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Welcome to the 17th Annual North Atlanta Home Show

Show Director, Michael Schoppenhorst is pleased to invite you to attend the 17th Annual North Atlanta Home Show at the Gwinnett Center, Friday through Sunday, February 21-23, 2014. SEMCO Productions, owners and producers of the Atlanta Home Shows is very excited about this year’s show at the Gwinnett Center and proud of its status as a quality event and important resource for homeowners looking to make improvements to their homes. Take advantage of one-stop comparison shopping for everything for your home, inside and out and talk face to face with over 150 companies offering the latest home improvement products and services. Whether you are buying or selling a home, adding a member of your family to your household, or if you just want to enjoy your home to the fullest, you will find what you are looking for at this Atlanta tradition. For 17 years the North Atlanta Home Show has been improving home lifestyles and adding value to your largest single investment, your home. This year’s event is Sponsored by the Gwinnett Daily Post, Window World, Reliable Heating & Air, Totally Accessible Homes, COUNTRY Financial, Georgia Spa Co., Jackson EMC, 95.5FM & AM750 News/Talk WSB, Atlanta Home Improvement Magazine and Proof of the Pudding. Be sure to stop by the Gwinnett Daily Post booth in the show lobby and enter to win hourly drawings for tickets to upcoming events and attractions such as tickets to Lion King and Once

at the Fabulous Fox, premium tickets to the Atlanta Hawks, passes to Medieval Times, a Cosmetic and Fragrance basket from Belk ($150 value!), Gwinnett Braves infield box seat tickets, tickets to Shrek the Musical at the Alliance Theater, passes to the Atlanta Spring into Summer Boat Show at the Gwinnett Convention Center, and tickets to Mexico vs Nigeria soccer match at the Georgia Dome. The Reliable Heating & Air Home Show Stage features a fantastic line up of expert speakers on a variety of fun and educational topics including Adaptive Gardening techniques, pond installation, beekeeping, planting the right way, pruning tips and butterfly gardening. The stage also hosts home improvement experts sharing information on total home performance, beautifying your bathroom and ways to pay for your remodeling project! For a complete line up of speakers, topics, dates and times please visit www.AtlantaHomeShow. com or see the listing in this special section on page 12. Special guests abound at this year’s show! Come meet Tonya M. Williams, HGTV’s real estate and home décor expert on Saturday and Sunday and learn how to beautify your bathroom. 95.5 FM and AM750 News/Talk WSB’s Walter Reeves, Dave Baker and Belinda Skelton will be sharing expert knowledge and useful tips. Bring your questions, photos and ideas and get the most of your Home Show visit. Georgia Spa Co. supplies this year’s Grand Prize – A Big Green Egg! There really is something for everyone regardless of the size, style or value of your home. The time and money saved by doing business with exhibitors at the show will help you explore more options for your next project, keep more of your hard earned money and allow your family to enjoy your home to the fullest! Be sure to visit AtlantaHomeShow.com for complete show information and thanks in advance for attending this Atlanta tradition and another quality SEMCO Productions produced event. Atlanta based and family owned since 1959.

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Show Details

Location: Gwinnett Center (next to the Gwinnett Arena – Exit 108 off I-85) 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway • Duluth, GA 30097 • 770-813-7500 www.GwinnettCenter.com 2014 Show Dates & Hours: Friday, Feb. 21st Noon – 6pm • Saturday, Feb. 22nd 10am – 6pm Sunday, Feb. 23rd Noon – 5pm Ticket Prices: General Admission (13 to 64 years old) $7 Seniors (65 and over with ID) $6 Children (12 and under) Free Military (with ID) $5 Tickets may be purchased at the door. Trade Day – Friday Feb 21 – members of the housing trade receive free admission compliments of Window World. Simply give your business card to the ticket taker. For complete show information including a $2 off discount coupon courtesy of Holtkamp Heating & Air, please visit www.AtlantaHomeShow.com. SEMCO Productions produced event.

Atlanta based and family owned since 1959.

