What’s New: Trends & Technology

VistaLuxe Collection by Kolbe

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Developed in collaboration with architects specializing in contemporary projects, this collection meets the aesthetic of clean lines and multiple units with large expanses of glass while offering a wood interior, according to the manufacturer. Glass is “direct set” into window frames without sash when the windows need not operate. The collection also offers casements, awnings and entrance doors made to match.

www.Kolbe-Kolbe.com

 

Honeywell Wi-Fi Thermostats

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Wi-Fi and App accessible, Honeywell Wi-Fi Thermostats offer remote access and other tech-savvy features for homeowners, according to the company. The touchscreen interface thermostats have the ability to send the user temperature and filter change alerts. Honeywell also added the ability for users to participate in energy-saving events to ease stress on the electrical grid.

www.WifiThermostat.com

 

AddisonKitchen Collection by Delta Faucet

The Addison Collection provides water savings without sacrificing performance, according to manufacturer Delta Faucet. Addison’s Multi-Flow wand offers both spray and stream functionality. Its default flow rate is a water-efficient 1.5 gallons per minute (gpm), but for bigger tasks Delta says users can easily switch to a high performance flow of 2.0 gpm.

www.DeltaFaucet.com

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Industry Trends5 min

Helping Small Builders Compete Against the Giants

Big builder market share has doubled in the last 25 years and now represents about 50 percent of housing starts nationwide – and even 75 percent in some major metro areas. These mega-builders have huge budgets for both land development and marketing. It’s increasingly difficult for small and medium-sized builders to compete, but LP is committed to helping them prosper.

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Maintenance5 min
Turn Your Tax Refund Into Lasting Home Improvement

GoBankRates.com estimates that the average tax refund this year will total about $3,000. In a survey conducted by that organization, 10 percent of respondents said they plan to splurge on a vacation or luxury item when the refund arrives. But 9 percent plan to use that money for a “major purchase.”

Leading the Way in Supply Chain Innovation

To better serve its customers in areas of order accuracy and delivery predictability, LP has set some of the industry’s most aspirational supply chain goals. Senior leaders meet regularly with experts at Gartner, arguably the nation’s best consulting firm in the realm of supply chain optimization. The aim is to apply best practices in procurement, logistics and working capital across more than $1 billion of addressable spend.

Maintenance4 min
Outdoor Spring Cleaning Checklist: The Complete Homeowner’s Guide

Move aside, Old Man Winter—it’s officially springtime. Could your home’s exterior use some sprucing up before you’re officially ready to soak up the sun? This spring cleaning season, make sure you’re showing some TLC to both the interior and exterior of your home.