In My Own Words: Black Diamond Builders

Black Diamond Builders President William H. Novak, Jr., shares with our readers a variety of products that he likes to use in his projects.

November 01, 2006

Delta Faucet Co.

Delta Faucet Co.'s Ellington Bath Series features a fresh, high-arc, tubular design. Ellington offers a larger spout and hub to add an elegant focal point.

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"I have used Delta faucets for more than 30 years and have seen their durability and style remain current in an ever-changing marketplace. I recommend Delta to all my clients, and I have never been let down."

Zickgraf Hardwood Flooring

Zickgraf Grand Traditions solid oak floors offer beauty built to last; the flooring has a 20-year performance warranty. Its long grain patters make it one of the most popular types of flooring.

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"The greatest impact on a home I can recommend is the installation of natural materials — such as Zickgraf oak flooring, finished on site — for the warmth and durability a client can feel when he or she enters the home for the first time. The flooring should be oak to be timeless."


DuPont Tyvek HomeWrap

DuPont Tyvek helps combat water, moisture and air infiltration. Wrapped over the sheathing and under the exterior siding, Tyvek acts like a windbreaker.

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"I start with a frame of engineered lumber for its stability and consistency. Then I wrap it in Tyvek HomeWrap to make sure the home is protected and will retain its integrity for the life of the structure. Tyvek was the first and will remain the best wrap, in my opinion. I have used this product for 30-plus years in more than one weather zone in this country with no callbacks of any kind."


Sherwin-Williams Interior Latex Wall Paint

Sherwin-Williams Duration Home Interior Latex coating offers a great interior finish with better washability and burnish resistance. Duration Home delivers beauty guaranteed to last.

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"I recommend Sherwin-Williams interior wall paint not just for the selection, ease of application and durability, but also for its ability to be touched up. Clients recognize the name, and I have never had a complaint."

KitchenAid Architect Series Appliances

The KitchenAid U Series dishwasher features the most premium performance package in the KitchenAid Architect Series dishwasher line. The Whisper Quiet Ultima Plus system offers the quietest sound insulation, while a hidden, fully integrated console and the Architect Series door design and handle deliver a sleek look that will blend into any kitchen.

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"The series has a name consumers recognize, as well as the features they need to make their lives simpler. As a staple, I use the stainless steel line. The dishwasher is quiet, and the double oven with the convection feature is a miracle in how it speeds food preparation."

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