We’ve walked miles of aisles and seen thousands of products. All the homework has been done for you.
Just sit back, relax, and check out the home trends that were hard to miss at the International Builders’ Show.
Homeowners are expanding their square footage by creating spaces on their homes’ exteriors to relax and enjoy time with family and friends.
And home builders are paying attention. With a wide variety of products -- such as hearths and fireplaces, splinter-free decking, and detailed lighting systems -- the outdoor room gets a real makeover this year.
Pictured here: Trex Escapes Cellular Decking
For me, nothing beats a casual patio party at home. And I love that beverage storage systems are now more sleek and contemporary.
I’m saying goodbye to our bulky, bright blue coolers and hello to the more sophisticated stainless options on the market.
Pictured here: Viking Outdoor Beverage Dispenser
There are three words to sum up the trend seen across the board in cordless power tools used by the average Joe: Lithium-ion batteries.
The innovative batteries are lighter, hold a charge longer, and easily fit several different tools from brand to brand.
Pictured here: Ryobi 4-Piece Lithium-Ion Power Tool Kit
When you’re looking for home decor with a real wow factor, you better get ready to spend some dough. We’re seeing vendors use fire art -- moving away from the standard fireplace and using fire features around entertaining areas. And straight from your favorite action movies, hidden passages and panic rooms are also a hit.
For a budget-friendly buy, check out the piece shown here. It appears to be a standard fixture, but it’s actually a light with a built-in electric heat source for small spaces such as a front entry.
Pictured here: Hunter Illumi-Heat Light Fixture
The new baths out on the market this year are truly extraordinary. Companies large and small are recognizing the homeowners’ need for a soothing, spa-like experience right at home.
Hot trends for these cool tubs are all about technology -- from whirlpool systems to air bubbles to built-in stereos.
Pictured here: MTI Whirlpools Andrea Freestanding Acrylic Bathtub
If you’re like me, I’m always trying the find ways to use every square foot of our home. And at the Builders’ Show, I had more than my fair share of inspiration.
The industry is really taking notice of small spaces in the home, introducing new ideas for customizable kitchen storage, potting stations, mudroom cabinetry, and living areas.
Pictured here: pegRAIL Kitchen Solutions