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10th anniversary show is biggest and best ever BY SUSAN THOMPSON Coldwell Banker

The Coldwell Banker Home Show is enjoying its 10th year of success this weekend. What started out as an idea in the late 1990’s and culminated into the first show at Number One Shed in 2002 has grown into one of the most popular community events on the island. Over the years we have seen many changes to the Coldwell Banker Home Show, but one thing has stayed the same — our commitment to providing access to quality businesses and creating an event that is both entertaining and informative. Certainly, the Home Show has taken on a life of its own and it has not been without its challenges. When Number One Shed was scheduled for demolition a few years ago, the concern was where to have the show that was convenient to town.

Exhibitors While we had talked about looking for another venue for some time, it forced us to look at our options, which turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Since 2009 the community event has been based at CedarBridge Academy where the space is clean, well-lit, with lots of parking, room for expansion, and a kind, supportive staff headed by our friend Stuart Crockwell. Mr Crockwell, chief operations officer at the school, said: “CedarBridge Academy are excited to be participating in this successful venture. “We congratulate Coldwell Banker Bermuda Realty on their 10th anniversary with the Home Show and look forward to continuing our role in the future.”


SHOWCASE: This year’s event at CedarBridge Academy features more than 65 exhibitors, including 17 new companies and organizations. This year will be the largest show ever, covering more square footage and showcasing Bermuda’s best, with more than 65 exhibitors including 17 new ones. These include Brown & Co, Protect-A-Child Pool Fence, Rowe Spurling Paint Company, Catcon Group, The Concrete Factory, Furniture Flair, Keep Bermuda Beautiful, Satronic Enterprise/Brilliant Solutions, Digicel Bermuda, Up with People and several Age Concern Link Partners. In the past 10 years business participation has

doubled, but not since 2010 when the Home Show first expanded into the cafeteria and gymnasium at CedarBridge, has the event seen so much support. In 2012, back by popular demand, the Coldwell Banker Home Show will be open on Friday, February 17, from 3-8pm, with our normal hours on Saturday, February 18, from 9:30am-4:30pm. For those that don’t know where CedarBridge Academy is located, it is adjacent to Bermuda National Stadium on Frog Lane, Devonshire. If planning to attend the

show, bring your walking shoes as the venue is rather large, with exhibitors from the main entrance of the school in various lower level classrooms to the back cafeteria and everywhere in between, including upstairs in the main hallway and in the gymnasium. And plan on spending a few hours to really see everything there is to offer. There is nowhere else in Bermuda where so many businesses come together in one place to provide the public with valuable information, free advice, great ‘Home Show’-only specials

and free giveaways. There is always an abundance of food choices for sale in the cafeteria, proudly served by the CedarBridge staff including selections for both the health conscious (salad and soup) and those looking for a little comfort food (hamburgers, hot dogs, fries and more), all at affordable prices. New this year is the ‘Lifestyle 50+ Village’ sponsored by Age Concern. This will host a number of seminars and demonstrations throughout the day including Zumba, salsa and line dancing, plus some

culinary delights courtesy of The MarketPlace and Bermuda Gas. Information on the show including a list of all exhibitors and floors plans is available at As always the event is free to all. ■

SUSAN THOMPSON is the Home Show event organizer and is the agency manager at Coldwell Banker Bermuda Realty. For more information on Coldwell Banker, contact 247-1802 or log onto

Inside this supplement How to get around: Floor plans and exhibitors Pages 2-3, 16 BS&R Group: Beautiful furniture for your home or office Page 4 The Concrete Factory / Bermuda Gas: Innovative furniture / Golf, grilling tips and giveaways Page 5 Sharon Wilson and Monica Jones: Artwork for your walls Page 7 Rowe Spurling Paint Company: Colour your home Page 8 Age Concern: Learn about the LINK programme for seniors Page 9 Bermuda Brickyard / OBMI: Hurricane protection and reclaimed brickwork / Solutions for senior living Pages 10-12 Bermuda Engineering Company: How to cut energy costs Page 12 CatCon Group / Protect-A-Child Pool Fence Company: Transform your garden / Keep your children pool-safe Page 13 R&R Decorations / Argus Group: Home makeovers / Launch of the Home Essentials insurance product Page 14 Bermuda Telephone Company: The latest in technology Page 16

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Quality workmanship in stripping, carpentry and antiques BY AMANDA DALE

BS&R Group can create beautiful furniture for your home and restore your antiques to their former glory. The family firm prides itself on quality workmanship, examples of which are on display at this weekend’s Home Show. BS&R Group began in the 1970s as a stripping shop, Bermuda Strippers, specializing in shutters and doors. Tony Madeiros bought the business in 1976.

Expansion Back then, a tank for submersion stripping would dissolve the paint using a heated water-based caustic soda solution. Today all wood stripping is done by hand, using solvent-based strippers washed into a catch tank and disposed of. Mr Madeiros gradually expanded his business into spray finishing for doors and windows, furniture repair and antique restoration. In the early 1980s he bought the carpentry shop adjacent to his business, in the old Devonshire Mill. His brother John Madeiros said: “The big thing then was making wooden shutters. That was a booming business throughout the eighties and nineties.

