Cultured Stone, a manufactured stone product, was installed in various portions of the home's exterior. The front porch of the house features European castle stone in "chardonnay," while the rear is clad with Watertable molded rock in taupe. TNAH builder, Michelle Horstemeyer, was excited about the installation of the product. "It doesn't have the weight of natural stone," which makes installation faster and easier, she says.
Another major advantage of Cultured Stone manufactured products compared to real stone, which is often mined from multiple quarries, is its color uniformity, Horstemeyer adds. www.culturedstone.com.
Miles of Tiles
Ann Sacks (a division of Kohler) provided a unique set of cast concrete tiles for the kitchen, the secondary entrance, and the laundry room. "The tiles look like wood pickets with limestone inserts," explains builder Michelle Horstemeyer. In this particular application, the 28-inch-long pickets are patterned with 8-inch square tiles. Each tile is dyed and sealed and can be stained. www.annsacks.com.
Heat-N-Glo's Crescent direct-vent fireplace is featured in the keeping room and master suite. "The Crescent model is actually designed for kitchens," says Rob Stoy of Hearth Technologies, parent company of Heat-N-Glo, "but it makes a great statement in the bedroom, too."
The fireplace features an arched front design, a functional flip-down warming shelf, and a bi-fold door attachment. Loaded with six ceramic logs, the ceramic, two-toned fiber firebox is equipped with an extended pan burner to help display glowing embers. www.heatnglo.com.
The woman's master closet has a little treat for those who hate to go to the dry cleaners; it's the Whirlpool personal valet--a cabinet-sized machine that refreshes dry clean-only garments. The machine accommodates up to three garments at once. Garments are hung inside and stretched with weights and other accessories to help eliminate wrinkles. Garments are then sprayed with Presiva, a water-based cleaning agent. When the spraying cycle is over, the cabinet heats up to activate the cleaning agent. Cycle time runs about 30 minutes, and when finished, clothes come out pressed and smelling fresh. www.whirlpool.com.
Beat the Heat TechShield radiant barrier sheathing from LP was installed in the TNAH roof. TechShield is a highly polished, kraft paper-backed, perforated aluminum product laminated to OSB or plywood panels. "We have a lot of attic space, and I know this product has made a significant difference in heating and cooling the house," notes builder Michelle Horstemeyer. According to the maker, TechShield prevents up to 97 percent of the sun's radiant heat from entering the attic, leaving the attic temperatures up to 30 degrees cooler. www.lpcorp.com.