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Kitsap Kitchen & Bath can help you create a beautiful bathroom that will serve you well as you get older. PAGE 3


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Building the perfect bathroom Designing for your physical needs and lifestyle

Kitsap Kitchen & Bath Co. can guide you through the remodel process, and there’s a Certified Aging in Place specialist on staff. Frank Portello / Fall Home Guide

BY TRACY CORRIVEAU Certified Aging in Place Specialist and Interior Designer


uestion: I love my home and plan on living in it as long as possible. I have mobility issues and really need to remodel my bathroom to make it work for me, but how can I make it beautiful and functional without looking institutional? Answer: Here is the good news — with successful planning and the wonderful products KITSAP KITCHEN & BATH offered CO. in today’s 1016 NE Forest Rock Lane, market, Suite 110, Poulsbo it doesn’t (across from Central Market) need to look 360-697-5616 institutional. www.kitsapkitchenandbath. At Kitsap com Kitchen & Bath Co., we design beautiful bathrooms with all of these important considerations: ■ Customizing the bath to fit your physical needs and lifestyle. ■ Safety. ■ Access. ■ Flexibility. Jim Collins, ■ Easy maintenance. owner, Kitsap The following feaKitchen & Bath tures and products Co. are very helpful, and adapting any of these would be a step in the right direction: ■ Sufficient clear floor space for functional passages, wider entries. ■ Remove the tub and convert to a curb-


less, walk-in shower. ■ Consider a no-door shower. ■ Hand-held shower spray with 60-inch long hose. ■ Shower bench, could be a fold down teak bench, and for a small shower use a triangular corner bench. ■ Anti-scald plumbing valve, set at maxi-

mum temperature of 114-degree F or less. ■ Locate the shower valves near point of entry instead of under the shower head. ■ Built-in shampoo niche. ■ Grab bars: Corner grab bar with soap shelf, circular grab bar surrounding a shower valve, vertical bar at point of entry to shower or tub, grab bars that double as

towel holders and TP holders. There are some beautiful grab bars out there in a variety of finishes. ■ Multiple height vanities with flexible knee space and storage at point of use. ■ Vanity drawers instead of doors for easier access. ■ Easy maintenance toilets, shower heads, and walk-in tubs with self-cleaning features. ■ Comfort-height toilets with options for bidet or washlet, heated toilet seats; would need to provide an outlet near the toilet for these items. ■ Generous natural light without glare. ■ Lighted magnifying mirror on flex-arm or adjustable stand. ■ Adding more LED lighting for general and task; i.e., strip lights at vanity toe kicks or at counter for night lighting, moistureproof recessed light(s) over tub or shower. ■ Controls for windows, lighting and fixtures that are easy to operate. ■ Non-slip floor with heat. ■ Heated towel bars. Kitsap Kitchen & Bath Co. is a general contractor specializing in kitchens and baths, remodels and new construction. We are certified Aging in Place specialists. The listed features and products are available at Kitsap Kitchen & Bath Co. Please call us today to schedule your complimentary consultation, and make the move toward a beautiful, functional bathroom or kitchen.

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All you need to know about home improvement — in one location SOME OF THE PRESENTERS AT THE EXPO

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REMERTON — Remodeling or mak■ Adair Homes (#56 www.adairhomes. ing improvements to your home? Get com). expert advice at the Peninsula Home ■ Armstrong Homes of Bremerton (#46 & Remodel Expo on Oct. 4, 5 and 6, at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds. ■ Clauson Homes (#87). The Expo (www.kitsaph■ Estes Builders (#140 is presented by the Home Builders ■ Heritage Builders NW Association of Kitsap County. (#82 The Expo will connect PENINSULA HOME & you with many of the area’s ■ HiLine Homes (#14 GARDEN EXPO professional remodelers, ■ Oct. 4, 5, 6 at the Kitsap builders and project design■ Joe Gates Construction County Fairgrounds ers. Expo seminars are free (#109 ■ Presented by the Home with daily paid admission. ■ Knox Design (#63). Builders Association of Kitsap One of the things that makes ■ Pierce Construction County the Expo special is the (#113). ■ Online: www. easy access you will have ■ Pristine Homes (#24 & to professionals from the 25 www.pristinehomesllc. Peninsula. com). At the Expo, you’ll meet: ■ Statewide Construction & Remodeling (#147). ■ A Kitchen That Works LLC (#89 www. ■ Sun Path Custom Construction (#31


