Kitchen & Bath
Want to incorporate specialized materials into a range hood, to help it blend with the rest of the kitchen? Zephyr's Padova is ready for finishing touches in glass, plaster, mosaic tile, or metal. It comes in widths of 42, 48, and 54 inches, and with fans rated at 600 or 1,000 cubic feet per minute. Prices start at $4,400. Zephyr, 888/880-8368, www.zephyronline.com.
Most new bathroom faucets flow at 2.2 gallons per minute, regardless of the users' preference. Waterdecor's new line, however, lets the homeowners choose among four settings, from 1/2 gallon to 2 gallons per minute. The single-side-handle faucet shown — the Nirvana — comes in nine finishes and costs $915 to $1,180. Waterdecor, 877/222-9644, www.waterdecor.com.
The auto-start feature on Panasonic's WhisperGreen kicks the fan up to 80 cubic feet per minute when someone enters the room. After the room empties out, the Energy Star-rated unit drops back down to a minimum-CFM operation. It lists for $279. Panasonic, 800/405-0652, www.panasonic.com.
Solid-surface countertops are typically built up along the edges to make the 1/2-inch material look thicker. That's not necessary with Eos, which comes in 3-centimeter-thick sheets. It's sold in 31 colors and costs between $48 and $60 per square foot installed. Eos, 800/719-3671, www.eos-surfaces.com.