Roof framing, window options, and a mechanical advantage add up to lower bills and a higher quality home
Windows & Doors
Some original bones and mashed up meat make a door whose secret is safe
Belt, suspenders, rainscreen, and redundancy make this wall awesome.
Anchor the frame to the floor and reinforce hinge locations with frame anchors, otherwise, it's just plumb, level, and square.
A collection of five videos on a Passive House Retrofit in Sharon, CT (climate zone 5) executed by Ben Bogie, Built to Last, LLC
A simple test to verify that windows are waterproof BEFORE you install them.
Sidewalk snapshots of South American door hardware
18 videos on hardware, screws, and designs that deceive the eye
Three words: peel, stick, repeat
Recessed into thick layers of insulation, innie windows are protected from the weather
Windows are big holes in walls that must be sealed against wind, water, and heat. This guide covers scope of work, how to install them, and why it matters.
A thermal break and solid backing puts the window on the outer face of a thick wall. Now, there's room on the inside window sill for cats and bowling trophies
This critical element is often omitted from window installation
Sealing the layers—and overlapping them right—is how high performance building gets done
Windows cannot rest on the foam, so they hang from wood bucks
Use expensive stretch tape for the tricky parts and regular non-stretch tape for the rest of the window flashing
Wide tape spans the many layers of a thick wall to make an air tight and water tight seal