Concrete & Masonry

remodeler made a concrete countertop on his first try

Guts, grout, and happy accidents make concrete countertops that look like stone—at least to non-geologists

This exterior stair was formed over the top of an existing concrete stair sandwiched between masonry walls

the 2018 the new american remodel home

Restored ironwork and a return to French doors in the façade keep the focus of The New American Home on the original home’s core as something that remained true to its period design while also transcending the traditional architecture of its old Orlando neighborhood. The side additions and connecting stone-and-brick terraces project a timeless estate feel that fits Florida, but would be equally at home in the Northeast or Midwest.

Carefully chosen and finely detailed products define the 2018 New American Remodel

Tests for permeability measure vapor diffusion through a material with 50 percent RH air on one side and either a desiccant (“dry cup test”) or liquid water (“wet cup test)” on the other.

Understanding how water vapor interacts with building materials is critical to avoiding moisture problems in building assemblies

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

A dustless solution that doesn’t sacrifice speed or accuracy

A dustless solution that doesn’t sacrifice speed or accuracy

old masonry building insulation-photo-old brick wall

Letting brick dry evenly is the key to avoiding water problems

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