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Step-by-Step Outdoor Spiral Staircase Construction

Photo illustrated spiral stair project with 24 step-by-step photos By Matt Weber Constructing a spiral staircase is a daunting task even for experienced carpenters. For this reason, most DIY homeowners either avoid the project or fork over big bucks to pay a pro for a custom build. The manufacturers of the Arké spiral staircases recognized the demand for spiral stairs […]

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Painting Tips & Layout Guidelines for Remodeling your Bathroom

By Matt Weber Bathroom Remodeling ABCs Since the advent of indoor plumbing, bathrooms have become the most indispensable room in the house and top the list of renovation projects for growing families. However, they also present a moisture-prone environment that can lead to the presence of mold and mildew. A remodel should be designed to keep the water at bay, […]

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Protecting Outdoor Wood

By Matt Weber We’re all aware of the wonders of wood as a building material, but to preserve its natural good looks when used outdoors, it’s necessary to apply a stain/sealer to protect it from Mother Nature. From mold and ultraviolet rays to insect infestation and rot, the threats to wood are plentiful. Choosing the right sealant, prepping the wood […]

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Coventry Log Homes Selects Beach House Shake® for Custom Exteriors

Tando®, a brand of Derby Building Products, announces Beach House Shake has been selected by Coventry Log Homes for the exterior of their “hybrid” Adirondack Willow log home style. This concept allows homeowners to customize the exterior to fit their style and budget. Mark Elliott, VP of Coventry Log Homes, said demand is skyrocketing due to the pandemic, with a […]

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DaVinci Roofscapes Top 2020 Residential Roofing Projects

   Reroofing a Frank Lloyd Wright Home Racine, Wisconsin Located on the shore of Lake Michigan sits a home designed and built by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1905. The stucco finish front, intricately detailed windows and breathtaking waterfront views make this a home like no other in the Racine neighborhood. A newly-added DaVinci Single-Width Slate roof in an Aged Cedar […]

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How to Pick the Right Pocket Door Frame

When you need to make every square foot of living or working space count, you can count on a pocket door to come to the rescue. A pocket door can save up to 14 sq. ft. of floor space when compared to a traditional swinging door. And you have more space next to the doorway for a table, shelves, and […]

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Tando® Introduces Char to Cape Cod Perfection Line

New, on-trend color offers the look of blackened cedar Tando®, a brand of Derby Building Products, announces new Char color as the latest addition to its award-winning TandoShake® Cape Cod Perfection line of classic shakes, that feature clean lines and an authentic cedar texture. Char’s unique color offers the beauty of charred, burnt or blackened wood – a look rooted […]

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On-Trend Metal Panel Stair Systems Featured in Drees Homes

When Drees Homes decided to participate in the 2020 Parade of Homes in Durham, Orange and Chatham (N.C.) Counties, they wanted to make a big impression. What was needed was a “stand out stairway” inside the 3,619-square foot home. The Drees team started where they usually do when needing solid product advice — with their supplier, BMC. That’s how the […]

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Amazing near-Net Zero Energy, LEED Platinum, Modern Custom Home

The stunningly beautiful Hoefling House in Boulder, CO should be the poster home for energy efficiency and green building in America By Ken Shallcross The client’s design brief called for a clean, bold, and original modern design. They asked Rodwin Architecture for a very site-specific plan that would meet the highest levels of sustainability, while not compromising aesthetics or functionality. […]

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Deckorators® Unveils New Decking and Deck Railing Products

Perfect for Creating Getaways at Home In 2020, millions of people started to spend more time than ever within their property lines. As the pandemic postponed trips and limited interactions to screens, many U.S. homeowners invested in new decks as a getaway: a comfortable exterior room for household gatherings, a peaceful retreat to focus on personal wellness, an outdoor dining […]

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DaVinci Roofscapes® Enhances Bellaforté Shake Offering with Nature Crafted Collection

    Bellaforté, the most affordable shake product available from DaVinci Roofscapes®, now comes in the three unique colors of the company’s Nature Crafted Collection: Black Oak, Aged Cedar and Mossy Cedar. Available previously on DaVinci Multi-Width and Single-Width Shake composite roofing tiles, the realistic Nature Crafted Collection colors have grown in popularity since their introduction just a few years […]

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Build a Solid Surface Kitchen Countertop

    A Step-by-Step DIY Guide to Building with DuPont™ Corian® By David Hugh Building your own kitchen countertops can be a very gratifying project, as they are often the centerpiece of a home, and make for a heck of a DIY project you can be proud of. I know this because I recently finished my own kitchen countertops using […]

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January 2021 Tool of the Month- The Hardwood Wrench™ by DeckWise®

1 TOOL + 10 CONFIGURATIONS + 1,100 lbs. BENDING FORCE = The Hardwood Wrench™ is the “Original” patented self-locking deck board straightening tool. Used to hold deck boards straight while hidden deck fasteners are installed, its cam locks into place, transferring a pushing force of around 1,100 lbs. A true “one-man, one-handed installation!” The patented Made in the USA Hardwood […]

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