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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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Una Casita Bonita

A tiny abode with a tiny pricetag  


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...  


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


Photos // Kitchens, Baths, Trimwork, Cabinetry

Custom White Oak Kitchen Worth Writing Home About

Counting down the top 15 pages of 2016. This one is #4. Furniture-grade cabinetry with simple joinery


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


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  


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?   


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.    

— Fernando Pagés Ruiz is ProTradeCraft's Latin America Editor. He is currently building a business in Ecuador and a house in Mexico. Formerly, he was a builder in the Great Plains and mountain states. He is author of Building an Affordable House and Affordable Remodel (Taunton Press).

Photos // Concrete, Masonry

Tropical Terrazzo (Granito)

An #oldschool approach to decorative concrete surfaces  

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Photos // Concrete, Masonry

Not Everything Should be Built for the Ages

Good amortization doesn't always involve using a building forever—sometimes, it means recapturing the space when the building corrodes  


Photos // Tools

Ecuadoran Tool Box—er, Cylinder

...besides five-gallon buckets and plastic grocery bags, using some sort of sewer pipe seems to be the most common.


Photos // Tools

New Clothing Options for Tomorrow's Jobsites?

Work wear worthy of combat and cool clothing—just in time for climate change!  


Photos // Concrete, Masonry

Disruption is the Mother of Innovation: Trowel Breaks New Ground

The iconic brick layer’s trowel had found a new use. 


Photos // Tools

Power Tools and Some Extra Bits from the National Hardware Show

A better multi-tool, superior sandpaper, and some tidbits you may not have seen yet ...