Building Practices

Installers can leave a gap of a few inches to protect the drywall from moisture.

How to prevent moisture damage in residential and commercial bathrooms

lenova deep apron front sink

A farmhouse sink you don’t have to build around

When a balloon loses air or depressurizes, it gets smaller (and makes a funny sound), but houses don’t roll like that 

Shower curbs create several corners close to the floor of the shower, where they get wet from splashing water. Even a small leak can be disastrous because over time it creates an ever-increasing vulnerable area that takes on more and more water. 

Most shower leaks occur at curbs, corners and drains. Building redundancy into the system reduces the risk.

Power Home Remodeling Group employees cheer on Pitbull at a concert thrown by the company. 

How three unrelated companies became distinguished voices in a crowded industry

A hole was opened up in the soffit, but rather than encountering solid foam, small beads and dust poured out of the opening. 

How can indoor air quality become so bad when there's penty of venting and no toxic materials? 

re-shingle or not re-shingle roof jim cory

Shingling over an old roof may be faster, cheaper, and a common practice. But some companies refuse to do it.

tundraland does a deck in a day program

The goal: sell a deck today and install it tomorrow. A year after launch, this remodeler’s sale-to-install cycle is down to seven days and counting. 

Trim-Tex Rigid Jumbo Corner Bead

These vinyl beads come with a handy modification that makes them perfect for remodeling jobs

ben bogie putting in a window

For fast, accurate installation, organize and cut trim pieces by window size, then preassemble into frames in the shop

Photo courtesy Jeffrey A. Davis, Davis Photograph

This inspiring modernization of an 80-year-old historical structure holds lessons any remodeler can put to work

How deck builders weigh potential liability against the needs of budget-conscious homeowners who just want a repair

kitchen_lighting_abundant natural light from window_photo Pexels

One of the top stories for 2017 was architect Doug Walter's article on evidence-based kitchen-lighting design. (Photo: Pexels)

Dormers, kitchen and bath lighting, and roofing warranties were among the topics most sought after this past year

Design meetings that involve every employee generate better results and a deeper understanding of the project

Time-tested architectural elements in masonry buildings not only look good, but serve to channel water away from the walls

A hole saw and a scrap of drywall make for a strong, invisible patch

example of specifications for a remodeling project by Otagawa-Anschel Design+Build

In some cases, specs are separate documents detailing product choices and installation practices. In other instances, the remodeler will put as much product info as will fit on the blueprints. This example is from Otogawa-Anschel Design+Build, in Minneapolis. 

Project specification documents have a big impact on a remodeler’s profit. Follow these guidelines to make sure they’re detailed, clear, and accurate. 

The New American Remodel is co-sponsored by Professional Remodeler and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The home will be open for tours during the International Builders’ Show in January 2018.

Transforming a 1930s Orlando home into a showcase of contemporary living

old masonry building insulation-photo-old brick wall

Letting brick dry evenly is the key to avoiding water problems

model remodel

The second part of our two-part story focuses on the project’s finishes and strategic solutions to real-world construction challenges

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