Home Huntin’ Recommendations from the International Builders Show

From on February 21, 2008 in CalFinder News

Our link post this week is going to be a little different. Rather than culling the gems from several home remodeling websites, we’ve only tapped into one: This Old House. That’s because This Old House came back from the 2008 International Builders Show (IBS) in Orlando, Florida with a ton of great finds. Here are 7, to name just a few.

  1. Saving “from” a rainy day Meet your thirsty lawn’s water requirements with a natural water source: rain. It doesn’t rain everyday, but the Rainwater Pillow saves up to 1,000 gallons of rainwater to use for your hoses or sprinklers.
  1. Eco-friendly fencing FiberTech Polymers now has 100% recycled fencing, the majority of which is post consumer. The fencing proves how far from the landfill plastic and cardboard can go. The fencing is also 100% recyclable.
  1. Invisible screen Let’s face it, screens for your doors and windows aren’t very attractive, but they’re critical for keeping little critters out of the home. Andersen came up with a solution with TruScene, a very fine stainless steel mesh, so fine you barely know it’s there.
  1. Gravel goes a long way Integrated Paving Concepts has turned gravel into something decorative. The IPC material can transform on your landscaping into a textured surface or one with a pattern reminiscent of brick or stone pavers.
  1. Transformative concrete veneer Concrete is well recognized for its decorative powers, but it’s never really been compared to natural stone. Until now. Centurion has made concrete wall veneer that cures to look like the real, prehistoric deal.
  1. “Light” as a brick The expression seems contradictory, but not to El Dorado Stone. The company has made veneers that look just like real brick, except they’re way lighter and can even be installed over plywood.
  1. Easy window cleaning Marvin has made windows that pivot. That means, with a turn of a handle, you can rotate your windows from the indoors. Now, you can make second and third story windows glow from both sides, without ever stepping on a ladder!

Need a professional window installer or landscaper? Get a range of free estimates from our pre-screened, certified contractors.