Siding & Exterior Trim

Mar 29 2016

Large flat panels of fiber-cement make a modern-looking siding. Metal track keeps the lines clean


Mar 27 2016

From the Earth, basic materials become the building blocks of a home—nature nurtures native spaces.

Mar 15 2016

Little details make a difference in how a siding job looks—and lasts. Sweat the details.

Mar 8 2016

Old walls are wavy. Old walls with a lot of foam on them are easy to make flat.

Mar 3 2016

Stucco is likely to last significantly longer than the decking, so make it easy to replace the decking without disrupting the stucco.

Feb 29 2016

From extension jambs to mullions, begin with the biggest piece and work to the smallest

Feb 19 2016

Felt, furring strips, and flashing keeps rain out of the walls


Feb 14 2016

Each layer reveals personal and technological circumstances

Feb 8 2016

Walls that can drain and dry last a lot longer than walls that stay wet.

Feb 1 2016

Walls that dry are walls that last for a long, long, time.

Jan 28 2016

Jonathan Fishbeck, CEO of BuilderFish, explains the anatomy of masonry veneer walls that won't trap water and cause rot. 

Jan 20 2016

Two packages for high performance homes. Vented and unvented roof insulation retrofits and exterior wall insulation details along with rainscreen wall details for furring strips.

Jan 18 2016

Walls that can drain and dry last a lot longer than walls that stay wet. An air gap between the siding and sheathing lets both dry independently. Furring strips are one way to make that air gap.

Jan 15 2016

Water and air leaks in a building shell are difficult enough to detail on simple buildings. Complex structures can cause headaches for builders, remodelers, and architects who don't pick up their pens and trace at the design stage.

Dec 31 2015

When plumbing lines burst, people notice. Unfortunately, a lot of the moisture damage in houses has nothing to do with bulk water. 

Dec 17 2015

I've been using vinyl on the affordable homes I've built over the last few decades for a couple of simple reasons.

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