How to tell the difference between a good cellulose insulation job and a bad one.
This guide, routinely used by Jon Riley, was produced by National Fiber before they were acquired by another insulation company.
On-site measurements and off-site production yield a traditional look at a more affordable price.
Factory-made panels and flashing go together without specialty tools or subcontractors.
This fundamental approach hinges on an accurate layout that keeps the math to a minimum.
Despite some advantages over wood, light-gauge steel framing hasn’t made the leap to residential building, and the reasons why may surprise you.
Turning a quirky rustic lodge into a comfortable modern home is a problem-solving proposition.
A first-rate team of builder, architect, and landscape designer remodel an oddly built stone cabin.
Modern materials breathe new life into a siding that can be both rustic and refined.
A remodeler’s thoughts on working with Boral’s fly-ash siding and trim material.
A close look at the ever-expanding options for joining PEX plumbing.
Mastered in a Minute: For a connection that gets stronger over time, ProPEX expansion fittings are hard to beat.
Mastered in a Minute: With brass fittings and compression sleeves, F2080 is the Rolls-Royce of PEX fitting systems.
Mastered in a Minute: There’s more than one way to connect crimp fittings, but this is the original.
Mastered in a Minute: Stainless-steel clamps are an approved method for joining crimp fittings to PEX tubing.
Mastered in a Minute: For a quick repair or retrofit, push fittings are a go-to for handymen.
Mastered in a Minute: Viega has developed one of the fastest and easiest methods for joining PEX.
The 2017 FHB House meets it's energy-efficiency goals by targeting public areas with higher-quality finishes, and using builder-grade materials in other places.
The owners can take care of all their needs without using the stairs.
It made sense to treat the FHB House kitchen—especially the cabinets and countertops—with higher-quality finishes than other areas in the house.
Tool Review: The DeWalt DCS7485 features a rock-solid rack-and-pinion fence and tubular frame.
Tool Review: FastenMaster’s FrameFast system features a ½-in. Milwaukee drill motor with an attached extension tube and a driver head that holds the fastener.
Material Review: Icon composite siding from CertainTeed has the look of 7-in. cedar clapboards with excellent moisture resistance and installation.
From whimsy to lighting to ventilation, cupolas can serve a range of purposes.
Energy Nerd: The concept of net zero wasn’t seriously considered the original guides were proposed.
Design/Build: As the McMansion dwindles in popularity, simpler rooflines are back in fashion.
The job isn’t hard, but it’s not exactly straightforward, either.
Building Skills: It’s not hard, but there may be more nails than you expect.
“When a client says, 'this is beautiful,' that isn't just luck."
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