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  • Estimating Spreadsheet

    A simple spreadsheet adjusts your estimates to account for economies of scale.

  • Trimming Windows in a Deep Wall

    Careful detailing helps maintain the thermal break provided by the high-performance window, and flaring the sides of the 8-inch-deep window well allows plenty of light to reach inside.

  • Pervious-Concrete Benefits

    Using pervious concrete on a driveway can reduce runoff and meet many stormwater-management requirements. But does it need maintenance to keep functioning?

  • Sliding Pole

    When taking the stairs is too pedestrian, use a firepole.

  • Curbless Shower Retrofit

    Curbless showers continue to grow in popularity, for reasons of both aesthetics and accessibility. Retrofitting one in an existing home, however, may require dropping the floor.

  • Invoice2go Estimating App

    Provide same-day estimates from your smartphone.

  • A New Roof Poisons a Family

    Though at first the culprit appeared to be the furnace, it turned out that the roofers triggered the problem.

  • Sealing a South Carolina Crawlspace

    Coastal Connection visits the job site with specialty contractor Energy One America to see a crew install a vapor barrier and perimeter insulation for a conditioned crawlspace.

  • Two Critical Budget Mistakes

    Stay out of trouble by approaching your budget like you would a job estimate.

  • Spite Houses

    Modern building codes and zoning have mostly eliminated the practice of retributive home building, though vindictive paint jobs are apparently still on the street.