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Can anyone point me to a detail in the detail library that would show some options for strapping to create an airgap and lower/upper venting+bugscreen ideas?  Spec’ing a build with reverse board and batten siding and want to create the most cost effective airgap behind the siding and a nice sturdy top and bottom vent/bugscreen system that is WUI compliant (California wildfire area). I was thinking vertical 1×4 screwed into studs, then horizontal 1×4 strapping, then battens, then boards. Maybe simplified to just go horizontal coravent strips ontop of WRB, then straight to battens (fastened every 12-16″?) then boards ontop…


Long Time Coming: Inside the West Roxbury Victorian Project

This article appeared in the Fall 2022 issue of This Old House Magazine. Click here to learn how to subscribe. From the moment we stepped into this house, I was redesigning everything,” says architect Derek Rubinoff, who, along with his wife, Robyn Marder, loved their home’s Victorian character but knew the house needed an overhaul. Its history as a two-family home had left behind some significant layout dysfunctions, including a bare-bones kitchen with its sink in the pantry and unattached lower and upper cabinets sitting on the floor. Homeowners Derek Rubinoff and Robyn Marder, with teens Zach and Aria, on…


Before & After: Perking Up a Plain Façade

This article appeared in the Fall 2022 issue of This Old House Magazine. Click here to learn how to subscribe. The ‘before’ was very plain; there was nothing memorable about it,” says Beth Anne Wilhelm, who owns this 1923 home in Cabin John, MD, with Matt Canter. In fact, the builder-grade exterior finishes were so forgettable, she says, “when all the demo was done, neighbors walked by and asked what it looked like prior—no one could remember!” Enter architectural designers Anthony Wilder and Maria Fanjul, who reworked the porch with a gabled roof, paired columns on plinths, and open trusswork…


Remodeling 101: The Case for Unstained Wood Floors, from a Stealth Design Nerd

Editor’s note:  This is the first in a series of posts by Sally Kohn— journalist and CNN political commentator, TED talk giver, and design aficionado—chronicling her adventures in remodeling.Above: Escape from Brooklyn: Sally Kohn with her wife, Sarah Hansen, an environmental justice advocate, in front of their new Bucks County house, which they share with their daughter.It started with too much dark wood. The house we bought—a late 1700s bank barn which had been converted into a house in the 1950s with the help of famous woodworker Wharton Esherick—had, as you might imagine, a lot of dark wood. Dark wood…


Coaster’s Chance: A 1760s Sea Captain’s Cottage in a Moody Palette

Lately I’ve been poring over Coaster’s Chance, a 1760s captain’s cottage on the coast of Maine, north of Acadia. The house is the newest project of Rhode Island-based Moore House Design—and their first Downeast. Available to rent, the interiors have been redone in moody hues befitting the palette of pine, rocks, and seaweed outside the front door.Join us for a look around:Photography by Erin McGinn, courtesy of Moore House Design.Above: The cottage, called Coaster’s Chance, sits on the end of a private road on Cutler Harbor and has been in the Moore family for 30 years.Above: The newly redone kitchen…


Using Salvaged Building Materials

Green builders admire the idea of reusing or recycling old building materials. Facing a demolition project that might ordinarily result in truckloads of detritus being hauled to a landfill, a green builder might advocate the careful deconstruction of the building in order to save valuable materials and repurpose them for use in a new building.Owner-builders often imagine that buildings slated for demolition might be useful sources of free materials. The most optimistic of these (usually young) builders assume that they might be able to assemble all of the materials for their construction project at no cost.Some variation of these ideas…

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