Mike_Guertin, editorial advisor | November 5th, 2015
Starborn adapts their SmartBit system and specially designed screws to make PVC and composite deck facia board installation easy and attractive while permitting the boards to expand and contract freely.
Thermador’s new five-burner Pro Harmony range and pro rangetop balance the utility of five burners with design features that make the 30-in.-wide appliances a possible fit in less-than-pro surroundings.
patrick_mccombe, Associate editor | October 27th, 20151 comment
Easily beating Energy Star’s current standard of 2.8 cfm per watt, Zephyr’s new Verona Island range hood provides
17 cfm of ventilation per watt and reduces energy consumption by 80% compared to other range hoods.
Amid claims that it will make showering “transformative,” and a Kickstarter campaign that captivated Silicon Valley’s elite (while raking in more than $2.5 million in funding), the Nebia showerhead has gotten a lot of attention.
Thankfully, the idea of a concealed kitchen has come a long way: The Stealth Kitchen by Yester-Tec Design Company is a high-end, flexible, hidden-kitchen system featuring full-size appliances and worksurfaces (oven, cooktop, sink, counters, dishwasher, fridge, microwave, and ample storage) that remain hidden behind finely crafted cabinetry that can be installed in any room.
reeni, FHB editorial admin | October 15th, 20151 comment
I’ve often wished for a washing machine with a built-in sink—and now there is one. Samsung’s new topload washing machine with Activewash (WA8700) features a sink with a water jet and scrubbing surface built into the washer lid.
Vittorio Bertazzoni Jr., CEO of Italian appliance maker SMEG, wanted his company’s new line of small appliances to be long-lasting—which also means he wanted a design that people wouldn’t get tired of looking at.
Starting at $80, Ikea’s wall-hugging Lillången sink fits the bill for those whose budget is as constrained as their bathroom. The smallest, measuring 23-5⁄8 in. long, 10-5⁄8 in. deep, and 5-1⁄2 in. high, can be mounted with the faucet to the left or right.
QuickDrain USA’s linear drains are meant to be unobtrusive, but the company’s latest is virtually invisible. The WallDrain
tucks in the joint between the shower pan and studs (the wall is furred out to fit over it), leaving a gap through which
runoff drains away under the wall.
Mike_Guertin, editorial advisor | February 20th, 2015
Small but strong, Simpson Strongtie's DTT1Z hardware meets the new 2015 IRC deck lateral load connection figure. Plus a technical bulletin details several options for securing the connection to sills, plates, headers and studs.