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Remodeling 101: The Difference Between Carrara, Calacatta, and Statuary Marble

A marble countertop makes a statement. This quarried stone, one of the more expensive materials you can use, sends a message of luxury and style. But once you’ve read through the pros and cons in Remodeling 101: Marble Countertops and settled on using marble for your kitchen or bath, you still have some decisions to make: What type to get? And which slab? When you’re selecting, say, a solid-surface countertop (like Corian) or an engineered stone (such as Silestone or Caesarstone), you can look at a sample and know exactly what you’re going to get. With marble, however, every slab is different.…


Wingnut Testing of Soffit-to-Ridge Venting, Round 3

In the first two rounds of soffit-to-ridge vent Wingnut testing (see Round 1 and Round 2 ), I used a simple and small easel test rig to simulate what happens in real cathedral roof assemblies that have soffit-to-ridge venting. At the end of each of those rounds, it seemed pretty clear that we needed to see how real roofs perform. In this post, I am reporting on the first Wingnut testing on real roof assemblies on four northeastern homes (all with more than one roof pitch). How I tested Here is a look at the procedure I followed for this round…


Kitchen of the Week: An Imposing English Manor, Updated for Modern Family Life

Pevsner’s Architectural Guide: The Buildings of England details the style and history of every building of architectural significance in the country. England doesn’t suffer for lack of old buildings—there are 51 volumes in the series—but this manor still stands out. According to the guide on Lincolnshire, a county known for its rural beauty, “Few houses in the country fill one with such delight.” When the new owners bought the historic property, they were intent on turning it into a warm family home without losing the grand proportions—including in the kitchen. To this end, they kept the oversized Gothic windows, the weathered…


10 Easy Pieces: Storage Benches

A storage bench is a true problem solver. It can be used in the entryway, at the foot of the bed, as a side table or credenza, or as a catch-all for kids’ toys and gear. Here are our 10 favorites. Above: Designed by Sean Yoo for Design Within Reach, the Matera Storage Bench is available in oak and walnut and in sizes small and large; $995 to $1,495. A coordinating Matera Storage Bench Cushion is $195 to $245. Above: Ikea’s Stocksund Bench, shown in Nolhaga Dark Green and Black Wood, is $249. Above: At Unison Home, the Fulton Charcoal…


How to Look at a House like a Building Scientist (Part 2: Heat)

This article is the second in a series on various building diagnostic tools used to sleuth out problems in buildings. If you missed it, you may want to read Part 1: Air before diving in here. I’m back to share more tools of the trade that I use for forensic examinations and to diagnose problems in buildings. The rough breakdown of these columns will cover the topics of air, heat, and moisture and the tools I use to identify how they are acting in a building. This time, we’re looking at heat, or more specifically temperature. One of my go-to…


Insiders Win a VIP Preview of the 2019 Idea House

Balance is KeyAt noon, the Idea House opened to the public as it began to rain. Chris Sayers of Malaga, NJ places booties on as he enters the house. Chris bought a fixer-upper of his own with his wife Jayme and their two children, so he watches This Old House to get ideas for his mid-century ranch. “Not much had been changed since the Eisenhower administration," said Chris. "Dark brown paneling covered the walls of every room. With the help of my wife and sometimes even my four-year-old daughter who is always there to hand me tools, we have tackled most…

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