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  • Best Corner Framing

    Q: What's the best way to frame outside corners?

  • Building With Logs

    Q: A design we're bidding on has several peeled cedar logs that function as both architectural and structural elements. Are there any rules of thumb for determining their strength so that they can be safely used without redundant grade-stamp framing - and so they meet the approval of a building...

  • Letters

    Interior-design law; stabilizing steel against buckling; respect for legal immigrants

  • Delightful Design

    TAOS, N.M. - In this northern New Mexico town of cobalt evening skies, sunbaked pueblos, and skiers’ delights, developer Stephen Crozier has built a community that arguably could have been built by Frank Lloyd Wright in the 1950s.

  • A|L Light & Architecture Design Awards 2008

  • Practical Green for Coastal Homes

    As green building grabs the attention of otherwise cautious home buyers, so does the potential for "greenwashing" — the efforts of overzealous marketers to label anything and everything "green." Selectively focusing on one feature while ignoring others, or intentionally misleading buyers about the...

  • Raised Floors for the Low Country

    Elevated floors on pier foundations are mandated in V zones and recommended in coastal A zones. But the moisture and energy details can be a head-scratcher. Whether a builder places the floor system on pier supports or on a perimeter stemwall, he has to face interrelated problems of air sealing...

  • In the News

    A proposed interior-design law stirs controversy in California; a fatal fall leads to criminal obstruction charge in Illinois; more

  • Selling the "Design" in Design-Build

    A small initial design contract can lead to a big job.

  • Snow Loads on Roofs

    Q: I've always thought that building codes leave a pretty generous margin for error when specifying allowances for snow loads, but a series of recent storms and a lot of drifting have resulted in some collapsed roofs in my area. I've seen some roofs with large loads on one side and virtually none...