Block Out: No matter how well you seal your homes, air infiltrates the space around receptacles and light fixtures. EnergyBlock foam insulation is designed to solve that problem. It's molded to fit around standard electrical boxes to help keep energy costs down and provides an insulation value of R-10, the manufacturer says. Cost: $86 for 49 assorted pieces. Pine Ridge Builders. 701-320-1111. www.energyblock.com.
Water Toy: Designer Philippe Starck is known for his idiosyncratic product designs. His latest, the Axor Starck Xcollection, is no different. Featuring a ceramic-disc cartridge with a joy-stick control, the faucet consists of a stem with an attached flat plane. The plane incorporates a hidden spray insert that can be adjusted to control water flow. The unit is available in chrome and comes in four heights: 4, 8, 12, and 22 inches. Cost: $648 to $1,050. Hansgrohe. 800-719-1000. www.hansgrohe-usa.com.
Listen Up: A well-designed multifamily project deserves a hip intercom door panel. This one answers the call. It's made from solid stainless steel and can be recess-mounted so that it's inconspicuous and tamperproof, the company says. Long-life light-emitting diodes provide illumination for the transparent buttons. The panel comes in burnished brass, simulated brass, anodized aluminum, and seven painted colors. Cost: $600 to $3,500. SSS Siedle. 800-874-3353. www.siedleusa.com.
Air Ways: With the T-Force 1000 portable work-bottle air system, the manufacturer has invented an alternative to loud compressors and long hoses. The lightweight, carbon-fiber–wrapped bottle holds 3,000 pounds of air per square inch and shoots up to 750 brads, 1,300 micropinners, or 300 framing nails. It can be refilled at an authorized refill location or by using the manufacturer's portable high-pressure compressor. Cost: $685, not including the compressor. Turanair Systems. 954-753-9007. www.turanairsystems.com.
Back to Basics: Sometimes less is definitely more. Minimal in design and execution, Practically Basic wood cabinets are made to order with dovetail drawers and a choice of framed, mortise-and-tenon construction or frameless, Euro-style dowel construction. The line includes modular pieces set on casters for design flexibility. Cost: $250 to $500 per linear foot, depending on wood, finish, and door style. Plain & Fancy Custom Cabinetry. 800-447-9006. www.plainfancycabinetry.com.
Round About: This new jigsaw handle attachment kit transforms nearly any Roto-Zip spiral saw into a 360-degree cutting tool, the manufacturer says. Ideal for flooring, HVAC, plumbing, or sink installations, the handle attachment eliminates the need to constantly reposition one's hand or the tool. It allows users to make many of the same cuts without ever turning the wrist, the company says. Cost: $39.99. RotoZip. 877-767-6947. www.rotozip.com.