Issue 281 – Feb/Mar 2019
Crisp Corners for Drywall
Learn how to install metal, vinyl, and paper-faced corner beads so that wall edges are straight, corners are tight, and bubbles are nonexistent.
9 Upgrades to Windproof Your Roof
Master these roof-installation details to keep asphalt shingles on and rain out of your house.
Tight space restrictions, unique cultural requirements, and the desire to age in place informed this compact, efficient design.
Precision Window Trim
This systematic approach to cutting and assembling window casing ensures better joints and a faster installation.
Arts and Crafts Meets Modernism
This high-performance house embraces local materials, modern lines, and the craftsman’s hand.
Fine Homebuilding Issue #281 Online Highlights
On page 8 of Fine Homebuilding issue #281, we featured a number of online extras and urged readers to check them out. Here are links to all of them. Installing…
3-Tiered Checklist for Aging in Place
Incorporate as many of these design considerations as possible to build a home that is accessible and comfortable for people of all ages and abilities.
Electrical Outlets by the Numbers
Building codes dictate specific height and spacing measurements for receptacles and switches. Learn what the most common dimensions are and why.
Know the Code
Better Bibs for Cold-Weather Work
Made of ripstop polyester, these lightweight overalls are built to last.
Superportable Sliding Miter Saw
With its 36V battery, this 7 1/2 in. cordless saw can last a day or more on one charge, even at a production-carpentry pace.
Big Saw Bests Big Timbers
Skilsaw's Super Sawsquatch massive 16-5/16 in. circular saw can cut thick beams with ease.
New Technology Improves Airtightness
AeroBarrier uses compressed air to aerosolize a water-based sealant to fill gaps and cracks in an entire house.
Tools & Materials
Gable-End Eave Design
Learn how to detail exterior trim with harmonious proportions on eaves that don't return onto the gable.
Aloft and Shingled
Finding creative design solutions to strict waterfront building requirements for a new home near the Rhode Island coast.
Vertical Fit: A Modern House Conforms to Strict Height Restrictions
The design-build team persevered to give this four-bedroom home in Austin, Texas, the stature it deserved while meeting tough zoning regulations.
HOUSES by Design
Climate Change for Builders: The Biggest Opportunity
Faced with consequences equivalent to a giant asteroid set to hit the earth in 10 to 50 years, we designers and builders owe it to the future to do our part—and we need to start right now.
How a stair-parts salesman, some classic how-to books, and steely determination helped one carpenter hone his stairbuilding and handrailing skills.
Keep Craft Alive: Alex McKenzie, Carpenter and Furniture Maker
This dedicated craftsperson traced his lineage to and got his inspiration from several generations of Vermont woodworkers and timber framers.
Keep Craft Alive
Use Spray Foam to Stop Register Grilles From Sweating
Re-side Over Lead-tainted Siding
Why Are There Dry Joints in My Brick Walls?