Thursday, March 16, 2017

Step by Step: A Custom Built TV Lift Cabinet For the RV

Touchstone Home Products customer John recently shared detailed pictures showing his custom TV lift cabinet in an RV. John shows the progression of his clever integration of the Touchstone Whisper Lift II TV Lift into a custom designed RV cabinet.

Perfect for a compact space like an RV, the motorized Whisper Lift II raises and lowers a flat screen TV, keeping the TV out of sight when it's not in use.

From Start to Finish, A Beautiful Custom TV Cabinet In a Motor Home

Check out John's detailed photos of his custom built RV cabinet featuring the Touchstone Whisper Lift II below.



Thank you to customer John for sharing these instructional photos and inspiring other Touchstone customers. We are so impressed with the talent and creativity of our Touchstone Home Products customers.

Check out the Touchstone TV Lift Photo Gallery for more inspiration.

You may also be interested in another RV cabinet custom build featuring a Touchstone Pro Advanced Whisper Lift II TV Lift and Sideline Electric Fireplace, beautifully made by our friends at Mountain Modern Life. Check out their blog for detailed videos and stories.

 Watch the Mountain Modern Life installation video below:

 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Hidden Kitchen Storage: How to Install a Motorized Lift For Small Appliances

The Touchstone Whisper Lift II motorized lift raises a mixer into the cabinet.
The Touchstone Whisper Lift II motorized lift gently lifts
a heavy KitchenAid® mixer into the kitchen cabinet.
Looking for a simple way to keep small kitchen appliances in easy reach without cluttering your countertop? Heavy or bulky kitchen essentials like a KitchenAid® electric mixer or a large blender are often relegated to a cabinet shelf, making them hard to access. To solve this kitchen storage challenge, Westmount Fine Homes recently integrated a motorized Touchstone Whisper Lift II TV Lift into a kitchen cabinet.
Touchstone Whisper Lift II and Nespresso® espresso maker.

Easy DIY Motorized Kitchen Lift Project for Under $500

This kitchen cabinet lift solution is an easy and affordable weekend DIY project. With a few supplies, you can transform a kitchen cabinet into a hideaway for a margarita maker, kitchen mixer or cappuccino machine.

When the project is complete, the appliance will quickly and quietly lower from the cabinet to the countertop with the touch of a remote control.

Let the Whisper Lift II Do the Heavy Lifting

Anyone who has precariously balanced on a chair to reach the top shelf, with a heavy appliance in hand, will appreciate the ease of this DIY kitchen lift.

What You Will Need:


Fully extended Touchstone Whisper Lift II Motorized Lift in a kitchen cabinet
1. Touchstone Whisper Lift II TV Lift
Not just for TVs, the hardworking Whisper Lift II smoothly raises and lowers up to 100 pounds in less than thirty seconds. Made of steel, the Whisper Lift II is built for optimum performance and features a single piston actuator, steel external casing to prevent wear and a 5-year warranty. Includes a remote control.

When fully extended, the lift is 68 inches high. Depending on the height of your cabinets and countertop, the Whisper Lift II Pro Advanced TV Lift with lift height memory may work best for your particular needs.

2. Wood base to attach to the lift and house the appliance

The Whisper Lift II is mounted inside the kitchen cabinet.
3. Screws/bolts for attaching the lift to the top of the cabinet. Check with your local hardware store to find the best mounting supplies for your cabinet and set up. The versatile Whisper Lift II can be used as a pop up lift or dropdown lift. In this project, you will attach the lift to the inside top of the cabinet for the dropdown application.



Clutter Free Countertops

This clever integration by Westmount Fine Homes keeps small appliances out of sight and in reach with the touch of a remote control. The versatile Whisper Lift II can also be mounted to the bottom of a cabinet for a pop up effect. In addition to providing easy access to small kitchen appliances, the Whisper Lift II can also be used to hide a flat screen TV in a cabinet. The lift includes TV mounting brackets.



Watch the Video



Watch the Touchstone Whisper Lift II motorized lift in action in this kitchen cabinet integration.

