Recent Blog Posts

Insulation- How to Kill a House

Wood has only a few enemies. An encounter with termites, fire, or a weekend warrior is almost always fatal. But when it comes to a fourth enemy, water, wood is amazingly resilient. Wood can get wet over and over and over. There’s just one catch: It must be given the chance to get dry. German post-and-beam homes used straw infill as insulation and a lime-based plaster parging as the cladding and air seal.

How, and Why, to Use Geometric Shapes in Your Next Project

Though geometric patterns and shapes have been used in design since antiquity, geometric shapes are trending again in home renovation. The clean lines and bold colors may have something to do with it. Geometric patterns are all over pop culture, and what’s popular cycles in history. From tile to architecture and fabric, geometric shapes are easy to work with for the interior and exterior of a client’s home.

Roof Ventilation

Why ventilate a roof? “The main purpose of roof ventilation is to keep the air space above the roof insulation more or less at the same temperature as the outside air. ”  That’s Sarah Gray, an engineer with RDH Building Science, talking about best practices for venting a roof.

When It Comes to Siding, Looks Are Everything

Beauty may be skin deep, but when it comes to siding, at least, looks are everything. Google search “siding curb appeal” and help yourself to the roughly 1.5 million links on that topic, many leading to real estate agents' pages eager to point this fact out. But here’s the paradox: The people who own the house are usually in the house, looking out, not outside the house looking in. What they’re looking at right now is their kitchen, their bathroom, their boring den.

Guide to Buying Better Lumber

The biggest factor in determining the type and quality of wood that you’ll use for your next project is the project itself. That’s because certain varieties of wood are best suited for certain projects. For example, a hardwood with a closed grain such as maple would be an excellent choice for a butcher block, rather than soft porous wood such as pine.

Choosing the Right Wood for Your Project

As tempting as it may be, cost should not be the driving factor in choosing the right wood for your project. Typically, softwood such as pine and poplar are less expensive. That’s not a problem, if you’re building a simple shelf or making crown moldings. If you’re building something that requires a little more durability, then those are not the choices for you.