Product & Finishes

Marble Countertops

Consider leftover pieces of marble and granite for smaller kitchen or bath countertops; they're usually less expensive than new stone slabs.

Google's Project Sunroof

It calculates your solar energy savings. Plug your address into this new Web app to find out what your roof can do for you.

Flooring Options

Pros and cons of laminate, engineered wood, floating, and hardwood flooring.

Patio Lighting

8 cool outdoor lighting ideas, including do-it-yourself examples, for summer entertaining.

New Home Products

Boyce reports on new home products at the recent Pacific Coast Builders Conference.

Home Trends

Boyce lists the top home trends apparent at this year's Pacific Coast Builders Conference (PCBC) in San Diego.

Home Automation

The newly launched Brillo home automation system from Google prompts some practical advice for selecting the right device or system for your needs.

Reclaimed Wood

What you need to know about reclaimed and recycled wood for new and remodeled homes, and where to find it.

Patio Ideas

Patios help the house expand. Here's a range of cool outdoor living spaces and hot amenities to help you celebrate the beginning of summer.


Bunkrooms aren't just for dormitories at college or camp -- they're an efficient way to pack more beds into smaller spaces.

American-Made Materials

Sourcing locally-made home products makes for a lower carbon footprint as well as easier support if needed.

6 New App-Driven Home Products

Six new tech-oriented home products received an enthusiastic response at the Pittsburgh Home & Garden Show.

Barn Doors

Brightly hued hardware and a wide variety of new and recycled woods are options for today's sliding barn doors.

Kitchen Budgets

Architect Bud Dietrich explains how different budgets affect the way you outfit the same kitchen.

Outdoor Fire

Add warmth and style to your backyard this summer with the right outdoor fireplace, fire bowl, or fire pit

Obsidian Refrigerator

New black interior refrigerator and other products at PCBC (Pacific Coast Builders Conference).

13 Patio Tips

Architects and designers offer their tips for making your outdoor space more comfortable, stylish, and fun.

Decking Choices

Decking material pros and cons, from wood to plastic.

New Sink Drain

This sleek new pop-down drain was just introduced by California Faucets.

Low Toxic Paints

Top interior paints for non-volatile off-gassing (VOC) and low toxicity.


Formaldehyde-free plywood is becoming widely available. Here's what you need to know.

Ceramic Tile News

We all know that digital technology has transformed photography and the music business. It has also transformed the ceramic tile industry, creating new and intriguing possibilities for home interiors.

Home Trends

Experts at the 2014 Home Builder Show listed new home buyer trends, including rising interest in sound proofing, matte finishes, maximizing storage, and more.

Engineered Wood Floors

An introduction to engineered wood floors.

Bricks and Stones

Six new brick and stone products to consider for your new home, from pavers to walls.

Tall Doors

What you need to know about large tall sliding glass doors: materials, cost, energy-efficiency and more.

3 Cool Sinks

Innovative sinks that combine freshness and functionality.

Heath Tile Seconds

An architect explains how he used seconds from Heath Tile to achieve beauty on a budget in his kitchen.

Dutch Doors

The Dutch door is an old idea that is making a comeback.

Scale & Proportion

Explaining the age-old rules governing the dimensions of interior trim pieces -- for function and beauty.

Interior Trim Styles

An introduction to the most common styles of interior trim, from Colonial to Modern.


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