This week’s picks: Modern outdoor light fixtures, corner windows, an impact wrench, handcrafted tiles, and flowing kitchen faucets.
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.
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’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 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.
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.
Penny tiles, composting-straw walls, wine storage for the rest of us, long-lasting cement, and other product news from around the web this week.
• You’ve heard of straw bale houses, but what about straw houses that also eliminate the need for a furnace? Students in Japan have developed a prototype house with straw walls that compost to heat and cool the space.
• Never repaint again? Harvard is working on “structural color” technology, which never fades.
• Let’s face it: Most of us can’t afford the wine cellar of our dreams. Here’s some advice and ideas for vino storage for the other 99%.
• Frank Lloyd Wright’s grandson is setting his sights on mainstream shipping container houses that are practical and beautiful.
• Breaking up may get a little harder to do: A graduate student has invented a cement composite with a service life of 120 years or more.
• New window regulations are coming. Here’s what to expect.
• The energy gurus are weighing in: Will open-cell spray foam really rot the roof?
Bay Bridge-turned-bungalow, manly walk-in closets, dramatic light fixtures, and other product news from around the Web this week.
• The old San Francisco Bay Bridge lives on: I-beams, concrete, girders, trusses, and roadways from the bridge, which was recently replaced, will be used to build a three-story house.
• Batting zero? A New Zealand study found that 100% of batt insulation installations have failures.
• Men need a place for their clothes too. Here are 30 ideas for walk-in closets with masculine appeal.
• The U.S. government is throwing its muscle behind tall wood buildings.
• That giant tarp? You’re folding it wrong.
• 10 tips to help your clients choose the right windows.
• Scientists are developing “microstructural lightweight construction materials” that have a stability relative to their weight that exceeds materials such as steel.
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