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  • Quick Tip to Prevent Board Splits

    In most situations a sharp nail tip is required but when driving larger nails (8d and higher) into 2×4’s or other wood panels, the force and size of nail can cause…

  • How To Check Your Contractors References

    I find significant humor and a dash of irony in traditional reference checking, whether it be for a job application, credit application or a contractor. What is so funny, you ask?…

  • Timber Framing Clamp

    This timber framing clamp from Bessey Tools is driven into lumber sections and held by spikes at each end.…

  • Living in a 100 square-foot Home

    As much as we abhor McMansions we think this couple has taken living in a small home to the extreme. They formerly lived in a modest 1800 square foot home but…

  • Hurricane Proof Home Standards

    The International Code Council has setup a new standard for building homes that are more “resistant” to hurricanes. These homes should withstand winds of up to 150 mph and the codes…

  • Your Next Contractor Could be Amish

    According to the Wall Street Journal “About 600 Amish contractors or subcontractors work in at least a dozen states, a rapid increase over the past decade”. Homeowners are citing their craftsmanship…

  • No Market for Hobbit Homes

    Lord of the Rings fans may have to look elsewhere to find authentic homes modeled after the Shire found in the J.R.R. Tolkien books. The developer of this unique community, Ron…

  • Notes from a Dream House Diary

    The Kitchen Designer has been an avid reader of the New York Time’s blog the Dream House Diary which chronicles a couples experiences while building their dream house on Anna Maria…

  • Advanced Wall Framing Techniques
    for a Greener Home

    Kathy Price-Robinson is the editor of a great blog called Pardon our Dust from the L.A. Times. She recently opened a discussion comparing standard framing techniques (2×4’s 16-inch on center) vs.…

  • Big Easy Rebuild

    Since hurricane Katrina a new architectural style has emerged in New Orleans that can only be described as Defensive (houses on pillars), Defiant (pristine homes surrounded by devastation), and Do Good…

  • Customize Your Paint Job using Ochres and Oxides

    To achieve a textured and vibrant look similar to buildings found throughout Europe, our friend recommends using natural ochres and oxides and recommends their use with milk paint to achieve that…

  • Building on a Steep Slope

    You’ve found the perfect location for your dream home but the land is on a steep grade and you are concerned about the costs and difficulties of building on a slope.…

  • Building Interior Walls using Metal Studs

    We’ve presented some techniques for building interior walls but overwhelmingly the material of choice is now metal/steel studs. Besides saving trees, metal studs have many advantages over traditional lumber. They don’t…