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Do Basements Need Stairs?

While typically you would use a basement as an extended living space accessible from the floor above, there are situations where you may only use it for storage and might wonder if you can remove the existing stair, or simply build a new basement without …

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How Deep Should a Wood Burning Fireplace Be?

Wood-burning fireplaces are a relatively simple way of heating your home and have been around for centuries. Still, one common mistake homeowners often make is not building them deep enough to keep all the smoke inside. This can lead to smoke escaping into the room, …

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Are Ridge Boards Load-Bearing?

Located at the very top of roofing systems, ridge boards appear as the main framing members at the peak of a roof. Since the rafters and other roof framing sections below are attached to the ridge board, you might wonder if it supports structural weight. …

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Can Basement Stairs be Moved? What You Need to Know

Have you considered changing the location of your basement stairs to the opposite side? You’re not alone. Many people find that the current location of their basement stair doesn’t work well with their house layout. In this blog post we’ll go over what it takes …

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Are Trex Decks Worth It? Everything You Need To Know

When it comes to building a deck in your backyard or around your pool, you’ve got a lot of choices involving design and use. But when it comes to materials, you’re either looking at treated lumber or some sort of composite decking, like Trex, for …

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Should a Wooden Privacy Fence Touch the Ground?

A wooden privacy fence is a wonderful way to keep your property private without sacrificing the beauty of nature. There are many options when it comes to building a wooden privacy fence and one important decision you will need to make is whether or not …

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What is the Difference Between a Basement and a Cellar?

The terms basement and cellar are often used interchangeably, but there are some distinctions between them. They can vary in terms of their use, whether they are finished or unfinished, and perhaps most importantly, whether they are partially or fully submerged. The difference between a …