For this month’s roundup, HCN took exit 10 off the Turnpike for a visit to Ken’s New Jersey Garage, the setting of the fastest new product show on the Internet. But take your time reviewing this month’s products in print.
Total housing starts jumped 15% in October. Whether that’s the beginning of a sustained comeback remains to be seen. But it’s the kind of news that casts a light glow on the products and solutions gathered here. From entryways to rooftops, here are products that are built to last, built to save or built for style.
There’s nothing wrong with selling a product. But most retailers want to be their customers’ source to complete an entire project. Toward that end, here are a variety of innovations that support an even larger variety of home projects for experienced pros or beginning DIYers.
The most recent Dashboard shows the national unemployment rate fell to 9.0%, and the Consumer Confidence Index rose to 60.6. Stocks are heading in the right direction, as well. All 10 companies tracked on the Home Channel Stock Roundup are in positive territory for the month and the year. Still, residential construction is near record lows.
Consumer confidence rose to 60.6 in January. On the Home Channel Stock Roundup, Weyerhaeuser showed the largest monthly gains, while Tractor Supply showed a huge gain compared with last year. Housing starts continue to lag, but existing-home sales showed some life in December.