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Matt Risinger

Risinger Homes is a custom builder and whole house remodeling contractor that...

Michael Springer

Michael Springer is a high-end remodeler from the Boulder area, and regular...

Scott Burt

Scott Burt owns Topcoat Finishes, a high end residential paint company in Jericho, VT...

Roe Osborn

Roe Osborn has worked in home building related fields since 1980, and became a Senior...

Clayton DeKorne

Clayton DeKorne is the founding editor of Tools of the Trade and Coastal Contractor...

Alexander Barthet

Alexander Barthet is a well-known Florida attorney who serves as litigation counsel to...

Shawn McCadden

Shawn McCadden speaks at industry events and consults with remodelers about owner...

 
 
 

All Blogs

  • Blasting Holes in Houses

    It's not as fun as a beer cannon, but it might lead to more tornado-resistant homes.

     
  • What Happens When You Ignore Construction Defects?

    Contractors who discover construction defects or mistakes in their work face two challenges: ignore them and risk liability, or fix the problems and risk destroying evidence.

     
  • RedBuilt Metal & Wood Composite Floor Truss Review

    These trusses have enabled some really cool architectural features.

     
  • Mixed Reality: The Future of Building Design?

    Is augmented reality just a smart-phone party trick or could it be solace for an increasingly populated planet?

     
  • The "Perfect Wall" Concept

    What if I told you I could build a house that would have a life cycle of 500 years?

     
  • Is Tyvek worth the Price?

    With housewrap, you often get what you pay for

     
  • Redwood Deck Restoration in 4 Not so Simple Steps

    Bringing a 10-year-old redwood deck back to health requires more than a quick scrub and a coat of stain.

     
  • Mapping Green Space

    The EPA's EnviroAtlas provides a one-stop reference for identifying everything from population density and rainfall to "impaired waterways" and acid-rain concentrations.

     
  • Printing Houses

    Printing a house, I wonder what the local code official and the historical commission would have to say about THAT!

     
  • Spotlight on Wood Countertop Refinishing

    We recently tackled an oak countertop refinishing project in the pantry of a client's home. This tends to be very dry wood, so when it checks, it can get big in a hurry.

     
  • Save the Trades

    Ottawa, Illinois high-school students shine in national spotlight for protesting the cut of building trades training.

     
  • Opening Day Quandary

    For many folks who live out here, showering outdoors is a cherished experience from Spring until the first hard freeze, and I have literally been counting the days up to today.

     
  • Simple Recessed Medicine Cabinet Details

    None of these details are super tricky but they require a good team of craftsman to ensure this simple detail doesn't look sloppy when it's completed.

     
  • Fleeing from Fire

    It's the stuff movies are are made of:  With only seconds to spare, a firefighter reaches project foreman Curtis Reissig, before a section of a blazing building collapses.

     
  • Have Strict Building Codes Saved Chile?

    Strict building codes and the preparedness of millions of Chileans have been credited with the low death toll after an 8.2-magnitude earthquake rumbled off the coast of northern Chile this week.

     
  • Renting the Sun

    For a very minimal down payment, I will have a low fixed price per kWh for the next 20 years—basically renting the sun.

     
  • Warming up to Energy-Efficient Building

    Savvy builders embrace the changes that will make their houses perform better and be more durable.

     
  • A Tale of Two Hazards

    There are no clear policies for the two biggest IAQ hazards - carbon monoxide and radon.

     
  • Gray Water's Time in the Sun

    As the California drought grinds on, renewed interest in using grey water heats up.

     
  • Paint Emergency: Water Damage Repair

    Without doubt, water damage repair of ceilings are the most popular paint emergency call we receive at Topcoat.