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Photos // Paints, Glues, & Sealants

Architectural Postcards from Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is an architectural voyeur’s destination, with gothic, and ornate classical buildings that rival Europe in grandeur. There are also a lot of cool homes, and street-level building craft to admire.

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Photos // Concrete & Masonry, Roofing

Architectural Postcards from Mendoza, Argentina

Simple country houses, Brutalist bodegas, and superb craftsmanship  

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Photos // Concrete & Masonry

Construyendo una Cisterna

Not all places have water that comes out of the ground courtesy of the city. Sometimes it comes out of a truck.  

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Photos // Kitchens & Baths

South American Sinks

Latinos have some pretty cool lavatories. This sink illustrates the point: This cool sink gets its chic from the way it’s made, with back-splash high pieces of scraps of the marble that made the counter.

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Photos // Woodworking

All American Shop Dog

Happy Independence Day from Romeo, the shop dog, an important member of the team at Hull Historical in Fort Worth, TX

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Photos // Sitework, Framing, Roofing

Building Shade Before Building a House

Equatorial sun changes the priorities in a construction sequence  

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Photos // Framing

Tiny House Plan: A Future Granny Flat in Ecuador

Begin with the end in mind. And some construction materials, too.

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Photos // Best Practices

Replacing Windows in Germany

It takes unusual tools and techniques to replace European-style windows in masonry walls.

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Photos //

Una Casita Bonita

A tiny abode with a tiny pricetag

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Photos // WRB & Flashing

Newspaper Siding: House-Fish Wrap?

Finally, a WRB especially for peeps who fish.

Trocas de Trabajo, Revisited: Work Bikes

Photos // Tools, HVAC & Mechanicals

Trocas de Trabajo, Revisited: Work Bikes

Sometimes a cowboy is better off with a mule...  

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Photos // Trimwork & Cabinetry

Start to Finish Stair Trim-Out Project

From sizing up the job to setting the newel posts on a stain-grade set of winders

Photos // Decks & Porches

Courtyards in Latin America

Your own private Idaho—or Argentina—inside the house

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Photos // Windows & Doors

Latino Locksets and Other Interesting Door Hardware

Counting down the top 15 pages of 2016. This one is #11. Sidewalk snapshots of South American door hardware

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Photos // Concrete & Masonry, Roofing, Decks & Porches

Postcard from Paradise: Living on Sun, Rain, and Lobster in St Croix

A Mashup of traditional architecture, modern technology, and good old gravity  

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Photos // Windows & Doors

Las Puertas del Puerto (Rico)

Doors are like eyes, or maybe mouths. They tell you a lot about who's inside. Would you want to walk in and get to know them?   

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Photos // HVAC & Mechanicals

9 Ways to Hide a Minisplit

These mighty-mites can provide heating, cooling, and air-mixing for a well-insulated house, but they look so darned—European. It is hard for many Americans to warm up to them.