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Wide open spaces by Roger S. Lucas Three words describe Nick Caramandi’s manufactured home. - Spacious. - Efficient. - Stylish. And it’s for sale. Nick’s Home Repairs has grown past the type of business its name implies. Caramandi has been putting in new manufactured homes in old Grand Coulee, near the famous B Street. I was amazed when I entered his home at the corner of B Street

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and 1st Street by its vaulted ceilings and massive open floor space. There are four bedrooms and two full baths. The interior offers 2,100 square feet of very livable floor space, plus a 1,000-squarefoot, two-car garage. You can move from the master bedroom to a mud-room entrance in the back … plenty of space to change so you don’t track dirt into the house. Caramandi has converted one bedroom into his office, where he has plenty of desk space and computer room. The living room features a full

Everything a kitchen needs, as seen from the laundry room entrance.

fireplace and there are plenty of windows so you can bring the outside into your view. A spacious deck is on the back where you can have your traditional barbecue, or just sit and enjoy the out-of-doors. The kitchen has all modern appliances. They are energy efficient. The home is well insulated and has air conditioning. It is so air-tight that the manufacturers have put air vents in strategic places so you can shut the doors. That’s how air tight the home is. The home is manufactured in Oregon and Caramandi pur-

chased it from Clayton Mobile Homes, out of Moses Lake. You can select a site, order your manufactured home and he’ll have you in it in six weeks. Caramandi says his highest heating bill this past winter was $120 … that’s the entire electric bill. Clayton Mobile Homes brought the huge manufactured home here with two trucks. Caramandi had prepared the lot for the home and the two units were placed on concrete pads. Continued on page 3

A big window lets in a lot of light to the master bedroom, which has its own bath on the left.

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The living room, open to a family room and dining area, presents a wide open space anchored by the fireplace seen on the cover of this issue.

The home features 2x6 construction, making it one of the firmest of manufactured homes.

After a short time lining the units up they were bolted together, and then it was just finish work. Caramandi ordered carpet and selected paint and soon the home was ready for occupancy.

“It’s ideal for retirees or older people because there are no interior steps. The home is built to be handicapped accessible.”

It’s now slated for sale, at just under $190,000.

Caramandi has several lots. Take your pick. He’ll build to suit.

What started as a small projects business has turned into a fullscale home building company.

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Avoid electrical hazards when remodeling (Family Features) Whether you’re remodeling your home for resale or to improve it for your own enjoyment, safety during the process is a key concern. But one thing that often gets overlooked is the safety of the home’s electrical system. Each year, electrical fires claim approximately 485 lives and cause $868 million in property damage. If you’re planning on doing any home improvement, take some time to make sure your home is wired for safety. Many remodeling projects impact the home’s electrical system: tearing down a wall, putting one up, adding lighting fixtures, moving wall receptacles or replacing the wiring. Before you get started, make sure you have a clear idea of what your electrical needs will be and how you can meet them. Homeowners should obtain the appropriate permits and have the work inspected as called for in local code requirements. Check with your local government to find out what the requirements are in your area. An important note: some jobs are best done by a qualified electrician — it’s better to consult one early in the planning stages than to try and take on a dangerous job by yourself.

Electrical Plan Lighting. Adding or changing the lighting plan for a room requires electrical work. —What kind of lighting will you use? Ceiling fixtures, wallmounted fixtures and recessed lights all need interior wiring; table or floor lamps need outlets. —Will you be changing to a dimmer switch or adding additional switches? —Is there proper support for the new fixtures?

Electronics. Think through the electronic devices that will be used in the room and make sure you have the proper electrical service for those needs and protection for the devices, such as surge protectors. —Computers and peripheral equipment —Televisions, DVD or Blu-ray players, gaming systems —Power tools Appliances and other equipment. Adding a bathroom or wet bar adds to your electrical needs. —Ventilation fan —Refrigerators —Exercise equipment —Heating and cooling elements The electrical needs associated with a bigger remodeling project may require the installation of additional circuits to the home’s existing load center. This is a job best done by a qualified electrician.

Do a Box Check The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) recommends checking your fuse box or circuit breaker regularly — the start of a remodel project is an excellent time to look for the following: —Is your fuse box or circuit breaker box appropriately labeled? Labeling helps to easily identify what circuits power each room in your home. —Are you regularly resetting tripped circuit breakers? Circuit breakers that are constantly tripping indicate that the circuit is overloaded or that other electrical hazards exist. Consult a qualified, licensed electrician. —Is your home protected by Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters

(AFCIs)? AFCIs are devices that replace standard circuit breakers in the electrical service panel and that greatly reduce the risk of home electrical fires.

