Best-Practice Apron Flashing

My company has done a fair amount of remodeling work on older homes, and over the years we’ve grown accustomed to working with copper, using it for roof flashings on both remodels and new construction, budget permitting. Read Full Article >

Warm Stone

The floor was installed over electric radiant heating in a house that would not be used continuously through the winter, and the goal of the electric radiant was only to help temper the room, while primary heating was supplied by a mini-split heat pump. Read Full Article >

Fixing a Poorly Flashed Cupola

According to the homeowners, there had been gradual, periodic leaking around the interior light well since the home’s construction. After a particularly bad storm last summer, the water staining worsened, prompting them to remove the damaged drywall—exposing open-cell-foam-filled stud bays and water damage to the framed enclosure. That’s when they called us. Read Full Article >

 

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Greek Revival Column Repair

Working with the owners on the design to refurbish the entry, we decided to re-frame the front porch with pressure-treated lumber, install new fir tongue-and-groove decking, and add stone steps and a stone-veneer foundation. Along with repairing the columns we would restore the colonnade to its proper “Doric order,” with the shafts of the columns bearing directly on the new porch deckRead Full Article >

Updating a Formal Fence

Recently, the client asked us to replicate the unique fence surrounding a 30-by-30-foot English-style formal garden. Though not historic, the 12-year-old red-cedar fence was already starting to deteriorate. Read Full Article >

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Soldering Seams

Soldering is two-handed work: One hand works the iron, the other controls the solder stick. While holding the iron at a shallow angle with the tip against the metal, press the solder stick against one facet of the tip until a drop of melted solder forms, then use the iron to spread the drop across the seam. Read Full Article >

Field Tested: A Dustless Siding Shear From Bullet Tools

A super stiff, very sharp blade mounted beneath a lever shears the material when pressure is applied on the lever. The resulting cut is crisp and smooth, and this method allows the user to skim material off in very small increments. Read Full Article >

First Time using R-Sheathing

It’s important to orient panels the same way and to work in one direction because the foam overhangs the OSB slightly on one long and one short edge to ensure proper gapping.  Read Full Article >

On Site with Liquid Flash

After making sure that the rough sills were free from debris, wood splinters, and other contaminants, we started off by running a thick bead of Liquid Flash at the corner of the rough opening. Read Full Article >

Replacing a Wooden Gutter

With older homes like the one here, substandard framing and years of snow and ice loads cause the exterior walls to bow in the middle (the ends are more resistant to lateral forces due to their proximity to corner framing), which also brings the top of the wall out of level—with the middle being lower than the ends. Read Full Article >

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A Room for all Seasons

Last November, my company began remodeling a French cottage–style home in the Hudson River Valley region of New York. Built in the late 1960s, the existing wood-framed structure was set on a slab-on-grade foundation. It had half-round transoms above the doors and windows, a cementitious exterior veneer, and a hip roof with steep, unequal pitches and a curved “flare” at the eaves—all in keeping with its architectural style. Read Full Article >

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