We’ve all got an area around the house that could be updated. With the cold winter months out of the way, now is the perfect time to start that project you’ve kept in the back of your mind. Whether it’s the siding on the outside of your house or the tiles on the inside that need sprucing up, these products are top-of-the-line home improvement picks.
Kenmore’s PlasmaWave Air Cleaner filters out 99.99% of pollutants, like bacteria, pollen and cigarette smoke, with a sensor that auto-adjusts the fan speed based on what it detects. From $100 for 150-square-foot model.
Made of 30% recycled material, CertainTeed's WeatherBoards Fiber Cement Siding is impervious to insects, resists salt spray and ultraviolet rays, and won't rot. Shown in Autumn Red. Ask your contractor for pricing. 800-782-8777;
Perfect for high-traffic areas like the garage, G-Floor Roll-Out Flooring will protect existing flooring from water, dirt or oil spills. Plus, it comes on a 10-foot-wide roll for easy installation. Coin pattern shown in Slate Grey. $1
Framed with thermally broken, recycled aluminum, NanaWall Systems' SL60 folding glass door system works for openings up to 36 feet wide, tucking discreetly away to join indoor and outdoor spaces. About $1,000 per linear foot. 800-873-
Inspired by designers Ludovica and Roberto Palomba's lives in international metropolises, the Laufen Lb3 Modern Countertop Vanity is a fun addition to any bathroom. Shown in White. $2,295 for countertop and vanity. 866-696-2493;
In misty blues and earthy greens, Walker Zanger's Skyline Collection glass tiles are a serene choice for a bathroom or kitchen. Offered in an array of shapes and sizes with a matte or crystalline finish. From $28 per square foot. 732-
Get inspired by DuPont's new color collection for 2010. Called Depth, it plays on an oceanic theme in indigo, royal navy and ice blue. From left to right: Zodiaq Celestial Blue, Cloud White and Calm Springs; each $50–$124. Corian El
The Viking Designer Series Undercounter DrawerMicro Oven opens as a drawer for ergonomic usage, with a child-safety lock to keep tiny hands safe. A neat feature: a setting to keep food warm for 30 minutes after it's done cooking. From
Made of steel with a wood-look composite overlay, Clopay's Carriage Coachman Collection garage doors offer a traditional wooden style, but won't fade, rot or warp. From $1,200 for single. 800-225-6729;
The Victorian T14 Series showerhead with H2Okinetic Technology uses larger water droplets and a denser spray pattern to create a drenching feeling while actually using less water than the average shower— so a 1.5-gallonper- minute flow