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  • A Flush-Framed Floor to Maximize Space

    Eliminating a dropped beam and a brick pier in a basement remodel required the use of steel and Microlams.

  • When the Customer Is the Owner

    Having the company perform work for the owner is essentially the same as taking money out of the company and should be recorded that way in the financials.

  • Planning Ahead for Combustion Air

    When tucking a fuel-burning appliance into a small utility room, provide sufficient ventilation for it to operate safely and efficiently.

  • Incorporated - It's Not Enough

    Incorporating your business shields you from attacks on your household—so long as you keep business separate from personal.

  • Framing a Two-Pitch I-Joist Roof

    To maintain a continuous air barrier, special attention needed to be paid to the seams that formed the joint at the wall plate where the rafters would sit.

  • Markup vs. Margin

    Do you know the difference?

  • Making Sense of Markup

    Suggestions for what to say when clients ask: What's your markup?

  • Petri Dish House

    A cautionary tale of high indoor humidity, mold problems, and what not to do in a home if you want healthy clients.

  • For the Birds

    Unlike their more modern cousins, dovecotes in medieval Europe weren't simply decorative.

  • Fastening Metal Roofing

    Could fasteners being driven through the valleys of the metal corrugation be the cause of a leaky roof?