Concrete & Masonry

Frost-Protected Monolithic Slab


An affordable insulated slab foundation suitable for climate zones 4, 5, and 6

The Model ReModel Show: A Humpy Bumpy Foundation


Floor layout and framing, some good news from the building inspector, and a pleasant surprise on the adhesive front

Gut Rehab and Addition Double the Size of A Minneapolis Foursquare


This first video in the series focuses on the existing conditions and the demolition sequence. Following videos look at the foundation, framing, exterior shell, and exterior finishes.

Step Flashing 2 Brick: Its Complicated


Flashing must extend all the way from the wall to the outside. Oh yeah, and it has to be watertight and eight people have to work on it...


Ten Myths About Concrete Construction


Another effort in the never-ending war on bad information and ingrained myths


Construyendo una Cisterna

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


Building a Stem Wall Foundation in Japan


Some familiar and not-so-familiar techniques for building concrete foundations.

How to Form Place and Finish Concrete Stairs


A split riser allows you to remove the forms without damaging wet concrete.

Energy Star Checklist, Section 1: Overall Air Barrier and Thermal Alignment

Energy Star Thermal Bypass Checklist: Overall Air Barrier and Thermal Alignment

18 Videos, articles, and animations showing you how to get through Section 1 of the Energy Star Thermal Bypass Checklist. It is about the continuity between various components of the air barrier system and the thermal envelope.


Work in Progress: The Cisterna Cottage

The ongoing saga about designing and constructing a tiny house in Ecuador