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Keffer was Home Builders Association of Kitsap County president in 2012, Builder of the Year 2011, and Remodeler of the Year in 2009 and 2008. Oct. 4, 5 p.m.: “Smart Phone Your Home — It’s Easier Than You Think,” presented by Don Decock, regional sales manager of Leviton Security & Automation Division. Attendees will have a chance to win a Leviton product. Oct. 4, 6 p.m.: “Emergency Preparedness: There’s no downside to being prepared,” by Monty Abbott of Thrive Life. Oct. 5, 11 a.m.: “Four Season Vegetable Gardening,” presented by Gayle Larson, WSU Kitsap Master Gardeners. Oct. 5, 1 p.m.: “All About Kitchens,” presented by Molly McCabe, AKBD, CGP, CAPS. McCabe is a general contractor with many years of design/build experience. Includes a presentation, “Financing Your Project,” with Matthew Kover of Kitsap Bank. Oct. 5, 3 p.m.: “Creating Your Unique Home With Today’s Design Trends,” presented by Judy Granlee Gates of Joe Gates Construction. Gates Construction was Remodeler of the Year in 2010, is a 13-time Remodel Excellence winner, and three-time Best-in-Class Parade of Homes winner. Oct. 6, 11 a.m.: “What’s Hot in Baths,” presented by Molly McCabe. Includes a presentation, “Financing Your Project” with Monica Phillips of Republic Mortgage. Oct. 6, 1 p.m.: Faux Finishes & Artistic Techniques,” presented by Peninsula Paint and Joel Nilsen, who has provided architectural finishes and custom painting for commercial and residential clients throughout the United States since 1987. Oct. 6, 3 p.m.: “Keep Your Home Dry — Crawl Space Science” and “Mold Information 101,” presented by Gale Culbert of CleanSpace NW and Sharon Smith of Paul Davis Restoration. You’ll find some displays informative. See EXPO, Page 5


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Page 7 While you’re getting your hands dirty, fall is the perfect time to plant spring flowering bulbs. A little outdoor work now and you’ll be rewarded with beautiful flowers when spring arrives next year. Step 3: Enjoy the harvest Tend your garden daily for the best results — it may just need a quick check for pests and proper soil moisture. Typical benefits of late-season gardening include fewer bothersome bugs and the soil has better water retention. As plants grow, pick the fruits and vegetables and enjoy Mother Nature’s bounty. If your plants become crowded, pluck a few out to help remaining plants grow roots and increase the harvest yield. You may be surprised just how many cool months your plants provide you with fresh, delicious produce. Fall is a great opportunity to keep gardening momentum alive. So get started and decide what second plantings are best for your space. In as little as 30 days you could be eating the freshest, most flavorful vegetables you’ve ever had, all while under the gorgeous autumn sun.


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e arrived in Kitsap County with little more than a few clothes and bowling bag stuffed with tools. Since then, Steve Krecker has built Air Masters, Inc. of Port Orchard into one of the area’s most trusted companies. The company recently merged with Mark Air, and Krecker credits the merger’s success to the dynamic interaction between he and Mark Timmerman. Krecker, who now co-owns Air Masters with Timmerman, established Air Masters, which provides heating and cooling installation and other services, in 1986. Air Masters earned the 2012 Angie’s List Super Service Award. That honor annually is bestowed upon the top 5 percent of all companies rated on Angie’s List, a national provider of consumer business reviews. Super Service Award winners must earn a minimum number of reviews, receive an excellent rating from their customers and adhere to Angie’s List operational guidelines. AIR MASTERS, INC. Air Masters 3210 SE Mile Hill Drive also has Port Orchard, WA 98366 received top 360-895-2527 reviews from Checkbook magazine and West Sound magazine.“They grade on performance and price,” Krecker said. “We’ve always had the highest marks of any other heating contractor between the two bridges.” Krecker, a New York native who moved in 1977 to Kitsap County when he was hired at Naval Base Bangor, said he maintains a simple philosophy. “It’s a matter of making sure we do what the customer pays us for and making sure they’re happy when we walk away,” he said. Along with service awards, Air Masters received praise earlier this year from the Sunnyslope Improvement Association, when two Air Masters employees donated and installed a new furnace in the Sunnyslope community hall. “The people Mark and I have are stellar employees,” Krecker said. “They’re good, reliable people with excellent work ethic and their hearts are in the right place.” He said the “service and expertise” that Air Masters provides “is what separates us from our competitors.” He added, “There’s no doubt about it —


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our vision statement talks about being the best in the county to retain the best people. I believe that we do that.” Krecker said residential work, which Timmerman handles, could take as little as a couple of hours, while large commercial

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thing new, different and innovative,” he said. “The people around me are like-minded.” While prices range because the magnitude of each job varies, Air Masters sales marketing manager Lena Price said the company offers “products to fit everyone’s budget so they can experience energy savings.” For more information, call (360) 8952527 or visit Air Masters Heating on Facebook.

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National brand, with a local touch BY RICHARD WALKER Fall Home & Garden


