Design, Construction, Snow & Rain

Design & Construction Week (the combination of the International Builders’ Show and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show) came to Las Vegas last week, bringing an estimated 80,000 construction and design professionals to the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Last week was also was remarkable for rain, wind and snow in the entire Las Vegas valley. The weather didn’t appear to hamper show attendance, but it did cut down on visitation to a number of exhibits in the Las Vegas Convention Center parking lot.

Not to worry, this reporter spent a couple hours inside the convention center as evidenced in the following photos.

But first…this was the scene outside the Las Vegas Convention Center Central Hall last week — very wet.
Photo by Diane Taylor
Design & Construction Week is not open to the public. Exhibitors hope to sell their products directly to residential builders and designers. Here, as part of the American Gas Association exhibit were colorful BlueStar appliances. BlueStar says it can make appliances in 190 different custom colors!
Photo by Diane Taylor
This acrylic bathtub came all the way to the show from Pinghu City, China. The tub is a product of AoClear Sanitary Ware. The company’s main products are shower and steam rooms, but also can provide heavy acrylic bathtubs.
Photo by Diane Taylor
German high-end appliance manufacturer Gagganeu Hausgeräte provided photos of show attendees with costumed fräulein as show souveniers and reminders of the company.
Photo by Diane Taylor
Canadian gas fireplace manufacturer Montego featured this custom fireplace in its exhibit. Price of such a custom unit: $80,000.
Photo by Diane Taylor
What to do with old tires? Eco-Flex makes many different products of recycled rubber tires including this rock-like wall.
Photo by Diane Taylor
EuroShield also uses recycled rubber tires to make. roofing tiles.
Photo by Diane Taylor
Part of Design & Construction Week was a huge bookstore in the Central Hall. The bookstore even welcomes authors of books for sale at the store. This author, Greg Lindsay, was talking about his book, Aerotopolis, about the metropolis of the future and its integrated airport. Co-author of the book is John D. Kasarda.
Photo by Diane Taylor
When visiting the True North Log Homes exhibit, your reporter asked James Weening whether fire is a problem in a log home and he said that because of the thickness of the wood (he brought out this sample), fires, if they happened, would proceed much more slowly than in a conventional home. He said log homes today are permanently sealed against the weather and easy on maintenance. He said further that log homes are becoming more and more popular, and business is great. True North provides materials and designs for log homes or will build custom homes.
Photo by Diane Taylor
This home is featured in a True North Log Homes brochure. It is a multi-million-dollar award winning custom log home.
Photo by Diane Taylor
Schlage, the lock company founded in 1920 by Walter Schlage in San Francisco, sells traditional and smart locks.. This photo features some of the traditional Schlage locks on display during Design & Construction Week.
Photo by Diane Taylor
Kolbe Windows & Doors had this custom window as part of its display noting that the company can produce custom windows of various shapes and sizes to add “beauty, elegance and character to your house’s design.”
Photo by Diane Taylor
This was the scene in your reporter’s back yard as she left for the Design & Construction Week show.
Photo by Diane Taylor

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