Kernel-caressing microwaves, awesome lighting tricks, paper houses, and other product news from around the web this week.
• Office workers rejoice! A new microwave from Whirlpool has sound sensors that will adjust popcorn-cooking time for optimal results.
• When a simple sconce or spotlight just won’t do, try one of these 18 cool lighting tricks.
• 4 steps to squeak-free floors.*
• Top 10 truck trends for 2014.
• From spiral stairs to fiberglass doors to insulating housewrap, here’s a look at 38 more products from the Builders’ Show.
• 7 tools made right here in the U.S. of A.
• Walk-in closets and low-E windows—expected. Laminate countertops? Not so much. See “what’s most likely to show up in single-family homes in 2014,” according to an NAHB survey.
• We’re feeling a distinct urge to doodle. Check out these 10 houses made with paper.
• Have a gorgeous project featuring Marvin Windows? The manufacturer has opened its sixth annual Architects Challenge design contest.
*Disclosure: The author of this article is a client of this blog’s parent company.
Colors of the year, toxic-material buzzwords, top green products, and more product news from around the industry this week.
• We’ve entered that fun time when paint manufacturers begin releasing next year’s signature colors—those hues that reflect our current culture, state of mind, and style choices. Sherwin Williams’ pick for its color of the year is “Exclusive Plum,” described as a dusky, silky violet.
• Also releasing its color report is Pittsburgh Paints, whose “Book of Now” compilation of 2014 color forecast stories highlights keywords such as “versatile,” “optimistic,” “dynamic,” and “elegant.”
• This is also the time of year when magazines compile their favorite finds. One of the most respected is BuildingGreen’s Top 10 Green Products, which this year includes CLT and mineral wool.
• Broadening the scope, here are This Old House’s Top 100 favorite new-home products from the year.
• If your pickup’s past its prime, here’s a look at three truck models rolling off the lines in 2014.
• Our reclaimed-material-loving hearts are pounding over these bike chain chandeliers.
• Trying to keep toxic materials out of your projects? Memorize these 4 red-flag product descriptors.
• If there’s no room in the bathroom but plenty of room in the budget, try a wall-hung toilet on for size.
• 6 fun-and-functional products from the Remodeling Show.
• USGBC and UL are teaming up to increase building material transparency.
For many of us, the term “wallpaper” conjures images of dated, repetitive patterns, garish borders, and hours upon hours of sticky, steamy removal. In fact, it seems that “get rid of the wallpaper” is one of the few things all homeowners agree on when it comes to remodeling.
But over the past few years, wallpaper has been shedding its dirty-word status thanks to significant upgrades in styles and applications. Read the rest of this entry »
The slow-but-steady housing recovery and Americans’ growing desire for outdoor living space are helping to paint a fairly sunny picture for deck manufacturers, retailers, and builders. Read the rest of this entry »
Fungus-based green building materials, utilities versus solar, ceilings that soar, top-rated work trucks, and other product news from the past week.
- Are mushrooms, sheep’s wool, and bacteria the green building materials of the future? Read the rest of this entry »
2013’s trendy colors, life-saving air conditioning, inspiring islands, arguing against spray foam, and other product news from the past week.
Tricks for concealing gadgets, accessible appliances, inspiring fireplaces, and other product news from around the web this week.
10 super-cool electronic faucets, a guide to LED bulbs, structural bamboo, rising material costs, and other product news from the past week.
For many baby boomers, upgrading the home for aging in place is a topic they wish to avoid. And it’s no wonder: In the past, “universal design” equated to institutional-feeling products that made cozy spaces feel like hospitals.
But no more. Manufacturers have recognized that independent living shouldn’t mean sacrificing aesthetics. Read the rest of this entry »
Outdoor-living eye candy, tornado shelters, transom windows, and other product news from around the web this week.
Americans still love their backyards, according to the results of the American Society of Landscape Architects’ 2012 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends survey, released today. Read the rest of this entry »
When it comes to interior upgrades, many pros and homeowners gravitate toward countertops and flooring and paint, with interior doors often lower on the list. But in reality, updating one or two of those plain slabs is a fairly simple way to add visual interest to a room. Read the rest of this entry »