Board By Board, or Brick By Brick

An average 2,400-square-foot home uses 16,000 board feet of framing lumber, according to the Idaho Forest Products Commission. If you’d rather build with bricks—tiny ones—check out’s Lego My House calculator. Plug in your square footage and the site will calculate how many Legos you’ll need to build a home. (It’s about 11.6 million bricks for that same 2,400-square-foot home.)

Product Selection Factors

REMODELING's sister publication BUILDER recently conducted a Brand Use Study and learned some interesting details about what drives product selection. Here’s how builders ranked eight product selection factors in order of importance. Do you agree?

  1. Performance
  2. Availability
  3. Warranty
  4. Price
  5. Ease of Installation
  6. Strength of Brand
  7. Relationship With Dealers/ Manufacturers
  8. Green/Sustainable Attributes

Fast Facts

50 billion: Number of connected devices globally, each with its own IP address. Industry experts are creating new standards so addresses don’t run out.

70 minutes: Average time individuals spend in the bathroom each day, according to Houzz. That’s 73 minutes for women, 67 for men.

50%: Portion of respondents to a Whirlpool survey that say they want to be able to pull up recipes from their kitchen countertops.

Z21.50-2014: Code number of ANSI's new requirement for safety barrier screens over fireplaces.

Shower Time (& Space)

The alliance for water efficiency’s home water works project says that the average shower uses 17 gallons of water and lasts 8.2 minutes. That’s nearly 12% of houzz’s 70 bathroom minutes per day average.

  • 66% of homeowners say they will enlarge their shower areas in master bath remodels, according to Houzz. As showers get larger, we wonder: will time spent in them get longer too? Time will tell.