The Today’s Homeowner crew traveled to Orlando, Fla., this week for the International Builders’ Show. The annual event showcases the homebuilding industry’s latest products, materials and technologies; and we love seeing what’s new and innovative each year.
Here are our top 10 picks for 2017:
Velux Sun Tunnels bring natural light to dim, unwelcoming places like bathrooms and hallways. The specially designed skylight passes from roof to ceiling through a rigid or flexible tunnel. The diffuser blends into the ceiling, providing a soft light to the room.
Trex Outdoor Kitchens are helping people complete their outdoor living space with the “out of sight, peace of mind” concept. Their cabinets, boxes and benches add style and utility to your yard with storage that complements your deck and organizes your belongings.
Modern Flames’ new FusionFire Steam Fireplace is safe to the touch and uses clean steam energy with a lifelike flame image. It uses small amounts of water and requires a standard 120V household circuit. The FusionFire can be installed virtually anywhere inside the home.
Blink Blinds + Glass from ODL is an advanced blinds-between-glass panel for both windows and doors. Blink is easy-to-use, comes in six colors, and can be customized up to 80 inches. The low-E glass options reduce the amount of UV and infrared light that enters the home, keeping spaces cool and more energy efficient.
U by Moen shower lets you customize your shower before you even step foot inside it. Use the connected smartphone app to turn on your shower and set the temperature. You can also add presets to the app, so it remembers your settings for your perfect wake-up and wind-down showers.
Also trending at Moen is the matte black finish on kitchen and bathroom faucets. The new finish is the perfect complement to modern spaces and sleek stainless and chrome accent pieces.
Fiberon’s composite decking is made from recycled material like plastics and lumber mill scraps. The decks are durable, and come with a 25-year stain and fade warranty. You can get the exact look you want when you choose from the different colors and graining options. Fiberon also offers composite cladding, railing and fencing.
Frigidaire’s Professional collection features a new glass door refrigerator. Simply step in front of the glass door and a light automatically comes in so you can see what’s inside.
Electrolux debuted its new black stainless finish for kitchen appliances. The finish fits nicely in kitchen with existing stainless steel or black appliances.
CertainTeed Habito Drywall combines the strength and substance of old-fashioned plaster with the convenience of drywall. It can hold up to 30 pounds on a single standard screw, with no stud-finding, pre-drilling or special fasteners required. The Habito drywall also helps prevent sound transmissions between rooms.