THIS MODEL R7130 RIGHT-ANGLE DRILL IS DESIGNED to handle the kinds of big holes that contractors, plumbers, and general contractors drill on a typical job-site, the company says. Weighing 12 ½ pounds, the tool has an 8-amp motor, a safety clutch, and a compact head for drilling between studs and joists. The company adds that it is the only drill of this type to offer three speeds: 300, 600, and 1,200 revolutions per minute. Cost: $299. Ridgid. 800-474-3443. www.ridgid.com.
ARCHITECT FRANK GEHRY, KNOWN FOR THE GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM in Bilbao, Spain, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, isn't the only one who can have fun with shiny metal roofs. These stainless steel residential tiles allow you to do the same. The company says that, unlike other roofing materials, stainless steel lasts an eternity, and these tiles contain at least 75 percent recycled content. Measuring 15 inches by 9 inches, the tiles are angled at the edges to eliminate glare and the noise produced by rainfall. In addition to stainless steel, amber bronze, slate, and custom colors are available. Cost: $3.60 per square foot. Millennium Tiles. 866-842-8585. www.millenniumtiles.com.
THIS FIREPLACE MANTEL LOOKS LIKE ANY ORDINARY WOOD PRODUCT, but, in fact, it is made from Lyptus hardwood—an eco-friendly, fast-growing South American species harder than hard rock maple and red oak. The mantel is available in four styles, two finishes, and three sizes: 26, 32, and 36 inches. It is the only fireplace mantel made with Lyptus through an agreement with Weyerhaeuser, the distributor of the wood. Cost: $649 to $1,200. Hearthside Designs. 866-672-6040. www.vanguardheat.com.
THE AQUACENTRE KITCHEN STATION IS A SUITABLE choice for a contemporary house with room to spare. It's at its best, though, when space is tight. An all-in-one food prep and cleaning module, the unit is outfitted with a 10-inch-deep sink, a stainless steel countertop, and a built-in dishwasher. It measures 54 inches wide, but custom sizes are available. Cost: $6,500 to $7,250. Julien. 800-461-3377. www.julien.ca.
OUTDOOR SHOWERS ARE PRETTY MUCH STANDARD IN A VACATION HOME, BUT these freestanding units allow them to be used anywhere the temperature is between 55 and 90 degrees. The wall panels are available in rot-resistant cedar or white marine composite, and each unit comes with a nickel shower tower, showerhead, adjustable rinsing head, heated towel rack, and on-demand hot water tank. Available in four sizes, it comes with louvered or frosted glass upper panels. Cost: $2,500 to $7,500. Vixen Hill. 800-423-2766. www.vixenhill.com.
FACE IT—DRILL BITS GET DULL, OR THEY BREAK. YOU could throw them out, but the costs add up. The manufacturer says resharpening them with the 750X Drill Doctor is a much better idea. It allows users to sharpen bits as good as new. The tool can create custom variable point angles or sharpen masonry bits with easier alignment, the company says. It has an all-metal core, offers a variety of options for point angles, and will sharpen bit sizes from 3/32 to ¾ inches. Cost: $129.99 to $159.99. Professional Tool Manufacturing. 800-597-6170. www.drilldoctor.com.