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Before and After: A Custom Mantel Electric Fireplace Installation

The Touchstone Sideline60 Electric Fireplace is featured in this beautiful custom mantel by Nouvant Homes.
A stunning custom mantel by Nouvant Homes featuring
the Touchstone Sideline60 Electric Fireplace. 
Nouvant Homes of Redding, CA recently shared before and after pictures of a custom mantel featuring the Touchstone Sideline60 Electric Fireplace. The "before" pictures show the opening for the fireplace insert in detail. The fireplace is framed within a beautiful brick wall.

Homebuyers love the maintenance-free ambiance of the Touchstone electric fireplace. The cool-to-the-touch front is child-friendly and pet-friendly.

No need to cart in wood or worry about stray embers, Touchstone electric fireplaces are vent-free and smokeless. The authentic looking LED flame display features five settings, as well and two heat settings. The flames can be enjoyed with or without heat for all-season use.

Touchstone Sideline Electric Fireplaces are available in four widths. Easy to install, the Sideline includes mounting brackets and hardware. The slim profile is simple to insert into a wall opening for a flush mount installation.

The Sideline also includes crystals and logs to customize the fireplace to match traditional or modern decor.

Check out Nouvant Homes' Facebook page for more design inspiration, as well as new homes in the Redding, California area.

Check out more before and after pictures in the Touchstone Houzz idea book:



Monday, February 6, 2017

The Best Place to Install an Electric Fireplace

Touchstone Sideline36 Electric Fireplace
The Sideline36 Electric Fireplace is recessed into the cabinet,
adding a warm and welcoming glow to the kitchen.
Photo credit: Marjos Complete Remodeling
Vent-free and maintenance-free, an electric fireplace is a versatile addition to any room. From the bathroom to the great room, an electric fireplace adds ambiance and supplemental heat without the hassle or smell of a wood or gas fireplace. 


Easy to Install In Any Room

Touchstone electric fireplaces are smoke-free, ventless, cool-to-the-touch and easy to install. Touchstone wall mount electric fireplaces attach to any wall and include a mounting bracket for quick and foolproof installation. Touchstone recessed wall fireplaces insert into an opening for a flush mount installation.

With the most natural looking LED flames on the market, Touchstone electric fireplaces look like real fireplaces without all the work. Scroll below to see electric fireplaces in every room of the house. Check out the Touchstone Electric Fireplace Photo Gallery for more design inspiration.

In the Living Room

Touchstone Ivory Electric Fireplace









The Touchstone Ivory Electric Fireplace is mounted directly on the wall, adding a beautiful focal point in the living room.

In the Bedroom



The Touchstone Onyx Electric Fireplace adds coziness to the bedroom.

In the Kitchen


The 36-inch wide Sideline36 Electric Fireplace fits perfectly in the kitchen cabinetry and creates a warm place for friends and family to gather.
Photo credit: Marjos Complete Remodeling, Virginia Beach, VA

In the Bathroom


The 40-inch wide Forte Electric Fireplace adds tranquility to the bathroom.
Photo credit: customer Sunny

In the Great Room


The 72-inch wide Sideline72 Electric Fireplace spans a wall, creating an inviting spot in a big room.

Outside

Designed for outdoor use, the new Touchstone Sideline 50-inch Indoor/Outdoor Electric Fireplace with multicolor LED lights is perfect for a covered patio area.











Friday, January 13, 2017

2017 Philly Home Show Features Touchstone Electric Fireplaces

Touchstone Electric Fireplaces at the 2017 Philly Home Show
Touchstone's "Wall of Flame" at Booth 204
The Philly Home Show starts today and once again, Touchstone Electric Fireplaces will be featured at Booth 204. An annual home and garden event, the 2017 Philly Home Show runs from February 13-16 and February 20-22 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, PA. The Philly Home Show draws thousands of attendees looking for design inspiration and advice. This year’s celebrity speakers include Matt Muenster from DIY Network’s Bath Crashers.

At Booth 204, show goers can check out the Touchstone Home Products “wall of flame,” a collection of Touchstone’s popular wall mount and recessed electric fireplaces. “We love the Philly Home Show. It’s a short drive from our Exton, PA headquarters. It’s great to get out and chat with show attendees and fellow exhibitors. We love seeing the reactions to our fireplaces. Booth visitors are often surprised to learn our fireplaces are powered by electricity, not gas. The realistic flames and cool-to-the-touch fireplace fronts are even more impressive in person,” says Frank Quinlisk, Touchstone Home Products Vice President.

