Issue 278 – Oct/Nov 2018
Shop-Built Housed-Stringer Stairs
Building in the shop makes assembly easier on the carpenter.
Build a Custom Range Hood
Add a distinctive detail to your next kitchen with a curved-hood fan cover.
On the Way to Net Zero
Renewables are part of the strategy, but conservation comes first
Fine Homebuilding Issue #278 Online Highlights
Digital exclusives: California House, Tool Tech video, Fab prefabs, Podcasts, and Pricing construction jobs
Roof Vent Retrofit from the Outside In
Reroofing is the perfect time to lift the hood and make short work of an otherwise awkward venting job.
Remove Roof Sheathing With a Modified Framing Nailer
Overdriving nails is faster and cleaner than pulling them out with a cat's paw.
Retrofit Intake Vents
Bring in fresh air through venting drip edge.
A Hybrid Approach to Lime Plaster
Drywall backing speeds the way to a textured, durable, old-world finish.
Lime-Plaster Installation Over Drywall
This one-coat, environmentally and budget-conscious wall finish has a lot to offer.
Lime-Plaster Transformation: A Slideshow
The hand-sculpted textures of lime plaster bring warmth and depth to a midcentury ranch.
A Short Guide to Lime-Plaster Trowels
A handful of tools smooth the way to a beautiful, custom finish.
Add Color to Lime-Plaster Walls
There’s more than one way to color lime plaster.
From Rock to Dust to Rock Again
An in-depth look at mixing hydrated lime to create plaster.
3 Cordless 16-in. Chainsaws Reviewed
We tested 16-in. cordless chainsaws from DeWalt, Makita, and Milwaukee, and the best choice depends on whether light weight or total runtime is more important to you.
The PLS 480 and Red System kit is a crew favorite in the field
Buzzkilling Recip Saw
Skilsaw’s 13-amp corded reciprocating saw with vibration-reduction technology
This sturdy, self-retracting chalkline is tough to beat.
Tools & Materials
Bay windows have many benefits but also the potential for design mishaps; Marianne Cusato explains how to get bays right.
Site-Specific Shape and Scale
See additional photos from HOUSES by Design issue 278: Wade Design Architects responds to the lay of the land for this Napa Valley home.
Building With Salvage
See additional photos from HOUSES by Design issue 278: Taproot Architects uses reclaimed materials to customize a Whidbey Island straw-bale home.
Environment for Retirement
See additional photos from HOUSES by Design issue 278: ZeroEnergy Design revamps a summer cottage to accommodate aging in place.
HOUSES by Design
What to Consider When Choosing Black Siding
If you want to paint your siding a dark color, you have to select the material carefully or it may not perform as well as you expect.
When You Love What You Do, It’s Not a Job
Joseph Clayton Castille, Jr. — Draftsman, LaFayette, LA