The Possibilities are Endless
In March of this year, Brian attended the International Builders Show and Conference in Orlando, Fl. It was an action packed few days with thousands of new products for the building trades. It was so fascinating to see the new trends in interior design. It seemed that throughout the show, the prevalent products were porcelain slabs and multi slide door systems. These two types of products have been popular in Europe the last few years but are just now coming to the US.
Multi-Slide door systems
Just recently, door companies have created a new class of multi slide door by combining the preferred features of performance, strength and symmetry of a high end lift & slide door system and the functionality and value of a multi slide. The new class of multi slide provides optimal aesthetics and performance.
The Ultimate Multi-Slide Door is more than just a new panoramic door. It’s an entirely new lifestyle. Smoothly slide it open and invite into your home expansive views, fresh air and an abundance of warm, natural light.
The bi-fold and multi-slider systems have an unobtrusive clean design for maximum view potential as well as the feeling of outside/inside space. The new high performance roller systems create a much better glide as well as longer mechanical life of the door than previous technology, therefore, the panel design, engineered to the demands of a folding system, adapt perfectly to a more robust and unmatched sliding door.
SunBear has just recently installed a multi slide door system in the Rio Milagro house project. We used a relatively new company out of California and are very pleased with their customer service and especially the door materials and construction. The company is called Western Window Systems. This door system allowed for an unobstructed flow of outside upper deck space to inside living.
Thin Porcelain tile slabs will be the tile of choice in the near future in the US for countertops as well as other applications. They are lightweight, durable, and suitable for accent walls, backsplashes, countertops, and other residential and commercial design projects. One of the drawbacks of standard tiles is the distracting number of grout lines that can disrupt a surface's streamlined appearance. With these large format thin porcelain slabs, you can create a near seamless appearance that promotes a sense of overall elegance.
Porcelain slabs are also heat, scratch, and stain resistant.
The perfect example of Italian style.
Two products that we like:
Lapitec® is an innovative “full bodied” sintered stone slab. Available in large format slabs, it unites aesthetic design appeal and the superior mechanical and physical properties of porcelain with the elegance, workability, colours and typical finishes of natural stone.
Neolith is a company that we use and SunBear is a fabricator. Neolith comes in two large formats measuring 3,200 x 1,500, 3,200 x 1,600 mm and 3,600 x 1,200 mm, which means greater uniformity and continuity in different spaces for easier handling and to minimize the number of joints for more aesthetic and hygiene benefits.
One of the characteristics that make Neolith stand out is how thin it is; it comes in thicknesses of 3, 6, 12 and 20 mm. The difference in their use varies based on the intended purpose.
For furniture and interior cladding, using 3 mm is recommended; for flooring (interior and exterior) and exterior applications (like ventilated façades), 6 mm is recommended; whereas 12 mm is reserved for more demanding product uses such as for kitchen worktops.