The 40-inch wide Forte Electric Fireplace mounted in a bathroom
The 40-inch wide Forte Electric Fireplace
 is the perfect size for a bathroom.
Photo courtesy of customer Sunny.

Easy to Install In Any Room

Easy to install and integrate into any design, Touchstone electric fireplaces are ideal for big and small home improvement projects. The simplest addition, the Touchstone Onyx and Ivory Electric Fireplaces can be hung directly on the wall in minutes. The Sideline Electric Fireplace collection is more suited for recessed wall installation. Available in four widths from 36 inches to 72 inches, the Sideline model adds ambiance to any room from the bathroom to the great room.

Visit the Touchstone Electric Fireplace Photo Gallery for more design inspiration.

Exclusive Philly Home Show Discount

This year, show attendees can order Touchstone Electric Fireplaces at the booth and save 10% with the exclusive Philly Home Show discount. Stop by Booth 204 to learn more.

Our team will also have information about the soon-to-be-released Sideline Color Electric Fireplaces at the booth. These new fireplaces will feature up to 10 LED color options, thermostats, and easy mounting options.

Philly Show Tip:

Order your tickets online before you go and save $3: https://www.tix123.com/tix123/eTic.cfm?code=PHS2017



Monday, January 9, 2017

Touchstone Debuts SlimLift Pro and Electric Fireplaces at IBS 2017

IBS 2017 Booth S2884
The Touchstone team departs snowy Philadelphia and arrives in sunny Orlando, Florida today for the start of the 2017 NAHB International Builders’ Show. The Touchstone Home Products Booth S2884 will showcase electric fireplaces and motorized lifts for the home. Besides a nice glimpse of palm trees in the winter, this show offers the Touchstone team a great opportunity to meet with builders and designers from all over the world. 

At Booth S2884, show attendees can see the new Touchstone SlimLift Pro TV Lift Mechanism in action. The SlimLift™ Pro has all the advanced technology of Touchstone’s Whisper Lift II™ Pro Advanced collection, including an IR sensor, 12 volt trigger support for automation and lift height memory, in a slimmer profile. Its 4.5-inch depth makes the SlimLift Pro ideal for placement in a kitchen cabinet or other compact space. Not just for TVs, the SlimLift Pro can easily be configured to offer easy access to a hidden kitchen mixer or mini bar. 

Touchstone Sideline® Electric Fireplaces will also be on display at the IBS Show. “We do a lot of business with builders and remodelers who love the Sideline’s easy installation. Well within budget, the Sideline Electric Fireplace adds a great selling feature to a home, with minimal cost to the builder. Homeowners love the natural looking flames and energy efficiency. We enjoy meeting with our building partners in person at these shows, as well as introducing these products to more home builders and designers,” explains Frank Quinlisk, Touchstone Home Products, Inc.'s Vice President of Marketing. 

Read more about Touchstone Home Products at the International Builders’ Show at Touchstone In the News.

Touchstone Home Products at IBS2017

In the Orlando area? Be our guest at the IBS Show. Click here to get a free exhibits only pass. 


Monday, November 28, 2016

Custom Finished Pop Up TV Lift Cabinets For Large Screen TVs

A custom finished Touchstone Elevate  TV Lift Cabinet
matches the door and wall accents perfectly.
Photo courtesy of Daytime Divas
Shopping for a new flat screen TV? Some TV shoppers put a lot of thought and analysis into picture quality, contrast ratio, 4K vs. HDR and the newest, coolest features. Others simply choose the largest screen at the lowest price. Regardless of how much research goes into the TV purchase, the placement of the new big TV is often an afterthought.

“Go Big Or Go Home”

When it comes to screen size, most of us agree bigger is better. It’s only after we gleefully open the big box and see the super-sized black rectangle that we realize we’re going to need a bigger wall or a larger media cabinet. At Touchstone, we’ve experienced this design dilemma first hand, and we developed our TV lift cabinets with this in mind.

Versatile Style Solution

With plenty of space to conceal most large screen televisions, a Touchstone TV lift cabinet provides the perfect TV mounting solution without a tradeoff on TV size or room style. The versatile cabinet can be placed against the wall, at the foot of a bed or used as a room divider.

