You might probably wash your hands three times every day in a different sink for the next year and you wouldn’t have used every one of the sinks that were on display last month at the humongous International Builders Show in Las Vegas.
Doubtful you’d be able to use all the toilets, either. Or the ranges, refrigerators, faucets and the dozens of other building products on display at the annual extravaganza. Together, they covered in excess of 1 million square feet of exhibit space. More than 1,500 product makers took part.
When the final count was in, some 67,000 home builders, remodelers and allied professionals attended the annual event, which was sponsored by the National Association of Home Builders and the National Kitchen and Bath Association.
They all might not become popular, but the ones that do should be found in new homes this fall, if not sooner. Needless to say, current homeowners don’t have to wait – if they would like to do some remodeling, a lot of the latest and greatest are on hand currently:
13 features buyers will want
1. Self-cleaning toilets
American Standard displayed its new, awarding winning self-cleaning toilet. The high performance unit uses 20% less water than low-flow, 1.6-gallon per flush toilets.
The cleaner is hidden in an easy-to-access compartment in the seat and is also released with each and every flush to freshen and cleanse the bowl. Also prevents staining and hard water build-up.
2. The space below decks
Trends come and trends go, specifically in building products. Decks are one trend which has lasted, but what with regards to the space below. It’s often unusable, especially in inclement weather. Not with RainEscape from Trex, makers of high performance wood alternatives and railings.
The product is installed on any deck to divert moisture and crate a dry space beneath, a space appropriate for furnishings, entertainment components, even lighting and ceiling fans.
3. Curved sky lights
VELUX, a well-known maker of skylights, exhibited a curved glass unit that’s ideal for home extensions or bump outs that have flat or low pitch roofs. Added rooms and other spaces that extend beyond a home’s original walls often wind up blocking natural light from interior rooms. However the new curved skylight corrects that issue, the company says.
4. Smarter thermostat
Honeywell’s latest smart thermostats extend their reach beyond the hallway and into your rooms, where and when they’re needed. They have wireless sensors that measure temperature and humidity which help balance hot and cold spots in a home, intelligently balancing temperature and humidity in sleeping wings, for one example, or kitchens, for another.
The units know which rooms are occupied and may automatically adjust that room to the desired setting. Home owners can set a preferred temperature in any room anytime, and prioritize multiple rooms at different times of day.
5. Water cleaner
LG comes with an easy-clean-oven with a water-based cleaning system which utilizes low heat and steam to complete the job automatically. The innards are covered with a special baked-on enamel which allows just water to remove burnt and crusted droppings and splatterings.
The unit eliminates the demand for toxic oven cleaners, and has a measurable effect on pollution and energy use. Whereas the conventional oven includes a three-hour self-cleaning cycle, the LG model needs only 20 minutes – and a tenth of the power.
6. Dishwashing sink
Perfect for small kitchens – in condos, for examples, efficiency apartments or tiny houses – StreamLine Hoods offers a combination dishwasher-sink combo that drops into the countertop.
The space-saving unit is no bigger than the common 36-inch sink, and eliminates the requirement for one more space-eating appliance. Also it includes such accessories as a draining basket. In brushed stainless steel.
7. Wall-mounted HVAC unit
Mitsubishi Electric’s sleek wall-mounted HVAC units not only provide cooling and heating to your room, in addition they monitor room conditions and adjust their fan speed to fine-tune your comfort. Advanced filtration features deodorize and purify the air in your home, contributing to better health. And the ductless system may be monitored and adjusted by remote control.
Return air sensors monitor room conditions and automatically adjust depending on human heat signatures to maintain the temperature you decide on.
8. Smart dimmer
Everything else in the home is often smart these days, so why not an intelligent dimmer? Jasco’s wi-fi-enabled myTouch dimmer allows home owners to set a unique lighting schedule with full-range dimming and an on-off override feature if plans change.
It may be controlled from any mobile device, and features a SunSmart feature that recognizes sunrise and sunset for one-off control.
9. Faucets go black
Black may never have gone away, however, if it did, it’s back – in the kitchen. Lenova has two new black-finish faucets, one matte and the other glossy – that go with any decor. These two pull-down faucets are crafted of stainless steel with no led content for optimum durability.
10. Virtual shopping
Model homes could possibly be eliminated with Virtual Sales Experience, a interactive touch-table/touch-screen enabled tool for builder sales and design centers. The program, which may be customized for builders of any size, presents models using rules-based option libraries so buyers can create their own unique dwellings and price their choices in real time.
Additionally, it can transform conceptual designs into permit-ready, lot-specific documents with materials and quantity takeoffs, and can be connected to various vendors’ software systems for ordering and delivery.
Another program, HomeByMe from Dassault Systems, allows would-be buyers to design their homes in 3D and play with different finishes and fixtures to allow them to preview their choices prior to making purchase decisions.
11. Outdoor fridge
Thor, a maker of pro-style kitchen appliances, is going outside with its new 24-inch indoor-outdoor refrigerator drawer. The stainless steel drawers have a packing capacity of 5.3 cubic feet while holding an internal temperature of between 32 and 50 degrees. The ventilated cooling system automatically defrosts the evaporator to maintain uniform cooling and prevent humidity and freezing. Additional features include digital controls for convenient setting options, bright white LED interior lights, self-close hinges and pro-style handles.
12. Blending in
Floor and wall air vents stick out like a sore thumb. But by integrating the vents into a home’s interior design, Canada’s Aria Vent found a better way. Now, form takes over from function as opposed to the other way around as the vents blend almost seamlessly into the room. On top of that, the vents are child and pet friendly.
The kidlets can’t toss items into the duct systems and animals can’t catch their paws or I.D. tags into the grilles.
13. Blind corner kitchen cabinets
Kesseböhmer USA showcased the newest addition to its blind corner kitchen cabinet organization lineup, a smaller unit that includes function to a broader array of smaller openings. The German designed and manufactured unit can accommodate frameless cabinet door opening as narrow as 14 inches and features a 55-pound load rating per shelf. Height adjustable, in four color combinations along with a soft-close feature.
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