Construction

Built-up deck beams create seams that collect water and inhibit drying. Using spacers between 2-bys creates an airspace that promotes drainage and speeds drying.

remembering what's good in remodeling

Very few industries have the advantages of remodeling. A low barrier to entry, level playing field, and high potential for growth make it almost unique in today’s business landscape.

When times get tough, it helps to remember what’s good about the industry

There’s more than one way to calculate quantities for curved slabs and tube forms. We review the standard math, add a shortcut, and throw in a cheat sheet for good measure.

the LG solar array on this year's new american remodel

Sunny Las Vegas is perfect for solar, and the home has a 7-kilowatt rooftop array from LG. The panels’ location makes them invisible from the ground.

The New American Remodel explores creative approaches to sustainable design

How to Custom Bend Window Drip Cap 65

These simple folds keep bulk water from flowing off the sides of metal window flashing and soaking the joint where the siding meets the casing 

The larger the management team, the more latency there is in the network. Success depends  on the people, the systems they use, and how often they use them.

normandy remodeling's new showroom

The front windows of Normandy’s new design studio showcase three kitchens. Inside, everything is geared toward product selection.

A leading remodeler discusses the planning that went into the company’s new showroom

Combining cable rails and floating treads in place of flanking walls and risers creates the illusion of more space without the cost associated with changing a home’s footprint. 

Three innovative tips for remodelers looking for new ways to open up a space

The result of an electrician being on the mend for six weeks 

Roofing Details  for Storm Country

Properly overlapping metal flashing, sealing tapes, and peel-and-stick membranes keeps wind-driven water from getting into the house

Remodelers discussing punch lists

7 rules for creating zero punch-list remodeling jobs

the new american remodel features an evaporative pool

The New American Remodel features an organic, contemporary aesthetic that’s warm and inviting

It was too obvious to miss.

The industry’s first cold-formed steel prefabricated moment frame

making sure flashing tape stick pro remodeler

A look at what makes flashing tape so sticky and why the way you install it determines how well it stays stuck

wooden i-joist jobsite know how pro remodeler

Adding plywood gussets to short lengths of I-joist makes for easy-to-install blocking in an engineered floor frame

Carrying the right equipment can save you a lot of time and money. Here’s a list of what’s in my truck.

carbon fiber straps used to repair wall cracks

Carbon fiber straps may be used to repair wall cracks or bowing that’s no more than 2 inches. Before applying carbon straps, remove all paint from the wall. 

Dos and don’ts for creating a structurally sound, finished basement that homeowners will love

How much moisture air can hold depends on the temperature, which is why they call it “relative humidity.” Here’s how it works and why it matters.

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