Arc Faults and AFCIs Arc faults occur from damaged wiring, overheated or stressed electrical cords, worn electrical insulation, wires and/or cords in contact with vibrating metal, damaged electrical appliances and other conditions. This potentially dangerous situation creates high-intensity heat — which may exceed 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit — resulting in burning particles that can easily ignite surrounding material, such as wood framing or insulation. AFCIs are special circuit breakers that detect electrical arcing. They are designed to recognize

when arc faults occur and automatically shut the circuit down before it becomes a fire hazard. AFCI technology is already required in all new home construction, according to the National Electrical Code. However, AFCIs can also be retrofitted to older homes, where older wiring and outdated electrical work may increase the threat of an electrical fire.

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If you are interested in having AFCI protection added to your home, consult a qualified, licensed electrician. AFCIs can be found at electrical distributors, hardware stores and home centers across the country for approximately $30 to $35 each, not including the cost of installation, which is essentially the same as a standard circuit breaker.

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rupters (GFCIs) — GFCIs are special outlets that have saved thousands of people from electrocution over the last three decades. If GFCIs were installed in older homes, experts suggest that 70 percent of the approximately 400 electrocutions that occur each year in the home could be prevented.

—Tamper-Resistant Outlets (TROs) — TROs protect small children from inserting foreign When it objects into them. comes to These specialized remodeling, outlets have been so put the safety AFCIs are special circuit breakers effective in preventof your family that detect electrical arcing. ing injuries to children and home first. that the 2008 National Investigating Electrical Code reand preventing potential electriquires that tamper-resistant outcal hazards lets you enjoy your lets be installed in all new homes improved home with peace of constructed. mind. —Surge Protection — Surge For more on AFCIs, visit AFprotection at the loadcenter and at the point of use protect your electronic investments. Protection on the power, cable and Make Sure telephone will ensure your elecYou’re Protected tronics are protected from surge In addition to installing smoke voltages that can damage, if not detectors, CO2 and radon detecdestroy, this equipment. tors, help protect your home and These devices serve as silent family from fire and shock hazguardians, looking for suspicious ards with these devices. activities 24 hours a day, 7 days a —Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters week and 365 days a year. Having (AFCIs) — The U.S. Department them installed is one more way to of Housing and Urban Developprotect your home. ment’s Healthy Homes report lists lack of AFCIs among the primary residential hazards associated with burns and fire-related injuries. —Ground Fault Circuit Inter-

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Get Inspected The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) recommends that homeowners have their homes inspected by a qualified licensed electrician if: —The home is 40 or more years old.

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—The home is 10 or more years

Few days left to get cash for old appliances If you have old appliances you’re thinking about replacing, you have a couple days left until the end of the “Cash for Appliances” program runs out of money. Cash for Appliances Washington rebates are only available until funds run out. The program offers $100 cash back on new, qualified ENERGY STAR® clothes washers and $75 on new ENERGY STAR® refrigerators when the old unit is recycled. These cash back incentives are in addition to the incentives offered through Washington utilities, manufacturers or retailers for purchasing new and recycling old appliances. Older appliances can be a big energy drain; making the switch to an energy efficient model is an effective way to use less energy and tread more lightly on the earth. All Washington state households are eligible to receive one clothes washer and one refrigerator rebate. Consumers must buy their appliance from a Washington state retailer, such as Loepp Furniture and Appliance in Grand Coulee, which is participating the in the program. Products that qualify for the rebate are ENERGY STAR refrigerators greater than 9 cubic feet and ultra-high efficiency ENERGY STAR clothes washers (MEF 2.46 and WF 4). The program is expected to result in 15,000 fridges and 45,000 clothes washers being replaced by new efficient models, preventing 8,042 tons of carbon dioxide from being released into the environment.

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Outdoor Rooms from Top to Bottom


utdoor rooms continue to be rated as essential by homeowners, given they are extensions of interiors and add real estate value. Yet, designing outdoor living areas comes with its share of challenges. Understanding the basics from the ground up simplifies the process.

The patio is more than a hard surface. It can serve as the outdoor room’s focal point around which other materials and features are styled. The textures and shapes of stone flooring can lend a dimensional feel, while a deck’s color allows it to contrast or blend with the environment.

When planning the floor, spacing is the most important component. Determining upfront if a dining area or outdoor kitchen is desired, and how many people the space will accommodate are key considerations. The patio should be planned to house these installations.

Outdoor rooms can offer added value to any home.

