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More stories about Outbuildings

  • Q&A: Venting Shed Roofs

    Q: I want to vent an existing shed roof that intersects a vertical wall at the ridge. Because this roof is at the front of the house, I don’t want to place any visible vents in the roof. Is there an inconspicuous ridge vent available that can be insta

  • By Design: Fitting the Garage on a Narrow Lot

    Fitting a rear garage on a narrow lot

  • By Design: A Contemporary Greek Revival

    Designing a contemporary home with a period feel

  • Framing, Day One

    A framing contractor explains how he organizes his five-man crew to break down the lumber package, lay out plates, and start building walls on the first day on the job.

  • By Design: Better Shed Dormers

    Making a shed dormer look better

  • Jacking Old Houses

    Many older homes are out of level from rotted sills or settled pilings. A restoration specialist explains the tools and techniques he uses to lift the building out of the ground and provide a firm foundation before renovating the finishes.

  • Q&A: Rafter Thrust in a Shed Roof

    Q: Does a cathedral shed roof addition need collar ties to restrain the outward thrust of the rafters?

  • Practical Engineering: Support for Sagging Trusses

    Beefing up sagging trusses

  • Products

    10-inch portable table saw, cold-weather caulk, new tooth design for recip saw blades

  • Notebook

    Coping with swings in lumber prices, back supports cut injuries, spray foam insulation outperforms fiberglass in extreme cold