One of the biggest and best parts of my editorial job atFine Homebuildinginvolves seeking out problem-solving tools and materials to make building homes easier and to make structures last longer and be more resource efficient. My hope is to show our smart and discerning audience the absolute best stuff to make their lives easier and their homes better. As you might imagine, I really look forward to the annual International Builders' Show, which is the largest and best-attended trade show related to building and remodeling and one of the very best places to find great new tools and products.
This year's show, which is being held in Las Vegas on January 20-22, is for a second year part of Las Vegas's Design and Construction Week. Design and Construction Week combines four large trade shows: the International Builders' Show, the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS), the International Surface Event (floor and wall coverings), and the Las Vegas Market (home décor and furnishings). I've registered for all of them, and I'll be packing my most comfortable shoes so I can make it through the 4.7 million sq. ft. of exhibit space.
In the days and weeks leading up to the four shows, my inbox has been filled with press releases describing new products. Most aren't all that exciting, but I already have a long list of promising new tools and materials that I want to see and touch while I'm at the show. Here are a few that caught my eye.