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Top 10 Overall Products of 2014

Top 10 Overall Products of 2014

by Lauren Busser The House Designers' Editorial Director

Happy New Year! As we start looking forward into 2015, we are taking one final look back at the best new products that came onto the home building scene in 2014. Everything from energy-efficient windows and doors to light bulbs that produce the cleanest light possible, professional grade and smart appliances, and even some cool home furnishings made our list this year. So check out the products we are still talking about from last year and join us to see what new products come to our attention in 2015.
Therma-Tru® Fiber-Classic® Mahogany Collection™
 
Therma-Tru® Fiber-Classic® Mahogany Collection™

We love the look of Therma-Tru's® Fiber-Classic® Mahogany Collection™. With deep mahogany grain and beautiful timeless styles, it is not a surprise that they decided to expand the collection last year. In February, Therma-Tru® introduced the 6' 8" doors and 8' door styles as well as other on-trend door designs that offer consumers more options when selecting these door types.

The flush panel door and sidelites make it easy to configure multiple products together to get a look that you will be completely satisfied with. Want to see how one of these doors looks on your home? Try the new DoorWays™ app introduced this year. DoorWays™ lets you experiment with multiple door configurations and then 'photograph' them installed on your home. Find one you love? The app easily locates your closest retailer for easy ordering.

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Fypon® Door Surround Kits

Last year at the International Builders' Show, Fypon® launched their Door Surround Kits. Available in four popular styles (Colonial, Craftsman, Empire, and Stone) the Fypon® Door Surround Kits are packaged with the superior quality that Fypon is known for with weather-resistant, low-maintenance polyurethane materials.

These kits provide an easy way for building professionals to add a decorative touch to an entryway. The Craftsman, Colonial and Empire sets come with a set of pilasters and a crosshead for single door openings. The Stone kit comes with three flat blocks and a keystone that can be cut to size for a single door.

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Fypon® Door Surround Kits
Integrity® from Marvin® Windows and Doors Tripane with Argon Glass Option
 
Integrity® from Marvin® Windows and Doors Tripane with Argon Glass Option

This past year, Integrity® from Marvin® Windows and Doors introduced their most energy-efficient glass yet. The Tripane with Argon Glass Option is available on Wood-Ultrex glass casements, awnings and direct glaze windows. When you combine Integrity's® exclusive Ultrex pultruded fiberglass material, three panes of glass, and argon gas, you get a window that is the perfect blend of beauty, performance, and strength.

With the argon gas, Integrity's® tripane glass now has superior insulating properties which help you heat and cool your home more efficiently, resulting in lower energy bills.

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Lumber Liquidators® Casa de Colour 3/4" x 2-1/4" Select Pewter Ash

We first encountered this Pewter Ash flooring from Lumber Liquidators® at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show. The beautiful silver adds a bit of dimension to any space and makes it perfect for any room in your home. This Casa de Colour Pewter Ash flooring comes with a 30-year warranty that ensures you will love your floor for the life of your home. Personally, we can't imagine a better color combination than the one pictured here. The bright red home accents bring out the dark finish in this floor perfectly.

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Lumber Liquidators® Casa de Colour  3/4
Whirlpool® Smart Front Load Washer with 6th Sense Live™ Technology
 
Whirlpool® Smart Front Load Washer with 6th Sense Live™ Technology

Help yourself get the laundry done a little more efficiently with the Whirlpool® Smart Front Load Washer with 6th Sense Live Technology. You can monitor your load of laundry from anywhere with the Smart Assistant app. Features like the FanFresh® Option Assistant make it easy for you to activate certain features remotely and Smart Energy features like the Energy Advisor track how much energy the appliance has used. Smart Stats lets you view the state of your appliance, along with the start date, days online and cycle progress from your smart phone or desktop.

All these smart features are in addition to the exceptional features you expect from Whirlpool® including: Precision Dispense Ultra, Quiet Spin 360 technology and the FanFresh® option with Dynamic Venting Technology®.

