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Minnesota cracks down on subcontractor isclassification; green home survives alifornia fire; no stars for LG fridges; more
Plenty of business cards say “no job too small.” Builder Dan Upton and architect Jeff Shelton could reasonably have “no lot too small” printed on theirs. Not that either of them specializes in small projects — but they did complete a house on a 20-foot-by-20-foot lot in Santa Barbara, Calif.
Barbara Harvey lives in her car, driving to a parking lot each evening to spend the night and then leaving shortly after the sun rises.
Hanging a pergola ledger; quick barrel ceiling; more
Immigrant labor; sealed crawlspace follow-up; a remodeler risk; more
Copper compatibility with ACQ; painting stucco; Hispanic labor; arch formula; tile showers; more
Growth controls affecting builders, promoting green building, working with inspectors, tax deductions for business start-up
An inside look at how a large, quality-conscious West Coast builder runs a demanding job
The quality of framing lumber being what it is, a perfectly flat, plumb wall is a rarity these days. An experienced finish carpenter describes the techniques he uses to create a flat surface before installing paneling and interior trim.
Even “flat” roofs need some pitch to ensure proper drainage. A California production framer describes the techniques he uses to quickly create slopes on flat roof decks of any size.
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