Construction

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

How to Custom Bend Window Drip Cap 65

These simple folds keep bulk water from flowing off the sides of metal window flashing and soaking the joint where the siding meets the casing 

The larger the management team, the more latency there is in the network. Success depends  on the people, the systems they use, and how often they use them.

normandy remodeling's new showroom

The front windows of Normandy’s new design studio showcase three kitchens. Inside, everything is geared toward product selection.

A leading remodeler discusses the planning that went into the company’s new showroom

Combining cable rails and floating treads in place of flanking walls and risers creates the illusion of more space without the cost associated with changing a home’s footprint. 

Three innovative tips for remodelers looking for new ways to open up a space

The result of an electrician being on the mend for six weeks 

Roofing Details  for Storm Country

Properly overlapping metal flashing, sealing tapes, and peel-and-stick membranes keeps wind-driven water from getting into the house

Remodelers discussing punch lists

7 rules for creating zero punch-list remodeling jobs

the new american remodel features an evaporative pool

The New American Remodel features an organic, contemporary aesthetic that’s warm and inviting

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