Issue 282 – April/May 2019
Fine Homebuilding Issue #282 Online Highlights
Long Live Our Buildings; Install Joist Hangers; Podcast: Building Permit? #KCA Trucker Hat; and the FHB Forum
The Particulars of Porch Design
Learn how to nail the details to build a beautiful and functional covered porch; 3 case studies and a checklist of essential questions will help you get the job done right.
How to Rescue an Old Cedar Deck
A thorough cleaning and a quick refinish give new life to a weather-beaten deck. Get tips for doing the job right from a professional refinisher.
Attach a Deck to Any Wall
Builder Mike Guertin outlines code-compliant ledger and lateral-tie details for all types of deck builds.
Synthetic Decking Comes of Age
A maturing industry means composites and PVC deck planks look better than ever and can last for decades.
How to Build a Curved Ipé Garden Benches
Clamps and lots of screws put a bend in this dense and durable wood.
Patio vs. Deck Throwdown
Two Fine Homebuilding editors face off on the pros and cons of these popular exterior spaces.
Dutch Door Done Easy
A layered assembly and clever installation make building and hanging this door a breeze.
Build a Dutch Door
The trick to making this traditional door easy to build is to use a layered-assembly technique, and to hang the door before cutting it in half.
How to Cut Belgian Block
Learn two reliable techniques–and what tools you will need for each–for cutting and shaping granite pavers.
Built-in Cedar Plant Stand
This easy-to-build deck accessory prevents runoff water from plant pots from rotting your deck boards.
A Better Sprayer for Cleaning Decks and Applying Wood Finishes
Professional deck refinisher Jim Grant built a custom spray rig with an electric pump as an easy-to-use alternative to the typical hand-pump garden sprayer.
Long Live Our Buildings: An Introduction
Architect Steven Baczek describes his ongoing inquiry into what makes a good building, and how we can continue to improve the way we design and build homes.
Emergency Escape and Rescue Openings
Learn how a sleeping room is legally defined and what sort of egress openings are mandated by building codes.
Know the Code
Milwaukee's lightweight cordless 2726-21HD saw is great for remote job sites, but portability comes with a few trade-offs.
Internal dampening and tiny sanding strokes make Festool’s DTS 400 REQ a top-notch finishing tool.
Impressive Structural Connectors
This German-made hardware by Pitzl provides sturdy, concealed timber joints that are a snap to assemble.
Speed up the process of forming concrete footings while also preventing problems caused by groundwater.
DIY ductless minisplit
This pre-charged kit from MRCOOL makes for an easy HVAC upgrade.
Tools & Materials
Boxed-eave Gable-end Returns
How to take cues from classical architecture to design roof trim that matches your traditional home.
Lock, lift, and load
Builders find an ingenious solution for installing a custom-fabricated staircase into a home with challenging site-disturbance restrictions.
Barn built anew
A new home built with salvaged timbers pays homage to a beloved old barn that couldn't be saved.
Fit for floods
Storm-resistant building regulations inspired this home's architects to give it a better view of its beautiful coastal site.
HOUSES by Design
Minimizing Concrete in a Slab-on-Grade Home
Whether your goal is to cut construction costs, minimize environmental impact, or both, there are practical ways to build a home with less concrete.
A Trip to the Cedar Shed
A seasoned carpenter reminisces about the days before fiber-cement siding, but acknowledges that wood clapboards come with plenty of complications.
Keep Craft Alive: Adam Esparza, Tilesetter
"Craftsmanship is when you put your abilities to the test, and at the end of the job you still find room for growth."
Keep Craft Alive
Seal an Unused Fireplace
How to Insulate a Floor over a Crawlspace
What Causes Frost to Form on Sheathing?
Finish Fix for a Varnished Door