High-performance appliances meet statuesque white cabinetry in this contemporary kitchen. Above the stainless-steel stove and cooktop, a powerful exhaust vent and task lighting are tucked underneath a custom-made hood. The patterned backsplash is comprised of marble subway tile. The glass doors on the upper cabinets allow the homeowners to showcase their favorite dishware, while the drawer stacks in the lower cabinets enable them to hide away what they don't want seen.
This home's kitchen opens up to an outdoor barbecue courtyard. A nearly 12-foot expanse of architectural outswing folding patio doors, constructed of high-performance, Low-E4 glass, ensure energy efficiency throughout the year.
For a household with many pets, sofas were upholstered in high performance fabric. Throughout the rooms, designers brought in color in fun, surprising ways. Here, a built-in bookshelf gets a coat of pretty blue.
This home's kitchen opens to a beautiful courtyard area with wood decking. A nearly 12-foot expanse of architectural outswing folding patio doors, constructed of high-performance, Low-E4 glass, ensure energy efficiency throughout the year.
This lake house isn't just beautiful; it's also highly sustainable. The house is pursuing LEED Silver certification, and features a geothermal heating and cooling system combined with a high performance thermal envelope, LED lights and highly insulated SIP panels and radiant barriers in the roof.
A stand mixer on the counter next to the kitchen’s stylish wine refrigerator with stainless steel and glass bowls has a high performance motor with a title-back mixer head that makes it easy to access the bowl and beaters. A collection of cookbooks on the counter next to the mixer with subjects ranging from easy weekday recipes for the super-busy home cook to casual spreads for every occasion offer lots of inspiration.
This music room has a high, blue coffered ceiling as well as built-in storage space for instruments and music. Green leather armchairs offer space for enjoying a performance or studying notes, and a black piano dominates the space as the central focal point.
To give a walk-in feel to this closet, the sliding door and hanging rod were removed and replaced with custom built-in shelves, drawers and a vanity. The brilliant blue Gracie wallpaper was lacquered for high resistance performance.
Sure signs for replacing a toilet include recurring clogs, porcelain cracks and scratches, and needing to replace too many parts in the tank. But these days, one reason reigns supreme for replacing the porcelain throne: water conservation. Toilet flushing accounts for nearly 30 percent of residential indoor water consumption according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). You can save $2,000 over the lifetime of the toilet in your home by going with a high-performance, low-flow option. That long-term savings trumps an inexpensive, temporary fix on an older toilet model.
When choosing the products for any expanse of glass, it’s essential to consider energy efficiency — otherwise you could end up with higher energy bills and rooms that are too hot or cold. Fortunately, many manufacturers offer doors and windows that pair timeless looks with high-tech energy efficiency. LaCantina’s Wood System, for example, features the organic aesthetic of wood while providing excellent thermal performance.