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Pocket Doors Install Quickly, Provide Lasting Space-saving Benefits

Pocket Doors Install Quickly, Provide Lasting Space-saving Benefits

Here are some helpful answers about space–saving pocket doors and building tips and a video on installing pocket door frames.

Photo Gallery of Roof Types

Photo Gallery of Roof Types

Learn the difference between a gable and an eyebrow roof.

Rent Tools to Save on Spring DIY Projects

Rent Tools to Save on Spring DIY Projects

The American Rental Association has setup a website called RentalHQ.com that serves as an international equipment rental store locator.

New in Prefab: The Breeze Aire from Blu Homes

New in Prefab: The Breeze Aire from Blu Homes

The latest prefab design from Blu Homes offers striking lines at a reasonable price.

Rebuilding Together in New Orleans

Rebuilding Together in New Orleans

We joined the stars of HGTV including Carter Oosterhouse and Chris Grundy to help rebuild homes in need in New Orleans

IBS 2013: First Impressions

IBS 2013: First Impressions

The Builder’s Show is back in Vegas and IBS 2013 is looking better than ever.

HGTV Dream Home Giveaway

HGTV Dream Home Giveaway

You can go behind the scenes on the HGTV Dream Home Giveaway on HGTV Pro. Check out photos and video of the home that is currently being built near Stowe, Vermont. They are calling it “rustic meets modern”. They’ve been building all summer and its fun to check out their […]

Visiting the Eames House: Modern Prefab Masterpiece

Visiting the Eames House: Modern Prefab Masterpiece

The Eames House is one of the hidden gems of Los Angeles and located just off the PCH in Pacific Palisades, California. Completed in 1949, some believe the Eames House has yet to be equaled in modern architecture. The design concept was also a precursor to the prefab home construction […]

Ultralight Sheetrock Drywall Panels from USG

Ultralight Sheetrock Drywall Panels from USG

USG’s Ultralight Drywall promises to be a revolutionary product for the remodeling/building industry. At 30% lighter than standard 1/2″ drywall, their Sheetrock Ultralight Drywall panels have overnight lessened the burden for contractors and installers around the world. What’s amazing is they haven’t sacrificed strength with the Ultralight panels which they […]

Xorin Balbes Maui Masterpiece: Ke-Ao Lanihuli

Xorin Balbes Maui Masterpiece: Ke-Ao Lanihuli

While in Maui we had the pleasure of visiting designer Xorin Balbes latest project he’s named, Ke-Ao Lanihuli which translates to “The light from the heavens to overturn old conditions bringing enlightenment.” The name is certainly fitting for this place which we will touch on later. You may know Xorin […]

Disney Builds Luxury Homes

Disney Builds Luxury Homes

For the most part anything that Disney touches turns to gold so we won’t bet against their plan to build luxury homes. According to the Wall Street Journal: Walt Disney Co. plans to unveil Wednesday its first foray into residential real estate in more than a decade with a pricey […]

Sarah Palin’s New Addition

Sarah Palin’s New Addition

On the political/celebrity front, we came across this story from Newsweek that ponders what the heck Sarah Palin is building next to her home. She currently lives in a 3,400-square-foot house on Lucile Lake and this new building is listed as 6,000 square feet. Bloggers and media have been speculating […]

Home Building News: Faked Asbestos Tests, Home Sales Jump, Remodeling is Back

Home Building News: Faked Asbestos Tests, Home Sales Jump, Remodeling is Back

Inspector Says He Faked Results in Building Tests A safety inspector’s admission that he submitted clean asbestos or lead results for buildings in New York that he never inspected raises many troubling questions. New-Homes Sales Jump 27% Some Economists Think Rise Is Overstated and That Sales Are Simply Being Shifted […]

Extreme Curb Appeal, Part 4: When Brick Goes Wrong

Extreme Curb Appeal, Part 4: When Brick Goes Wrong

When you talk about curb appeal and changing the exterior of your home, usually simple things like landscaping, fencing, and walkways come to mind. However, have you ever thought about what it would take to dramatically change the exterior facade of your home? Well, I have, and I’d like to […]

eXapath In-Wall New Media Cabling System

eXapath In-Wall New Media Cabling System

If you’re a regular reader of this blog you’ll know that we are big-time advocates of Twitter. It’s been an incredible channel to share, meet and learn from our readers, friends and industry folks. One such industry contact that we’ve taken notice too is Mike Hines of eXapath. Mike is […]

Carmix – Your Personal Concrete Mixer Truck

Carmix – Your Personal Concrete Mixer Truck

Out of all the work trucks we saw at the 2010 Builders’ Show the Carmix One was the coolest. It’s a self-loading concrete mixer that’s perfect for when you need a lot more concrete than a wheel barrow can provide and you need it in multiple spots quickly. It’s also […]

What Home Builders Can Learn from 2009

What Home Builders Can Learn from 2009

Most home builders are more than ready to put 2009 behind them. The mortgage crisis had a domino effect across the economy but really put home builders behind the 8-ball this past year. There were some changes that we think are for the better such as the slow down of […]

How To Build Your Very Own Home

How To Build Your Very Own Home

As new home sales have plunged this year, the rate of custom homes being built has remained steady. Many homeowners are looking for more than a box in a master planned community but rather a home that has their own personal taste built right into it and from the ground […]

500 Square Foot Oasis in a Montana Forest

500 Square Foot Oasis in a Montana Forest

The adventure writer Tim Cahill shares his 500 square foot cabin for the world to see. It’s extremely modest and the decor is an afterthought but the location and simplicity are oh so appealing.

Establishing Remodel Cost: Home Remodeling Critical First Step

Establishing Remodel Cost: Home Remodeling Critical First Step

Nothing ruins a fantastic remodel more quickly than exceeding the project budget. Why is this phenomenon so common in residential remodeling? Simple: Many homeowners struggle to establish a detailed budget at the appropriate time in the course of the project. Why is establishing remodel cost one of your most important […]

Quick Tip to Prevent Board Splits

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 the board to split. Quick solution is to turn the nail upside down, place the head on a hard […]