Remodeling and Home Design

2004 I.B.S. Show in Las Vegas, Nevada

IBS 2004

A record attendance of 105,000 builders made it to the 2004 International Builders Show in Las Vegas. Arcways gave away over 2000 CD's in the 4 day span of the show to both existing customers and new potential customers. Arcways unveiled a new booth filled with many new products including a carved balustrade line from Spain, laminated bent glass panels, a unique stainless steel baluster line, several new handrail profiles, new helical handrail fittings, and our new and improved photo realistic 3D rendering software system by Chief Architect (Advanced Relational Technology).

Arcways curved stairways are prominently displayed in Chief Architects' 9.0 release software and above. It takes only seconds to 3D render an Arcways curved stairway in Chief.

The wood specie trends seem to remain in the maple, cherry, and red oak arena but with a push toward exotics such as bubinga, Brazilian cherry, and African mahogany. The wrought iron baluster with wood rail requests remain strong but we've recently recognized a slight shift back to more ornate wood balustrade systems. The fear that some of our customers have is whether the wrought iron is a trend that will disappear in the near future, like it did 40 years ago, and ultimately date the look of the home like it did in the 1960's. If bell bottom pants are in, like they presently are and were in the 60's, then it maybe fair to say when the bell bottoms are replaced with the next pant trend so may the iron.

We had numerous compliments on our helix stringer display (the twisting and turning material with the flying man above) that demonstrated how seamless our curved material is joined, even when the radius is as tight as 6 inches.