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Construction Practices

Articles, surveys, ideas, trends, and tips on best practices for residential builders, remodelers, and architects serving the residential construction industry.



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How To Improve Energy Performance in Existing Attics

There’s more to insulating the attic than attic insulation; there’s venting, air sealing, and misery




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How to Install PVC Bevel Siding Over Rainscreen

It’s a lot like installing wood bevel siding, except it won’t warp or rot. And it expands and contracts differently and for different reasons

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Understanding How PVC Trim Moves

Anybody who’s used PVC in an exterior application knows that it moves seasonally. Just like wood, right? Not exactly

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Step-by-Step Install of a High-Performance Cathedral Ceiling

See how Model ReModel 2022 constructed its vaulted ceiling

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Diagnosing Cracked Concrete

These quick questions (and solutions) will allow you to determine if a crack is aesthetic or structural

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Benefits of Continuous Exterior Insulation

Continuous exterior insulation is a newer, popular way to support optimal thermal and moisture protection for new builds, additions, and some…

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Why Blow-In Cellulose Insulation?

Hear why the Model ReModel contractor chose blow-in cellulose and watch the installation

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3 Tips for Rough-In Photos

These three quick tips will maximize the usefulness of your rough-in images, ensuring they're helpful for years to come

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To Vent or Not to Vent, Part 2: The Decision

Symbi Homes, the Model ReModel 2022 contractor, has decided on whether or not to vent the 800 square foot in-law suite addition

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AnotherStory: Revamping the Second-Story Addition

An architect and remodeler are marketing a new method for completing second-story additions

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How to Replace a Window (Part 2)

This time it’s in a fat wall wrapped with a housewrap air barrier and exterior rigid insulation

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