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Fall Home Improvement

The Cheshire Herald

October 1, 2009

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Trees And Shrubbery Can Save On Energy Costs A

few improvements can be concentrated outdoors this season. While homeowners are cleaning up the property or inspecting their home’s exterior, they may want to consider adding some trees and shrubbery that can save them money down the line. Most individuals are tightening their belts and watching spending these days. High numbers of layoffs and increasing unemployment numbers are indicative of troubled times. But while income has decreased, the cost of living certainly has not. Energy costs still remain high, and many homeowners are looking for ways to cut spending any way they can around the home. There is something relatively

easy homeowners can do to reduce the financial burden of energy costs --get planting. Choosing the right types of trees and shrubs can offset heating and cooling costs all year long. Just think how a towering shade tree dramatically cools an area when the sun is high in the sky and can be a welcome solace on a hot day. A hedge of thick evergreen bushes may serve as a windblock when the weather is blustery. Incorporating these elements into a landscape can be a natural and inexpensive way to cut costs. Before planting, homeowners should first answer a few questions. * What direction does my house face?

Join Cheshire Academy For Buddy Walk A

Buddy Walk for the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) will be held at Cheshire Academy on Sunday, Oct. 11. It is a great family event with many different walking distances for all ages. The goal is to raise $30,000 and NDSS hopes to include your organization on their sponsorship roster this year. The event will also feature raffles, free food, and activities, as well as a visit by wellknown Down syndrome actor Chris Burke from ABC’s

“Life Goes On” and CBS’s “Touched by an Angel.” Over 350 people are expected to attend the walk. For sponsorship information, contact Laura Torrey at (203) 699-8952
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* What areas of the house have the most windows? * What climate do I live in? Are four seasons experienced? * What is my planting “zone”? * Are there any rules and regulations regarding planting shrubbery or trees around my home? Answering these questions can help homeowners decide on what plants will be right for their home

needs. For example, individuals who live in primarily hot climates should understand that nearly 75 percent of all solar heat gain in a building comes through windows. Therefore, shading the south- and west-facing windows of the home with trees can dramatically reduce reliance on cooling systems. Keeping an air conditioner unit

shaded can also improve its efficiency. Homeowners who experience the highs and lows of all seasons will want to consider deciduous trees. These are trees that lose their leaves in cold weather. Deciduous trees will block the sun during the summer, but then let the light in winter warm up the interior. If a home is routinely under attack by blustery winds, thick shrubs planted for windbreaking are ideal. These include firs, junipers, and other evergreens. They should be planted perpendicular to the winds for maximum blockage. Shrubs planted on the northeast side of the home may protect the home from storms that tend to roll in from this direction. Do not plant evergreens where sunlight is desired, otherwise the thermostat may need to be turned up to compensate.

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lans for the 2010 New Ha- tributors, Advanced Overhead and many more. ven County Home Show at the Doors, Aqua Pool & Patio, NaWith this home show coming Chevrolet Theatre in Wallingford tional Lumber, V. Nanfito Roof- in February, homeowners will get on Feb. 20 and 21 are progressing ing & Siding, Hunter’s Pool Cen- a firsthand look at products and nicely. ter, Litchfield Builders, Sunwood services that are available to them The annual home show, spon- Development, Greco & Haines, to help improve and fix up their sored by The New Haven County Hocon Gas, Brother’s Pool Co., homes. Home Builders Association, is Papa’s Hearth, ADT Security, Everyone knows that we are featuring companies in the home Total Tree Care, Water- Flo, Inc., in a challenging economy. This building, home remodeling, inte- Viglione Heating, Champion show will give the participating rior decorating, energy savings, Windows, Tri-City Appliance, companies a shot in the arm and landscape, and lifestyle industries. According to show promoter Jay Appleman of Red Stone Promotions, 100 booths have been sk apartment dwellers ited options with respect to how sold so far. Companies from throughout the state of Connecti- one problem they’d most like to far they can go to improve their address about apartment life and closet space, there are ways to cut will be participating. “By show time in February, I you’re likely to hear many, if not create more space in even the tiniexpect a complete sell out of all most, groan about their relative est of closets. All it takes is some lack of closet space. While rent- creativity to make the most out of booth space,” said Appleman. Some of the companies who ing has its benefits, the dearth existing closets. * Add a second clothing rod. have committed to the show in- of closet space renters routinely clude Branford Building Sup- must live with is one disadvan- Closet space can be doubled by plies, Bender Plumbing, Burr tage they have versus their hom- simply adding a second rod. And eowning Roofing & Siding, Liberty Bank, I CAN DO IT MYSELF!!! I CAN counterparts. DO IT MYSELF!!!doing so does not require nailing Announcing the on fall seriesmight of hands workshops While renters haveonlimAnnouncing fall series workshops anything into the walls, which CT Appliance & the Fireplace Dis- of hands

