The current mantra in designing homes is “tear down those walls!” Open floorplans are must-haves because they accentuate the casual living environment that consumers crave.
March Product Review -- IBS Product Review and Cabinets
The Southport from Bradford Products is a stainless steel portable spa. The Southport features 12 hydrotherapy jets, handrails and underwater light. The stainless steel and ceramic tiles are engineered for prolonged exposure to the elements — they won't warp, crack, blister or deteriorate. The Southport can be delivered fully assembled or in prefabricated pieces for on-site assembly.
A new tub/shower valve system from Delta Faucet simplifies installation by permitting functional and stylish trim changes without having to change the valve in the wall. The new MultiChoice Universal Valve offers three function options: single- and dual-function pressure balance, as well as a new dual-function thermostatic valve cartridge. Delta offers the ability to install both pressure balance and thermostatic cartridges in one valve.
The Universal Valve works with any of the Delta Monitor pressure balance tub/showers.
The MultiChoice Universal Valve allows for easy shower upgrades, eliminates the wrong valve from being installed and uses existing Delta brand trim packages.
Crown Heritage has developed a patent-pending alignment system and corresponding proprietary tool, EasAlign, for stair system railing and fitting installations. The EasAlign system works with all Crown Heritage stair systems and features invisible magnetic fastening elements. This method for connecting stair parts eliminates wood plugs, nuts, bolts and glue.
EasAlign ensures a smooth, strong, completely aligned railing connection and eliminates misfits between handrails and fittings. The EasAlign tool provides the exact method for drilling the fittings for the system. No glue or no sanding is required.
The NanaScreen is an operable insect screen system. These collapsible, pleated, screen panels can work in tangent with the NanaWall or separately to provide clear, open views and breezes. The screens are comprised of 4-inch wide vertical cassettes that are installed on a single 1/4- inch × 1/2- inch floor track. Each panel can be ordered with full-height magnetic catches and can expand up to 4 feet, 3 inches wide and 8 feet, 6 inches tall. The screen is available in white, clear aluminum and bronze anodized framing.
Vitra has added the Serenade Collection to its Classic Product Line. The Serenade line has a classic country look and is available in cherry wood with raised panel edging and interior half shelving. Optional marble and granite counters and drop in sinks are available. Vitra furniture is hand made and ships fully assembled.
Omega Cabinetry now offers stainless steel doors. This new option is offered in either a smooth, flat recessed panel or as a glass-ready frame. The overlays have a 3-inch frame width which match the frame widths of the Mannheim, Madrid, Monterey and Monroe door styles. These doors are constructed from the same heavy gauge stainless steel used for appliances.
Omega has also added a locker cabinet to its furniture cabinet series. The locker cabinet has three storage sections with a fixed vertical, middle partition that can be extended through to the top of the cabinet. The middle section, which is ideal for hanging coats, is anchored by either a single or side-by-side drawer configuration. The entire unit has an open cavity at the bottom for shoe storage. The locker cabinet measures 36 inches wide, 80 inches tall and 18 inches deep. Doors are optional.
Yorktowne is offering an enhanced Appliance Panel Program. This customization program allows for easy ordering of panels for the most common brands of refrigerators, dishwashers and warming drawers. The pre-engineered and pre-priced program incorporates a form that contains model numbers and panel shapes and sizes for common appliance manufacturers. Panels can be ordered in an integrated, overlay or framed style. Custom quotes are available for models not included on the form.
Timberlake has added five new decorative glass inserts to its collection. Four of the designs have a leaded, stained-glass pattern design. The fifth glass design, Meredith, has an open, smooth beveled edge. These new additions can be used in Timberlake's mullion or open-framed door lines.
Diamond has added the Mini Message Center to its Diamond Logix organization solution line. The message center has built-in key hooks, fixed shelves, metal cubby divider and a dry erase board on the inside door. The Mini Message Center is available in all Diamond cabinet and color options and can be tacked onto the end of a row of cabinets.
In Wall Cabinets offers a wine rack with a wine glass holder cabinet. These two vertically stacked cabinets can hold 12 glasses and seven wine bottles. Offered in a maple or oak wood there are six color options.
This cabinet can be ordered with or without doors or in a split-door design. There are five doors styles: plain glass; wood frame with glass, wood frame with mirror; wood frame with decorative leaded glass and wood frame with solid wood panel. Door knobs are available in black or brass with an optional lock for security. In Wall Cabinets are engineered for installation between wall studs so no nails or screws are necessary.