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  • Building Cornice Returns

    Nothing enhances a house’s appearance like properly proportioned cornice trim. Here’s how a custom builder in Vermont laid out and installed durable traditional cornices on a large custom home.

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    These small, single-story houses from the 1920s and ’30s present classic design challenges to the remodeler. In this article, an award-winning architect shows how to make better use of bungalow space without adding on.

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  • Detail: Site-Built Storm Doors

    To avoid the delay of special-ordering odd-sized storm doors, this carpenter used stock lumber and standard tools to build his own.

  • Stacking Supported Valleys

    A roof with intersecting hips and valleys will test the mettle of many a seasoned framer. Using examples from a recent project, a roof framing specialist explains the foolproof method he uses to lay out, cut, and install three complex configurations: valley-to-hip, valley-to-valley, and a...

  • By Design: Deep-Wall Window Opening

    Window extension jambs in walls over 6-inches thick

  • Detail: Making Curved Flooring on Site

    When the job calls for radiused flooring, consider this simple method, from a veteran flooring contractor, for site-bending hardwood to match the curve.

  • Detail: A Hidden Newel Post

    The architect specced a switchback stair rail with no newel post at the landing — a visually pleasing but structurally weak design. Here’s how the builder provided support without changing the designer’s intent.

  • Detail: Trimming Bifold Doors

    Bifold closet doors don’t have to look cheap and flimsy. With a little advanced planning, your bifold doors will match the other doors in the house.