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July/August Two Thousand and Nine




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The ABC’s of Creating Great Curb Appeal Do You Know Your Florida Grasses? Out of the Ashes - NWC Construction, Inc. Energy-Efficient and “Green” Renovating Ask the Landscaper Renovation Spotlight: Detailed Infaux, Inc. Featured Showcases Anatomy of a “Green” Impression Hurricane Preparedness

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18 Front Cover: This formerly fire destroyed home was reconstructed by NWC Construction, Inc. and won the first ever Grand Award for a Green Certified Home in the Home Builders Association of Metro Orlando’s 2009 Parade of Homes.

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Where does the time go! It seems like only yesterday that the kids were just starting their summer vacation, and suddenly, we are getting ready for back-to-school shopping. Our trips to the store get us thinking about many things, including the condition of our homes – both inside and outside – and what we need to get working on now that we aren’t required to entertain our families as much. A good place to direct our attention is to our home’s curb appeal, since it is the “Welcome” mat to our living space and can greatly affect our mood before we enter what should be a sanctuary to the family. Planning your outdoor projects while the weather is still extremely warm ensures that your renovation concepts can be implemented during the winter months, when being outside is rather agreeable. In the spirit of planning ahead, this issue of Home Renovation Magazine is dedicated to all things related to curb appeal, from the simple and inexpensive fixes you can accomplish to the grand and long-overdue extensive changes your home may need – big or small. From landscaping to pavers, windows and doors, and roofing to entryways, we hope to provide you with the information you need to plan your own curb appeal enhancements!

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The ABC’s of Creating Great Curb Appeal – Making First Impressions Count!

MOST PROSPECTIVE HOMEBUYERS DECIDE WHETHER THEY’LL CONSIDER BUYING A HOME BASED ON THEIR FIRST IMPRESSION OF IT—an impression that’s created less than fifteen seconds from the time they drive up to the property. You may have spent major time and money on interior renovations, but it’s wasted if potential buyers won’t step through the front door. Don’t get discouraged, though. Creating curb appeal isn’t as difficult as you might think. We’ve combed through a few tips and tricks suggested by realtors and home and garden professionals to bring you all you need to know on curb appeal from A to Z.


Step away from your property and view it with a critical eye. Start in the street and follow the same path as a buyer on his way to the front door. What are the best features of your home and property? What are its worst features? What needs repair and cleaning? Think in terms of these basics when you focus on creating curb appeal:

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H o m e | abc’s of curb appeal

E is for Entryway—which should be clear of cobwebs and debris. Add a pot of blooms in red or yellow to invite attention, or install a decorative lamppost. Be sure entryway lights are in good repair. Replace fixtures with dated or worn finishes, or those that appear too small. F applies to Fencing. G to Grass. See page 14 for some great Florida grasses! H to Hardscapes—Good landscape design is anchored by focal points, and adding fencing or walls and borders made of pavers or stone gives your property a “finished” look. Your lawn should be manicured—mowed, free of weeds, and trimmed at the edges. Be sure your driveway and walkways are free of cracks and holes, and consider having them redone with stamped concrete or pavers for added interest. I is for Incorporate—Make a “splash!” Incorporate a fountain or bubbler in your landscaping or entryway. Water features are elite in landscape design, and the soothing sound of water is unmatchable. J is for the Jewels of architectural style: The stone façades, square fluted columns, crown molding, keystones, and pilasters. These gems not only add texture, but are also the elements that make a home sparkle when compared to others! K and L mean Keep Looking—for things to improve! We get used to the way our homes look, and don’t notice what might be ugly or unkempt. M is your Mailbox—If it’s worn, paint or replace it. Surround it with flowers.


N,O. P. Q.

N is for Neat and O for Orderly—Clean vegetation from between pavers and dead foliage from planting beds. Make sure garden tools and children’s toys are stowed away. Clean your garage. Is your car routinely parked in the drive? Make sure it sparkles! P applies to Painting—Every painted surface around your home should be in pristine condition. Painting the exterior will freshen its appearance, and using paint to accent shutters and trim plays up attributes. Q is for Quick fixes—Improvements in a jiffy! Pressure wash your home’s exterior, driveways and walkways. Add bright flowers in beds for color and interest. Change hardware on your front door. Straighten or replace gutters and downspouts that are bent or loose. Freshen mulch.

R. S. T.

Remember the Roof—Make sure it’s mold and mildew-free and in good repair! Or, replace it with a certified green roof!


U is for Uplighting and V applies to Voltage—Add low voltage outdoor lighting to enhance your home’s façade and uplighting for beautiful trees.

W. X-Z.

W is for Windows—Make sure they sparkle! Repair damaged sashes and sills. Make sure the style of your windows complements your home’s architectural style. Be the eXample in Your neighborhood by following these tips. Zero in on how to make your home the striking ideal of curb appeal.

Sweep the Street!—Keep it free of litter and landscape debris! Trim dead tree limbs and those touching the roof. Prune foliage or bushes that hide the house and its features.

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Do you know your Florida Grasses?

NOTHING MAKES A WHOLE YARD POP like a freshly manicured, healthy, high quality lawn. In Florida, keeping your grass as green as the day it was planted can be a challenge. It all starts with choosing a species that will thrive in your yard’s environment. Before you decide on a grass species, there are a few things to consider. What type of lawn do you desire or expect? Whether you want a highly manicured showcase lawn or are looking for an average ground cover that will provide a place for outdoor recreation can determine what grass you choose. What level of lawn maintenance can you provide? Do you do your own yard work? If so how often do you want to be working on your lawn? Or do you hire a professional landscape maintenance firm to do your work?

Is the area shaded, moist or dry? Do you have an irrigation system? Are there soil problems that might limit grass growth? Some species tolerate environmental stresses such as shade, moist or dry soil or physical soil problems better than others. It’s important to choose the right species for your particular environment. Grasses used in Florida can be divided into two groups: warm season grasses and cool season grasses. Perhaps the most important factor in developing and maintaining an attractive and problem-free lawn is to choose a grass that is adapted to your area and has the qualities you desire. Even though Florida has a wide range of differing geographical areas, in Central Florida warm season grasses fair far better.

