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Home Additions • Windows • Window Coverings • Closet Design • Interior Decorating Landscaping • Sun Rooms • Potted Plants • Shrubs • Trees • Bulbs • Fertilizers • Fences Rock Gardens • Flowers • Garden Centers • Indoor Plants • Do-It-Yourself Projects Greenhouses • Outdoor Fountains • Swimming Pools • Roofing • Siding Screens Heating/Air Conditioning • Driveways • Wallpaper

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Grand Opening! Edgehill Terrace is a gated collection of just 14 residences in the hills of Vista. This tranquil, family-friendly location features homes set on spacious homesites that average nearly one-half acre in size. You’ve got to see these spectacular 1 and 2-story homes, some with 4-space garages and detached casitas. A professionally decorated and landscaped model home is now open for viewing and homes are now selling.

Gated community | Approx. 2,836 to 3,728 sq. ft. | Spacious homesites that average nearly 1⁄2 acre Detached casitas and four-space garages on select homes | 3 to 5 Bedrooms | Up to 4.5 Baths Edgehilll Terrace is located at: 994 Audrey Place, Vista, CA | Open Thurs. - Sun. 10 am - 6 pm; Mon. 12 - 6 pm; Closed Tues. & Wed.

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San Elijo Hills now features a wide range of detached homes San Elijo Hills has recently introduced three new neighborhoods with homes from the high $300,000s to the $700,000s offering the latest in eco-friendly amenities, open design, luxury appointments and technological innovations. “The big advantage homebuyers gain at San Elijo Hills is what’s outside the house: two new neighborhood schools, shady well-equipped parks, 18 miles of trails and 1,115 acres of open space,a lively towncenter and a committed community. There’s no waiting for amenities; San Elijo Hills is a complete community,” said Halé Richardson, director of marketing for San Elijo Hills Development Company. “These new neighborhoods are

a big incentive to reconsider all that San Elijo Hills has to offer,” she added. San Elijo Hills’ newest neighborhood is Altaire by D.R. Horton. Altaire features three twostory homes ranging from 2,627 to 3,469 square feet with three to five bedrooms and up to four baths.Prices start in the low $600,000s. The interiors offer a combination of dramatic open space design and practicality, with the benefits of a full complement of money-saving, energy-efficient features. Lennar’s Belmont features four floor plans ranging from 1,447 to 2,093 square feet in innovative three-story detached designs. The energy-

efficient homes, priced from the high $300,000s, feature three to four bedrooms, stylish interiors, gourmet-inspired kitchens and a host of green amenities. Single-family homes are available at Lennar’s Terraza, San Elijo Hills’ first all-solar community, where models showcase three two-story floor plans ranging from 2,182 to 2,721 square feet. Homes are priced from the mid $500,000s. The San Elijo Hills Visitor Center, which is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., is located at 1215 San Elijo Road, San Marcos. For more information on San Elijo Hills, visit www.sanelijohills.com or call toll free (888) SAN-ELIJO (726-3545).

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Elmcroft feels just like home When you become part of an Elmcroft community, you will enjoy comfortable, secure surroundings that feel just like home, without the hassle of daily chores and upkeep. Our spacious grounds, along with numerous activity rooms and lounges, provide the perfect atmosphere for enjoying leisure time, participating in engaging activities and socializing with fellow community members. Many of our communities offer memory care for

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those who are experiencing Alzheimer’s or other dementias. With specialized programs centered on each individual’s life history, current abilities and interests, we ensure a better quality of life for each of our residents. Health and Rehabilitation Centers are also an amenity in some of our communities. Here, residents receive excellent health care in the comfort of a home-like atmosphere with an abundance of personal attention. With a wide range of health care programs available, our centers are the premier locations for those who require short or extended stays after illness or injury. Elmcroft Senior Living, known for its history of providing quality care, personal attention, and pleasant atmosphere, will enhance and improve these facilities for the existing and future residents. Residents will benefit from Elmcroft’s extensive staff training programs and adherence to high standards. “We are very excited about bringing our experience in senior care to these communities,” said Pat Mulloy, President and Chief Executive Officer. “With this opportunity, Elmcroft’s presence extends into four additional states. At Elmcroft we’re dedicated to providing the best in senior living services, and we hope to have as much success in our new locations as we have had in our other communities.” Elmcroft Senior Living is a national provider of senior housing services and operates 84 independent living, assisted living and dementia care communities; 23 skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers; and two rehabilitation hospitals in 18 states. Call one of our seven locations to schedule your personal visit and ask about our special introductory offer. Las Villas De Carlsbad is located at 1088 Laguna Drive in Carlsbad, and can be reached at (760) 4347116. Rancho Vista is located at 760 E. Bobier Drive in Vista, and can be reached at (760) 941-1480. Here’s to Life.


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Support your local furniture store A brand-new furniture store in the heart of the Village of Carlsbad, Skylar’s Home and Patio offers shoppers high-quality, locally made goods at a low price in a friendly atmosphere. Bigger outlets simply cannot compete. North County native Skylar Ireton, launched into his own store after 11 years in the furniture business. His experience and connections in the industry allow him to provide the best products at the lowest possible prices. “I know the products I sell and I know the differences in quality,” Skylar said. “And I’m able to keep my prices low because I have built relationships with local vendors and companies who have been in the furniture business for many years. I am proud to offer customers items that are made in the USA.” The showroom features furniture that represents the styles and quality offered by

companies like Pottery Barn, Crate and Barrel, or Restoration Hardware but at a fraction of the price. “A lot of stores only focus on getting the sale and don’t care if they are selling an inferior product. I want you to be happy with your product so you tell your friends and come back to furnish your entire home, inside and out.” Skylar knows the wide range of styles San Diego furniture shoppers want, whether it be a sofa, custom sectional, stylish outdoor resin wicker patio furniture, or clean-line bedroom set. Walk into Skylar’s Home and Patio and you are greeted by a mid-century modern sectional that comes in any configuration to fit your room with hundreds of fabric options. To the left is a Restoration Hardware-style table and slip-cover chairs for half the manufacturer’s suggested retail price. The store also offers

Pottery Barn-style bedroom sets and a Zen-style platform bed for customers seeking a clean, modern look. These unmatched values are all housed in Skylar’s attractive, comfortable showroom on State Street in the heart of the Village of Carlsbad. The Carlsbad resident said “there is no better place to work.” “Seeing my name on the window for the first time was almost like a dream,” he said. “I’ve been hanging out and shopping in Carlsbad Village for years, and it’s just such a great thing to be a part of. I intend to be here for a long time, and I intend to do it by giving my customers exactly what they want — the best stuff, the best selection, at the best prices.” Skylar’s Home and Patio is located on State Street, online at skylarshomeandpatio.com, or call (760) 7293100. They look forward to helping you!

