Issue 234 – April/May 2013
Choosing the best materials and format for showers, walls, and floors takes focus.
A glass-fiber-reinforced concrete mix creates an elegant, lightweight counter and sink.
An Austin architect revives a midcentury home and brings affordable, modern architecture back into focus.
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…
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…
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 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…
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,…
Energy Smart Details
Hot-Water Circulation Loops
Creating a hot-water circulation loop is fairly easy, but 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.
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.