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Members of the Home Builders Association of Northeast Iowa have been extremely busy this summer building and remodeling a variety of homes for you to browse through during this year’s annual Parade of Homes. If your future includes building a new home or remodeling an existing home, the Parade of Homes gives you a golden opportunity to discuss your project directly with the builder and sub contractors who could potentially be doing your work. I would personally like to invite you to the 2011 Cedar Valley Parade of Homes sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Northeast Iowa and Courier Communications. Please make sure to mark your calendars for the following dates and times. Wednesday, September 14 - 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, September 16 - 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, September 17 - 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, September 18 - 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Proceeds from the parade are used in part to award scholarships for local students pursuing careers in construction-related fields. Congratulations to our 2011 scholarship winners: Rachel Rottinghaus Julia Monat Britni Andreaseen

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From all of our members and numerous sub contractors we would like to thank you for making the 2011 Parade of Homes a success. I look forward to seeing many of you browsing the homes and planning for the future. Check us out online at www.cedarvalleyhomebuilders.com.

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Home ownership still worth the risk, survey shows By the National Home Builders Association

Despite the ups and downs of the housing market, home owners and non-owners alike consider owning a home essential to the American Dream. That’s the key finding of a recent survey of people likely to vote in 2012 that was conducted on behalf of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) by Public Opinion Strategies of Alexandria, Va., and Lake Research Partners of Washington, D.C. “The survey results show that Americans see beyond the immediate housing market to the enduring value of homeownership,” said NAHB Chairman Bob Nielsen, a home builder from Reno, Nev. “An overwhelming 75 percent of the people who were polled said that owning a home is worth the risk of the fluctuations in

the market, and 95 percent of the homeowners said they are happy with their decision to own a hom.” “Homeownership is worth the risk, pure and simple,” said Neil Newhouse, a partner and co-founder of Public Opinion Strategies. “Even though the market is weak, people who don’t own say they want to buy a house. Almost three-quarters of those who do not currently own a home, 73 percent, said owning a home is one of their goals. And among younger voters who are most likely to be in the market for a home in the next few years, the percentages are even higher,” Newhouse said. One of the more striking aspects of the survey results is the intensity of sentiment among potential voters, according to Celinda Lake, president of Lake Research

Partners. “People believe overwhelmingly that owning a home is an anchor to the American Dream,” she said. “It’s an anchor to your retirement, and it’s an anchor to your personal economic well-being.” Among the other survey results: ■ Homeownership and a retirement savings program are considered by voters to be their best investments. ■ 80 percent of homeowners would advise a close friend or family member just starting out to buy a home. ■ Saving for a down payment and closing costs is the biggest barrier to homeownership. ■ Americans believe that owning their own home is as important as being successful at their job or being able to pay for a family member’s education. “Owning a home isn’t just a policy to people,” said Lake. “It

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A lot of us have heard that we should ask a remodeling contractor whether he or she is licensed and insured. But we might forget to ask the questions recommended by John DeSilvia and John Palanca from the DIY Network’s “Under Construction”: ■ Who will run the job? ■ How many workers will be on the job every day? ■ How many projects like this has the contractor done before? Get references and view the contractor’s other projects, if possible. ■ What kind of materials are being used? ■ What form of payment schedule will they accept? ■ Who is in charge of securing the project at night?

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There are many reasons to remodel ■ Kitchen and bath projects best way to improve value. By The National Association of Home Builders

If you want to change your home, your other option besides remodeling is to find a new one. But more and more American families are deciding to stay put and improve their existing home. Here are some of the reasons: ■ Remodeling allows you to customize your home to meet your needs and desires. The only similar, but much more costly alternative, is to have a brand new custom home designed and built.

■ Remodeling means that you don’t have to give up a familiar neighborhood and schools. ■ Remodeling is a more efficient use of your financial resources. According to the American Homeowner Foundation, selling your home and moving typically costs about 8-10 percent of the value of your home. And much of this goes into moving expenses, closing costs, and broker commissions — items that have no direct impact on your home’s quality. ■ Remodeling can be stressful, but few experiences are more stressful than moving. While there are many reasons that people choose to remodel, the bottom line is that remodeling makes your

home a more enjoyable place to live. The intangible value of this pleasure needs to be considered, along with any resale value you hope to gain. But there is no doubt that, as far as improving the sale of your home, all remodeling projects are not created equal. The general rule of thumb is that any remodeling project that brings your home up to the level of your neighbors’ is a worthy investment. But it doesn’t pay to be the most expensive house on the block — real estate experts recommend a remodeling investment should not raise the value of your house to more than 10-15 percent above the median sales price in your neighborhood. Remember that potential

buyers will compare your home to ones newly built. Therefore, you’ll want to look at the design trends and amenities being built into new homes. Great rooms (open kitchen/family room arrangements), master bed and bath suites, and higher ceilings are a few of the features sought by today’s home buyers. Each year, Remodeling magazine conducts its “Cost vs. Value” report to assess which remodeling projects create the greatest return on investment. Not surprisingly, kitchens and baths regularly come out on top. These are two of the most used rooms in the home, and they receive the most scrutiny from potential buyers.

