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WHAT’S COOKING? TOP KITCHEN TRENDS OF 2021 THE MANY HUES OF KITCHEN CABINETRY UPGRADE YOUR HOME - AND HEALTH - WITH SKYLIGHTS AND NEW WINDOWS FUNCTIONAL AND STYLISH BATHROOM TRENDS IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS WHEN DECIDING TO REFINANCE 4 REASONS TO FINISH YOUR BASEMENT CUSTOMIZED SOLUTIONS FOR YOUR FURNISHING NEEDS WHAT SHOULD I LOOK FOR WHEN BUYING HOME INSURANCE BBB TIP // HIRING A CONTRACTOR GIVING KIDS NEW WAYS TO LEARN JUST MY STYLE. MIXES, GIFTS AND DECOR THE PERFECT GATHERING SPOT CONSIDERING EXTERIOR UPGRADES? CHECK OUT THESE SIDING AND GUTTER UPGRADES
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What’s Cooking TOP KITCHEN TRENDS OF 2021
BY WENDY MCMILLAN
ow more than ever, the time-tested words ring true: home is where the heart is, and the kitchen is the heart of the home. Over the past year, more time at home has highlighted what we want, need and long for in our living spaces. As a result, kitchen renovations today are marked by innovative, creative possibilities that do it all – offering comfort, beauty, durability, functionality, and unique appeal. If you’re considering embarking on a kitchen remodel, you’re in luck. Here in Northern Colorado, we’re spoiled when it comes to quality expertise. We checked in with a few top local resources to provide a glimpse of today’s most alluring, clever and achievable trends.
Both work surface and gathering place, countertop choices easily transform any kitchen from both practical and personal perspectives. Crucial considerations may include attractiveness, durability, cost, eco-friendliness, maintenance and more. Synonymous with luxury, heavily-veined marble has made a comeback in popularity and makes an TOP: Synonymous with luxury, heavily-veined marble has made a comeback in popularity and makes an elegant statement. elegant statement. For a more affordable, equally stunning option, quartz countertops can be (Photo courtesy: Castorena’s Granite & Quartz). BOTTOM: Both work surface and gathering place, countertop choices easily modified to closely resemble marble and high-end transform any kitchen from both practical and personal perspectives. (Photo courtesy: Colorado Kitchen & Bath). 4 2021 NORTHERN COLORADO HOME+GARDEN SHOW
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granite. Non-porous quartz is further quite resistant to stains, making it a family-friendly choice that is easier to maintain than other surfaces. Finally, granite simply never goes out of fashion. With an infinite range of natural colors and patterns, granite can lend the finishing touches to any desired look, from modern to classic.
A key focal point of any kitchen both in terms of aesthetics and practical usage, the impact of kitchen cabinets cannot be understated. What’s the most popular look right now? “Hands down, white Shaker doors are the favorite, by a landslide,” says Johnson Cabinetry & Refacing Owner Carl Johnson. “The clean, modern look really brightens up spaces.” While white is timeless and elegant as well as on-trend, however, Johnson says there are plenty of considerations to bear in mind, as well as differing approaches that can either complement cabinetry or add some pop, depth, and character through contrast. “People are embracing two-toned schemes, such as white uppers and darker bases,
or white perimeters with a darker island,” he says. “The effect is really striking.”
When it comes to cabinets – and countertops, for that matter – at least equal in importance to look and style is storage. Today, options are available that can make any wish come true, says Ed Brehon, owner of Colorado Kitchen & Bath. Endless innovations blend beauty with functionality, from sliding pull-outs to in-between cabinet sliding racks and custom-designed spice drawers. Further, with an increasing amount of intelligent appliances available to cut back on workload, leaving you more time to actually sit back and enjoy your dream kitchen, cabinets and countertops offer thoughtful options for both easily tucking away and proudly displaying Instant Pots, smart toasters, air fryers and more. Cabinetry increasingly provides clever concealment of major appliances, too, such as the dishwasher or fridge.
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A key focal point of any kitchen both in terms of aesthetics and practical usage, the impact of kitchen cabinets cannot be understated. (Photo courtesy: Johnson Cabinetry & Refacing).
While two-tiered islands offering the duality of a counter-height work surface and a bar-height eating area once had their day, today the one-level, counter-height islands are far more popular. Single-level islands remove obstructions, making kitchens look and feel more open and airy. Further, they expand utility significantly. “One level islands are very handy when it comes to prep, serving and dining,” says Brehon. “You can customize island cabinets,
countertop, and all the special features that best fit your lifestyle.” Ready to create your dream kitchen? > Castorena’s Granite & Quartz 1934 E Lincoln Ave., Fort Collins, 970.329.2342, castorenas.com > Johnson Cabinetry & Refacing, 970.652.0240, jcabinetry.com > Colorado Kitchen & Bath Showroom, 425 15th Street, Greeley 970.353.2890, ckbsales.com
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Revolutionize the way you think about kitchen design BY JULIE KAILUS Photos courtesy: Budget Home Supply
oday’s kitchen cabinets come in endless hues, styles and storage solutions. We reached out to the experts at Budget Home Supply in Longmont to get their take on the latest. “We enjoy working with customers by having them pick out the colors or stains that speak to them,” says Carmen Gibson, kitchen and bath manager at Budget Home Supply. “Then our experts can help them edit or complement their vision.” Knowing customer habits is especially important. “While some customers require more drawer space, for example, others who bake a lot need a cabinet that allows a heavy mixer to remain on the cabinet shelf,” Gibson says. While every kitchen is different, here are some of the latest trends for modern lifestyles.
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oversee work. Islands make this easy. ”These days we do not have to design the standard desk drawer and lower countertop,” Gibson says. “It can be as easy as making an island with functional seating and outlet capabilities.”
Specialized “hidden” organizers are a huge help for decluttering countertops and fixing cabinetry messes. Start with the basics: cabinets designed to store pots and pans, spices, and utensils. “Many people like to have a nice little coffee nook for their Keurig, making our K-cup drawer or wall pull-out a must-have for that fun space,” Gibson says.
that shaker and slab doors as well as open shelving add remains popular as well.” > Budget Home Supply, 780 Boston Ave., Longmont, 303.678.8800, budgethomesupply.com
Color for cabinetry
Hue trends for kitchen cabinets are ever-changing. “While gray and white cabinets continue to be extremely popular, new trends are leaning toward blues, greens and coffee-stained wood tones,” Gibson says. “Two-tone kitchens are as fashionable as ever, and the texture
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– with Skylights and New Windows lights and light kits can boost those energy savings even more.” VELUX skylights offer a variety of styles to match virtually any floor plan, roof line, or budget. “Sun tunnels are a great choice for small spaces such as closets and hallways, and we have even installed them in basements,”says Hein.They’re also more economical. Traditional skylights, on the other hand, “are a good option for larger areas and opening up living spaces to make them seem larger and lighter.” They’re also a good fit for areas that require extra ventilation, such as kitchens or in vaulted ceilings. As a VELUX certified 5-Star Skylight Specialist,Heinsight Solutions has the skills and experience to make your skylight installation process as simple and seamless as possible. Established in 2004, Heinsight prides itself on their transferable warranty on all our jobs; according to Hein, they “go with the house and the product, not the customer who bought them.”A veteran-owned business, they offer discounts to seniors, military and educators, they prioritize “quality over profit,” Hein says, adding, “We don’t cut corners.” With more than two decades in the skylight business and years of experience with complex and historical roofing as a general contractor
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f spring has you wanting to take full advantage of the extra sunshine, consider adding more natural daylight to your home with skylights, sun tunnels and/or new windows. According to Heather Hein, partial owner and director of human resources at Heinsight Windows in Fort Collins, increasing the amount of natural light in your home isn’t just an investment in your property. It’s also an investment in your health and well-being – something that’s on everyone’s mind as we hit the one-year mark of the pandemic. While the windows themselves may not directly improve your health status, “the elements they bring into your home can.When you install skylights in your home, you're really installing more daylight and fresh air.” Hein says this can create significant changes in
your mind and body,including increasing your Vitamin D levels, which strengthens bones and helps prevent certain cancers, heart disease, depression and weight gain. “Studies show that natural, full spectrum light can help provide the vitamin D which is so lacking in the winter months,” she explains. It can also help with symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD),which affects millions of people each year, according to the CDC. Increased exposure to natural light also helps keep your body’s natural circadian rhythms balanced, which supports quality sleep. Hein says natural light has the power to boost your energy levels and enhance respiratory and eye health. “And those are just the health benefits,” she says. Skylights have the potential to make your home more energy efficient. “Skylights can help regulate the temperature and humidity of your home while lowering your energy costs.” And that’s just the beginning. Accessories such as solar-powered blinds, solar night
