Issue 283 – June 2019
Fine Homebuilding Issue #283 Online Highlights
High-Tech Timber-Frame Joinery Machine Video; Built-in Cabinet Effortlessly Converts from Desk to Bed
Waterproof Your Windows with Liquid Flashing
Learn how to install liquid-applied flashing to thoroughly seal a rough opening while also leaving a path for water to escape when it does get in.
Tying in an Addition to an Existing Home
Use these tips and tricks to match new floor heights to old and get everything square.
Build a Desk Bed
This practical built-in allows you to quickly convert your home office into a bedroom.
The Power of Good Design
Building houses and community with New Urbanism
Best New Home 2019: 21st-Century Modern Farmhouse Gets the Big Things Right
This compact, innovative home manages design and construction best practices on a budget.
Best Remodel 2019: A Greek Revival is Born Again
Within the existing footprint and with respect for its historic character, an 1850s home is revived from disrepair and reconfigured with a modern floor plan.
Best Small Home 2019: Small and Skinny Spec Home
This 1650-sq.-ft. urban home challenges market norms with a thoughtful modern design.
Best Traditional Home 2019: House of Tudor
A blandly-styled, ho-hum home is gutted and reborn.
Best Energy Smart Home 2019: DIY Passive House
This is the story of a house, a rain tank, an incredible view, and two homeowners who didn’t quite realize what they were getting themselves into.
Editor's Choice 2019: Rugged Modernism
Ricon Ranch is a home that was inspired by and is exceptionally sensitive to its fragile surroundings.
Readers' Choice 2019: Timberline Transformation
A dated ranch house adopts energy-efficient upgrades, building-science strategies, and an open floor plan.
High-Tech Timber-Frame Joinery Machine
Watch a 90-ft.-long custom CNC machine make all the precise cuts for a timber rafter.
Built-in Cabinet Effortlessly Converts from Desk to Bed
This custom Murphy Bed built by trim carpenter Nathan Rinne allows a spare bedroom to conveniently double as an office.
Tips & Techniques
Grout-Space Raking Tool
Modified tool removes thinset and makes for better tile joints.
Improvised and improved stapler for securing wiring
Modify a Small Paint Roller for Spreading Glue
Make your own glue roller to lay down PVA glue quickly and consistently.
Drying Painted Shelves
A better way to paint and let shelves dry.
Cut Tile Underwater
Cut down on dust and cracks when drilling tile.
Making Vent Hood Lamps Work
How to deal with and prevent future stubborn vent hood lamps.
Tools & Materials
Infrared Paint Remover
Speedheater Cobra Infrared paint remover softens paint for removal without the high heat of a torch or heatgun.
Shock Doctor Ultra Knit Knee Support stays in place and does a better job than tradition knee pads.
The compact Bosch GKF12V-25 12v cordless router shines for edge profiling.
Superdurable Tool Tote
The sturdy and flexible Veto DR-XL tool bag makes it easy to keep your small job-site tools close at hand.
Dumond Smart Strip Advanced Paint Remover is environmentally friendly and easy to clean up.
An Inside Look at Work Boots
See what construction details and materials make boots safer, more durable, and more comfortable.
What is the Difference
Drill Bits: From Common to Specialty
Learn what makes each type of bit unique to help you choose the right one for every project.
Choosing the Right Hand Float for Your Next Concrete Project
Wood, resin, magnesium, and aluminum versions of this essential masonry tool all have their pros and cons.
The Right Cable for Each Job
Nonmetallic-sheathed cable and metallic-sheathed cable each have their place in home electrical systems.
Know the Code
Code-Compliant Landings for Exterior Doors
Get the specifications you need to install stairs, porches, decks, and more to provide a safe, comfortable means of egress that meets building codes.
The uneasy relationship between tradespeople and architects is well known, but a bigger challenge many builders face is figuring out how to get along with a structural engineer.
A Natural Alternative to Wallpaper
All-natural grasscloth wallpaper from twenty2 is deeply textured and rich in tone.
Easy-to-Air-Seal Electrical Box
The Airfoil electrical box provides a safe and convenient way to stop heat and moisture from leaking through your walls.
Zip System Gets Some Competition
LP WeatherLogic panels–the latest offering in the world of weather-resistive sheathings–looks surprisingly similar to some familiar building products.
Mitsubishi MLZ ductless minisplit
Acoustical Sound Barrier
Mass-loaded vinyl is a low-profile solution for stopping sound transmission.
Old School Meets Digital
These mod Bluetooth speakers by Urbanears can work alone or be paired together in Multi Mode.
This Industrial-Style Range is a Classic Fit for Any Kitchen
Big Chill's Classic Line mixes modern technology with 1930s style.
Quick Connectors for Timber Framing
These aluminum brackets are sleek, modern solutions for creating solid joints in heavy timber structures.
One Sink, Four Configurations
This versatile NativeStone kitchen sink is durable yet relatively lightweight.
These construction details can improve the durability of exterior walls by allowing rain and moist air to escape from behind your home's siding.
Keep Craft Alive
Keep Craft Alive: Scott Simpson, builder and founder of Revolution Workshop
This craftsman's love of carpentry and desire to get more people prepared for the construction industry is why he helped create a revolutionary design and craft training program.