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  • Blueprint Reading Tips

    Construction drawings are often tricky to interpret. Here’s how to make sure nothing is overlooked.

     
  • Elevating the Ranch

    Adding a second story to a ranch requires good design skills and a fast-working crew. Here’s how to make this kind of work go smoothly.

     
  • Mediation: Peaceful Solutions to Client Disputes

    Two mediation specialists discuss the fastest, cheapest, most painless way to resolve building disputes: talking it out.

     
  • Pouring Successful Slabs

    A concrete contractor shares tips for producing high-quality basement and garage slabs.

     
  • Retail Rehab

    Commercial clients want the work done fast and with minimal disruption. A retail manager-turned-contractor tells how he keeps the schedule moving and the clients happy.

     
  • A Team Approach to Design/Build

    Traditional construction contracts tend to pit architect against builder. But many builders and architects are trying new ways of working together, with superior results for the client.

     

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  • Q&A: Preserving Seaside Shakes

    Q: What is the best finish for the cedar shakes on a coastal home that is exposed to strong sun and lots of fine salt spray? Should the finish be sprayed, dipped, or brushed for best results?

     
  • Q&A: Painting Asphalt Shingles

    Q: Our clients are unhappy with the color of their roof now that the house has been painted. The asphalt shingles are less than two years old and are in very good condition. Is there any way to change the color of the shingles without replacing them?

     
  • Q&A: Exhaust Ventilation in the Attic

    Q: Why should the small amount of moisture from a bath fan be a problem in a large, well-ventilated attic? I find bath fans vented into the attic more often than I find wall or roof caps, and, in most cases, there is no problem.

     

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