These sinks are also culinary and cleaning stations
German company BLANCO has introduced the ONE Collection, a set of three sinks and five accessory kits that can be mixed and matched to form customized cooking, organizing and cleaning stations.
"By far, the biggest design trend that connects with both consumers and designers is the idea of individualization," said Tim Maicher, director of marketing. "We have so many options in front of us each day – we truly believe that there is one product, made just for us and for our life. That is the inspiration for ONE. It’s a sink that lets you customize the features to create a personal workstation."
The stainless steel sinks are available in three base sizes at are all 9 inches deep: XL Single, Super Single and Medium.
Corresponding accessories include a Magnetic Sink Caddy for cleaning tools, a Workstation for knives and utensils, an Ash Compound Cutting Board that sits on top of the sink, protective Custom Grids, and a Multi-Level Grid for the XL Single sink that serves as an additional rack above the base grid.
The accessories can all be bought separately or in five curated kits organized according to function.
"If you have a family and are worried about keeping knives out of reach, if you are a foodie and you want a cutting board that lets you clean, cut and save space, if you are living in a small metro space and you don’t have counterspace to both clean and prep – there’s a BLANCO ONE sink and accessories kit just for you," added Maicher.
Fiberon sponsors new Ty Pennington series
Ty Pennington is gearing up to launch a new online video series on NextGenHomeTV called "’First to the Future’ Home." The weekly program will be dedicated to smart products and home design for next-generation homes.
Backing his effort will be Fiberon, who has signed on as a gold-level sponsor of the show. As part of the partnership, Fiberon’s new ProTect Advantage line of wood-alternative decking and Fiberail composite railing will be featured on an episode this spring.
“Fiberon is a perfect fit for Ty’s ‘First to the Future’ Home series and its emphasis on products for smarter home construction,” said Doug Mancosh, president of Fiberon. “Our family of wood-alternative products features the sustainability, durability and functionality, not to mention the beauty, that the next-generation of homes will require.”
The program will showcase the process of building an energy-efficient, weather- and storm-resistant home near St. Augustine, Fla. The completed home will be revealed later this year, at which point the show’s website will feature a complete overview of the products used during construction.
Pennington rose through the ranks as the host of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" on ABC, which aired from 2004 through 2012.
Installed Building Products posts sales growth
Net revenue increased 30.6% for Installed Building Products, rising to $119.3 million,
Net income from continuing operations was reported as $2.4 million, essentially flat from the prior-year quarter.
The company, which describes itself as "the nation’s second largest insulation installer for the residential new construction market," said the growth was the result of improving demand for services, especially in new residential end markets.
"We are well positioned to continue capitalizing on the new-home construction recovery, strengthening our market position and pursuing value-enhancing acquisitions while remaining disciplined with our costs to improve profitability," said Jeff Edwards, chairman and CEO. "In the first quarter of 2014, adverse winter weather conditions have slowed sales growth in many of our markets due to delayed construction activity; however, we expect to regain most of any weather-impacted demand during the remainder of the year.”
For the full year of 2013, net revenue was $431.9 million, an increase of 43.4% from $301.3 million in the full year of 2012. On a same branch basis, net revenue increased 29.6% from the prior year.
Also for the full year, net income from continuing operations was $6.6 million, compared with a net loss from continuing operations of $4.3 million in the prior year.
In addition to insulation, IBP also installs garage doors, rain gutters, shower doors, closet shelving and mirrors throughout the United States.