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Charlottesville Gas Charlottesville Gas provides natural gas to Charlottesville and urban Albemarle. Natural gas has lower emissions compared to other energy choices. Natural gas emits 45% less carbon dioxide than coal and 30% less carbon dioxide than oil on an energyequivalent basis. See ad page H-5

DesignSmart Blinds & Shutters From traditional to contemporary, DesignSmart offers blinds, shutters, shades, coverings, treatments and more, and in a variety of fabrics, textures, styles and colors. Serves Charlottesville and surrounding counties, and offers in-house consultations. See ad page 77

Charlottesville Water Conservation

The Habitat Store

Charlottesville Water Conservation assists the community in being water smart by providing advice and incentives on how to save water and money, find and fix leaks, create WaterWise landscapes and more. See ad page H-10

No matter whether you are looking for building supplies, furniture or home décor, The Habitat Store has a variety of items at discounted prices for decorating your home. All proceeds benefit the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville. See ad page H-18

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A more custom design will run more expensive than a kit but can be tailored to suit your tastes and needs, and hiring an expert ensures a quality feature you’ll enjoy for years to come.

BUILDING & REMODELING Allied Concrete Committed to reducing the carbon footprint with its products, Allied Concrete provides its customers with their choice of specially designed and eco-friendly mixes and fills, from decorative concrete and pavers to natural and manufactured stone. See ad page H-17 Better Living Building Supply From interior to exterior, Better Living Building Supply offers products and services for everything from lumber, siding, windows and doors, to tools and generators, paint, flooring and roofing, hardware, decking and engineered wood products. See ad page H-11


When placing your fire pit, you’ll want to consider the prevailing wind direction, as there is nothing worse than sitting in

Historic Garden Week A tradition since 1929, Historic Garden Week offers tours of private homes and gardens across Virginia, where visitors can learn about and get inspiration for their own properties. See ad page H-13 Milmont Greenhouses Milmont Greenhouses and Garden Center is a family business committed to providing quality plants, such as herbs, vegetables, annuals and perennials, trees and shrubs, at reasonable prices with the highest level of customer satisfaction and service. See ad page H-13

a plume of smoke all evening. Be sure the fire is safely set away from structures so you aren’t violating local fire code (or threatening your home with fire!), and most importantly, you’ll want to set your fireplace in an area that can accommodate seating so you can make the most of your outdoor living room. A raised hearth is advisable for safety reasons, and if wide enough, can also double as a cozy seating spot near the fire for warming up or as a prime marshmallow roasting area. Once you’ve selected the size, design and location of your fireplace, you can begin to focus on the other elements surrounding it. Seating is key, so you’ll want chairs that are suitable for lounging


and enjoying the fire, with some low tables for holding drinks and snacks. If there are

Cavalier Window Cleaning Cavalier Window Cleaning is an ecofriendly, fully licensed and insured business, offering window cleaning, home repair and power-washing services. See ad page 77 H-16

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any nearby railings that make themselves available and are wide enough, consider utilizing them as a serving spot for drinks and snacks, or maybe even add a bar stool or two for extra seating. Be sure to also include seating scaled

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CharlottesvilleFamily's BLOOM & HOME March/April 2019  

Now bi-monthly! Volume 20 Issue 3

CharlottesvilleFamily's BLOOM & HOME March/April 2019  

Now bi-monthly! Volume 20 Issue 3