Buzz: Product News Roundup, Penny for Your Thoughts Edition

Penny tiles, composting-straw walls, wine storage for the rest of us, long-lasting cement, and other product news from around the web this week.

• Lucky indeed. These 15 projects showcase the beauty and diversity of penny-round tiles.

• You’ve heard of straw bale houses, but what about straw houses that also eliminate the need for a furnace? Students in Japan have developed a prototype house with straw walls that compost to heat and cool the space.

• Never repaint again? Harvard is working on “structural color” technology, which never fades.

• Let’s face it: Most of us can’t afford the wine cellar of our dreams. Here’s some advice and ideas for vino storage for the other 99%.

• Frank Lloyd Wright’s grandson is setting his sights on mainstream shipping container houses that are practical and beautiful.

• Breaking up may get a little harder to do: A graduate student has invented a cement composite with a service life of 120 years or more.

• New window regulations are coming. Here’s what to expect.

• The energy gurus are weighing in: Will open-cell spray foam really rot the roof?

Image: Traditional Bathroom by San Francisco Interior Designers & Decorators Kelly Scanlon Interior Design

 


Buzz: Product News Roundup, Bridging the Gap Edition

Bay Bridge-turned-bungalow, manly walk-in closets, dramatic light fixtures, and other product news from around the Web this week.

Bay_Bridge_House_Design_front1-805x525• 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.

• 15 ways to create drama with light fixtures.

• 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.


Products of the Week, 10.7.13

5 new product options, including classic-style faucets, modern entry doors, and high-performance recip saw blades.

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Buzz: Product News Roundup, Lighting the Future Edition

The latest bulb technologies, IKEA selling solar, rammed-earth houses, and other product news from the past week.

Philips Hue bulb

Philips Hue bulb

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Buzz: Product News Roundup, Keeping It at Bay Edition

Bay windows go modern, barn doors slide into homes, tall wood buildings capture more attention, and other product news from the past week. 

• Throw out your assumptions about bay windows. These six houses bring the traditional-home fixture into the modern aesthetic.

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New: Products of the Week, 10.11.12

Winter work gear, reclaimed spruce, deck screws, and two other products that caught our eye.

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Buzz: Product News Roundup, Open and Shut Edition

Eye-catching window shutters, engineered wood trends, soaring solar, and other product news from around the web this week.

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In Practice: Dramatic SIPs Roof Tops Room With a View

The first thing you notice about the Sneeoosh Cabin is its stunning setting, surrounded by lush Pacific Northwest forest, Puget Sound, and the Olympic Mountains beyond. The second thing you notice is its dramatic gable shed roof and dueling walls of windows.

Turns out, those two characteristics are connected.

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New: Products of the Week, 8.21.12

5 new products, including wood-look tiles, show-stopping metallic paint, and a sturdy hoist bucket.

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New: Products of the Week, 8.8.12

A super-fast dishwasher, elegant in-line shower drains, insulative sheathing, and two other products that caught our attention this week.

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Buzz: Product News Roundup, Island Time Edition

Product news from around the web, including kitchen island design tips, energy-generating toilets, outdoor wallpaper, and air conditioning’s anniversary.

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New: Kolbe Multi-Panel Folding Window

As America homeowners clamor to blur the line between interior and exterior spaces, window and door manufacturers have obliged with expansive multi-panel doors that slide or accordion out of the way to reveal wide, unobstructed views. Glass wall pioneer Nana Wall has been joined in recent years by a number of other manufacturers.

Kolbe currently offers two door models—Folding Doors and the TerraSpan Lift and Slide, which accommodates up to 10 panels. Now the company is expanding with Ultra Series Folding Windows, offered with up to eight panels on each side for a span of more than 50 feet. Read the rest of this entry »