Product & Finishes

Sculptural Planters

What's available in artful containers for your deck, patio, or porch.

Permeable Landscapes

Choices in easy eco-friendly patio surfaces range from decomposed granite to recycled rubber.

Room Visualizers

Some especially useful online tools for visualizing colors and patterns on the walls and floors of your new home.

Concrete Advice

What you need to know about concrete for counters and floors.

Mid-Century Modern

Today's designers are offering new twists on the Mid-Century Modern esthetic.

Fiber Cement Siding

This durable option comes in as many siding styles as wood.


Contractor David Jacknin explains what's available in screening for an insect-free porch.

Outdoor Furniture

Lydia discovers 8 fresh furniture finds for outdoor living.

Versatile Decks and Maintenance

In praise of wood decks for sloping lots, and helpful maintenance tips for preserving a deck's life and looks.

Exterior Doors

Pros & cons for using wood, engineered wood, fiberglass, or steel for exterior doors.

New Builder Products

Boyce describes the most useful new products launched at the 2016 International Home Builder show.

Multifunctional Furniture

An interview with Ron Barth, co-founder of Resource Furniture.

Apps for Home

Boyce explains how the smart home is getting easier to manage with voice commands.

Home Trends for 2016

Lydia spots the hottest trends in kitchens and baths for the new year.

Volatile Organic Compounds

VOCs occur in various building materials but alternatives are expanding.

Glass Tile

What you need to know about installing glass tile for bathroom/kitchen surrounds and backsplashes.