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should keep landlords happy as well. A second clothing rod works best when hanging shorter items, such as skirts or jackets. Those with two closets should re-

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ids ... are you ready for halloween? Maybe you’re counting down the days until you can venture out with friends and gather up a bag of treats. Or perhaps you’re hosting a Halloween bash, complete with spooktacular decorations. either way, halloween can be an enjoyable holiday, but it pays to be extra cautious this day of the year. there are individuals who wait for halloween to do dangerous things. Some people target young and vulnerable victims. If you play it safe and smart, you can avoid danger and enjoy the festivities this year. test your safety smarts by taking this quiz.

friends trick or treating. ANSWER B: Adults can ask other adults for help. A stranger asking a child for help may be illintentioned. 3. You should go trick or treating ... a. with an adult b. alone c. with a group of two or more friends d. a & c A N S W E R D : Ve r y young children should be accompanied by an adult. Older children can usually trick-or-treat safely in a group of three or more people. Watch out for your friends and use a buddy system.

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est known as the cigarsmoking, scotch-drinking funnyman from the "Blue collar comedy" phenomenon, comedian ron "tater salad" White will bring big attitude and even bigger laughs to Waterbury during his "Behavioral Problems" tour stop at the Palace theater tomorrow, at 8 p.m. this event is sponsored by WTNH/MyTV9. a storyteller since he was a boy growing up in a small town in the middle of Texas oil country, White went from selling windows for a living to performing in sold-out theaters and arenas as a headlining comedian

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3 and Sunday, Oct. 4 - Friends of Boulder Knoll will celebrate its first season of Boulder Knoll Community Farm with a Fall "ABC's Celebration," featuring an art show and sale, fall bulbs for purchase, and a community farm tour. All members of the local community, as well as other towns, are invited to attend the event, which is free. All proceeds from sales at the event will support the Friends of Boulder Knoll, Inc. The Friends is a community-based, non-profit organization in Cheshire with the mission of educating community members in the responsible uses of open space. The art show, featuring the works of Meriden artist Bruce Dumas, will be held on Saturday, Oct. 3, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Gidding’s Farm, 915 Boulder Road, Cheshire - (adjacent to Boulder Knoll Community Farm) and on Sunday, Oct. 4, from 1 to 6 p.m. at the home of Greg

Melville, 474 Maple Avenue, in Cheshire. In case of rain on Saturday, the art show will be held at the Melville home. Bruce Dumas works with acrylics on canvas and board, representing the landscapes, seascapes, and harbor scenes encountered on his field trips throughout the east coast. Original paintings and fine art prints will be available for purchase. Thirty percent of the sales of Mr. Dumas’s art will be donated to Friends of Boulder Knoll. A bulb sale will also be conducted at the same locations and times on Saturday and Sunday with top quality daffodils, tulips, and crocuses for fall planting. A special ‘Boulder Knoll Sunflower’ daffodil mix will be available as well. ‘Garden Angels’ can purchase bulbs that will be planted en masse this October at Boulder Knoll Community Farm. All profits from the bulb sales will also be donated to the Friends of Boulder Knoll.

Tours of the Boulder Knoll Community Farm and gardens will be conducted on Saturday by shareholders of the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) group at Boulder Knoll. The farm

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s the economy continued to struggle over the last year, many homeowners put off home improvement projects as a means of saving money and insulating themselves from any potential financial pitfalls. While the economy has yet to fully recover, the speculation that the coming year will be much better than 2009 has led some homeowners to begin seeking smaller home improvement projects. though it might be too early to commit big dollars to a project, there are several options out there for homeowners looking to make small and inexpensive additions or improvements. * consider any new guests. an unfortunate side effect of the bad