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Darren, the owner, “brings an expertise that other companies just can’t match.” Meanwhile, if replacement windows are a better solution for your home, Universal Windows Direct of Denver is your one-stop shop. Their replacement vinyl windows are constructed of 100 percent virgin vinyl. According to owner Chris Bilger, this means they’ll never rot,fade,chip,or peel. Available in a wide selection of styles and grid options,you can choose windows that match your current decor or find a window that reflects an updated style or meets your current functional needs. Universal Windows Direct of Denver offers not just replacement window installation, but also vinyl siding installation and entry door replacement. Whether you’re exploring replacing windows or adding skylights,adding natural light is an excellent way to make your spring a little brighter – while improving both your health and your home value. > Universal Windows Direct of Denver, 3700 Quebec St., Unit 100-217, Denver, 303.373.4236, universalwindowsdirect.com/denver Serving Adams, Arapahoe County, Denver, Douglas and Jefferson Counties > Heinsight Solutions, 2415 E. Mulberry St., Suite 11, Fort Collins, 970.988.3622, heinsightsolutions.net Serving communities from Steamboat to Sterling, down to Broomfield, and up to the northern border of Wyoming
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oogle 2021-bathroom trends and you’ll find luxurious updates leaving homeowners not minding quarantine quite as much. Bidet anyone? Floating vanities, backlit mirrors, smart toilets and wood-look tile topped the list. Many items were perfect solutions for COVID. Smart toilets offer less-germy options like a selfclose lid, touchless flush or bacteriakilling light under the lid, but Pat Osiecki and Tim Apodaca, business partners and owners of Pro Marble Installation, say Northern Colorado trends are slightly different. “A lot of our business this last year has been taking bathtubs out and turning them into showers,” says Apodaca.“Many people are just getting older and don’t want to step over the bathtub anymore.There are also others who have a five-piece bathroom and realized they never use the bathtub. They want to take out their soaker tub and enlarge the shower.” The most requested flooring type
they get is click together laminate that’s waterproof. That, or standard tile. “We also get some customers who ask for heated floors. They’ve become a lot easier to install,” says Apodaca. “We can do it under the laminate now.” While the duo say they aren’t seeing many requests for backlit mirrors, they are getting many requests to replace large mirrors with smaller ones. “ We’re seeing a trend of our customers going to individual mirrors and taking down the giant ones. Probably 75 percent of our customers either want us to replace their mirror or are planning on changing out the mirror once we finish our work,” says Apodaca. Popular bathroom color schemes are white and gray. “ We see white cabi nets, gray cabinets, white and gray flooring and some black. It’s what we’ve seen for the better part of the last two years,” says Apodaca. “As for fixtures we mostly see nickel. Sometimes if the bathroom colors are tan and brown they will have oil rubbed bronze fixtures. Matte black is really starting to make a run at popularity.” One “trend” that remains constant is the popularity of solid surface walls and wall surrounds. At Pro-Marble Installation, they offer engineered granite and marble panels that make maintenance easy, eliminating all the grout joints. Re-Bath of Colorado offers its exclusive DuraBath™ natural stone and wall surrounds offering a seamless appearance and natural look. If your bathroom i s dated or damaged, in need of additional storage space or safety features, or just isn’t meeting your needs, the experts at Pro Marble Installation and Re-Bath of Northern Colorado can create the bathroom you’ve always dreamed of. > Pro Marble Installation, LaSalle, 970.284.7736, promarbleinstallation.com. > Re-Bath of Northern Colorado, 1017 North 1st Street, Berthoud, 970.805.1390, rebath.com/location/ berthoud. NOCOHOMEANDGARDENSHOW.COM
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ith interest rates on home loans still fairly low, this may be a good time to refinance your home and get into a new 15-year or 30-year fixed APR home loan. According to Debbie Shephard, lending manager at Northern Colorado Credit Union, which serves Weld and Larimer Counties, there are important considerations in deciding to refinance: Current rate vs. new rate • How much are you saving? 4.25% vs. 3.00%? Or 3.23% vs. 3.00%? • Does it make sense to refinance, especially with the closing costs? Closing costs • Generally speaking, you should be able to recoup your closing costs within 24 to 36 months. • For example, with $8,000 in closing costs, you should be saving roughly $200 to $300 per month on your new payment. Are you staying in your house or planning a move? • If you are planning to move or upgrade your home within a year or two, you may not want to pay those NOCOHOMEANDGARDENSHOW.COM
closing costs. Save your equity from those closing costs for the down payment on your new home! • If you’re thinking of refinancing to pull cash out for home improvements to get your home ready to sell, a home equity loan or line of credit is much less expensive than refinancing. Is your credit in a good place to refinance? • If you have any negative items in your credit report, your current rate may be better than what a new rate would be. • You can check your rate on many sites and with many lenders without paying a fee, including Northern Colorado Credit Union’s website: nococu.org. You may be better off waiting until your score improves. • If high credit card balances are pulling your score down, a debt consolidation loan may be better for 3 to 6 months to allow your score to go back up and get you the best rate. > For all services and rates at Northern Colorado Credit Union, 2901 S. 27th Ave., Greeley; 909 Mountain Ave., Berthoud, 970.330.3900, nococu.org.
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n unfinished basement is often the thing that seals the deal when buying a home. You imagine how you’ll finish it, host guests and games, store stuff, and watch movies on a wall-sized TV down there. Three years later, it’s the home of cobwebs, wrapping paper, and hockey gear and you haven’t done a thing. If that sounds familiar, perhaps it’s time to consider the reasons why it really is a great idea to finish that basement once and for all!
A finished basement may significantly increase your home’s market value. And the functional added space is a no-brainer when compared to the cost of building an addition. The square footage under your feet is not just something that can add value when you sell the home. A basement remodel can solve the problem of outgrowing your home.
Think of it. The poker table. The billiards. Foosball. The comfy couches and big-screen TV. There’s just something about having a space that’s separate from your living room where the purpose is to have fun and chill out. Kids love it. And that means you can keep a better eye on your tribe because they want to bring friends to your house. Family game night is easier, too, when you don’t have to clear off the kitchen table. Just head downstairs and set phasers for fun.
With your home theater, kitchenette, and/or wet bar in the basement, take the money you’d spend at the movies or the stadium and put it in the piggy bank. Entertaining at home, once it’s safe to do so again, will indisputably be a money saver. Invest in a decent sound system and it’ll become your favorite place to be. Start the ball rolling on finishing your basement with Tradesmen Remodeling. > Mighty Hand Construction, 970.844.9191, mightyhandconstruction.com. > Tradesmen Remodeling, 970.433.6501, tradesmenremodeling.com. NOCOHOMEANDGARDENSHOW.COM
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for your furnishing needs BY ADAM GOLDSTEIN Photos courtesy: Unfinished Furniture
nfinished Furniture Colorado offers customers some of the most carefully designed and painstakingly crafted furniture available in the state.
But as Owner Richard Lambert notes, the store’s most specialized pieces are only a starting point for someone looking to make a living space feel truly unique and personalized. According to Lambert, some of the store’s most popular items are remarkably versatile, even though they have been carefully
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designed and assembled. “We have manufacturers, builders and craftsmen that do customization of furniture,” Lambert said, adding that the store features artisanal furniture from local builders, Amish manufacturers and others. “When you’re talking about bookcases, entertainment centers, writing desks
– these can be fit to your needs and your space.” Specifically, a bookshelf can morph to fit the demands of a specific study. This doesn’t mean chopping up an existing piece of furniture, or going with the old college-dorm model of wooden planks and bricks. “One of the nice things that’s easy to do is to flush cut the crown molding so that you can put two bookcases together – they look like they were built together. That’s one of the ways that they can be customized,” Lambert said. “And by adding pieces, taking a couple of bookcases, putting a TV console in the middle, you can create your own, personalized entertainment center.” Physical dimensions and arrangement are only one part of making a set of furniture unique. As the name indicates, Unfinished Furniture Colorado offers pieces that have yet to be set with a specific color. This allows the buyer the freedom to match the aesthetic of a finely crafted piece to their own living space. In other words, adding a new color and finish can make that perfect chair, bookcase or desk fit even more perfectly. “Color is one of the things that’s the most unique ways of changing up furniture – the stains and the paints, two tones or three tones,” he said. “That, in and of itself, is a really good way of customizing it. Especially solid wood furniture, it’s easy to paint or stain.” > Unfinished Furniture Colorado, 5095 W. 120th Ave., Broomfield, 303.529.4155, unfinishedfurniture.com.
What Should I Look for When Buying Home Insurance? BY JESSICA BENES
here are a few things to think about when shopping around for homeowners insurance.
“Foremost is the company, you want a reputable company. Usually someone you’ve heard of would be good,” said Sue Helfrich, owner of Helfrich and Associates, an Allstate agency. “Will they be there at the time of the claim? (A home) is their biggest asset, don’t cut corners here.” Next up is representation. Is the customer willing to call a 1-800 number and get a different person each time, or do they want a local person with whom they can build a trusting relationship?
Then there’s the property itself. When purchasing a home, the most important question for an insurance agent is, “How old is the roof ?” The roof needs to be able to sustain substantial hail and wind events in
Colorado. An insurance agent has 30 days after a client closes on a home to go inspect the new home. If the agent says a new roof is needed, that’s unfortunate for the client since they have already closed. Helfrich said that Fort Collins now requires roofs to be hail-resistant on new construction. Greeley has not done this yet.