“We were really well known for making shutters, and then the business evolved into custom-made carpentry.” Even with the advent of metal and PVC shutters, they still need maintenance over the years, and need to be stripped and refinished. Mr Madeiros said: “The business has evolved with a natural progression but our emphasis has always been on quality.” The family firm now has three divisions — Bermuda Stripping & Refinishing, Bermuda Antique Restorations and T-Made Custom Carpentry. Bermuda Stripping & Refinishing deals with all kinds of wood and metalwork, and can apply any type of finish, whether it’s a spraying gun, hand finishing or hand polishing. Craftsmen can rejuvenate pieces of furniture for the home, office or boardroom, removing water stains and scratches and reapplying durable finishes. For wood stripping they use the highest quality commercial grade chemicals, stripping away old finishes to bring furniture and millwork back to life. “It’s a manual process guaranteed to restore the wood’s natural beauty without damaging it in any way,” the company states. After stripping craftsmen use an extensive range


CRAFT: Tony Madeiros, BS&R owner, adds the finishing touches to a replica of an 18th century Bermuda Cedar tea table with Spanish ‘feet’. The reproduction will be one of the company’s exhibits at this weekend’s Home Show. of quality stains, sealers, varnish, urethanes, conversion varnishes, two-part lacquers or paints to restore your piece to its original lustre. If a metal object is looking worn, craftsmen can remove those years of paint and rust build-up, placing the item in a controlled dip tank to strip off the old paint.

EXPERTISE: Simon Sunderland, furniture refinisher, left, has restored this beautiful Bermuda Cedar sideboard. Anthony Madeiros, foreman, is pictured right.

Then they use the highest quality catalyzed urethane paints, to ensure its durability, creating the finish you want, to ensure your furniture retains its beauty. Bermuda Antique Restorations specializes in restoration and reproductions. Expert craftsmen will bring your antiques back to life while preserving their individual character. They employ labourintensive hand techniques and the use of all-natural oils, waxes, stains and polishes. The company also accepts private commissions for reproductions or exclusive ‘one-off’ designs, with meticulous attention to detail and authenticity. You can see some examples of the craftsmanship at the showroom in Devonshire. It can also create classic Adirondack furniture, offering handcrafted teak outdoor furniture to withstand any weather. This includes chairs, rockers, leg rests, love seats, couches, tables, benches and fern stands. Mr Madeiros said: “We really have an appreciation for antiques, and it is especially nice to see Bermuda

antiques.” His son, Anthony Madeiros, marketing manager and foreman, said: “Restoration is an art. You can’t just go to the local carpentry shop. From our point of view, if you want to preserve the value of something you should have it restored. “It’s all hand work we do for antiques, there are no machines.”

Service T-Made Custom Carpentry provides carpentry to fit any size and design, whether it’s shutters, mantles, frames, doors, windows or staircases. Craftsmen use the lumber of your choice to achieve a price point and style. Mr Madeiros Jr said: “Anything is possible. We have one of the largest workshops on the island.” Mr Madeiros said: “Quality and service is what sets us apart. You can’t compromise on quality, especially on a small island like Bermuda. “We are exhibiting at the show to educate people on what quality is and to make them aware of the quality of our workmanship. “You have to pay a little bit more for quality but it

is not cut short. We don’t compete on price. We probably have the best quality to price ratio island-wide. “It is also important to note that price is temporary, whereas quality is permanent.” Mr Madeiros Jr said: “Our windows and doors are probably the best on the island. “Our windows are completely weather sealed and have jointed box frames, with full dimension sashes.” He added the doors are also weather sealed on the top and bottom, and use glazing tape on the glass. John Madeiros added: “There’s no limit to the design, whether it is a traditional or modern door you want. “We guarantee our workmanship and the same quality will be there regardless. “We also provide a full service. We will paint the windows and doors, and install them. So the homeowner only has to come to one place for everything.” ■

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Discover the beauty and versatility of concrete BY AMANDA DALE

If your idea of concrete is set in stone, then think again. One Bermuda company is producing fun, innovative furniture and countertops in ways you never imagined. The Concrete Factory was founded by Russell Steinhoff in January, 2010. After 23 years of working in construction as a mason he was inspired to concentrate on concrete. “I decided it was time. I’d always enjoyed doing unique pieces with concrete while I was in construction so it was a natural progression,” said Mr Steinhoff.

Imagination He attended the Concrete Countertop Institute in Raleigh, North Carolina, to learn about the diversity of the material, its templating, sealing and polishing. He then set up his workshop in Well Bottom, Warwick, assisted by fellow mason Tyrone Smith. “Concrete is not just grey and bland, it can be anything or any colour you like,” said Mr Steinhoff. “We can create it in any colour you can imagine, as I have access to a company which supplies the pigments of Benjamin Moore paints. “You could have it in monotone or you could add rocks, sand or crushed glass to it. Or you could go for a marbleized look. You


CREATIVITY: Russell Steinhoff of The Concrete Factory with a blue concrete sun lounger, right. Above, a vanity sink made of concrete with a marbleized effect. can even add shells or stone — whatever you like.” At the Home Show, people will be able to see a vanity sink made by The Concrete Factory containing fibre optic lights mixed in with the concrete. Mr Steinhoff said he can also produce furniture with ‘glow-in-the-dark’ stones. “It’s amazing what you can do,” he said. Although sinks and countertops are the company’s “main bread and butter”, it has also created a stone chair lounger, coffee tables and house signs. Mr Steinhoff said: “I hope the Home Show will give people an idea of what is

available with concrete, that it’s not just for your floors. It is a wonderful product, very versatile and creative. You can just let your mind run. “Whatever is in your imagination, we can try to make it come true.” ■

THE CONCRETE FACTORY is offering Home Show attendees a 10 per cent discount on purchases before March 16, if they arrange an appointment for an estimate. For more information on The Concrete Factory contact 535-2630 or e-mail info@concretefactorybda. com. Website

Golf, grilling tips and giveaways at Bermuda Gas BY AMANDA DALE

Bermuda Gas will be exhibiting in two locations at this year’s Coldwell Banker Home Show. You can find its products in booth 37 and also at the Age Concern exhibit and demonstration area. But no matter which Bermuda Gas booth you visit, make sure you take advantage of the fun, the giveaways and prizes to be won.