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17th Annual North Atlanta Home Show Reliable Heating & Air Home Show Stage February 21-23, 2014 Gwinnett Center 1:00pm–2:00pm • Adaptive Gardening -Techniques, Tips Friday, February 21st and Tools for Aging in Place and People with Disabilities 1:00pm–2:00pm • Secrets to Planting Lawns, Trees, Joe Washington – HGTV’s Ground Breakers Shrubs and Flowers the RIGHT Way 2:00pm–3:00pm • Beautify Your Bathroom Walter Reeves - 95.5FM and AM750 News/Talk WSB Tony M. Willams - HGTV Real Estate and Home Décor Expert 2:00pm–3:00pm • Adaptive Gardening -Techniques, Tips 3:00pm–4:00pm • Beekeeping and Tools for Aging in Place and People with Disabilities Ray Rush, Owner of Rush Honey Farms, Loganville,Georgia Joe Washington-HGTV Ground Breakers 4:00pm • Installing A Fountain Into Your Landscape 3:00pm–4:00pm • Container Gardening Jeff Krenner Paradise Ponds & Waterfalls Jessica Miller, Gwinnett Master Gardener Extension Volunteer Pond Biologist/Certified Pond Installer 4:00pm–5pm • I Am Ready To Remodel 5:00pm–6:00pm • Pruning Landscape Plants But How Am I going to Pay For It? Timothy Daly, County Extension Agent, Todd Sheppard Senior Mortgage Banker Fidelity Bank Mortgage Gwinnett County Extension 5:00pm–6:00pm • Butterfly Gardening Sunday, February 23rd Carole Teja, Gwinnett Master Gardener Extension Volunteer 1:00pm–2:00pm • Beautify Your Bathroom Saturday, February 22nd Tonya Williams-HGTV Real Estate and Home Décor Expert 6:00am - 10:00am • The Lawn & Garden Show - Live On-Air Broadcast 2:00pm–3:00pm • Square Foot Gardening Walter Reeves - 95.5FM and AM750 News/Talk WSB Tony Gobert, Adjunct Instructor, Gwinnett Technical College 10:00am - 1:00pm • The Home Fix It Show - Live On-Air Broadcast Department of Horticulture Dave Baker -95.5FM and AM750 News/Talk WSB 3:00pm–4:00pm • Gardening in the Shade 12:15pm–1:00pm • Variable Speed Comfort Shirley Bohm, Gwinnett Master Gardener Extension Volunteer Daniel Jape, Owner and Jason Bouchard, Home Performance Manager, Reliable Heating & Air

Meet Window World! Window World of Atlanta offers windows, vinyl siding, gutters, entry doors, storm doors, patio doors and French rail doors. They offer lifetime, transferable warranties and low prices on all of their products. They offer multiple types of windows, including double hung, bay and bow, casement and awning, slider, and garden windows. They offer comfort world 2000, Comfort World 4000 and Comfort World 6000 windows. “Simply the best for less is our motto, and we fully stand behind our products,” Michael Edwards said. “We provide a

superior product, installed by a professional craftsman with a low price guarantee. The superior line of vinyl products, as well as top-of the line customer service has earned Window World of Atlanta many awards, including the coveted Good Housekeeping Seal, EnergyStar Certification, EPA LeadSafe Certification and Support from the Better Business Bureau. From Start to finish, Window World performs each job with care, patience and expertise,” Edwards said. Comfort World Vinyl Windows from Window World, Inc. help customers improve

their homes living environment by offering a durable, high quality, 100 percent vinyl frame, which is easy to clean and requires very little maintenance. Replacement Windows from Window World of Atlanta are also available in a variety of energy efficient and money saving glass options, as well as multiple interior and exterior color and finish options to fit any decorating theme. Window World of Atlanta is licensed and insured and they always use up front pricing on their nationally rated products. Their products are installed by factorytrained installers and have the industries strongest warranty. They also use 100 percent virgin vinyl materials on their custom-made replacement windows. Window World has been an Atlanta Home Show Sponsor since 2010. In addition to their products and services, Window World also uses their exhibit space to highlight a few items that are dear to them – all for great causes. This year’s North Atlanta Home Show will feature the following:

A very special bike created by Orange County Choppers and unveiled on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2011 at the annual Veterans Airlift Command’s gathering of sponsors, supporters and wounded veterans at the Fair Barn in Pinehurst, N.C.

RichardPetty Car - designed by Richard Petty and P/G Badges. It is No. 1 of 25 from Richard Petty’s garage. The color of the car is the famous “Petty Blue”

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The North Atlanta Home Show Welcomes New Show Sponsor – Totally Accessible Homes

Monti Marsters, President of Totally Accessible Homes explains a bit about the company. Totally Accessible Homes is a new and innovative company, which has been designed from the ground up to specifically service the handicap and our aging communities. Our founding owners have designed, built and installed products for accessible homes for over 12 years. These owners have decided to combine their designs, skills, and knowledge in order to provide the best service and products possible to the elderly, the handicap, and the mobility challenged. When you choose to work with Totally Accessible Homes, you will begin with an in person consultation to help determine what your individual needs are. Many times a client will choose to have their doctor, Physical Therapist, or a counselor present to help determine the best solution to the individual’s needs. The new buzz word with many construction companies is “CAPS certified”. We were doing aging in place modification before it was the popular thing. In addition to being CAPS certified, we have additional train-

ing courses that continue far past where the CAPS certifications leave off. Because we sell, remodel, and install accessibility items ourselves, there is much less chance of rework and extra cost that is associated in dealing with several companies to complete one project. Whether you are looking to the future by making improvements to stay in your home longer, or you have current needs, Totally Accessible Homes is your best choice for quality installation. Your accessibility and comfort is our goal. As the accessibility product installation specialist, we will be happy to install any product for you, regardless of where you bought it. We understand peoples tastes differ, if the product we sell is not exactly what you want, we encourage you to find the product that reflects your personal taste, needs, and desires. We will be happy to professionally install the product for you. We guarantee our service and our installation. Learn more about Universal Design and Accessible Living at the 17th Annual North Atlanta Home Show – Gwinnett Center, February 21-23.

