Handyman: Novi Home Remodeling Show sparks projectitis

Glenn Haege
Special to The Detroit News

While the beautiful fall weather may have kept some folks away from this year’s Novi Home Remodeling Show held Oct. 9-11 at the Suburban Collection Showplace, it gave the attendees a better chance to get more information from the 185 exhibitors to help plan their fall and winter projects.

This year’s show was put on by the Home Builder’s Association of Southeast Michigan, (248) 862-1018, Of course, I like to see what new and unique home products are on display at the show, and here are some I saw:

■Glass artist Tomak Julian Baksik, owner of Julian Glass, (877) 8-JULIAN,, was displaying his unique customer-engineered glass countertops. According to Baksik, they are more colorful and translucent than real semiprecious mineral slab at a fraction of the cost, while performing like marble or granite in your kitchen or bathroom. The crafted-to-order countertops come in nine different color designs, including a purple and violet version, Amethyst, and an aqua, cool green and deep blue design, Lagoon.

■Having a shed in your backyard is a great way to store lawn equipment and gardening supplies so your garage can be used to park your vehicles. But the shed on display from Tuff Shed,, looked liked you could use it as a backyard man cave or even a mother-in-law apartment. These sheds feature a galvanized steel floor with tongue and groove floor decking, steel reinforced door and shingles and siding that come in a variety of colors to make the shed match your home’s decor.

■Providing a steady stream of continuous hot water for the home is the job of a tankless water heater. And if you saw the display of the Navien NPE Series model at the Thornton and Grooms exhibit, (248) 579-4025,, that showed the inside of the unit, you would realize all the technology that goes into providing that hot water. This unit features advanced condensing technology that gives this tankless water heater up to 0.99 energy factor, along with a proprietary ComfortFlow technology that Navien claims will eliminate a common tankless problem, the so-called cold water sandwich phenomenon. This is a problem where the water is warm for the first few minutes and then there is a burst of cold water before it returns to warm again.

■While the fall weather may leave us thinking less about entertaining outdoors, the display I saw by Paradise Grilling Systems,, can give you hope that spring isn’t far behind. The company offers six different styles of outdoor kitchen entertainment centers that range in price from $7,000 to $20,000. All of them feature the Paradise Grilling System’s premium stainless steel grill, and the higher end Tahiti system even includes a tiki hut and built in TV/stereo entertainment package that has a tropical resort feel to it.

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