Try your hand at the Teerific mini-putt golf game — there is the chance to win one of 12 hourly draws for a new Whirlpool microwave oven. Then, at noon you can watch a presentation on barbecue basics by Makee Tucker, assistant service manager, in the Age Concern Zone. One person will also win a Bermuda Gas barbecue. The stands will also be manned by staff eager to answer questions and

provide information. Bermuda Gas relocated to a new premises late last year, bringing its showroom, warehouse, service and parts departments, administration and customer care all under one roof, at 25 Serpentine Road, Pembroke. David DeSilva, Bermuda Gas sales manager, said: “We’ve got the island’s largest selection of quality, energy-efficient gas and electric appliances, and the new showroom gives us the

opportunity to showcase them,. “We’re also open all-day Saturday now, from 9am to 5pm.” Last year also saw other changes: The appointment of Judith Uddin as general manager; the conversion of the company’s vehicle fleet to fuel-efficient, propane-injection systems; and the introduction of a new website, to provide a wealth of information about products, services and promotions, plus information about the advantages of propane gas.



ADVICE: Perry Foggo, gas delivery technician, left, and Makee Tucker, assistant service manager, will be able to answer questions on Bermuda Gas products and services.

The holiday season also saw the return of the Bermuda Gas Christmas Turkey Giveaway. This year there were even fun mock protests from disgruntled turkeys on the streets of Hamilton. “The Christmas Turkey Giveaway has become one of the most important and popular promotions we offer,” said Mr DeSilva. “It’s definitely one of our favourites too, and we look forward to giving away more turkeys next holiday season.” Bermuda Gas is now offering free propanepowered water heating systems to all Age Concern members throughout January. It has also donated appliances to other charities

such as the Salvation Army, Packwood Home, Bermuda National Trust, Bermuda Heart Foundation and Habitat for Humanity. “Bermuda Gas has had a long history of community

involvement, and this is one more example of it,” said Mr DeSilva. ■

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How artwork can provide comfort food for your walls food as you transform your home into a dream space. Your home is the place We know how personal where you go to enjoy your living space is. comfort food, to snuggle up We understand your need and to enjoy family time, to own pictures that satisfy alone time — a place where your many appetites. you can rejuvenate, relax You want beauty, you and throw off your cares. want warmth, and you It is a place you want to need depth reflect your and meaning personality. from your art You want purchases. to make it Depth is that comfortable, quality which welcoming soothes you and beautieach time you ful. stop to look. So how can You want the we satisfy kind of images these needs in your home with our art? that spark We make conversation MONICA JONES pictures that with friends we describe and guests. as the “whole foods” or You choose with care comfort food of the picture every item for your home. world, ie. they are designed We know how long you to give your spirit its daily have been looking for us. dose of vitamins. We are looking for you It is meaningful, heartfelt and now we invite you to artwork, lovingly produced join us at the Home Show, to learn about why you to make your home a should think of comfort place where you dream


PEACEFUL: Monica Jones’ painting Leaving the Nest.

big dreams, and see the world through fresh eyes, so that when you go about your daily business in the world, you will do so with a renewed sense of purpose and conviction. Buy art that you love — never purchase art because someone told you to, or because it matches your couch or drapes. It is a personal and private matter, so if you feel drawn to a painting and keep going back to it, then that is the one for you. There is no need to justify it — simply go with your gut and trust it. In the same way that you don’t buy a couch every day, when you buy pictures to furnish your home, choose those that you find soothing, heartening and encouraging.

Dreams Award-winning artist and educator Sharon Wilson has been producing extraordinary art to honour and uplift the people of Bermuda for more than 30 years. Her prints are well known and Sharon has illustrated books and received many accolades for her work over the last 30 years. Come and meet Sharon. She enjoys reconnecting with old friends and making new ones and telling you about her art that aims to celebrate family life. Former international trust lawyer-turned artist Monica Jones, has been studying and practising as an artist for seven years. She produces art to promote peace, reconciliation and transformation. Monica has a number of works for sale that are about having a new view of our neighbourhoods, and encouraging us to remember what we need to do to prepare our children to leave the nest and go out into the world. We look forward to meeting you at the Home Show. Our prices range from $250 upwards. We have


ARTIST AT WORK: Sharon Wilson in her Southampton studio. pieces charcoal, pastels and hot or cold encaustic (a 3,000-year-old method from Egypt, using colour and hot or cold wax). We will also be doing painting demonstrations for those of you who are interested in learning more about how we make art. Come and see us to make a connection with original art for your home. And tell us what you think is the most important thing to


