Simple guidelines to help create, and then exceed, expectations—whether for your clients, employees, family, or friends
Compartmentalizing the air barrier builds redundancy into the envelope, adding quality and improved performance to your projects
Five steps to problem-free installation
The ice dams that form on a roof can cause expensive damage, but a properly ventilated attic reduces the problem. Photo: Flickr user State Farm (CC by 2.0)
Creating an equal distribution of intake and exhaust vents can make a big difference in controlling temperature and moisture inside the attic
Photo: Flickr user teofilo (CC by 2.0)
Homeowners are often in the dark about what permits are required for the work they want done and who's responsible for obtaining them. Short answer: you are
Homeowners sometimes get blindsided when it turns out the GC they hired hasn't paid his subs or materials suppliers. The lien waiver in your contract protects homeowners against this.
You close your company and retire. Years later a former client wants to file a warranty claim. Are you still liable?
The 2016 Model ReModel home in Batavia, Ill., features design excellence, innovative materials, and construction best practices
Timing is everything—especially with a "time is of the essence" provision
Image is a derivative of "Pegboard Project (#2691)" by Flickr user Regan76 (CC by 2.0)
Underfunded and underenforced, a fragmented contractor licensing system allows unlicensed and unregistered contractors to operate with impunity. Here are five steps to start fixing that situation
Kickout flashing replaces the first piece on step flashing and redirects water away from the siding (ideally into a gutter). Without a kickout, water will eventually get behind the siding and into the wall, where it will wreak havoc for years before you notice any signs of a leak. All illustrations: Dan Morrison
Poorly installed or missing flashing at roof-wall connections is a common cause of water damage. Here's the solution
A how-to guide for slab-on-grade foundations in either hot or cold climates
Tips for insulating slab-on-grade foundations
Remodeling pros name key missteps guaranteed to cause headaches
An insulation approach that seeks to find the balance between the real and the ideal
Whether it’s wood or composite, here’s how to ensure that water drains away from the walls, ledger, and joists
Dust isn’t just a nuisance byproduct of remodeling; it’s nasty stuff that’s bad for employees, bad for subs, bad for clients—and bad for business
During a remodel, making dust is inevitable, but spreading it around is preventable
You just got a phone call. What you hoped would never happen has happened. Now what do you do?