Issue 241 – Feb/Mar 2014
You Don't Know Foam
Whether you use a gun or a straw, there’s more to filling a gap than pulling a trigger.
Undercabinet Lighting is Better Than Ever
LEDs set a high bar for kitchen-workspace illumination.
Air-Sealed Mudsill Assembly
When building a home to Passive House standards, this is one of the first steps to create the necessary air-tight building envelope.
A Small Addition Faces A Tougher Energy Code
Energy regs on airtightness, insulation, and mechanical systems mean big changes — even for small buildings.
Skillful Brushwork for Doors and Windows
As with all painting projects, proper preparation is key for a durable finish, but it takes good techniques and careful planning to make this job look its best.
Half-Baths Full of Function
Design these small spaces to be as practical as they are beautiful.
Roundup: Heated Jackets
Project House editor Justin Fink tests three heated jackets.
Mineral Wool (Re)gains Some Ground
Although mineral wool—also referred to as rock wool, slag wool, and stone wool—was one of the first insulation materials to be widely produced commercially (starting back in 1871 in Germany),…
Tools & Materials
Lakefront Cabin: A Family Affair
This 3500-sq.-ft., four-bedroom lakefront cabin in northern Wisconsin was designed by architect Thomas R. Jones for very special clients—his parents Janette and Ray Jones. With their permanent residence in Southern…
What's the Difference: Bench Planes and Block Planes
Any decent woodshop is going to have a variety of hand planes, but these tools are far less common on a job site. Still, a hand plane may be just…
What is the Difference
Removing Vinyl Siding
Associate editor, Patrick McCombe offers an easy to follow, step-by-step process to removing and re-establishing vinyl siding. For a small investment, you will experience the huge benefit of owning a…
Installing Semicustom Cabinets
How to level, scribe, and fasten cabinets without marring the perfect factory finish.
Three Ways for Breezeways
Architect, Katie Hutchison has observed the breezeway is making a comeback. She offers three carefully considered designs. A contained breezeway, where a house and garage share a common gable-roof line,…
To gain acceptance as the lightbulb of the future, LEDs have undergone design tweaks so they more closely mimic the light of the past.
How it Works
Project Gallery: Serene in the City
Architect John Tittmann’s client was clear in his desire to create a distinctive space far removed from those typically found inside Boston brownstones. He needed a tranquil place for meditation…
Insulating Attic Stairs
The hatch or staircase leading up to an unfinished attic can be a big energy leak. Here are a few tips for sealing it up.
Energy Smart Details
Lynn Underwood, New Member of the ICC Board of Directors
This building official is now one of the people heading up code development at the national level.