Issue 244 – June/July 2014
Deep in the Heat of Texas
Insulation, air-sealing, and efficient mechanicals keep this house comfortable in the hot, humid weather
A New Approach to Classic Cabinets
Combine modern tools with creative techniques to build bookcases on site
Framing a Deck With Steel
Lighter, straighter, and stronger than wood, steel joists and beams can be a long-lasting option.
Crown Molding for Kitchen Cabinets
A classically detailed frieze joins the cabinets to the ceiling
A Better Approach to Design/Build
How integrating design and construction made a really, really complicated home doable.
The Boat House
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's the Difference: Energy-Efficient Mortgages
Conventional EEM, VA EEM, and FHA EEM
What is the Difference
Bending Kick-Out 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 this sought-after detail.
Inspiration for Building a Backyard Patio
These 2 concepts for cozy outdoor spaces are full of smart patio design ideas.
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.
How it Works
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…
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 if tests show that it's present in your house.
Energy Smart Details
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.