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Tips for choosing a quality home builder ■ Talking to new owners a good way to narrow list of potential builders. By National Home Builders Association

Once you have thought about the type of house you want, you will need to find a builder. Contact your local home builders’ association to obtain a list of builders who construct homes in your area. You can find your local HBA at nahb.org/findanhba. You also can look on Move.com, NAHB’s official new homes listing website. Look in the real estate section of you local newspaper for builders and projects. Looking through the ads and reading the

articles can help you to learn which builders are active in your area, the types of homes they are building, and the prices you can expect to pay. Make a list of builders who build the type of home you’re looking for in your price range. Local real estate agents also may be able to help you in your search. Ask friends and relatives for recommendations. Ask about builders they have dealt with directly, or ask them for names of acquaintances who have recently had a good experience with a builder.

Do your homework Once you have a list of builders, how can you find out about their reputations and the quality of their work? The best way

to learn about builders is to visit homes they have built and talk with the owners. Ask builders on your list for the addresses of their recently built homes and subdivisions. Builders may even be able to provide names of some home owners who would be willing to talk with you. Drive by on a Saturday morning when home owners may be outside doing chores or errands. Introduce yourself and say you are considering buying a home from the builder who built their home. Talk to several owners, and try to get a random sample of opinions. The more people you talk with, the more accurate an impression of a builder you are likely to get. At the very least, drive by and

see if the homes are visually appealing. When you talk to builders and home owners, take along a notebook to record the information you find and your personal impressions about specific builders and homes. Doing so will help you to make comparisons later. Some questions you can ask people include: Are you happy with your home? If you had any problems, were they fixed promptly and properly? Would you buy another home from this builder? When examining a home, look at the quality of the construction features. Inspect the quality of the cabinetry, carpeting, trimwork and paint. Never hesitate to ask a question.

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Construction shows clear evidence of recovery Reprinted from the Courier

WATERLOO — A late flurry of activity helped Waterloo crack the $100 million annual construction mark for the first time in three years. In Cedar Falls, an expensive sewer upgrade helped the city blow past its building totals from a year ago. Waterloo issued permits for $103.2 million in construction for the fiscal year ending June 30. It tops the $82.7 million and $77.6 million tallies from the previous two fiscal years respectively. Cedar Falls logged $121.1 million for the year. Last year Cedar Falls had $98 million and $87 million the year before. Officials from both communities feel the upward trend should continue. “Our goal is to try to hit that $100 million mark, and we did

it again this year,” said Waterloo Building Official Craig Clark. “I think we should have another good year coming up with everything we have in sight.” Waterloo enjoyed annual construction totals above $100 million for five straight years — including the record $181.1 million year in 2007 — before a weakening economy broke the streak in 2009. That magic number appeared in doubt this year until more than $23 million in work rolled in during the final month of the fiscal year. June’s permits included a $7.8 remodeling of the Russell-Lamson Building, 209 W. Fifth St.; a $6.9 senior housing complex at 1050 Flammang Drive; and a $3.6 million addition at the Allen College of Nursing. Cedar Falls had a big month in June, mostly due to a project to upgrade its sewer plant and add ultraviolet disinfection. That

“Our goal is to try to hit that $100 million mark, and we did it again this year. I think we should have another good year coming up with everything we have in sight.” Craig Clark Waterloo Building Official

project got a permit for $17.9 million in value, and another project to replace the Bluff Street sewer lift station added another $7.2 million. Cedar Falls had a total of $31.5 million in value for June. In May, Cedar Falls issued permits for $5.5 million in building value, and had $9.6

million in April. For the year, housing starts continued to dominate Cedar Falls construction, with 219 permits for single family homes at a total value of $42 million. That’s the second highest total of new housing starts in the past two decades. Waterloo Mayor Buck Clark said he was pleased to see the diversity of the construction activity and a steady number of housing starts. “There really hasn’t been a single large project,” he said. “We’re just having more construction, more building, more investment in Waterloo. We’re getting at tremendous amount of interest from many different contractors who are interested in building houses in Waterloo.” Waterloo saw 57 housing units and one apartment building started during the year, down from 68 units in 2010.