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This is a low, slow growing but aggressive grass that can produce a dense, attractive, weed-free turf. It is more shade tolerant than Bermuda grass but less shade tolerant than St. Augustine. Since centipede produces only surface runners, it is easily controlled around borders of flower beds and walks. Centipede is the ideal grass for the homeowner who wants a fairly attractive lawn that needs little care. Centipede does not require much fertilizer or mowing, and compared to other lawn grasses, is generally resistant to most insects and diseases. It will provide a very attractive turf.

St. Augustine This species is primarily of tropical origin and is native to sandy beach ridges, fringes of swamps and lagoons, and fresh water marshes and shorelines. It tolerates a wide range in soil types, but does not withstand waterlogged or droughty sites. Because of its lack of winter hardiness, St. Augustine grass is restricted to areas with mild winter temperatures. Like bermudagrass, St. Augustine thrives in high temperatures, and can tolerate moderate shade; however it should not be used in situations of full shade. Ryegrass

Zoysiagrasses Several species and/or cultivars of zoysiagrasses are available in Florida. Most are adapted to the entire state and form an excellent turf when properly established and managed. For the best appearance, most zoysias require cutting with a reel mower, and more frequent irrigation than other warm season turf grasses. This species is recommended for lawn use ONLY when the homeowner is willing to provide the required maintenance.

If you are just laying your lawn this spring, you may want to add Perennial Ryegrass to new lawns that aren’t established yet. Ryegrass is suited for “over seeding� warm season grasses throughout Florida. They can be used as a temporary winter cover on new lawns that have not been permanently established. Ryegrasses are also used for over seeding, that is, to provide a green cover on a warm-season grass during the winter. Make your neighbors green with envy and enjoy a gorgeous lawn all year long!

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Out of the Ashes – NWC Construction, Inc. PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS, AWARDS, AND RECOGNITIONS which are seemingly never-ending and a reputation that speaks for itself with a mission statement that says even more, residential and commercial builder, NWC Construction, is one business you can count on for optimum results. It is their mission and company-embraced responsibility “to provide the utmost quality” for their clients, and the proof is in the results. Our cover feature reveals one of NWC’s commendable projects. Not only has this home benefited from the staff’s attention to detail and 15 years of experience, it is a true testament to the amazing benefits of environmentally conscious construction. President Nathan Cross is a Certified Green Professional through the National Association of Home Builders, an accreditation that only 1,600 builders currently hold.

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After a fire left this home in devastating condition and in dire need of a complete re-build, NWC decided to take on this massive project, the environmentally-friendly way. The home was constructed with Superior Concrete pre-cast walls, which are hurricane resistant and fabricated with recycled coal-plant fly ash and recycled concrete foam. The apron and the foundation are also made from recycled concrete. Warp resistant, recycled 2x4s treated with Bora-Care frame the entire home; and the trim is made from material scraps that have been jointed together and finished. NWC then used recycled foam insulation. JamesHardie ColorPlus siding finished off the exterior walls. This innovative siding is a sustainable product comprised of cement and silica. It is fabricated and pre-painted in a local Plant City factory, with zero emissions. This highly durable, long-lasting product comes with a 15-year warranty and naturally guards against heat, moisture and pests. NWC then chose a special stone for the exterior as well. Advanced Building Solutions (formerly known as River Valley Stone and who holds one of two licenses in the word to produce pre-engineered masonry panels) manufactured the Talus stone, seen here in “Blush” with a “Southeastern Ledge” texture. Inside, the interior walls and trim were painted with lowVOC, Microban paint. Mold resistant moisture board was added to the bathroom walls and waterproof coating was applied under the tile. EPA-standard low-flow toilets and plumbing fixtures add the required final touches. The home is, of course, equipped with an energy efficient A/C unit; and mastic was used to minimize air leakage. Low-E windows help moderate overall temperature, and insulated

fiberglass exterior doors decrease energy consumption. The compact fluorescent lighting is all remote-controlled or run by programmable systems. Even the exhaust fans are on automatic shut-off. The ‘green’ additions don’t stop there. A tankless propane ondemand water heater and a gas washer and dryer were installed, and the outdoor grill was strategically connected to the single gas supply. Needless to say, all appliances in the home are EnergyStar certified. Finally, due to the fixed position of the home, shade trees and a two-foot overhang aide in keeping the home cool. The remainder of the landscaping requires little to no maintenance or irrigation. And last, but not least, during construction NWC recycled 85 percent of the building waste and excess material from the job. In 2009, this inspirational home won the first-ever Grand Award for a green-certified home in the Home Builders Association of Metro Orlando’s Parade of Homes, where it stood up against multi-million dollar competition. Its recognition continued with a spot on the Parade of Homes Remodel Showcase bus tour, where Association members visit entries and vote for their favorite. If you would like more information about NWC Construction, Inc. or any of the eco-products mentioned here, please visit them on the Web at


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Nathan Cross NWC Construction P:407.931.0600 C: 407.552.4776 CGC 1513376 Nathan Cross is a Florida State Certified General Contractor. Mr. Cross currently sits on several industry and charitable boards including the Home Builder Association of Metro Orlando, the Florida Home Builders Association, and the National Association of Home Builders. Mr. Cross also sponsors the only Future Builders of America program in the Central Florida area. The Future Builders’ program is a mentoring program for technical education schools. Mr. Cross is the President of NWC Construction. He firmly believes in the company’s motto “building relationships for life”. Mr. Cross and NWC Construction have won several awards for both the quality of their projects and upstanding support within the industry.

