This week’s picks: Modern outdoor light fixtures, corner windows, an impact wrench, handcrafted tiles, and flowing kitchen faucets.
The Rosewell outdoor wall sconce from Kichler offers a modern shape with a rustic Olde Bronze finish. The inside of each fixture is brushed with shimmering gold paint to create a subtle, soft contemporary look. Two sizes are available.
New to Kolbe’s VistaLuxe collection of contemporary wood windows, which utilize multiple units to create large expanses of glass, this 90-degree corner direct-set window appears to transcend structural boundaries, opening up the home to even more expansive views. The windows feature a wood interior in a choice of species and an aluminum-clad exterior available in standard, custom, and new mica colors. Several profiles and a range of glass options are available.
Porter-Cable’s new 7.5-amp, ½-inch impact wrench combines performance and value, boasting a price point below $120 while offering 240-foot-pounds of torque, 2,700 impacts-per-minute, and up to 2,200 rpm. The tool’s forward/reverse rocker trigger switch offers easy transitioning between fastening and loosening applications. Other features include a cast metal gear housing to help dissipate heat buildup, a hog ring anvil for easy accessory changing, an ergonomic soft-grip handle, and a compact size.
Handpainted Collections artisanal tiles from Fireclay Tile include the Contemporary, Moroccan, and Mediterranean lines boasting modern aesthetics, sophisticated textures, and pure finishes. The tiles, which are handcrafted in California, come in 8-inch-by-8-inch and 6-inch-by-12-inch formats for a range of applications.
Bollero kitchen and bar faucets, new from Graff, feature unique, flowing lines and a swiveling spout. The faucets come in polished chrome, silver nickel, olive bronze, and polished nickel finishes. All of the units operate at 1.8 gpm and have a dual spray/stream; the kitchen models include a pull-down sprayhead.
American-made products, wooden light bulbs, meteorological pendants, and other product news from the past week.
- This Old House: 30 Best Building Products Made in America
- Residential Building Products and Technology: 15 Awesome Products Made in the USA
- Remodeling: 20 Products Made in the USA
• You shouldn’t take wooden nickels, but perhaps a wooden light bulb? A Japanese designer has created one out of pine veneer–for the bargain price of $2,700 (that’s a lot of nickels).
• Giving new meaning to the concept of bringing the outdoors in, the Cloud pendant light provides the audio-visual sensation of a thunderstorm.
• Americans are cutting the cord in droves. New research shows that 41% of households now use only wireless phones.
• In the wake of the innovative Nest, major manufacturers are following suit with smart thermostats of their own. A Wall Street Journal reporter puts them to the test.
• Everything you every wanted to know about log homes in one handy infographic.
• Good news: Builders are paying closer attention to the building envelope. Research from Professional Builder outlines the performance-enhancing products and methods they’re investing in most.
• Bored of glass and metal, a Harvard student invented way to weave facades out of clay. It looks like macramé, but it’s still pretty nifty.
Bay Bridge-turned-bungalow, manly walk-in closets, dramatic light fixtures, and other product news from around the Web this week.
• The old San Francisco Bay Bridge lives on: I-beams, concrete, girders, trusses, and roadways from the bridge, which was recently replaced, will be used to build a three-story house.
• Batting zero? A New Zealand study found that 100% of batt insulation installations have failures.
• Men need a place for their clothes too. Here are 30 ideas for walk-in closets with masculine appeal.
• The U.S. government is throwing its muscle behind tall wood buildings.
• That giant tarp? You’re folding it wrong.
• 10 tips to help your clients choose the right windows.
• Scientists are developing “microstructural lightweight construction materials” that have a stability relative to their weight that exceeds materials such as steel.
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The popularity of tubular skylights, which collect sunlight from the roof and channel it via a highly reflective tube, has soared in recent years, thanks in part to the green building movement and the ongoing push to get more natural light deeper into homes and buildings.
Most often, tubular skylights end at the ceiling, in a fixture similar to a recessed light (and perhaps even incorporating a supplemental electric light). Decorative options, such as diffusers and mounted shades, are growing. But you also can go a step further by transforming the solar tube into a traditional pendant- or chandelier-like fixture, as tubular skylight maker Solatube does in its own lobby.
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