The International Builders Show is the largest home building show in the world. The show plays host to over 105,000 attendees from 95 countries and 1800 exhibitors spread out across over 1 million square feet of exhibit space. What does that means to you? Check out some VERY cool products available now or in the very near future.
Double the Oven in Half the Space
Anyone who has ever tried to juggle multiple cooking times and temperatures to prepare a special family meal or trays of delicate hors d'oeuvres for a party will appreciate the hottest new innovation from GE. The new GE Profile Double Oven Freestanding Range offers the largest free-standing total oven capacity in the industry to cook two different dishes – at two different temperatures – at the same time. Available in black, white and stainless for between $1,699 - $1,999.
High Tech Deck
This Trex Designer series deck highlights the look of wood without any of the maintenance. Using stock Trex railing parts, this deck railing was customized and curved to match the arc of the deck. The deck surface is Trex 5/4 x 6 Saddle color. The complex decking pattern is made possible by the dimensional stability of composite (made of recycled waste wood fiber and plastic) verses wood which would break down easily. Trex decking starts at under $2/linear foot.
Bold, Beautiful Baths
This Kohler Mersing bathroom vanity, coordinating mirror, along with Iron Impressions cast iron countertop and sink in a new Ember colorcapitalizes on the trend of bringing fine and artistic furniture pieces into the bathroom. These new vanities also feature ample storage, slow-closing drawers and the wood is treated to withstand a moisture-rich bathroom environment. This collection retails for $3,325 (vanity-$1,850, mirror-$400, cast iron countertop/basin - $1,075).
Sculpture for Your Kitchen
Moen’s Medora™ high-arch, pull out faucet will add drama and sophistication to your kitchen. The faucet also includes a fiber pullout hose with a ball joint at the end of the wand for quiet operation and easier maneuverability when rinsing hard-to-reach corners of the sink or spots outside the sink area. Add in the faucet’s stylish matte black finish and single-hole mount for beautiful blending with any countertop material, and sophistication is definitely on tap. Prices start at $450.95 in Chrome, 473.20 in black, and 548.00 in stainless.
Lock Together Floor
Armstrong’s new Locking Hardwood floors put convenient installation underfoot. Shown here in a “Wormy Chestnut” pattern, all 32 products in this new residential flooring collection feature Armstrong’s exclusive NextGen™ patent-pending technology, which eliminates the need for glue, staples or nails and reducing installation time. That means you can live on your new floor immediately, and even remove and replace it later if you so choose.
Tools That Rule
For the tool junkie that has everything, check out the Ryobi One+ 18 volt Caulk Gun. This battery-power caulk gun uses 10 oz. tubes and takes the work out of a variety of caulking tasks, such as caulking kitchen and bathroom fixtures, even new or replacement windows. The Ryobi One+ System allows users to insert the same 18-volt battery into more than 25 different tools and lifestyle products. Retails for under $50 at The Home Depot.
Low-Cost Lighting Automation
With personal and home safety a growing concern for homeowners throughout the country, Lutron Electronics released a new security package for its AuroRa wireless lighting control system. The low-cost easy to install system provides visual alerts to neighbors and rescue vehicles during in-home emergencies.
An AuroRa system installs quickly and easily. Simply replace five existing light switches with five AuroRa dimmers. Then, for remote access of lights, plug in the five-button tabletop master control and clip the wireless controller to a car’s visor. $750 complete.
Flush With Excitement
Only at the International Builders Show can guys like media personality Ed DelGrande (aka “Ed the Plumber”) get an entire crowd excited about a new toilet The KOHLER Highline Pressure Lite Comfort Height toilet retails for $500. It uses compressed air to flush ONLY 1.1 gallons per flush to save 5,000 gallons of water over standard 1.6 gallon toilets. Oh, and those colorful things he’s handing out to the crowd to flush down the toilet? Ed calls them “flush bunnies” and are designed to represent, err well, take a guess.
