Technology has become integrated into our homes with devices such as networked doorbells, smart thermostats, and wireless light bulbs.
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.
There are a number of reasons builders might make the decision to switch building products, materials, or systems. A different product may offer first-cost or labor savings over your current product. Or perhaps it will make your homes more energy efficient or green, and thus more marketable to potential buyers. Regardless of the reason, switching products does pose risks and challenges for builders.
Unlike typical accessible bathtubs, which look institutional, the Ava Bath from Aquatic features a sleek, modern design that adds a touch of class to any bathroom. The tub’s automated door lowers to open and rises to close, making entry and exit equally as simple for people who walk up or are in wheelchairs.
Add a touch of elegance to the kitchen with the Blanco Purus 1 faucet. Available in three different chrome/color finish combinations (black, light brown, and dark brown), as well as in solid chrome and satin nickel.
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