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    Backdoor: Battening Down the Hatches

    Battening Down the Hatches

     
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    Breakline: The Other Coastal Crisis

    The Other Coastal Crisis - Thunderclouds Over Paradise

     
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    Case Study:Ten Years After

    Architect and home builder Andrew DiGiammo takes a stroll through one of his earliest beachfront homes and candidly tells what worked and what didn't about the product and material choices he made

     
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    Defeating the Wind

    Wherever wind speeds are likely to reach over 110 mph, coastal codes are now requiring an engineering analysis of the plans. In addition to shear, sliding, and overturning forces, the wind imparts intense uplift pressures. Ted Cushman examines how one Long Island architect has managed to meet the...

     
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    Design: Designing With the Sun in Mind

    Designing With the Sun in Mind

     
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    From the Editor: No Big Easy Answers

    No Big Easy Answers

     
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    Interview: Attention to Detail

    Anthony "Smokey" Saduk, a third-generation builder and carpenter extraordinaire, threw in all his chips to join the house-building partnership of Hallelfinger & Standeven Construction of Leesburg, N.J., bringing an expertise in project management and a focus on exteriors that has improved the...

     
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    Products

    Stainless Cap Nuts - Low-Maintenance Millwork - Folding Walls - Aggressive Augers - Standby Power - Storm Shingles - Stronger Siding - Durable Doors

     
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    Septic Systems for Coastal Homes

    Along the shore and intercoastal waterways, all sites are "difficult," requiring extra treatment for wastewater. Charles Wardell examines some of the more successful alternative treatment options that are being used by home builders up and down the coast.

     
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    Soundings: Landscape Lighting for the Coast

    Landscape Lighting for the Coast

     
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    Backdoor: The Life of a Hurricane

    The Life of a Hurricane

     
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    Breakline

    Required Engineering - Hurricane Academy - Coastal Population Booms - 2005 Hurricane Forecast

     
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    Chilling at Home

    Ductless mini-splits offer efficient cooling and outstanding dehumidification, making them an increasingly popular option for coastal homes. Charles Wardell investigates the pros and cons, including cost, cooling performance, ease of installation, efficiency, corrosion resistance, and more.

     
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    Design: Designing with Polygons

    Designing with Polygons

     
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    Products

    Space Savers - Composite Shingles - Engineered Opening - Outlet Energy Block - Premeasured Roof Sheathing - Operable Acrylic Block Windows - T&G Composite Flooring - Bug-Free Living - HouseNet for Brick

     
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    Interview: Shore Success

    New Jersey builder Tim Cross balances remodeling projects and new homes as a strategy for regulating his work flow and growing his business. His company, Merrick Construction, employs 10 high-end finish carpenters and turns out roughly $6 million per year in sales. Here, Cross reveals some of the...

     
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    Site Report: Working with PVC Trim

    Plastic trim is maintenance-free, even in unforgiving coastal climates ... assuming it’s installed correctly. Project Manager Jeff Kent explains how to achieve durable exterior details, and vows that once you learn how to use PVC, you’ll never go back to wood.

     
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    Soundings

    Sun Block for Windows - Critical Control Joints

     
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    Keeping Termites at Bay

    Coastal homes are prime targets for termite destruction. While builders and remodelers aren’t exterminators, they do play a key role in long-term termite control. Mitch Buroker reviews traditional deterrents and control strategies, and gives the scoop on new termite barriers, bait systems, and...

     
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    Backdoor: The Wind Watchers

    The Wind Watchers

     
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    Breakline

    Sorting Out Disaster - Roofer’s Holiday - First Responder - Houses That Work - Safe Haven

     
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    Design: Battening Down the Hatches

    Battening Down the Hatches

     
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    From the Editor

    We Know How to Do This

     
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    Interview: Surging Forward

    In the two decades since Patty McDaniel founded Boardwalk Builders in Rehoboth Beach, Del., she’s watched her remodeling business evolve from a small partnership to an award-winning enterprise with $2.8 million in sales and 17 regular employees. McDaniel discusses how the industry has changed...

     
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    Metal Connectors and ACQ - Coastal Roofing - Weather-Tight Exteriors

     
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    Materials Report: Plastic Decking

    Plastic and composite deck boards offer real advantages, but they require a builder’s savvy to choose and use. Here’s what the experts say about plastic lumber in the lab … and what type of performance you can expect to see in the real world.

     
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    Products

    Fastener-Friendly Exterior Trim - Tintable Technology - Foam Goes Green - Peel-and-Stick Underlayment - Soundproof Interiors - TPO Roofing - Sill Sealer

     
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    Roof Ventilation for Coastal Homes

    Rhode Island builder Mike Guertin shares his strategies for beating leaks caused by wind-driven rain entering roof vents — and how to navigate building codes and shingle warranties in the process.

     
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    Vacation-Home Security

    The term “security system” takes on a meaning far beyond “burglar alarms” when you’re working on high-end beachfront resort homes that remain unoccupied for long periods. Such was the lesson learned when a fire devastated this historic house on Martha’s Vineyard. The rebuilt structure now includes...

     
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    Soundings

    Garage Door Recommendations - Shingle Specifics - Top Finishes

     
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    Backdoor: Green Meets Blue

    Green Meets Blue

     
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    Breakline

    The Four Furie's of 2004, Native Species Take Root, ACQ Wrap-Up

     
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    Guest Editorial

     
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    Design: Patterns in Wood

    Patterns in Wood

     
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    Evaluating OSB for Coastal Roofs

    After Hurricane Andrew, Florida code advisers ruled OSB sheathing inferior to plywood. Was this judgment too hasty? Here's what the experts say.

     
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    Products

    Smart Vapor Retarder, Flip-Up Floodgate, High-Tech Patio Doors, Sure Finishes, See-Through Deck Balusters, Mold-Resistant Coating, Trex Report, Tough Landscape Lighting

     
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    Soundings

    Cooling Strategies, Fastening Roof Tile, How Shear Walls Work

     
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    Speccing Windows in High-Wind Zones

    In regions vulnerable to wind-borne debris and hurricane-force winds, the code offers more than one way for coastal builders to comply with new impact-resistance rules.

     
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    Interview: Storm Rapport

    Robert Criner, president of Criner Construction Co. in Yorktown, Va., had been in the residential remodeling business for more than 25 years when Hurricane Isabel hit in 2003 and brought everything to a thudding halt. He offers a few insights for coastal contractors on how to manage client...

     
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    Painting the Coastal Home

    Exterior paint takes a beating from intense sun and salt spray, and the demands of