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by Kuhrich on Friday, March 15, 2013

So today is Friday and I know you’ve all been counting down the days from the last Weekly Roundup. We’ve got some pretty interesting products, design tips and housing industry articles to check out, so let’s get started.

I recently came across some fairly new Smart TV technology by Samsung. A new feature that they’ve been including with some of their flat screen TVs is called Smart Interaction. Basically, by using the included Smart Touch Remote Control with its built-in microphone, you can use voice activation and hand gestures to interact with your TV. This might not be the best idea if you have small children who act like they’ve been shot out of a canon as soon as their eyes open in the morning. If one of these kiddos gets their hands on this remote, the TV might self-destruct.

The next innovative product to discuss is a pretty simple concept. For those of you that have a large family or entertain often, a normal refrigerator might not have enough storage capacity for you. True, a manufacturer of all kinds of under counter refrigeration products, offers under counter refrigerator drawers. This product is available in a stainless steel finish or can be prepped for cabinetry panels if you want them to blend in with the rest of your cabinetry. Check True’s website for more info.

For the creative do-it-yourselfers that don’t mind getting your hands dirty, here’s an article by HGTV that features an easy 8 step process on how to repaint wooden furniture. This article might be helpful if you currently own a piece of furniture with a color or finish that doesn’t quite match your room’s new color palette or you find something at a yard sale with great style but not-so-great color.

So what is better for the economy – owning a home or renting? An interesting article by US News discussing a study by the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Housing Commission, stated that homeownership produced powerful economic, civic and social benefits, not only for the homeowner, but also for the community and nation as a whole. Their reasoning is based on simple economics. If someone owns an asset they are invested in ensuring its future value by using their personal resources to maintain or improve the home as well as its surroundings and community. Read the entire article for a more in-depth explanation.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

+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