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Woodipedia: Make a Solid Choice With Oak
Forget those low-end products of old. Red and white oak today are beautiful, versatile and relatively inexpensive
Will Cork Float for Your Bathroom Floor?
Get the facts on advantages, disadvantages, costs and installation to see if a cork bathroom floor is right for you
Decking Materials Beyond Basic Lumber
Learn about softwoods, tropical hardwoods, composites and more for decks, including pros, cons and costs
Woodipedia: Is It Cherry or Is It Alder?
Learn the differences between these two wood types, as well as costs, sustainability and a caution about finishing
Woodipedia: Walnut Wows in Traditional and Modern Settings
With its rich color and lustrous polished finish, walnut is a favorite wood for all kinds of millwork
Woodipedia: Maple Is a Marvel Around the House
A heavy hardwood with lots of potential, maple appeals to modern sensibilities and won't break your budget
Tile Goes High Tech at Italy's Big Expo
Raw Materials Revealed: Brick, Block and Stone Help Homes Last
Learn about durable masonry essentials for houses and landscapes, and why some weighty-looking pieces are lighter than they look
Wood in the Bathroom? Absolutely!
Wet places and wood can be a match made in design heaven — see great examples and get tips for sealing and installing bathroom wood here
Modern Materials: Copper, Architecture's Natural Beauty
The rich patina is just the beginning — copper for home exteriors is strong, shapable and highly recyclable
A Glimmer of Gold Leaf Will Make Your Room Shine
Cool Your House (and Costs) With the Right Insulation
Insulation offers one of the best paybacks on your investment in your house. Here are some types to discuss with your contractor
A Hard Look at Recycled Plastic for the Home
It's durable and versatile, but processing takes a lot of energy. We sort through the facts on recycled plastic so you can choose wisely
Go for the Glow: Mother-of-Pearl Shines Around the Home
Illuminate your interior designs with ethereally iridescent mother-of-pearl tiles, flooring, accents and more
Meet the Studs
Two-by-fours are just the kind of strong, silent type every home needs. Get to know studs — and how they lie about their size — right here