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YES, IT IS POSSIBLE TO GO GREEN AND ENERGY-EFFICIENT ON A RENOVATION AND THE GOOD NEWS IS you do not have to do a complete home renovation to achieve it! Any part of your home renovation can become energy-efficient and/or green. As a National Association of Home Builders Certified Green Building Professional, I am happy to share a few green, energy-saving tips and techniques, especially living here in Florida. Environment – Focus on reducing your home’s carbon footprint. From walls to countertops, there are a myriad of recycled and environmentally-friendly building materials to choose from. No matter how large or small your renovation project will be, always recycle your construction waste. Water Conservation – From your faucets to your landscape, opt for water-efficient items that meet or exceed EPA standards. Choose low-flow faucets and fixtures and Florida-friendly or native plants requiring little or no irrigation after establishment. Indoor Air Quality – Take a breath of fresh air… inside your home! Use low-VOC (volatile organic compounds) products throughout your home, from flooring to paint. If you are replacing your A/C unit, bring fresh air into the home with a fresh-air intake. Energy Efficiency – Being green and energy-efficient go hand-in-hand. As an ENERGY STAR partner with the EPA, maximizing a home’s energy efficiency is one of NWC’s primary goals. Solar power is not the only road to energy savings in Florida. Installing a solar power system is a major undertaking and is often expensive. There are other more cost-effective ways to get a good return on your energy-saving investment: • Improve your home’s air envelope by sealing any and all air leaks. Have your home tested for leaks. Most local power companies will complete a free energy audit of your home. Make sure you have



weather stripping everywhere you need it, and make sure any existing weather stripping is working properly. • Upgrade your A/C system. Make sure your A/C is sized properly for your home, being careful not to oversize it. With the climate in Central Florida, I recommend a 14 to 18 SEER unit (SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio). An ENERGY STAR qualified A/C must have a SEER of at least 14. In addition, make sure your A/C ducts are jointed using mastic and not tape. • Windows play a huge part in energy efficiency. When replacing windows, opt for at least doublepane low-E glass. I also always recommend vinyl framed windows because vinyl does not conduct heat (like aluminum framed windows do) and it will help moderate the temperature of the glass. Whatever windows you choose, make sure they meet the energy efficiency criteria. • Select ENERGY STAR certified appliances. Products with the ENERGY STAR seal use less energy and are thus better for the environment and your wallet. • A quick, non-invasive money saving step you can take TODAY is changing out your light bulbs. Get rid of all of your old incandescent light bulbs and replace them with compact fluorescents. Remember, an investment of $5,000 into energyefficient items in your renovation allows you to take the maximum Federal tax credit of $1,500! You can also contact your energy provider to inquire about incentives or refunds offered for improving the efficiency of your home. For additional tips and techniques on green and energy efficient building, please visit or contact Please do your part – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

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Detailed Infaux, Inc., founded by Joseph F. Russo in 1994, is an architectural detail company located in Altamonte Springs, Florida that “Brings art to the very structure of the home”. Their unique products include decorative moulding, columns, niches, archways, fireplaces, and ceiling ornamentations which are offered in an array of natural and faux finishes such as stone and wood. Moulds are made and poured on-site to insure high quality and intricate detailing. Styles such as Neo-Classic, Gothic, Historical, and Contemporary are a part of their repertoire, examples of which have been seen at the 2008 Street of Dreams’ Winner, Chateau d’Usse’, numerous Parade of Homes Winners, and on MTV Cribs.

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IT HAS BEEN SAID THAT YOUR HOME IS YOUR CASTLE. Detailed Infaux, Inc., has brought that saying to life through the Hillcrest Homes’ 2008 Street of Dreams’ Winner, Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, or Chateau d’Usse’. Given the task of creating a palatial atmosphere and being entrusted with the job to design and install the numerous architectural details throughout, Detailed Infaux produced a home that is not only unique, but also aweinspiring. From the exterior façade, to the entryway, fireplaces, and game room ceiling, Joseph F. Russo’s thirty years of experience, artistic eye, and knowledge of the industry’s newest materials and techniques made this a 17,000 square foot masterpiece. The same attention to detail has been given to each home Detailed Infaux, Inc. has worked on throughout the years. From the moment a client enters the showroom, samples and pictures enlighten the homeowner as to the depth and breadth of Joseph’s knowledge and experience. Clients and potential clients, as well as decorators and contractors, are invited to come into the beautiful showroom to see and touch the samples.



After listening to the client’s wishes, ideas are taken to the adjoining workshop and work begins on the design and construction process. During this process, clients are encouraged to watch Joseph’s creativity in motion and he relies on the client’s ongoing feedback to insure the end product meets and, as in most cases, exceeds expectations. The owner and artist, Joseph F. Russo, whose past work includes designing and constructing for La Strada in Miami and for his friend and mentor, Robert Woodcox of the renowned Woody by Design, also feels it is essential to support the arts and pass on his knowledge to others in the community. He frequently donates to the schools’ art programs and will be teaching art classes for adults and children with his wife, Rebecca Peele Russo, this summer at the showroom. Joseph F. Russo couples his expertise in fine arts with major construction knowledge –a rarity in his field. He has insisted on being “green” even before it was popular and regardless of the size or type of your project, Detailed Infaux, Inc. can undertake it. When the project is finished, it will be a work of art, not simply a renovation.

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Enhancing your home’s CURB APPEAL SETTING THAT GREAT FIRST IMPRESSION is something we all hope to do, especially when it comes to our homes. Yet sometimes we become so consumed with the interior appearance that we seem to forget that first impressions are set from the moment the world sets its eyes on our property. Our showcases this issue take us street-side, all the way up to the entryway of several homes, providing a front-and-center look at what pavers, renovations, painting, and water features can do to give any sad curb appeal a breathtaking lift. Sit back and enjoy Home Renovation Magazine’s ‘Enhancing You Home’s Curb Appeal’ showcases!



CAPRI CONTRACTORS, INC. ~ Remodeling & Additions



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photo's are courtesy of Phil Kean Designs, Inc., and EastWest Pavers

Pavers ~ FLAGSTONE PAVERS, INC. Founded in 1999, Flagstone Pavers, Inc. took the industry by storm with a commitment to providing a unique selection of high-quality products and the determination to offer the highest level of service. Flagstone’s production plant began producing high-quality thick and thin concrete pavers, coping, and turf block products after extensive research on what customers wanted and what production processes were available. This research led to a special color blending technique that produces more vibrant and attractive color blends, as well as a product line that offers many unique shapes, like “Anastasia” from Flagstone’s “St. Augustine Collection”, which is shown in the above photo. The visual difference – beautiful colors and smooth textured surfaces – in a Flagstone product is easy to see. What most people do not know is that there is an industry specification (ASTM C-936 “Specification for Solid Concrete Interlocking Paving Units”) that establishes requirements for compressive strength and absorption properties of interlocking concrete pavers. Flagstone products perform far better in these tests than any other manufacturer in Florida (based on comparison of published reports). The densities of Flagstone products are higher, which translates into higher compressive strengths and lower absorption rates.

