Building in the shop makes assembly easier on the carpenter
Add a distinctive detail to your next kitchen with a curved-hood fan cover.
Renewables are part of the strategy, but conservation comes first
Digital exclusives: California House, Tool Tech video, Fab prefabs, Podcasts, and Pricing construction jobs
Reroofing is the perfect time to lift the hood and make short work of an otherwise awkward venting job
Overdriving nails is faster and cleaner than a cat's paw.
Bring in fresh air through venting drip edge.
Drywall backing speeds the way to a textured, durable, old-world finish
An environmentally and budget-conscious wall finish.
The hand-sculpted textures of lime plaster bring warmth and depth to a midcentury ranch.
A handful of tools smooth the way to a beautiful, custom finish.
There’s more than one way to color lime plaster.
An in-depth look at hydrated lime.
Know The Code: Master the rules of home building
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
Skilsaw’s 13-amp corded reciprocating saw with vibration-reduction technology
Impressive, $20 self-retracting chalkine
Design/Build: The Art of Residential Design
See additional photos from HOUSES by Design issue 278: Wade Design Architects responds to the lay of the land for this Napa Valley home.
See additional photos from HOUSES by Design issue 278: Taproot Architects uses reclaimed materials to customize a Whidbey Island straw-bale home.
See additional photos from HOUSES by Design issue 278: ZeroEnergy Design revamps a summer cottage to accommodate aging in place.
If you want to paint your siding a dark color, you have to select the material carefully
As-Built: The History of Home Building
Joseph Clayton Castille, Jr. — Draftsman, LaFayette, LA
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