Issue 250 – April/May 2015
Learn how to swap out those corroded cast-in-place windows with new, more efficient units.
Modernizing through the use of historical details.
Hanging the ceiling joists from an engineered beam is the fast, simple way to replace a bearing wall.
Choose a good-looking, energy-efficient fan, and use it correctly.
This smart Craftsman-style home was built with a keen eye for detail and energy efficiency.
Modern cordless saws cut fast and run for a long time.
A Loo Fit for Doctor Who: Steampunk Bathroom
Architect Andre Rothblatt’s clients wanted to incorporate some “steampunk” style into their wholehouse remodel. Not quite sure what they meant, Rothblatt nevertheless enthusiastically agreed. He discovered that steampunk refers to…
What is the Difference
Today's choices for spirit levels go well beyond the standard long and straight models.
Brush-Painting a Steel Door
A good paint job can go a long way to making a steel door look as welcoming as a wood one.
PVC Roof Trim
A coastal builder’s technique for durable and weathertight fascias and soffits is based on years of experience with plastic trim.
Making Shed Dormers Work
A shed dormer can be the best way to add space to a one-and-a-half-story house, but you have to get the details right if you want it to be an asset and not an eyesore.
How it Works
How it Works: Circular Sawblades
Despite having no moving parts, circular sawblades are surprisingly complex.
Project Gallery: A Fine Farewell
We recently received a letter from two long-time subscribers, Janet and Kim Yost. The Yosts discovered Fine Homebuilding magazine in 1982 with issue #7 and then began subscribing to Fine…
Energy Smart Details
5 Ways to Insulate a Flat Roof
Learn several reliable ways to build an energy-efficient low-slope or shallow-pitched unvented roof, which is much easier and less risky than building a vented one.
Molly Jones McCabe: Tribal-Housing Advocate
Red Feather Development is in its 20th year of working with tribal communities to build safe and adequate housing.
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