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December 2007 Remodeler Product Preview

Products for the remodeling industry

November 30, 2007
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It's getting colder out there, and Timberland's Thermal Force is out to keep your toes toasty. The steel toe of the Thermal Force boot is coated with a ceramic-based material to add a layer of insulation. In both the steel and non-steel toe versions, Aerogel nano-technology is applied for warmth.

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Specifically designed to help builders and remodelers create sunrooms, the PlanRight software system allows users to provide a 3-D sunroom design in seconds. The software has a customizable sales tool and provides detailed drawings for making the permit process easier.

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Cambria has added six new colors to its palette of stain-resistant, nonporous quartz surfaces in the Desert Collection and another six to the company's Quarry Collection. The company also added 20 colors to its 1-centimeter products for walls, showers and fireplace surrounds.

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Pulse Showerspas

With a Hawaiian-inspired name, the Kauai Rain Shower System from Pulse Showerspas is easy to install and offers a drenching shower. The company claims the unit can be roughed into existing pipe work in about 20 minutes. The Kauai has an 8-inch brass showerhead and a multi-function hand-held spray.

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The Gibraltar and Earthstone solid surfaces from Wilsonart are the company's latest ½-inch, 100 percent nonporous acrylic-based surface products. Both the new lines have waterproof seams ideal for custom designs and are approved by the FDA for food contact and preparation areas. The products are naturally mold-, mildew- and stain-resistant and carry a 10-year limited warranty.

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Studio Becker

Studio Becker boasts the electric Smart Drawer will know when to stop and won't move a single item. These pull-less cabinets open and close at the slightest touch of a hip or tap of an elbow. The company also offers wardrobes and other storage options.

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Solid finish PVC trim from CertainTeed's Restoration Millwork line includes nine new profiles. Made in natural white, the line now has 15 shapes such as crown molds and rakes as well as quarter round, base cap, bed cap and sill noses. A variety of dimensional lumber and sheer widths and thicknesses are available.

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Getting behind the green movement is Panasonic's WhisperGreen single-speed ventilation fans. Three new models include the 50 CFM, 80 CFM and 80 CFM with an Energy Star-rated light and night light. The company's DC motor provides 75 to 400 percent more energy efficiency than the minimum Energy Star requirements.

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Baden Bath

Sporting features not normally seen in a jet tub, Baden Bath offers its two-person tub with a DVD player and wine cooler along with a heater and self-cleaning functions as standard. The tub's coordinating standing shower has an attached sauna room. The company also has saunas, sink basins and faucets.

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California Faucets

Part of the company's Mix-and-Match faucet line is California Faucets' San Clemente, shown with sapphire blue crystal and satin nickel finish. The company encourages its clients to swap out handles, finishes and spout styles to create a unique piece for each customer. Twenty-five styles and 30 decorative finishes are offered.

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The SideWay is Hansgrohe's latest shower panel. Ideal for either remodeling or new construction, the SideWay integrates the showerhead, hand shower, body sprays and temperature controls into a single, easy-to-install fixture. With its thin profile and recessed body jets, the new SideWay is designed to minimize visual clutter and to fit into even the smallest of bathrooms.

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Moen's newest collection is the Rothbury. Branded as a full bath suite of faucets, showerheads and accessories, the line features a cottage-style design with low-arc faucet spouts, crisp lines and stylish handles and hubs. The collection is the first to offer the company's water-saving 1½ gallon-per-minute aerator for environmentally conscious homeowners and remodelers.

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Effective flushing and water conservation aren't always good bedfellows. The Eco UltraMax by Toto reconciles the two with the company's 1.28 gallon-per-flush E-Max flushing system, which uses 20 percent less than standard toilets. Unlike pressure-assist or dual flush options, the UltraMax is gravity-fed and uses a regular trip lever.

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Price Pfister

Broadening the company's bath series is the Santiago Collection from Price Pfister. Available in Tuscan bronze, chrome and satin nickel, the faucet family features traditional styling and accent touches along with a unique handle design. The aged and weathered Tuscan bronze, according to the company, is growing in popularity.

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The Ultra-Sense S-6050 sensor-activated faucet is designed for commercial and residential use. Made by Symmons, the S-6050 is battery-powered and equipped with self-adjusting infrared technology. It has a high-arc, long-reach profile for recessed mountings and features a 10-second factory-set cycle time that will automatically shut the water off if the sensor is blocked.

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Translated as "Beautiful Flower," the Bellefleur faucet collection from Danze has an organic-shaped base in both kitchen and convenience sink faucets. They are available with a two-function pull-down spray spout fashioned into the flared end of the spout. A conventional high arcing kitchen faucet is offered with brass vegetable spray.

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A new finish added to Timberlake's repertoire is cognac, now available in the company's Portfolio Select series, which includes the Sierra Vista, Rushmore and Wyoming styles. Made specifically for maple cabinets, the finish leaves a furniture-like look to complement the rest of the home's décor.

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Armstrong Cabinets

Looking after the kids at home can drive caregivers nuts, especially if they have a meal to cook. At least homeowners can keep an eye on the tots with the KidZone cabinets from Armstrong. The cabinets stand 36 inches tall and offer child-friendly storage spots, an adjustable pull-out activity table and chrome wire bins for toys and games.

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Plain & Fancy

Calling their latest cabinetry line "a mix of uptown elegance blended with a relaxed rural feel," Plain & Fancy's Town & Country kitchen cabinets feature a mix-and-match style for creating something between a rustic brownstone and an urban farmhouse. Shown is the company's brushmark crackle and white wash finish with mullion-windowed cabinets.

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White kitchen cabinets are still in high demand, and Aristokraft's Durham offers homeowners the timeless look they're after. The Durham has a recessed laminated center panel and a five-piece square mitered style with full overlay. The company recommends pairing the doors with their toasted antique glaze.

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St. Charles Cabinetry/Viking

Touted as recyclable, hypoallergenic and colorful, the all-metal cabinets from St. Charles Cabinetry come in 23 powder coated colors. St. Charles Cabinetry, a division of Viking Range Corp., made the cold-rolled steel doors frameless and full-overlay with soft-close hinges and slides. Colors include matte, iridescent and designer shades.

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The latest glazes from KraftMaid include the butter rum, dove white, canvas and biscotti (shown). According to the company, the finishes complement most flooring, surfaces, furnishings and appliances. For two-toned kitchens, the company recommends pairing the biscotti with sages, rusts and other muted tones.

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Quality Cabinets

Versatile enough for most kitchen and bath themes, Quality Cabinet's Quincy line features a flat, recessed-panel door with wide stiles and rails offering a transitional look. According to the company, the Quincy is a contemporary door that hints toward traditional styling. It's offered in cherry or maple.

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Kitchen Craft

The aXesso line from Kitchen Craft has a new additon in the Le Mans Blind Corner Pullout storage option. The pullout rolls and pivots inside a cabinet, allowing the entire shelf to shift outward for full access. It is constructed of gray melamine with chrome guardrails to keep pots and pans in place.

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