Patios, along with outdoor structures, provide exterior spaces with foundational dimensions and protected placements for furniture and accessories. “Foundations delineate

the room and establish the space that belongs to the room, and that which does not,” says Sarah Kinbar, editor of Garden Design magazine, a leading outdoor design publica-

tion. “Edges and boundaries created by foundations are the outdoor’s answer to walls.”



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Outdoor rooms Outdoor product manufacturers offer exterior structures, furnishings, fabrics and designs to provide permanent enhancements that increase property values. Through a recent partnership, the outdoor room innovators at Walpole Woodworkers and ShadeFX Canopies unveiled versatility and quality as top priorities for outdoor spaces. As a result, the two companies launched a line of shade pergolas that combine cellular vinyl pergolas with retractable and integrated canopy systems.

“As a design element, shade pergolas moderate the transition from indoors to outdoors,” explains Steve Ostrowski, president of ShadeFX Canopies. “The structure defines the space and provides a sense of privacy that makes dining tables and cushioned furniture feel more appropriate in outdoor areas.”

Shade pergolas offer homeowners the ability to create sanctuaries that are covered from rain, protected

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Continued from sun, impervious against wind, and immune from the stresses of daily life. Since the canopies are retractable, homeowners can switch from sun to shade at their leisure. The cellular vinyl pergolas are a lowto no-maintenance realistic wood alternative and last more than 25 years. The durable canopies offer 10 to 15 years of use.

“With their height, depth, and width, using shade pergolas adds dimension and substance to outdoor rooms,” says Lou Maglio, president of Walpole Woodworkers. “Outdoor structures such as these can reflect and enhance the integrity of a home’s architectural style.”

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Laundry room redo I

f it seems like you’re constantly doing laundry, you’re not alone. According to the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, the average American family does 8 to 10 loads of laundry each week. And from wash to dry, a single load takes about an hour and a half to complete. Can anything be done to give laundry a lift? Giving your laundry room a quick and easy makeover can clean up this chore and make it more efficient. Tidy Up. The first step is to declutter and clean up the laundry room. Get rid of broken hampers, recycle used containers and give everything a thorough cleaning. Sweep and mop the floor - and don’t forget to clean up the washer and dryer, too. When dust, trash and grime are gone, you’ll feel more efficient already. Sort it Out. Set up a three bin sorter - one bin each for lights, darks and hand washables. If you don’t have room for a permanent one, look into one that folds flat when not in use. Make sure you have a place for clothes that can’t go in the dryer, such as a rod for hanging or a collapsible drying rack. Storage Solutions. Keep everything you need near the washer. An eye-level shelf works well. If there’s no room for one, try a rolling caddy that can fit between the washer and dryer. Arrange products in the order that you use them. Boxes or baskets make good containers for smaller

Give your laundry room a quick and easy makeover by making it more efficient.

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Lost and Found. Keep an attractive dish or basket near the washing machine - you’ll have a place to put all the miscellaneous items you find as you empty pockets. When you’re done with the laundry, take the dish with you and return the items to their rightful places. And all those single socks? Keep them in a basket, or even pinned to bulletin board. Let them stay there until their mates show up. Finishing Well. For post-laundry tasks, such as ironing or folding, set

up a workstation right in the laundry room. A simple table lets you fold clothes right out of the dryer. If you have room, get a wall-mounted ironing board rack - it keeps the board out of the way and lets you put away a hot iron.In no time at all, you can turn your laundry room into an efficient workspace that helps you get the job done faster and better. Source: Arm & Hammer Family Features

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Getting lighting basics right


urniture, fabric and accessories aren’t the only things to think about when decorating. Lighting makes a big difference in the home. It adds beauty and drama as well as function­ality. It can make a small room look bigger and a large room more intimate. Done right, it can have a significant impact — and for far less money then other decoration options.

The Layered Look When it comes to illuminating a room, lighting pros recommend thinking in terms of layers. In general, every room should have three basic layers of light: general or ambient lighting, task lighting and accent lighting.

