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Journal of Light Construction articles written by Nate Eldon

Fiberglassing an Exterior Deck

Fiberglass is a common material for decks in my region of coastal New Jersey, especially when the deck is installed over living space, or when…

Building a Cornice

Cape May, N.J., has been a seaside resort since before the Victorian era, and the town has many homes in that period’s architectural style, along…

Setting a Long Ridge

When I’m framing a building with a long ridge span, I always prefer to set one long, straight ridge rather than fuss with multiple, shorter…

PVC Miter-Fold Post Wraps

In the last 10 years or so, cellular PVC products have been a game changer for exterior trim. Like most products, PVC trim has advantages…

Retrofitting a Foundation for Problem Soils

Cape May County on the coast of New Jersey is a low place. Its highest point, in fact, may be the local landfill. Geologically, it…

A Pier-and-Beam Foundation, the Jersey Way

Most of the houses that my company builds are on the barrier islands of southern New Jersey, and most of those homes sit on grade-beams…

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