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Location enhances residents’ lifestyles At La Vida Del Mar retirement community, wellness is a way of life. Inspired by the community’s scenic coastal location and yearround climate, residents find the programs, amenities, resources and motivation to continue the vibrant and healthy lifestyle they enjoy. La Vida Del Mar has found that the combination of a supportive atmosphere, unparalleled resources, and a service-enriched lifestyle has significantly aided in the personal fulfillment and longevity of residents’ lives. That’s why, in honor of

“Healthy Aging Month,” the community offers some practical ways seniors can improve their health and well-being. Get up and go! With just 30 minutes of movement, three days a week, seniors can reduce stress and risks of disease while also increasing their endurance, flexibility and mobility. Whether it’s enjoying water aerobics in La Vida Del Mar’s heated pool, a friendly Wii bowling competition or a weekly beach walk, our residents keep moving. Plus, the community’s close proximity to

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Smaller homes equal better quality of living these days. Many homeowners are downsizing the space they occupy, but are upgrading and customizing that space to make it better fit their lifestyle. Most homeowners today prefer an energy-efficient home with lower utility bills, rather than a cheaper home without energy- and waterefficient features, according to a recent National Association of Home Builders’ survey. One way to refresh your home, and make it sustainable is to upgrade your bathroom fixtures. Comfort is still key in these downsized but upgraded bathrooms. And it can’t get much better than a lavish shower. TOTO’s Aimes Ceiling-Mount Showerhead with LED Lighting gives you this luxurious shower experience with water gently cascading down on you from the ceiling. But since the LED light doesn’t require any electricity or batteries, you can enjoy the experience even more. Kinetic energy created by the moving water powers the candlelight-toned light, keeping the brightness gentle on your eyes and flattering to

your skin. But don’t stop with just electrical savings in your bathroom. If you haven’t replaced your toilet in several years, there’s a very good chance that it uses way more water per flush than needed. On average, toilets account for about 27 percent of a home’s indoor water usage, making them the biggest water hogs. High-efficiency toilets can help your family significantly reduce your water consumption. TOTO’s Carlyle II One-Piece High-Efficiency Toilet uses only 1.28 gallons of water per flush — and it’s high performance, which means you only need to flush once to completely remove waste from the bowl. With an attractive design, this is a great upgrade to your home, both in water efficiency and aesthetics. While concentrating on making your bathroom more water-efficient, also take a look at your faucet. If it’s been several years since you replaced your faucet, it’s probably showing its age with metal corrosion or leaking. A leaky faucet with a slow drip TURN TO DOWNSIZE ON B18


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Heritage Escrow celebrates 15 years

IT’S A FAMILY AFFAIR After 25 years, a third generation joins the family business at Contract Carpet. Courtesy photo

Contract carpet furnishes North County’s flooring Contract Carpet remains an icon in North County flooring as it celebrates its 25th Anniversary. The Dixon family and its staff at Contract Carpet continue to offer that priceless alternative to the daunting world of giant impersonal box stores. It offers that rare, family-business approach to finding just the right flooring for your home. The Dixons have been in business in North County since 1985 and have seen countless competitors come and go while they continue to provide excellent service to their loyal customers. As Marty and Susie’s four children have grown up and completed their college years, Josh and Nick have joined the business, taking part in the everyday operations. Josh is currently managing the San Diego location while his younger brother Nick works out of both locations.They welcome you to visit either of their two showrooms to borrow samples and explore decorating

Stephanie Clarke, Branch Manager of the Rancho Santa Fe branch of The Heritage Escrow Company, has been a vital part of the branch since 1997. She has been providing escrow services in the Ranch for over 20 years and is a dedicated escrow officer with excellent technical skills and a “service first” attitude. Whether you are an agent, a broker, a buyer, or a seller, The Heritage Escrow Company is the best choice for your next real estate transaction.

Escrow is our only business, and our success is measured by the thousands of successful escrow transactions we have managed throughout California. With a track record of consistent quality and service, we have earned our reputation as a premier provider of escrow services. Clients choose Heritage Escrow because of the strong caliber of our staff and the level of service we can deliver. Our employees are supported and trained by a corporate advisory team.

These seasoned escrow specialists stay informed about current regulations and are able to create practical, customized solutions for a variety of escrow problems. We put our clients’ interests first — every time. We understand and anticipate the needs of our customers, and our escrow experts assist in the success of your transaction. In today’s economic climate, it is more important than ever to trust an escrow company which can deliver the safety security,

and professionalism that can only be learned by experience. Stephanie’s team of escrow professionals includes Catherine Marjanovich, Assistant Branch Manager; and Kristen Bramble, Escrow Officer. Visit them at 6042 El Tordo in Rancho Santa Fe and experience why they have earned a reputation as a knowledgeable and trustworthy resource in the local community. For more information, call (858) 756-2010 or visit heritageescrow.com.

ideas.Their two daughters have decided to venture into other fields, Stacey is a professional photographer and Kelli is an EMT working toward a firefighting career. While growing the business and raising their family here, the Dixons and Contract Carpet have provided the community with more than just fine floor coverings. They have also supported and sponsored school events and youth sport teams. The TURN TO CONTRACT CARPET ON B18

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Enjoying the bountiful harvest of a fall garden When the calendar turns to fall months, temperatures drop and local football teams come to mind. With the approach of the cooler weather, many of us also begin to yearn for the warmth of comfort foods like hearty soups and stews or freshly baked pies, but these traditional favorites need not be boring and unhealthy. A modern take on comfort foods uses what is fresh and available during the season, but also explores new ingredients and stretches your imagination to look at old ingredients or recipes in new ways. Regardless of where in the country you live, fall produce is becoming abundantly available. For some regions, families have begun making their annual pilgrimage to the local orchard to pick apples or pears, and pumpkins are maturing in the backyard garden waiting to be turned into jack-olanterns. But even if these crops aren’t possible to grow in your area, fresh autumn favorites like pumpkins, apples, parsnips and kale are still most likely making frequent appearances at local farmers markets and grocery stores. Roast them, stew them, can them or bake them. Pumpkin, squash, root vegetables, apples and pears make for great cuisine that

