Trend Spotting at the International Builders’ Show
Every year the editors here at We do everything by our own hands visit the International Builders’ Show, which recently teamed up with The Kitchen & Bath Industry Show. We always find cool new products, modern building trends and a few fashionable new styles. The only downside was coming home to our own houses, which seem kinda dull by comparison. Here’s some of what we saw at this year’s Builders Show:
Talk to Your Oven
A Collage of Colors and Materials
The Builders’ Show always features innovative new cabinet door and drawer hardware, and these co-plane cabinet doors from Wellborn Cabinet were a highlight this year. The doors slide sideways instead of swinging out, perfect for small or busy kitchens. Visit to find a dealer near you.
MaxFlash goes on the wall with a large sausage caulk gun and is then spread out with a taping knife. Once dry, it provides an impenetrable barrier. It can be used with liquid weather-resistant barriers or traditional house wrap, and can be applied over masonry and gypsum products as well as wood. For more info, call BASF at 1-800-221-9255.
Complete Door Kits
Tile That Looks Like Wood
Tiles that look just like marble, brick and fabric are also available. The folks at the Daltile booth were also excited about the growing popularity of their large-tile collection, which features tiles as big as 2 x 4 ft.! The Yorkwood Manor tiles shown here cost about $5 per sq. ft. Go to to find a dealer near you.
See-Through Refrigerator Doors
Many manufacturers are also offering refrigerators with see-through doors. The idea is that you’ll waste less electricity because you don’t have to open the door in order to stare slack-jawed into the fridge for minutes at a time. And because all your food is on display for the world to see, you’ll be motivated to keep the contents neat and organized…right? Prices for an InstaView model like this one from LG start at about $3,700.
This R-Sheathing from is laminated with 1 in. to 2-1/2 in. of foam, which prevents heat from being conducted through solid building components like drywall, studs and siding. Installing R-Sheathing is easy because the foam (up to R-9) is attached to the sheathing, making it a one-step process. And R-Sheathing is part of Huber’s ZIP System, which means the exterior side has a weather-resistant barrier, which takes the place of house wrap. After it’s on the wall, only the seams need to be sealed. R-Sheathing is available at lumberyards nationwide.
And just like interiors, the exteriors on contemporary homes are including a mix of materials like brick, lap siding, panels, shakes, and board and battens. These James Hardie Reveal panels come in a wood profile and smooth. Reveal costs about $15 to $20 per sq. ft. installed. For more info, go to .