FreeGreen, an online source for green house plans, recently announced a strategic pivot to make homes better and cheaper. The company wants to give homeowners the opportunity to save money by helping them get involved in some of the finish work. FreeGreen has a DIY series of house plans, and the first design — the DIY Shed — isn’t value engineered to meet a budget. It’s designed so that certain portions can be finished by the homeowners themselves.
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.
Elements by Durcon is officially launching in the DFW market in Texas, where it is also manufactured (about 200 miles from Dallas in Taylor). The eco-friendly surface is made with a proprietary blend of at least 10% post-consumer recycled glass, natural quartz minerals, and resin to create a low-VOC material that’s solid, non-porous, and “never requires sealing,” according to Durcon.
Induction cooktops are expensive but they’re also fast and efficient — a report for the Department of Energy says induction has a cooking efficiency of 84%. So when a company combines the efficiency of induction cooking with new cutting-edge technology, as shown by Thermador’s Freedom Induction Cooktop, there’s going to be some interest.
Viola Park, a company of Henrybuilt, has been growing this year with new offerings and a showroom in Los Angeles. The company makes eco-friendly, modular kitchens, sold directly to consumers, with a full system of cabinets, pulls, drawer inserts, work surfaces, backsplashes, shelving systems, and integrated lighting.