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the whole family can enjoy. For a new take on old favorites, try adding rutabaga slices to your au gratin potato recipe or pop some cubed squash in while cooking up your family’s favorite beef stew. Get the whole family involved and take the kids along to the market to find new vegetables to sample. Getting everyone interested in new flavors can be exciting. Sample some unfamiliar items and find new favorites. Kids will enjoy comparing the flavors of roasted carrots, parsnips, rutabagas, yams, potatoes, jicama and squash when marinated in a dressing of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper. Decide which flavors your family prefers and make

this a seasonal tradition to cook up together annually. Whether you’ve grown your own produce or pick it up at the market, America’s Test Kitchen and MiracleGro have teamed up to provide fresh new recipes and tips on fall gardening at scotts.com/GroYourOwn. Sample some of these delicious recipes while incorporating fall plants and produce into the menu and even learn which fall crops are best to grow in your area of the country. Of course, nothing compares with the satisfaction of growing your own produce. Even if you didn’t plant a garden this year, why not make plans for one next TURN TO HARVEST ON B18


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Bad contractors, bad work — choose the Good Guys Of the top ten complaints on industries to the Better Business Bureau in 2009, five of them were contractors or contractor-related services. Tens of thousands of cases of contractor fraud are reported each year. Thousands more go unreported. General Contractors received the highest number of complaints in contractor or contractor-related services. Things you can do to avoid hiring a bad contractor. Only use contractors who are licensed. Ask to see their documentation. You can check with the state to confirm their license (www.cslb.ca.gov). Do not accept an out-ofstate contractor’s license. Be aware that some contractors put fake license numbers in their ads. Always check before hiring them. Second, check to make sure the contractor is insured. They should have general liability, workman’s comp,

and property damage coverage. Do not utilize contractors who approach you. They may offer special deals, or say they have leftover materials, and would be glad to do the project at a discounted price. Reputable contractors do not have to go door-to-door to get work. If you are approached by a contractor, and are considering using them, go back and look at our first recommendation and ask to see his license and insurance. Estimates for the work to be done should always be submitted in writing. Make sure the scope of the project is laid out in detail. Do not accept a verbal bid from any contractor. Any contract should be reviewed carefully before signing. Confirm the details of the project are in order, along with the payment schedule, completion date, materials used, etc.

Make sure the warranty for the out to you and not the contracwork is also listed, and that the tor. contract includes clean up. Use a trusted organization Do not ever let yourself be for contractor referrals. The pressured into signing a contract. If they are in a hurry to get the deal done, watch out! By law, you have three days to cancel any contract after it is signed (Cooling Off Rule). Communicate any questions or concerns to the contractor verbally and in writing. Any changes to the scope of the project should also be put down in writing, and added to the contract. This protects the homeowner and the contractor from needless mistakes. For larger projects (i.e. remodeling), try using a credit card instead of cash. The credit card company will back the purchase, and can help in the event of a dispute. If you are using a construction loan, or insurance company money, make sure the check is made

Solana Center designated a regional garden education center In May 2011, the Solana Center for Environmental Innovation began offering free gardening courses though San Diego County’s Healthy Works program, which aims to reduce childhood obesity through the creation of community, school, and home gardens. This program is funded by the County Health and Human Services Department. In collaboration with Victory Gardens San Diego (VGSD), the Solana Center is

offering three gardening courses. All of our classes are taught by the Solana Center’s dynamic Gardening and Compost Educators, who have extensive experience in agriculture, composting,gardening,and sustainable living. The organic gardening course teaches participants how to grow organic food at home. This class covers a wide range of topics applicable to home gardens, including composting, permaculture, garden

design, botany, plant choice, seeding, planting, irrigation, plant health, and pest management. Participants also get a chance to apply the skills they learn by getting their hands dirty in the Solana Center’s Regional Garden Education Center. The community gardening course focuses on how to develop and manage a community garden. This course focuses on TURN TO SOLANA CENTER ON B18

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Trust Bishops for regular tree maintenance COAST CITIES — Beautiful trees are an important part of the San Diego area countryside — providing not only appeal to the eye, but valuable shade for comfortable California living. But trees do need maintenance, and sometimes, keeping one’s trees trimmed and thinned out as needed is more than many homeowners want to tackle on their own. That’s why so many turn to Brian Bishop, owner of Bishop’s Tree Service, because they value the quality service and professional advice he provides. “I became a certified arborist in 1994 and enjoy

working with local homeowners that need help maintaining the trees on their property,” said Bishop. A good part of Bishop’s service is counseling customers on how to keep trees in healthy condition for the best possible appearance, as well as key ways to keep them as fire-safe as possible. “Palm trees are fire spreaders; they need to be trimmed every year,” said Bishop. “Eucalyptus trees are not fire hazards, especially when compared to palms. Other trees can be trimmed every two to three years.” Bishop’s staff, which includes nine tree specialists (five are certified arborists), offers a wide variety of serv-

ices including crown cleaning, reduction and restoration; lifting and raising; thinning, tree removal; stump grinding; line clearance and brush clearing and removal. Pride is evident in this experienced staff, and it shows in the way they advise customers. “We try to save people money and save their trees,” said Bishop. “I will tell someone when they don’t need my service. It’s not about up-selling them.” Bishop said his honesty has served him well and earned him numerous repeat customers. “I try to educate people about the types of trees they have and I give the most

inexpensive alternatives for long-term management,” he said. “I try to explain why it is important to get the job done right the first time, because a tree can be ruined forever very quickly by an inexperienced person.” Bishop, the president of the Professional Tree Care Association of San Diego, donates his company’s time and expertise regularly to the San Diego Botanic Garden. “I believe in giving back to the community,” said Bishop. For more information on Bishop’s Tree Service, Inc., please call (760) 720-9649 or visit BishopsTreeService.net.

