July 20, 2015

Imagine designing a house frame with fewer products to specify, less lumber to cull through and reduced installation times. Laminated strand lumber (LSL) is more than just engineered wood; it’s a veritable jack-of-all-trades suitable for a diverse range of framing applications.

July 08, 2015

One of my favorite childhood memories is spending weekends at my grandparents’ bungalow in Rockaway Beach, N.Y., during the summer. The bungalow was one of many located a few blocks from the beach. It was nothing fancy—an eat-in kitchen and living room on the main level and bedrooms upstairs.

July 01, 2015

When it comes to the floor system, builders often think about code compliance and structural performance. But what about the intangible part—how the floor feels? It’s a consideration that, if ignored, could tarnish your company’s reputation.

June 23, 2015

I just read a very interesting blog by John McManus stating that the Trade Shortage is not a political problem, but an economic one.

June 22, 2015

In the beginning of the classic 1989 film, Back to the Future: Part II, 17-year-old protagonist Marty McFly travels 30 years into the future to visit his grownup self in the year 2015.

June 19, 2015

An unprecedented amount of remodeling activity not seen since 2007 is anticipated by the third quarter of 2015. More than 1/3 is projected to include window replacements. So, the time is right to encourage your clients to literally think outside the box.

June 17, 2015

Last week’s big announcement of the merger of StanPac and Ryland Group, creating a new member of the Top 5 Homebuilders, spawned a flurry of articles and blogs, most of them suggesting the kingdom and the power and the glory of mergers, forever and ever, amen.

June 12, 2015

Have you made your flight arrangements, booked your hotel and reserved your spot for PCBC in San Diego yet?

June 09, 2015

The shortage of qualified trade contractors is a problem that vexes the entire industry and finally people are waking up to it, largely for the wrong reasons.

June 04, 2015

This week I read that Ivy Zelman, generally acknowledged as the top homebuilding financial analyst, was laying it on pretty heavy to builders at a conference that their reluctance to supply entry level housing was one of the most significant drags on the entire industry.

June 01, 2015

Small, infill multifamily projects like this one exemplify the tenets of Lean Urbanism, a growing movement that was born out of New Urbanism.

Photo: Anderson|Kim Architeture & Design


June 01, 2015

Long gone are the days when windows were merely an afterthought in the construction process. Today, clients and designers are seeking stylish, efficient and sophisticated ways to incorporate windows into their new and remodeled home projects.

May 28, 2015

The housing market is enjoying some good tailwinds, which typically mean positive things for residential construction. As work picks up – especially in home repair and remodeling – increased demand for categories like roofing and framing are helping to drive product innovation in nailers. 

May 26, 2015

A beautiful, high-performance floor starts with what you can’t see—a stable floor frame and subfloor underneath. Simple installation mistakes can lead to squeaky floors or damaged finishes, along with the cost and hassle of associated callbacks.

April 24, 2015

Above: Squash blocks installed to support load from above. Right: Load from above without squash blocks or blocking panels caused this web to buckle. Blocking panels should have also been used to provide lateral support to the joist ends.


April 24, 2015

If the Boomers were a tidal wave, the Millennials are a tsunami—there are 92 million of them, compared with 77 million Boomers.

April 24, 2015

Engineered to provide strength and consistency, Weyerhaeuser’s Trus Joist® TJI® joists are one of the most fundamental components of a solid, high-performance floor system.

April 24, 2015

When designing a wood-framed floor system for residential projects, building to meet the applicable codes is only one step in the design process. Having met code requirements, there is an array of choices a designer must consider that impact the day-to-day use of the floor.


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