New CA Law Requires Use of ‘Lead-Free’ Plumbing Fixtures

ONTARIO, CA — A new plumbing code signed into law in California will mandate strict new limits on the manufacturing and sale of plumbing fixtures that leach lead, a toxin that has been tied for decades to drinking water, state officials announced.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom last week signed into law AB 100, legislation that establishes new lead leaching standards for the state, according to the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO), an organization that coordinates the development and adaptation of plumbing, mechanical, swimming pool and solar energy codes in the U.S. and abroad.

The new law, effective Jan. 1, 2023, prohibits the manufacturing and sale in California of any plumbing fixture, fitting or faucet that does not meet NSF/ANSI/CAN 61-2020, the IAPMO said. The law also requires that product packaging and labeling of any device that’s intended to convey or dispense water for human consumption must indicate compliance with the “lead-free” standard.

“AB 100 will help reduce the risk of lead exposure in the built environment through certified, ‘lead-free’ endpoint devices,” said Robyn Fischer, director of government relations for the Ontario, CA-based IAPMO. “This new law will complement the larger-scale efforts underway to help protect Californian’s water infrastructure and underscores the state’s commitment to uphold public health and safety.”

“We’re grateful that California’s new law promotes the industry standard for lead reduction, so that drinking water fixtures and faucets are accurately labeled,” added Tom Palkon, IAPMO’s executive v.p.

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Continued Growth Forecast for U.S. Building Products

INDIANAPOLIS — The U.S. building products market will continue building on its “exponential growth” of the past two years, gaining an additional 2.9% from 2023 through 2025, with the professional sector increasing by 4.6%, according to a newly released forecast by the Home Improvement Research Institute (HIRI).

The Indianapolis-based HIRI predicted that the total U.S. building products market will increase by 13% in 2021 over the previous year, with the professional sector growing by 18.2%. The total building products market is forecast to grow an additional 2.3% in 2022, with the professional sector growing by 7.1%, HIRI added.

“The home improvement industry had explosive growth during the coronavirus pandemic, due primarily to DIY projects, but that may now be driven by pros,” said HIRI Research Director Matthew Craig, adding that growth in the DIY sector is expected to decline as an overall share of home improvement product sales in 2022, since “many homeowners completed planned projects throughout this year and the last.”

However, growth “will continue further in the professional products market as COVID-19 restrictions ease and projects put on hold resume, HIRI said.

“The strong home improvement outlook provided by pandemic behavior has been given new life by improved employment gains, increased access to vaccinations and additional stimulus measures,” said HIRI. “A continuing strong economy suggests that spending (in the professional sector) will improve, as households feel more comfortable with contractors in their home.”

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LX Hausys America Unveils New Brand Identities

CHICAGO – LX Hausys America Inc. unveiled new brand identities for its  HIMACS Solid Surface and Viatera Quartz Surface brands, and a new brand identity for its resilient floorcovering line of products, HFLOR, at NeoCon last week. The new brand identities reflect the company’s name change this summer from LG Hausys America to LX Hausys America.

The new name is a result of the company’s position within the recently established LX Holdings Corp. The holding company is a globally diversified organization recently spun off from LG Group, the South Korean multinational conglomerate best known for its advanced consumer electronics.

Concurrent with the name change, the company introduced a new logo. It pays homage to the company’s roots, looks to the future and embodies the organization’s management philosophy: “Link to a sustainable future.” Of significance, the “X” within the LX Hausys logo is intersected with an ascending diagonal line, which is a visual representation of the company accelerating into the future, notes the firm.

An ascending diagonal line is now found within each brand logo. This subtle design treatment creates a unified look between the company and its three brands, the company continues. It also ensures the company’s mission for creating a more sustainable future is consistently visually represented across its portfolio of brands.

 

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How In-Stock Cabinets Can Transform Your Home!

Over the years, the term in-stock cabinets has become a little synonymous with the kitchen. Having become a staple of the room over the last few decades, many homeowners simply believe them to be suitable for that one room. 

However, that is not the case, and utilizing them in other rooms can help to you transform your home. As technology and materials advance, in-stock cabinets are able to offer you with some truly beautiful designs and styles that can help you to elevate any interior. 

Still not sure? We thought we would take a closer look at how they can enhance some of the most popular rooms in your home… 

In-stock Cabinets for Bathrooms 

Your bathroom is one of the most-used rooms in the home, and storage is an incredibly important feature. Installing in-stock cabinets in your bathroom can provide you with a wide range of benefits, including:

  • Allowing you to enjoy a unique design that combines storage with countertop space. This will let you display things such as cosmetics or various décor options. 
  • In-stock cabinets for the bathroom can also help you to make better use of your existing space. If you find your bathroom has unused nooks, then adding a cabinet can help you to add the perfect finishing touch. 
  • Adding an in-stock cabinet can also help you get rid of the traditional pedestal sink storage, reducing the clutter in your bathroom. 