FRIENDS: Sharon Wilson, left, and Monica Jones display their artwork at a previous Coldwell Banker Home Show.

make your home the home of your dreams. We can then provide the comfort food for your walls. ■

SHARON WILSON AND MONICA JONES will be located at booths 45 and 46 on the second floor of CedarBridge Academy. For more information, Sharon Wilson’s gallery

and studio is at 2 Turtle Place, Southampton, telephone 238-2583, e-mail Sharonwilsonart@ Website www.sharonwilsonart. com. Monica Jones’ home studio is at 42 Mill Shares Road, Pembroke, telephone 292-2753 or 332-2753, e-mail Website


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Re-colour your home for a new look at low cost BY KAROLINA DE COSTA Rowe Spurling Paint Company

Your home is your castle, and at Rowe Spurling Paint Company we want your castle, big or small, to be at its best. In these challenging times, we might not be able to afford all the home projects on our list but painting is the fastest, easiest and least expensive way to give any space a lift. And don’t stop at the walls. With a little elbow grease, the right products and a little advice, you can give new life to old furniture, woodwork or kitchen cabinets. Technology is constantly moving forward and paint is no different.



CHOICE: Karolina De Costa of Rowe Spurling Paint Company helps a customer with his paint selection at the Pembroke store.

All of us at Rowe Spurling Paint Company are thrilled to be a part of this year’s Coldwell Banker Home Show and to share with you the newest in paint products. In recent years, paints and varnishes have been reformulated to be more durable and easier to work with, while also being healthier for us and the environment. Stop by our booth and check out our samples of Muralo Waterbourne. Enamels are just as durable as oil-based paints but don’t have a harsh smell. They dry quickly and clean up with soap and water. Perfect for furniture, woodwork, cabinets or trim, they will stay bright white for years and won’t

yellow with time like traditional enamels. Looking for the latest in designer paint colours? We just added Benjamin Moore Paints, who for years have been the most trusted brand of interior designers and architects. With our new fan decks we’ve added thousands of designer colours to our library. Don’t know how much paint you’ll need to finish your project? Bring in your room dimensions or room plans. As a courtesy to our Home Show guests, we’ll calculate your square footage and make a recommendation. Don’t know which colour is right for your space? We can help there too. Simply bring your fabric swatches, accessories or inspirational pictures for a complimentary colour consultation. With dozens of paints available, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Don’t know which product is right for you? Ask us about our premium house paints from Muralo and Benjamin Moore. Our line of Benjamin Moore Regal paint treats your walls like royalty while providing exceptional durability and washability, and our Muralo Ultra Ceramic Matte paint stands up to the most vigorous scrubbing. Don’t forget that glossier paints can highlight surface imperfections and cause ugly glare, but these low sheen alternatives will

give your walls a beautiful smooth finish. We know every bit of savings helps in these difficult times so don’t leave without grabbing one of our paint cans. Each can includes coupons and valuable tools to help you get started on your next painting project. And don’t forget to ask us about our paint discounts and volume pricing. As Bermuda’s oldest paint store, we’ve been helping to keep our island beautiful for more than 60 years. Don’t forget to stop by our booth and meet us. We will be happy to answer all of your paint questions at the Home Show or in the store.

Tips If you can’t make it to our booth, make sure to visit us online at www.facebook. com/rowespurlingpaintcompany. Our site is updated daily with design ideas and product news. Our world is full of colours that inspire and influence us. This year, let us help you fall in love with your home all over again. ■

KAROLINA DE COSTA is the co-owner of Rowe Spurling Paint Company, along with her husband, Justin. The store is situated at 67 St John’s Road, Pembroke. Contact 292-7770 or e-mail The company’s Facebook page also offers design ideas and helpful tips.

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Age Concern can LINK you to products to fit your needs will run on the half-hour. Look for your schedule when you enter the cafeteria. Age Concern’s LINK partners are: The MarketPlace, Cambridge Beaches, Sandys 360, Bermuda Gas, Bermuda Commercial Bank, Sousa’s Gardens, WOW, HWP, OBMI, CellOne, BELCO, MJM, Argus, Bermuda Diabetes Association and the Bermuda Red Cross. Age Concern is securing new LINK partners all the time and is currently working with several other companies to ensure they can bring our members the very best. If you would like to become a member of Age Concern, it is $20 for our annual membership. This includes all seminars, LINK benefits, and assistance from a trained group of professionals. All LINK partners display the Age Concern Seal of Approval. ■


Are you LINKED? In these times any help we can get in reducing our costs or adding value to what we purchase or need, makes our lives just a little bit easier. Age Concern Bermuda prides itself on putting the needs of the over-50 population first. Our increase in membership by more than 300 per cent in the past 18 months confirms that these services are not only needed but wanted.