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amilies know how important it is to retain the value of their homes, especially when we hear so much about diminishing home values and foreclosures. still, remodeling is one of the best ways to preserve your home’s value and in some parts of the country, homeowners can still recover up to 90 percent of their remodeling costs despite falling home prices. if you’re a homeowner who’s in the process of remodeling, consider budget-friendly options to get the look you want without breaking the bank. here are several tips to give you some less expensive options when remodeling. Kitchen the countertops are one of the high impact surfaces in your kitchen. While natural stone options like granite and quartz, as well as solid surfaces are alluring, they’re expensive and can quickly drain your remodeling budget. Now is a good time to check out a contemporary laminate countertop, which offers luxury looks at a surprisingly low cost when compared to stone. Wilsonart(r) hd High Definition Laminate, for example, is available in 43 designs created specifically for heavy use horizontal surfaces like countertops. the deep, rich look and dimensional texture can give your kitchen countertop the look you want without the sacrifice. Custom cabinets, though gorgeous to look at, can also make a significant dent in your budget plan. to get the same look for less, install oversized crown molding on top of stock cabinets to make them “pop.” Most people won’t notice the difference, and you’ll save enough to buy a new appliance or two. Bathroom a beautiful, updated bathroom will undoubtedly add value to your home, but it can also be a money pit that sucks away your remodeling dollars due to potentially high material and labor costs. in an effort to cut back, try

searching for discounted fixtures like shower heads and faucets at home improvement stores or at online sources like eBay. Oftentimes, the cost of new luxury-name fixtures can run between $500 to $1000 while mass-market versions may provide the same look for less. Many manufacturers, like Moen and delta, provide detailed installation instructions so you can save there, too. those popular glass or

decorative nickel knobs and pulls on cabinets and doors can often run as much as $20 apiece. a better option is oversized hardware -- eight to 12 inches long as opposed to the standard four to five inches -- which gives you a bold look for less. You can also save money on bathroom countertop surfaces by considering durable laminate instead of stone, which can be stained by cosmetics and

cleaners. another advantage of laminate is that if you decide to change the color scheme of your bathroom in a few years, laminate can be switched out easily and inexpensively. Family Room estimates tell us that adding a family room, as opposed to simply remodeling one, will help a homeowner recoup as much as 80 percent of their original investment at resale. remember to plan the space by factoring in the size of your family, the ages of your kids (and their friends), and perhaps even the possibility of additions to your immediate family, like grandparents or babies. some families go as far as taking out walls to improve space, but careful planning and wise furniture positioning can help you avoid drastic changes to the room

that tend to drain your budget. if you’re handy or can afford to hire a carpenter, built-in shelving and possibly an entertainment/gaming nook are useful and popular additions, and can be painted, stained, or simply covered with laminate to match your decor. Bedrooms From a purely practical standpoint, your bedrooms are places for you and your family to sleep and take refuge from the outside world. a master bedroom remodel should reflect an atmosphere of serenity and comfort. it’s also the perfect place to install energy efficient windows, which will help keep you cool in the summer, warm in the winter, and allow you to eventually recoup the cost with savings on your monthly energy See COLOR, page 16

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“The Internet can help homeowners learn about window and door manufacturers and their products, and to develop a short list of preferred manufacturers,” said Chris Schield of Weather Shield Windows & Doors, which provides an overview of the basics on windows and doors at “Homeowners should then get a first-hand account of a product’s performance, actual price and features from a reputable window and door dealer, installed sales company, or a building or remodeling contractor.” Manufacturers’ Web sites can also help you search for the closest dealer. By searching Weather Shield’s dealer locator, for example, you can identify nearby lumberyards, window and door dealers, and installed sales com-

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any people believe feng shui is simply another design style. actually, it’s more complicated than that. Feng shui is actually an ancient chinese art and science developed more than 3,000 years ago. the science encompasses a complex knowledge that illustrates how to balance the energies of any given space to assure the health and good fortune for people living in that space. in chinese culture, gentle wind and clear waters have long been associated with good health and a good harvest. it should come as no surprise then that feng means “wind” and shui means “water.” the chinese believe that the world is made up of “chi” or energy. depending upon how that energy flows, the outcome could be good or bad, particularly inside of a home. a feng shui expert will use a compass, also known as the “lopan,” and the “Ba-Gua,” to do an analysis of a home. the Ba-Gua is an octagonal grid containing the symbols of the i ching, the ancient oracle on which feng shui is based. While feng shui in its entirety is complicated and best left to a professional, there are certain concepts the average homeowner can embrace and implement in the home. * improve air quality and natural light. Open up the drapes and windows to let the sunshine in, and the air to flow. Introduce plants that will help filter the air, and as a secondary route, use an

