Bathroom Trends

By Robert Robillard

Bathroom Design Trends According to the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s (NKBA) 2015 Kitchen & Bath Design Trends report, contemporary designs top the list. Top designers also note that nearly all bathroom amenities are also on the rise. This includes features like steam showers, frameless shower enclosures, sound systems, unique tiles, low flow toilets/fixtures and…

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Common Mortar Joint Profiles

By Jeff Williams

Common Mortar Joint Profiles Next time you’re out and about take a look at the masonry buildings near where you work and live. Do the mortar joints disappear into the brick and stone or do they contribute to the look of the facade? Are they recessed from the surface or are they proud of the…

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Crown Molding Shelf

By Robert Robillard

Crown Molding Shelves Secured with a French Cleat Crown molding shelves have become more and more popular these days to display nick knacks and pictures.  Building a Crown molding shelf can intimidate many people only because of the miter cuts needed to return the crown molding to the wall. I like to make my crown…

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How To Build A Torsion Box Bookcase Seat

By Robert Robillard

Using Airplane Technology to Build Bookcases When designing an aircraft, it’s all about finding lightweight and strong material that is stiff enough to withstand the exceptional forces under which it has to operate. Durability is an important factor especially when the wings come into play.  Aerodynamic forces not only bend the wing, they also twist…

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Remodeling For In-Laws

By Robert Robillard

Living With Your Parents! I live in a multi-generational home that we remodeled for a handicap in-law.  Many people these days are remodeling for in-laws and either bringing in their parents or moving in with them and taking over the house responsibilities.   According to an AARP survey, the number of multi-generational households has grown from…

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Rustic Cabinet Doors

By Robert Robillard

Building Rustic Looking Cabinet Doors . . .  on a Budget I was recently contacted through my website ConcordCarpenter.com, with an email that started something like this, “Can you make me rustic looking cabinet doors quickly, cheaply but built real well?” Fishing, Shipping, a Love Story and of course Beer! While I would normally run…

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How to Design a Storage Shed

By Phil Benevides

How to Design a Storage Shed As a child I watched my grandfather and dad build the shed in our yard, that still stands there to this day. I have countless memories of getting something out of the shed for my dad or just visiting it frequently because that’s where my sports equipment and other…

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Build Warmer Walls

By Robert Robillard

Advanced Wall Framing Many builders use too many wall studs in their corners, sometimes tripling up on studs to create the corner and adequate nailers for wallboard. The problem with this is that the triple studs do not perform as well thermally as fiberglass insulation does. T-Wall Intersection: Others carpenters and builders deal with this…

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