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Edgehill Terrace celebrates grand opening in Vista Warmington Residential California is pleased to announce the debut of a stunning model home at Edgehill Terrace in the hills of Vista, Calif. This sprawling single level residence is set on a nearly 1/2 acre homesite, as are all of the 14 homes in this intimate neighborhood, and features many very special appointments including Mediterranean architecture, a 16-foot panoramic sliding French Door system in the living/dining room and a detached casita. The grand opening of this exciting new home neighborhood in Vista is under way and homes are now selling for prices that begin from the $560,000’s. Several homes in Phase One have been sold but there is still an excellent selection from which to choose. Some of the available homes have fabulous views to the West and the minimum lot size at Edgehill Terrace is 21,000 square feet. “Edgehill Terrace offers something very unique and

hard to find in most new home communities today…space!” said Sylvia Rose, sales representative at Edgehill Terrace. “No feeling like your windows are lined up with your neighbor’s windows. No feeling like you have to sacrifice yard size because you want to enjoy a brand new home.” Buyers can select from three different floor plan styles that range in size from approximately 2,836 to 3,728 square feet. They include three to five bedrooms, up to 4.5 baths and 3- and 4-space garages. Homes depict highly stylized Santa Barbara and San Juan inspired architectural styling with shutters and detailed masonry accents and charming covered porches, per plan. A very exciting feature and one that presents a world of possibilities are the detached casitas that are available on selected lots. They include a bathroom and kitchenette with sink, granite TURN TO EDGEHILL ON B18


Get inspired with colorful decorating The change of seasons always provides fresh inspiration and motivation for home updates. Colors and textures are discovered anew in blooming gardens, strolls to local farmers’ markets and leisurely bicycle rides. A refreshed decor doesn’t mean having to invest in a big-ticket item like new furniture. Try these easy and affordable design tips to transform the look of your home:

All about color From ever-popular traditional styles to streamlined modern looks, there is a place for a splash of color in any room. Don’t be afraid to add color in unexpected places — from window treatments that pop to a vivid paint shade in an entryway. For example, Accordia Cellular Shades from Levolor are available in more than 200 fabric choices, including exclusive woven fabrics (Linen, Designer Textures and Translucence) that give rich color and texture to any room. Create an energetic kids’ playroom with vivid red Sangria light-filtering shades or a serene master suite with cozy beige Candlelight roomdarkening shades. “Window treatments don’t have to fade into the background,” said Stephen Smith, vice president of marketing for Levolor. “Embrace color and texture, and let your shades stand out and be the fashionable focal point of

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Sweat the small stuff The latest trend in home decorating is the un-trend. Do-it-yourself truly classifies as such. Customize with touches such as vintage fleamarket finds and repurposed accessories to reflect your personal style. Make the details count. Change out pillow covers for the season and hang a colorful fabric valance to add visual interest. Celebrate spring and summertime with fresh flowers and greenery in decorative vases, fruit or seashells in glass bowls. Small updates can make a big difference to the exterior of your home, too. Plant colorful annuals to enhance curb appeal. Try painting the front door and trim with a glossy finish to coordinate with interior window treatments.

Colorful app-ortunity Ensure color harmony throughout your entire home by taking advantage of mobile technology to custom match paint hues to your favorite pieces. It’s as simple as downloading a smartphone application and unleashing your creativity. For example, ColorSnap is a free app that allows users to quickly and easily match colors in images with more than 1,500 Sherwin-Williams hues and complementary palettes. Simply snap a photo

of your favorite vase or new window treatment and you’ll be presented with the closest color match. From there, you’ll be provided with complementary colors which will ensure seamless color flow of your home decor. Plus, it’s easy to test the suggested paint colors within your space with quart-sized paint samples. If you’re looking for color suggestions, you can’t go wrong with green. “One of the most fashionable colors in decorating today is green,” said Jackie Jordan, director of color marketing for Sherwin-Williams. “Green is everywhere, including urban environments where rooftop gardens continue to sprout. Today’s green trend is heavily influenced by nature, such as leaves and moss.” And don’t forget that green is more than just a color when it comes to home updates. Energy loss through windows can account for 10 to 20 percent of a home’s heating and cooling costs. Accordia features exclusive Energy Shield technology, which provides additional insulation to help block air and reduces your heating and cooling cost year round. No matter your personal decor style, the change of seasons is a perfect time to refresh your scenery. To learn more, visit levolor.com and sherwinwilliams.com.

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San Elijo Hills campaign brings community together In addition to giving local businesses a boost and bringing the community together with a series of events and promotions, the San Elijo Hills “Buy Local” campaign, sponsored by the San Elijo Hills Foundation and The Fountain, the community’s monthly newspaper, reached far beyond the community, Local businessman Steve Collo showcased the San Elijo Hills campaign at the national conference of Postal Annex as an example of grassroots marketing that could be emulated in other communities. “I’ve never seen a community come together in support of their local businesses like this ever — and I’ve been in business since 1992,” said Collo, who operates several Postal Annex stores, including one in the San Elijo Hills Towncenter. “We made hundreds of new friends and increased our business substantially during the campaign,” he said, noting that at the conference he was honored as the No. 1 Postal Annex franchisee, a distinction he has earned each year for the past

eight years. Lanni Insurance, a fullservice insurance brokerage firm located in the San Elijo Hills Towncenter, also reported that the Buy Local campaign boosted its presence in the community. “We participated in several of the special events in the town square and it really helped get our name out,” said Lauren Lanni, who owns the company with her husband, Dave. “Since we represent businesses as well as individuals, it was also a great networking opportunity. We got to know many local business owners,” said Lanni, whose adopted Pyrenean Mountain Dog Finn is becoming a Towncenter mascot.

The six-month Buy Local San Elijo Hills campaign encompassed the whole community with coupons to local merchants, two “Sidewalk” events that showcased homebased businesses and craft makers, and monthly newspaper inserts that profiled local businesses. “It was so heartwarming to see the community come together like this,” said Halé Richardson, director of marketing for San Elijo Hills. “Everyone has been challenged by the recession in some manner; it has been great seeing the community collaborate and support each other. Connectedness is what community is all about,” she said. Businesses located in the San Elijo Hills Town Center include: A Colorful Universe Pottery, Albertsons, Chevron, French’s Color Nails and Spa, Hendo’s Local Pizza & Pints, The Hills Family Dentistry, Hometown Realty, Lanni Insurance, Pepper Tree Hill Café, Postal Annex, Silk Salon, Windmill Cleaners, and Yogurt Utopia. For information on San Elijo Hills, visit sanelijohills.com.

