The Newest Home Building Trends

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas – not this time! This year’s International Home Builder’s Show was combined with the Industry’s Kitchen and Bath show and the combination made for an exciting and educational experience.

It was great to see what styles will be hot this year — think gray! We saw all the new appliances, faucets, counter tops, and the list goes on and on.

The wood-look porcelain tile was one of the best new products we saw. Often a big design dilemma for folks is deciding between wood and tile on their kitchen floor. These new porcelain tiles are beautiful, creating the look of real wood with the cleanup ease of ceramic tile. We expect to see a lot more of it in this year’s design market.

Two new faucets also stood out to us. The InSinkErator 3n1, coming out this spring, is a contemporary looking faucet that does regular hot and cold water but also filtered hot water at 208 degrees. We also liked the new Delta Beverage Faucet with Touch 20 Technology. It actually won Best of Bath Gold at the KBIS show. You just have to tap the faucet with your hand or even your wrist to turn it on.

We loved the collaboration work for the booths of Caesarstone, Bosch and Thermador. The kitchens were designed by award winning designer Mick De Giulio and were stunning. The new color countertops and the textured Caesarstone in their Motivo Collection are really sharp. We also like the new look of the Bosch appliances which have always been a popular brand. The Petrified Wood from their Concetto Series is stunning. Quartz countertops are definetly in with plenty to choose from this year. Induction cooktops had a big presence with Thermador Bosch as well as the Viking Booth. With the offer of a clean look and fast cooking, they will become very popular. The Liebherr built in wine cabinets and refrigerators brought a special something to the kitchens, especially for wine lovers. They offer a very clean look and the ability to have a wine cabinet without taking up a lot of floor space.

The show this year was indeed worthwhile trip – we can’t wait to see what comes out next year!

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  1. I’m glad to see Liebherr refrigeration products getting some notice in the United States–or at least away from the East Coast. We had a house in Iowa that was equipped originally with a 31-inch Sub-Zero refrigerator that needed to be replaced. A friend in the Washington DC area had a free-standing Liebher that was function, beautiful and narrow. We tried in vain to find a practical way of acquiring one in fly-over country. Finally, we gave up and moved to Fearrington.