Solutions for Handicap and Elderly Persons

The Problem

The Solution

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Beautify Your Bathroom By: HGTV Real Estate and Home Décor Expert – Tonya M. Williams Splish, splash I was taking a bath... and realized that my bathroom needed an overhaul. Bathrooms are one of the most highly utilized areas of a home. The high ROI (return on investment) when remodeled or upgraded makes them a wonderful project whether a homeowner intends to remain in the home for several years or place the home on the market for sale.   Whether considering how to redecorate or completely remodel a bathroom space, homeowners should make a budget regardless of how big or small the project. It is important to know how much space --square footage, you are working with because every inch, foot, linear foot represents a cost and needs to be incorporated into the budget.   Also, remember if the bathroom has a window, the shade or window covering needs to be a line item in the budget.        Now, let’s get to the fun part, deciding what to replace!  The list should go something like this: Toilet, Tile, Tub, Sink(s), Vanity, Hardware/Faucets, Mirror(s), Light Fixture(s).  Oh yeah, don’t forget the miscellaneous items like: adding recessed lights, tile threshold to make the transition from the tile in the bathroom to the flooring in the adjoining room and the exhaust fan cover-these can get very dusty and discolored-there are styles available for every budget. Toilets--the porcelain throne should always be replaced during a remodel. This is especially true if the home is older. New toilets are much more efficient with lowflow water features, and are generally more aesthetically pleasing. There are round bowl styles and elongated styles, it is really a matter of personal preference. Tile--Marble, travertine, porcelain, glass, metal (copper, stainless, etc.), faux hardwood porcelain.   There are many tile choices for every style and budget.  Carrara white marble (polished or honed) is presently very popular with homeowners and builders.   It is beautiful, timeless, elegant and compliments any space. Tubs--Alcove, drop-ins and corner tubs fit snuggle next to the wall and compliment the scheme of the bathroom.  Freestanding and claw foot tubs are visually interesting

and often the focal point of the bathroom. Sinks--Pedestal, farmhouse, floating, vessel, there are many choices to suite any style.   Figure out the style that fits your taste and your room. Hardware/Faucets--Brushed nickel, oiled bronze, copper, chrome to name a few of the finishes available. Also remember you may need supply lines and drains. There are different types of faucet mount types; widespread, wallmounted, single hole, and center-set. The costs differ by design and there is one from every budget. Mirrors and Light Fixtures round out the list. This is where homeowners can add a very personalized touch to the room, with a fun or unique fixture that compliments the bathroom but also brings an element of interest to the space that is interesting yet, not disruptive. Regardless of the reason for a homeowner’s bathroom remodel project, it’s important to always use quality products and reputable contractors. Make sure the budget has accounted for all project-related items/expenses, big and small. Have fun with the project and make the space a welcoming and comfortable destination within the home! Tonya M. Williams appears live on the Reliable Heating & Air Home Show Stage on Saturday February 22 at 2pm and Sunday February 23 at 1pm – Gwinnett Center.

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I’m Ready To Remodel But How Am I Going To Pay For It? Okay so this is the year you treat yourself to that home remodel you have been dreaming about. You’re excited about all the fun stuff like picking out sexy South American hardwoods, cavernous cabinets, and gorgeous granite counter tops. You’ve seen all the shows about adding awesome outdoor living spaces but now you’re faced with that troubling question. How am I going to pay for all of these goodies? Fear not home improvers there are actually more solutions available to you than you may think. If paying cash is not an option for you, you need to look for ways to finance your project. There are essentially three ways to finance a remodeling project, a cash out refinance, an equity line, or a renovation loan. The first two options can work well if you have a lot of equity in your home today. Renovation loans work well in all situations because the amount you can borrow is based on how much your home will be worth after you make the improvements. Let’s take a look at the cash out refinance and equity line options together because they work very similarly. When you apply for one of these loans the bank will order an appraisal to determine your home’s current value. The bank will then lend you up to 85% of that value for the cash out refinance and typically 90% for the equity line. From that amount you simply subtract your current mortgage balance to determine the amount you net for your project.

Again, these options work well if you have a lot of equity in your home. But what if your current loan balance is at or above 80% of your current value? What if you need more than $10,000 to $20,000 for your project? This is where the renovation loan saunters in to save the day. The renovation loan was designed with you and your project in mind. It has two huge advantages that make it an extremely useful financing tool. The first is that the bank bases the amount they will lend you on the after improved value of the home, so you get credit for the upgrades and additions. The second advantage is that if you meet credit requirements, the bank will lend you up to 95% of the after improved value if needed. By the way, this product can also be used to purchase a fixer upper and finance the improvements into the same loan. Let’s look at an example to see how impactful these advantages can be for you. Let’s assume that you have a project in mind that will increase your home’s value from $300,000 to $350,000 and your current mortgage balance is $250,000. Because renovation loans use the after improved value, that means you could borrow up to $332,500 ($350,000 x 95%) which would net you roughly $82,500 for your project after you pay off your current mortgage. Using these same figures you would only net $5000 on a cash out refinance and $20,000 using an equity line. You’ve priced out Brazilian Cherry and Sub-Zero refrigerators, would that extra $62,500 to $77,500 come in handy for your project? Todd Sheppard has over 17 years of mortgage lending experience and focuses on renovation financing. On Friday Feb 21, he will be appearing on the Reliable Heating & Air Home Show Stage at the 17th Annual North Atlanta Home Show. Come meet Todd at 4pm to learn more about renovation financing and/or contact him at toddsheppardloans@gmail.com.