If a “paver” doesn’t meet or exceed the minimum physical properties outlined in this industry standard – which many do not – then it isn’t really a paver at all, but more like a piece of concrete shaped like a paver. These inferior products lack the density necessary to hold up over time and fail (whether from mold infiltration, cracking and crumbling, premature surface wear, etc.) within a relatively short time after installation. Substandard products require both constant and expensive repair and maintenance work. For more details on what you should look for in a paver and what you should avoid, visit the “Get Educated” page on Flagstone’s website. In side-by-side comparisons, owners choose Flagstone Pavers, Inc. more often than any other brand. Professional paver contractors and homeowners alike know that all pavers are NOT created equally, and trust Flagstone Pavers over all others when quality, selection, and unparalleled service matter.

Flagstone Pavers, Inc. 9070 Old Cobb Road Brooksville, FL 34601 888.414.8684 (See our ad on page 3)

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Remodeling & Additions ~ CAPRI CONTRACTORS, INC. Capri Contractors, Inc. has created some of Central Florida’s most prestigious commercial offices and residential dwellings. With over 50 years of combined building experience, the team at Capri takes extraordinary measures to ensure that every project constructed or renovated gives clients a blend of beauty and comfort. As a family-owned and operated business, Capri’s highest priority is to ensure resounding quality and precisely executed craftsmanship in the finished product for homeowners and businesses alike. When the homeowner of this featured contemporary renovation called Capri Contractors, he was looking for more space to entertain family and friends. From design to conception, Capri Contractors maintained the home’s contemporary architecture while fulfilling the homeowner’s vision. A second floor was added to include a summer kitchen and a theater room, which had the supplementary bonus of improving the home’s front elevation and thus, its overall curb appeal. Insulation was upgraded and natural lighting was maximized, both improving energy conservation within the home. Further “green” efforts included recycled wood for construction of the front porch, insulated windows, and HVAC upgrades. Despite all the demolition and construction, Capri

Contractors carefully contained and sealed off work areas so the homeowner could remain in the home and forgo the additional expense of temporary living arrangements. Because Capri Contractors handled all phases of this renovation project, the greatest attention to detail and craftsmanship were provided to ensure the best construction services, value, professionalism and personal care to the client. This level of personal management sets Capri Contractors apart from other construction companies. The echelon of building services and customer service offered by Capri Contractors is done with sincerity and integrity, and attests to their commitment to building top quality construction and lasting relationships with both the community and clients. Before you get started on your next remodeling or new construction project, contact your hometown builder, Capri Contractors, Inc. for a one-stop-shopping experience for all your building needs!

Capri Contractors, Inc.

License #CGC058997 735 N. Thornton Avenue, Orlando, FL 32803


(Offices in Downtown Orlando and Longwood.)

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Painting ~ ORLANDO PAINTING SERVICE When it comes to protecting the integrity and value of your home, Orlando Painting Service will start by taking a step out to the sidewalk and look at your home as others would see it. The most important aspect of great curb appeal is the color of your home, and when we use the color of our home as a descriptive part of our address when giving friends directions, it is easy to see why the biggest impacting aspect of curb appeal boils down to the paint. Changing the color of your front door or repainting wood trim, fascia and soffits are the quickest and easiest ways to give your home a curb appeal boost, and it helps protect them from the Florida elements. Whether you are looking for a light-lift or an extreme change, always take into consideration other homes in your neighborhood – the house that stands out is not always a good thing! Orlando Painting Service evaluates the home to see its needs and issues and provides every home the highest attention to detail. Homes like the one shown require many services throughout the year, every year, to protect them from our weather and sun. Services such as pressure washing, including gutters and windows 3-4 times per year, cleaning the roof & driveways as often as requested, sealing stone, pavers, and wood decks every year, treating any rust on railings or nails, caulking cracks, windows, doors, columns etc. and of course any repainting that is needed, are available.

Orlando Painting Service, Inc. is a fully licensed and insured family-owned business that has been serving Central Florida for over 20 years. Specializing in a wide array of custom services, Orlando Painting Service works directly with homeowners, architects, designers and contractors on residential and commercial projects. Additioanl services include: no/low/high pressure washing, roof washing, interior and exterior painting, stain work, concrete acid staining, faux finishes, wallpaper removal and installation, and even regular maintenance programs. Enjoy the peace-of-mind that comes from having the same team in your home, handling your project with accuracy, neatness, and to your specifications. Estimators can always be reached by Orlando Painting Service customers, and the office is well-staffed to provide the highest level of customer service to everyone who calls or stops by to inquire about any of the services offered by Orlando Painting Service. Visit today to view an online portfolio or to fill out an estimate request form!

Orlando Painting Service

3544 Edgewater Drive. Orlando, FL 32804

407.896.0839 (See our ad on page 11)



Fountains ~ FOUNTAIN DOCTORS, LLC Whether for irrigation, rejuvenation, or for drinking purposes, fountains are strewn throughout history as a tribute to the ingenuity and creativity of mankind. The first fountains take us back to the Persian Empire where water features were incorporated into gardens, and it was during the 1600 and 1700’s when the world’s most famous fountains arose. These fountains depended upon springs or piping and gravity to bring water and life to these illustrious gardens, but it was the 1900’s that gave way to electronic parts – pumps, lights and sounds – which added a new dimension to the fountains of today. From the grandeur of Fontana di Trevi in Rome to something as quaint as a tabletop fountain, the soothing sound of bubbling water seem to refresh our senses and beckon the attention of all who gaze upon them. When the homeowner’s of this Windermere residence patiently waited to welcome their new hand-carved marble fountain, they weren’t expecting complications. The intended installer was unavailable to complete the project, and plumbing, pump parts and instructions were missing from the 12 crate shipment. It seemed as if no one could save this homeowner’s dream. The home-builder contacted Fountain Doctors, LLC to take on the complete assembly, installation, and recreation of the missing parts. Fountain Doctors successfully overcame all obstacles and went several steps further by carving channels in the marble to improve water flow and relocating the pump placement