Your motorhome: an expense waiting to happen? With Labor Day behind us, it’s that time of year again! And although California’s winter season pales in comparison to that of Illinois, Colorado, New York and other bone freezing areas of this beautiful country, most RV and watercraft owners take the steps required to protect their much loved and valuable prized possession. San Marcos’ Liberty RV & Boat Storage’s indoor and outdoor storage areas may appear to have room for plenty of RV’s and boats, but that’s simply not the case. “We are at 88% occupancy,” said owner Eric deJong. “Many of our year-round clients enjoy their units well into October and some even up to Thanksgiving before parking them for the winter.” Most RV owners are fully aware of the damage that one or two cute little field mice can

result in simply by taking up residency in their stagnant motorhome. Gnawing on plastic coated electrical wires and pulling insulation from wherever possible, within 24 hours, rodent damage can result in thousands of dollars in damage to motorhomes and other vehicles. It’s speculated that the plastic insulating material that is now being used must be like caviar to rodents. “It’s virtually impossible to guarantee complete isolation from rodents, but there are deterrents that when combined with indoor storage, darn near guarantees protection from vermin,” deJong said. Weather is another concern and not limited to our colder and wetter months. The ever-present sunshine California is so popular for, can do more than its fair share of

damage as well. Teflon coating certainly helps and is a sound investment without question. But it’s no substitute for secure indoor storage.Security isn’t limited to Liberty RV Storage’s high tech alarms and video surveillance. Beyond the white glove concierge services granted the company’s indoor storage clientele, outdoor storage clients also receive extensive services. Clients who provide a canvas cover can expect their unit to not only be covered, but checked for leaks during rainy weather. Water fills, tire, tank and battery checks are part of the complimentary services at Liberty RV & Boat Storage which makes it easy to see why Liberty has grown and expanded so quickly. Visit the facility online at LibertyIndoorStorage.com or stop by for a personal tour.


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California Patio has new view The view is new, but everything else at California Patio is as fabulous as ever. The top-drawer outdoor furnishings store has a brand new home at 339 N. El Camino Real, in the same spacious shopping center as Michael’s and Big Lots. The store, and its extensive inventory, has moved across the street from its former location of 10 years, tucked awkwardly into the corner of the Target center. “What we really want to emphasize is that nothing has really changed, except that we are much easier to find and easier to get to,” said store Manager Sean Sigurdson. “You’ll find the same great service, helpful

staff and smiling faces that have served the North Coastal area for a decade.” As Indian summer keeps the days balmy and beautiful, California Patio continues to carry a wide collection of every style of outdoor furnishings. You can add color, style and pizzazz to your outdoor living space with the right selection of chairs, chaises, stools, tables and more. “Unlike your big box and seasonal stores, we don’t clear out our shelves when summer is over.” Sigurdson said. “We keep a wonderful stock available year-round because we know that great outdoor weather lasts all year long around here.”

SIGH OF RELIEF Breathe easy while you play and relax at home by taking a few simple precautions. Courtesy photo

Tips for keeping your home healthy Maintaining a healthy home is critical for your family’s welfare — especially now as the weather cools and you begin to spend more time indoors. Applying a few simple solutions now will ensure your indoor living environment is safe and healthy for seasons to come.

seal up their homes and spend more time inside, which traps moisture and humidity — both significant contributors to indoor mold growth. Maintain healthy indoor humidity levels by venting bathrooms and clothes dryers and using an exhaust fan while cooking. Install an air humidifier to provide year-round control of your Reduce toxins indoor moisture level,and keep Less desirable weather your home at 50 percent may make fall and winter seem humidity or lower to reduce the like an ideal time to tackle your chance for mold growth. indoor painting projects. However, you need to be mind- Watch out for CO ful of the volatile organic comProtect your indoor living pounds (VOCs) found in many environment from carbon interior paints and finishes. monoxide or CO by installing VOCs are one of the biggest CO detectors or alarms threats to indoor air quality; throughout your home. This they include a variety of chem- fall, make sure your home’s icals, some of which may have heating system, including both short- and long-term items such as a furnace or heat health effects. For indoor jobs, pump, vents and chimney, are select paint with low or no inspected and serviced by a VOCs to keep your air fresher. professional contractor. And, if Additionally, some houseplants there is a fireplace in your such as ivy and gerbera daisies home, open the damper before can help to naturally remove lighting a fire to help prevent VOCs from your indoor air. the buildup of potentially poisonous gases inside of your Clean your indoor air home. Ragweed and pollen will trigger allergy symptoms for Keep a seasonal routine millions of people this fall; howMost homeowners ever, the worst allergy triggers already know it’s important to are often found inside the test their smoke alarms on a home. Installing a whole-home monthly basis, but how often air filtration system can help to do you change the alarm’s batremove indoor allergens teries? One way to keep track including dust, mildew, pet of alarm maintenance is to dander and pollen from the air make battery changing a seayou breathe. For example, the sonal activity. For example, AccuClean (TM) System by beginning this fall, replace the American Standard Heating & batteries in your smoke Air Conditioning removes up to alarms (and CO detectors), 99.98 percent of the allergens every time you reset your from your filtered air, so even if clocks. it’s allergy season outdoors, By taking these simple your indoor air is crisp and steps now, you’ll create a safer clean. and healthier home, allowing your family to relax and enjoy Prevent mold all the delights the fall season During the cooler fall and has to offer — both outdoors winter months, people tend to and indoors.

California Patio has eight locations in Southern California. In addition to its Encinitas store, there are locations in San Marcos on furniture row, two in Orange County and stores in the Palm Desert, Ranco Mirage and La Quinta. California Patio has been in business since 1981 and is still family-owned and operated. ‘What we offer is quality,” Sigurdson said. “The furniture you buy here will last and look good for years.” For more information or to talk with the experts at California Patio, call (760) (760) 943-6282

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Grand Opening of Seaside Highlands is set for Oct. 1 Luxury, location and lifestyle — all of this and more will soon be available at Seaside Highlands by Warmington Residential California. Set in Encinitas less than two miles from the water and featuring an intimate collection of spectacular Santa Barbara and Mediterranean-inspired homes, Seaside Highlands is a rare and exciting new home opportunity in this very desirable coastal community. When it debuts on Oct.1, Seaside Highlands will introduce four dramatically styled floor plans; two sprawling single-level homes and two voluminous two-story homes. The four plans range in size from approximately 2,750 to 4,650

square feet. Seaside Highlands will present an intimate neighborhood setting with just 16 homes for prices that are set to begin from the low-$1 millions. Buyers may select from homes with 3 to 5 bedrooms, up to 4.5 baths and 2-, 3- and 4-space garages, per plan. While many exceptional features will be included, there are a few highlights that are sure to capture the attention – and imaginations – of new buyers. Living spaces like cabanas, open interior courtyards with fireplace as well as side yard courtyards, master bedroom decks, lofts, covered porches, and optional guest suites and libraries are among these. One home site

