The Next Gen Home.

Nearly 104,000 housing professionals gathered in Orlando, FL, in February for the 2007 International Builders’ Show®. Just outside the convention center visitors could tour the NextGen Home Experience showcasing technologies and products (pictured on top of page 22, photo by Pat Lenius).

The 2,700-sq.-ft. “First to the Future” home featured two concept products from Delta Faucet Co. The Illusions concept faucet is designed for a bar/prep area of the kitchen or powder room. When the control joystick is moved forward, a spout automatically rises out of the counter top. When finished, a push on the joystick retracts the spout back into the counter top. 

The Smart concept custom shower from Delta Faucet features electronic control of water temperature and body sprays. Six pre-sets allow the device to remember users’ preferences. A remote control enables the user to warm up the shower before entering it.

Products from Brizo were also on display in the house: Riviera™, Trevi™ Cross, Quiessence® and Vesi™ lavatory faucets and the Floriano® bar/prep faucet.

MTI's Jentle Ped foot spa.

MTI Whirlpools displayed its Interlude 2 whirlpool bath in the master bath, which includes turbo-massage, chromatherapy and an integrated aromatherapy diffusion system. Also in the master bath was an MTI shower base and glass enclosure with a teak shower tray (pictured, photo by Tim Fausch).

Other MTI products in the house included the Mirage bath, which can accommodate two bathers but fits into a standard size bath alcove; the Jentle Ped® foot spa (pictured, photo by Tim Fausch); the Jeu d’Eau, a seated shower base that can also function as a footbath, with an inline panel/door enclosure; the compact Atlantica whirlpool bath; the Jentle Jet® laundry sink; and the Jentle Pet® spa designed for washing pets.

MTI's shower base and glass enclosure with teak shower tray.

REHAU supplied the complete PEX plumbing system in the NextGen house, as well as residential fire protection. The company offers a wide range of PEX fittings in sizes from 3/8-inch to 2 inches.

Rinnai displayed a gas-modulating fireplace, which features digital electronic controls including dual timers, a thermostat or manual control option, child lock, pre-heat function and three-speed fan.