This—the dawn of the last half of the '80s —
probably finds many builders still living in the
'70s or the '60s. This is only natural. Most of us
tend to lag behind the times, particularly if
we're well established.
But while the start of the last half of any
decade is not particularly monumental, it does
mark a point in time—like New Year's Day or
the day we got our first mortgage (or burned it).
As such, it's a good time to take stock of the
tremendous proliferation of choices we enjoy
today in building materials.
This proliferation has occurred in all phases
of construction, from cast-iron pipes to PVC,
and from logs