MEDITERRANEAN-INSPIRED The grand opening of the Seaside Highlands by Warmington Residential California is scheduled for Oct. 1. Courtesy photo

includes a private additional modate six cars in this plan guest flat above one of its only). This unique living garages (two garages accom- space includes a living room,

bedroom, full bath, kitchenette and private entry via an exterior stair system. Very notably, this neighborhood will be 100 percent solar powered, allowing residents to enjoy many benefits including reduce energy usage and lower utility bills. Other noteworthy features are granite slab countertops, center island kitchens, stainless steel KitchenAid® appliances include a 48-inch professional quality gas cook top with 48-inch hood, French doors in select locations (per elevation), dramatic stair systems in the two-story plans, 42-inch gas fireplace in family rooms with a “see-thru” option, master bedroom sanctuaries with private bath with elegant Piedrafina marble countertops and surrounds, private dressing area and walk-in closets, and more. Because of its excellent and highly desirable location in Encinitas, residents of Seaside Highlands will enjoy and incredible lifestyle opportunity.An ocean close location within an historic beach town filled with quaint shops, sidewalk cafes, and restaurants, proximity to local beaches and greater San Diego, and access to excellent schools within Encinitas Unified School District and San Dieguito Union High School District are among the special benefits residents will enjoy. The professionally decorated and landscaped models will open for touring Oct.1. All prospective new homebuyers as well as current area residents are encouraged to save the date and plan to attend the Grand Opening celebration at Seaside Highlands. Home sales will begin at that time. “Warmington is thrilled to be returning to Encinitas with the introduction of Seaside Highlands,” said

Robin Speaks, sales representative for Warmington Residential California at Seaside Highlands. “And what a way to come back! These homes, and this neighborhood, are simply fabulous and we believe that Seaside Highlands will be a wonderful addition to this established and tight-knit community.” Seaside Highlands is located at 1010 Scarlet Way, just off of Encinitas Blvd. and Balour Drive. An interest list is now forming for the homes that will be offered beginning Oct.1. To join, visit HomesByWarmington.com. While there you may view preliminary floorplans under our Coming Soon tab. In the coming weeks, interactive floorplans, artist’s renderings, and a full features list will be posted. Those who register on the interest list will be notified via email regarding all community updates. To reach Robin Speaks, sales representative, to learn more about these homes and/or the pre-qualification process, call (760) 445-1983 or send an email to seasidehighlands@warmingtonresedentialca.com. Warmington Residential California is part of the Warmington group of companies, which is headquartered in Costa Mesa, California.The first Warmington company began as a builder of custom homes for Hollywood stars and executives and earned a reputation for excellence. While the group has grown and evolved, its reputation and penchant for building beautiful and high caliber homes has remained consistent. Today, it is estimated that nearly 40,000 families live in Warmington homes throughout California and in Las Vegas, Nev.


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Helpful hints for hiring Gems N’ Loans, one of the a landscaping company largest gold recyclers in area Your home and your property are one of the largest investments you will ever make. This is where you will raise your children, spend holidays, and entertain family and friends. Professional landscaping enhances the beauty and value of your home as well as gives you a lifetime of pride and enjoyment. In this day of the information age it has never been easier to find out what you need to know in order to hire the right landscaping company for the job. No matter if your job is a small one or a large one you still need to make sure that the landscaping company that you choose is reliable and trustworthy and that they actually know what they are doing. You should start by finding out if they are licensed by The California State Contractor’s Board (csclb.ca.gov) and if they have had any complaints and how long the landscaping company has been in business. The longer the better, if they have been in business for 20 some odd years then there is a much better chance that they are good at what they do. Kimo’s Landscaping is such the company, being in business since 1977. Your checking up should not end

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there however. Ask the contractor if they have liability and worker’s compensation insurance and request copies of certificates. Also check The San Diego Better Business Bureau, they have a rating system, A+ being the best (bbb.org). It is recommended to have a complete landscape design with a drawing and a written description of the work to be done and materials to be used. Most reputable landscape companies will charge a fee for the design, but you will save a lot of time, money and change order nightmares for the minimal investment. Choose a landscaping

company that will be dedicated to the work that you are getting done, you are paying for a service and you deserve for it to be as good as it can be. (Kimo’s Landscaping has been awarded the coveted Lifetime Achievement Award from C.L.C.A, Winner of HGTV’s Landscaper Challenge for Design and build as well as numerous awards including State Awards). For more information, please call us at (760) 729KIMO (5466) or visit our website at kimoslandscaping.com to view more photos and awards. You’ll be glad you did.

Gems N’ Loans Jewelry Exchange provides the opportunity for customers to bring in and sell or recycle their old jewelry, or obtain instant cash loans on jewelry, autos, and other merchandise. The local family-owned company, in business for 18 years in San Diego North County, operates five local upscale stores located in Oceanside, Vista, Escondido, Temecula and Valley Center. Their inventory of quality merchandise changes daily which makes for repeat visits by customers to see “what’s for sale today at a bargain price.” With gold at an all time high value, many are choosing to cash in their old gold items. Many families are realizing they have jewelry lying around gathering dust, and other assets stashed around the house, which can be pawned in return for immediate cash — a highly desirable commodity in today’s economy. Jewelry worn infrequently, precious stones, and gems resting in the safe deposit box at the bank, all have collateral value at the pawn store. In addition, musical instruments the kids left at home as they went off to

college and work, tools, and countless other unused items can be converted into instant cash. Once a person visits and becomes a customer at any of the Gems N’ Loans locations, the store keeps in touch by sending a handsigned thank-you card and then a follow-up campaign of reminder messages. The aim is to convert each first-time customer into a loyal repeat customer who will tell others about their pleasant gold-recycling and shopping experience.

they can come back and buy bargains at the store any time, as well as borrowing cash. The new trend has become “It’s Fun To Go Pawn Shopping.” For phone numbers and addesses of the five stores, visit gemsnloans.com.