For even more TV storage camouflage, many shoppers opt for Touchstone unfinished TV lift cabinets. The unfinished cabinets can be painted to match existing furniture for a seamless design solution. Touchstone will professionally finish the cabinet to your specifications or you can paint it yourself. The unfinished and custom finished TV lift cabinets ship fully assembled.

Design Inspiration

We are continually inspired by the creativity of Touchstone customers. Many customers paint the cabinets in two or more colors to accent the cabinet’s design and match their room décor. Check out some custom finished Touchstone TV Lift Cabinets below.  You can see more design inspiration at the Touchstone TV Lift Cabinet Photo Gallery.

The unfinished Elevate TV Lift Cabinet was shipped to VH1's Daytime Divas TV production set for custom painting to match the room decor.


Below is the custom finished Elevate TV Lift Cabinet, painted to match the door and wall accents.



This Unfinished Adonzo TV Lift Cabinet (pictured below) is beautifully detailed in an American Walnut stain with gold trim.


This Unfinished Bungalow TV Lift Cabinet (pictured below) was custom painted to a customer's specifications by the Touchstone finishing team.



Learn more about Touchstone Unfinished and Custom Finished TV Lift Cabinets. 

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Wall Mount or Recessed Mount? The Best 72-inch Electric Fireplace For You

Touchstone 72-inch wide Sideline72 Electric Fireplace
Impactful design accent with the 72-inch wide Sideline72
Electric Fireplace as a focal point in the great room.
A large empty wall in a room can make a home feel unfinished, like a new canvas waiting for inspiration. Many of our customers solve the common design dilemma of a big blank wall with a wall length linear electric fireplace. A large format flame display adds a warm and inviting focal point to a room.

Our popular 72-inch wide OnyxXL Electric Fireplace and Sideline72 Electric Fireplace both provide natural looking LED flames and maintenance-free heat. At six feet wide, both fireplaces are ideal for optimizing wall space and adding value to a home.

Which 72-inch Fireplace is Best for You?


Wall Mount OnyxXL Electric Fireplace

The plug and play OnyxXL Electric Fireplace is easy to mount directly to the wall. A smartly designed mounting bar is included, ensuring simple installation with level positioning on the wall. Heat vents on the top of the unit take the chill off a room.

Pictured left: OnyxXL Electric Fireplace, mounted to the wall.
Recessed Mount Sideline72 Electric Fireplace

For a flush mount installation, the Sideline72 Electric Fireplace is your best choice. The Sideline72 is easy to secure in a recessed wall. Heat vents on the front of the unit add warmth to any room.

Pictured left: Sideline72 Electric Fireplace, recessed into the wall.



More OnyxXL and Sideline72 Features


Whether you need a wall mount or recessed electric fireplace, the same crowd-pleasing features are available on both the OnyxXL and Sideline72 Electric Fireplaces.

The Sideline72 and OnyxXL 72-inch Electric Fireplaces both include:


  • Classic black frame with a glass front
  • Logs and crystals for your choice of a traditional or contemporary style
  • 2 heat settings warm an area up to 400 square feet
  • Dual heat and flame controls, so flames can be enjoyed with or without heat as desired
  • The most realistic LED flames available with 5 adjustable settings from ember to full
  • Energy efficient and smoke-free
  • No venting required
  • Cool-to-the-touch front display
  • Remote control operated
  • Timer and auto shut off


With the Sideline72 or OnyxXL Electric Fireplaces, you can easily change the look of a room without a major renovation. The cool-to-the-touch flame display is ideal for use around children and pets. These wall length fireplaces are ideal for residential and business use.

Check out our Electric Fireplace photo gallery for design ideas.

Watch the OnyxXL Electric Fireplace in action: https://youtu.be/kfelGN5imRg

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

New Touchstone Motorized TV Lifts at CEDIA 2016

TV Lift mechanism demos at Booth 6606, CEDIA 2016
CEDIA 2016: Visit the Touchstone team at Booth 6606.
The Touchstone Home Products, Inc. team will unveil the new Touchstone SlimLift Pro TV Lift Mechanism at Booth 6606 at CEDIA 2016. The annual CEDIA Expo 2016 trade show runs from September 13-17, 2016 in Dallas, Texas. More than 22,000 home technology industry professionals will attend CEDIA 2016.

