Strapping serves many purposes both for framers, as well as for many of the subs...
Q&A: Creating a Non-Combustible Wall Behind a Gas Stove
What's the best way to create a non-combustible surface behind a gas stove in a living room?
JLC April Letters
Joists in an old floor, repairing a concrete slab in an old floor, and more.
Basement Stairs Transplant
Stacking the basement stairs under the stairs to the second floor opens up the...
Mitt Romney's New Utah Home To Have Secret Room
Don’t tell anybody, but behind that bookcase is a room with more books.
Beefing Up Attic Joists for Living Space
I need to convert an attic to livable space with minimal disruption to first-floor...
Remodeling a Shotgun Flat
A Chicago designer finds ingenious ways to squeeze more elbow room from a cramped...
Which Window Area Ratio Is Better?
Q: I've seen window glazing area recommendations for energy-efficient houses stated in two ways: as a percentage of conditioned square footage and as a percentage of exterior wall area. Which is most useful, and why?
Floor Level of the Garage
Q: Can the floor of an attached garage be at the same elevation as the floor of adjacent living space, or does there have to be a step down into the garage?