In-stock Cabinets for Laundry Rooms

The laundry room is another very important space within the home. However, for many homeowners, this room remains a functional, if slightly uninspiring, area. In-stock cabinets can help you to transform your laundry room in multiple ways:

  • By providing greater storage and organisation for your essential supplies. They can also help to keep supplies out of sight from children or pets. 
  • They can also add additional countertop space to fold or iron your clothes. 
  • In-stock cabinets can also help to provide seating space for your family, which can be useful if you are putting on shoes or getting ready to head outside. 

In-stock Cabinets for Wine and Coffee Bars 

Looking to create a truly unique wine or coffee bar in your home? In-stock cabinets are a fantastic way to transform any space:

  • Help you to create a dedicated bar space to entertain friends and family
  • Provide you with additional storage and organisation to keep ice buckets, glasses, and anything else you need. 
  • Boost the visual appeal of any room by creating a tidy and stylish bar area that is both eye-catching and functional. They can also be tailored to meet any interior design, ensuring you have the perfect matching cabinets. 

In-stock Cabinets for Home Offices

As more people work remotely, in-stock cabinets are quickly becoming a must-have accessory for any home office. These unique solutions can help you to:

  • Enjoy a clear workstation, allowing you to quickly create the perfect home office solution to store everything you need. 
  • They can also help you to improve your organization and reduce any clutter by giving you a secure place to store them. 
  • In-stock cabinets can also create a more inviting space to work from, making it more enjoyable to work from (while also looking far better on your next Zoom call!) 

In-stock Cabinets for Dining Rooms 

No matter whether you are eating with your family or entertaining friends, your dining room is often the heart of any home. Adding in-stock cabinets can help you to:

  • Enjoy an ample serving space, allowing you to serve guests directly at the table or creating a delicious buffet spread for those more relaxed occasions. 
  • Not only do they help you to bring more dishes through to the dining room, but in-stock cabinets can also free up space on the dining table, helping to make it feel less cluttered. 
  • In-stock cabinets can also help you to transform the aesthetics of your dining room, allowing you to create a modern and stylish interior that your guests will love. 

In-stock Cabinets for Bedrooms 

Whether you are looking to store accessories and cosmetics, or you just need more space in your bedroom, in-stock cabinets can help you to transform your bedroom in multiple ways, including:

  • Acting as a makeup station. The flat surface is the perfect spot to add a mirror and lighting, allowing you to stop trying to apply your makeup standing in front of the bathroom mirror. 
  • For students, an in-stock cabinet can also double as a fantastic desk for remote learning, allowing them to complete homework and lessons in a private space. 
  • In-stock cabinets for bedrooms can also help to reduce clutter by providing ample storage space for a huge array of items. 

In-stock Cabinets for Playrooms 

Children’s playrooms can often be a messy space, so adding an in-stock cabinet can transform your interior in multiple ways:

  • They are a great way to neatly store and organize all of your child’s favorite toys. Allowing you to keep them out of sight while remaining easily accessible. 
  • In-stock cabinets can also double up as a fantastic desk space that your child can use for their drawings and colorings in. 
  • They are also a very stylish solution that can help to either enhance the existing décor or add a splash of additional color and texture. 

In-stock Cabinets for Entertainment Rooms 

Do you regularly host fun nights for your friends and family? If so, in-stock cabinets for entertainment rooms can provide an array of benefits, including:

  • Increasing the amount of usable storage space. No matter whether it is storing your favorite DVDs or records or keeping some of your favorite drinks out of sight, this storage space can be invaluable. 
  • With all that storage space, you can remove the messy and unsightly clutter, helping to create a cleaner and less distracting room for your guests. 
  • In-stock cabinets for entertainment rooms are also a great way to transform the interior of any room, allowing you to create the perfect décor for your home. 

     

Looking for in-stock cabinets?

If you are looking to transform your home with some beautiful and stylish in-stock cabinets, then Explore Kitchens is here to help you. We provide our customers with the very best cabinet solutions, operating across Northern Virginia. 

So no matter which room you are looking to transform in your home, our experienced team is here to help you create the perfect interior. Want to find out more? Get in touch today!

