Issue 291 – June 2020
Use these pro tips to take your wall from paper to paint with minimal damage.
The Evolution of a Pretty Good House
High-performance-home designer Michael Maines takes a detailed look at the new low-carbon edition of the grassroots building standard.
How To Build a Craftsman-Style Fireplace Mantel
Simple joinery and layered construction create a rock-solid, refined centerpiece.
Choosing an Efficient Water Heater
Heat-pump water heaters offer the most energy savings, but they still struggle for a toehold in the market.
2020 Best Remodel: Two Structures, Two Treatments
A restored Massachusetts farmhouse receives a modern addition inspired by traditional New England barns.
2020 Best New Home: Science Drives Design
The need for special indoor conditions affects the shape and layout of a new build.
2020 Editor's Choice: Island Inspiration
An admirable team effort results in a modest, modern home at ease in its rural setting.
2020 Readers' Choice: Contemporary Farmhouse
A narrow lot and custom garage drive the design of this four-volume home.
Fine Homebuilding Issue #291 Online Highlights
Here are all of the digital extras from the June 2020 issue of Fine Homebuilding magazine: On page 8 of issue #291, we featured a number of online extras and…
This jig is perfect for holding window sashes when painting, planing, or other works needs to be done.
Magnetic Nail Holder
A tape measure holds nails in hard-to-reach areas until it can be started with a hammer.
Protecting Communication Cable
Use this trick to avoid accidentally cutting cable when installing drywall.
Effective Can-Light Cover
A bucket and spray foam is all it takes to air-seal ceiling electrical boxes and can lights.
A laminate-flooring bar fits under replacement shingles in places where a hammer won't reach.
Save Those Shins
Hockey shin guards can protect your knees during tile-setting, baseboard installation, and more low-down work.
Tips & Techniques
The Laundry Wall Laundry List
With the complicated arrays of wires, ducts, and plumbing pipes they conceal, laundry room walls are common places for building code violations.
Know the Code
PPE Kit Checklist
Keeping a kit of personal protective equipment on the job-site helps you and your crew stay safe and comfortable.
Speedy Paint Sprayer
The Graco Ultra cordless sprayer takes less time to set up than a spray rig, is easy to fill and clean up, and yields professional results on small jobs.
Great Stapler for Sheet Goods
The Cadex V3/90.40 narrow-crown stapler is the best tool for attaching cabinet backs and building jigs with thin material.
MiracleWipes cleaning wipes eliminate handprints and smudges on walls and ceilings.
The RTIC cooler comes in a variety of sizes and keeps ice solid for over a week on the job site.
Tools & Gear
Deliberately Repurposed Boards
Centennial Woods sustainable, rustic wood paneling starts as highway snow fencing.
Sliding Secret Door
Create a hidden passageway in your home with the MonoFlat Unison door kit from Sugatsune.
Plumbing Peace of Mind
The Flo leak-detection-and-prevention system by Moen allows you to monitor and track water usage in real time.
Slinky Shade Screens
Cascade Home Decor's coiled-wire-fabric curtains are an attractive and durable option for outdoor spaces.
Efficient Water Distribution
The Viega Manabloc is adaptable to any size plumbing system and compatible with a wide array of connector types and sizes.
Hands-Free Kitchen Drawers
The Blum Servo-Drive drawer system electronically opens drawers and doors with a single touch or light pull.
Salvaging Trees for Lumber
From cutting the logs to milling, drying, and storing the wood, converting trees into lumber is a challenging process.
Keep Craft Alive: Maria Klemperer-Johnson, Builder and Instructor
Founder of a school of carpentry for women, this builder and teacher is working to shift the perceptions of a changing industry.