Services Age Concern Bermuda is a charity, and more importantly, a non-Government organization that is available to assist not only those needing services, but those who want to be better informed about their choices. We offer many products, from our Advocacy seminars to our Handyman programme. Our LINK programme speaks to our mission, which is ‘To LINK products and services to the older population of Bermuda that meet their needs’. You can see our Lifestyle LINK Showcase at the Coldwell Banker Home Show, in the CedarBridge cafeteria. It features island compa-


ASSISTANCE: Above, Claudette Fleming, Age Concern executive director, is pictured in conversation with a member at an Advocacy forum. Below, the charity’s poster for the Home Show and the Seal of Approval, given to all LINK partners. nies that not only offer discounts to Age Concern members but who offer value-added services. From new boilers to legal

services, senior-friendly cellphones and advice on retirement, to planting gardens and purchasing furniture which is right for

you, come and find out the opportunities available. There is also a Bermuda Gas/MarketPlace barbecue area and a dance showcase

featuring Zumba and salsa. We will run our seminar on the LINK programme every hour on the hour. The dance entertainment

ELIZABETH M WARD is the Age Concern LINK coordinator. She also has her own company, Executive Choice Bermuda, which provides event and project management. For more information on Age Concern call 238-7525 or e-mail info@ The charity’s website is at www.

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From stones to storms, the Brickyard can pave the way BY AMANDA DALE

If you are making plans ahead of hurricane season, there is one product you may want to consider. At this weekend’s Home Show you can see Armor Screen Hurricane Protection up-close. Bermuda Brickyard will be exhibiting the hurricane screen and staff will be on hand to answer questions. Manufactured by Armor Screen Corporation of Florida, the see-through, breathable screens are lightweight and easy to install. Peter Schindel, owner of Bermuda Brickyard, said: “Armor Screen is strong enough to withstand wind, water and projectiles at 276 miles per hour.


AESTHETIC: The view from inside an Armor Screen-covered porch, above, and right, a pathway decorated with Old Chicago reclaimed brickwork, by Bermuda Brickyard.

Protection “It can be used to cover individual doors and windows but can also be used to cover an entire porch or verandah. “The beauty of the screen is that you can leave your outdoor furniture, planters, and other paraphernalia right on the porch, and the wind and rain won’t harm them. “These screen barriers are engineered to reduce wind speed and water penetration by 90 per cent, while still allowing you to see outside and have cool fresh air. “We had one happy customer call and say he smoked a cigar on his verandah despite 60 mph

winds raging outside.� Bermuda Brickyard supplies antique, reclaimed bricks, wood and cobblestones for building and renovation, all sourced from Bermuda or the US. The company states: “Many products are of great historical significance. “From custom-made hand-forged hardware to the original Boston City Hall pavers, the beauty, value and character of our distinct products cannot be matched.� It also sells fabricated products such as countertops, pavers, fine stone tiles, Architectural Bronze

windows, doors and garden houses. Mr Schindel, a former commercial airline pilot, founded the company after renovating a property of his own with antique recycled bricks, cobblestones and antique woods. The materials came old buildings and city roads in the US which were being demolished to make way for new. And Mr Schindel realized there was a market in Bermuda for such products. He also realized there was a demand for other innovative goods, and began importing Tremron Concrete Pavers in a vari-


ety of colours, styles and finishes, for both traditional and modern use. “These pavers add beauty, value and timeless appeal to any project and can be installed to any shape or pattern in an existing landscape,� said Mr Schindel.

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Solutions for senior living BY DAVID O’BEIRNE


“It’s strong enough for commercial use for heavy equipment like fire trucks and utility trucks, yet it’s beautiful enough for a home application. “No matter where it’s installed Drivable Grass helps reduce the ‘Heat Island’ effect produced by regular concrete or asphalt paving found elsewhere.� Mr Schindel said he hopes the company’s appearance at the Home Show will showcase its products to a wider audience.

OBMI’s ‘Solution for Seniors’ designers recommend some form of daily exercise. Regular cardiovascular exercise, such as brisk walking, cycling or swimming, strengthens the heart and muscles and boosts energy and endurance. These are the best forms of exercise for seniors as they are low impact. Being sedentary also raises the risk of developing serious health conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. Playing with children or gardening will provide other ways of incorporating activity into your daily routine. Play golf; it’s very easy to find a golf course in Bermuda. Many Bermudians live in the home where they

have raised their families and secured their best memories to date. Many will be loathe to leave or to downsize to smaller accommodations. However, the potential of mobility frustrations; aches and pains of sore knees and joints, bad backs, and failing eye sight will challenge the best of us. The rationale for living as we have done in our spry thirties and forties quickly becomes problematic in our sixties and seventies and beyond. OBMI and Age Concern have teamed up to investigate ideas and strategies for seniors and soon-to-be seniors. This includes analyzing their homes and properties to develop an effective plan to enrich the opportunities of the retirement years in familiar surroundings. ‘Solutions for Seniors’ is an OBMI Small Works design and project management programme which assists clients with the future planning of their home environment, making recommendations and introducing new living concepts that will add value to the retirement years. The fundamental concept is that clients who remain in their homes lead productive and happy retirement years, and at a substantially reduced cost than those who have to be cared for in managed homes and

institutions. OBMI ‘Solutions for Seniors’ designers meet with clients to assess the house and grounds to look out for many of the prime design issues affecting seniors. The number one concern for seniors is falling and injuries. Redesigning interior furniture layouts and adjusting seating heights may be all that is required. Stylish handrails strategically positioned can add security while not looking institutional.

