can be a great addition to a kitchen, but it's important to be thoughtful about design and location
Windows in Double-Stud Walls: In-Betweenies
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…
Energy Smart Details
Tailgate: John Straube, Building-Science Guru
In a conversation with the Green Architects, this professor talks about why architects and engineers just don’t get it