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.


New: Products of the Week, 11.4.13

Whimsical pendants, modern bath furniture, and three other products that caught our attention this week.

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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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Buzz: Product News Roundup, On the Fence Edition

Modern fences, cork insulation, the CFL-UV connection, FSC wood enters Olympic spotlight, and other product news from the past week.

• Think fences are all white pickets and chain link? Think again. Read the rest of this entry »

Buzz: Product News Roundup, Tall Order Edition

The world’s tallest wood building, domestically grown bamboo, finds from PCBC, and other product news from around the web last week.

• Plans are underway to build the world’s tallest wood building in Norway. The 16-story Barents building will house Read the rest of this entry »

New: Products of the Week, 6.22.12

5 new products, including a curvaceous tub, a hassle-saving fastener, and long-lasting porch flooring.

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Buzz: Product News Roundup, No Allen Wrenches Required Edition

IKEA-inspired modular housing, 50 hot green products, invisible universal design, and other product-related news from the past week.

The Swedish-inspired 1br/1ba Activ modular house from IdeaBox is priced at $86,500.

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Buzz: Product News Roundup, The Future Is (Almost) Now Edition

Product and design news from around the Web, including new technologies that provide Jetsons-like home automation, xeriscaping beyond the desert, low-speed wind turbines, and creative cabinetry. 

• Manufacturers at Mobile World Congress this week showed that Jetsons-like home control is no longer a fantasy—but it still risks being slowed by today’s incompatibility realities.

Wind Power Innovations' new method for harnessing the wind could lead to smaller, more efficient turbines.

•  One glance at the Wind Harvester and it’s clear this isn’t your mother’s wind turbine. Based on a “reciprocating motion that uses horizontal aerofoils,” the device can generate power in low winds and high speeds, typical tripping points for traditional vertical models.

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Showcase: 10 Reclaimed Products

Products Insider has a lot of love for reclaimed materials and salvaged products. Few options in the home have as distinctive a look and as rich a history as those reincarnated from another life, whether they originated as a container for wine, lit the deck of a Naval ship, or were worn down for hundreds of years by feet, horses, carts, and cars.

Reclaimed products come in many formats—from old materials used to craft new products to used antiques that have been refurbished and updated. They also carry a broad range of price tags, and, admittedly, getting a one-of-a-kind piece for the home doesn’t always come cheap. But whether you buy a reclaimed product from one of the many vendors around the country or do your own scavenging and rehab, your customers will end up with a truly unique conversation piece.

Here are 10 reclaimed and salvaged products that caught our eye.


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Buzz: Product News Roundup, Fading Fads Edition

Product news from the past week, including home design trends that are falling out of favor, affordable LEDs, wood ceilings, and more.

• Outdoor fireplaces, two-story family rooms, and 8 other home design trends on the way out in 2012. Read the rest of this entry »


Buzz: Product News Roundup, Show Stoppers Edition

Product-related news from the past week, including highlights from the 2012 International Builders’ Show, modern wood paneling, thermostat wars, and more.

Benjamin Obdyke's HydroGap drainable housewrap was one of many buzzed-about products at this year's Builders' Show.

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In Practice: Acetylated Wood Windows, Siding, and Bridges

Last week, Products Insider had the pleasure of touring a few projects in the Netherlands and the UK featuring Accoya, a modified wood product made by Accsys Technologies, a client of this blog’s parent company. Client or not, we were impressed with the diversity of applications and aesthetics we saw.

Accoya wood undergoes a nontoxic proprietary modification process called acetylation that renders it an unrecognizable wood source, preventing fungal decay while increasing its dimensional stability. The material is sourced from FSC- and PEFC-certified forests and is Cradle to Cradle Gold certified.

Here are a few of the projects we visited:

Moses Bridge, Fort de Roovere, the Netherlands:

This unique sunken bridge was constructed to provide pedestrian access across the moat of a 17th century Dutch defensive line. It's functional yet subtle--designed to emulate a trench-like aesthetic and appear invisible upon approach.

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