All basic policies usually cover four main items: the dwelling itself; detached structures like sheds, garages and fences; personal property; and liability if someone gets hurt on the property. Helfrich said liability is critical in our litigious society. Anyone, even if they’re trespassing, can sue a homeowner if they get hurt on your property. Helfrich said it’s important to pay attention to what a policy doesn’t cover, rather than what it does cover. You want to make sure there isn’t a limit to what is covered under basic wind, hail, fire, or lightning coverage. For example, the insurance policy
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might not cover replacing pipes if the pipes freeze. You also want to make sure that if you make a claim, you will get “replacement cost” rather than “actual cash value.” Replacement value means that if a television is five years old, many policies will replace the TV with one of similar value by today’s standards. Actual cash value would mean the policy would depreciate that TV and give you the cash for the current value of that old TV (maybe $50). “The insurance’s obligation is to put you in the same position as before the loss,” Helfrich said. Usually, home insurance claims are settled on replacement cost value, although there might be an exception if the home is really old. Cars, on the other hand, are settled on actual cash value.
When weighing the cost of homeowner’s insurance, pay attention to the deductible. Like, health insurance, a slightly higher deductible
offsets the cost of the premium. (The premium is how much you pay annually for the insurance, the deductible is how much you pay outof-pocket in a claim before receiving money back for that claim). But you want to make sure you can pay that deductible if you have a loss. In health insurance, a young healthy person might risk a higher deductible, knowing they’re likely to be healthy for longer. Similarly, in the house insurance world, the age of the roof is the thing to pay attention to. A newer roof can withstand more hail damage, so a homeowner might be able to then stomach a larger deductible. “We should all have tile roofs like in Arizona!” Helfrich said. “Knowledge is power,” she said. “The more you know about it, the better off you’ll be.” > Allstate Ins. Co. / Helfrich & Associates, 1120 38th Ave., Greeley 970.353.8572, agents.allstate.com/ sue-helfrich-greeley-co.html
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hether you are recovering from a natural disaster, doing repairs, adding on to your home or renovating a room, you may decide you need help with that project you are finally tackling. That’s where a contractor comes in. A contractor is a company or person that you hire to provide materials and labor to complete a job. Some contractors focus on a specific type of project, like plumbing or tiling or painting, while others will work on any type of project. For larger projects, a general contractor may also serve as a project manager working with other vendors to get all the work done. Hiring a reliable and trustworthy contractor is one of the most important steps for your project. Hire the right one and you can relax knowing that your project is in good hands. Hire the wrong one and you could be facing a wide range of problems from unfinished work to being sued if workers aren’t paid. Consider these tips when hiring anybody to work in your home.
RESEARCH AND GATHER INFORMATION Search for a contractor’s business profile at BBB.org for free information on their history of complaints, read verified customer reviews and see if they are an accredited business. BBB Accredited Businesses make a commitment to uphold BBB’s accreditation standards including: to build trust, advertise honestly, tell the truth, be transparent, honor their promises, be responsive to their customers, safeguard privacy and embody integrity. Also search for the name of the company online along with “Complaint”, “Review” or “Scam” to find different results. Ask the company if employees and subcontractors undergo a background check. Are they trained and certified? What identification will they show when they come to your home?
ASK FOR REFERENCES Ask the contractor for a list of recent local references you may contact. Ask the references about the services performed and their overall experience with the contractor and the quality of the work. Ask if the contractor stuck to the estimated budget and completion date for the project. If possible, inspect the contractor’s work yourself. Ask if the contractor is a member of a professional association that has standards or a code of ethics. ASK FOR MULTIPLE QUOTES You should always shop around and get at least three quotes from different businesses. Make sure all bids consider the same set of criteria. Remember that the lowest bid may not necessarily be the best bid; if one bid is significantly lower than the others, the contractor may be cutting corners or may not understand your work requirements. GET IT IN WRITING Always get estimates in writing and never let any work begin without a written and signed contract. Do not be pressured into signing an agreement before you are ready and make sure you read and understand everything before signing. The contract should include contact information, start and complete dates, a detailed description of the exact work to be done, any material costs,
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payment arrangements and warranty information. Specify who is to obtain necessary building permits and who is responsible for clean-up. Make sure all verbal promises are included in the contract. Ask how much work will be subcontracted and ask for information on the subcontractors. Ask questions if you do not understand any part of the contract. Never sign an incomplete or partially blank contract. VERIFY LICENSE AND INSURANCE Always be sure that the company you decide to work with has the necessary licenses and insurance to work in your region. In the United States, you can get to your state’s licensing agency to learn more here. CONFIRM BUILDING PERMITS Your contractor must have the correct permits before starting your project. They will usually obtain the permits, but you will probably pay for them. That should be detailed in your contract. Request that all final inspections be completed by the local building official prior to final payment. INQUIRE ABOUT A LIEN WAIVER A lien waiver, in the United States, is a statement from your contractor that says all suppliers and subcontractors have been paid for their work. In some Canadian provinces, there is a mandatory Builders Lien holdback, so
ensure you understand any financial obligations you may be liable for. THINK ABOUT FUTURE SERVICE ISSUES. Make sure you are aware of your warranty coverage and how to deal with service issues. ARRANGE A PAYMENT SCHEDULE Never pay in full up front. Stagger your payments so your final payment is not due until the work is complete and you have fully inspected it. Do not pay cash; make sure your check is written to a company, not an individual, or that you use a credit card. Paying with a credit card will provide some recourse should the job not be completed as stated in the contract. GET A RECEIPT Request a receipt marked “Paid in Full” when the job is completed and your final payment made. KEEP YOUR CONTRACT Hold on to your contract for future reference or if any questions arise after the work is complete. When hiring specialized contractors, there are additional factors to consider. Learn more by visiting bbb.org. > Better Business Bureau Serving Northern Colorado and Wyoming 8020 S. County Road 5, Ste. 100 Fort Collins, 970.488.2048, bbb.org. NOCOHOMEANDGARDENSHOW.COM
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o you have a gamer kiddo who’d play video games 24/7 if you didn’t cut them off ? If their joystick is starting to resemble a permanent appendage, maybe they should design their own games. Ed and Jeanene Gage, owners of Code Ninjas in Greeley teach 5 to 14-year-olds to write video game code. Drop the kids off for afterschool enrichment or summer camp. “Kids are excited to come here. They are learning something fun, valuable and preparing for their future,” Gage said. Remember Pong? In this very basic, no frills game, the player controls a bouncing ball with a paddle. In Gage’s classroom, NOCOHOMEANDGARDENSHOW.COM
creativity comes in many flavors. Out with the ordinary ball and paddle. “Some kids bounce around a dinosaur or alien instead of a ball. The paddle can be customized to … one kid used a lightning bolt for the ball and a guitar was the paddle.” In just 30 minutes, kids can build their own game, he said. Each class run two hours a weekeither two hours two days or two hours one day. Masks are required with up to 12 kids per class for social distancing. Summer Camp is offered too. “Each summer camp is a week long for $250, 3.5 hours, five days a week, Monday through Friday. It’s the equivalent of two months of a standard coding class at a significant discount.” ALTERNATIVE LEARNING PROGRAMS When it comes to educating your children, one size fits all doesn’t usually work. That’s because each learner brings certain strengths, weaknesses and different personalities. If traditional education no longer works for your family, maybe it’s time for an accredited online program. Designed for middle and high school students, this free public online school with Summit Education Group/Global Education
Solutions offers a blended approach where students learn online and onsite, if they choose, says Alex Tapia, associate regional director, in Greeley. Hands on activities onsite include things like tutoring or creating
garden projects. Students paint ceramic pots and plant tomatoes, spinach and romaine lettuce, says Tapia. “Kids who come into the school spend up to two hours on activities and socializing.” Many parents dream about raising straight A students. But let’s face it not all students care about 4.0 GPAs. If students fall behind in credits – from too many absences, skipping class, or worse, truancy charges – graduation dreams feel impossible. To address these students, the school helps kids make up lost credits and get on track for graduation, Tapia said. Even when students opt for a GED, some enroll in the program and finish with a high school diploma, he added. “A 20-year-old can get a high school diploma. It’s a popular option for a free high school diploma.” > Code Ninjas, 4239 Centerplace Drive, #1F, Greeley, 970.673.7268, codeninjas.com. > Summit Education Group, 800.433.9570, summit-education.com.
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These Northern Colorado shops have your style & tastes covered 1. VINTAGE TIMEPIECES Time always flies when you’re having fun. Choose from an ever-changing selection of vintage and modern clocks and timepieces. Front Range Mercantile Indoor Flea Market, 1201 S. Sunset St., Longmont, 303.776.6605, frontrangeindoorfleamarket.com.
2. BROWN BOX MIXES Generational family recipes are mixed by hand at Warm Hugs (Downtown) for the full-flavored, made-from-scratch taste! Celebrating 27 years of mixing up delicious soups, breads and desserts! Warm Hugs Mixes and Gifts, 809 10th St., Greeley, 970.353.3447, warmhugsmixes.com.
