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Weekly Roundup

by Kuhrich on Friday, February 1, 2013

Today begins the first of many Weekly Round-Ups. Every Friday (or almost every Friday) we’re going to be highlighting current housing industry news, innovative new products and construction advice that peaks out interest. It really doesn’t matter whether or not you are planning to build a new home or addition in the next year or two. Many people who are not currently in the market to build something have the words “maybe someday” running through their heads. If that’s the case, it’s always a good idea to keep your finger on the pulse of what’s going on in the housing market. So… without further adieu, let’s get started with our Weekly Roundup.

Whirlpool OvenIn the last six months or so, Whirlpool Corporation, who owns Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Maytag and Jenn-Air appliance lines, has released a number of new products that showcase excellent design as well as some innovative new functions. One of the most attractive new designs we’ve come across makes us rethink the appliance finish hierarchy. Typically black appliances are a middle of the road offering, while stainless and cabinetry panel covered appliances are considered to be “high end.” Whirlpool has definitely shaken things up with their Black Ice Collection. It’s a black appliance with grey and stainless steel accents that could definitely compliment a high end kitchen.

Next Up – Interest Rates. Because of the increase in home sales over the last few months, the home-for-sale inventory is beginning to level out. This type of growth typically brings the U.S. Mortgage rates back up. If you’ve been on the fence about whether or not to either purchase an existing house or build a new one, now may be a good time to take the leap.

Panasonic Recessed FanLast roundup of the day is another product spotlight. When designing bathrooms, we are always trying our best to hide or at least downplay bath fans, especially in a Master Bathroom. The Whisper Recessed Vent Fan is a recessed light and bath fan hybrid. This product makes the fan literally disappear and easily fit into any bathroom lighting plan.

 

+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