Touchstone Home Products joins Revolution TV Mounts at Booth 6606. The Touchstone team will offer hands-on TV lift demonstrations, showcasing the top rated motorized Whisper Lift II TV Lift, Whisper Lift II Pro Advanced TV Lift and the Whisper Lift II Pro Advanced Swivel TV Lift.

Best In Show Winner

Popular with AV integrators, Touchstone Pro Advanced TV lifts offer state-of-the-art lift technology including RF and IR capability for pairing with universal remotes, 12V trigger for automation, programmable lift height and a 5-year warranty. The Whisper Lift II Pro Advanced Swivel TV Lift won Best in Show at CEDIA 2015.

Introducing the Touchstone SlimLift Pro TV Lift

Award winner Touchstone Home Products continues its innovative product development at CEDIA 2016 with the new Touchstone SlimLift Pro TV Lift. Ideal for small spaces like RVs and boats, the SlimLift Pro TV Lift features a 26-inch stroke. This TV lift fits most 48-inch flat screen televisions and smaller.

Visit CEDIA 2016 Booth 6606

Visitors at Booth 6606 can also meet with Touchstone partner Revolution TV Mounts. RTVM offers a versatile TV mounting system that automatically transitions to display a flat screen television or artwork/framed photo.

Heading to CEDIA 2016? Stop by Booth 6606 and say hello to our team. View the CEDIA 2016 map for our Booth 6606 location.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Design Inspiration at the Touchstone Home Products Photo Gallery

An outside TV lift, featuring the Whisper Lift II TV Lift
Photo credit: Customer Karen
Looking for design inspiration? We just unveiled our Touchstone Home Products photo gallery, featuring pictures of Touchstone products, submitted by our customers. This collection shows Touchstone TV lifts, TV lift cabinets and electric fireplaces at work in their new homes.

Our team loves to see the innovative integrations and style ideas shared by our customers. Our new photo gallery gives us the opportunity to show off these customer creations.



TV Lift Photo Gallery

Whisper Lift II TV Lift Mechanism installed in a vintage truck.
Photo credit: The Rusty Truck
From a pop up TV within an upcycled antique truck to a TV lift mounted inside a piano, we are continually amazed by the ingenuity of our customers. Check out the TV Lift Photo Gallery for ideas for mounting Whisper Lift II TV lifts just about anywhere. These versatile TV lifts can be mounted to drop down from the ceiling or lift up from a cabinet or the floor. Visit the TV Lift Photo Gallery.

Pictured right, Whisper Lift II TV Lift Mechanism installed in a vintage truck.


TV Lift Cabinet Photo Gallery

Adonzo Unfinished TV Lift Cabinet stained in American Walnut.
Photo credit: Customer Ken R.
Browse customer photos, and see how well Touchstone TV Lift Cabinet styles and finishes complement different room layouts and styles. These hidden TV lift cabinets make good use of the space at the end of a bed, by the staircase or under a window. Visit the TV Lift Cabinet Photo Gallery.

Pictured right, an unfinished Adonzo TV Lift Cabinet, stained in American Walnut with muted gold trim.


Electric Fireplace Photo Gallery

Forte Electric Fireplace installed in a bathroom.
Forte Electric Fireplace
Image credit: Sunny via Amazon
Looking for a quick and easy way to add ambiance, style and a bit of warmth to a room? Take a peek at our Touchtone Electric Fireplace Photo Gallery. Ideal for any space from the bathroom to the dining room, Touchstone electric fireplaces are simple to install. See how others have integrated these wall mounted and wall recessed electric fireplaces into their homes and businesses. Visit the Electric Fireplace Photo Gallery.

Learn more about the benefits of electric fireplaces.


Share Your Pictures!

Want to inspire fellow Touchstone customers? Submit your photos of Touchstone products in your home or business to marketing@touchstonehomeproducts.com  

Over 1000 Shares on Houzz

Touchstone celebrates 1000 photo saves on Houzz.
Touchstone is celebrating 1000+ photo saves on Houzz. Houzz community members have saved Touchstone photos to their idea books over 1000 times. For more design inspiration, check out Touchstone on Houzz.com