3. BBQ RUBS Add some flavor to your backyard barbecues this summer with Jim’s Blend rubs. Choose from Colorado BBQ, Magic Moment BBQ or Hubba Hubba BBQ flavors. Warm Hugs Mixes and Gifts, 809 10th St., Greeley, 970.353.3447, warmhugsmixes.com.
6 4. SASSAFRAS INTERCHANGEABLE WELCOME MATS Warms Hugs offers a variety of seasonal, pet and trendy welcome mats. You’re sure to find the perfect message to welcome guests to your home. Warm Hugs Mixes and Gifts, 809 10th St., Greeley, 970.353.3447, warmhugsmixes.com.
5. SPRING DECOR VASES & ART ROCKS Welcome spring with the variety of decor items at Front Range Mercantile. Choose from vases, wood signs and popular art rocks. Front Range Mercantile Indoor Flea Market, 1201 S. Sunset St., Longmont, 303.776.6605, frontrangeindoorfleamarket.com.
6. KITCHEN DECOR BOWLS & UTENSILS Achieve the perfect Farmhouse look with Kitchen decor, utensils, bowls, coasters and more. Selection changes frequently. Front Range Mercantile Indoor Flea Market, 1201 S. Sunset St., Longmont, 303.776.6605, frontrangeindoorfleamarket.com.
7. GARDEN DECOR AND WIND SPINNERS Come see the HUGE variety of Garden Decor at Warm Hugs Mixes & Gifts...Spinners up to 80” tall!...Solar/Misting/ Colorful...Insect Habitats, Decor and SO much more! Warm Hugs Mixes and Gifts, 809 10th St., Greeley, 970.353.3447, warmhugsmixes.com.
8. HOME DECOR SIGNS & PLAQUES Express your style with home decor signs perfect for any theme or room. A large variety to choose from with ever changing selection. Front Range Mercantile Indoor Flea Market, 1201 S. Sunset St., Longmont, 303.776.6605, frontrangeindoorfleamarket.com.
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The Perfect Gathering Spot BY LUANNE KADLUB Photos: Mighty Hand Construction
MIGHTY HAND CONSTRUCTION ENJOYS TAKING ON CHALLENGING PROJECTS — LIKE THE SNOWDEN LAKE HOUSE
honda Snowden couldn’t believe her eyes. Her family home, which she inherited when
her mother passed in 2018, had been turned into a trashed-out drug den by, of all people, her own daughter. Should she sell and walk away? That’s what any reasonable person would do, and in fact that’s what she wanted to do. But Rhonda’s gut said no. This was the home she grew up in, where her high school friends would come over to ice skate, sit around bonfires, and just have good, old-fashioned fun. She wanted the home to once again become a gathering spot for
friends and family and a place where she and her husband, Timothy, could enjoy their lake-lodge abode in their retirement years. Rhonda contacted several contractors with little luck in finding one. Then one day she and her granddaughter happened by an open house in her Loveland neighborhood and stopped to take a look. That’s when Rhonda’s luck began to change. The home, done as a flip, featured
design elements that were exactly what she was looking for in her own home project. The contractor on the flip? Mighty Hand Construction LLC of Fort Collins, a fairly new startup that found almost instant success doing premium residential remodels and additions as well as custom homes in northern Colorado. Micah Applegate founded the company in 2017 after “quite clearly” being told by God to move to Fort Collins from Arvada and start the
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company. Being a man of faith, he named the company Mighty Hand Construction LLC, based on Ecclesiastes 9:10: “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.” In four short years, the construction company has grown to more than 30 team members, including his two brothers, Noah and Jesse, as well as high integrity and professional in house crews interested in bettering the world around them.
So was it luck that Rhonda Snowden happened upon MHC? Or divine intervention? You decide. “We stepped in and helped redream the whole project,” Micah Applegate said. The garage was turned into a master suite with access to a private deck and a back entrance to the house; a back porch, anchored by a large pine log, is now a sitting room with never-ending outdoor views; and the newly vaulted ceiling in the great room provides room for
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Timothy’s animal trophies. The tongue-in-groove beetle kill pine on the new ceiling is continued on the walls and celing of the new sitting room and on the ceiling of the new master suite. The all-new kitchen features natural tone alder cabinets, a blue island for contrast (you’ll find the same blue on bathroom vanities), granite countertops and top-ofthe-line appliances. Easy-to-care for luxury vinyl plank flooring helps unite all of the living spaces. If you’re going to have a home on the lake, you’re going to want the views and this home doesn’t disappoint. Both the great room and sitting room have large picture windows for natural light and extraordinary views of the lake, which Rhonda especially likes since she can watch her husband fish while she’s busy in the kitchen.
But there’s more. Because the master suite became a bedroom, MHC added a three-car, insulated garage to the front of the log exterior home. “The Snowdens specifically requested that the home have the feeling of a mountain lodge,” Applegate said. The result is spot on. The home remodeling project, which turned a trashed out house into a million-dollar home, has been full of happy surprises, Rhonda said, from the blessing of the house performed by the MHC crew to learning that her daughter is doing well in recovery. > To learn more about Mighty Hand Construction, visit mightyhandconstruction.com or call 970.844.9191.
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pring cleaning is a seasonal tradition, and the perfect time to make some outdoor upgrades, as well. Damaged siding, clogged or bent gutters and broken downspouts can contribute to moisture getting into walls and basements.That can lead to mold, rot and structural damage. C&S Rain Gutters, a family-owned business, has served the Northern Colorado community for over 18 years.They offer valuable insights into what sort of exterior upgrades may work best for you.
New siding can increase a home’s value, but it works best when it’s installed all at once.That way, the siding’s appearance is even and uniform. Siding materials vary in cost, effectiveness and how long they take to install. Vinyl siding, for instance, can be inexpensive, comes in a wide range of colors and lasts ten to 15 years. But vinyl can warp, crack and fade over time. Composite board also comes in various colors but can cost a little more and
may need repainting every four or five years. On the plus side, it’s more resistant to insect damage and rot.
These come in different colors, and a thoughtful installation can create striking lines around your home’s roof. C&S Rain Gutters offers several sizes and styles, including European-style 6-inch half-around gutters. While 5-inch is a standard option for residential gutters, 6-inch over-sized gutters are becoming popular. Even though it’s only a difference of an inch, they can handle 40 percent more water. Over-sized downspouts allow for more debris, so they’re less likely to clog.
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Start your remodeling project with trendy ﬂooring underfoot BY LUANNE KADLUB
When looking at all of the flooring choices, LVT – luxury vinyl tile – jumps to the top as today’s preferred flooring choice not only because of how well it replicates hard-surface flooring materials, such as stone or wood, but because it holds up well to everyday family life.
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ometimes the best way to start anew is from the ground up, or in the case of a remodeling project, from the floor up. And until the world becomes a safer place in which to travel, many homeowners are now using their vacation funds for home remodeling projects that had once been left on the back burner until who knows when. Those projects – be they a wholehome redo, turning a bedroom into a home office (or yoga studio) or reimagining that ho-hum master bath into a luxurious spa – all need the perfect flooring. So to help make sense of flooring trends for 2021, we checked in with one local expert. Kelley McDonald of McDonald Carpet One in Boulder said, “We always tell people to have fun with their projects, to think out of the box and to open their vision to try and do different things.” For instance, she suggested, “Try a bold, vibrant color or install the hardwood on diagonal, put vinyl plank on a wall as a backboard for a bed. The possibilities are endless with today’s advancements in technology.” Her best advice? “Don’t be afraid to jump in.” When looking at all of the flooring choices, LVT – luxury vinyl tile – jumps to the top as today’s preferred flooring choice not only because of how well it replicates hard-surface flooring materials, such as stone or wood, but because it holds up well to everyday family life. LVT has a solid rigid core, which is how it differs from regular vinyl flooring. “Luxury vinyl is one of the most well-known pet-friendly floors,” said McDonald. “It comes in waterproof, stain-resistant and scuff-proof styles, so there is no need to worry about a
dog getting stuck in the seams or cat scratches on the boards.” OTHER 2021 FLOORING TRENDS
The wider you go, the fewer the seams in your floor. Five inches is considered the standard “wide” plank, but other options range from 3 inches to 20 inches in a variety of species, with some floors mixing different widths for an even more upscale look. Want more drama? Longer boards 7- to 11-foot in length will get you there.
If you want a hardwood floor that’s on trend, you’ll want to look at hardwoods in lighter colors, such as white oak with a natural finish. If you prefer darker wood, gray/brown planks will be more to your liking.
Tile remains a top choice for water-prone areas such as kitchens, mudrooms and bathrooms, and now includes tile that resembles hardwood, marble, stone, terrazzo and concrete along with decorative and encaustic styles. The latter are ceramic or concrete tiles in which the pattern or figure on the surface is a product of different colors of clay.
