Design

Tightening this complex intersection of framing materials

advantech subflooring being lain

Subflooring that resists bowing and other damages while increasing efficiency

the wayne dalton luminous garage door

A sleek door that blends well with modern luxury and doubles as a weather barrier

Tradeoffs are a fact of life for remodeling Clients. To make good decisions, they need information...all of it.

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

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The home’s living room has the same footprint as pre-renovation, although it has been updated with new moldings and paint, as well as engineered hardwood flooring. The variegated wood plank and parquet floors are in the hallway, living and dining rooms. 

The New American Remodeled home’s interior shows off the latest products and technologies

computer lighting model

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

Many remodelers don’t know how to talk about chemical sensitivity

The major appliance industry was up 7 percent YOY as of June 2017, according to the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers.

Survey says for a large segment of luxury consumers, buying high-end appliances is better than sex. 

Installers can leave a gap of a few inches to protect the drywall from moisture.

How to prevent moisture damage in residential and commercial bathrooms

To showcase its durability, this subfloor went through the iron man of building products 

lenova deep apron front sink

A farmhouse sink you don’t have to build around

The first truly see-through electric fireplace heats separate rooms at different rates

When a balloon loses air or depressurizes, it gets smaller (and makes a funny sound), but houses don’t roll like that 

A hole was opened up in the soffit, but rather than encountering solid foam, small beads and dust poured out of the opening. 

How can indoor air quality become so bad when there's penty of venting and no toxic materials? 

It’s great to have choices, but having too many options threatens our ability to make a decision

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