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Feb 27, 2019

Picks From Your Peers: 3 Innovative Products From Kim Power

Kim Power

KIM POWER, AIA, PARTNER, DICK CLARK + ASSOCIATES, AUSTIN, TEXAS

For more than a decade, Kim Power, AIA, has worked on custom home projects for Dick Clark + Associates, becoming a partner at the award-winning firm in 2018. Always on the lookout for innovative solutions for challenging sites, indoor lighting, and material sourcing, Power notes these three products as recent favorites.

 

Bosch pull-out hood

 

“I put this hood in my own kitchen remodel just a few months ago,” Power says of the Bosch 500 Series Pull-Out Hood. “When in operation, the front bar pulls out, then—when it’s not in use—it tucks away to be perfectly in line with the cabinet doors. I selected it because of the minimal visual impact, and I wasn’t concerned about performance because I don’t do much cooking that requires ventilation. But when I do use it, I’ve been impressed that this hood works just as well as a traditional, bulkier model.” bosch-home.com

 

Marvin Modern windows

 

 

 

Marvin’s newest window line, Marvin Modern, is one Power is eager to try. “The company did serious research and created a product that more thoroughly responds to the demands of modern design than any window/door line I’ve seen yet,” she explains. “The composite materials give it the thermal performance and thin sight lines we’re always looking for, with aluminum caps for the finish. And, most innovatively, the built-in recess pocket around the edge of the interior frame is going to make for the easiest possible installation, eliminating the framing and shimming gymnastics usually required to get a clean installation on drywall returns.” marvin.com

 

EcoSmart Fire Electric Series

Power uses EcoSmart Fire’s Electric Series as an alternative to gas or wood-burning units. “This works great for projects where clearances are at a minimum, and it also eliminates the need for the typical infrastructure required for a fireplace,” she says, noting that no masonry or venting is needed. “Probably the most exciting thing about this from the consumer end, though, is the fact that it eliminates other required clearances—such as for mounting a TV or art over the fireplace.” The fireplaces are available in five lengths from 40 inches to 120 inches. ecosmartfire.com

 

 

 

 

This story originally appeared in the Winter 2019 issue of PRODUCTS magazine. See the print issue here.

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