Ambient Lighting Ambient lighting provides overall lighting for the whole room. Typical lighting fixtures for this layer include recessed fixtures, pendants, chandeliers and surface-mounted fixtures. Recessed Fixtures: A basic recessed fixture, typically housing a reflector floodlight, throws light downward in a cone shape. Placing recessed fixtures in an evenly spaced grid pattern lets those pools of light overlap and provide even lighting. In a room with eight-foot ceilings, place the fixtures in a grid from four to six feet apart. Chandeliers: A chandelier that’s too big will overpower a room. One that’s too small will seem out of proportion. One trick to calculating a chandelier’s size is to measure the width of the room in feet. Double that number and you’ll get the diameter of the ideal chandelier in inches. For example, a room that’s 12 feet wide should have a chandelier no wider than 24 inches in diameter. Surface Mounted Fixtures: Surface mounted fixtures can be very functional fluorescent types with white diffusing plastic covers or decorative crystal designs that can add sparkle and drama to foyers and hall­ways. Like chandeliers, they tend to distri­bute light more broadly than downlights, and are useful in delivering light to wall surfaces.

Tips and Tricks n The bottom of a hanging fixture should generally be seven feet above the floor.

If a fixture hangs above a dining table in a room with an eight-foot ceiling, the bottom of the fixture should hang about 30 inches above the table. n

The minimum chandelier diameter for most dining rooms should be 20 inches. It should be no greater than the length of the table minus 12 inches. n For higher ceiling applications, consider using spotlights to add more “punch” to objects below.

Task Lighting Task lighting focuses on a specific area of the room where activities like reading, cooking or sewing require additional light. It can be as simple as a pendant light over a kitchen counter, undercabinet lighting, mirror lighting or a reading lamp by a chair. To achieve multiple task lighting levels that accommodate simple to more difficult activities, try using GE Reveal® 3-way bulbs, which provide clean, white light at three different levels.

Lighting makes a big difference in the home.

Tips and Tricks n As a general rule, task lighting should be no more than three times as bright as the ambient light.

n Fluorescents under a kitchen cabinet provide energy-efficient light for food preparation. n

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retractable awnings extend less than 16 feet, and a shade pergola can be used to cover a large area up to 600 square-feet,” says Ostrowski. “A design decision is whether it should be affixed to or separate from the house.” The remaining outdoor living area should be designed like any interior, implementing function and cohesive style. Outdoor fabrics and accessories should reveal personality while adopting juxtaposed colors, textures


reading chair, the base of the lamp shade should be 40 to 42 inches off the floor. n Lighting fixtures at least 16 inches long, placed on both sides of a mirror, can work best for grooming activities.

Accent Lighting Accent lighting creates drama in a room by revealing pleasing architectural features in a room and highlighting artwork, plants and other decorative items. Track lighting and recessed adjustable fixtures are typically used for accent lighting. Downlights over tables and counters can provide visual interest and highlight decorative items. For paintings and other decorative items displayed on walls, lighting fixtures are usually 2 to 3 feet from the wall (for ceiling heights of 8 to 9 feet). Halogen reflector lamps in various sizes and beam spreads are popular light source choices.

Tips and Tricks n Accent light should typically cast about five times more light on

Continued from page 7 and lines that translate easily, as if the interior naturally extends outdoors. According to Kinbar, outdoor rooms have always existed; they are becoming more defined as new products arrive on the market that make these spaces as livable as indoor rooms. To learn more, visit and www. Source: Walpole Woodworkers and ShadeFX Canopies

Continued from page 9 a target than the general light of the room. It should be aimed carefully to prevent glare or unwanted reflections. Carefully chosen and well-placed lighting fixtures will help put your home in the very best light. For more lighting ideas tips, visit

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Three tips for a greener garage


ou may be one of the millions of people making eco-friendly changes around your home, but have you thought about going green in the garage? Garages store more than just cars. They store paint and cleaning supplies, tools and lawn care equipment - all of which can pose environmental hazards. These tips from the experts at Black & Decker will help you green your garage.

Go Gas-Free This spring, millions of Americans will be working hard to improve their backyards, but what does that mean for the environment?

According to the EPA, did you know that: * Gas-powered lawn equipment produces as much as one-tenth of the smog-forming pollutants from all mobile sources? * It is estimated that the few ounces spilled during refueling lawn and garden equipment alone total about 17 million gallons of gasoline, most of which evaporates into the air to contribute to the air pollution problem? * The average gas mower produces as much air pollution in one year as 43 new cars driving 12,000 miles each?

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Make Recycling Easier The garage is the perfect place to set up your own home recycling center. It’s also a high-traffic location, reminding your family to make recycling a habit. Avoid clutter by investing in stackable recycling bins, and reach out to your local recycling center for sorting requirements and regulations.

Get Energy-Efficient Make sure your garage is well insulated. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says that sealing and insulating garage walls and ceilings can be a cost effective way to improve energy efficiency and save money on your utility bills. This can include weather stripping, installing energy-efficient windows and installing an energy-efficient door from the garage to your house.

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