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More stories about Outbuildings

  • Beachside Storage Shed

    Forget the 5,000-square-foot beach house just out of sight in the photos.

  • Products

    Heat-recovering drainpipe; garage-door openers; extra-smooth nails; trench drain; treated glulams; garage storage; basement bulkheads; extra-long sheathing; more

  • Raising the Pitch of an Existing Roof

    By combining trusses with stick framing, the author was able to frame a new roof without damaging the finished rooms below.

  • Floor Level of the Garage

    Q: Can the floor of an attached garage be at the same elevation as the floor of adjacent living space, or does there have to be a step down into the garage?

  • In the News

    Austin passes modest accessibility requirement for new houses; study finds pneumatic-nailer triggering has little effect on speed; builders fined for runoff; more

  • Wired for the Next Generation

    The iPod generation has arrived: Will you answer the text message?

  • Long-Awaited Bliss

    The multifamily market is expected to heat up in this sun-soaked city. But like new charcoal, it may take a while to catch fire.

  • Sealing a Garage Floor

    Q: A customer asked me about sealing a brand-new garage slab to keep oil drips from penetrating the concrete, in case she decides to have the slab finish-painted in the future. Is this necessary? What product should we use?

  • Reducing Garage-Door Noise

    Q: We recently completed a residence with a basement garage and a single 20-foot-wide garage door. The door is equipped with a commercial opener attached directly to the framing. Because the homeowners - who have a master suite directly above the garage - have complained about the noise the door...

  • Dressing Up The Garage

    A high-tech floor coating, slat wall, and cabinets transform a single-car garage in three days.