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RSI Acquires Beck/Allen Cabinetry

ST. LOUIS, MO – RSI Kitchen & Bath President and CEO Megan Bittle has announced the expansion of the RSI portfolio of offerings with the acquisition of Beck/Allen Cabinetry in advance of company President Mike Beck’s planned retirement.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to lead Beck/Allen through times of tremendous growth, as well as challenging economic downturns that tested our team,” said Beck. “To have had a role in taking Beck/Allen from meager start-up to becoming the sought-after player in the cabinet space that it is has been both gratifying and humbling. A succession plan was extremely important as we looked to the future, and we’re confident that the company and our employees will be in trusted and forward-thinking hands with Megan at the helm.”

Founded in the year 2000 by Mike Beck and Lee Allen, Beck/Allen began as a wholesale cabinet company catering solely to home builders and remodelers in the St. Louis area. Over two decades, the company evolved in both product lines and capabilities, earning the respect and business of leading trade professionals including designers and architects.

“I believe that to exist in our industry 20 years from now, you must be thinking of strategic alliances, and Beck/Allen represents a complementary segment of the kitchen and bath industry in St. Louis,” says Bittle. “There is so much growth potential in the St. Louis market that acquiring a local business with strong ties to the community and not having to look outside of this market was incredibly intriguing. Our cultures and customer bases meld so well that I saw an opportunity to grow RSI over the next 10 years.”

Moving forward, Beck/Allen Cabinetry will be referred to as a “division of RSI Kitchen & Bath”.

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Wetstyle Opens New Showroom

Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, Canada – WETSTYLE, a Canadian manufacturer of premium-quality bath fixtures and furnishings for the North American market, has opened its newly constructed showroom to architects, designers and the general public for the first time.

Beginning May 1, 2021, customers are welcome to view WETSTYLE’s product line at its new corporate showroom, with social distancing practices in place. The 11,600-sq.-ft. showroom, located in Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, on Montreal’s South Shore, will be open by appointment only during showroom hours, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday.

“We are very proud to welcome customers to this facility, which was designed to showcase our values as a brand,” says Mark Wolinsky, president of WETSTYLE. “We look forward to showing local specifiers and customers what we do.”

The showroom exhibits 19 bathtub models, nine furniture collections and more than 30 sink models to choose from, many featuring WETSTYLE’s proprietary WETMAR BiO material, recognized by GOOD DESIGN for Green Innovation as the industry’s first recipe for soy and mineral stone used in the fabrication of composite bath fixtures. Among the WETSTYLE products on display are the Stelle Vanity collection, Mood bathtub and Feel shower bases, all recipients of GOOD DESIGN awards.

Designed by Atelier Moderno, and recipient of the Grands Prix du Design 2020 award, the showroom is filled with distinct and intimate spaces, each highlighting an individual product. The contemporary space features non-obtrusive walls that isolate each product zone in vignette-like fashion, invoking sentiments of environments reflective of the products in use. Atmospheric lighting sets the mood of each product zone via strips and spotlights, reflecting off of a porcelain floor with marble-esque qualities that embrace the sophistication of the company’s high-end, handcrafted, made-to-order products.

“The showroom is the face of our beautiful finished products, and we have succeeded in creating a space that captures the essence of that beauty,” adds Wolinsky. “It’s also a vehicle for exhibiting the tremendous level of detail, craftmanship and passion invested in the making of our award-winning products.”

Ensuring a safe environment

With the health and safety of its clients and employees as a top priority, the WETSTYLE showroom strictly adheres to all government guidelines in respect to COVID-19 protocols. As of May 1, the facility will welcome customers up to a maximum of five people per designated appointment time.

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Fantini Calls for Awards Entries

New York – The Fantini Design Awards, an annual competition presented by Fantini USA, has opened its competition with a call for entries through October 29, 2021. The competition, celebrating its fourth year, celebrates the best of North American design inspired by water. Fantini invites all architects, designers and developers to submit their eligible projects for consideration.

Seven projects will be selected as winners by a panel of judges, and one representative per winning project will receive a four-day, all-expenses paid trip this fall to Casa Fantini/Lake Time resort, designed by Piero Lissoni at Fantini’s headquarters in Pella, Italy.

Qualifying Projects should:

Be either a Completed or a Future project

  • Be completed after January 1, 2019 and no later than October 29, 2021
  • Be located in the U.S. or Canada
  • Be documented with high-resolution, professional photography (Completed Projects) OR a sketch, rendering and/or floor plan (Future Projects)

Completed Project Requirements

  • Fit in one of the categories: Residential or Commercial
  • If Residential, the Project must have at least:

    One master bathroom with five or more Fantini fixtures (including faucets), OR
    two or more bathrooms with at least three Fantini fixtures (including one or more faucets) in each

  • If Commercial, Fantini branded products must have been used in the Project.

Future Project Requirements

  • Project must be under construction, meaning that the construction works have begun on-site in the U.S. or Canada but are not yet completed.
  • Must fall into one of the following two categories:
    Residential, provided it will install Fantini fixtures in two or more bathrooms; OR Commercial, provided that Fantini branded products will be used in the Project.

