Design

Use these guidelines to avoid common mistakes 

There's strong growth in trades working with energy-efficient products

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All diagrams in this article: courtesy Building Science for Building Enclosures, 2005, J.F. Straube and E.F.P. Burnett, published by Building Science Press

As long as there’s a temperature difference and some height, the air is churning

Photo: Your Garage Organizer

A look at customized, gender-specific spaces for work and play

The New American Remodeled Home exterior

A remodeled 30-something Florida house radiates new style, energy, and up-to-the-minute design genius

To find the right shapes and proportions, think of the wall section as a classical column

Photo: Erika Taylor

For contractor, author, and reality TV star Brent Hull, a timeless house is a pursuit of education, understanding, and refinement

Photo: courtesy CBI Design Professionals

Ceilings offer a new plane to add definition and drama to a space 

Photo: courtesy Beth Singer

This work of functional art was a collaboration involving an imaginative design team, a well-organized remodeler, and a master stonemason

Rendering: Courtesy Phil Kean Design Group

The New American Remodeled Home reinvents a dated 1987 Florida residence

galley

All photos: courtesy Doug Walter

An open plan and offset cabinet layout transform this cramped tudor galley kitchen into a modern space with an old-fashioned feel

Michael Anschel at the Kirei booth at 2016 Greenbuild

At the Kirei booth, I checked out the sound-absorbing properties (0.85 NRC) of the EchoPanel. This felt product not only dampens sound, it's made up of 60 percent recycled material.  

As green goes increasingly mainstream, Michael Anschel selects the stand-out products at the 2016 show

Remodelers and builders who want to be proficient in their craft should understand the designs they imitate

solar

Photo: courtesy Skyway Electric & Solar

Past year sees nearly 30% jump in home solar activity 

Being a lover and student of old houses is one thing. Owning and carefully remodeling one is another matter.

Brewster McLeod Architects is Professional Remodeler's 2016 Market Leader for fine design, West.

Brewster McLeod Architects' Jamie McLeod has created one of Colorado’s most sought-after luxury residential architectural firms, known for harmoniously incorporating its designs into nature-filled landscapes. Photo: courtesy Brewster McLeod Architects

A clear understanding of each client's needs and the individual character of their home distinguishes this Colorado firm and ensures repeat customers

The Alexander Group is Professional Remodeler's 2016 Market Leader for sustainability

The Alexander Group's Alex Dean is nothing if not dedicated to sustainability: He says he eats, sleeps, and dreams about sustainable building. Photo: courtesy The Alexander Group

With a vision toward creating truly durable homes, this Maryland remodeler focuses its efforts on educating clients and providing a range of sustainable options

Barn doors can be used to divide large, open spaces. Photo: courtesy Baldur by Krown Lab

Photo: courtesy Baldur by Krown Lab

The barn door craze shows no sign of slowing down. Here’s a look at what makes these doors so popular.

Readers improve upon a project presented in the March issue

Solar installers working on roof

Photo: Pixabay

Solar can be a lucrative business for those adept at navigating the politics involved

Trim-Tex announces the 2015 Drywall Artist of the Year Winner, Sheldon Hawk

Photo: courtesy Trim-Tex

Trim-Tex names Sheldon Hawk the winner for the 2015 Drywall Artist of the Year

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