air filter to remove impurities in the air. While natural light is best, full-spectrum light bulbs can also enhance the light in a home. * reduce clutter. lightening up the house is key to good feng shui. clutter can trap good energy. Get rid of everything you don’t absolutely need. * Define your home’s Ba-Gua. Use the grid to pinpoint the specific eight areas of the home that will provide an energy map of the space. For example, the southeast feng shui area of your home is connected to the flow of wealth and money energy in your life and is seen as lucky for 2009. the Ba-Gua will also tell you what colors and elements are essential to promoting good feng shui in those specific areas. * Learn about the five feng shui elements. educating yourself about these elements can help you incorporate changes in the home. each element is represented by

specific colors, and using these colors is an easy way to bring about change in the home. WOOd: Green, brown Fire: red, strong yellow, orange, purple, pink earth: light yellow, sandy/ earthy colors, light brown Metal: White, gray Water: Blue, black * learn your feng shui birth element. this element pertains to the year you were born. Using this element in your home can be a good way to reinforce positive energy. * examine door placement. ideally, your front door and back door should not line up with each other. if they do, according to the principles of feng shui, the chi will slip right through the house without bringing benefits to you. if the doors do line up, you can help ease the problem by placing a large plant or other obstacle beside one of the doors, with an

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ne of the easiest home improvement projects -- one that will add the most value to your home for the least amount of money -- is painting. It’s easy to keep your paint job looking great so it continues to add value to your home for years to come, just do what professional painters do: use one coat of primer and one coat of paint instead of two coats of paint. Here’s why: * Primers hide previous colors -- even the darkest blues and deepest reds -- far better than paint alone and prevent them from showing through or changing the color of the topcoat. They’ll make your new color look more vibrant and even. Here’s a little secret:

By tinting your primer towards your paint color, you’ll use less paint -- plus get all the benefits of priming. Just ask your paint store or home center associate to add one half the same colorant they use to mix your paint. * Primers work hard to block stains. If you try to cover a stain with a fresh coat of paint, the stain will probably bleed through -- no matter how many coats of paint you apply. Quality primers seal in stains and prevent them from ruining your paint job. * Primers prevent common paint problems. Because primers are formulated to prevent problems like cracking, peeling and blistering, they’ll make any paint-

ed surface more durable, washable -- and last much longer! * Primers provide a sound base for paint. Paint is formulated to provide rich, beautiful color -- but don’t expect it to do a primer’s job. High quality primers are rich in resin and provide a firm base for paint to adhere. Primers like Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3(R) even stick to glossy, hard-to-paint surfaces without sanding, so you can paint paneling, cabinets, glossy paints, vinyl siding and more. For more information on the complete line of Zinsser primers -- or for more helpful home improvement “tips” to make your next painting or home improvement project faster and easier -visit



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convenience. Many carry a large variety of millwork and other products, so you can pick up caulking and shims at the same time. Many also can handle installation for you or recommend a contractor to install your windows. Lumberyards/Window and Door Dealer at a lumberyard or window and door dealer, you’ll generally find a more consultative sales approach. the salespeople are well versed in product lines, home construction, remodeling and even building codes, and can help you determine what will work best for your project. larger dealers often have extensive showrooms that give you an up-close look at many different product lines and design options in display walls, which provides context as to how a product looks installed. “Window and door dealers can educate homeowners on the latest product innovations and can also

replacement windows with installation. installed sales companies cut down your research time by coming to you. Before buying from an installed sales company, verify the quality and performance of the windows and doors, and the company’s reputation. “the federal tax credits have helped increase homeowner interest in window replacement, which has also increased the number of unlicensed, fly-by-night companies wanting to capitalize on the opportunity,” schield said. “homeowners should verify references and credentials of any company before signing a contract or writing a check.” schield suggests buying from companies that are members of the Better Business Bureau, have a long history, and employ certified American Architectural Manufacturers association installers. calling past customers for a reference will also help prepare you for the purchase. Home Improvement Retailer home improvement retail stores display a limited selection of window and door brands and styles, and sometimes inventory standard sizes in the mostrequested styles. if you’d like particular options or a specialty shape, the salespeople can place a special order with one of the manufacturers they sell. Keep in mind, if you’re perusing for the brand you saw on the internet, it may not be carried at the store down the street, as these stores PJ_ad_tv_tab.qxd:Layout 1 often carry only a few brands. these stores have the corner on

