Issue 246 – Oct/Nov 2014
Built on a bench and finished with stock moldings, these panels don’t lose any points for style.
Contractor Mike Guertin takes a look at the latest products and how to install them.
A quality batt installation requires proper air-sealing and attention to installation details–in other words, you need patient, conscientious installers to get your money's worth when insulating walls with fiberglass.
Tool tester Andy Beasley rates blades for cutting fiber-cement siding based on durability and cost-effectiveness.
Detail the roof and framing correctly, and the decking part of the job is easy.
When Norma and Walter Ward moved into their Houston-area home, their backyard consisted of some grass and a tiny concrete patio. More than 20 years and countless hours later, they…
What is the Difference
Why Do We Need Control Layers?
Understand the different roles of air barriers, vapor barriers, water-resistive barriers, and insulation.
What's the Difference: Paintable Interior Moldings
MDF trim vs. finger-jointed trim
Installing Engineered Flooring on a Concrete Slab
When gluing prefinished engineered flooring to concrete, detailing the prep and ensuring a careful layout are key.
A Porch with a Rooftop Deck
Designer Michael Maines identifies 12 areas to focus on when designing a porch with a deck above it.
How it Works
How it Works: Household Electricity
Electrician Cliff Popejoy explains the systems and components that bring power from it's source into and around your home.
Project Gallery: Cool Fun in the Summer Sun
Three summer projects, submitted to our recent online contest
Energy Smart Details
Air-Sealing SIP Seams
Houses built with structural insulated panels require unique methods of air-sealing to ensure an airtight thermal envelope.
Katrin Klingenberg, Passive House Pioneer
This architect is leading the movement for affordable energy-efficient homes in the United States.