The bathroom suite by Troy Adams Design is a high-end line of bath fixtures and vanities that includes such materials as exotic woods, stainless steel, and quartz. The console (shown here) features a handmade sink with a concealed drain and CaesarStone quartz countertop. Other optional woods include ebony, teak, and wenge. Cost: $11,000 for the single sink. Julien. 866-901-5624. www.julien.ca.
Taming of the Screw
The maker of this line of screws says the products have a thread design that eliminates the need for pre-drilling in wood. The threading also helps prevent splitting and requires less driving torque, the company claims. The screws are available for use in wood, plastic, and light-gauge metal. Cost: $6.97 to $9.97 for a 1-pound box. Trufast. 888-222-7729. www.spax.com.
Because EOS is 1 ¼ inches thick—¾ of an inch thicker than standard solid surface—it has a more substantial look. The thicker slabs result in counters that are stronger, more heat resistant, and easier to install, the company says. It comes in 21 colors. Cost: $50 to $60 per square foot (retail). Eos Solid Surface. 800-719-3671. www.eos-surfaces.com.
Titebond Weathermaster Exterior Sealant comes in a full array of 125 stock colors to match exterior house sidings produced by most major siding manufacturers. Compliant with low volatile organic compound regulations, the product can be painted immediately after application, can fill gaps up to 1 inch wide, and can be extruded in temperatures as low as 0 degrees F, the company says. Cost: $4.49 for a 10.3-ounce cartridge. Franklin International. 800-669-4583. www.titebond.com.
Air Up There
Water conservation doesn't have to mean low water pressure. The Croma EcoAIR showerhead and handshower incorporate air-injection technology to offer drenching coverage with a water-saving 1.6 gallons per minute. Spray channels are made from silicone to reduce lime scale buildup, and cleanup is as easy as wiping the surface. They come in chrome and brushed nickel. Cost: $26 to $44. Hansgrohe. 800-334-0455. www.hansgrohe-usa.com.
Styrofoam Blueguard Extruded Insulation contains an insecticide incorporated into the plastic of the foam matrix to offer termite protection in below-grade applications. Designed for basement walls or interior crawl spaces, the foam adds insulative value to the wall, resists moisture, and protects waterproofing membrane during backfilling. Cost: 5 percent to 10 percent more than regular Type IV Styrofoam insulations. Dow Building Solutions. 866-583-2583. www.dowbuildingsolutions.com.