eninsula Paint Co. (peninsula was included in Benjamin Moore’s massive rebranding effort, the result being new signage and some interior changes. Other than that? “It’s still the same people, the same place,” co-owner Ray Donahue said. Despite being associated with a heavyweight name in the paint industry, the store retains its small-town, local flavor. Come on in and have a cup of coffee. Need some help figuring out the right paint for your budget? A Peninsula Paint employee can help. Have a small project or some touch-up to do? Peninsula Paint can make any paint into aerosol — any brand of paint, oil or latex. Perhaps you’re painting a room but you’re not sure of the color; you can get pint samples of any color. If you’re looking for a designer or painter, ask Peninsula Paint for a recommendation. And be sure and check out the various sizes of power washers and paint sprayers available for rent or purchase. “We have something for everyone,” Donahue said. There’s been a push from state and federal environmental authorities to produce Ray Donahue of Peninsula Paint Co. The company has stores in Poulsbo, Port Townsend, and paint that is easier on the environment, Winslow on Bainbridge Island. Richard Walker / Fall Home Guide and Benjamin Moore has been leading the charge, Donahue said, in producing waterbased and low-VOC paints. VOC is the pany for 20 years and was lumber manager and Melissa Bolt is a professional designer. abbreviation for volatile organic compounds, for Ernst Home Center. Diane Donahue In addition, Peninsula Paint works closely the molecules that evaporate was an accountant for Unico with local designers and have design areas or sublimate from the liquid Properties, owner of office, in each of the stores to help with your color “[Paint] is a fun or solid form of the compound residential and retail propdecisions. industry. It’s and enter the surrounding air. erties in Washington and Peninsula Paint believes in its product, Donahue is particularly proud Oregon.     particularly in quality and cost. Some always changing, of Benjamin Moore’s Natura “It was a good fit because Benjamin Moore paints (www.benjaminline of paints, which are zero there’s always we knew paint,” Ray Donahue cost more per gallon than other VOC, and Saman’s water-based in an earlier interview. brands. You really do get what you pay for something new. said interior stains. “It’s a fun industry. It’s always in a gallon of paint — what may take 3 or 4 Ray and Diane Donahue And everything changing, there’s always gallons of Benjamin Moore paint may take 6 brought sound business expesomething new. And everyor 7 gallons of a competitive brand. Benjamin needs paint.” rience and knowledge of the thing needs paint.” Moore saves you time and money in the paint industry to Peninsula — Ray Donahue, Today, Peninsula Paint long run. Peninsula Paint Co. employs 15 — six in Poulsbo, Paint (www.peninsulapaintco. Peninsula Paint can make more than 3,000 com) when they partnered six in Winslow and three in colors available in a pint size sample for you with Winslow Paint Co. to Port Townsend. (The Sequim so you can see how a particular color will buy the group of stores in Poulsbo, Port store closed in November 2011.) The cuslook throughout a room under various lightTownsend and Sequim in March 2004. They tomer benefits from the expertise and loning conditions. Samples are $6.99. bought the Winslow location in June 2012. gevity of Peninsula Paint’s employees. In keeping with being a local store, Ray All stores now have the Peninsula Paint At the Poulsbo store, David Shelley brings and Diane Donahue like to support local name.   a craftsman’s understanding to his role as efforts, donating paint for such projects Prior to buying the paint stores, Ray master stain and paint matcher. In Winslow, as the community pool, Coffee Oasis, the Donahue worked for a paint sundries comLindsay Smith is a master color matcher downtown Viking mural, Kvelstad Pavilion,

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Poulsbo Marine Science Center, Raab Park, school auctions, and Windermere Real Estate’s annual cleanups. “We’re a small independent business, so we support ‘Shop Local,’ ” Ray Donahue said in an earlier interview. “Whether we need lumber or coffee for the office or doughnuts for customers every Friday morning, we do everything we can to utilize local businesses.” COMING UP: Peninsula Paint presents a class on faux finishing at the Peninsula Home & Remodel Expo, Oct. 4-6, at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds. The class will be led by Joel Nilsen, who has provided architectural finishes and custom painting for commercial and residential clients throughout the United States since 1987. Go to

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Improvements: It doesn’t take a lot of money to make a big impact


f you are considering buying, selling or simply remodeling, you can invest in updates that will increase the value and appeal of your home. It’s natural to want it all, but before you over-personalize or break the bank, there are many simple, budget-friendly changes that can increase the value of your home without the risk. Cassandra LaValle, interior designer and editor of the lifestyle and design site, Coco+Kelley, offers these tried and true tips for upping your home value without overdoing it. n Refresh with paint: You may not be able to replace large appliances or countertops, but in the kitchen adding a fresh coat of neutral paint to outdated cabinets and swapping out hardware can go a long way in making the space feel refreshed. n Little luxuries in the bathroom: Replace your current shower head with a rain shower, like the Waterpik RainFall+. Completely budget-friendly and easy to

install — it takes less than five minutes — this showerhead can make a huge difference in an everyday routine, giving a spa-like experience with multiple high-performance spray settings. The same goes for lighting — brightening up this space in particular can be a big selling point. n Don’t forget about the outside: Every home needs curb appeal. If you can’t afford major landscaping, focus on the entrance to the home. Again, updating with paint and hardware on the front door will be a welcoming touch, while a couple of really great potted plants at the entryway add to that focal point. n It’s in the details: Consider adding small details to rooms that will elevate the style. Framing out windows, or adding baseboards, moulding or wainscoting to a space will leave it feeling a bit more polished. No matter how big or small your projects, remember — it doesn’t take a lot of money to make a big impact to any space.

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This year, Benjamin Moore is revitalizing 20 main streets across the U.S. and Canada. Paint what matters to you, too. Visit your locally owned and operated Benjamin Moore store, where we take pride in being a small business that offers personalized service. Whether you need help selecting color or choosing the right product for any project, we’re here to help. Visit to learn more about Benjamin Moore’s revitalization efforts.

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