Once reserved for commercial construction, mechanical access panels are finding their way into many of today's larger homes. Building a discreet and functional panel requires a surprising amount of time and effort, but Access Panel Solution's Bauco Plus Access Panel makes the job faster and easier. The metal-framed panel has a concealed hinge and an integral drywall flange that help it blend in with the surrounding wall. A gypsum door and an airtight gasket maintain the wall's fire rating and prevent air leakage. Prices start at about $60 for an 8-inch-square panel. The largest standard size, 24 by 36 inches, sells for about $190. Access Panel Solutions, 877/592-0033, www.bauco.com

If you or your customers are searching for a jaw-dropping design feature, look no further than the Cyclone Gas Fireplace. This unique product's clear cylindrical tube houses an actual gas-fueled fire tornado. The fireplace is sold two ways: either as a customizable piece that can be integrated into other architectural elements, like a column, or...

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