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Succeeding with Technology in 2015

Succeeding with Technology in 2015

Chances are, you’re using a smart phone or tablet to communicate with your clients and potentially show them images you uploaded to Houzz, Pinterest or other sites. But is your business behind the tech curve in every other way?

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MicroTouch Steam Shower Control

MicroTouch Steam Shower Control

From ThermaSol

ThermaSol’s sleek MicroTouch control works in the same manner as a smartphone or tablet: the touch of a finger controls the screen. Using capacitive touch technology ( CTT ), users can control their steam shower experience, including; on/off...

Survey reveals residential landscape design trends

March 27, 2015

Sustainable and low-maintenance design are the top trends for residential landscape projects, according to the 2015 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends Survey conducted by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).     Landscape...

Home technology should save time, money, comfort

March 26, 2015

HomeSphere hosted a webinar by John Burns Real Estate Consulting on Thursday, March 26, titled "The Wow Factor: Technology and Innovation in Home and Community Design." Mollie Carmichael of John Burns Real Estate Consulting presented the webinar, and it...

Home price appreciation outpaces wage growth in most markets

March 26, 2015

RealtyTrac has released an analysis of wage growth and home price appreciation during the U.S. housing recovery of the past two years that found home price appreciation has outpaced wage growth in 76 percent of U.S. housing markets during that time...

High-performance cladding

High-performance cladding

From Thermocromex

Thermocromex is a high-performance, limestone plaster cladding that can be applied to nearly any substrate, including CMU, frame/sheathing, tilt wall, poured-in-place concrete and lightweight blocks/cement. The permanent, weatherproof, breathable...

Wildland-Urban Interface certified products

Wildland-Urban Interface certified products

From Boral TruExterior Siding & Trim

All thicknesses, widths and profiles of the Boral TruExterior product line, which encompasses siding and trim, are certified by the California Building Commission for inclusion on the Wildland-Urban Interface Products Listing. The certification...

Latex-based foam sealant

Latex-based foam sealant

From DAP Inc

DAP 's DAPtex Plus Multi-Purpose Insulating Foam sealant is an easy-to-use, latex-based formula for window and door frames. The toolable and paintable compound is suitable for sealing, insulating and weatherproofing large cracks and gaps, and it cleans up...

Waterproofing aerosol stain

Waterproofing aerosol stain

From Thompson Wood Protector

The Thompson 's WaterSeal brand has introduced its Waterproofing Stain Aerosol, which combines exterior wood stain and sealer in an 11.75-ounce aerosol package. Five colors are available: acorn brown, maple brown, woodland cedar, harvest gold and sequoia...

Easy-to-install profile

Easy-to-install profile

From Versatex

The newly introduced high-density PVC crosshead pediment profile from Versatex Building Products is offered in 16-ft. lengths with a smooth matte finish. The profile is easy to cut, miter and install and is compatible with standard millwork tools...

Surface made from recycled carpet

Surface made from recycled carpet

From Nyloboard

NyloBoard products, including NyloDeck and NyloPorch, are made using recycled carpet fiber to provide strength, rigidity and screw retention, as well as resist moisture and insects. The monolithic board composition creates a solid board and are rated...

Caswell LED Pendant

Caswell LED Pendant

From Hudson Valley Lighting

An orb of opal glass is ringed by a plane of polished acrylic in the Caswell pendant from Hudson Valley Lighting. LED lighting emits a brilliant light with low energy consumption.

Kelly LED Pendants

Kelly LED Pendants

From Studio Italia Design

The Kelly cluster pendants are one of the newest additions to the Studio Italia Design offering. This collection combines the small Kelly LED sphere in clusters going from 1 to 36 Spheres in a single canopy. Each 7” diameter sphere is powered by an...

WDMA announces new leadership team

March 25, 2015

The Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) is pleased to announce that its new leadership team was installed today at the WDMA Spring Meeting and Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. At the meeting, the WDMA Board of Directors elected Al...

Edge-Lit LED Panels

Edge-Lit LED Panels

From Nora Lighting

Nora Lighting’s family of Edge-Lit LED Panels now features a new pendant mounting option that allows suspension of the fixture up to eight feet from the ceiling. The suspended, extruded aluminum surface frame presents a contemporary, finished...

Terna LED Fan/Light

Terna LED Fan/Light

From Kichler Lighting

Kichler Lighting's Terna LED fan features an integrated LED light, providing lighting and air movement in one fixture. This mini, uniquely-styled, patent-pending fan/light has a 15” sweep, and is available in Brushed Nickel, Oil Brushed Bronze or...

LED Architectural Pendants

LED Architectural Pendants

From CSL (Creative Systems Lighting)

CSL’s collection of LED Architectural Pendants has been upgraded and includes an integral proprietary 120-277V input LED Driver, 90% efficient, 0.99 power factor and are UL/C-UL listed for damp locations. The LED fixtures provide 50,000 hours of...

Niveous LED Pendant Light

Niveous LED Pendant Light

From WAC Lighting

WAC Lighting’s Niveous LED Pendant offers optimized light distribution that utilizes multiple LEDs to achieve an evenly lit globe.  Engineered with proprietary LED technology, the pendant has a CCT of 2700K and a CRI of 90. Using just 14 watts...

LED Cabinet Lighting

LED Cabinet Lighting

From Richelieu Hardware

Richelieu Hardware’s latest line of LED products includes the LED Leaf for drawers or cabinets. The drawer version is mounted on an easy-to-install sliding mechanism, while the cabinet version is mounted directly on the cabinet top interior. Both...

Linear Lighting Systems

Linear Lighting Systems

From Rev-A-Shelf

Tresco Lighting By Rev-A-Shelf has introduced Infinex  linear lighting systems. T he patent-pending LED aluminum extrusion system allows the user to choose their style, cut to desired length and assemble to create a customized LED fixture. Designed by...

Loop & Friends Tubs

Loop & Friends Tubs

From Villeroy & Boch

Two acrylic Loop & Friends freestanding wellness bathtubs have been added to Villeroy & Boch’s line of tubs. The tubs,  one square and one oval, feature a unique 3.5-inch edge surround that serve as a base for fixture installation or...

Begin with the end in mind

Forty years is not a trivial amount of time but I’m willing to bet 1975 seems like yesterday to many of you. Time flies when you’re working hard, running a business, raising a family and generally making it happen year-in and year-out. The ‘70s were...

Underwater Homeowners Sink Deeper, Even as Home Values Rise

March 24, 2015

Owners of homes at the bottom of the market are trapped underwater on their mortgages even as the real estate market continues to recover, according to the fourth quarter Zillow Negative Equity Report. That's because low-end homes – the most likely to...

CAVARE Pull-Out Shelves

CAVARE Pull-Out Shelves

From Richelieu Hardware

The CAVARE pull-out shelf system from Richelieu Hardware creates multiple levels and sections for organizing a variety of items. Made of metal and available in three widths to fit a variety of cabinets and closets, the shelves are situated...

Chrome Blind Corner Systems

Chrome Blind Corner Systems

From Rev-A-Shelf

Chrome blind corner optimizers from Rev-A-Shelf now feature Soft-Close technology. The corner storage systems come fully assembled for ease of installation in most 45" blind corner cabinets with 15" and 18" openings. Large chrome-plated baskets with...

Three Solutions for Dealing with Angry Customers

Different people have varying reactions when issues arise in a remodeling project. Some fill to the brim with rage when they don't get what they want, and that's okay - they're spending a lot of money on their project and expect things to go smoothly...