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Hot New Product – Stainless Steel Tile Spice up any kitchen with stainless steel tiles! Adding a stainless backsplash is a great way to give your kitchen a luxury look. Stainless lasts longer and is easier to clean than almost any other material. There are many affordable options to choose from that will add life to your kitchen without draining your wallet. Stainless Steel Tile MFG is a family owned business with over 12 years in operation. Their shop/warehouse is located in Newnan, GA and they will be making their Atlanta Home Show debut at The North Atlanta Home Show – Gwinnett Center, February 21-23. Visit them in booth 436.

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What to Expect – When You are Expecting New Hardwoods! Purdy Flooring & Design Shares a Prep/Checklist PREPARATING FOR MY NEW FLOORS When installing a new wood floor, the material needs to acclimate to your home environment. To acclimate properly, it is recommended to store the hardwood material inside your home, not in your garage or on a porch. Proper acclimation reduces the amount of natural movement a wood floor will have throughout the seasons. All furniture and personal items will need to be removed from the work space. You may choose to do this yourself, or make arrangement with the contractor to do so. Remember to clear countertops and remove toilet(s) if necessary or arrange for the contractor to do the work. Also, consider opening your blinds and shutters. Also suggested is for window treatments be removed or lifted off of the floor to protect fabric and create a well-lit working environment. Appliances such as your refrigerator and range also need to be removed. It is recommended to do this before installers arrive. After project completion, you will be responsible for re-hooking the icemaker on the refrigerator as well as a gas stove. Make sure the connections are good. After reconnection, it is advised you check the hook-ups at least once in the following hour. You don’t want water to damage your new floors. Please make sure that your pets are in a secure and safe area or not on the premises. Let your contractor know if you would like any cabinets or valuables draped.

INSTALLATION DAY The average time for most projects range from 2 to 7 days. However, the amount of time that your hardwood project will take depends on the scope and size of your project. Dust is an element of the project that is inevitable. There is dust containment equipment available; however, even the best equipment will not be dust free. Please be aware that there  will  be some dust during the installation process. Be aware that dust may continue to settle several days after project completion. You will need to please wait 24 hours before walking on your new floors. Allow 48 hours for furniture and pets and 1 -2 weeks before placing carpets or other area rugs. Also avoid using water on the floor for one week.  TAKING CARE OF MY NEW HARDWOOD FLOORS You will find that your new hardwood floors are a great pleasure. They are also easy to care for, clean, and maintain. Remember to vacuum regularly using a brush attachment. Dust mopping works well, but do not use a household dust treatment on your mop. These chemicals may cause your floors to become slick or dull. It is recommended to use a floor cleaner called Bona. This cleaner is a water based, environmentally friendly formula that leaves no residue. For more information visit Purdy Flooring & Design in booth 132 at the North Atlanta Home Show – Gwinnett Center, Feb 21-23.

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Variable Speed Comfort: Never Over Heat or Over Cool Your Home Again One of the most exciting products to be introduced to the HVAC arena in a long time is a product that will make your home or business much more comfortable than any system has ever been able to accomplish, and it is actually a product that came out ten years ago, only to be brought back recently. The new variable capacity, multistage air conditioners and heat pumps from Trane mean that a HVAC system will never over cool or over heat your home again, which cause uncomfortable temperature swings with your system shutting off and on over and over again. Instead, the new TruComfort from Trane can change its output of heating and cooling in an infinite number of variations, so it only puts out the exact amount of heat or air to meet your needs-not exceed. This precise superefficient system’s longer low output run times mean that your home will be drier than ever before. The unit will extract more moisture than any normal unit, while saving 60% - 70% of your utility costs. This type of system was actually introduced ten years ago by Trane and has been the standard in European and Asian air conditioning systems where power

consumption has always been extremely important due to higher overall utility costs. Now, this technology is sweeping the USA with all the major companies seeing the future of air conditioning and heating to be these variable speed, multiadjustable HVAC TruComfort systems. I am so excited about this product that I am installing them in my own home! They come standard with Wi-Fi enabled thermostats and HD screen that also doubles as a digital picture frame capable of showing your favorite picture of your loved ones and can be fully programmed and controlled from any smart phone, computer or web device anywhere in the world. This same Wi-Fi system can be used to control the lighting or utilities in your home and can also have camera and door locks added to it to provide a very affordable home automation system. These systems used to cost tens of thousands of dollars and can now be set up and installed for a fraction of the cost. Many people will spend under a thousand for a complete automated home using the Trane TruComfort System. All older systems were sized for the hottest and coldest days of the year, but

when the temperature does not reach these peaks, the units are much larger than needed. This meant your home would heat or cool rather quickly, not allowing the objects and the people in the home to be evenly heated and cooled. Also, the home would become muggy due to shortened run time cycles with little dehumidification being accomplished. The new TruComfort System from Trane simply slows down and keeps running longer, using a fraction of the electricity of an older unit and extracts more moisture, providing the most comfort ever afforded to a homeowner. For unparalleled comfort and savings, talk to Reliable Heating & Air today about the new variable speed air conditioners and furnaces available now. Call 770-594-9969. Talk with a Reliable Heating & Air team member at the North Atlanta Home Show – Gwinnett Center, February 21-23. Reliable Heating & Air will be exhibiting their products and services in booth #254. Dan Jape is the owner of Reliable Heating & Air. You may contact him at (770)594-9969.