– both improvements to the manufacturer’s design. They also treated each piece with a waterproof sealant and gloss to enhance the color and character of the marble, and thus completed the tranquil, trouble-free fountain of sublime beauty and perfection within a three week deadline. Established in 2006 by Scott and Janis Garrett, Fountain Doctors, LLC was the culmination of Scott’s years of fountain engineering experience. Because of the high-number of repair and cleaning requests Scott received from his employer’s customers, starting Fountain Doctors was the natural solution. Since its inception, Fountain Doctors’ services have broadened to include all types of fountain and water feature installations, sales, maintenance, and renovation for residential and commercial clients. The Garrett’s take great pride in the quality, responsiveness, and professionalism of Fountain Doctors, and this philosophy has resulted in a steady growth of loyal customers over the years. By taking extra care to ensure that fountains are properly installed with future maintenance in mind and by paying close attention to the aesthetic details inherent in water features, Fountain Doctors should be everyone’s first choice when it comes to achieving Zen with water!

Fountain Doctors, LLC 407.580.4184

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By: Brandy A. Fedewa

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Bungalow Architecture ARRIVING IN AMERICA AS AN ARCHITECTURAL IMPORT from Bengal, India as an uncomplicated and stylish residence, the Bungalow was extremely popular during the first three decades of the twentieth century. These houses were one story with tile or thatched roofs and wide, covered verandas, and were provided as rest houses for travelers – thus the association of these homes as a temporary retreat was born. In 1906, an article appeared in Stickley’s “The Craftsman” magazine suggesting “Possibilities of the Bungalow as a Permanent Dwelling.” Once they were accepted as full-time, yearlong residences, the simplicity of a summer home fused with the idealistic philosophy of the Arts & Crafts Movement. The Arts & Crafts movement inspired American architects and craftsmen like the Greene brothers in Pasadena and Frank Lloyd Wright in Chicago, Gustav Stickley in Michigan, and many others to rediscover the value in hand-crafting buildings and their contents using natural materials, creating a more holistic life style for their occupants. The backlash of the Industrial Age

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created the desire among many Americans to own their homes and have small gardens, and the bungalow was a successful solution to this dream. The bungalow style typically has some combination of the following features. A low, pitched roof that is gabled or hipped, including deep eaves with exposed rafters, and decorative knee braces. Windows are typically double hung with multiple lights in the upper window and a single pane in the lower, often seen in continuous banks, with simple and wide casings. With an open floor plan, these one-anda-half (to occasionally two story) dwellings offer beamed ceilings, and simple wainscoting most commonly seen in the dining and living rooms. A large fireplace with often built-in cabinetry, shelves, or benches on either side of the dormers, offers a homey and functional atmosphere, while large covered front porches with massive columns under the extension of the main roof provides an area outdoors to welcome friends and enjoy the sunshine. With the renovation boom of the past decade, yesterday’s bungalow has become today’s perfect example of Florida living!

Anatomy of a “Green” Impression Summer is in full force and the sun is out, inviting us to spend more time outside. The beaches you’ve visited, the yards you’ve passed on the street... they all look fabulous and fresh. How about your home? If it could use a bit of a face lift, try the earth-friendly approach to boosting your home’s curb appeal. Here are the top 9 “Green” things your home can benefit from when going for an inviting first impression! By Haley A. Wilhite

1.-2. Outdoor Lighting 3. Windows 4. Doors 5. Driveway

6. Hardscapes 7. -8. Landscaping 9. Roofing


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Education in Green Curb Appeal 1. & 2. Outdoor Lighting (fixed sconces and accent lights) Many homeowners are starting to make eco-friendly choices with their home construction and décor. Outdoor lighting is no exception. Energy-efficient lighting options have come a long way. Forget the dim, short-lived solar powered lights of old. New technology advances have made solarpowered lighting more functional than ever. Improvements include swapping mini-incandescent bulbs for LEDs (lightemitting diodes), which are extremely efficient and longlasting (upwards of 50,000 hours). This increases the efficiency of the solar collectors, allowing them to collect and save more energy over the course of the day. Another improvement is the replacement of the old NiCd (nickel cadmium) batteries with NiMH (nickel metal hydride), which hold much more power. Together, these new features result in stronger, brighter lights that last hours more at a fraction of the cost. Finally, when it comes to choosing attractive fixed lighting or wall sconces, go for those equipped with motion and light sensors. Set them to come on only from dusk to dawn and you’ll be saving a ton of energy without losing the added security. 3. Windows Eco-friendly windows are all about providing resistance to light and unwanted heat. The most popular green option is called “Low-E”. Low-emissivity windows are coated with thin, transparent layers of metallic oxide that block summer heat, hold in winter warmth and reflect those pesky ultraviolet rays. Low-E glass is sold by a myriad of major retailers such as Andersen, JELD-WEN and Pella. Go this route and you may also have a rewarding tax credit coming your way. 4. Doors The front door to a home is more than just an entrance; it’s a warm welcome and the perfect place to make a major statement. If the statement you wish to make is one that says “I’m environmentally conscious and cutting-edge”, then here are some suggestions for you. Go for wood doors certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC); meaning they are made only of sustainable wood. You’ll also find doors made of recycled composite materials and salvaged or reclaimed wood. Whatever you decide, just remember to finish it off with a low-VOC paint or stain. Driveways 5. Driveway The first step to getting an eco-friendly driveway is to choose a porous material that will allow water to seep through. When runoff seeps into the soil, it can actually benefit what’s growing nearby. Impervious surfaces do not allow for seepage; therefore, they require gutters or other channels in order to drain excess water. This, in turn, means that pollutants,