Say bye-bye to beige and boring. Instead, look for natural and ecofocused carpets, bright colors and jewel tones, and lots and lots of patterns, from geomatics to stripes. > McDonald Carpet One, 6367 Arapahoe Road, Boulder, 720.432.2916, mcdonaldcarpetoneboulder.com NOCOHOMEANDGARDENSHOW.COM
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Improving the Air You Breathe BY SHELLEY WIDHALM Photos courtesy: Northern Colorado Air, Inc.
he pandemic has brought Northern Coloradans indoors with more hours working remotely and limited social outings – and breathing stale air makes the experience less than pleasant. “Not only are we sleeping at home, we’re working there all day breathing particulates in,” said Jeff Richard, general manager of Northern Colorado Air, Inc., a locally-owned and family-operated HVAC installation, service and repair company in Fort Collins in business since 1992. “There’s lots of contaminants in our air, stuff we don’t want to absorb into our lungs.” Before COVID-19 struck, people already spent 70 percent of their time in their home, and now it’s even more. But viruses aren’t their only concern. Those with asthma, allergies, compromised lung function and other conditions do better in clean air – and even those without a condition can get the occasional headache from poor air quality. Without some kind of air filtering system in place, the air in a home, office or other building can contain those hard-to-see dust particulates, allergens (including pollen, mold spores and pet dander), and volatile organic compounds, VOCs. “If you look at the sunlight after you vacuumed and look at the air, there are millions of things flying around in the air, and we breathe that in,” Richard said.
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Northern Colorado Air offers a few solutions for cleaner, fresher air from the installation of air purification and filtration systems to the regular cleaning of a furnace. The company installs proven, name-brand air conditioning systems, furnaces and heating systems, as well as HVAC equipment and replacement parts, at homes and businesses along the Front Range, mainly in Fort Collins,
Longmont, Loveland and Windsor. The systems run efficiently, reliably, quietly and safely, while minimizing operational costs. Lennox PureAir is one of Northern Colorado Air’s air purification systems, which is compatible with most HVAC systems without requiring additional energy costs. It is a three-part filtration system that uses ultraviolet light and a specialized filter to remove more than 99 percent of dust and allergens and more than 90 percent of bioaerosols that include airborne viruses, as well as any ozone emissions that could be in the air. It also destroys volatile organic compounds and odors from cooking, pets, solvents and cleaning products. “All the air that goes into your furnace would be going through that filtration system,” Richard said.
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Northern Colorado doesn’t have to guess at the air quality in your home. They monitor it using the Air Advice system. (Photo: Tim Seibert) the Reme Halo, a LED in-duct air purifier that uses ultraviolet light to purify the areas of the home accessed by the central air-conditioning system. It uses bi-polar ionization and a specialized technology to remove dust, allergens, airborne and surface bacteria and viruses, and
odors from cooking, pets and other musty sources. “It kills anything moving through it as long as the air moves properly through the duct system,” Richard said. The Reme Halo works on the supply side of the air stream, while the Lennox works on the return side of the duct work. “None of those units produce ozone,” Richard said. “Obviously, we breathe some in because we’re outside. We just don’t want mechanized ozone in your house.” Richard gets asked if the installation of an air purification system means no more dusting – he has to tell customers they’ll still need to dust but not as much. “You’re going to live a healthier life, not breathing dirt into your lungs, plus your air will be more comfortable throughout the house,” Richard said. Northern Colorado Air offers a free indoor air-quality analysis using Air Advice to evaluate air quality in the home and to provide a detailed report of the level of particulates and allergens. A plan can be drafted using the report as a basis for recommending, installing and maintaining an air purification product. The company also offers free in-home replacement quotes on all of its other products and most of its services. Northern Colorado Air has three departments to offer its whole house air-purification and comfort systems. The first is for new construction installation and the second is for existing home retrofits of airconditioning and furnace units. The third is for service or repair – the company offers a maintenance plan to service its customers’ HVAC systems. > Northern Colorado Air Inc., 812 Stockton Ave., Fort Collins; 970.669.2055; ncagriff.com NOCOHOMEANDGARDENSHOW.COM
Spring Maintenance Checklist for your AC System By Linda Thorsen Bond
o keep your home HVAC system running well, you need to give your system an annual checkup. To help you out, we have created this HVAC maintenance checklist with insight from Greeley Furnace Company. Scott Stevens, co-owner and president of Greeley Furnace, offers checkpoints that make good sense.
He suggests: “Make sure the filter is clean and be sure your outdoor unit is free and clear of debris, specifically on the condenser coil. Many people believe that if they set their thermostat to 65 instead of 72 it will cool their home faster, but in fact it can cause the system to freeze,the system is either on or off basically. So, it’s best to set your thermostat at your desired temperature instead of the much lower setting.”
more to operate,” he said. “Lack of maintenance can also cause intermittent reliability issues with these high efficiency systems.It would be like driving a highperformance sports car and never giving it a tune up. According to the National Comfort Institute, most systems are operating at approximately 65% of the rated capacity, mainly due to poor air flow issues, lack of maintenance or poor installation. People think if they change the filter every six months, they can just forget it, but that’s really not enough if you want true efficiency and reliable performance.”
Stevens added that many family homes have upgraded their HVAC system to a newer high efficiency system and they don’t realize it will require more routine maintenance than their old system in order to maintain its efficiency rating.
Stevens added that the most important thing is actually the installation. “There is only so much we can do if the unit is not installed properly,” he said. If you’re concerned about the performance of your heating and cooling system or need to consider a newer highly efficient system call Greeley Furnace Company for an appointment. They’ve been offering certified technicians that have been servicing Weld County and the surrounding areas since 1958.
“If annual maintenance is not performed by a qualified technician, your highly efficient system will not perform at its maximum output, thus costing you
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TO INSPIRE & REFRESH YOUR OUTDOOR LIVING BY EMILY KEMME Photos courtesy: Glen Degenhardt Deck & Cover, Don King Landscaping
nhancing your home’s outdoor spaces makes sense for Coloradoans. Our state’s temperate climate sees 300 days of sunshine, ideal for nearly year-round outdoor living. Glen Degenhardt has built decks along the Front Range for 40-plus years and finds that newcomers appreciate what Colorado natives already know. He calls it, “‘The Colorado mystique’ – winter is a whole lot nicer than they’d NOCOHOMEANDGARDENSHOW.COM
expected.” Sprucing up your patio and yard is an annual ritual. Degenhardt and other landscape professionals can help you discover the hottest trends to make your surroundings the coolest in your neighborhood. START WITH THE PLATFORM: DECKS, PATIOS AND PERGOLAS Outdoor living means taking the indoors outside, offering a room with a view and space to cook and entertain. That translates to outdoor kitchens, comfy seating areas, dining rooms and space to play. “All that
is great, but you have to have a deck to put it on,” Degenhardt points out. His most requested decking is composite, a primarily plastic product of recycled materials and wood. Higher end products offer enhanced color and natural streaking. “There is relatively less maintenance compared to natural cedar or redwood, but drawbacks are the plastic gets hot in Rocky Mountain sunshine. Composite decking isn’t a green product, either,” he noted. If what you’re looking for is the real thing, Degenhardt builds about 40 percent of his decking projects with wood, even though natural
woods are less readily available because of market forces. Creating outdoor spaces with stone, brick or concrete – both smooth or stamped, is another option. Don King, of Don King Landscaping uses CAD designed layouts to conceptualize ideas for his customers. Hardscapes are design elements that don’t change over the years as backyard space develops. They can include decorative rocks, pathways, retaining walls and patios. All are elements of a lowmaintenance landscaping plan. Top it off with a pergola, one that’s completely open or provides partial
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shade. “In the past, people opted for covered porches, either a roof extension or attached to the house giving solid cover rain or shine,” Degenhardt said. “Solid covers decrease the light in your house. Since we don’t get much rain here, they aren’t needed.”
