PB April 2013

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The MoistureShield Vantage Collection from Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies is an environmentally friendly wood-plastic composite decking line that balances performance and costs while offering green-building benefits.

GE Café French door bottom-freezer refrigerators feature professional-style handles and options to keep your ingredients fresh, including the ClimateKeeper system.

Delta combines classical design with modern technology in the Cassidy kitchen faucet, which features innovations such as MagnaTite docking to keep the pull-down wand in place.

The Whirpool Gold double oven gas range offers unparalleled cleanability with its dishwasher-safe grates and intuitive Precise Clean system.

This new line of NuTone luxury medicine cabinets is designed to add modern style and sophistication to the bathroom along with convenient storage options.

Mid-Town from Danze reflects the “less is more” philosophy of product design. The collection includes single-handle and widespread faucets, as well as tub/shower variations (including a Mono Chic 5x8 single-function showerhead option).

Crafted in solid wood and rich, warm finishes, the Jeffrey Alexander Chatham Shaker bath vanity from Hardware Resources transforms classic vintage design into modern day beauty.

Using EasyTouch technology, the Minta Touch kitchen faucet from Grohe can be operated by simply touching the spout or faucet body.

Formica has introduced 33 on-trend laminate patterns. Natural and timeless wood looks are in demand for cabinetry, islands, built-in furniture, and modern countertops, and include Ash, Legno, Teak, Walnut, and Ribbonwood.

Kohler’s one-piece Adair toilet features a petite and slender shape that draws on the natural forms of the eroded and windswept rock formations found in Arizona.

The new Brizo Hydrati 2|1 shower features a showerhead design with an integrated handshower that can run separately or simultaneously.

Moen has expanded its MotionSense hands-free technology to Delaney and Haysfield, its newest stainless steel offerings. Both models feature a pulldown spout and a one-handle lever design for easy use.

Wellborn Cabinet’s newest door style, Messina, is a full overlay, wide stile and rail, cope and tenon door with a solid wood reverse raised center panel.

Toto’s new Wyeth Faucet Collection features high-efficiency lavatory faucets, tub fillers, and shower trim.

Now available with undermount slides, SmartCab II from Hafele is the only storage system on the market that will fit a 15- or 18-inch base cabinet with a drawer above the door.

The EverNew deck collection from CertainTeed includes three styles—EverNew Vinyl, EverNew LT, and EverNew PT—which are all maintenance free, easy to install, and never need painting, scraping, or sanding.

Broan’s Elite outdoor range hood is designed with corrosion-resistant stainless steel for outdoor areas and includes baffle filters and a built-in 1100 CFM blower.

Duradek’s vinyl roof membrane doubles as a walking surface and water barrier to protect rooftop decks from water infiltration.

Manufactured from cellular PVC to look and feel like painted wood, KleerWrap post wraps are cost effective and offer a way to improve the appearance and durability of exterior posts.

Feeney CableRail is made of weatherproof 316-grade stainless steel with more than 70-percent recycled content.

Eldorado Stone’s line of Outdoor Artisan Fire Bowls are available in two styles and four colors, and include 65,000 BTU gas burners that provide heat and light.

Available in 36- and 42-inch sizes, the Carolina outdoor gas fireplace from Hearth & Home Technologies is approved for use in screened porches, gazebos, and lanais.

The Trex Reveal aluminum railing features a sleek and sturdy construction designed to complement any view.

Walpole Outdoors offers a variety of standard pergola kits, from straight top to arched with round or square columns, in six sizes.

The NAHB and other organizations are recommending any new immigration law to include a program that opens a legal path for foreign workers to enter the United States when the economy needs them.

FHFA sets Fannie and Freddie reforms; New arrivals migrate to homeownership; Millennials prefer small and smart; Toll Brothers to build near Denver; Weekley Homes expands to Salt Lake City; Leasing homes attracts buyers for RSI

Proving copyright infringement of a song, screenplay, or house design typically relies on circumstantial evidence because eyewitnesses or a confession by the defendant are rarely available.

There were no flavor of the month upgrades for kitchens and baths as home buyers remained cost-conscious and sought the same amenities that were popular in the 2011 survey.

Equity investors play an important role in not only securing deals but with providing quick funding when unexpected financial deadlines occur. Banks, on the other hand, move slowly and their delays can affect the viability of a deal.

Finding builders full of good people operating with no better than marginal processes is common. So what’s that got to do with profit margin? Plenty.

The two trophies most builder sales operations covet are more qualified traffic and more sales. An often-overlooked way to attain both is a well-thought-out and executed participation program for Realtors.

In home building, the customer is rarely right. Wow, I bet you didn’t think you would see that statement coming from a customer satisfaction expert; but it is true, and here is why.

After standing pat with its flagship energy program for the first 10 years, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency revamped the thresholds for Energy Star-backed new homes twice in the last half-dozen years.

Whether a home is large or small, the master bath continues to demand a great deal of attention.

The most prevalent trends in bath­room design for 2012 and 2013 are centered on better use of floor space, more storage, and amenities that rival those of an upscale resort or spa. 

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