Issue 253 – Aug/Sept 2015
Fixing Common Gutter Blunders
Design and install gutters as if they prevent damp foundations, peeling paint, and mold—because they do.
A New Face for an Old Cape
An architect applies a modern mountain vibe to a New England icon.
Designing for Durability
An updated HUD guide demonstrates that a durable house is also a dry house.
Today's Best Exterior Trim
A veteran carpenter sorts through 10 of the latest engineered options.
Enhance Your Life With an Outdoor Shower
After a weekend of plumbing, site work, and carpentry, you can wash up in your handiwork.
Ten Tips for Fast Trim
Improve the speed and quality of your next trim job with better layout, assembly, and installation.
Get the Most From Your Multitool
Even if you’ve had an oscillating tool for years, you may not be using it to its full potential.
Glass in the Garden
What was originally planned as a modest three-season porch evolved into this striking 36-ft. by 18-ft. four-season pavilion. Some of the 8-ft.-high floor-to-ceiling walls of glass open like French doors…
What is the Difference: Drinking-Water Filtration Systems
Carafe, faucet mounted, undersink, and reverse osmosis
What is the Difference
How to Replace a Floorboard
Because of wood flooring's tongue-and-groove joints, removing a damaged board and replacing it isn't intuitive. However, it's not difficult either. In this article, senior editor Andy Engel demonstrates each step…
Although it started out as a way of covering gaps, interior trim has become an important design element. Unfortunately, many builders and homeowners don't give it much thought. Architect Bud…
How it Works: Wood Rot
No wood is completely immune to rot, so it's important to know how it works.
How it Works
Project Gallery: The Ranchero
Located in a subalpine meadow in Washington State’s Methow Valley, this 1600-sq.-ft. house was designed by architect Tim Hammer. A four-season vacation home for an active Seattle family, it’s energy…
Tailgate: Colby M. Broadwater III, College President
This retired army officer now leads the American College of the Building Arts, which trains the next generations of craftspeople.
Adding Insulation to Basement Walls
Learn how to choose and install the best insulation for several types of basement walls (but fix water-entry problems first).
Energy Smart Details
Watertight Window Flashing
Radon mitigation with interior perimeter drains?
One bathroom fan or two?
Encapsulating framing in spray foam