Design

Use these guidelines to avoid common mistakes 

tundraland does a deck in a day program

The goal: sell a deck today and install it tomorrow. A year after launch, this remodeler’s sale-to-install cycle is down to seven days and counting. 

Tests for permeability measure vapor diffusion through a material with 50 percent RH air on one side and either a desiccant (“dry cup test”) or liquid water (“wet cup test)” on the other.

Understanding how water vapor interacts with building materials is critical to avoiding moisture problems in building assemblies

ben bogie putting in a window

For fast, accurate installation, organize and cut trim pieces by window size, then preassemble into frames in the shop

Photo courtesy Jeffrey A. Davis, Davis Photograph

This inspiring modernization of an 80-year-old historical structure holds lessons any remodeler can put to work

How deck builders weigh potential liability against the needs of budget-conscious homeowners who just want a repair

Railings provide safety but also define the overall look of a deck. Contractor views differ on what works, what doesn’t, and who decides.

Design meetings that involve every employee generate better results and a deeper understanding of the project

air quality EPA home

Follow these three rules for better indoor air quality in the home

ODL minimizes maintenance and increases safety with these blinds-between-glass windows and doors

Two cool new products, and one 'immensely popular' one add up to a hat trick for Feeney

Two cool new products, and one 'immensely popular' one add up to a hat trick for Feeney

This extrusion does double duty as both a hidden fastener and a deck drainage system

example of specifications for a remodeling project by Otagawa-Anschel Design+Build

In some cases, specs are separate documents detailing product choices and installation practices. In other instances, the remodeler will put as much product info as will fit on the blueprints. This example is from Otogawa-Anschel Design+Build, in Minneapolis. 

Project specification documents have a big impact on a remodeler’s profit. Follow these guidelines to make sure they’re detailed, clear, and accurate. 

The New American Remodel is co-sponsored by Professional Remodeler and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The home will be open for tours during the International Builders’ Show in January 2018.

Transforming a 1930s Orlando home into a showcase of contemporary living

Image features the Easy Drain from Easy Sanitary Solutions

A more-is-less trend that's leading to much sleeker showers and sinks

natural building materials

These innovative materials make use of stuff that would otherwise have been thrown away

Meadowlark Design + Build uses this clear graphic to bring homeowners up to speed on what's involved in a remodeling project

A panel sliding system for those who like seeing the outdoors without having to weather the elements 

cadsoft envisioneer v13 screenshot remodelers

New 3-D Design software that keeps you (even further) ahead of the curve

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