Last month, I attended NAHB’s midyear meeting in Miami and had the pleasure of sitting in on a presentation by Daniel Swift, president and CEO of Des Moines-based architecture group BSB Design.
Kitchen and Bath
Whether it's used for cooking, dining or entertaining guests, the kitchen is the hub of the home. The way the room is arranged can be a major time-saver and allow the family to make the most of the common space. Kitchen appliances, plumbing, tile, sinks, counter space, and dining space all influence how the kitchen is used and how much the homeowners enjoy it. Choosing the right appliances for energy efficiency constitutes a greater concern than ever, allowing families to go green and to save money on utility bills. The bath, while ultimately a utilitarian space, can be a personal oasis. Choices such as whether to include a bathtub versus a shower can optimize the space for the family's needs.
The editors of Professional Builder and Professional Remodeler magazines are in search of the latest “breakthrough” products for the residential construction industry for our annual 101 Best New Products report.
Stormwater management plans and low-flow fixtures are among the top water-conservation measures employed by home builders, according to a Professional Builder survey.
Electronic Water Temperature Control
The new Alno Starline features a continuous case channel in the same color as the door and drawer fronts, giving the illusion of a cleaner, more minimalist kitchen. The company debuted high-gloss lacquers and interesting wood grain patterns for its cabinet fronts.
Quiet and ultra-efficient washer/dryer
Dacor's new Energy-Star-qualified Epicure and Integrated Freestanding French Door Cabinet-Depth Refrigerators
Sometimes minimalism just isn't the answer. Wellborn's custom Estate Custom features finished interiors and high-end hardware. The all-wood collection is available in a wide range of door styles, including inset doors. The inset style is available with a non-beaded or beaded inset — it's up to your homeowners to decide.
Armstrong's Calibra Cabinets feature a contemporary slab door style in solid Plantation Hardwood
Thermador's sleek new cooktops are the first in the U.S. to utilize advanced infrared sensor technology to take the guesswork out of cooking