It turns out lighter gypsum wallboard sells well. In July 2010, USG Corporation tested the market for Sheetrock UltraLight panels, which are anywhere from 15-24 pounds lighter per panel depending on the size, and they outsold heavier product, according to NYSE Magazine. Since then, the panels have rolled out to several Home Depot stores and a 40% lighter joint compound was introduced in January this year.
If you like the look of reclaimed wood — and you might, it’s really popular right now — then Pioneer Millworks should be on your radar. The company, located in Farmington, New York and McMinnville, Oregon, carries FSC certification for all of its reclaimed wood and has saved more than 21 million board feet of wood from barns, industrial buildings, and the like. Pioneer Millworks has flooring, siding, paneling, timbers, etc, and it’s all nice stuff. I could think about where to use these materials all day long.
Another “Must-See” product at the recent KBIS 2012 was the Triflow Bamboo faucet in the Bright Line by Zuvo Water. Zuvo Water makes smart, cloud-connected, water-filtration products, and Triflow is one of the new products showcased by the company. Triflow has LED lights and connects with a smartphone app that allows an owner to monitor water consumption, filter status, and access filtering reports about the local water supply.
One of the “Must-See” products of the recent Kitchen and Bath Industry Show was this wall-hung tank and carrier system from Geberit called the Monolith. Monolith installs in construction or a renovation (if you’re interested in moving the sewer to the wall) and saves bathroom space by tucking the tank and valves behind glass. The product comes with a couple water-efficient flush options and black or white glass, though I can’t seem to locate Monolith anywhere on the Geberit US website. Keep your eyes open for availability.
TOTO just introduced a new toilet called 1G and announced that it’s the first manufacturer to break the one-gallon per flush barrier for a gravity-fed toilet, according to a recent statement. 1G is like a tornado in the toilet — less the noise of pressure-assist version — with a Double Cyclone flushing system.