Home-improvement, building and garden supplies for do-it-yourself projects, large and small.. In Short Founded in 1946 in North Carolina, Lowe's began as a small-town hardware store. Today, the home-improvement giant operates locations throughout the United States selling supplies for indoor and outdoor projects, appliances, building materials, tools and more. Products include everything from plumbing parts and lumber to garden accessories and wallpaper. Installation services are available for a variety of home products including appliances, windows, flooring, roofing and fencing.