10 Show-Stoppers from Las Vegas

Caesars Palace

Caesars Palace. Photo: LABworks360

What could the grandeur of a Roman fountain and an end-of-days bomb shelter possibly have in common? Must be time for the annual NAHB International Builders’ Show, held this year (January 22-24) in Las Vegas, NV. The event, which draws builders, contractors, manufacturers and industry professionals from around the country and the world, is renowned for showcasing the latest in new building products, materials, technology, trends and innovations.

While we were hard-pressed to cover the entire 360,000 square feet of exhibition space, we were able to discover some true show-stoppers. Here are ten of them to whet your appetite.

1. Moxie from Kohler

Kohler's Moxie Showhead

Photo: Kohler

If you’re looking for another way to bring music to your bath (and actual bathing experience), consider the Moxie showerhead from Kohler. With a shower head that acts as a docking device, the wireless magnetic speaker syncs directly to your Bluetoothenabled devices.

2. Formica’s 100 Collection

Formica's new 100 Collection

Photo: Formica

Years ago, Formica was known for its striking array of solid-color laminates. Now, 100 years after its founding, the company introduces an Anniversary Collection that brings back some of its vintage color offerings, but updated with sophisticated modern design statements, like Ellipse, Endless, Dotscreen and Halftone.

3. Heat & Glo’s Revo

Heat & Glo's Revo Series wall-mounted fireplace

Photo: Heat & Glo

The new REVO Series from Heat & Glo combines a super-slim profile with sleek contemporary styling. Available in square, linear, and vertical styles, the wall-mounted, direct-vent gas fireplaces require no footprint and feature the company’s patented Razor burner technology.

4. DaVinci’s Bellaforte Shingle

Bellaforte shake shingle from DaVinci

Photo: DaVinci

For those looking for the beauty of natural shake shingles—without the vulnerabilities and maintenance requirements of real wood—DaVinci serves up an amazing lookalike in its Bellaforte Shake Shingle. Made with a proprietary, engineered polymer and designed for quick self-alignment, the roofing is available in five color blends.

5. Eldorado Stone’s Artisan Fire Bowls

Artisan Fire Bowls from Eldorado Stone

Photo: Eldorado Stone

Made from glass-reinforced concrete and hand-sanded through a four-step finishing process, the new line of Artisan Fire Bowls from Eldorado Stone is sure to enhance any outdoor living space. Available in two styles, four colors, and two surface finishes, bowls ship complete with CSA-certified gas components.

6. Armstrong’s American Scrape

Hand-scraped AmericanScrape flooring from Armstrong

Photo: Armstrong Flooring

The American Scrape hardwood flooring from Armstrong is distinctive for its five-inch-wide planks and authentic, hand-scraped surface treatment. Available in domestic hickory (known for its rustic character and superior hardness) or oak, the Kentucky-made flooring comes in both engineered and solid wood applications, in a wide range of finishes.

7. GE Appliances Slate

Slate finish on GEAppliances

Photo: GE Appliances

Move over stainless! GE Appliances showcases its new Slate finish—a warm, grey metallic with a low-gloss finish that is sure to complement a variety of wall colors, cabinet finishes, and countertop materials. It also proves a good partner with black, white, and the formidable stainless.

8. Daltile’s Intertwine Series

DalTile's Fanfare Backsplash tiles

Daltile Intertwine Reflection. Photo: LABworks360

With its undulating design and basket-weave pattern, the Intertwine Series of glass and stone mosaic tiles from Daltile provides a sophisticated backsplash solution. The collection is available in eight color blends, including Reflection, shown here.

9. CertainTeed WeatherBoard

Stain-finished WeatherBoard fiber cement from CertainTeed

CertainTeed WeatherBoard Lap Siding. Photo: LABworks360

The TrueTexture wood grain appearance of CertainTeed’s Fiber-Cement WeatherBoard Lap Siding is achieved by using an advanced first-transfer system of real cedar boards. It is available in a choice of five textures, 22 solid colors, and six natural wood stains.

10. Atlas Bomb Shelter

Atlas Bomb Shelter on display at Builders Show in Vegas

Atlas Survival Shelter. Photo: LABworks360

In follow-up to my early reference to end-of-days, this Survival Shelter from Atlas was on display for visitors to see, tour, and experience. Made of galvanized corrugated pipe, it can be buried up to 42 feet deep and has a lifespan of 200 years. Plenty of time for home/shelter improvements, should the need arise.

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