Building

Big Easy Rebuild

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 (affordable housing built by non-profits) as opposed to Greek Revival, Italianate, and Creole. Many are concerned that the lack […]

Customize Your Paint Job using Ochres and Oxides

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 perfect patina. The Environmental Home Center located in Seattle, WA has an assortment of these products that are also […]

Building on a Steep Slope

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. There are some natural advantages to building on a slope which include great views, natural air ventilation, and water […]

Building Interior Walls using Metal Studs

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 shrink or split and are always perfectly straight. They’re also light and easy to store; they resist fire, insects […]

Build Your Own Bar

Build Your Own Bar

Tiki bars are fun but the island style isn’t for everyone or every house. Here are some plans to build other indoor and outdoor bars.

Modern Prefab Cabana

Modern Prefab Cabana

The folks at Inhabitat have found a prefab cabana that has a 10×10 footprint and comes pre-built and only requires common tools to fully assemble. They start at $12,500 and you’ll have to wire or plumb as necessary. You can change the siding, roofing, and windows to match your home. […]

Building and Demolishing an Interior Wall (redux)

Building and Demolishing an Interior Wall (redux)

One of our most popular entries is “Build an Interior Wall”. We noticed it was a bit sparse so we have decided to revisit this subject as well as provide insight into “Tearing Down Interior Walls”, which is much more fun. Breaking up larger spaces is a common remodeling project […]