Crown moldings made of high-density, flat-back foam is a lower-cost option. (Amazing Crown Molding)
As the housing market continues to improve in Michigan, homeowners’ interest in fixing up their homes also continues to rise. As I often say, “If you aren’t moving, you should be improving.” And even though snowy conditions made driving on area roads difficult, plenty of people found their way to the Novi Home Improvement Show recently to get some ideas for their upcoming home projects.
In talking with Mike Stoskopf, the executive director of the Home Builders Association of Southeastern Michigan, www.builders.org, this year’s show featured around 300 exhibitors, and even with the weather issues, attendance was similar to last year’s show, which had the largest attendance since 2006.
While most of my time at the show was spent hosting my local and national radio shows, I did see some new and unique home improvement products during my down time.
Re-Bath of Detroit, (888) 732-2844, www.rebathit.com, known for its bath and shower remodeling, was displaying two new styles and colors of tub surrounds: Adara Granite and White Carrera. These new color styles add the look of granite or ceramic tiles to the solid-surface, nonporous polymer tub surrounds that Re-Bath is known for. In addition, these fashionable surrounds are still grout free with a high gloss finish that keeps its shine and will not attract mold or mildew.
If you would like to add crown molding to your home but don’t have the budget for wood, consider Creative Crown from Amazing Crown Molding, (248) 971-9006, www.amazingcrownmolding.com. Creative Crown is a smooth, high-density, flat-back foam crown molding that can be painted or stained to look like wood moldings at a fraction of the cost. You use painters caulk instead of nails to install it, and it mounts to drywall, wood, concrete and brick surfaces. It comes in a variety of molding options, including flat-back, vaulted, large and custom sizes, and features a variety of corner block molding sizes as well.
Tarnow Doors, (800) 478-9060, www.tarnowdoor.com, was exhibiting the FlyAway motorized retractable screens that provide a screen enclosure for an outdoor covered porch or even for a garage door so you can sit on your porch or work on your car in the garage in bug-free comfort. With just a touch of a button, these heavyweight coated screens roll down on anodized aluminum tracks to enclose your outdoor area.
In addition to the motorized screen, the folks at Tarnow also displayed the Carriage Series rustic “barn door” maple garage door from Equal Door Industries, www.equaldoor.com, that can give the home that authentic country look.
With more and more homeowners leaning towards environmentally conscious products when doing home improvements, I was very interested in the environmentally friendly natural stone products being displayed by EcoGranite, (248) 820-9196, www.ecogranitegroup.com. The company takes post industrial waste from countertop manufacturing that would otherwise be sent to a landfill for disposal and turns it into pavers and veneer that can be used for sidewalks, patios, fireplaces, walls, interior tiles or driveways. The company also makes other home items from the recycled granite, including benches, signs, cutting boards, serving trays and bowls.
Herald Wholesale, (248) 398-4560, www.heraldwholesale.com, a bath, lighting and hardware company, had its usual display of unique bath and lighting products. One that really caught my eye was a stylish chandelier from the Revolution Collection of Troy Lighting, www.troylighting.com. The hand-forged iron lighting fixture with a bronze finish was a combination of vintage, rustic and contemporary themes all wrapped up in one eye-catching design.
It could be another busy spring and summer for home product suppliers and contractors. If you attended the show and have an idea for a home project, it is never too early to get estimates, order products and line up a contractor. That is how you go to the front row of the home improvement class.
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