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Friday Roundup

by Kuhrich on Friday, February 5, 2016

Welp, today is Friday – making it a fitting day for a new Friday Roundup. We’re going to focus on some great home products that you can incorporate into your new or current home. Here goes.

Pendant FanFirst, let’s talk lighting. When we’re designing kitchen layouts, 9 out of 10 of our clients choose to hang pendant lights above their islands (and sometimes above Kitchen sinks). Additionally, with open floor plans, people will often want to hang ceiling fans in order to circulate air through a particular space. However, since most people prefer not to have glass shower down on their heads, there’s never been a good way to hang pendant lights and ceiling fans in the same area…. UNTIL NOW!!!! Kichler, a lighting fixture manufacturer, offers a product called the Terna LED Pandant Fan. This attractive pendant light/fan hybrid features the typical long, sleek appearance of pendant light surrounded by vertical blades that circulate air. It seems like the best of both worlds! Check it out!

Therm CooktopIf you’re like me and like to cook, there are times when the typical electric or gas range burner layout doesn’t work out well for the pots and pans you’d like to use. Thermador has released a 36″ induction cooktop that solves this problem call the Masterpiece Series Freedom Induction Cooktop. Basically, if you place a pot or pan anywhere on the cooktop surface you will be able to cook in the spot your chose. The cooktop includes a touchscreen interface that reads the pot/pan location and allows the user to choose the temperature of each spot separately. This appliance is somewhat expensive, but hey, you get what you pay for.

AquorLast on the list is a new spin on the exterior hose bib. Anyone who has ever had their hose bib (also called hydrant or spigot ) freeze during the winter may find this product interesting. Aquor Water Systems has created a new low-profile hydrant with a connection system that should never freeze anywhere in the US (except maybe parts of Alaska) and also provides leak proof hose connections. Check out this video for more info.

+Ken Uhrich is lead Estimator and Purchaser at Custom Home Group, a Design/Build company, located in Lancaster County, PA. You can follow Ken on Twitter: @kuhrich Or visit his company website: www.customhomegroup.com