Design

The trend toward remodels with large, luxurious bathrooms will continue in 2019

A radiant barrier, such as that on foil-faced rigid insulation, can reduce heat transfer across the airspace between the strapping and metal roofing and siding. Image courtesy Matt Risinger 

 

Foil blocks heat transfer best if it stays clean, is adjacent to an airspace, and the delta is large enough. 

The best of the best are revealed. 

If one area of your business runs more slowly than the rest, a bottleneck will occur, causing delays and lost profitability

...with undercabinet lighting

This homeowner incorporated exercse into her room, with the exposed concrete sealed to prevent off-gasing.

How to create a dedicated healthy space in the home

framing with thick zips

This cold-climate wall system allows for smooth old-to-new transitions and incorporates a flush-framed deck ledger detail

under-stair storage designed and built into the structure

Five examples for creating storage when you’re short on space (or just trying to save it) 

Large walk in showers are popular in remodeling

2017's No. 1 feature was No. 4 in 2016

professional remodeler adding a space between exterior wall and roof for efficiency

Whether you use trusses or rafters, creating space above exterior walls will improve energy performance

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

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

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