fertilizers and pesticides could be draining into your local waterways. Some of the more popular options include porous asphalt and concrete, as well as aggregates and pavers. 6. Hardscapes The hardscape refers to any stonework portion of a landscaping project, typically including paths, patios and retaining walls. With lumber costs increasing and forest land in short supply, recycled materials provide both environmentally friendly and economically favorable options for hardscapes. Consider choices like recycled plastic bender board, which never rots and costs less than widely used redwood. It’s also faster to install for decks and landscape edging. Broken concrete or recycled bricks are another alternative for paths or walls. These materials can be found almost anywhere there is a demolition or re-construction site, often given away free of charge. 7. & 8. Landscaping (trees and shrubs) There are many things to remember when attempting to have a truly green landscape. First, consider what you plant. You may be unaware that introducing plant species into a new or foreign area can have divesting effects on the local wildlife and surrounding plant life. Next, consider where you plant. In order to conserve water, place those plants requiring more water closest to the house, or put them in containers. Place those with moderate needs where your irrigation system can hit them twice a week. Native trees and shrubs that seldom have to be watered, unless in an extended drought, should make up the perimeter. Finally, be strategic when it comes to placement. Use large trees as a natural shade to reduce the need for air conditioning, and therefore lowering energy consumption. 9. Roofing Hot off the press − U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu recently stated that he believes painting roofs white and using lighter-colored road surfaces could potentially have the same effect as taking all cars off the road for 11 years. In theory, white roofs and roads could aide in the fight against global warming by dramatically reducing home energy usage in warmer climates like Florida. Solar panels are also another way to significantly cut energy costs and sometimes even supply your home with enough energy to sit “off the grid”. Another more approachable idea is the rooftop planter, also known as a “green roof”. In the winter, empty beds and dead organic material provide natural insulation from the cold. Green roofs then reflect light in the summer, while converting carbon dioxide into oxygen, evaporating water and providing an overall cooling effect. HOME RENOVATION

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By: Tesa Fansler



Water Non-perishable Food Blankets/Pillows Seasonal Clothing First Aid Kit/Medication/Prescriptions ANOTHER HURRICANE SEASON IS HERE! Your friends at Home Renovation Magazine would like to encourage you to be prepared for the many hazards associated with these tropical storms. In an effort to assist you, we have compiled the following information: • Hurricane season runs from June 1st through November 30th. The peak of the season is around August 15th through September 30th. This is typically the most active period. • A Colorado State University research team, led by experienced forecaster William Gray, predicts seven Atlantic hurricanes during the 2008 season. The group foresees three of those being major. Although we have experienced relatively inactive seasons over the last two years, now is not the time to be complacent. Gray stresses “the Atlantic basin is still in an active hurricane cycle…….and this is expected to continue at least for another decade or two.” Though predictions are sometimes off the mark, we should heed the advice of those who study these often deadly storms. • The Hurricane Preparedness website is full of vital and useful information to help you become aware of potential hazards and prepare you for storm emergencies. As responsible Floridians, we should not only be prepared for dangerous storms but we should also reduce our risk for personal injury and damage to property. Some basic planning should include developing a family plan, creating a disaster supply kit, having a place to go, securing your home, and having a pet plan. The Hurricane Preparedness website has information to assist you in developing these tools. While you prepare for Hurricane Season, it will be helpful to make a list of personal supplies to have on hand and also a list of home security supplies. This list will vary from family to family based on personal needs

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Flashlights/Batteries Radio/Batteries Telephones (with charged batteries) Cash Important Documents (in waterproof bags) Pet Care Items and home location. Bear in mind that your family may have different requirements and keep any supplies for special needs, the very young and the elderly on hand. This will help to eliminate undue stress during an already stressful time. Once you have your personal disaster kit prepared, it’s time to secure your home and property! There are many experts to assist you with this and there are a myriad of products which can help to mitigate storm damages. One of the most basic tasks you can complete is to check your home insurance policy to be sure you have adequate flood/storm coverage. Flood damage is not typically covered in basic home insurance. Thus, it is critical to check your policy to be sure you have appropriate coverage. In addition to insurance coverage, there are some basic security issues to consider in regards to protecting your home. According to the Hurricane Preparedness website, there are five critical areas of your home to secure and reinforce: roofs, straps, shutters, doors, and garage doors. You will also want to have a plan for your boat, outdoor living furniture, outdoor play equipment and vehicles. If you do not have a place to store these items, have a plan to secure them as safely as possible. Waiting until the last moment to find storage options will create a sense of panic and may distract you from concentrating on your immediate personal safety. We take pride in our majestic Sunshine State and we certainly have opportunities galore to enjoy our beaches, historical landmarks, natural habitats and diverse entertainment venues. We take pride in our lovely homes and charming neighborhoods. Most importantly, we cherish our friends, family and fellow citizens. Let’s invest in ourselves and our loved ones by preparing for the storm season. Let’s Be Ready!



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Security for Your Family with Tri-Bolt By: Holli Beckman

keeps the elements out and your heating and cooling in, making your home more energy efficient and effectively reducing your utility bills. According to 1992 FBI Uniform Crime Reports, a burglary happens every 11 seconds. Burglars typically spend no more than 60 seconds breaking into a home. The internal bolt is easily installed near the top of your door. It cannot be seen from the exterior which will confound any bugler trying to break in and in many cases will cause them to give up. Another benefit of the placement of the lock is that it is out of reach of small children, who can reach the traditional door lock. This prevents them from wandering out the front door onto a busy street or out the back door towards your home’s pool or other hazards for a toddler. To learn more about this fascinating, revolutionary home protection system or for a home presentation or demonstration for your neighborhood watch or other community group, please contact Mike Emons at 321.356.0907.

The peak of hurricane season is around the corner and damage prevention is on every homeowner’s mind. The days leading up to the storm can be agonizing, wondering what perils your home will endure. Now, with the Tri-bolt you can have the peace of mind that you have taken the extra steps to keep your home safe from the weather and from unwanted intruders. Tri-Bolt has been tested on chosen doors and withstood wind up to 165mph. The Tri-bolt is all about feeling secure in your home - from child safety to intrusion prevention and weather protection. Tri-bolt is a one-of-a-kind revolutionary design that can be added to any home’s exterior doors. You use the Tri-bolt in conjunction with your current deadbolt to give your door additional strength against intruders and create a tighter seal with your door’s current weather stripping. The unique placement and design




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FOUR STEPS TO EDUCATE YOURSELF The Renovation and Designer Profiles are a melting pot of three types of businesses: Remodelers, Designers, and Vendors. Here is some guidance on how to use the profiles to your advantage. STEP




FOCUS SUMMARY Get a sample of what the company is all about, and your

Learn everything about the company, from years of

taste buds will crave more information and background

experience, to quality of service, to size and scope of

until your curiosity is totally satisfied.

projects completed.








