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More stories about Outbuildings

  • 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

  • Common Electrical Inspection Failures

    The last thing a gerneral contractor needs is to have a job put on hold because of a failed electrical inspection. A master electrician shows how to identify the trouble spots before the inspector does.

  • Toolbox: Portable Panel Saw

    Portable panel saw