New look at the Pawn Shop is more like the mall Gems N’ Loans has all the attributes of today’s “new look at the pawn shop.” First-time customers who walk in any of the stores are clearly surprised. Rather than encountering the old image fostered for years by Hollywood movies of a small dingy place tucked away on a side street where you go and hock your guitar or necklace, they marvel at the clean, organized look and feel inside the store. It feels more like a nice jewelry store at the mall. They walk out realizing

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Couple expands business empire Steve and Vicki Collo of San Diego own five PostalAnnex+ locations. Franchisees for over 20 years, the Collos are very good at crafting what each location offers to its particular group of customers. San Elijo Hills, a masterplanned community located in the coastal foothills of North San Diego County, began in 2000 and today has some 2,500 residences. In order to give the development a greater feeling of community, the developer created a towncenter, complete with a monumental fountain, and this center is the frequent location of several community events. Near this towncenter is the Collos’ newest store. “The development company really wants this center to work,” says owner Steve Collo. “There’s an attempt to bridge any gap which may exist between newer businesses which are just starting up, and the homeowners who may not be familiar with those businesses as yet.” Steve says that community events are frequent, and that the larger, more elaborate ones are scheduled to TURN TO POSTAL ANNEX+ ON B17

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Turn students into recycling heroes this season With back-to-school season back again, now is a great time to instill a simple message your child will benefit from in the years to come: Green is good. By implementing a few recycling tactics across your home and encouraging the same behaviors in the classroom, you can turn your student into a green “hero” and help her embrace earthfriendly habits. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, only 30 percent of consumer waste is recycled each year. This presents a great opportunity for children to use their green thumbs and take part in saving the planet. Here are a few ways to get your children started:

2. Get crafty In addition to paper products, all kinds of waste can be “upcycled” into useful or decorative items. For example, a painted egg carton can make a unique storage box for small objects like beads or paper clips and tissue paper glued to a clean spaghetti sauce jar makes for an attractive vase. The possibilities are endless, so you’ll not only be saving trash from a landfill, you’ll be inspiring creativity.

1. Give paper some TLC 3. Better together Paper accounts for as much as 50 percent of landfill space. Rather than add to this waste, implement a designated paper recycling bin that can be easily accessed where you tend to use paper

aluminum and glass before the end of the school year. Parents can support this effort by encouraging children to not only recycle at home, but to also take recyclable materials into the classroom to participate in the school’s project.

most in the home or in the classroom. Or, better still, put your paper products to good use by challenging your kids or students to create paper craft projects. Then encourage them to recycle any scraps when finished.

Recycling is often more effective when multiple people take part. Teachers can set a goal for their classroom, school or even individual students to recycle a specified amount of paper, plastics,

4. Adopt a program Encouraging your children to take part in a recycling-focused program can develop valuable habits while encouraging some fun. One such program is the Elmer’s Glue Crew Recycling Program, a classroom resource designed to teach children how they can help save the planet, gives recycling-related lesson plans as well as fun and engaging projects for their students. Throughout the year, the classroom or school collects empty glue bottles and glue sticks to be recycled through TerraCycle. For additional information on the Elmer’s program, visit CRAFTY One of the best things you can do for the planet is to get chil- ElmersGlueCrew.com and dren enthusiastic about recycling early in their lives. Courtesy photo Facebook.com/GlueCrew.

Local man takes business from roofing to all-around help Secure Home Improvements is a true American success story. It began as Secure Roof, when founder Dave Massey launched his own roofing business in 1990. For almost two decades, he gave San Diego County superior roofs and customer service.

Because of the company’s excellent work, Dave and Secure Roof became their home improvement resource. Secure Roof offered extraordinary guarantees and lifelong costumer service to his 15,0000 customers. Their mission statement was then and still is to turn cus-

tomers into clients and clients into friends. “We always included free annual inspections of the roofs we did and kept in contact with our clients, providing them with real service,” Massey said. “It has always been a personal connection for me. I am founder, presi-

dent, customer service manager, and I am involved in every phase of the project.” This hard-to-find professionalism prompted his customers to call him for advice and help when it came time to do any other ongoing home maintenance or remodels. Secure expanded its annual

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Solar is good, but combining solar and energy efficiency is better After receiving those high electricity bills, no doubt you’ll be thinking about ways to cut them. One way is to go dark. Another way is to install a solar system; an even better way would be to combine costeffective energy efficiency measures with a smaller solar system that will save you money and cost you less. Efficiency alterations may sound daunting; every home uses energy differently and there are no generic solutions that are cost effective for everyone. At Solare Energy, our certified energy auditors conduct free home assessments to determine the ideal combination of solar power and energy efficiency for each home. Established in 1989, we are one of the largest installers of solar and energy efficiency

systems in San Diego. In June of 1999, the average electricity consumption for a single family detached home using 675 kWh yielded a bill of $71 from SDG&E. This summer, that same consumption yields an electric bill of $150. And you can expect to pay $315 in another twelve years for that same consumption. Solar power systems have been a good option for San Diego homeowners to reduce their electricity cost.While the systems require an upfront investment, most solar panels have a 25-year warranty and will produce electricity for up to 40 years at practically no operating cost. The savings on electric bills from a solar power system will cover the investment in six to eight years for most home-

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occur quarterly. Located in beautiful San Marcos — San Elijo Hills, PostalAnnex+ is your neighborhood business service center, offering many needed services under one roof. When you come to PostalAnnex+, it’s like having your own personal assistant. Offering you the benefit of being able to get many of your to-do’s done under one roof: — compare shipping rates on UPS, FedEx and the USPS; — get packaging supplies-boxes, packaging peanuts, tape, bubble envelopes; — rent a private mailbox-offers safety,security and privacy;

owners, leaving them with free electricity for another 20 to 30 years. While solar power systems are a good option,an even better option is to combine solar power with energy efficiency. According to a The Wall Street Journal report, energy

advocates have been trying for several years now to shift both government and consumer focus from solar production to efficient consumption. Advocates maintain that a greater emphasis on basic adjustments like insulation, duct sealing and LED bulbs,

can save consumers money and cut the amount of energy wasted on heating, cooling and lighting. A homeowner in San Diego, instead of spending $17,500 on a solar power system, can spend $14,500 on energy efficiency measures

and a smaller solar system that will provide the same savings. These days, there are plenty of financing options that allow homeowners to install solar with little or no money down. To find out more, call us at (800) 411-SOLAR or visit SolareEnergy.com.

