Boston Building Resources

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Boston Building Resources offers hands-on home improvement classes throughout the year. Topics include kitchen design, finish carpentry, window rehab, sheetrocking and taping, tiling, home electrical safety, power tools, and much more. Workshop instructors are trade professionals who volunteer their time. We also welcome suggestions for workshops that you would like to see offered.

Standard members may attend most classes for just $50, and Plus members for $35. The general public may attend for $75.

A copy of our current workshop schedule is available as a printable PDF file, or you can look through our online calendar to see upcoming workshops. You may also request that a copy of the schedule be sent to you by mail.

To register for a workshop, call us at 617-442-2262 (press 1) and reserve your place using a credit card.

 

Recommended blog entries

Learn something new from the "The Things We Saw" blog, written by woodworker and Boston Building Resources board member Milton Trimitsis.

September 18, 2012—Annals of forensic carpentry / Deck deterioration: Winston, my co-worker, arrived at the job site a few minutes before me, and called because he thought he was in the wrong place.  “I thought we were looking at a rotten porch.  The place I’m looking at is new construction.” The triple-decker condo building in Jamaica Plain was completed in late 2005, but one of the owners called me recently to look at problems with the rear decks. Read more.

September 6, 2012—Found in the attic: One of the perquisites of my work is getting to poke around in the attics and basements of old buildings.  Along with mummified squirrels and decades of dust, weird and elegant things occasionally pop up. Read more.

June 26, 2011—Annals of forensic carpentry / Prophetic pine: Several years ago I taught a workshop at the Boston Building Materials Coop (now Boston Building Resources) on residential exterior trim work.  I don’t remember all the details of what I said, but I emphasized the importance of using materials that would survive exposure to New England weather without rotting. Read more.

May 12, 2011—Work of double curvature: Mary Horst, of Horst Buchanan Architects approached me in November of 2010 about reworking a stair in an early ’80s condominium in Jamaica Plain, MA.  The original stair was open, giving the new homeowners visions of late-night tumbles, and the design had not aged well. Read more.

February 14, 2011—Annals of forensic carpentry / Collapsed deck: The newspapers in New England have been filled with stories of roofs (rooves?) collapsing under their accumulated snow loads this winter; it’s become grimly routine. Read more.

December 26, 2010—Unintended consequences: The chimney wasn't so good. It was failing structurally, with a half-hearted attempt to splint it back into soundness.  It was also tiny—only 16x16 inches, but supporting large hearths above—and the house was sagging around it. Read more.

November 25, 2010—The walnut saga: We recently finished a renovation job in Brookline, MA, in a generally worker-friendly building:  there was air conditioning and heat at the appropriate times, and, since we were working in a penthouse unit, an excellent view.  The building had only one dammit feature, which will become relevant later in the story. Read more.

November 24, 2010—History versus gravity: We’ve recently started work on the temporary stabilization of a lovely 1840 Greek Revival carriage house near Boston, MA.  When I was first asked to look at the project over the summer, the building was substantially out of plumb.  When we started work last week, the condition of the building was becoming alarming. Read more.

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