Building Materials

A compilation of Custom Builder's articles, surveys, ideas, trends, and tips on building materials for residential builders, remodelers, and architects serving the residential construction industry.



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Ed Mattox tells us what products he wouldn't build without.

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Bear Creek Glass has created new, hand-blown glass pendant lights to match its glass bowl sinks. These bathroom lights are offered in solid colors or frosted designs with swirl or speckled patterns. The solid colors include ruby, amber, cobalt, pink and ice blue. These hand crafted fixtures measure 6 × 4½ inches.

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Weave is Walker Zanger's new mosaic tile line. Crafted from hand-poured glass, Weave is characterized by its iridescent patina finish. This glass mosaic tile is offered in four different styles: straight set field, offset field, basket weave field and montage pattern field. The tiles come in three sizes: 1 × 4, 1 × 2 and 1 × 1-inch tiles; and in eight solid colors with several mo...

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Kohler www.kohler.com Kohler's Undertone Trough sinks are ideal for entertaining guests or preparing gourmet meals. These practical sinks can be installed virtually anywhere in the kitchen to allow discerning home chefs to customize their workspaces. For example, they can be used in a bar or island to keep beverages cool or perishables fresh while cooking.

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Elk's new shingle roofing has married beauty and energy conservation. Keeping in step with the move toward environmentally sensitive products, Elk and 3M partnered to produce the Cool Color Series shingle. While most home design works to bring the outdoors in, the Cool Color Series works to keep harmful sun rays out.

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Homeowners can now make their homes into culinary masterpieces with the help of GROHE's stainless steel cold water pot filler. The pot filler installs on the wall directly over the stove, allowing cooks to fill large pots or to add water to without leaving the stove. The pot filler features a dual pivot joint design, which extends 20 inches for easy use over front or rear burners and then folds...

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GE's Monogram Walk-In Wine Vault brings luxury into the wine connoisseur's home. Measuring approximately 7 feet 9 inches by 8 feet 8 1/2 inches on the exterior and 7 feet 1 inch by 8 feet 1/2 inch on the interior, the vault is designed specifically to manage and store up to 1,100 bottles of fine wine in a secured environment.

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KitchenAid has taken the dishwasher down under with its Drawer Dishwasher. Similar to traditional dishwashers, this unit occupies the same amount of undercounter space; however, unlike traditional models, two separate dishwashers — one on top of the other — are hidden in easy-to-pull-out drawers.

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As the trends for customizing and personalizing homes grows, builders are turning to concrete as an element for design and stamp of differentiation. More than just flooring material, concrete is being used to create one-of-a-kind countertops, walls, fireplaces, doors — and even houses. Enter concrete specialist Vince Schrementi and architect Grant Currier, who have hewn an entire home out...

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Custom Builder David DeBord reveals what products he won't build without.

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Marrying practicality with style, Bear Creek Glass creates unique sink bowls for the bathroom. Bear Creek offers sinks in four shapes, Classic, Fusion, Ocean and Splash. The Splash model (shown on the top), resembling water, is available in 11 shades and ranges in diameter from 15 to 19 inches in diameter with a depth of 4 to 6 inches.

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Ideal for a kitchen island or prep area, Elkay's Mystic is a four-foot-long curved sink. Designed with the faucet at one end and the drain at the other end, water flows through an 8-inch-wide tapered preparation/work area. The Mystic is available in two lengths — 48 inches and 26 inches, with the 26-inch version able to fit into a standard 30-inch cabinet.

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Thermador has added the Personal Culinary Assistant to its built-in wall oven series. This technological helper is interfaced by a 16-digit alphanumeric display that provides single touch oven programming. The Personal Assistant provides step-by-step text feedback and audio cues to provide greater control of cooking outcomes.

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The ProSite Protractor condenses the process of creating miter cuts. This precision tool determines the angle for miter saw set-up. The ProSite Protractor functions on two scales: a red scale and a black scale. The arrows on the red scale highlight the angle for the miter joint while the black scale arrows display the angle for fitting a single workpiece to an angle.

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SPRING 2020

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Fully automated indoor hydroponic appliance that allows anyone to grow herbs, vegetables, and microgreens right in their kitchen all year round without pesticides

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