Copyright (c) 2016 en-us Fine Homebuilding - "Products And Materials" blog entries Fine Homebuilding - "Products And Materials" blog entries Fri, 12 Feb 2016 01:17:12 -0500 Fine Homebuilding - "Products And Materials" blog entries Fine Homebuilding - "Products And Materials" blog entries <![CDATA[Counterfeit Concrete]]> Mon, 09 Nov 2015 12:20:00 -0500 Counterfeit Concrete Posted by DebSilber
Tapping into the trend toward industrial finishes, Caesarstone’s 2015 color additions include three designed as more consistent, more durable alternatives to concrete countertops. ]]>
<![CDATA[DeckFast Fascia System]]> Thu, 05 Nov 2015 09:30:00 -0500 DeckFast Fascia System Posted by Mike_Guertin
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. ]]>
<![CDATA[Five for the Fridge]]> Tue, 03 Nov 2015 12:20:00 -0500 Five for the Fridge Posted by DebSilber
Is the cheese behind door number one or door number two? The potential for this guessing game multiplies with the introduction of KitchenAid’s five-door refrigerator. ]]>
<![CDATA[The Pro That Goes Anywhere]]> Tue, 03 Nov 2015 12:20:00 -0500 The Pro That Goes Anywhere Posted by DebSilber
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. ]]>
<![CDATA[Indestructible in New Colors]]> Tue, 27 Oct 2015 08:20:00 -0500 Indestructible in New Colors Posted by DebSilber
Dekton, the ultracompact surface from Silestone manufacturer Cosentino, has increased its color options to 23. ]]>
<![CDATA[Quieter in the Kitchen]]> Tue, 27 Oct 2015 07:00:00 -0500 Quieter in the Kitchen Posted by patrick_mccombe
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. ]]>
<![CDATA[Make it Rain]]> Fri, 23 Oct 2015 09:00:00 -0500 Make it Rain Posted by DebSilber
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. ]]>
<![CDATA[Something Old, Something New]]> Fri, 23 Oct 2015 09:00:00 -0500 Something Old, Something New Posted by DebSilber
For those who want the best of both worlds, Stone Forest now offers a kitchen farmhouse sink that combines an exterior of patina-prone copper with a smooth and easy-toclean stainless-steel interior. ]]>
<![CDATA[Making Every Inch Count]]> Thu, 15 Oct 2015 12:27:14 -0500 Making Every Inch Count Posted by DebSilber
Targeting empty-nesters aiming to downsize and younger folks moving to cities, Bosch has just launched “The 24-in. Kitchen,” a suite of appliances measuring only 2 ft. wide. ]]>
<![CDATA[Compartmentalized Kitchen]]> Thu, 15 Oct 2015 12:25:32 -0500 Compartmentalized Kitchen Posted by FHBdotcom
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. ]]>
<![CDATA[Awash in Functionality]]> Thu, 15 Oct 2015 12:24:35 -0500 Awash in Functionality Posted by reeni
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. ]]>
<![CDATA[Memorable Mixers]]> Thu, 15 Oct 2015 12:23:29 -0500 Memorable Mixers Posted by DebSilber
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. ]]>
<![CDATA[Fit and Finish]]> Thu, 15 Oct 2015 10:58:14 -0500 Fit and Finish Posted by DebSilber
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. ]]>
<![CDATA[Disappearing Drain]]> Thu, 15 Oct 2015 10:57:31 -0500 Disappearing Drain Posted by DebSilber
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. ]]>
<![CDATA[A New Spin on Toilets]]> Wed, 20 May 2015 12:51:29 -0500 A New Spin on Toilets Posted by DebSilber
American Standard’s VorMax toilets use a new type of flush to clean the bowl in one sweep ]]>
<![CDATA[Getting Connected]]> Mon, 06 Apr 2015 16:10:40 -0500 Getting Connected Posted by Matt_Higgins
The world is wireless and your home can be too. ]]>
<![CDATA[Ecoshel Smart-Shingle System]]> Sun, 22 Mar 2015 15:20:54 -0500 Ecoshel Smart-Shingle System Posted by Mike_Guertin
Collated cedar shingle panel speeds installation and has a built-in drainage gap ]]>
<![CDATA[Simpson Strongtie DTT1Z Deck Lateral Load Connector]]> Fri, 20 Feb 2015 09:50:00 -0500 Simpson Strongtie DTT1Z Deck Lateral Load Connector Posted by Mike_Guertin
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. ]]>
<![CDATA[MiTek LTS19-TZ Deck Lateral Load Connector]]> Fri, 20 Feb 2015 09:30:00 -0500 MiTek LTS19-TZ  Deck Lateral Load Connector Posted by Mike_Guertin
MiTek's new LTS19-TZ is a long angle strap simplifies deck lateral load connections ]]>
<![CDATA[Strong-Drive TimberHex HDG screws]]> Sun, 15 Feb 2015 10:40:00 -0500 Strong-Drive TimberHex HDG screws Posted by Mike_Guertin
Need a heavy duty screw that can stand up to marine and coastal construction? Simpson Strongtie's Timber-Hex HDG can replace lag screws and bolts; and they're faster to install. ]]>