Issue 248 – Dec/Jan 2015
For a driveway, walk, or patio, get the base right, and the rest of the job is straightforward.
Knowing your priorities will help you find the best value in windows.
Capturing this additional living space correctly and confidently requires a careful approach to the site and foundation.
Small enough to carry with one hand, but big enough for job-site work.
From rocks to titanium, hammer design has a rich history.
During the winter of 2013, Ray Baytos convinced his wife, Joanne, that a water-wheel house would be the perfect addition to their koi pond. A hobbyist woodworker and sometime-builder for…
What is the Difference
The main differences between submersible and pedestal-style sump pumps come down to cost and cooling.
Laying Out Basic Stair Stringers
Former editor and veteran stairbuilder Andy Engel demonstrates the necessary steps, from finding the crown to using the first stringer as a template for the second.
Modern Mantel Made Well
This cherry fireplace surround is assembled and installed with concealed fasteners.
Alternatives to Drywall
In this article, learn how to incorporate wood, tile, and natural stone instead of drywall for a more bespoke interior aesthetic.
How it Works
How to Identify Why Exterior Paint Is Failing, and How to Avoid It
Cracking, flaking paint not only looks bad—it also invites water and weather inside to do more damage.
Good Homes Come in Small Packages
The two houses featured here illustrate how well-designed homes can be comfortable and inviting no matter what the size. Both homes have an open floor plan, are finished and furnished…
Energy Smart Details
Ducting HRVs and ERVs
Learn how to ensure that the ductwork for a mechanical ventilation system works efficiently to save energy and provide good indoor air quality.
Mark Clement, Carpenter
This Philadelphia remodeling contractor has carved out a niche doing the dirty work on several reality TV shows
The Basics of Bath Fans
Bath fans are great at exhausting humid or smelly air, and senior editor Martin Holladay recommends that every bathroom have one. In this "GreenBuildingAdvisor.com Insider" article, he explains the importance…
Ask the Experts
Red Oak vs. White Oak: Key Differences
Can a deck ledger span a basement window?
DA vs. FN finish nails