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Mattress 4 You

Gwinnett County Cooperative Extension 148

Five Star Painting

146

Unlimited Landscaping Turf Management

Mattress 4 You 147

136

Keller Williams Realty

Blue Ridge & Great Smoky Mountains 251

Direct Build Home Improvement

Range, Guns & Safes 249

348

Patten Seed Co. Super Sod 247

Cutco Cutlery & Cookware 346

Builder Specialties

W & W Metal Roofing, Inc.

456

459

Myrson’s Outdoor Buildings & LED’s 351

Hecker Ridge Tiles 451

Builder Specialties

The Trusted Toolbox

360 Painting 449

Miracle Method of NW Atlanta

347

446

548

Farmers Insurance 447

Southeastern Underdeck Systems, LLC 546

Home Energy Solutions

CSI Kitchen & Bath Studio

Phantom Screens

Exovations

Atlanta Audio & Automation

Invisible Fence by Peachtree

141

241

341

440

441

540

Xanthia Corporation

140

Piano Distributors

Rainbow of North Georgia 355

254

Wood Hollow Cabinets

129

235 Precision Garage Door Service

Vision Stairways & Millwork & Tango Doors 336 Floormax Flooring Atlanta 334 Paradise Ponds and Waterfalls

231

330

Vitamix

Self Defense Atl

229

328

Stainless Steel Tile Mfg. 436

Aerus Electrolux 437 Safe Racks

335

Outdoor Advantage 434

Leaf Filter of North Georgia 333

Proactive Pest Control 432

Protect Painters 433

532

Unlimited Lawn Care 331

Water Works Pressure Washing 430

Oreck Vacuums

Scentsy Wickless Candles 329

Rhino Shield by Georgia Coatings, Inc. 428

ARS Universal Heating Cooling & Air Purification

429

528

Power Home Remodeling Group

Housley Enterprises of GA, Inc.

435

134

Purdy Flooring & Design 132

A Nu Age Home Exteriors 130

Clock Masters

Sweetland Outdoor Décor

Gwinnett Daily Post

Gallery

128

Wild Birds Unlimited

Info Table

Bulldog Carts

597

Georgia Spa Company 599

Georgia Aquarium 598

126

Holtkamp Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. 600

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COUNTRY Financial 601

Go Green Enterprises DBA DirecTV 700

Overhead Door Company of Atlanta 654

Blue Ribbon Foods 551

ADT Security Services 650

Southeast Coatings Turtle Coat 549

The Fan Man

J&K Enterprises 547

Home & Garden Design, Inc. 646

HorizonsLTD.com

The Louver Shop 642

Alan Murphy Window & Siding Company

Wood-Tex Outdoor Furniture 750

Wood-Tex Products

543

647

746

954

America’s Mattress

Taylor Construction

747

846

Boyce Design and Contracting, LLC 947 847

946

Aladdin Insulation 741

641

B-Level Southeast 945 Atlanta Home Improvement Magazine 943

743

AVI / Marvin Design Gallery

Aquaguard Foundation Solutions

949

SuperiorPro Painting and Exteriors

Wahoo Decks

Pull Out Shelf Company 640

541

Creative Concrete Resurfacing 850

Whaley Landscape

Adjustable Patio Covers, Inc.

648

StairSolution, LLC

Leisure Lifestyle Products, LLC

All Natural Dips Elite Enterprises 853

655

Coolscreens

Entrypoint Doors of Atlanta

Battle Renovations

840

841

940

Southern View Energy, Inc. 941 Concrete Resurfacing Products

American Signature Furniture 637

Bath Fitter Tennessee, Inc.

A Class Solutions

Window World

735

EMC Security

Angie’s List

Peachtree Awnings

732

631

Kitchen Craft

728

Floor Coverings International 936

Archadeck/Outdoor Living

Merry Maids

834

Leafguard of North Georgia 934

835 Georgia Sunroom

733 Jackson EMC

Builders Floor Covering & Tile 629

529

Waterfurnace International, Inc.

734

635

Sunbelt Pools of Georgia 836

Ameriserv

831

729

828

937 Georgia In-Home Services, Inc.

933

Costco Wholesale (Duluth) 932

Mosquito Squad of Duluth/Lawrenceville 931

Jennifer’s Glassworks, LLC

Johnny Rhino Residential Remodelers 929

J & J Painting of Georgia 829

928

Knight AC & Heating 927 Spray Foam Services 925

Granite Transformations 625 Clearview Motion Screens 623

Sleep Number

Southern Classic Flooring, Inc.

