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Mycelium fibers that will be the future of building materials

These fine white filaments are mycelium—basically mushroom roots. It is the means by which fungus stays connected and nuorished, but researchers have also discovered it may be a means to disrupt the building materials market. Insulation, door cores, flooring, cladding, light fixtures, furniture—mycelium is a cheap, durable, and easy to manufacture alternative to all and more. 

With price spikes and shortages of traditional building materials, it may be time to start considering non-traditional ones

NKBA innovative showroom winner 2020

2020 Innovative Showroom Award winner JennAir Experience

NKBA's annual Innovative Showroom Awards (because of the pandemic) are expected to be particularly interesting this year 

cabinet hardware is a popular remodeling project in down times

Mary Kathryn Reese and Jennifer Sherrill of Kitchen Design Concepts talk about remodeling trends business owners need to take note of now.

The Weekly, a show about remodeling

Check out segments on efficient and cost-effective building, kitchen trends, and what's going on in the Italian and Spanish tile industries. 

Master bath with feng shui principles

Feng shui helps bring balance to a home and enhance a client's wellbeing. Photos: Courtesy Ennate

With careful planning, a remodeler can use layout and design to improve a client’s wellbeing.

the new american remodel 2020

A look at this year's home, which aims to serve as a design beacon to new developments in its palm-heavy, stucco-clad, equestrianian neighborhood on the outskirts of Las Vegas

During a hurricane, a lot of wind and water damage occurs when soffits blow off the building, like the soffit. Here’s a look at why it happens and how to prevent it. ​​​​​​​

During a hurricane, a lot of wind and water damage occurs when soffits blow off the building. Here’s a look at why it happens and how to prevent it. 

new american remodeled home

The 2020 New American Remodel shows how modern design can appeal to traditional sensibilities

masonite door in a living room remodel

Though stylish and popular with homeowners, open-concept floor plans (and their lack of acoustic barriers) can make for much noisier homes if done incorrectly.

3 tips for reducing sound transference in open-concept remodeling projects

double stud walls are great for adding insulation in a remodel

How to lay out, align, and connect the inner and outer walls of a superinsulated double-wall house

the shape of a room can affect price in remodeling

Unit pricing is an invaluable tool for fast, accurate estimating. But counting units is not the same as estimating. Make sure your estimator knows the difference.

quick drains are becoming popular remodel with homeowners

A drain for creating seamless, single-slope shower designs

helping remodelers figure out how to plan an addition with clients

The clients want to add space underground to preserve the scale of their home. They might agree to an addition, but only if the front elevation is just right. So that’s where we start.

Use these guidelines to avoid common mistakes 

Did the homeowners insist on their misguided vision, or were the remodelers simply clueless to the harm they were inflicting?

salvaging materials can be a good way for remodelers to save money and stay green

Home Front Build carpenters are seen here framing a new house using old-growth Douglas fir they recovered from a 1905 home that would have otherwise been leveled and carted to the dump. 

Remodeler Steve Pallrand imparts invaluable insights on salvaging materials and saving his clients thousands, while saving the planet  

design pro being used by remodeler to do 3d rendering

Quick, customizable 3D home renderings for exterior replacement pros  

There’s more than one way to calculate quantities for curved slabs and tube forms. We review the standard math, add a shortcut, and throw in a cheat sheet for good measure.

the LG solar array on this year's new american remodel

Sunny Las Vegas is perfect for solar, and the home has a 7-kilowatt rooftop array from LG. The panels’ location makes them invisible from the ground.

The New American Remodel explores creative approaches to sustainable design

Sometimes there isn’t enough space for a full-sized mudroom, yet the homeowner still needs an area to hold coats and backpacks. Here are four projects that incorporated clever solutions. 

Combining cable rails and floating treads in place of flanking walls and risers creates the illusion of more space without the cost associated with changing a home’s footprint. 

Three innovative tips for remodelers looking for new ways to open up a space

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