Posts By: Miles Burke

Lumber Liquidators Case Could Have Ripple Effects Throughout the Industry

Lumber Liquidators Case Could Have Ripple Effects Throughout the Industry The flooring retailer’s issues have set off concerns about healthy building materials and why builders need to pay more attention to what they spec. By Jennifer Goodman Recent claims that some Lumber Liquidators’ flooring contains high amounts of formaldehyde could have ripple effects in the… Read more »

Shrink to Fit: Small Appliances Can Make a Big Impact

Shrink to Fit: Small Appliances Can Make a Big Impact When square footage is at a premium, downsizing major appliances can provide serious space savings. By Laura McNulty Bigger isn’t always better. A confluence of well-noted factors—Baby Boomers looking to downsize, Millennials unable to afford larger units, a heightened emphasis on green living, and rapid city… Read more »

GE experiments with color and affordability

GE is experimenting with color and affordability. The company is producing refrigerators that involve a pop of color, including cupcake blue and red pepper. The colors, determined by an online consumer poll, will be available on the Artistry refrigerator and available in limited quantities at three retailers in the U.S. Response to the blue and red… Read more »

Pyrolave’s Lava stone integrated sinks & countertops

For bold designs that are easy to clean, Pyrolave’s Lava stone is now available in integrated sinks and countertops. Fabrication techniques allow for completely customized designs with a pallette of 16 glossy and 16 matte colors. Pyrolave | 919.788.8953 | Courtesy of Builder Magazine  

Touchless Toilet Technology

In a recent survey of 800 U.S. consumers conducted by Kohler, the study found 51 percent to be paranoid about germs in the bathroom. That number jumps to 65 percent for moms with children. Introduced for residential use in May 2014, the firm’s Touchless toilet technology takes away part of this concern with a more hygienic way… Read more »

Home on the Range

Cooking is made simpler on Miele’s new, user-friendly range. The touch control panel lifts to make the display easier to navigate and scroll through different cooking options. We love the MasterChef feature, which drills down to specifics about your food items—from poultry to baked goods—to optimize the cooking settings. You can also opt to delay… Read more »

Good Things in Small Packages

Bigger isn’t always better: Bosch’s new compact 800 series washer and ventless dryer is designed to bring high functionality to small spaces. The 24-inch units save on space, but still provide a drum large enough for sheets and towels. It’s time saver too; the 24-inch units each feature 15-minute cycle options, so that a small… Read more »

New from Sub-Zero

Sub-Zero has introduced additions and enhancements to its line of integrated wine storage. Available beginning in March 2015, the company’s wine storage includes updated performance features that target and fight the enemies of wine, including temperature, ultraviolet light, humidity and vibration. Sub-Zero wine storage incorporates new performance features, such as precise temperature control to maintain… Read more »

Great New House Plan

This handsome home by Donald A. Gardner Architects is a great choice for a hillside lot, with multiple porches for outdoor relaxation. Inside the main level, a decorative coffered ceiling covers the great room. The island kitchen is brightened by a sun tunnel over the sink. A barrel-vaulted ceiling adorns the master suite’s luxurious bathroom…. Read more »