723

823

Certapro Painters 923 Fern Valley Landscape & Interiors 921 Window Genie 919 Universal Aquatics

Totally Accessible Homes 602

Georgia Spa Company

Boyce Design and Contracting, LLC

Pella Window & Door Company

613

713

813

NARI

604

Georgia SPCA

EZ Hang Chairs 609

Rainaway Deck Drain Systems/ Georgia Awnings 709

Direct Buy

809

915 Ackerman Security Systems 913 Everdry Waterproofing 911

The Sunshine Boys by Georgia Solar Lighting 908

603

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360 Painting 449 A Class Solutions Inc 635 A Nu Age Home Exteriors 130 Ackerman Security Systems 913 Adjustable Patio Covers Inc 746 ADT Security Services 650 Aerus Electrolux 437 Aladdin Insulation 741 Alan Murphy Window & Siding Company 655 All Natural Dips/Elite Enterprises 853 America’s Mattress 847 American Signature Furniture 637 AmeriServ 828 Angie’s List 733 Aquaguard Foundation Solutions 949 Aquascape 330 Archadeck/Outdoor Living 835 Aridek 743 ARS - Universal Heating Cooling & Air Purification 429 Atlanta Audio & Automation 441 Atlanta Home Improvement Magazine 943 AVI / Marvin Design Gallery 641 B-Level Southeast 945 Bath Fitter - Tennessee Inc. 734 Battle Renovations 940 Blue Ribbon Foods 551 Blue Ridge & Great Smoky Mtns 251 Boyce Design And Contracting LLC 713 Builder Specialties 446 Builders Floor Covering & Tile 629 Bulldog Carts 597 Cable Nelson 136 CertaPro Painters 923 Clavinova 136 Clearview Motion Screens 623 Clock Masters 128 Concrete Resurfacing Products 937 Coolscreens 840 Costco Wholesale (Duluth) 932 Country Financial 601 Creative Concrete Resurfacing 850

North Atlanta Home Show Exhibitors CSI Kitchen & Bath Studio 241 Cutco Cutlery & Cookware (Olean) 346 Direct Build Home Improvement 348 Direct Buy 809 Disklavier 136 Dryjoist 743 Dryjoist EZ 743 Emc Security 732 Entrypoint Doors Of Atlanta 841 Everdry Waterproofing 911 Exovations 440 Ez Hang Chairs 609 Farmers Insurance 447 Fern Valley Landscape & Interiors 921 Finn 635 Five Star Painting 146 Floor Coverings International 936 Floormax Flooring Atlanta 334 Georgia Aquarium 598 Georgia Awnings 709 Georgia In-Home Services Inc. 933 Georgia Spa Company 613 Georgia SPCA 603 Georgia Sunroom 831 Go Green Enterprises dba DirecTV 700 Granite Transformations 625 Gwinnett County Cooperative Extension 148 Gwinnett Daily Post 1 Hecker Ridge Tiles 451 Holtkamp Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. 600 Home & Garden Design Inc. 646 Home Energy Solutions 141 Horizonsltd.Com 543 Housley Enterprises Of Ga Inc. 532 Huper Optik 919 Invisible Fence By Peachtree 540 J & J Painting Of Georgia 829 J&K Enterprises 547 Jackson EMC 729 James Hardie 433 Jennifer’s Glassworks LLC 928

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Johnny Rhino Residential Remodelers 929 Keller Williams Realty 134 Kitchen Craft 728 Knape & Vogt 640 Knight AC & Heating 927 Leaf Filter North Of Georgia Inc. 333 Leafguard Of North Georgia 934 Leisure Lifestyle Products LLC 954 Mattress 4 You 147 Merry Maids 834 MI 841 Miracle Method Of NW Atlanta 347 Mosquito Squad Of Duluth-Lawrenceville 931 Myrson’s Outdoor Buildings & LED’s 351 NARI - Atlanta 604 ODL 841 Oreck Vacuums 528 Outdoor Advantage 434 Overhead Door Company Of Atlanta 654 Paradise Ponds And Waterfalls 330 Patten Seed Co. / Super Sod 247 Peachtree Awnings 631 Pella Window & Door Company 813 Phantom Screens 341 Piano Distributors 136 Power Home Remodeling Group 335 Precision Garage Door Service 231 Proactive Pest Control 432 Profile 635 Protect Painters 433 Pull Out Shelf Company 640 Purdy Flooring & Design 132 Rainaway Deck Drain Systems 709 Rainbow Of North Georgia 355 Range Guns & Safes 249 Reliable Heating & Air 254 Rev A Shelf 640 Rhino Shield By Georgia Coatings Inc 428 Safe Racks 435 Scentsy Wickless Candles (Wickfree Candles Inc) 329 Self Defense ATL 328

Sherwin Williams 433 Simonton 841 Sleep Number 723 Southeast Coatings - Turtle Coat 549 Southeastern Underdeck Systems LLC 546 Southern Classic Flooring Inc 823 Southern View Energy Inc. 941 Spray Foam Services 925 Stainless Steel Tile Mfg 436 Stairsolution LLC 541 Stardek 937 Sunbelt Pools Of Georgia 836 Suntek 919 SuperiorPro Painting And Exteriors 846 Taylor Construction 946 The Fan Man 648 The Louver Shop 642 The Sunshine Boys By Georgia Solar Lighting 908 The Trusted Toolbox 548 Totally Accessible Homes 602 Trane 927 Universal Aquatics 915 Unlimited Landscaping Turf Management 140 Unlimited Lawn Care 331 Vision Stairways & Millwork & Tango Doors 336 Vitamix 229 W & W Metal Roofing Inc. 459 Wahoo Decks 743 Wahoo Rail 743 Water Works Pressure Washing 430 Waterfurnace International Inc. 735 Whaley Landscape 747 Wild Birds Unlimited 126 Window Genie 919 Window World 529 Windsor 841 Wood Hollow Cabinets 129 Wood-Tex Outdoor Furniture 750 Wood-Tex Products 647 Xanthia Corp 235 Yamaha 136

