As temperatures reached subzero digits last week, members of the Bellmont Partners team headed to Las Vegas to not only enjoy the 60-degree weather, but also join 110,000 other attendees at the 2016 International Builder’s Show (IBS) and the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s Kitchen & Bath Industry Show® (KBIS). It was a great time for us home improvement junkies to check out what’s hot and trending in the world of home building and design.
Customization and personalization
At this year’s show, it was all about customization and personalization. In our super-connected, “made-for-me” world, it’s no surprise that when it comes to our homes, we want them to reflect our personalities like never before.
This is especially true for the millennial generation that is beginning to enter the housing and home improvement market. In fact, a recent survey by Better Homes and Gardens found that 63 percent of millennial respondents said having a home customized to them was a top priority, and 60 percent said having a home that is a reflection of them is more important than it was to their parents’ generation.
This sentiment was reflected in many of the products we saw at this year’s show as refrigerators, tubs and yes, even toilets, are evolving to become an essential, stylish and customized design feature of the home.
One great example of this is a line of refrigerators from Bosch that made us to stop and ask, “Is that really a fridge?” The design and styling was sleek and made the appliance the main focal point of the room. Not only was it beautiful, but extremely functional as well with tons of space and an integrated wine fridge (who wouldn’t love that?!).
For the bathroom, it was all about free-floating soaking tubs that rivaled any high-end spa. Not only did they look ultra-relaxing, but they also could serve as a beautiful piece of art. Our favorite—the Aria Crescent tub:
And of course, it is no surprise that one of the coolest things we saw at this year’s show had to do with 3D printing. American Standard had on display its DXV faucet that was created using a 3D printer. If you have thousands of dollars to spend on a faucet, grab it while you can, as they are only printing 100 or so of these beauties. And yes—it actually works!
IBS and the KBIS show are always a great way to kick off the home-show/home improvement season, and we can’t wait to see what our local Minneapolis Home and Garden Show has in store when that show begins later next month.
Have you been to any home shows lately or seen any cool new products for the home? If so, please share!