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Four design/build teams solve the puzzle of high-performance wall construction—in four different ways.
The wall system shown here is an improved version of the system I used for the house I built in Knox, Maine, in 2011.
Our wall example is part of a zero-energy single-family house built for the tenant farmer of an organic farm in rural Connecticut.
Our challenge was to realize the owners distinctive artistic vision for their home, along with their very ambitious energy-efficiency goals, while also working within the hard limits of the budget.
While unit prices for labor are available from a number of sources, the best source is a company's own job history. This article uses an example of framing an exterior wall to show how to use that data to calculate unit costs for labor based on material quantities.
In building this double winder stair, remodeler Dave Holbrook used modular boxes to stack one tread and riser at a tim.
A guide to selecting and installing rigid foam on walls.
JLC contributor Bruce Greenlaw weighs up the pros and cons of this construction calculator.
Washington-state framer, Tim Uhler, has a sound philosophy about his work: Do as little framing as possible off ladders and as much as you can while the wall is on the deck.
For builders working in seismic zones or hurricane country, any structure has to be designed for lateral loads, the sideways force of wind pressure, or earthquake action. Manufactured shear-wall components can provide a solution for these complex situations.
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