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n Oct. 13 the cheshire art league will present a handson, t-shirt painting workshop by local artist deborah ruzzi. attendees can participate or just observe as ruzzi creates stunning “artsy” t-shirts using real plant leaves, grasses, and weeds as her brushes. each one promises to be a unique design and color combination. anyone who wishes to participate should check the cheshire art league Web site, www., for the supply list needed to create a shirt. a member and former board

member of the southington arts and craft association and current vice president of the castle craig camera club, ruzzi says that she is interested in all art forms. her photographs and stained glass creations have gained her local awards and notoriety. ruzzi has also tried her hand at woodworking, decorative painting, and jewelry design. the cheshire art league meets

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ccording to a report from the United states department of labor, the average american consumer spends slightly more than 34 percent of their paycheck on housing. the average U.s. consumer makes $63,091 before taxes, with average annual expenditures of $49,638. that translates to nearly $17,000 per year spent on housing. this includes utilities, fuels and public services (which combine for 7 percent of expenditures for housing), shelter (20.2 percent), household operations (2 percent), housekeeping supplies (1.3 percent), and household furnishings and equipment (3.6 percent). What might come as most surprising, particularly to homeowners, is their annual expenditures on transportation. transportation expenditures account for more than half of what the average american spends on housing. homeowners looking to save money and improve their home, therefore, should consider the possibility of spending less on transportation, the costs of which include gasoline. Interestingly enough, spendings on transportation significantly outweigh what’s spent on food. again, however, homeowners hoping to save for their next big home improvement project might want to consider eating in more, as the average U.s. consumer spends nearly $2,700 per year on food purchased away from home.

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Yellow, red, and orange flowers are a popular item outside of many Cheshire homes this season.

Still Time To Sign Up At YMCA T

he cheshire community YMCA has a full schedule of programs for everyone in the family this fall. the youngest children can participate in Parent and child swim lessons beginning at age 6 months. swim classes are available for older children as well. Our early childhood enrichment classes include such preschool readiness programs as Mom and Tot, Craft and Exercise, little tykes sing, intro to dance, and computer tots. Youth sports, karate, fencing, or gymnastics are perfect for

the child who hates to stay still. help them to channel their energy as they get exercise and fine-tune their motor skills. For the serious athlete in the house, the YMCA offers competitive programs in swimming, gymnastics, and fencing. teen enrichment programs include leaders Club at Dodd Middle School and cheshire high school and the Youth and Government program. Youth fitness programs include

Kids’ sports conditioning and Youth strength training. Adults can benefit from a variety of health and wellness programs such as aerobics, strength training, Yoga, Pilates, silversneakers and the very popular Zumba fitness classes. there is also a tuesday night Bridge club. registration for classes is going on now. information on programs is available by calling the Cheshire Community YMCA member services department at (203) 272-3150.

Watch Out For False Claims Of Hardwood Flooring continued from page 2 or high-density fiberboard, covered with a clear surface layer. remember, it’s not hardwood. scratches or dings can’t be repaired. Bamboo flooring is being called hardwood. it’s not. it’s a grass typically grown in tropical regions of the world. to make it into flooring, it must be glued together under tremendous pres-

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sures. Glue content can range from three to 20 percent, and often contains urea formaldehyde, a probable human carcinogen. Flooring manufacturers approximate it lasting 30 years. Unlike hardwood, it’s not carbon negative and because it’s typically manufactured in southeast asia, shipment to U.s. shores increases its carbon footprint significantly. tropical woods, not native to the U.s., are being renamed and falsely marketed as favorite hardwoods. Be careful. Brazilian cherry is jatoba and chilean cherry is lenga. Neither is cherry.

tasmanian Oak and australian heritage Oak are really eucalyptus and Malaysian Oak is rubber wood. When in doubt, visit www. to review the U.s. hardwood species Guide. as you contemplate your home improvement projects, make choices based on fact. For flooring, furniture, mouldings, millwork and cabinetry that will last, choose U.s. hardwood, nature’s quintessential “green” material. For additional information, visit the american hardwood information center at

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