Construction

quick drains are becoming popular remodel with homeowners

A drain for creating seamless, single-slope shower designs

An industry-first circuit breaker bringing smart tech to energy management

A pre-construction smoke-test will produce air leaks you (and your clients) can see

In 2018, ResiCap brought in $483 million with a myriad of services including renovating hundreds of homes across dozens of states.

The rise of instructional content on YouTube and Instagram and what the people producing it (and watching it) think you should know. 

helping remodelers figure out how to plan an addition with clients

The clients want to add space underground to preserve the scale of their home. They might agree to an addition, but only if the front elevation is just right. So that’s where we start.

remodelers can improve and streamline basement door installations

In addition to properly sealing the basement door to the foundation, inspect and clean gutters above the door semi-annually to ensure your basement and belongings remain safe, clean, and dry.

3 tips from the experts for improving and streamlining basement door installations

The result is a clean cutout that will be easily concealed by a standard coverplate

The trick is to use narrow strips of membrane and a triangular stick

Tools and techniques for making perfect electrical box cutouts every time

Use these guidelines to avoid common mistakes 

Did the homeowners insist on their misguided vision, or were the remodelers simply clueless to the harm they were inflicting?

Start familiarizing yourself with solar, California remodelers

One screw to solve the problem of anchoring into metal studs  

nail injuries can be far too common for remodelers

Studies show that “bump nailers” cause twice as many serious injuries compared with sequential-trigger nail guns. Three carpenters we interviewed (Shawn Mahler, Caleb Miller, and Nathan Roberts) described the injuries shown in these photos during video interviews available at the website for the Center for Construction Research and Training.

Three carpenters come clean about their injuries from using “bump nailers”—nail guns with contact triggers

Tips for making a perfect joint where wood meets brick or other irregular surfaces

salvaging materials can be a good way for remodelers to save money and stay green

Home Front Build carpenters are seen here framing a new house using old-growth Douglas fir they recovered from a 1905 home that would have otherwise been leveled and carted to the dump. 

Remodeler Steve Pallrand imparts invaluable insights on salvaging materials and saving his clients thousands, while saving the planet  

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

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