robert m. cain, aia, leed ap
Sherwin-Williams’ Duration Home Series is a Cain favorite. Recommended for high-use areas of the home, the washable latex coating allows most stains to wipe clean with water, the company says, and contains anti-microbial properties to resist mildew. It’s also made with a low-odor and low-VOC formula and comes in more than 1,500 colors. Sherwin-Williams, 800.474.3794; www.sherwin-williams.com.
fire in the round
Fireorb is a suspended wood-burning fireplace that allows 360-degree rotation. It’s made from 10-gauge steel and features a black powder finish; a stainless steel model also is available. The hearth measures 40 inches in diameter, weighs 165 pounds, and uses a stainless steel ball bearing rotation system. Fireorb, 847.454.9198; www.fireorb.net.
Legacy Wood Products offers long leaf heart pine flooring that has been reclaimed from beams, posts, and decking in old buildings. “A board originally cut over 150 years ago with up to 75 growth rings per inch representing 600 years of history is a treasure,” Cain says. The company offers select and premium planks in a variety of widths and lengths. Legacy Wood Products, 706.296.5841; www.legacyheartpine.com.
Lutron’s RadioRA 2 “makes it relatively easy” to control lights, thermostats, shades, security, and other systems, Cain declares. The wireless product saves energy by giving homeowners the ability to adjust the amount of daylight and electric light (using light controls and automated shades) as well as temperature in a single room or the entire home. It also turns off standby power to small appliances. Lutron Electronics, 888.588.7661; www.lutron.com.
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