Heat Your Home like a Roman
According to the folks at Uponor, the Romans first used radiant floor heating in 60 A.D. to warm enclosed spaces. This high-tech version will keep you comfortable as a king. The radiant system uses flexible PEX piping and a manifold system shown here to large surface areas (floors, walls, ceilings) into large, low-temperature radiators to surround your with warmth. Uponor radiant heating systems are efficient and economical, and keep families cozy and comfortable and often increase the resale value of your home.
Program Your Power Shower
The Kohler DTV Custom Showering Experience brings technology into the bathroom. You can preset the water temperature as well as the number of showerheads and body sprays you want to operate. The DTV (digital thermostatic valve) and digital interface eliminate all mechanical knobs and handles that had been installed on the wall of the shower to operate the various showerheads and body sprays and water temperature. The pleasure comes at a price: $2,000 which includes both the six-port digital thermostatic valve and digital interface.
Storm Proof Patio Doors
The Therma-Tru hinged patio door in this display is designed to stand up to the toughest of storms. During the 4-days of the trade show, it was pelted with the equivalent of 8 inches of rain per hour with no leaks. It is part of Therma-Tru’s “Tru-Defense” line of patio and entry doors, which are independently certified (DP 40) and will stand up to 150 mph winds. If you live in a storm-zone, this is your door.
Leak Proof Roof
With winter weather still whipping many parts of the country, ice dams are causing millions in damage. Grace Ice & Water Shield, shown here holding back a fish tank full of water, proves it is possible to build a roof that will stand up to Mother Nature’s wrath. The self-adhering high tech membrane is installed under roof shingles at the roof edge to prevent leakage from ice dams that form and force water back under roof shingles.
Clear the Air
As homes are built tighter, there is far more concerns about the quality of the air you breathe inside that home. This Aprilaire 5000 Electronic Air Cleaner shown here was rated #1 by Consumer Reports for the last three years and is the only air cleaner that delivers efficiencies of over 98% on particles smaller than 1 micron in size, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The captured particles are permanently trapped with absolutely no chance of being reintroduced into the air stream and back into the home. Prices start at $650.
Home SAFE Home
Close this door as the F5 tornado is bearing down on your house and you’d be smiling too. This “safe room” was constructed as a part of the “NextGen” home built in the parking lot of the International Builders Show. Constructed to the standards of the Institute for Business and Home Safety’s “Fortified…for safer living” program, it features advanced technology including this 200 plus pound steel door with protruding steel pins that can safely lock you “bank-vault style” in this reinforced room while the storm passes overhead.
Do-it-Yourself Concrete Countertops
Thanks to their unique appearance, affordability and high durability, concrete countertops continue to gain in popularity in kitchen and bath remodeling schemes. With QUIKRETE’s Concrete Countertop Mix, you can cast your own design with a weekend and a much smaller budget than you’d need if you’d selected stone or hired a professional. Finished costs run $15-$20 a foot, about a third of what it’s cost you to have one professionally built.
Mold Proof Construction
About the only thing that can grow on these walls is dust. Treated with a new product called “FrameGuard” the lumber used in this demonstration building is protected against mold, fungus and termites. The product must be installed at the time of construction. Ask your builder to visit www.frameguardwood.com.
Now you see it…now you don’t
The small green dome camouflaged in this garden is all that is visible of the 500 plus gallon propane fuel tank below the ground. Builders are now turning away from above ground tanks to below grade tanks in areas where natural gas is inaccessible. Below grade tanks are constructed of heavy duty steel and can last for 30-40 years. They can also service several homes at once through individual meters.
Utility Room of the Future
If the only thing that looks familiar in this photo is the electrical panel, you’re right. The garage at the NextGen home featured such items as a “Gaia Power Tower” a house sized power supply that can repower your home generator-free if the utility goes down. Lighting, security and home automation controls round out this utility room of the future.