Issue 234 – April/May 2013
Miles of Tile
Choosing the best materials and format for showers, walls, and floors takes focus.
A New Approach to Concrete
A glass-fiber-reinforced mix creates an elegant, lightweight vanity counter and sink
An Austin architect revives a midcentury home and brings affordable, modern architecture back into focus.
Dog Run Redone: Remodeling a Breezeway
In 2011, architects David Bentley and Elizabeth Churchill completed the most difficult project the husband-and-wife team had ever tackled: the renovation of their own home. Built in the 1950s, Bentley…
Digital levels: Is a Brain Better than a Bubble?
As a finish carpenter, I rely on box-beam levels every day, and I’m expected to have them in a whole quiver of sizes—from 16 in. up to 8 ft. That…
How to Install a Bay Window: Part 1
Build the roof first to make the installation go smoother.
Backyard Tape Test
Energy pro Martin Holladay conducts an unscientific—but telling—trial of air-sealing tapes.
14 Tips for Bath Plumbing
From the supply lines to the waste line, these simple rules will make your work better.
What's the Difference: Toilet Plungers
Standard, ribbed, and bellows
What is the Difference
Tune up a block plane
The block plane is an extremely valuable tool for any finish carpenter, but your work will be top quality only if your plane is in good shape. In this "Building…
Transitional entries such as drop-off zones or mudrooms create an area of separation from the public world outside and the private world of the home. In this "Drawing Board" article,…
Project Gallery: Places to Play
Games and Family Time This 19-ft. by 22-ft. lower-level room in a coastal Connecticut home is a favorite gathering place for a family of four. In addition to watching television,…
Hot-water circulation loops
Creating a hot-water circulation loops is fairly easy; however, doing so in a way that doesn’t waste a lot of energy is a little trickier. Learn how to efficiently reduce your wait time for hot water.
Energy Smart Details
Tailgate: Carl Simmons, Inspector
This Charleston, S.C., building official calls on his 30 years of experience to educate builders and homeowners that following codes makes better houses.