Adaptive Gardening – What to Do When Your Physical Abilities Change When Barry and Janet Leavell met nearly 6 years ago, both knew they were a perfect match. Not because they were confined to wheelchairs, but because of their mutual love of gardening. Janet was the victim of a gunshot wound with spinal damage that would leave her unable to walk. A car accident left Barry a quadriplegic with only partial use of his arms and hands. Both agree that a big part of their lives would be missing if they didn’t have gardening. The Tucker couple work around their half acre lot, adapting tools, techniques and the gardening environment to suit their needs. Wooden ramps, raised beds and many native plants enable them to cultivate and enjoy a wide variety of plants that attract birds

and butterflies, which Janet says has a calming effect. Barry sees the benefits of growing vegetables because the couple eats them. They are among millions of Americans either living with disabilities or who are aging at home finding ways to continue to enjoy one of the world’s most popular hobbies. Former HGTV host Joe Washington will talk about adapting your environment to suit your gardening needs at the North Atlanta Home Show – Gwinnett Center, Friday February 21 at 2pm, and Saturday February 22 at 1pm. Joe’s presentation will feature techniques, tools and resources to help your gardening experience remain enjoyable for many years to come. The combination of lack of mobility because of aging or disability and performing what can be strenuous tasks make for a unique challenge in the garden. One solution does not fit every individual and Washington’s presentation will provide some ideas to suit individual needs.

Barry and Janet Leavell are among millions of Americans either living with disabilities or who are aging at home finding ways to continue to enjoy one of the world’s most popular hobbies.

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Staircases – Ascending Trends! Jim Lewis of Vision Stairways & Millwork confirms that iron still remains a strong seller for Homeowners looking to change out their dated wood balusters, but they have also seen an upswing in more transitional and even contemporary stair designs in Atlanta. This look can range from stainless with glass panels, open rise stairs, stainless steel cable rails and more unique iron balusters or custom forged iron work. Another trend is going back to the classics but with an “updated twist”. This may come in the form of a custom oversized newel post done in a different wood species, such as antique heart of pine, walnut, or poplar, paired with a painted wood square or tapered baluster, giving a rich yet clean look to the staircase. Check out all these styles and more at the North Atlanta Home Show – Gwinnett Center, Feb 21-23. Vision Stairways & Millwork will be exhibiting their product in booth 336.

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Is a custom-built staircase something you’ve always wanted, but you weren’t quite sure where to turn for reliable craftsmanship? Vision Stairways & Millwork will design, build, and install every type of staircase imaginable for customers throughout Atlanta. With a large selection of individual stair parts and wood species, and the ability to make custom components as well, they can build a new staircase that’s utterly unique and guaranteed to be a focal point of your home.

Bring the Indoors Out Outdoor living not only provides additional living space for your family, but it can also add significant value to your home. Many homeowners first think about remodeling the interior of their home, while interior renovation increases home value, many home owners and prospective home buyers are looking for unique outdoor living areas. There are a number of things to consider as you look to expand your home’s outdoor living space while improving the overall value. Keep the heat in (or out) Energy efficient windows and exterior doors can not only cut the energy consumption cost, but adds significant curb appeal to your home. Cellular PVC windows are the alternative to wood windows, offering a no-rot, natural wood aesthetic. Cellular PVC windows are stronger than vinyl windows, offer more glass space, are lower in maintenance and can be painted to match your home’s

color scheme. Energy efficiency is also a considering factor for many prospective home buyers. Outside entertainment When improving your home’s exterior, consider building or replacing a deck or porch. Decks should be made for enjoyment but also built to last. Consider a high quality, wood-alternative decking material like composite decking. Composite decking withstands the Georgia heat and humidity as well as frost during winter months.  Composite decking is mildew and insect resistant and maintains its color and beauty for years to come. Decks and porches can be built in a variety of designs, from contemporary to coastal, matching the style of your home. Your new favorite room With any luck, Georgia’s unseasonal rainfall in 2013 didn’t put a stop to enjoying the great outdoors. If it did and you were rained out from relaxing in your

outside living space, consider installing an under deck ceiling system. Transform your deck to a waterproof outdoor living area for your family. Painted to match your home exterior, this rustproof aluminum system adds hours of entertainment to your outdoor living space. Never let the rain or extreme heat stop another cookout or party. Enjoy your deck year round with an under deck ceiling system. When it comes to your outdoor living space, don’t limit your creativity. Everything you think can’t be done can be done. Talk to a certified  exterior remodeling contractor  for home exterior remodeling ideas. Doing so will help you get a better sense of what is possible for outdoor living. An outside living space can transform the style of your home and will bring fun and relaxation for years to come. These outdoor living tips provided by Exovations. Be sure to stop by