Here we list the company’s areas of expertise,

We give you all the options available to contact the

affiliations, and contractor’s license. This will help you

company and make the first step towards fulfilling your

determine if the company is appropriate for the service

renovation dream: Phone, address, and website.

you need.

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Florida Pool Enclosures, Inc. Since 1997, Florida Pool Enclosures, Inc. has been providing STEP Central Florida homeowners with top quality pool and patio


screen enclosures, Florida rooms, aluminum fencing, and screen repair options. Owner Mike Delahoz would attribute Florida Pool Enclosure’s success to the company’s commitment to customer service, professional service and installation staff, as well as the quality of materials used in each project. Each customer of FPE is made to feel as if they are the only customer by each and every staff member; Mike’s philosophy of treating his employees better than most companies has resulted in an incredible team of professionals who truly love what they do. FPE is excited about recent progress made in technology that has resulted in stronger enclosure frames. Recently, FPE introduced the Trac Beam system to an already extensive line of products. The Trac Beam is composed of a different alloy than older styles, and boasts an increased overall strength of 30%. The beam system is the only such system that has been lab tested and carries a product approval from the state of Florida! Custom touches for the detail oriented homeowner are also available. The addition of a TracLite System to your existing or new enclosure beams is a new way to create enjoyable lighting ambience in your outdoor space. For extra excitement, Patio Scenes are offered in a wide variety of scenes to choose from, creating extra privacy and a bit of flare. Decorative columns are another custom option that can give your enclosure a more classic look. With over 10,000 projects proud to their name and just as many customer testimonials, Florida Pool Enclosures are not only the largest enclosure company – they truly are the best and most successful business of this kind.



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“We want our customers to know that they can rely on us as an expert resource about staircases, and that our company is committed to being here for decades to come.”

~Tom Kimble

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All About Plumbing of Greater Orlando, LLC Unlike large, corporate plumbing companies, All About Plumbing of Greater Orlando, LLC is a family-owned and operated full-service plumbing company. Specializing in both the residential and commercial arenas, All About Plumbing focuses on getting to know customers and their needs. Because All About Plumbing understands the frustration and inconvenience involved with plumbing problems, the staff strives to be as nonintrusive as possible. Offering high-quality service, materials, and workmanship at competitive prices for all projects – both large and small – All About Plumbing works hard to earn your trust and build a lasting relationship. All About Plumbing’s goal is to exceed your expectations and to get the job done right the first time!


With over 25 years in the plumbing industry, owner William “Buddy” Roboski, Jr. spent his youth apprenticing for his grandfather’s plumbing company in Mississippi, receiving his journeyman’s license in 1982. Upon moving to Florida, Buddy received his Master’s License and opened the doors to All About Plumbing of Greater Orlando with just one truck and his own skills to build a trusted company that today prides itself with several service vehicles and a staff of licensed master plumbers and journeyman plumbers that each have years of experience in all things plumbing. With this consortium of professionals, All About Plumbing has earned one of the best reputations in the industry. In addition to working on existing homes, All About Plumbing of Greater Orlando also has over 17 years of new construction experience on custom homes both large and small. They have worked with some of the biggest custom home builders in the Central Florida area such as RJV Homes, Keith D. Fields, Inc., KTS Construction and R.W. Jones. When you want to eliminate the hassle of finding a highly regarded, quality plumber in Central Florida, look no further than the professionals at All About Plumbing of Greater Orlando!

CONTACT/LOCATION All About Plumbing of Greater Orlando, LLC 137 Concord Drive, Suite 1109 Casselberry, FL 32707 407.366.0067 RESIDENTIAL SERVICES


Full re-piping of existing homes Drain cleaning Sewer jetting for roots and grease

All About Plumbing of Greater Orlando is Central Florida’s PLUMBING CONNECTION!

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Crown Hill Contracting

AFFILIATIONS Florida Certified Residential Contractor Florida Building Contractor Better Business Bureau SERVICES Custom remodeling experts Experts in wood, steel, concrete and masonry construction Finish carpentry Window and door installation Acoustic ceilings, flooring and drywall

When starting any project the most important key is finding a contractor you can trust and rely on to make your dreams a reality. At Crown Hill Contracting integrity is a guarantee. With 20 years of experience, their motto is “If you can dream it, we can build it.” With specialties in wood, steel, concrete and masonry construction, Crown Hill Contracting has earned a reputation as a leading contracting company for remodeling, custom additions and new construction. Each job produces quality workmanship and an end product that will meet every expectation and need without disappointment. In 2005 the Crown Construction team formed an alliance made up of Vicki Nickelson and Jose “Jo Jo” Ramos. Together they have expertise in a wide range of commercial and residential construction including luxury home remodeling, hurricane damage repair and designing exterior living areas. Vicki earned the prestigious Golden Hammer Award in 1997. Jo Jo has over 20 years of hands on experience in all aspects of remodeling. You can trust that this is the team that will deliver on the following promises: on schedule completion, clean work sites, cost-effective process from beginning-to-end, honesty and integrity and a final product that will exceed your expectations. When you are ready to begin any project in your home, make sure your first call is to Crown Hill Contracting.

CONTACT 407.227.9241 or 407.579.8479

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Booth’s Cobblestones, Inc.

AFFILIATIONS Interlocking Concrete Paver Institute Central Florida Home Builders Association AREAS OF EXPERTISE Entrances & Driveways Patios & Pool Decks Outdoor Kitchens LOCATION 1733 Benbow Court, Suite 1 Apopka, FL 32703

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With over 20 years designing and installing world class exterior hardscapes throughout Central Florida, Mark Booth established Booth’s Cobblestones, Inc. to provide homeowners and businesses with a total approach to your project – from design to completion, all with one company. Mark will personally see to the design and installation of your city home’s small patio in College Park or your most imposing driveway/entrance leading to your palatial home in Winter Park, Isleworth and New Smyrna Beach. Booth’s Cobblestones is the first call designers and homeowners make when considering any kind of stone for their entrances, driveways, walkways, pool decks and patios. Booth’s also specializes in custom outdoor kitchens and living rooms. The masons at Booth’s are highly skilled and experienced and all supervisors are certified by the Interlocking Concrete Paver Institute to ensure top quality, highly skilled craftsmanship. From the first design meeting to the last brick laid, the team at Booth’s works closely with you to make sure it’s your vision made into something real, valuable and lasting. Booth’s Cobblestones invites you to visit their website (www. and use the interactive design feature to help design your own paver project. Mark and his team are ready to give your home the outdoor living space your family has been dreaming of! Call or visit us online today!

