New: Products of the Week, 7.23.14

This week’s picks: Modern outdoor light fixtures, corner windows, an impact wrench, handcrafted tiles, and flowing kitchen faucets.

Kichler Rosewell outdoor sconce

The Rosewell outdoor wall sconce from Kichler offers a modern shape with a rustic Olde Bronze finish. The inside of each fixture is brushed with shimmering gold paint to create a subtle, soft contemporary look. Two sizes are available.

Kolbe_Vista Luxe 90-degree window

New to Kolbe’s VistaLuxe collection of contemporary wood windows, which utilize multiple units to create large expanses of glass, this 90-degree corner direct-set window appears to transcend structural boundaries, opening up the home to even more expansive views. The windows feature a wood interior in a choice of species and an aluminum-clad exterior available in standard, custom, and new mica colors. Several profiles and a range of glass options are available.

Porter-Cable PCE210_2 Impact Wrench

Porter-Cable’s new 7.5-amp, ½-inch impact wrench combines performance and value, boasting a price point below $120 while offering 240-foot-pounds of torque, 2,700 impacts-per-minute, and up to 2,200 rpm. The tool’s forward/reverse rocker trigger switch offers easy transitioning between fastening and loosening applications. Other features include a cast metal gear housing to help dissipate heat buildup, a hog ring anvil for easy accessory changing, an ergonomic soft-grip handle, and a compact size.

Handpainted Fireclay Tile_3

Handpainted Collections artisanal tiles from Fireclay Tile include the Contemporary, Moroccan, and Mediterranean lines boasting modern aesthetics, sophisticated textures, and pure finishes. The tiles, which are handcrafted in California, come in 8-inch-by-8-inch and 6-inch-by-12-inch formats for a range of applications.

Graff Bollero Bar Faucet
Bollero kitchen and bar faucets, new from Graff, feature unique, flowing lines and a swiveling spout. The faucets come in polished chrome, silver nickel, olive bronze, and polished nickel finishes. All of the units operate at 1.8 gpm and have a dual spray/stream; the kitchen models include a pull-down sprayhead.

New: Products of the Week, 7.14.14

This week’s picks: An elegant kitchen faucet, jobsite-tough tech bags, a compact bath vessel, robust 5.0-Ah batteries, and wood-look fiber cement siding

Hansgrohe Metris Kitchen Faucet

The Metris kitchen faucet from Hansgrohe is a study in subtle contrasts, with a gently rounded square base tapering into a pyramid from which the gently curving body arcs high and out into a circular spout; the single lever handle similarly moves from sharper angles into a gentle curve. The extended spout surface offers ample contact areas for hands and fingers for easy operation and temperature adjustment. The pull-out spray features two spray options and a MagFit holder for a secure fit; an outward extension ensures plenty of hose length.

Klein Tools Tech Bags

Part of Klein Tools‘ Tradesman Pro Organizers line, these new tech bags are designed for building pros who need to carry laptops, tablets, and other gadgets on the jobsite, combining protective materials and features with a variety of smart storage. The Tech Backpack features 25 pockets, including a hard, molded front pocket for safety glasses, and a durable molded bottom. The Tech Bag boasts 22 pockets, including a zipper pocket for files, and protective guards and water-resistant bottom. Smartphone and Meter cases also are available.

Victoria + Albert Maru 42

Inspired by the Japanese word for “circle,” the Maru 42 basin offers a “perfectcircular” shape that is beautiful and sleek in its simplicity. Its compact design is ideal for his-and-hers bathrooms, powder rooms, or other space-challenged areas; yet despite its small stature, the Maru 42 is Victoria + Albert’s deepest basin—at 7 inches—and has the thickest rim at 1 inch. The sink can be used for freestanding or semi-recessed applications. The seamless unit is made with Englishcast, comprised of finely ground volcanic limestone and resin.

