Q: How does a split-jamb door work? A: Prehung split-jamb doors are designed for situations where an interior wall’s rough frame is thicker than a standard opening, and a standard size prehung jamb won’t fit. Split-jamb doors have a two-piece jamb that is separated lengthwise and sandwiches the wall between the two pieces. When installing, set the unhinged side in the […]
Move over Superman. The Man of Steel takes second place to the strength associated with many building products manufactured for today’s homes. In the “perfect storm” of technology, some of today’s windows, millwork and roofs are being built to withstand everything from hurricanes to wildfires. During her research of product selection for […]
New Energy Star-qualified windows produce a quick return on investment.
Flaring the windows delivers depth and mass, and the lack of casing leaves more room for ceiling trim.
Add a bump-out window for better light and ventilation.
Residential home designer Marla Bruemmer has a unique viewpoint on the placement of windows in the houses she creates. “I use windows as picture frames in very specific locations within the home to produce great views,” says Bruemmer, owner of Design Evolutions. For more than 20 years Bruemmer has designed homes in Michigan and throughout the country. Many […]
Best sealant How do I choose the most appropriate type of caulk for my next job? When you visit the lumber yard or pro-dealer, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed as you stare literally, at bin after bin of different types of caulks. How do you do which to choose? And after all, is it even all that important – […]
When dreaming of their new lakeside home in Gladwin, Mich., homeowners Jill and Mark Greer knew exactly what they wanted. Windows. Lots of windows to capture their waterfront views. During construction of their home in 2008, the Greers decided to invest in energy-efficient Simonton ProFinish Brickmould 600 windows. Known for their durability, the easy maintenance vinyl windows also offer […]
When it came time to replace the old single-paned, metal-framed windows in her home near Ocala National Forest in Florida, Dr. Anna Marie, health specialist for The Weather Channel, researched energy-efficient glass options. “The added incentive of the government’s tax credit for replacing old windows with highly energy-efficient windows made me focus on the windows as a priority in the […]
Want more space in a room? Bump out a window! One of the easiest ways to gain space in a home is to replace existing single or double hung windows with a bay window. Contractor Steve Roth recently tackled the project to enhance the interior and exterior of a rental property he purchased. “From the interior, the bay window provides […]