In Practice: 8 Design Ideas for Eye-Catching Interior Doors

This Jeld-Wen Custom Wood Contemporary interior door is made with genuine mahogany and features a chappo/wheat finish.

When it comes to interior upgrades, many pros and homeowners gravitate toward countertops and flooring and paint, with interior doors often lower on the list. But in reality, updating one or two of those plain slabs is a fairly simple way to add visual interest to a room. Read the rest of this entry »


Buzz: Product News Roundup, Sustainability Squared Edition

A green tile standard, fanciful facades, trend-shifting demographics, and other product and design news from around the web this week.

Metropolitan Tile by IronRock is one of three brands to have achieved Green Squared certification so far.

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Green: What’s Hot in Residential Solar?

I had the pleasure of catching up with Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association, as he preps for the upcoming PV America West conference. Here’s what he believes to be the biggest current trends in residential solar: Read the rest of this entry »


Buzz: Product News Roundup, The Future Is (Almost) Now Edition

Product and design news from around the Web, including new technologies that provide Jetsons-like home automation, xeriscaping beyond the desert, low-speed wind turbines, and creative cabinetry. 

• Manufacturers at Mobile World Congress this week showed that Jetsons-like home control is no longer a fantasy—but it still risks being slowed by today’s incompatibility realities.

Wind Power Innovations' new method for harnessing the wind could lead to smaller, more efficient turbines.

•  One glance at the Wind Harvester and it’s clear this isn’t your mother’s wind turbine. Based on a “reciprocating motion that uses horizontal aerofoils,” the device can generate power in low winds and high speeds, typical tripping points for traditional vertical models.

• Head’s up, remodelers: Read the rest of this entry »


Trends: What’s In, What’s Out in Kitchens and Baths

Pull-out faucets, such as Moen's Benton, are the established go-to style for kitchen designers.

The National Kitchen & Bath Association recently released the results of its 2012 NKBA Design Trends Survey, which analyzes the materials, products, and styles being specified by more than 350 member designers. Here are the key trends revealed: Read the rest of this entry »


Buzz: Product News Roundup, Fading Fads Edition

Product news from the past week, including home design trends that are falling out of favor, affordable LEDs, wood ceilings, and more.

• Outdoor fireplaces, two-story family rooms, and 8 other home design trends on the way out in 2012. Read the rest of this entry »


Buzz: Product News Roundup – Friendly Skies Edition

Bird-safe buildings, AIA’s design trends, building product nutrition labels, an infrared camera primer, and other product news from the past week. Read the rest of this entry »


Tips: 12 Easy Upgrades to Liven Up the Home

Even if your remodeling customers don’t have a ton of money to spend, there are plenty of areas around the house where a bit of freshening up can go a long way. Whether you’re looking to extend an existing job or add some quick one-off business, here are a few strategies to help your clients feel more at home. Read the rest of this entry »


Buzz: Product News Roundup – 2012 Trends Edition

Product and design predictions for 2012, unique range hoods, and other product news from the past week.

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Buzz: Product News Roundup – Royal Wave Edition

The holidays didn’t slow the flow of interesting building product news last week. Here are a few stories that caught our attention, including Queen Elizabeth’s alternative energy installation, solar-generating paint, 2012 trends, fabulous fireplaces, and more.

• The Queen’s Gone Green: A pair of turbines installed in the River Thames will generate enough wave-powered electricity to power most of Windsor Castle. Read the rest of this entry »


Buzz: Product News Roundup—Green Megatrends Edition

Green building predictions, wind turbines aflame, pond-scum-inspired solar, and other building product news of note this week. 

• The top 13 green stories of 2011…

• …and 10 green building megatrends for 2012.

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Buzz: Product News Roundup – Loads of LEDs Edition

Introductions, insights, and inspirations from the world of building products this past week, including two big names expanding the market’s LED options, a decline in green product purchases, and homeowner trends galore.

• Samsung has entered the LED market with seven bulbs, including several screw-in options.

Toshiba's dimmable A19 LED lamp offers 450-lumen output to replace 40-watt incandescents.

• Not to be outdone, Toshiba has introduced its own A19 LED lamp.

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