Visibility Changing the colour palette of walls, architraves and doors also increases visual awareness of room layouts, which is important for visual acuity issues. Increasing the number of and brightness of lamps and ceiling fixtures are also simple steps that work well for senior living. Bathrooms are of special interest, with many new and innovative seniorspecific fixtures available today. Toilets with raised ‘comfort’ height seating, with handrails for extra security from falls is a very easy conversion that is a great comfort. Kitchens also benefit for increased levels of under-counter task lightSee SENIORS, page 12



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At Bermuda Engineering, we are keen to save you money on electricity. If you want to find out how to reduce your bills, make sure you visit us in classroom 60 at the Coldwell Banker Home Show. As most of us know, electricity prices are close to an all-time high, but fortunately the cost of equipment that saves electricity is at an all-time low. There has never been a better time to reduce your electricity bill. The average household spends $200 per month on electricity bills, and some will spend that just to run their pool. This year, most households will spend more than $2,300 on electricity, and in 10 years — accounting for fuel inflation — they will spend more than $28,000. The worst part about this expense is that you will have nothing to show for it, except a legacy of air pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions. Fortunately, there are many solutions which can save you money and reduce emissions. We work hard every day to bring them to people across Bermuda. Imagine if in 10 years’ time you had saved $7,000 on electricity, and you had your own solar power plants which had paid for themselves and would go on to provide another 15 years of free electricity or hot water. That is a reality which

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ing, cooking fixtures with big numerals, and taps for sinks featuring lever handles to make life so much easier to manage. Essentially if you cannot get around your house and enter every room, open every door and drawer with a closed fist, your home is not adequately prepared for some of the most essential of the longterm retirement issues facing seniors. The garden and great outdoors is also an area in which OBMI ‘Solutions for Seniors’ experts can inves-

dozens of homes in Bermuda are already heading towards, thanks to solar energy systems, and we are in the business of helping you get there too. At the Home Show, Bermuda Engineering can show you how to start cutting your electricity costs, for much less than you might think. Even if you don’t mind wasting thousands of dollars over the next decade by not investing in solar equipment, by carefully spending a few hundred dollars on energyefficient technologies this could still save you thousands.

Knowledge Too many people think their electricity costs are fixed, that it’s just part of life and there is nothing that can be done about it. That is not the case, but electricity is a hard thing to figure out because you can’t really see it — until the bill comes at the end of the month. As electricity is invisible, it is hard to understand where the money goes, and harder still to figure out how to save it. The Energy Detective (TED) is a device which can give you the most important information you need in the palm of your hand. Imagine being able to know exactly how much money your electricity is costing you, at any time of day or night. Imagine knowing how your bill adds up over the month and knowing how

tigate. Gardening is a lifelong hobby for many, and provides hours of useful and satisfying industry. OBMI landscape designers will analyze the grades of pathways and steps, lighting and exterior devices, to be sure seniors enjoy their property for as long as they are able.

Advice You can sign up for a free consultation with OBMI’s ‘Solution for Seniors’ designers at the Home Show. Stop by booth 58 if you are a senior, or plan to be one in the not too distant future. ■

much it will cost, long before you get it? Imagine if you could look back in time and see how much energy you used at different times on different days. The TED can do all of this, and more. Knowledge is power — the power to save money when you know your electricity. We also offer efficient lighting because it is one of the simplest and best ways to start saving money. Bermuda Engineering can cut your lighting costs by 70-90 per cent with better light quality and comfort. Lighting replacements can pay themselves back in a very short time and save thousands of dollars in their lifetime. We all need lights and hot water. Heating water with electricity or gas is expensive. Not only do you have to pay for the equipment and installation, but you still have to pay for the electricity or gas, and those prices are going up. Instead, you can heat water with the sun’s heat. This turns out to be much cheaper — sunlight is free. Once the solar system is paid off, you are into pure savings. Imagine a fuel adjustment that is zero. ■

STUART KRIENDLER is manager and solar specialist at Bermuda Engineering Company Ltd, Bermuda’s longest-running energy saving and renewable energy company. For more information contact 297-5907 or go to the website at: www. DAVID O’BEIRNE, RIBA, ARIAS, MIBA, is the Bermuda director for OBM International. OBM International was founded 75 years ago by Wil Onions and Val Bouchard. It has offices throughout the Caribbean and in Miami, Abu Dhabi, Madrid and Bogota. OBMI provides the following services: Architecture; interior design; project management; landscape architecture; Small Works projects; Solutions for Seniors; LEED and Green Globe compliance. For more information call 278-3550 or see the website at www.



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CatCon can transform your garden and living space BY AMANDA DALE

Discover the possibilities in your garden at the Home Show this weekend. Exhibitor the CatCon Group will advise you on how to create a vegetable garden plus other landscaping matters. The CatCon Group is a young company but is an amalgamation of existing firms with a long pedigree of landscaping and construction design. It consists of Maiato Enterprises, which specializes in landscaping and construction, and the construction company CatCon.

Integrity Maiato Enterprises was founded 30 years ago by Victor Maiato, who then sold the business to his son Chris, owner of CatCon. Mr Maiato Jr merged the two companies last year, to consolidate their strengths. The CatCon Group employs four landscapers and two construction staff, plus a team of subcontractors. The COO is Mr Maiato’s sister, Theresa. It also has a construction firm in the Cayman Islands. In Bermuda, the landscaping side of the business has about 80 commercial and residential clients. The company’s most recent construction project was an extension to Cycle Care in Dundonald


CREATIVITY: Landscape gardeners set to work in a Bermuda garden. CatCon Group also provides construction services. Street, Hamilton. It has also completed new service stations for RUBiS Energy and Esso, classrooms for Warwick Academy and Somersfield Academy, office buildings, apartment complexes and warehouses.

