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 The Future of Your Home!
By: Darin "Sid" Cameron, CRS
Fri, Jan 14th, 2005 10:45 pm

Right now in Orlando, the 2005 International Builders' Tradeshow is going on. This is the Home Builder Industry's largest new product showcase of the year. So what does this have to do with St Louis Real Estate? Well, 1,600 companies presenting in over 1.5 million square feet of exhibit space all believe they have the "next big thing" that will find its way into your next home.

So, what are some of the next big things?

Bosch Home Appliances ( introduced an 18” dishwasher designed for consumers with limited kitchen space. Obviously small lofts and apartments are a natural place for an appliance so small. However don't discount an appliance like this as a second dishwasher for your home in places like your finished basement, bar, pool house, or kitchenette. Anywhere you have dirty dishes you can now have an ultra small dishwasher to clean them.

If you want your home to have the look of luxury, Miele ( introduced a built-in coffee machine. Again, it's a space thing. Get the coffee machine off the counter and built into the wall like a built-in over or refrigerator. It's not exactly an appliance that's going to change your life, but it is the kind of product that will define the luxury home market for of the future.

And speaking of the luxury home, have you ever dreamed of having Mahogany crown molding and door trim in your home but can't afford it? Contact Lumber ( is exhibiting a natural wood-wrapped molding (veneer) that allows home builders to add real wood molding and trim to a room without the hassles and expense of solid hardwoods.

To go with that trim, how would you like the look and beauty of a hardwood floor without freezing your feet on those cold January mornings? Warmboard Radiant Subfloor ( allows you to use a radiant heat system with your hardwood floor. It's a system of tubing pumping hot water under the floor to keep your toes nice and toasty.

I will discuss more of the products showcased at the show in upcoming articles. Until then, the Builders’ Virtual Trade Show is located at if you want to check it out yourself.

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Darin "Sid" Cameron spent 15 years working in the technology industry which in 1998 relocated him to St. Louis. In 2004 he took over web development tasks for Kimberly's real estate team and later became the full-time Marketing and Operations Director in 2005. In 2011 Sid launched two brokerages, The Realty Store, Inc. and Realty Referral Partners, Inc, while continuing to perform marketing and operations for Kimberly's team. Sid holds a real estate broker's license in Missouri, CRS certification and was the first CyberStar in the St. Louis area.
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