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SCS Hardwood Floors, Inc.

AFFILIATIONS Better Business Bureau National Wood Flooring Association SERVICES New Hardwood Floor Sales and Installation Dustless Sanding & Refinishing Deep Clean and Recoat System SHOWROOM HOURS M-F: 9AM to 5PM Sat: 9AM to 3PM Closed Sundays

SCS Hardwood Floors is a full-service hardwood floor provider that has been serving Central Florida for 37 years. SCS’s showroom has hundreds of hardwood flooring options and species of wood from all the top manufacturers. SCS works with homeowners every day by providing the information needed to make a good decision about which hardwood matches their lifestyle, taste, and the demands of traffic in the home. SCS’s expert sales team will show you the differences of wood flooring, guide you through the diverse colors and textures available, help you determine which wood species is right for you, and will answer all of your questions and address any concerns you may have. SCS Hardwood Floors makes flooring easy to understand. If you have hardwood flooring that is damaged and in need of repair, SCS will get to the source of the damage and make your flooring look as good as new again. For tired-looking wood floors, SCS provides refinishing services where dust containment and green solution finishes are used to eliminate mess and odors. SCS also sells a full-range of cleaning products to maintain the beauty of your flooring investment. As a distributor for virtually all types of wood species, with great pricing and expert installers and repair technicians, it’s easy to see why SCS Hardwood Floors is the one-stop shop for both contractors and homeowners alike!

LOCATION 3156 N. John Young Parkway Orlando, FL 32804


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Pierce Lindsey Glass, Inc. “When Quality Counts....”

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When you are looking for custom glass designs, consider the possibilities offered by Pierce Lindsey Glass, Inc. A family-owned and operated Central Florida business, Pierce Lindsey Glass, Inc. has been creating custom glass etchings and stained glass handmade works of art for over two decades. Whatever you can imagine, Pierce Lindsey can bring it to life in glass. Aside from decorative glass works, Pierce Lindsey is also renowned for their custom frameless shower and tub enclosures, glass shelving and tabletops, display cases and custom glass cabinets, as well as mirrored walls and storefront glass. As with Pierce’s etched glass designs, these functional glass pieces are hand-crafted, original pieces that are commissioned both for residential and commercial applications. With a wide selection of glass patterns, colors, and metal finishes to choose from, creating a truly complementary and exquisite design is almost limitless in possibilities. Excellence in quality, originality, and service are hallmarks of the Pierce Lindsey name, and their extensive portfolio is a testament to those traits. From design conception to fabrication and installation, the team at Pierce Lindsey is there to make certain that you are completely satisfied with all phases of this creative process. To experience Pierce Lindsey glass designs, visit Tile & Carpet of Altamonte Springs at 820 E. Altamonte Drive and look for the Pierce Lindsey Glass, Inc. showroom display. When quality counts, it must be Pierce Lindsey!

CONTACT 407.767.5273 386.561.9161


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Armor Art, Inc. Do you want to add true distinctiveness to your home? Then look to the unique products of ArmorArt™. Their mission is to create ornamental metal and art that enhances the beauty and value of your living space. Their products can also add peace of mind... Would you like a ‘’high-security’’ wine cellar gate to protect your expensive wines? ArmorArt’s Tuscan Path Gate, with keyless locking mechanism, metal jambs and heavy-duty hinges will keep it safe. Beautiful. Heavy duty. Yet just one finger lets you in. Environmentally controlled? Add stained glass to complement the metal art. Specializing in laser-cut metal, ArmorArt™ produces distinctive entryway doors & grilles that can add curb appeal and security to any home. “Give us any picture or drawing, and we’ll design into your door added security for your family, which wrought iron doesn’t provide,” says Rupert Meghnot, president of ArmorArt, Inc. Adding, “In a sea of wrought iron, your ArmorArt™ entryway will really stand out.” All ArmorArt™ products are designed and manufactured in Central Florida, and the quality shows. In addition to various residences, their work graces commercial clients like Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, and the luxury Carlyle on Wilshire condominiums in Los Angeles. ArmorArt’s™ design team can help you turn your dream into a reality. To see some examples of their work visit their website at

AREAS OF EXPERTISE Decorative Metal Metal & Glass Cabinet Inserts Metal & Glass Door Inserts Entranceway Doors & Gates Wine Cellar Gates and Wall Decor LOCATION ArmorArt, Inc. 8945 Tuscan Valley Place Orlando, FL 32825-7576 Phone: 407.658.2635 Cell: 407.448.0182

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KITCHEN & BATH DESIGN ANNUAL T’S THAT TIME OF THE YEAR AGAIN! HOME RENOVATION MAGAZINE’S “Kitchen & Bath Design Annual” is just around the corner! 2009 has brought about many changes in the way we spend our money, especially when it comes to our home improvement projects. Taking more time to plan and consider timeless options, skilled professionals, financial concerns, and the question of “need”, we are all in a better position to make smarter choices that ever.

Our September/October 2009 issue delves into some of those smarter choices when it comes to everything kitchen and bath related. The top industry professionals, educational tidbits, as well other related editorials will be assembled to provide you with everything you need to start planning and perfecting your upcoming project. Big or small, unlimited budget or conservative budget, Home Renovation Magazine has you covered!

u Showcase Features: Feel as if you don’t have a creative eye? Renovating on any scale can

sometimes seem overwhelming and impossible, especially if you aren’t sure what you want. Take peek at what other homeowners did with their kitchen and bath space to help ignite your imagination! u The Affordable Dream Kitchen: Dollar-by-dollar breakdown of the economically-wise kitchen. u Today’s Master Bath: Times have changed and it seems as if technology is moving faster than we are. Fear not, for today’s technology makes for luxury and efficiency in the modern master bath!

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