The CatCon Group states: “We can provide design, build and maintenance services for any size project and have worked closely on a number of projects with many of the leading architectural and engineering

firms in Bermuda. “The willingness to listen and be responsive to owners sets us apart in our field. Our highest priority is to cultivate long-term relationships. “We strive for a high

standard of integrity dealing fairly and openly with our clients.” Heather Young is the landscape manager and designer for the CatCon Group. She said: “We do project

management and design, water features, walls, regular landscaping and have a handyman service. “In landscaping and construction we can do anything the customer wants.” This weekend will be the company’s first appearance at the Coldwell Banker Home Show. Mrs Young said: “We want to expand. We not only want more customers but are hoping to employ more Bermudians. “Being a young company people don’t really know us, so we want to get our name out there.” The company’s exhibits will feature carpentry and landscaping, with a model L-shaped garden, split into three sections to illustrate different types of design — a desert, flower and vegetable garden. Mrs Young said: “I want to make people aware that they can introduce vegetables into their existing flower garden. “We will be showing how this is possible.” The CatCon Group has also donated a prize for the Home Show grand raffle, giving you the chance to win a $400 gift voucher for its services. ■

CATCON GROUP, PO Box HM 1955 HMHX, Hamilton, Bermuda. Contact 296-6673 or e-mail Website www.

Keep your children swimming pool-safe with P-A-C BY RICH SCHNEIDER Anyone who owns a swimming pool knows it is a potential death threat where children are concerned. If you have youngsters and want to keep them safe, a pool fence can provide peace of mind. I was looking for a pool safety fence a few years ago and found Protect-A-Child (P-A-C) along with many others, via the Internet. It was a considerable investment for peace of mind, so I chose the best — P-A-C.

By way of coincidence and belief in this product I then became the Bermuda distributor, in 2008. As a result, over the past three years, I have installed a significant number of P-A-C fences, with 100 per cent customer satisfaction. I enjoy this as a part-time job, I call it a hobby hustle, and I take great pride in providing parents with peace of mind. I believe this is the best product on the market. At the Home Show I will be displaying some of the fence material, company information and brochures.

I will also have a DVD playing, showing the installation, and will be able to answer any questions you may have. I am proud of the project I represent and there are a lot of customer satisfaction stories out there. Protect-A-Child Pool Fence Company was founded in Florida, US, more than 26 years ago. It has a lifetime warranty for its product, which it says is “the most trusted child safety fencing available”. The product discourages climbing, follows any pool


SHIELD: These pool fences offer protection but are easily removable and unbreakable.

contour, is maintenancefree and can be removed within minutes. The fibreglass post fences are considered unbreakable and do not bend like many aluminium products, keeping the fencing straight. Rip-stop PVC-coated polyester mesh also cannot be

torn. It has burst strength for more than 400 lbs and is guaranteed against UV degradation. The 10 x 10 open weave also gives transparency. The fencing is also available in a range of netrual colours such as black, tan, brown and white. ■

RICH SCHNEIDER is the Bermuda distributor for Protect-A-Child Pool Fence Company. For more information go to or call 704-6800 or e-mail The company’s website is at


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Home furnishings and interior design to inspire you warm and inviting beauty that makes you feel right at home. We sell drapery and Our company operates textiles, hardware, bedding from a nine-room home. and bath products, lighting, Around each corner you accent furniture, table top will find something unexproducts, accessopected, but familiar, ries and pillows. such as a fullyWe also provide a decorated kitchen, consultation service dining room and at $125 per hour. bedroom. We visit your Our business is a home and provide home accent store you with decorating like no other, filled with affordablyRICHARDSON advice for any room or rooms in your priced products of house. classic design and presented as if you are walking into a room in your own At the 10th Annual Coldhome. well Banker Home Show Every element plays an we will be exhibiting: Table important role when it top décor, bedding and bath comes to infusing a room products, and greenery. with dramatic style. We will have napkins The talented certified and rings, placemats, interior decorators at R&R table cloths and runners, Decorations understand and charger plates. Also, this philosophy. Discover exclusive, hand- bed pillows, duvet covers, shams, coverlets and blancrafted furnishings and kets. accessories from around For the bathroom there the world, that radiate a




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are soaps, potpourri and place at: 5:45/6:45pm on towels. Friday; and 10:30/11:30 am And for general home and 1:30/2:30/3:30pm on decoration, there are Saturday. candles, reed diffusers and Also, see how an entire a variety of grasses for your house can be decorated pots. inside and out, by joinAll the products ing the editors will be on sale and and experts of US customers can premiere home receive discounts of design magazine, 10-50 per cent. House Beautiful. Those attendWatch a sevening the show can minute video for also take part in a fascinating tour a complimentary of Designer Kathy RATTERAY decorating workIreland’s 7,000 sq ft shop: ‘How To Design your Italian villa, decorated with Dream Bedroom & Accesher exquisite furniture sorize Your Bath, & How To line. ■ Set Up Your Dining Table’. Learn the art of selecting LATANYA RICHARDSON and arranging fabrics and is the president and cotextiles for your bedding, owner of R&R Decorations, and how to choose window together with her sister, treatments and accessoSonia Ratteray. For more ries that complement the information contact R&R bedroom and bathroom. Decorations, 1 Paynter Learn tips on mixing and Lane, Sandys. Call 234 3517 matching tabletop accessoor e-mail randrdecoraries for casual and elegant Website dining. The workshops take

