Construction Basics

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How to Build A One-Room House

A one-room house can be convenient and easily constructed.

Manufactured House vs. Regular Home

Manufactured homes used to be called mobile homes.

Tiny Houses Are Getting Really Big

Suddenly, they're everywhere - like mushrooms.

Explaining Ceiling Heights Under International Building Code

Always familiarize yourself with applicable building codes.

How to Build Batter Boards

Learn how to construct these crucial pieces for a home.

Building Homemade Scaffolding

Need some work done on the exterior of your home?

Wainscoting

Wainscoting is made up of several panels of wood that have been nailed to the bottom section of a wall.

Volume Ceiling

Building a volume ceiling on your house can create a whole new look to the house. There are many different

Tambour Door

A tambour door is often used on desks, garages, and in kitchens. It is made up of several interlocking

Stair Carriage

A stair carriage is framing underneath stairs which functions to add support to the entire structure. How

Soft Costs

In construction, there are four divisions of cost: soft costs, hard costs, land, and the contingency

Ribbon

In construction terms a ribbon refers to a board or lengths of board which are nailed to wall studs for

Pilaster

A pilaster is a rectangular support which resembles a flat column. The pilaster projects only slightly

Nominal Dimension

In construction, we rely on dimensions and certain measures to make our projects come together. For terms

Modulus of Elasticity

No matter what material you use for any construction or for the preparation of any item, it is very important

Let-In Brace

A let-in brace is a way of bracing studs around a window, or other places where cut off studs are used.

How to Handle Stress When Building

Building or remodeling a home can be very stressful. You will be confronted with questions and scenarios

Gusset

A gusset is used to help strengthen a triangular or trapezoidal metal or wood joint. The most common

Frieze Board

The frieze board can be confusing to attach when in the middle of the building process. By following

Extension Fees: A Construction Loan's Dirty Secret

Most residential construction projects are financed through lending institutions. When choosing a lender,

Dado Joint

A stopped dado joint is a special kind of joint to hold together two boards intersecting at a 90 degree

Corner Braces

Corner braces are used in many building projects to help strengthen various supports. When building hanging

Cleat

A cleat is a strip of wood or metal that is attached to one part of an object, in order to hold it in

Chase

A chase is a small, enclosed space which is used to accommodate piping, duct-work, or other utilities

Chamfered Edge

A chamfered edge is another name for beveled edges. A chamfered edge is used in carpentry to fill and

Chamfer

A chamfer is any beveled edge that is utilized to join two surfaces. For instance, in the case of joining

Building rRstriction Lines

Building restriction lines are the perimeter, or outside edge lining an area past which no construction

Bottom or Sole Plate

The bottom or sole plate, also called simply the sole plate, is the horizontal beam at the bottom of

Bearing Partition/Wall

A partition that supports any vertical load in addition to its own weight is called a bearing partition/wall.

Home Building Basics: Deciding on a Foundation

Choose a house foundation based on location, cost, and time.

How to Apply a Mortar Scratch Coat for Shower Wall Tiles

You’re remodeling your shower and need to know how to apply a scratch coat to the wall in order

Uniform Building Code Explained

The Uniform Building Code is a systematic body of rules that have been enacted to ensure that all buildings

The Basics of the Residential Building Code Explained

When constructing or renovating your home, understanding the residential building code is crucial. Prior

5 DIY Laws You're Breaking

Innocent DIY projects may be causing you to (unknowingly) break a few laws.

How to Cut Plexiglass with a Table Saw

Pexiglass is acutally a type of plastic.

How to Locate and Determine if a Wall Is Load Bearing

Before modifying the structure to your home, finding your load bearing walls is crucial.

How to Build a Room: The Basics

Adding a new room to your home is a difficult project, but it can be done by keeping a few things in mind.

Plan and Build Stairs With Landings

Follow these seven steps, and build your own stairs with landings!

How to Fasten Sheet Metal to Wood

Fastening sheet metal to wood is required in some construction projects.

Brick Molding

If you've heard of "brick mold" but aren't sure what it is or what type you might need for your project, check out this article.