Each year, Las Vegas hosts the International Builders’ Show. This year, the event was paired with the Kitchen and Bath Industry show. With the improving housing market, the shows were even more popular than usual, attracting large crowds and 1,220 exhibitors which took up over 650,000 square feet of space. Consumer Reports market analysts attended the show and identified several of the hottest trends and products. Here are a few of them.
Quick In The kitchen
Kitchen duties can be time consuming, which is why manufacturers have come up with ways to speed up some of those tasks. For instance, the Viking Professional TurboChef Double Oven complete with French doors will be coming out late this year with the claim that it can cook food 15 times faster than normal ovens. Unfortunately it costs over $10,000. Instead, you might consider the Bosch Benchmark Steam Convection oven which is marketed at $3,000. It is also quicker at cooking and is promoted as being “a healthy compliment to your conventional oven, one that will preserve nutrients, flavors, and colors in food and retains moisture.”
It’s becoming easier than ever to create the quintessential smart home. Wi-fi control is ubiquitous, including everything from thermostats to home security. Your home’s generator can also be controlled remotely with the Generac’s Guardian System, which is also quiet and fuel-efficient. AT&T is also expanding its Digital Life service to more gadgets and gizmos than ever. Through it, you can monitor your lights, water valves, security systems, and cameras.
Kitchen colors will be going gray this year, according to the most recent Kitchen & Bath Style Reports. The Reports predicted, “[Gray] will be the fastest growing color scheme in the kitchen . . . [and] will also be number one in bathrooms, jumping from its third place finish in 2013.” At the show, gray was used in finishes, quartz countertops, slate countertops, and cabinets. Symbolically, gray was also a significant color at the event because of mentions of aging baby boomers and the impact they’re likely to have on the housing market.
Chief economist Jonathan Smoke of research firm Hanley Wood LLC said, “Buyers aged 55 years and older will account for 25 percent of the home-buying market this year. . . . And boomers will retire at a rate of 10,000 per day for the next 19 years.”
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