Interior Finish

Plastic Trim Performance Problems

Plastic trim expands and contracts. Since you can't prevent it, you have to allow for it. Read more

A Balanced Approach to Energy Upgrades

Homebuyers shopping in Denver’s huge Stapleton development know they’re going to get an energy-efficient home because that’s all the master developer will allow. But Wonderland Homes is betting that its continued success in Stapleton depends on not taking energy efficiency too far. Read more

Room Study: Home LibrariesRoom Study: Home Libraries

Home libraries provide ideal environments for getting lost in a good book. Read more

How To Install PVC Trim How To Install PVC Trim

PVC trim can be a great product, but only if you install it properly. Here's how to get the most out of this material. Read more

Next Year’s Color Forecast Next Year’s Color Forecast

Although the exact color forecasts form the major industry prognosticators don’t exactly match, they do all agree that natural hues will dominate color trends in design next year. Predictions from ocean blue to aloe to emerald green and even a touch of lemon sorbet as an accent tone all reinforce that colors from places where people feel relaxed or a sense of calm are topping all lists. Read more

Billings for Residential Interior Designs Shows Steady Growth Billings for Residential Interior Designs Shows Steady Growth

Owners of single-family houses are hiring interior designers at a continually upward rate, according to the third quarter results of the American Society of Interior Designers’ (ASID) Interior Design Billings Index. Read more

Tomorrow’s Professionals Strut Their Stuff at SkillsUSA Championships Tomorrow’s Professionals Strut Their Stuff at SkillsUSA Championships

Nearly 5,800 contestants compete, but leading home builders are conspicuous by their absence. Read more

Boom looming: retirement is no panacea for a cohort just turning 65

The Associated Press' Dave Carpenter reports on how the disappearance of pensions, the failure to save, the underperformance of 401(k) programs, and the deflation in housing will hit baby boomers on the verge of retirement: Hard. Read more

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