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eing a homeowner means never finishing your long checklist of building and landscaping tasks to get done each season. However, that doesn’t mean you have to contact a dozen Northern Colorado companies whether you need a wall removed, a dumpster delivered or the best battery-powered equipment to cut and trim that lawn. Greeley’s NS&S Service originally focused on landscaping and installing sod and sprinklers, but as customers requested other services, they expanded the nearly 20-year-old family-owned company. “Now we specialize in doing a little bit of everything,” says Maria Martinez, a manager at NS&S. “Everything” includes fencing, painting, cleaning, demolition, property maintenance and more. NS&S Service also rents roll-off dumpsters for clean-up jobs of all sizes. “A lot of people rent a small 6-yarder for a bathroom demo or a garage clean-out. Unlike trash companies, we rent them by the day and week, not just by the month. We also have pickups for bulk items like couches if you don’t want to go to the dump,” Martinez says. In the past year as home-bound homeowners took on new building and landscape improvement projects, many realized their old power tools just weren’t up to the job. As a result, it has been a hectic 12 months at Longmont Outdoor Power Equipment, a familyowned authorized Stihl Dealer that sells new and used equipment and services all makes and models. “What we have seen is a lot of customers transitioning to equipment powered by newer lithium batteries from gas-powered or corded
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equipment. The new equipment is more powerful, cleaner and quieter,” says Ryan Brown, NS & S Service also rents roll-off dumpsters for clean-up jobs of all sizes. manager of Longmont (Photo courtesy: NS&S Service). Outdoor Power Equipment. surfaces sharpened regularly. The Longmont company sells more than fifty pieces of equipment that all can use the > Longmont Outdoor Power Equipment, 1116 same quick-charging battery. “There are several Colorado Ave, Unit A, Longmont, 303.776.0075, different platforms and price points depending longmontoutdoorpower.com on what you need,” Brown says. His biggest piece of advice for homeowners is to make sure your > NS & S Service, 1429 6th Ave., Greeley, power equipment is clean, lubricated with cutting 970.515.6401, nsnsservices.com
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any Northern Colorado families have ended up in hot water in the past year and there is a simple explanation. “Homeowners looked at their backyards a lot and decided they needed to have a spa,” says Cindy Strick, finance and human resources manager for Aqua Spas. Some homebound folks needed the stress relief of a hot tub and its multiple massaging jets, but many other customers ordered aboveground swim spas as a new way to
exercise at home for themselves and their children who are high school and college athletes. With 25 years of experience in hot tub sales and service, Fort Collinsbased Aqua Spas is the exclusive Master Spa Dealer for the state for over 25 years as well as Nebraska and Wyoming. Aqua Spas also features the line of spas and swim spas from Olympic gold medal legend Michael Phelps. For homeowners considering the purchase of a hot tub or swim spa, Aqua Spa’s Cindy Strick suggests considering a few questions first:
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multiple locks and Auto Covers that open and close themselves with the flick of a switch. The new generation of smart spas can be programmed and controlled using an app on a smartphone or tablet. Regular maintenance of filtration systems and surfaces is ongoing as any owner of a home hot tub or swim spa knows. Aqua Spa provides detailed training for new owners and all of the spa owners’ manuals are available at the Aqua Spa web site. “We can also provide regular scheduled maintenance services for any spa,” Strick says. The company’s website provides a catalog of essential spa chemicals, supplies and accessories. A longtime Colorado company, Aqua Spa products are proudly made in the U.S. and no-money-down financing is available. > Aqua Spas, 4731 W. 10th St., Greeley, 970.352.7140, aquaspasinc.com (Additional locations in Fort Collins, Longmont and Castle Rock).
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hen it comes to finding the right home loan,there is no shortage of choices, CONSIDER THE TIMELINE. and making the right decision can seem overwhelming.Some types of loans are better than others – especially when it comes to a specific project like “Renovation loans can take longer to get approved than a traditional refinance loan,” says Durhman. This is because the approval process must include not only a home remodel. the borrower’s credit approval, but also approval of the general contractor and the Barry Durhman is a mortgage loan originator with Guardian Mortgage,a division renovation project.“This requires added documentation about the general contractor of Sunflower Bank.We sat down with Durhman, a true expert in home loans, to get and project,” says Durhman, “which is submitted to the appraiser to determine the his advice on the best loans for your next home renovation project. Here are his tips: as-completed value of the home. After the renovation loan closes and funds, the renovation project begins and there is a detailed process followed to fund the project.”
DECIDE ON A LUMP SUM OF CASH OR INCREMENTAL PAYMENTS.
If you are looking to renovate your home,Durhman says the first thing to ask yourself is this: Do I need all the cash upfront or in increments? This primary factor will dictate what loan options are available to you.
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If you have the equity in your home, Durhman says the best route right now, with current low interest rates, is to get a traditional cash-out refinance or add a second mortgage, like a HELOC.“This avoids the need to have the more detailed approval CHOOSE BETWEEN REFINANCING AND LIQUIDATION. project and post-closing draw process,” he says. “However, renovation loans meet a Once you know how you need the money – lump sum or incremental – you can valuable need in the market when you do not have the equity present in the home to decide whether you want to refinance your first mortgage or liquidate the equity in a access the funds through a cash-out refinance or HELOC.” “cash-out”refinance.“The good news is that financing the renovation costs into your Above all, Durhman advises loan shoppers to consider three components of their renovation loan: rates, fees and turn-times on the underwriting. This will give you primary mortgage makes the interest paid tax deductible,”says Durhman. a clear idea of how much the project is going to cost you, and how long it’s going to Durhman adds that some homeowners can look into a second position take, so there won’t be any surprises. These will vary between loan providers, so it’s mortgage, where you will receive all the funds upfront or in a Home Equity Line important to do your research and find the best match for your needs. of Credit (HELOC) and then advance the funds as needed throughout your home improvement project.But this option comes with drawbacks.“If considering a second position mortgage where your first position mortgage remains as is,you will be subject > Contact Barry Durhman at 303.881.1192 or BarryDurhman@gmc-inc.com. to higher rates than refinancing your first mortgage and the interest may not be tax Guardian Mortgage serves all areas of Colorado as well as 42 other states. Learn more at GuardianMortgageOnline.com/BarryDurhman. deductible,”says Durhman.
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echnology is bringing heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems out of the dark for today's homeowners who are increasingly involved in making sure their homes are safe and comfortable. Following are five HVAC innovations that are changing the future of our homes, according to Scott Butterworth,owner/operations manager of McCreery and Sun of Colorado, which is located in Greeley. 1. "Probably the most common concern and the one people are talking about right now is indoor air quality," primarily out of concern for COVID-19 transmission and allergies, Butterworth said. New air-quality systems are made for today's homes that can trap allergens and germs because homes are better insulated. One air purifier by Honeywell, for example, uses ultraviolet light to help clear the area of allergens, mold and even odors. Another company, Global Plasma Solutions, uses technology to produce positive and negative ions to rid the air of viruses, bacteria,volatile organic compounds,smoke and other airborne issues. Butterworth said he tested the GPS equipment in his own home prior to offering it to customers.He noticed the system filter became quite dark in the first few weeks,indicating that it was pulling particles from the air efficiently.After running the system for six months, the filters were light gray, which showed that the air was much cleaner. 2. It's no surprise that homes are becoming smarter,as in smart technology.And that applies to heating and air conditioning,as well.Programmable thermostats have given way to smartphone apps that allow homeowners to control heat,air and timing from a distance."Home automation is another big thing.Originally,we got into it through WiFi thermostats - communicating on your phone to see what your house was doing," Butterworth said.But technology now allows even more control by alerting homeowners to issues such as water leaks.And customers are requesting more connections to services such as Alexa to keep tabs on their heating and cooling in a more targeted and personal approach that matches their needs. NOCOHOMEANDGARDENSHOW.COM
3. High-efficiency equipment is becoming increasingly important in today's home. The idea of saving energy and being kinder to the environment is appealing to many customers. Butterworth said, "I think there's a lot of people who don't quite understand it. But this new equipment saves on utility costs," he said. "This efficiency helps with comfort in the house, and the heating system can run a little longer as far as the blower operating, and it saves you money." He said he recently led a training class on a highefficiency tankless water heater. "Right now, a traditional water heater will try to keep 40 or 50 gallons of water heated, which is not efficient. But we now have the ability to go to 96 percent or even 99 percent on a tankless water system that only heats the water that is being used. It saves money and reduces carbon emissions."
to become more savvy consumers.Online information and social media bring more attention to new products for the home. "Out of 100 customers, 10-15 of then, when they call, they are looking for one-specific product, such as a WiFi stat that is compatible with Alexa. They know what they want," he said. "It’s refreshing when you do get a phone call from a customer in that 15 percent who says they are looking for a specific product. We can help them facilitate their goals." > McCreery and Sun of Colorado Contact the company at McCreeryandSun.com, call 970.339.5740; or follow them on Facebook. The company offers 24-hour emergency service.
4. Solar systems also are becoming more accessible in homes,McCreery said.New technology allows energy generated from solar to be stored, so concerns about reliability due to cloudy days or low sun exposure no longer exist. McCreery and Sun installs solar water heating systems and offers a variety of solar services, such as panel repair via certified technicians.Innovation in photovoltaic systems is allowing customers to craft energy sources to their needs. Butterworth said he had a customer use a photovoltaic system to heat their floors in addition to providing their lighting. McCreery and Sun works with the Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute and Xcel Energy to help customers quality for solar rebates, which can offset additional front-end expenses for equipment and help homeowners save on utility costs. 5. Innovation also has reached customer service. The COVID-19 pandemic, out of necessity, prompted additional safety measures, Butterworth said, such as more attention to cleaning and wearing masks. Some of those safety measures will continue, such as asking customers if they prefer that technicians wear masks and using bags to remove air filters to reduce contamination. That attention to detail is being used to keep customers safe as well as employees. Advances in technology also are prompting customers 2021 NORTHERN COLORADO HOME+GARDEN SHOW 35
Ways to Lead a Greener Lifestyle at Home BY BRITTANY ANAS
dopting a series of small eco-friendly habits at home isn’t just great for the environment. These sustainable strategies can also save you money on your utility bills, and, in some cases, lessen health risks. From radon testing to detecting water leaks and taking energy-saving measures, we’ve rounded up ways that you and your family can lead a more sustainable and safer lifestyle, starting at home. Ahead of Earth Day (it’s April 22 this year), here are some easy-to-implement tips that are good for you, your wallet and Mother Earth.
