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  • Spiral Stair Rail from a Tube

    Spiral stair rail

  • A Brief History of Quonset Huts

    A hut for all seasons

  • Adding Underneath a Hillside Home

    A steep slope and a tight lot call for some imaginative foundation solutions.

  • Robotic Transit for Perfect Foundation Layouts

    Although precise methods for layout have existed for thousands of years, not everyone seems to accord them equal value. Ponying up, say, $40,000 for a transit may strike you as over the top, but Hunzinger Construction of Brookfield, Wis., did just that.

  • A Bridge From Two Flatcars

    Intelligent reuse allows an access driveway to cross a 38-foot span without damaging the stream below.

  • Foundation for a Problem Site

    A carefully engineered foundation and alternative septic system add value to a bargain-priced lot.

  • Pervious Paving Offers Coastal Stormwater Solution

  • Steam-Bent Shingles

    Renovations are a vital part of the routine at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Va., estate, which is open to the public 365 days a year. Recently, Steve Ritter’s company, Cedar Shakes and Shingles, was called upon to install decorative red cedar shingles on the bell-shaped roof of a reproduction...

  • Window on the Past

    As part of a recent restoration project, my partner and I were hired to restore an elaborate triangular window in the gable end of 150-year-old Howden Hall in Bristol, Vt. The problem was, there was no actual window left to restore; all we had for reference was an old sepia postcard.

  • Flexible Trailer Storage

    Finish-carpenter Brian Campbell wanted to keep his tools organized in his work trailer and still be able to transport the occasional full load of cabinets. He took his cue from a slat-wall system, where shelves, brackets, and hangers can be freely inserted behind horizontal slats without fasteners.