Bosch BAT621 5.0-Ah battery

Bosch now offers a 5.0-amp-hour battery for its 18-volt lithium-ion cordless power tools, offering contractors greater runtime and better tool performance. The BAT621 is identical in size and weight to the company’s 4.0- and 3.0-Ah batteries, yet is the lightest, most compact, and longest-running FatPack-style battery on the market, the company says. The battery’s CoolPack heat-conductive housing helps keep internal temperatures lower, allowing for up to 100 times longer recharge life.

Nichiha Sierra Premium Shake fiber cement siding

Nichiha’s* newly enhanced Sierra Premium Shake fiber cement siding features a rich, variegated look, with deeply defined grooves and keyways. Its ½-inch thickness also provides for the depth and shadows of real wood. The siding features a machine-applied Duracolor ST Semi-Transparent Finish that delivers enhanced pigments for long-lasting color, increased durability, and consistency. Terra, Hazelnut, and Shadow hues are available.


*Nichiha is a client of this blog’s parent company.

New: Products of the Week, 12.2.13

5 new products that crossed our desks this week, including a retro wine panel, a curvaceous kitchen faucet, and high-R-value insulation. 


Elmira Stove Works is expanding its line of retro appliances with the Model 1946 Wine Cellar Panel, allowing homeowners to optimally maintain their wine collection while adding vintage style to the kitchen. The panel is designed to fit the Jenn-Air Model JUX24FRACX wine cellar, which offers a 46-bottle capacity on six pull-out racks, LED lighting, dual-temperature zones, and a UV-resistant thermal glass door. The panel comes in nine standard “by-gone-era” colors, including mint green, flamingo pink, and buttercup yellow, or in custom colors.


The contemporary-style Antioch pull-out kitchen faucet from Danze features a 7-inch-high spout with a 9 ¾-inch spout length. For easier handling, the spout offers an ergonomic, organically curved design and conveniently placed, two-function spray/stream trigger. The faucet includes a ceramic disc valve, operates at 2.2 gpm, and comes in chrome, stainless steel, or tumbled bronze.


New from Ronbow, the Jenna vanity features a modern design, with clean lines and open shelving, along with a hidden, soft-close drawer for additional storage. The vanity boasts dovetail construction and comes with a ceramic, glass, TechStone, or Wideappeal top. Blush taupe, slate gray, and glossy white finishes are available.


CertainTeed has added an R-20 insulation to its Sustainable Insulation line. The batts will allow contractors to meet 2012 IECC requirements, in which wood-frame walls in climate zones 3 through 6 must have at least an R-20 thermal performance, without needing to add exterior insulated foam sheathing. The Greenguard-certified insulation is made from recycled and renewable content, including a plant-based binder, and contains no formaldehydes, dyes, or acrylics.

Weather Shield

Weather Shield’s new line of steel and fiberglass entry doors offer a range of options to appeal to virtually any taste and budget. The high-definition fiberglass panels offer the look of wood without the maintenance, and they absorb sound and insulate six times better than most wood doors, the company says. The three new fiberglass styles comprise the Deluxe, which features a deep woodgrain in oak, fir, cherry, and mahogany; Textured, which offers a distinctive, rich grain in oak, rustic, and Craftsman; and Smooth, for an upscale, painted look. The 22-gauge steel collection comes in a Stainable Steel style with a deep grain embossment for the look of wood or Smooth Steel with a steel-wrapped edge for a superior security rating.

New: Products of the Week, 10.21.13

5 new products, including contemporary interior doors, gel knee pads, and innovative surfacing.

Masonite Hamel interior door

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Products of the Week, 10.7.13

5 new product options, including classic-style faucets, modern entry doors, and high-performance recip saw blades.

Summit Appliance_Refrigerator
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Buzz: Product News Roundup, Keeping It at Bay Edition

Bay windows go modern, barn doors slide into homes, tall wood buildings capture more attention, and other product news from the past week. 

• Throw out your assumptions about bay windows. These six houses bring the traditional-home fixture into the modern aesthetic.

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Products of the Week, 12.14.12

Retro appliances, jobsite-ready fleece, a magnetic chalkboard door, and two other products that caught our eye this week.

Elmira Stove Works

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