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building a strong team and dives into topics ranging from obtaining land for a community garden, to handling garden budgets and inventories, to creating garden rules and solving conflicts. This class also offers the opportunity for students to network and discuss problems and solutions with people from San Diego communities. The third course, trains participants to successfully begin and sustain a school garden. Several issues are covered in this course, including the importance of school gardens, creating a leadership team, building community partnerships, designing a garden, fundraising, developing outdoor curriculum for students, and connecting gardens to healthy lifestyles. Gardening always starts

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received from Secure Roof, so Dave Massey decided to provide it for them. In 2007, Secure Roof made the natural transition to become Secure Home Improvements, at 627 E.

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countertop, maple lower cabinets and space for under-counter refrigerator. “Visitors to Edgehill Terrace think these casitas are so cool!” Rose said. “They have the potential to serve as a home office, studio, art room, guest suite and more. These unique living spaces allow Edgehill Terrace to present an uncommon lifestyle opportunity.” Throughout, these resi-

Mission Road in San Marcos, and expanded to offer many other services. Those services include roofing and roof repair, photovoltaic solar, rain gutters, kitchen and bathroom remodels and room additions. “I want to remind customers that right now is the very best time to take care of

home improvements,” Massey said. “The 30-percent federal tax credit on installing an electric solar system may only last until the end of the year. Also, if your roof needs attention, now is the time to take care of it.The rainy season is just around the corner and you can avoid costly leaks and

damage. “The key to a quality solar installation is to install it so you make certain it interacts perfectly with your roof system,” Massey added. “We back up the entire system, to prevent water intrusion, guaranteeing a worry-free transaction.”

dences are filled with beautiful and sophisticated features and amenities. Buyers also enjoy the benefit of being able to incorporate options where available and other personalization choices through Warmington’s interior design affiliate, Chateau Interiors & Design. Every home also includes a long list of resource and energy-efficient features and is prepared for on optional solar electric system. The sales office and model

home at Edgehill Terrace are open Thursday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., on Monday from noon to 6 p.m., and is closed on Tuesday and Wednesday. To reach the neighborhood from state Route 78, exit at Vista Village Drive and travel north. Turn right at Vale Terrace and continue on until this street ends at Foothill, where you will turn left. Foothill ends at Edgehill Road. Turn right and Edgehill Terrace is about 1.5 blocks up the hill on the right hand side. The address is 994 Audrey Place. For more information, please call Sylvia Rose at (760) 941-4820. To view interactive floorplans, artist’s renderings and

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year? With just a sunny place for a container on the balcony or a small plot in the backyard, you can easily plant your own garden to grow fresh squash, rutabagas or carrots in the spring to be enjoyed by your family next fall. If you prefer the crunch of a freshly picked apple, try

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staff at Contract Carpet continues to volunteer in their area with organizations like the Community Resource Center, putting together holiday gift baskets, as well as lending a hand with local animal shelters. At both Contract Carpet locations — 191 N. El Camino Real, Suite 112, Encinitas, and 11658 Carmel Mountain Rd., Suite 130, San Diego — the Dixons and their team know that no other single furnishing in your home sets the tone like the flooring. All of their installers are not only experts but longtime employees, offering a reliability that will meet the highest expectations of quality and workmanship. Contract Carpet offers flooring shoppers free esti-

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can waste as much as five to 10 gallons per day; a fast drip results in 20 to 30 gallons of water down the drain daily. In a small bathroom space, consider replacing your outdated faucet with TOTO’s Upton Single Handle HighEfficiency Lavatory Faucet. Its tall, sleek, contemporary design works perfectly with vessel lavatories that complement smaller bath spaces. But the best feature is that the faucet only uses 1.5 gallons of water per minute, making it EPA WaterSense certified. Your water heater also may need updating. Tankless water heaters are 10 to 30 percent more energy efficient than conventional storage water heaters, according to

mates and guarantees all labor. Whether it’s the warmth of wall-to-wall carpet, the bright accent of area rugs, the finish tone of elegant wood floors, the practicality of a porcelain tile or the convenience of vinyl flooring, flooring is what gives any room its basic personality. When furnishing a new home or bringing old floors up to date, Contract Carpet is the place to find it all, including custom window treatments that will match or compliment your flooring choice. And to the busy homeowners’ delight, shoppers don’t have to wander miles to some distant warehouse district to find the right price and selection. Visit them in the heart of Encinitas or in Carmel Mountain Ranch or call them at (760) 436-9030 or (858) 4519717. National Geographic’s “Is Your Home a ‘Green’ House?” Even new conventional models can reduce the amount of energy you spend heating water. And there are other devices you can install with your water pipes to help recirculate standing water in the pipes, so you don’t waste water waiting for the hot water to finally arrive at the faucet. An instant hot shower also keeps family members happy on those chilly winter mornings — and saves money on your water bill. Quality is very important to homeowners these days, and developing a beautiful, energy-efficient bathroom, especially in today’s downsized and upgraded spaces, is a growing trend among homeowners that’s helping them improve their quality of life.


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Coming to Encinitas!

A collection of just 18 luxury residences. Sales begin October 1st.

Spacious sites and homes with up to 4,650 square feet will offer an exceptional lifestyle opportunity less than two miles from the water and Moonlight Beach. This is a rare opportunity to purchase a brand new home in Encinitas. Exquisite homes with Spanish and Mediterranean inspired architecture Charming courtyards with fireplace 4-space garages on some plans

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RESIDENTIAL CALIFORNIA

All homes will be solar powered! Ocean close location with an historic beach town with quaint shops, sidewalk cafes, and restaurants

Three professionally decorated and landscaped models will open for touring on Saturday, October 1st - save the date and plan to attend our GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION!

Interest list now forming | Anticipated pricing from the low $1 millions HomesByWarmington.com | 760-445-1983 |

Realtors welcome. 速

Robin Speaks, DRE Lic. # 0 1 2 6 4 7 8 0 *Two additional homes of approx 1,500 sq. ft. will be compatible with the community for the purpose of providing affordable housing assistance. Prices effective date of publication and subject to change prior to sale. 09.09.11


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The Coast News Fall Home & Garden Guide 2011  

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