Issue 240 – Dec 2013/Jan 2014
How to Install a Sliding Barn Door
Surface-mounted interior sliders are a stylish and functional alternative to pocket doors.
The Passive House Build, Part One: Designed for Success
One architect’s approach to designing a house to meet the country’s most stringent energy requirement.
Tool Test: Shop Vacs
Only the best vacuums can handle both fine dust and heavy pickup.
Smart Scheduling Helps Projects to Finish on Time
Whether you’re a pro or a homeowner contracting your own project, meticulous planning will help you to stay on time and on budget.
Kitchen, Meet Dining Room
Opening up an old house ties together these important spaces.
How to Choose the Right Siding for Your House
Learn about the costs, pros, and cons of the 3 most common siding materials: wood, fiber cement, and vinyl.
Tools & Materials
Backyard Tape Test: 10 Months Later
In the fall of 2012, I tested the performance of 11 air-sealing tapes by attaching samples to six different substrates mounted on the exterior wall of my woodshed. A month…
1 A sobriquet coined by its builder, Gene DeSmidt, the shedteau is the chateau of sheds. Assembled with exemplary care and meticulously painted, stained, and oiled, the shedteau uses simple…
What is the Difference
With several varieties of conduit available at most home centers and supply houses, it’s essential to know the merits of each and what you can and cannot do with it.
Install a Prehung Exterior Door
Set the door on a level sill and use shims for a consistent gap between the door and the jamb.
Create a Curved Stair Riser
Templates and a laminated riser keep the curves fair and remove the guesswork.
Getting Shutters Right
Architects Reid Highley and Jim Compton show you how to choose shutters that match the style of your house and the proportion of your windows.
How it Works
How it Works: Collar and Rafter Ties
Contrary to popular belief, collar ties are not there to support rafters or to keep walls below from spreading under the weight of the roof.
Project Gallery: Enjoying the Great Outdoors
For our online Break Out of the Indoors contest, we asked for submissions that offered an escape from the indoors. You shared a variety of inviting outdoor spaces, from patios,…
Energy Smart Details
Insulated Skylight Shaft
If you have or plan to install a skylight in your home, get the insulation details right to avoid problems with comfort and condensation.
A. Tamasin Sterner, Energy Adviser
This small-business owner knows about residential energy efficiency and has gotten to share her knowledge with the president.
Green Building for Beginners
What does green building really mean? In this GBA Insider column, senior editor Martin Holladay offers his thoughts on green building for those who may be new to the conversation.…