It's hard to design a deck on the fly, but not with AZEK's 3D Visualizer iPad app. Contractors or customers can download the app, place a printable marker on where they'd like the new deck to be, and start customizing finishes and choosing railings. The app uses augmented reality tech to display the virtual deck as though it were really there. www.azek.com.
No Ordinary Shower Pan
Best Bath Systems is rethinking the shower pan. Designer Series composite pans incorporate inset tile and trench drain elements in a range of patterns and configurations to elevate the lowly pan to an easy-to-install design element. The pans work with Best Bath's new composite walls featuring a 90-degree corner and no hint of pre-fabricated shower wall. www.bestbath.com.
Boral Roofing's new Gemstone Collection is composed of six new colors derived from earthy southwestern hues. For now, the company plans only to release the roof tiles in California, but says more states may be on the way in the future. www.boralamerica.com.
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 load of laundry can be done in only half an hour. www.bosch-home.com
Make It Your Own
Clopay's Custom Wood garage door platform offers limitless possibilities for garage door design, letting designers and their clients layer textures and materials. Incorporating wood, metal, and glass, from traditional to contemporary designs (like the wood and aluminum design shown here), if you can draw it, you can have it on your home. www.clopay.com.
Good Enough To Eat
Feeney's vibrant new colored railings are suitable for stand-out designs or sports team themes. Part of the DesignRail collection, the railings come in colors like "Red Hot Red," "Margarita Green, and "Not a Mellow Yellow," and are made in part with recycled materials. www.feeneyinc.com.
Security gets an extra boost with Kwikset’s SecureScreen technology on touchpad locks, which displays two random numbers that must be touched before the full screen display is enabled. The innovation ensures that each number on the screen is frequently used, dispelling any fears of intruders using fingerprints left on the screen to tell which numbers are used in the home’s access code. www.kwikset.com.
Store wine in style with Liebherr’s under counter wine cabinet, which has a touch open feature and closes automatically if the cabinet isn’t fully opened. The cabinet features two separate temperature zones and a charcoal filter, along with LED lighting and fully extendable shelving. Electrical components are all integrated in the bottom of the unit to minimize vibration and ensure wine stays undisturbed. www.liebherr.us.
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 the start of cooking, or select a “ready at” time so dinner is waiting when you walk in the door. www.mieleusa.com.
Nice Nail Color
The Teco Nail brand is re-emerging under the Mitek umbrella with a new color-coded series of joist hanger fasteners that also feature self-identifying head stamps. Both the colors and head stamps help framing crews ensure they choose the fastener that corresponds with the component. Building inspectors can also easily spot the head stamp and confirm use of the right components on site, by sight. Look for the launch in Spring 2015. www.mitek-us.com.
Long known for its realistic granite-patterned laminates, Wilsonart is entering the stone surfacing market with new quartz offerings. Of 50 planned colorways across four series, 21 of them are available now. Look for the rest coming later this year. Wilsonart is encouraging designers to blend all three of its surfacing options – quartz, laminate, and solid surface – to enhance their projects. www.wilsonart.com.