The Nuts and Bolts: February 4, 2013

A little DIY, FYI

U.S. Housing Stock Ready for Improvement

After languishing for several years, the U.S. remodeling industry appears to be pulling out of its downturn, and a renewal of the nation’s housing stock is underway, according to a major report released last month by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. The U.S. Housing Stock: Ready for Renewal is the latest report in the Improving America’s Housing series, published by the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center. Foreclosed properties are being rehabilitated, sustainable home improvements are gaining popularity, older homeowners are retrofitting their homes to accommodate their evolving needs, and the future market potential is immense, as the emerging echo boom generation is projected to be the largest in our nation’s history. “After limited spending during the housing bust, renovating the more than one million distressed properties that were sold in 2011 contributed nearly $10 billion to home improvement spending,” says Eric S. Belsky, managing director of the Joint Center. “With about three million more foreclosures and short sales in the pipeline, there is even more such spending ahead of us.” To read the full report visit

Holiday Recovery for Your Sofa

Looking for budget-friendly solutions to reclaim your home in the New Year? Sure Fit, a leading manufacturer of slipcovers and home solutions, has tips and new products from their spring 2013 collection that can help update living spaces after the wear and tear of the holiday season. The new spring 2012 collection features innovative new prints, colors and fabrics both in its slipcovers and other home accessory items. To check out the new line visit

NARI Announces Regional Contractor of the Year Winners

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) has named 152 Regional CotY (Contractor of the Year)TM Winners from their 2013 competition, of which 19 were team members. Judging for the regional projects took place at NARI’s national headquarters in Des Plaines, Illinois, during the second week of January. Contractors from seven regions around the country vie for CotY Awards on an annual basis. Competing projects were completed between July 1, 2011, and November 30, 2012, and were not submitted in previous NARI National contests. An impartial panel of judges, experts within the remodeling industry and associated fields, selected winners based on each entrant’s binders, which include “before and after” photography and project descriptions. Judging focused on problem solving, functionality, aesthetics, craftsmanship, innovation, degree of difficulty and entry presentation. The list of 2013 Regional CotY Award Winners is available on NARI’s Website.

Topex® Brings Glitter to the Bath

Topex® Hardware, international manufacturer of decorative hardware and bath vanities, has introduced the All That Glitters Crystal Bath Accessory Collection. The new collection, made up of shelves, towel bars, toilet paper holders, robe hooks, and other freestanding bath accessories, is embellished with sparkling Swarovski® Crystal or glass crystals. Each uniquely cut and shaped crystal captures and releases colors dissimilarly, transforming the conventional bathroom. The All That Glitters Crystal Bath Accessory Collection coordinates with the All That Glitters Swarovski® Crystal Collection and Crystal Collection of decorative hardware by Topex. List prices for accessories within the All That Glitters Crystal Bath Accessory Collection range from $89 for the soap dish to $485 for the 18-inch towel bar with Swarovski Crystal. All hardware is included, and installation is simple. For more information about the Topex Hardware products visit

Painting Made Easy?

Hoping to be a drip, spill, and mess-free solution to your painting problems, the Color-Glide Pro –a small, lightweight paint applicator with a felt applicator brush– is a new product that works to eliminate the hassle of traditional brushes. “With the Color-Glide Pro, you can now cover up anything, including a child’s impromptu crayon masterpiece on the wall, within seconds,” says Color-Glide creator Scott Stevenson. The reusable bottle presents a more sustainable approach to projects, as unused paint can be stored for periods of time without drying up. Each bottle is marked with room-specific check boxes, so you know when and where the paint is intended to be used. The clear design lets you see the color, and how much paint is left. To use, simply attach the included pump to the bottle and fill to the top with your preferred paint color. Then screw on the felt top and you are ready for unlimited, easy-glide painting. While all types of paints can be used in the tube, it is suggested that only latex paints be stored in it. The Color-Glide Pro is sold at ($7.99, Medium) and at ($5.49, Medium and $5.99, Large).