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The 2019 International Builders’ Show

  • February 28, 2019

The 2019 International Builders’ Show

Residential builders from around the globe, including representatives from Gallagher and Henry, descended upon Las Vegas Feb. 19-21 for the annual International Builders’ Show.

The Show’s 75th anniversary edition featured the largest crowd in a decade with some 67,000 building professionals gathering information on the latest trends and innovative products in home construction and design. From established industry names like Andersen Windows and Whirlpool to connected home startups, more than 1,500 exhibitors filled 608,000 square feet at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

“By attending the International Builders’ Show, we keep up to date on the best practices and newest products available in the marketplace today. This helps us provide our homebuyers with the most relevant, current information possible and ensures we’re building the high-quality, durable homes they expect,” Gallagher and Henry principal John Gallagher says.

Some products that captured the attention of Gallagher and Henry personnel in attendance:

Connected Home Functionality

From Whirlpool kitchen appliances and the smart home technology available on Andersen’s 400 Series windows to WiFi connected locks from Schlage that provide remote access and other enhanced security features, digital technology for the home blanketed the Show floor.

“We’re actively investigating how to bring different smart home technologies into the home and also mindful of how these various solutions interface with the entire hub like Google or Alexa,” Gallagher and Henry director of operations Linda Staszak says.

Next-Level Faucets

With both its stunning design as well as its continuous push for innovative solutions, Moen always impresses. The company showed Flo by Moen, a smart home water monitoring and leak detection system that allows homeowners to monitor, control, and conserve water from their smartphone, as well as U by Moen, a smart shower technology that allows users to start, stop, and adjust a shower with their voice.

“Whether its Moen or another one of our long-time partners like Andersen, Whirlpool, or Schlage, we love seeing companies really push the innovation envelope because that enables us to offer a more and more solutions to our buyers,” Gallagher says.

Lighted Mirrors

The Show floor featured numerous decorative mirrors backlit with LEDs. Available in a range of shapes and finishes, these mirrors fit a diverse array of styles and add extra panache to spaces homebuyers are increasingly interested in making more stylish and luxurious than utilitarian.

“These mirrors are definitely eye catching and a bold addition to any bathroom,” Staszak says.

New-Age Fireplaces

Heat & Glo’s Foundation Series fireplaces   won the Show’s award for Best Indoor Living Product and it’s easy to see why: the product is contemporary in its design, offers different configurations, and delivers the cozy feeling a fireplace should.

“We’re always conscious of blending design and function because that’s what today’s discerning homebuyers demand. Whether it’s a fireplace, windows, or shake siding, it’s a win-win when we can present our homebuyers options that look beautiful and perform at a high level,” Gallagher says.