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Continue reading Cool Products: Two Cool Shower Heads

Cool Products: Two Cool Shower Heads

When we meet potential clients who are interested in remodeling their primary bathrooms, we often hear the words “We want it to be spa-like.” And of course they do! As the popularity of showers over bathtubs has increased, more and more emphasis has been placed on luxurious showers. Homeowners often hope to include glass enclosures, […]
Continue reading Cool Things: Ecobee Home Thermostat

Cool Things: Ecobee Home Thermostat

Every now and again we come across a product that impresses us so much that we’re compelled to blog about it. Enter the ecobee home thermostat. We’re sure you’ve heard of Google Nest, which seems to be the most well-known smart thermostat. Over time, we’ve come to prefer ecobee’s digital thermostat for a variety of […]
Continue reading Cool Products: Biodegradable Gloves

Cool Products: Biodegradable Gloves

We are always keeping an eye out for new “green” products that we may want to use on job sites and we just found these cool biodegradable gloves that will be great for ANY dirty job – inside or outside the home. We know what you’re thinking – gloves? How could they make a disposable glove […]
Continue reading The Story behind a Newton Accessory Apartment: Appliances

The Story behind a Newton Accessory Apartment: Appliances

For some homeowners, remodeling a kitchen and choosing appliances means going “bigger” – double ovens, 6-8 burners on the stovetop, or adding a steam oven or warming drawer. In the case of our accessory apartment, bigger doesn’t mean better. Instead, we chose appliances that are not only appropriately sized for the space and amount of […]
Continue reading Evolving Lighting Technologies and OLED

Evolving Lighting Technologies and OLED

Residential designers and builders agree that lighting is one of the most important elements in how homeowners feel in their space. Lighting technology has been evolving since the invention of the incandescent light bulb. With an eye toward sustainability and budget-friendly products, CFL (compact fluorescent lightbulbs) and then LED (light emitting diode) technologies took the […]
Continue reading Heat Pump Water Heaters Are Efficient and Save Money

Heat Pump Water Heaters Are Efficient and Save Money

Water heaters aren’t something that many of us spend much time thinking about…until there’s an emergency and a bit of a flood in the basement if you have a tank heater. However, from an energy efficient perspective, there’s actually been a lot of progress in water heaters. According to U.S Department of Energy, water heaters […]
Continue reading Cool Products: Faucets of the 21st Century

Cool Products: Faucets of the 21st Century

Lately, there seems to be a lot that’s “new” about faucets. That might seem strange to you. It’s a faucet – water comes out, end of story, right?  In fact, there is a little more to it than that as technology has become more prominent in the kitchen…right down to the once-simple faucet. Touchless Faucets […]
Continue reading Cool Products: The Galley Kitchen Workstation

Cool Products: The Galley Kitchen Workstation

I recently attended a “Lunch and Learn” at Designer Bath in Watertown on kitchen workstations. Sponsored by The Galley, these products turn the humble sink into a powerhouse food prep, serving and clean-up station. Especially when paired with a two-burner induction cooktop, they save steps, control messes and up the ante in a kitchen. Sizes range from 2 feet […]
Continue reading Cool Products: Shipping “Pyramids”

Cool Products: Shipping “Pyramids”

It’s not often, in fact never, that we’re so impressed by the packing materials used to ship that we practically ignore the item we purchased. But there’s a first time for everything! We had some items shipped to us recently and were intrigued by these cardboard “pyramids.”  How on earth could these little cardboard “hole-y triangles” […]