Issue 233 – Feb/March 2013
Incandescent bulbs are changing quickly to keep up with more-efficient, longer-lasting competitors
Time-Tested Approach to Chimney Flashing
Roofing contractor Dyami Plotke demonstrates how to prepare a chimney for flashing and how to bend, install, and seal metal flashing for a durable, weatherproof, and beautiful job.
Buttoned Up for a New Century
Preservation meets performance when a Brooklyn architect applies Passive House principles to four iconic urban town houses
An Old-School Path to a Barrier-Free Bathroom
A classic mud job forms the tile base for a modern curbless shower.
Energy-Modeling Software: Is It Worth Your Time and Money?
Even the most sophisticated programs have limits.
Tips for Laying a Better Walkway
Careful base prep is what keeps bricks or other pavers in place when installing hardscaping.
How it Works: Frost Heave
In cold climates, you need to build driveways, foundations, and other structures correctly to prevent expanding ice and soil from damaging them.
Create an outdoor getaway.
Vinyl and aluminum are popular choices for gutters, but they're not the only options.
What is the Difference
Design a classic fireplace mantel
Fireplaces are appreciated and sought after for more than just their practical uses.
Hiding ducts in conditioned space
Ducts, furnaces, and air handlers belong inside a house's conditioned space
Energy Smart Details
Tailgate: Viviane Peixoto, Lumber Importer
This native Brazilian is working to ensure that tropical hardwoods are harvested sustainably, guaranteeing their availability for years to come.