Roof framing, window options, and a mechanical advantage add up to lower bills and a higher quality home
Like farm to table for building materials—a tour of Amazon trees and lumber
It turns out, 5/8 plywood is about the best window insurance you can buy
Raised heel trusses and a sealed roof deck make a fast energy efficient roof system
The top reason to study engineering in college: Wall of Wind. Yay Science!
Two videos cover the design questions and construction process of a post and beam patio roof structure
Less is more, more or less. And now it is codified.
A field-tested collection of videos, articles, and animated details on practical improvements to the framing process that strips out the less-valuable 'advice' often passed on by others.
Which will be the brick that broke the camel's back (and by 'camel,' we mean 'OSB' ...)
Peel and stick Z-flashing and some padding pushes a ledger flush with the face of the thick panels. A cover sheet of peel and stick completely waterproof the ledger before the deck is framed
Mark the trusses before you unbundle them
Use prescriptive and custom solutions to counteract the forces you anticipate experiencing
Draw a full-scale mockup and snap a line with fascia in kind
Continuous exterior insulation means smaller studs and higher performance
Highlights from the American Wood Council’s Prescriptive Residential Wood Deck Construction Guide