Guts, grout, and happy accidents make concrete countertops that look like stone—at least to non-geologists
Instead of resisting client requests for a cost breakdown, Michael Anschel lays all his cards on the table. It sounds like a nightmare but it works like a dream.
Tightening this complex intersection of framing materials
It's rare to find lighting guidelines backed up by documented field testing
In a tightly air-sealed house, a mechanical ventilation system ensures a healthy exchange of fresh air
This exterior stair was formed over the top of an existing concrete stair sandwiched between masonry walls
The New American Remodeled home’s interior shows off the latest products and technologies
A computer lighting model converts input (such as ceiling and counter height, fixture and lamp type, surface color and reflectance, etc.) into both 2D output showing projected fc levels at every point on a 2x2 grid (above right), and a 3D model of the room showing the effects of the lighting plan (above). Current light levels at the island (right) are more than three times the 15 fc readings taken before the kitchen remodel.
Real-world footcandle readings shine a light on the importance of recessed fixture size, lamp type, and fixture location
Service issues are a touchy but inevitable part of the window replacement business.
How to prevent moisture damage in residential and commercial bathrooms
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
Most shower leaks occur at curbs, corners and drains. Building redundancy into the system reduces the risk.
How three unrelated companies became distinguished voices in a crowded industry
How can indoor air quality become so bad when there's penty of venting and no toxic materials?
Shingling over an old roof may be faster, cheaper, and a common practice. But some companies refuse to do it.
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.
A method for masonry when you don’t have a mason
These vinyl beads come with a handy modification that makes them perfect for remodeling jobs