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New Trends in Contemporary Cabinetry For 2014, the trend in European cabinetry continues to be textures and colors inspired by nature. Wood grain laminates are popular. The technique continues to improve and makes an excellent (and less expensive) option to genuine wood. A few of the new offerings in a representative range of colors is shown below. “Antique Oak,” shown at left, is a beautiful horizontal grain laminate with texture. In the center is a high gloss polymer glass coated door that gives a glass appearance and depth. On the right is a matt textured laminate shown in a color called “Alpine Gray.” We love this new accessory bar for the backsplash area.  It features a narrow shelf

at top for small items and has optional accessories like a very attractive knife block, hooks for utensils and a towel rack. A cutlery tray is a great organizational tool for storing cooking utensils where they are needed.  These are available to fit most metric drawer sizes. Information provided by: CSI Kitchen & Bath Studio 6527 Jimmy Carter Blvd., Suite C-2 Norcross, GA 30071 770-729-1999 www.csikitchenandbath.com Visit them in booth 241 at the North Atlanta Home Show – Gwinnett Center, February 21-23.

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Solutions for Spring Dead Spots?

Spring dead spot symptoms usually appear in the spring as bermudagrass resumes its growth from winter dormancy. Spring dead spot can causes damage to bermudagrass in winter, when temperatures are below freezing during winter dormancy. The disease is common for most of the United States. When the bermudagrass begins to green up circular patches of grass appear to remain dormant and eventually die. Bermudagrass has an aggressive growth habit and the ability to

spread quickly, but recovery is very slow. The patches of grass in the areas are often completely dead so the recovery is mainly by the stolons spreading inward from the outside. At times in a severe case it could possibly take the entire growing season for the areas to recover completely. Be sure to visit with Unlimited Landscaping & Turf Management in booth 140 at the North Atlanta Home Show to talk about options for dealing with Spring dead spots.

Gwinnett County Cooperative Extension at the 2014 Annual North Atlanta Home Show Come join us at the 2014 Annual North Atlanta Home Show at the Gwinnett Center. We’ll have an informative exhibit with Extension publications covering areas of interest to homeowners, educational displays including an insect collection, a weed identification display, ant farm, worm farm, posters and other items of interest. Please come by, visit our exhibit, and have your home gardening questions answered. The Gwinnett County Extension office is located at 750 South Perry St. #400, Lawrenceville, GA 30046. Our office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm, our telephone number is 678-377-4010, and website is www.gwinnettextension.com.

Gwinnett Extension Service operates as part of the University of Georgia’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and College of Family and Consumer Sciences. The Gwinnett Extension Office also functions as an educational division of the Gwinnett County Department of Community Services.

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After New Year’s, you may have made resolutions to lose weight, get fit, be healthier. But while we’re working to improve our bodies, who thinks about improving their home’s fitness? If your home is out of shape, it’s not as comfortable and it’s costing you more money. Take a good look at your house. Like a few extra pounds that can be seen in the mirror, some of your home’s fitness problems are visible – cracks in the wall, holes around the pipes under the sink, HVAC ducts in the attic that have gaps. But like high blood pressure, some of your home’s fitness problems can’t be detected without a checkup – cold air seeping in through knee walls, inefficient insulation, and inadequate airflow through your HVAC system. It’s time to get your house the equivalent of a personal fitness trainer! Jackson EMC’s Home Energy Fitness products can help you find the problem and identify the most costeffective improvements to get your house in shape, lower your energy bills and make your family more comfortable. It’s like signing up for a weight loss challenge, setting healthy goals and working to reach those goals. Home Fitness Monitor Evaluate your home’s fitness using Jackson EMC’s online Home Fitness Monitor. Just supply your account number and information regarding your home energy use and this interactive tool interprets your energy bill and charts where your energy dollars are going. Easy-to-understand graphics point out where changes in energy use or new equipment affect your bill, and recommendations for ways to save energy are provided so you can take action. You can also opt in

to a Track My Progress feature that lets you set energy-saving goals and request continuing information related to those Energy Fitness Guides A variety of other online calculators can provide you with information regarding the typical amount of electricity used to power certain items, including Appliance Energy Use, Space Heater Use, TV Energy Use, Lighting, and Heating and Cooling. Home Fitness Plan Another online feature, it walks you through a 3-D home plan that details where and how energy is used in the home and provides tips on changes that can be made to lower utility bills. Home Fitness Checkup Kit A do-it-yourself improvement kit, featuring a video hosted by HGTV’s Pat Simpson and a thorough checklist to help you pinpoint potential energy-busters and get suggestions to improve energy efficiency and reduce power bills. Personal Home Fitness Evaluation A high tech solution for those who have trouble diagnosing energy ailments at their home. A professionally conducted, technologically advanced evaluation will locate problems you may have overlooked, like air infiltration into the home or more complex heating and cooling issue, and produce a prioritized list of recommendations for improving your home’s energy efficiency and comfort. Jackson EMC members may be eligible for rebates that offset part of the evaluation’s cost as well as the costs of making certain improvements. Get started today at www.jacksonemc. com/save or call 1-866-562-8558.

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