Issue 244 – June/July 2014
Insulation, air-sealing, and efficient mechanicals keep this house comfortable in the hot, humid weather.
Combine modern tools with creative techniques to build bookcases on site
Lighter, straighter, and stronger than wood, steel joists and beams can be a long-lasting option.
Adding a classically detailed decorative frieze joins the cabinets to the ceiling.
How integrating design and construction made a really, really complicated home doable.
This distinctive four-bedroom oceanfront home was artfully designed by architects Anna and Chuck Dietsche. Having traveled the world, the Dietsches’ clients chose to build their vacation home on a dune-ridge…
What is the Difference
Bending Kickout Flashing
Divert water away from the siding at the bottom of the roof with this critical flashing detail.
The Craft of Coffered Ceilings
A trim carpenter problem-solves a tricky installation for a living room coffered ceiling.
Inspiration for Building a Backyard Patio
These 2 concepts for cozy outdoor spaces are full of smart patio design ideas.
How it Works
How it Works: Grid-Tied PV Systems
Most photovoltaic (PV) systems are tied to the power grid, which means that any surplus is fed back into the grid, and any deficit is supplied by the grid.
Fine Lines Between Inside and Out
Some of the most inviting homes are those whose indoor rooms flow seamlessly into outdoor spaces. With outdoor living areas playing an important part in their design, many of the…
Energy Smart Details
Learn why you need to be concerned with radon levels in your home, and find out what you can do to eliminate this unhealthy gas.
Fred Schilling, Master Plumber
He’s plumbed luxury homes, commercial buildings, and a water park. Now he’s bringing clean water—and the skills needed to keep it flowing—to Haiti.