House Talk Today Radio Show Newsletter                February, 2013





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Message from Chris and Alex

New American Home at IBS

Trends from IBS Show

New appliance colors

Time to prune roses?

Habitat-SCC seeking veterans

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On the road again March 2

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This Jan. 23-24, my oldest daughter Lauren and I attended the National Association of Home Builders' International Builders Show in Las Vegas. Our whirlwind trip of this huge trade show of residential construction and remodeling included visits with manufactrers and suppliers, seeing new products, enjoying the fountains at our hotel the Ballagio, and ziplining ..... Yes, ziplining.  There are photos, however, in this newsletter we will only report about some of the items Alex and I think you will be most interested in.   


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Chris Miles                                  Alex Guthrie 


New American home at International Builders Show



Each year at the big National Association of Home Builders trade show, a group of home-product suppliers teams up with a builder to sponsor the construction of the "New American Home," showcasing the latest builders have to offer American consumers. As the NAHB's official show home of the International Builders Show, The New American Home is a symbol of energy efficiency and innovation.


The home exhibits cutting-edge products available in the U.S. from manufacturers all over the world. The show home is a collection of ideas for the industry to take away-in large pieces, or bit-by bit-and put into millions of homes across the country each year...innovative products...for the future of home building."


Read more about the home


Treehugger questions whether a 6,721 square foot house in a gated community on the far outskirts of town with a monster pool evaporating into the Las Vegas heat qualifies as a good example of energy efficiency.


What do you think?  Let us know by emailing me at 


Trends from the IBS show courtesy of Tim Snyder of Mother Earth News

Retrofitting for accessibility. Our aging population of baby boomers means that many bathrooms will need to be remodeled in order to be safe and accessible for people with physical disabilities. See the fresh take on accessible bathroom fixtures from a Canadian company called the Invisia Collection. Check out how the company has integrated grab bars into the toilet paper holder, shower mixing valve and corner shelf.  



 A bomb shelter model home. The giant yellow hotdog you see here (left) was on display right next to the regular "dream" homes that were erected outside the convention hall. The vertical tubes provide access and oxygen after you've buried the corrugated steel shelter.  


Entry doors with fiberglass skins and foam cores have reached an entirely new level of quality. Checking out the displays at Therma-Tru & Jeld-Wen, I saw an amazing variety of door styles. But the most astonishing thing about these energy-efficient doors is how convincingly manufacturers have duplicated the look of real wood. Texture, grain and color rendition are truly remarkable.


This photo shows cutaway sections to illustrate how these doors are made: foam cores, fiberglass skins and solid wood edges to hold screws for hinges and hardware. Beyond the good looks, I like fiberglass doors because they won't dent, ding or rust like steel doors. They never swell, shrink or warp like solid wood.


Is stainless steel out in the kitchen? 

New colors may gain popularity in the kitchen. Whirlpool has introduced its Ice Collection with high-gloss black and white.  


Viking is offering appliances in Cinnamon, Wasabi, Dijon and Kettle Black.                               


Recently General Electric launched a line of slate-tone appliances  leading folks to ask if stainless steel is falling out of favor in the kitchen.  


Read more in this Dallas Morning News story:


What do you think?  Are you ready for Wasabi?


February is time to prune roses or is it?

Texas A&M Agri-Life has carefully studied the roses which have received the Earth-Kind? designation including Knock-Out roses and report that they do not require regular pruning. If the bushes grow outside their bounds, a light shaping is all that is necessary. They do recommend that you remove any dead wood as it develops.




Veterans needing home repairs sought by

Habitat for Humanity - South Collin County

Are you a veteran or know a veteran living in the South Collin County area that needs some home repairs or home improvements?  Habitat-SCC has a Home Depot funded repair grant for several homes but needs your help to connect with eligible veterans.     


Repair Corps grants will pay for needed home repairs from insulation and weather stripping to the installation of wheelchair ramps and renovated bathrooms and doorways to accommodate disabled veterans. Larger repairs such as roofing, electrical, plumbing, HVAC and structural improvements will also be available.  


Applications are being accepted until May 1.  Projects will be completed by June 30.  For additional information veterans should contact Sid Buniff, Habitat-SCC Development Director at 972-398-0634 X104.


Save money


House painting can cost more when  companies are busy during the peak painting season. Consider having it done now and you could save some money.   


We're on the road again

Saturday, March 2 we will broadcast from the 34th Annual Dallas Home and Garden Show at Market Hall.  Come by 660 AM The Answer's booth and say hello.  


In addition to all the new products in the NARI Pavilion, they have a stage presenting a variety of experts sharing great information.  Click here for the topics and schedule. 


Dallas County Master Gardeners will be on-site all weekend conducting how-to seminars and answering questions. 


Eat at the Mobile Gourmet Cafe featuring the finest food trucks in the area.  



This show is the perfect place to find BIG savings, talk with the area's finest home improvement experts and receive show-only discounts and fantastic opportunities for everything home & garden. 


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