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GAF Roofing Timberline HD® Lifetime High Definition® Shingles

The Timberline HD® Lifetime High Definition® Shingles from GAF Roofing are a smart and energy efficient addition to your home. When you consider that the roof accounts for about 25% of a home's curb appeal you want something that is handsome, durable, and that you will love for years to come.

The Timberline HD® line from GAF Roofing gives you value and performance with a genuine wood shake look. With color combinations that offer an enhanced shadow effect and a Class A fire-rating from Underwriter Laboratories you can be sure that you are getting an attractive looking and safe product for your home.

Model: Read about all the benefits of GAF Roofing Timberline HD® Lifetime High Definition® Shingles
 
GAF Roofing Timberline HD® Lifetime High Definition® Shingles
GE reveal® Light Bulbs
 
GE reveal® Light Bulbs

After decorating your home, make sure it is displayed beautifully with the truest light possible. Regular light bulbs can cast a yellow or green wash over your home's decor changing the color, but GE reveal® Light Bulbs emit a cleaner light that will make your whites whiter, your brights brighter, and bring out some never before seen details in your home's decor. The applications for these bulbs is limitless. The GE reveal® light bulbs can be used anywhere you'd use an ordinary bulb, from linear light bulbs and lamps to vanity and pendant lights.

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Restoration Hardware Light Zinc Bathroom Collection

We love the rustic look of the Light Zinc Bathroom Collection from Restoration Hardware. Yes, you read that right, these are vanities wrapped with brushed, zinc-clad aluminum. They feature a lightly aged, gray patina and cast-iron hardware. In addition to its unique finish it features plenty of storage space, including four middle drawers and four cabinet doors. Two adjustable shelves ensure that this vanity will work for you.

Vanities can also be purchased with sinks and your choice of stone top. You can select a 1 1/4" thick Italian Carrara Marble, Italian Crema Marble, Italian Pietra Grigio Marble, or Belgian Bluestone. The stone tops are hand-finished and sealed twice for longevity. They are designed and pre-drilled to to accommodate all 8" widespread faucets and even comes with a matching backsplash.

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Restoration Hardware Light Zinc Bathroom Collection
Delta® Dryden™ Bath Collection with Touch2O® Technology
 
Delta® Dryden™ Bath Collection with Touch2O® Technology

This year, Delta® expanded its selection of electronic lavatory faucets by adding Touch20 Technology to it's Dryden™ Bath Collection. The Dryden® Bath Collection features clean lines and geometric forms, drawing inspiration from the glamorous Art Deco period of the 1920s and 30s, along with the heyday of Hollywood. While it's geometric styling fits a variety of styles, the Touch20® Technology adds a layer of functionality to the collection.

While the faucets can still be manipulated manually, the Touch20® Technology allows the homeowner to tap and turn on the flow of water once the handle is moved into the desired position. Touch20® Technology is programmed with a 4" sensing field. Moving your hands out of range turns off the flow of water within seconds when not needed. The water flow also automatically shuts off after one minute when not needed.

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KitchenAid® 36'' 5-Burner Gas Cooktop with Griddle

In 2014, KitchenAid® released a new line of gas cooktops designed to appeal to your home cook's inner foodie. The 36" 5-Burner Gas Cooktop with Griddle is one of six new cooktops that represent a new level of premium aesthetics and performance. Available in 30" and 36" sizes these cooktops are designed to meet a variety of cooking needs. You can achieve a low simmer with the Even-Heat™ Simmer Burner or a 17K BTU Professional Dual Ring Burner that lets you use a small flame for precise simmering or a dual flame for powerful boiling.

Additionally this cooktop features CookShield™ technology that protects your new cooktop from stains and damage. The lighted LED knobs give it a beautiful modern aesthetic and a removable griddle makes your cooktop even more versatile. You can use it to make a wide variety of dishes from crepes to quesadillas.

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KitchenAid® 36'' 5-Burner Gas Cooktop with Griddle
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