Project entries will be judged by Kendra Jackson, deputy editor, AZURE magazine; Olivia Hosken, Style and Interiors writer for Town & Country, and Alessandro Munge, founder and design director for Studio Munge.

All submissions must be received by October 29th, 2021 at 11:59 pm EST.

For additional information, visit https://fantinidesignawards.squarespace.com/

 

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Ferguson Donation Aimed at Children’s Mental Health

NEWPORT NEWS, VA — Ferguson LLC, the Newport News, VA-based distributor of plumbing and related building products, has donated $2.5 million to a local pediatric hospital whose efforts will be aimed largely at children’s mental health, the company announced.

Ferguson’s donation, proffered to the Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters’ Lighting the Way campaign, will assist in the construction of a 14-story, $224 million mental-health hospital and outpatient center for children. The facility is scheduled to open in 2022, with 60 private patient rooms and space for programs that address gaps in mental health care in the region, Ferguson officials said.

“One in five children in the U.S. has a diagnosable, treatable mental-health condition, and yet the majority go without either diagnosis or treatment,” said Kevin Murphy, Ferguson CEO. “The need is only trending up, as we are just starting to see the impacts of the pandemic on the social and emotional health of children.

“The children’s mental health crisis has deep and lasting impacts in every facet of our community,” Murphy said. “Ferguson is extremely proud to be part of this endeavor.”

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Services Offered by Deck Builders

deckIf you’ve ever hired deck services for your home or garden, you know that they’re not cheap. Some deck services companies might try to take advantage of the fact that most homeowners are tight on cash and will hesitate to commit to long-term contracts with unknown deck builders. In contrast, others might be outright rip-off artists looking to take advantage of the DIY homeowner in their time of need. However, there are ways to protect yourself against shady deck services providers and still get quality work done that looks great and lasts for years.

One of the first steps to prevent any shady deck services company from taking advantage of you is to ensure that they have a proper license to ply their trade in your area. It’s a given that most deck services companies will have their right, but it’s also a good idea to check. Ask the local government or fire department for their licensing records, as well as ensure that you’re dealing with an experienced and reputable company by checking online for customer reviews. When choosing a new deck builder, it’s also a good idea to check out the company’s history and whether they’ve been involved in any complaints before. 

Most deck services will also offer expert deck building services including pre-built railings and new decks, but this isn’t always the case. Some deck builders are also willing to design and build outdoor spaces, but not all of them are. Check out the credentials of any deck services you’re considering hiring for the strength of their deck building skills and the quality of the materials they use. It’s important that you feel comfortable with your chosen contractor because it’s one thing to get a beautiful set of railings, but you want the overall experience to be 100% enjoyable.

Most deck builders will provide you with excellent customer service. The key to a happy and successful deck installation is making sure that your builder is available to you right from the start, whether you have a basic deck built or are having it customized. If your deck builders can’t be reached during normal business hours, you may want to consider another deck builder or ask for recommendations from friends and family who have had experience with deck installation.

Many people are leery of using plastic deck materials because they don’t believe that they are as durable as wood rot resistant materials. Plastic decking materials are very easy to maintain and can be used outdoors year-round. However, they are not as hard as wood, and plastic is susceptible to damage caused by extreme temperature changes, such as hot weather and winter storms. This can result in mildew or black spots on the surface of your decking material and can actually hasten wood rot and decay.

If your deck installation is not going as planned, it’s important to discuss possible fixes with your chosen deck builders before the job is started. You should find out what kinds of repairs or renovations are covered under warranty. Some deck manufacturers offer warranty protection on materials and labor for a limited period of time. Ask your deck builders about this arrangement. The cost of these warranties may seem minimal, but knowing that there is a repair available after the warranty expires can save you money.

If you live in an area that experiences high winds, you should know that loose railings on wood decks are a big problem. If you don’t have strong reinforcement for the rafters in your deck, winds can cause them to bend and break. When this happens, the deck is no longer safe for guests or family members to use, and you could end up spending additional money to fix it. You may even want to consider building a brand new deck around your old, broken rafters. Having stronger railings on your outdoor space will prevent this from happening.

If you want to know more about deck installation and maintenance, contact several local deck builders. Find out what services they provide and whether or not they offer custom built decks. If you already have a plan in mind, talk to each deck builder about how you would like your new deck to look. If you aren’t an artist, bring in a landscape photographer to create a mockup of your new deck. This allows each deck builder to visualize the end result of their work. Once they understand how much work goes into constructing a new deck, they will be more willing to work with you and make sure it’s completed to your satisfaction.