SAVING ENERGY (AND MONEY) AT HOME
A home that runs on natural gas uses three times less energy than an all-electric home, according to Atmos Energy, which delivers natural gas to roughly 120,000 customers throughout Colorado, including Greeley and surrounding areas in the northeast. An efficient energy source, natural gas will give you immediate heat for cooking, bathing and drying clothes. To help you trim back on your utility bills and conserve even more energy, you can make some easy adjustments at home. Here are some energy-saving tips Atmos Energy provided the Greeley Tribune: Avoid blocking vents with furniture, area rugs or draperies.
Have your heating contractor inspect and seal ductwork to make sure your home has adequate air flow. Leaky ducts can lose up to one-fifth of the air passing through them. Use a programmable or smart thermostat to turn down temps automatically. For example, lowering your thermostat from 70 degrees Fahrenheit to 65 degrees at night can save you $10 for every $100 of heating costs. Insulate older windows using storm or thermal windows with doublepaned glass. You can also seal leaks around windows, doors and openings by using caulking and weather stripping. Take advantage of Colorado’s famed sunshine! Let in the sun’s warmth on sunny days by opening draperies and blinds. Just remember to close them at night to insulate against cold air. Put water-flow restrictors in showerheads and faucets to scale back on your hot water use. Did you know that water-saving showerheads and faucet aerators can save up to 50 percent on your hot water use.
TEST FOR RADON
Did you know that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer? Radon is an odorless, colorless, tasteless radioactive gas caused by the natural breakdown of uranium. The state of Colorado has abundant uranium deposits, and nearly 50 percent of all homes in the state have high radon levels, explains Gabri
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Vergara, consumer protection manager with the Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment. “The only way to know if your home has radon is to test,” Vergara says. “High radon levels can be easily reduced by installing a radon mitigation system, which typically costs no more than the cost of replacing your hot water heater.” Weld County offers free-short term radon test kits. These are available one per household while supplies last. Kits can be requested online at: drhomeair.com/weld. Additional test kits can be purchased at a reduced cost at drhomeair.com/colorado. “Testing your home is easy and doesn’t require a professional,” Vergara says. “Reducing the radon level in your home could reduce your and your family’s cancer risk.” If you determine you have radon levels of 4 or greater picocuries per liter (pCi/L) of air, you can install a mitigation system.
CHECK FOR WATER LEAKS
The average American household wastes more than 10,000 gallons of water each year from easy-to-fix water leaks. To put that in perspective, you could wash 270 loads of laundry with all of that wasted water. The City of Greeley Water Department participates in a Fix a Leak Week, a March event that helps educate residents on the easy steps they can take to save water. Here are three easy steps the city recommends for conserving water:
Check for leaks. A simple way to detect toilet leaks, for instance, is by putting a few drops of food coloring in the tank. Wait 10 minutes and then see if it appears in the toilet bowl. You’ll also want to look for leaky faucets. Twist and tighten hose and pipe connections. Grab a wrench and firmly turn any leaking faucets or showerheads. To save your household more than 500 gallons each year, add a WaterSense labeled aerator onto each bathroom faucet to conserve water without noticing a difference in flow. Replace fixtures with WaterSense labeled models if you can’t fix the drips. These models are certified to use 20 percent less water and perform as well or better than standard models. Replacing a showerhead along can save you up to 2,700 gallons.
PREPARING YOUR SPRINKLERS FOR SUMMER
Leaks in your sprinkler system can cause your water bill to skyrocket. Ahead of summer, you can get a courtesy sprinkler inspection from Conserva Irrigation of Fort Collins, a company that provides sprinkler repairs, maintenance, and upgrades. If you’re looking to install or upgrade your sprinkler systems, Conserva Irrigation’s system can help you reduce water waste by up to 60 percent, which will yield you savings on your monthly water bill. > Atmos Energy: For more information about natural gas, contact Atmos Energy, 1.866.286.6700, atmosenergy.com. > Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment: For more information about radon testing, visit www.weldhealth.org/go/radon or contact Gabri Vergara at 970.400.2226 or firstname.lastname@example.org. > Greeley Water and Sewer: For more water-saving tips, visit greeleygov.com/ services/ws/home. > Conserva Irrigation of Fort Collins: For more information about sprinkler inspections and other services from Conserva Irrigation of Fort Collins (which serves the Northern Colorado area, including Greeley), call 970.633.3083 or visit conservairrigation.com/fort-collins.
Northern Colorado Residents Flock to Raising Backyard Chickens BY | ELISE OBERLIESEN
t''s th hat time off year wh hen feed d stores likke J&T Feeds, in Greeley display their oh so fuzzy and adorable baby chicks. Be forewarned if your kiddos tag along on the next shopping trip – you just may end up loading the vehicle with a crate full of chicks. Not to mention blueprints for a hen house. It nearly happened to my friend in Brighton. Before you make any rash decisions about raising backyard chickens, always check local ordinances to determine whether chicken keeping is allowed in your area. If you have a fondness for roosters, just know they’re not welcomed creatures in many towns. Wondering how to build a chicken coup? Larimer County Planning Department is good resource to learn about permits and state regulations since the
rules vary widely. The Humane Society is another valuable resource. “People who live in City of Fort Collins and Loveland can contact Larimer Humane Society Animal Protection and Control for questions about raising urban chickens,” said Rigo Neira, director of animal protection and control with Larimer Humane Society. Part of the permitting is designed to keep predators like fox and hawks out of chicken enclosures, he said. A proper enclosure not only protects your flock but also keeps them covered. J&T Feed carries many of the supplies needed to keep your chickens happy. Knowledgeable staff can
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help answer questions you have and steer you away from common pitfalls. Experienced in keeping chickens,staff associate Teri Segelke with J&T Feed said constant handwashing before and after handling chickens is crucial. That’s because infected chickens can transmit salmonella to your family – and you can also transmit diseases to them, she said. Another tip is to keep tabs on your outdoor footwear. Chicken droppings are highly toxic and you don’t want to track it through your home. > J&T Feeds, 4835 West 10th St., Greeley, 970.378.0240, jtfeeds.com.
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Johnson Cabinetry & Refacing
Johnson Cabinetry & Refacing provides years of experience in cabinet refacing. Their expert Installation Technicians will
help you modernize and update your home at an affordable price. They offer a wide range of options to fit your style and budget. 2015 2nd Ave, Greeley, 720.652.0240, jcabinetry.com.
McDonald Carpet One Floor & Home
For more than 25 years, McDonald Carpet One has been providing flooring solutions to the Boulder County area. Whether for your home or business, this is the place to find the best flooring brands and selection available – at guaranteed low prices. 6367 Arapahoe Road, Suite A1, Boulder, 720.432.2916, mcdonaldcarpetoneboulder.com.
Mighty Hand Construction
Mighty Hand Construction is a familyowned, locally-operated, licensed and insured construction company serving Northern Colorado. They specialize in premium remodels (basements, kitchens, whole homes), additions and design builds. 141 Racquette Drive Unit 2, Fort Collins, 970.844.9191, mightyhandconstruction.com
2901 S. 27th Ave | Greeley, CO 80631 909 Mountain Ave | Berthoud, CO 80513 nococu.org | 970.330.3900
Home & Garden
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We’ve got a loan for that!
NS & S Service
NS&S Service has been in business for 18 years in Greeley. Formerly known as Norm’s Sod & Sprinkler Service, the company have come a long way from just doing sod installation and sprinkler systems. Services include landscaping to painting, to demolition, to demo clean up, house cleanings, eviction trash outs, fencing and more! P.O. Box 644, Greeley, 970.515.6401 nsnsservices.com
Warm Hugs Mixes & Gifts
Fashion, Colorado, Gourmet, Kitchen, Bath & Body, Games, Puzzles, Brighton Jewelry, Purses, Candles, Graphic Tshirts... something for everyone... you will see! Visit Warm Hugs’ beautiful retail store in downtown Greeley. 809 10th St., Greeley, 970.353.3447, warmhugsmixes.com
FINANCIAL & EDUCATIONAL SERVICES
Tradesmen Remodeling is your one stop home remodeling and improvement shop! Services include home remodeling, finishing and updating or upgrading: basements, bathrooms, kitchens, flooring, tile work, decks and patio covers and more. Serving Northern Colorado, 970.433.6501, tradesmenremodeling.con
Universal Windows provides the sales and installation of replacement windows, doors, siding and gutters. Its exclusive UniShield with super spacer glass provides an industry best for energy performance. Replacement vinyl windows from Universal Windows Direct utilize only virgin vinyl and will never rot, fade, chip, or peel. Universal Windows’ premium replacement windows will provide your home with a lifetime of lasting beauty. 3700 Quebec St. #100-217, Denver, 303.373.4236 universalwindowsdirect.com/denver
DECOR & FURNITURE Front Range Mercantile
Family owned and operated, Longmont’s Front Range Mercantile Indoor Flea Market is 21,000 square feet of pure shopping bliss! With over 90 exceptional vendors who continuously update and offer treasures at affordable prices, there’s no reason not to grab a friend and come on down for a visit. 1201 S. Sunset St., Longmont, 303.776.6605 frontrangeindoorfleamarket.com
Unfinished Furniture Colorado
Unfinished Furniture Colorado is a place where you can go to create the perfect space for your home or office. Whether you’re finishing it yourself, getting a factory finish, or custom finish, our goal is to help you find the furniture that fits your lifestyle and needs. 5095 W. 120th Ave. Broomfield, 303.443.8229 unfinishedfurniturecolorado.com.
