Choosing and Using Today’s Miter Saws
Replacing Worn-out Wood with Low-Maintenance Composites. Decks take a lot of abuse. Due to their very nature, we expect them to withstand brutal attacks from direct sunlight and driving rainwater. And, if not properly preserved and maintained, a wood deck will eventually require a major facelift, as shown in this article. The sundeck we remodeled for this issue of […]
A Close Look at the Structural Performance of Wood-Frame Buildings in the Tornadoes of Southwest Missouri
When viewing a framed house before the wall coverings are installed, the building often seems complicated and to some, a daunting project. House framing actually consists of several separate “projects” assembled into one to create the finished home. Taken in that context, house or building framing is not all that difficult. With today’s advances in air tools, such as […]
If you are planning an addition to your home, or are going all the way and building a new home, a key area to focus on is the structural framing of the floors. Too often, floors have annoying squeaks or bounce, which can mar an otherwise quality job on the rest of the project. But a correctly built floor […]
By Larry Walton Not many years ago we were marveling at marble vanity and granite kitchen countertops in those put-on-the-booties tour houses. Today the availability of quarried, dimensional stone has brought new meaning to hard surfaces in many more homes. Although granite is tougher than marble, which is not common in American kitchens, it occurs […]
When is a shed a shed, and not a shop or a barn? Sometimes the answer to that question is a technical one and determines whether or not you need a building permit. Most of the time however, it’s up to you. Location, purpose and size of your outbuilding determine the fit and finish, but one thing I try to […]
From backyard kitchens to outdoor entertainment centers, more homeowners are designing elaborate exterior living spaces that rival traditional living rooms.
There are more choices than there used to be.
The romance of building a log home in the wilderness has long been the dream of many: A place, hacked out of the wilds by your own hands, in the traditional American pioneering spirit. Granted, much more is involved these days than simply cutting down a few trees and stacking the logs together. But, yes, you can build your own […]