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Weekly Roundup

by Kuhrich on Friday, March 1, 2013

Welp, it’s that time again. Another Friday brings another Weekly Roundup. I’m pretty excited. Maybe not as excited as you are, but I’m almost there. I’ve got my eye on some pretty cool home products, design ideas and industry news, so let’s get started.

First, let’s discuss some new technology. Often times our clients are spending huge amounts of time getting their thermostats programmed just right so that they are feeling comfortable as well as maximizing efficiency, especially in a home with multiple heating and cooling zones. Nest, the Smart Learning Thermostat, can make this process pretty easy. After being installed and set once, the thermostat teaches itself all about the HVAC system as well as the lifestyle of the people living in the home. Possibly the most convenient feature of this thermostat is that it has a Wifi connection and can be controlled and monitored with a smart phone using an easy to use iPhone or Android app. Check out their website to see everything the Nest is capable of.

Next up, we’re going to talk about hardwood. Armstrong recently came out with their Performance Plus floating hardwood flooring. They have a huge selection of wood types and finishes to choose from, but the biggest benefit of this line of flooring is how it is installed. Because this floor floats, it comes together like a puzzle and isn’t nailed down to the subfloor. This means that almost anyone can install it because of how easy it is to snap together. Another great feature is that it can be installed over concrete by simply using a moisture barrier between the hardwood and the slab. The only way to install traditional nail-down hardwood flooring over a concrete slab is with huge amounts of messy, fast drying glue. Anyone who has a do-it-yourself hardwood project coming up should probably consider Performance Plus Hardwood.

In the news, House Beautiful released its Color Report for 2012. This report shows by region what their readers’ color preferences are. We always say that few things compliment, highlight and help create proportion like color in a home. This article is an interesting look at what colors are trending right now.

 

+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