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    Video tour of a renovated 1930's house that has several fun hidden doors and secret rooms inside.

  • Insulation Code Change & How Spray Foam Meets 2012 IECC Code

    Building codes change on a three year cycle and we just had an update from the 2009 codes to the new 2012 International Residential Code (IRC) and the new 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).

  • Front Royal, Virginia

    At this house the owners planted a plum tree and a Japanese maple in the front garden to match the color of their porch. Their house is made of Shenandoah stone, honey colored stucco, and a type of metal roof made in Virginia since 1800.

  • HVAC Systems

    Custom builder Matt Risinger shares a video about heating, ventilation, and air conditioning.

  • The Wisdom of the Tobacco Barn

    Tobacco barns are an example of the universal made particular, and are a monument to the native wisdom of farmers who knew their place in the land

  • Building in the Face of Danger

    Fisherman's houses in Salterpath. N.C. that have survived hurricanes for more than 100 years.

  • OSB Versus Plywood Sheathing

    Matt Risinger's Green Building Blog offers video, photos, and expert advice on high-performance construction, green building products, and fine craftsmanship.

  • Native Places Ash Lawn

    James Monroe's modest home at Ash Lawn benefits form cooling breezes and shade, demonstrating that the best sustainable features are free.

  • Prefab Pavilion Highlights Salvaged Materials

    Reclaimed wood and glass bottles make up a 213-square-foot outbuilding.

  • Marianne Cusato on the American Dream Home

    Designer and author Marianne Cusato spoke recently at the National Building Museum.