60+ Ride transports Weld County’s older adults to medical appointments, grocery stores, financial and government institutions, social events, houses of worship, and personal grooming appointments free of charge, regardless of income. 800 8th Ave., Suite 229, Greeley, 970.388.1181 60plusride.org.
Allstate Ins. Co. / Helfrich & Associates, Inc.
With over 50 years of combined experience, Helfrich & Associates, Inc. is a family-owned business that has earned both respect and trust throughout the community. They offer products and services that meet a multitude of needs ranging from standard auto policies to retirement planning. 1120 38th Avenue Suite 2, Greeley, 970.353.8572, agents.allstate.com/ sue-helfrich-greeley-co.html
Code Ninjas of Greeley
Code Ninjas teaches kids ages 7 to 14 how to write code, by making video games. Kids progress through belts, like a karate class. With each set of projects they complete, they can belt-up, until they reach black belt. 4239 Centerplace Drive Suite 1F, Greeley, 970.673.7268, codeninjas.com/co-greeley.
Northern Colorado Credit Union
Northern Colorado Credit Union, formerly College Credit Union, first opened its doors on the campus of the University of Northern Colorado in 1935. No matter what you need to finance, they’ve got a loan for that! 2901 S. 27th Ave., Greeley, 970.330.3900, nococu.org
Summit Education Group
Summit Education Group has a simple goal - to provide Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Educators, and other Allied and Mental Health professionals with the continuing education you want. Serving Northern Colorado. 800.433.9570, summit-education.com.
All memberships & loans are subject to approval, standard rates & underwriting guidelines apply. Open to anyone that works or lives in Weld or Larimer County.
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FINANCIAL & EDUCATIONAL SERVICES Sunflower Bank
Whether you know them as Sunflower Bank or Guardian Mortgage, their philosophy is simple: they offer a full range of financial products that create possibility in the lives they touch and the communities we serve. 665 Flatiron Marketplace Drive, Broomfield, 720.510.7346 sunflowerbank.com.
GREEN LIVING Atmos Energy
Atmos Energy Corporation is the nation’s largest fully regulated, natural gas-only distributor of safe, clean, efficient and affordable energy. Atmos Energy’s communities span from Greeley and surrounding areas in the northeast; Steamboat Springs and Craig in the northwest; Salida, Gunnison and Canon City in central Colorado; Lamar and many small communities in the southeast, in addition to Cortez and Durango areas in the southwest. 1200 11th Ave, Greeley, 888.286.6700, atmosenergy.com.
City of Greeley Water
The City of Greeley Water serves the City of Greeley by treating and distributing nearly 9 billion gallons of water every year with more than 500 miles of pipeline, two drinking water plants, a wastewater treatment plant, three treated water reservoirs, six raw water reservoirs and a variety of pumping stations. 1001 11th Ave., Greeley, 970.350.9811, greeley.gov.
Weld County Department of Health and Environment
Radon is an odorless, colorless, radioactive gas that results from the natural decay of uranium. Radon typically moves up through the ground to the air above and into your home through the cracks and other holes in your home’s foundation. Nearly 50% of all homes in Colorado have high radon levels. The only way to know if your home has radon is to test. 1555 N. 17th Ave., Greeley, 970.400.2226 weldgov.com/departments/health_and_environment/environmental_health/air_quality/ radon.
KITCHEN & BATH (CONT.)
HEATING & AIR Greeley Furnace
Greeley Furnace Company (formerly Local Furnace) has been a locally-owned and operated furnace and HVAC company serving Northern Colorado and Weld County since 1958. 2808 S. 31st Ave., Greeley, 970.356.0121 greeleyfurnace.com.
McCreery & Sun of Colorado
Granite Transformations of Denver
Granite Transformations specializes in transforming your kitchen or bathroom. They offer granite/quartz countertops, tile back splashes, sinks, faucets, showers, tub surrounds and cabinet refacing. 5480 W. 60th Ave., Unit C, Arvada, 303.420.8920, granitetransformations. com/location/granite-transformations-ofdenver.
McCreery & Sun Of Colorado is your new go-to source for home comfort. They install and service heating and air conditioning equipment of all sizes, including residential and commercial heating and air conditioning equipment. They also install and service water heaters and indoor air quality products., 3455 F St., Unit 3, Greeley, 970.339.5740, mccreeryandsun.com.
Northern Colorado Air
Re-Bath Northern Colorado
Northern Colorado Air, Inc. raises standards in comfort with a wide range of expert services, including residential and commercial heating/ cooling installation, maintenance and repair. 812 Stockton Ave., Fort Collins, 970.528.5875, ncagriff.com.
KITCHEN & BATH Castorena’s Granite & Quartz, LLC
The team at Castorena’s Granite & Quartz has more than 35 years of combined experience fabricating and installing granite, marble and quartz for residential homes and commercial properties. The business is family owned and operated providing Northern Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska homes and businesses with the highest quality custom countertops, fireplaces, and so much more. 1934 E Lincoln Ave., Fort Collins, 970.221.3090, castorenas.com.
Colorado Kitchen & Bath
As experienced craftsmen, Colorado Kitchen & Bath has the knowledge, ability and personal tools to design and remodel a complete kitchen or bath from the floor to the ceiling. The many services they provide to complete your project include framing, moving existing walls, plumbing relocation, lighting upgrades, drywall, texture, paint, cabinet installation, countertops, tile, flooring and more. 425 15th St., Greeley, 970.353.2890, ckbsales.com.
At PRO Marble Installation they take pride in being able to bring a new feel to your bathroom! They have been working with solid surface materials for over 35 years. Located in La Salle, Pro Marble services all of Northern Colorado, including Fort Collins, Greeley and Loveland. 23151 CR 33 La Salle, Colorado, 970.284.7736, promarbleinstallation.com. From planning to completion, Re-Bath can create the bathroom you’ve always dreamed of. Working with their bathroom remodelers, you’ll be able to explain your ideas and receive suggestions from their expert designers who can ensure you make smart decisions. 1017 N. 1st St., Berthoud, 970.805.1390, rebath.com/ location/berthoud.
Budget Home Supply
When its time to take on your next home project, there is only one store in Longmont where you know you’ll find all the decking, kitchen products, and lumber you need to get the job done right. For over 30 years Budget Home Supply has served Northern Colorado. 780 Boston Ave., Longmont, 303.678.8800, budgethomesupply.com.
OUTDOOR LIVING Aqua Spas
For the past 28 years, Aqua Spas has endeavored to be “Simply the Best” in all they do to assist their customers in realizing the many benefits of owning a hot tub or swim spa. 4731 W. 10th St., Greeley, 970.352.7140, aquaspasinc.com.
When you have a sprinkler system designed and installed by Conserva Irrigation’s team of trained experts, you can have the ultimate peace of mind that you are getting one of the
best lawn irrigation systems around. 1281 E. Magnolia St., Fort Collins, 970.217.3926 conservairrigation.com/fort-collins.
Crystal Landscape Supplies Crystal Landscape Supplies Inc., is your locally owned and operated landscape material supply store. For more than 20 years they have provided superior decorative rock, the largest assortment of mulches, gravel, base material and soils in Northern Colorado. 6616 N. Garfield, Loveland, 970.669.3565
Degenhardt Decks & Covers Degenhardt Decks & Covers has stood the test of time by providing homeowners with close attention to specialized features that make a difference in their outdoor home improvements. Every project they do is done with quality, reliability and customer service in mind. 2242 Watersong Circle, Longmont, 303.817.8149, degenhardtdecks.com.
Don King Landscaping Don King Landscaping has been providing quality landscaping to the great people of Colorado since 1973. Based out of Erie, the company has grown from a landscaping company to a full-service contractor specializing in anything outdoors. P.O. Box 372, Erie, 303.828.0372, donkinglandscaping.com.
Longmont Outdoor Power Equipment Longmont Outdoor Power Equipment is a locally owned Stihl dealership. The business prides itself on customer driven service before, during, and after the sale. As a full line retailer, they carry everything from high powered gas equipment that made Stihl famous, to the cutting edge battery powered machines. Not to mention the brand new to North America, Stihl iMOW robotic lawn mowing system. 1116 Colorado Ave., Unit A, Longmont, 303.776.0075 longmontoutdoorpower.stihldealer.net
PETS J&T Feeds J&T Feeds is your neighborhood pet and feed store, serving Greeley and Northern Colorado for 19 years. Providing all your pet needs including food, gifts and services at sensible prices. 4865 West 10th Street, Greeley, 970.378.0240, jtfeeds.com.
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