PB March 2002

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The 14 patterns of registered embossed tile flooring include weathered clay. The designs are offered in two grouted tile formats — 12x12-inch squares and random-size blocks.

At a recent conference, somebody asked me if there is a downside to quality. Great question. Can a total focus on quality actually hinder a company? My answer: Absolutely!

Home Slicker rain screen for sidewalls can protect and lower moisture levels in various siding and cladding systems but is especially suited for wood lap siding, wood shingles or shakes, fiber-cement, EIFS and brick, the company says.

A new NAHB report concludes that housing is critical in uplifting the nation’s economy in 2002.

The Whalen Jack system was designed by a carpenter as an alternative to traditional scaffolding

There are moments that are gifts and enable us to appreciate the people in our lives and the things we do in a heightened, more obvious way. In these instances, we feel a connection that reassures us of life’s meaning and blessing.

The company’s built-in ovens have a dual convection system for even temperature and airflow.

Pittsburgh Paints has created a zero-VOC (volatile organic compound) line of paints for residential markets that addresses home buyer concerns about indoor air quality.

Features of the company’s swing patio doors include a stainless steel multipoint lock system with key lock and a full-height, anodized aluminum gear hinge for structural strength.

Embark SL pre-finished moldings and millwork are designed to offer the stained look of hand-finished hardwood furniture without on-site finishing.

How do you ensure success in the first three months of your new hire’s employment?

The flat and bent tempered products are used to add thermal and sound-deadening values to window units.

Accessibility requirements on publicly funded housing are not unheard-of — Austin, Texas; Chicago; Atlanta; and Urbana, Ill., all have such accessibility codes.

While today’s low interest rates have added to consumers’ ability to keep buying homes, it might be time to read the tea leaves.

The 5-in-1 screwdriver/nut driver includes four common screwdriver bits, and the reversible barrel can be used as a 5/16-inch nut driver when the bit is removed.

Brian Catalde, president of Paragon Communities in Playa del Rey, Calif., is a man on a mission when it comes to making the most of his time at the International Builders’ Show.

Tuscana is one of The Metals — five new additions to the Transcendence line of bath furniture. The wall-mounted, forged metal frame is integrated with a solid-surface vanity top and bowl.

Sixty-seven percent of home buyers anticipated the number of walk-through items they encountered.

Luxury home builder Jay Grant of Grant Homes in Morristown, N.J., tapped a deep reservoir of builder interest last month at the International Builders’ Show with an hour-long seminar on preserving personal net worth.

The I100 wood-burning fireplace has an opening that’s 50 inches wide and 33 inches tall.

Build an options program so buyers get what they want — and you get the profit.

The Crossroads collection of distressed wood floors offers various species and colors (hickory suede is shown) and three construction options — Longstrip, engineered plank and solid strip.

A ritual happens every weekday in our home. My two daughters come home from school, and each calls me whether I’m in the office or on the road.

Coming soon to the Eastern Shore of Maryland: a community designed by baby boomers to appeal to baby boomers.

Black has been added to the color options for the company’s aluminum-clad windows, joining white, brown, sandstone, Hartford green, burgundy and vanilla cream.

Master Cobalt reciprocating saw blades combine a special tooth configuration with fatigue-resistant backer electron beam welded to an 8% cobalt high-speed steel cutting edge.

It was one of those chance occurrences when two people who know each other happen to come together at the same place.

With the Faedra dimmer, lights can gradually fade on and off and be dimmed from up to 10 locations.

Johns Manville announced in February that the formaldehyde binder in its fiberglass insulation will be replaced with an acrylic binder.

Census Bureau figures demonstrate just how massive the influx of immigrants has been in the United States.

The Engineered Decking Systems line of composite decking now includes a railing system (pictured) and 5/4 plank, which joins the company’s tongue-and-groove and 2x6 planks.

There’s no such thing as an “average” builder. Likewise, no builder of any note or ambition would dare think of himself, his company, and its products and services as merely “average.”

One-piece acrylic block inserts for interior doors are designed to bring more light into a room.

Successful infill development often requires more than just an intricate knowledge of the surrounding area. Existing neighbors need to feel as though they, too, have a stake in the new project.

K. Hovnanian Enterprises recently committed to build all of its New Jersey homes in accordance with Energy Star qualifications.

The X-Sill threshold features a vinyl nose and rail with an oak grain and texture. It is impervious to rot and impenetrable to water, the company says.

When people in the 24-36 age group decide to buy a new home, the Internet is playing a bigger role, new research by Professional Builder shows.

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