Get the protection you need with Argus Home Essentials BY JOHN DOHERTY Argus Group

There is no denying these are trying times. None more so than for the island’s senior population, the majority of whom are on a fixed income after they retire, which makes responding to the challeng-

es of the economic downturn even more difficult. That is why, at the Coldwell Banker Home Show, the Argus Group is launching a home insurance product called Home Essentials. This not only caters to the needs of retirees but is available at a cost of 25 per cent below the market price

for a standard policy. We have designed this product to offer protection to the homeowner against the more common causes of loss, based on our experience at Argus. Home Essentials will provide peace of mind to policyholders, knowing they are covered in the

event of a fire, flood, hurrigeneration is either already cane, burglary, or escape of retired or about to. water. The Department of Social In order to make the Insurance announced in premiums more 2011 that about 700 affordable for those residents retired over-65, we have last year, compared removed some of to just 276 during the benefits that the year before. could be considered Seniors are superfluous to their clearly a sizeable requirements. and important part You don’t have of the social fabric DOHERTY to take our word of Bermuda and we for the suitability need to take care of of this new product for them. seniors; Home Essentials Argus is making it easy has been endorsed by Age for people to move over to Concern. this policy. The Argus Group became a LINK partner with Age Concern earlier this month You must be 65 years or to help further the organiolder to qualify. Whether zation’s mission of linking your current policy is with seniors to services that Argus or not, we will do meet their needs. all the legwork to make The launch of the Home sure you start reaping Essentials product is just the financial benefits of one way we are trying to Home Essentials as soon as make life a little easier for possible. our seniors. If you are caring for an There is no escaping the ageing parent, we can also fact that Bermuda’s senior talk to you about how best population is expanding to start reducing their — birth rates are falling, monthly expenses through people are living longer Home Essentials. and the ‘baby boomer’ Visit the Argus booth at


the Coldwell Banker Home Show, where Home Essentials will be available for the first time and visitors will have the opportunity to talk to our insurance professionals about this new product. We will also have something for everyone who stops by, so whatever your insurance requirements are, please come and see us at booths 23-25. If you can’t make it to the show, our trained representatives are always ready to assist. Contact our Customer Service Centre on 298-0888 or e-mail insurance@argus. bm. ■

JOHN DOHERTY is executive vice president of Property and Casualty at the Argus Group. Mr Doherty is a Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter and holds an Associate in Risk Management, an Associate in Reinsurance and several certificates and diplomas in general insurance.


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Explore what’s new in technology with BTC and Ziggy BY JENNIFER MAHONEY Bermuda Telephone Company

All of us at the Bermuda Telephone Company (BTC) look forward to participating in the Home Show every year, as it provides us with the opportunity to spend quality time with our customers. We are available to answer any questions they may have and to provide advice on broadband solutions to suit their lifestyles.



MASCOT: Ziggy is BTC’s new symbol at the Home Show.

Each year, our team looks for new and interactive ways to teach consumers how to make the most of what technology has to offer, and we are placing a great deal of focus on consumer education this year. At the Home Show we will be offering 15-minute ‘InfoTech sessions’ on a variety of topics, ranging from setting up a Facebook page to the basics of home networking. A schedule will be available with the times and topics at the booth. ‘Gamification’ is a hot topic these days, so for those interested in using online resources to keep their children interested and excited about learning, we have compiled a great

list of resources to get you started. For those that are not familiar with the term, loosely-translated, Gamification means learning through the use of interactive, online tools that look and feel more like games, rather than educational tools. We will also be promoting one of the programmes we are supporting throughout 2012, in a bid to raise awareness —Youth Camera Action. This is a summer programme by the Bermuda National Gallery and is a weekly camp that exposes children to the art of photography. It encourages positive expression through the use of visual arts. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to view some of the work created during the programme and was astounded by the quality and level of creativity of those participating. You may recall that back in November, BTC introduced a new character, a quirky-looking blue creature with a tail that looks like a lightning bolt. He now has the name Ziggy, thanks to Nelia Cabral, winner of the naming competition.

‘It’s always the aim of the BTC team to produce a visually-stimulating space... ’ Ziggy will be the visual focus of our booth at this year’s show. It’s always the aim of the BTC team to produce a visually-stimulating space and this year we’ve taken it up one more notch with the help of Nelson Pimentel from Signworx. There’s something going on in every direction and it’s going to be your job to figure out exactly how much.

Enhancements Last year the BTC team focused on the My Account feature on our website, which allows customers to view billing details and log a trouble ticket if they are having line issues. The feature provides customers with key information that they can view from the comfort of their home, any time of day or night. Customers can also look forward to My Account enhancements in the near future. As we are promoting

the YCA programme, we thought that a focus on digital photography would be appropriate. M&M International has been kind enough to provide us with some flat panel TVs and we look forward to sharing an enhanced viewing experience with attendees. Why crowd around a 20 inch monitor when you can stream or simply slot in your SD card and view your favourite pictures on a 52 inch? Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in a series of fun, interactive games, and there are some great prizes to be had. The BTC team looks forward to seeing you all at booth number 52. ■

JENNIFER MAHONEY is assistant vice president of marketing for BTC. For more information go to, e-mail or call 295-1001.

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