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POWER PLAY: IMAGINE A DRILL THAT IS lighter than the one in your toolbox but runs longer—that's what the manufacturer claims it has created. The company says its V28 lithium ion battery runs twice as long as 18-volt models, but it weighs slightly less. The result is a powerful line of tools that includes a band saw, hammer drill, circular saw, reciprocating saw, impact wrench, and work light. Cost: about $450 for a circ saw kit. Milwaukee Electric Tool Co. 262-783-8311. www.milwaukeetool.com.
POWER PLAY: IMAGINE A DRILL THAT IS lighter than the one in your toolbox but runs longer—that's what the manufacturer claims it has created. The company says its V28 lithium ion battery runs twice as long as 18-volt models, but it weighs slightly less. The result is a powerful line of tools that includes a band saw, hammer drill, circular saw, reciprocating saw, impact wrench, and work light. Cost: about $450 for a circ saw kit. Milwaukee Electric Tool Co. 262-783-8311. www.milwaukeetool.com.
COLD FUSION:lCONCRETE AS A COUNTERTOP SURFACING MATERIAL IS gaining a large following, but this manufacturer has taken the material one step further: a line of concrete and metal basin and vessel sinks. The handmade sinks are cast in concrete and then coated in bronze, copper, nickel-silver, aluminum, brass, or pewter. A sealer allows the concrete and metal to age naturally. Cost: start around $1,400. Metallo Cast Sinks and Surfaces. 303-307-8898. www.metallodesigns.com.
COLD FUSION:lCONCRETE AS A COUNTERTOP SURFACING MATERIAL IS gaining a large following, but this manufacturer has taken the material one step further: a line of concrete and metal basin and vessel sinks. The handmade sinks are cast in concrete and then coated in bronze, copper, nickel-silver, aluminum, brass, or pewter. A sealer allows the concrete and metal to age naturally. Cost: start around $1,400. Metallo Cast Sinks and Surfaces. 303-307-8898. www.metallodesigns.com.
DOOR WAYS: NO NEED TO SKIMP ON DOORS WHEN stylish options such as the Stile Line Series exist. The manufacturer says the products evoke the traditional look of stile-and-rail doors with an architecturally correct grain profile. Available in African mahogany, maple, and red oak veneers, the doors come in flush and panel designs with multiple glass options. Doors are available in passage, bi-fold, and French styles. Cost: $135 to $180 depending on species and size. Lynden Door. 360-354-5676. www.lyndendoor.com.
DOOR WAYS: NO NEED TO SKIMP ON DOORS WHEN stylish options such as the Stile Line Series exist. The manufacturer says the products evoke the traditional look of stile-and-rail doors with an architecturally correct grain profile. Available in African mahogany, maple, and red oak veneers, the doors come in flush and panel designs with multiple glass options. Doors are available in passage, bi-fold, and French styles. Cost: $135 to $180 depending on species and size. Lynden Door. 360-354-5676. www.lyndendoor.com.
COOL BREEZE: BECAUSE MORE AND MORE AMERICANS ARE DEMANDING HIGH DESIGN IN THEIR products, the manufacturer has introduced the Prestige Collection of fans. Featuring graceful curves, rich wood blades, glass, and hand-applied finishes, the line includes eight products that range from contemporary to Arts and Crafts. The company says all products feature technology that eliminates wobbling. Cost: $510. Hunter Fan Co. 800-4hunter. www.hunterfan.com.
COOL BREEZE: BECAUSE MORE AND MORE AMERICANS ARE DEMANDING HIGH DESIGN IN THEIR products, the manufacturer has introduced the Prestige Collection of fans. Featuring graceful curves, rich wood blades, glass, and hand-applied finishes, the line includes eight products that range from contemporary to Arts and Crafts. The company says all products feature technology that eliminates wobbling. Cost: $510. Hunter Fan Co. 800-4hunter. www.hunterfan.com.
SEE AND SAY: THE HOME HEARTBEAT WIRELESS PLUG-AND-USE HOME AWARENESS SYSTEM IS IDEAL for buyers who cannot afford full-service security plans. The system consists of three main components: a base station, a home key, and a network of sensors. The base station routinely provides updates as it monitors home appliances, doors, windows, as well as routine maintenance schedules. A “Call Me” Awareness feature can send e-mails and text messages to homeowners. Cost: $149 for a starter pack with base, home key, and one sensor. Eaton. 412-893-3890. www.homeheartbeat.com.
SEE AND SAY: THE HOME HEARTBEAT WIRELESS PLUG-AND-USE HOME AWARENESS SYSTEM IS IDEAL for buyers who cannot afford full-service security plans. The system consists of three main components: a base station, a home key, and a network of sensors. The base station routinely provides updates as it monitors home appliances, doors, windows, as well as routine maintenance schedules. A “Call Me” Awareness feature can send e-mails and text messages to homeowners. Cost: $149 for a starter pack with base, home key, and one sensor. Eaton. 412-893-3890. www.homeheartbeat.com.
TWO FOR ONE: EVERY OTHER PRODUCT IS BEING REDESIGNED with a fresh look, and the toolbox is no exception. The new Space Age mobile storage solution features a rounded design and functions as a two-in-one unit that separates. It has two see-through organizer lids for small parts, an extra-wide soft grip pull handle, and two rubber-coated wheels. Cost: $32.99. Stanley Works. 800-782-6539. www.stanleyworks.com.
TWO FOR ONE: EVERY OTHER PRODUCT IS BEING REDESIGNED with a fresh look, and the toolbox is no exception. The new Space Age mobile storage solution features a rounded design and functions as a two-in-one unit that separates. It has two see-through organizer lids for small parts, an extra-wide soft grip pull handle, and two rubber-coated wheels. Cost: $32.99. Stanley Works. 800-782-6539. www.stanleyworks.com.