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Do homework before having work done The National Association of Home Builders

Use this checklist to help you select a builder or remodeler to work on or build your home. ■ Does the builder or remodeler have a permanent business location and a good reputation with local banks and suppliers? ■ How long have they been in the building business? It usually takes three to five years to establish a financially sound business. Will they be around after the construction is complete to service any warranties? ■ Have you called your local Better Business Bureau? They can alert you to any complaints. ■ Does the builder/remodeler have sufficient workers compensation and general liability insurance? If not, you may be liable for any construction-related accidents on your

premises. Custom vs. Production home builders ■ Will the builder/remodelThe National Association build services. er provide you with names of of Home Builders ■ Build single-family homes. previous customers? Ask them ■ Are generally small-volume if they would hire the builder/ Here’s a quick run-down builders (those that build 25 or remodeler again. on how to tell the differ- fewer homes a year). ■ Have you seen the builder/ ence between custom and ■ Tend to build high-end remodelers work, both comproduction home building homes. pleted and in progress? Check companies. for quality of workmanship and Production home builders materials. Custom home builders ■ Build on land they own. ■ Are you able to communicate ■ Build on land you own. ■ Tend to use stock plans, but with the builder/remodeler? Some custom builders also usually offer a variety of plan Remember you will be in close build on land they own. choices and options. contact with them throughout one-of-a-kind ■ Build all types of housing ■ Build the construction process and houses. A custom home is a — single-family, condos, town afterward as you live in your site-specific home built from houses, and rental properties. new home. a unique set of plans for a ■ Are large-volume builders ■ Will the builder/remodeler specific client. Some custom (those that build more than 25 provide you with a complete builders may offer design/ homes a year). and clearly written contract? The contract will benefit both of you. Review it carefully. for the materials and labor as association for the names of Be cautious of unusually the project proceeds, this may member builders and remodellow-priced bids. If the build- indicate a potential problem. ers. Find contact information er/remodeler is unable to pay Call your local home builders’ at www.nahb.org/findanhba.

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Addition requires planning, budgeting, communication Reprinted from Cedar Valley Home and Garden magazine

Craig Fairbanks doesn’t pull any punches about expanding a home. “Consider your neighborhood. You want to make sure it’s a wise choice based on the other homes around you. What are your expectations — is this something you plan to enjoy because you may or may not recover your full investment? The work is messy, and it will take time,” says Fairbanks of Fairbanks Homes in Waterloo. And it will be taxing, says William Carter, board chairman of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. “You’re probably going to make 1,500 to 2,000 decisions before this project is completed.” But, he says, if you plan carefully and trust your instincts, you can “end up with a quality project and everyone will be

friends afterwards.” In tough economic times, many homeowners have decided to stay put and invest in their present home rather than building new. “Remodeling is a will-driven market. It’s a matter of ‘we like our home, we like our neighborhood but our home needs updating.’ They don’t want to go through new construction of a home with its cost and new government regulations,” says Sam Runyan of Runyan Custom Homes in Cedar Falls.

Research, research Like all remodeling projects, adding on to your home starts with planning and research. In surveys of Consumer Reports readers who have remodeled their homes, “the thing they wish they had done is spent more time upfront,” says Celia Kuperszmid- Lehrman, deputy home editor at the magazine.

Make detailed notes about the basics you want, and a separate list of special things - maybe skylights or a fireplace - that you’d love to include but can live without. Generally, there’s always conflict between what you can afford and what you want. There are basics that can’t be short-changed - foundation, framing, basic plumbing and wiring, all that must meet building codes. “You’ve got to talk about budget and bang for your buck. Is it really necessary to spend all that money for granite when you can put money into another material and spend the savings to upgrade cabinetry to cherry or hickory? And you’ve got to have money set aside for surprises that may pop up,” says Runyan. Be sure to plan a large enough addition because scrimping on space may leave you unsatisfied with the finished product.

Building too big, though, can make it harder to recoup money if you eventually sell, says Kuperszmid-Lehrman. Do research at local stores to decide what you like - particular appliances, types of flooring, etc. - and what it costs. This legwork makes you more informed when interviewing contractors, and helps create a budget. Knowing exactly what you want will help you avoid expensive changes once the job is under way. Work up a realistic budget, Kuperszmid-Lehrman says, leaving room for cost overruns of 5 percent to 10 percent. When budgeting, consider whether you’ll need to live elsewhere while work is being done. Make sure your financing is in place in advance, well before signing any contracts. Once you know what you want, ask friends and neighbors to recommend contractors.

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Build it right. Build it to last. Keep the customer happy. That’s the mission statement that drives the success of Harting & Hunemuller Contractors, L.C. With 23 years experience, Harting & Hunemuller Contractors L.C., builds new homes, condos, additions, remodels kitchens and baths, window replacements and also does light commercial remodeling.

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A second-generation builder, Fairbanks was sketching home exteriors at age 9 and at 15, drew his first set of custom-designed working plans. At 21, he designed and built his first custom home. He is a member of the National Association of Home Builders and Remodelers Council of the National Association of Home Builders.

Harting and Hunemuller Contractors was formed in 1989 when lifelong Cedar Falls residents and childhood friends joined forces to start a new construction company in the Cedar Valley. Don Harting started in the carpentry business out of high school in 1974 and has worked on thousands of homes in the Cedar Valley for more than the past 38 years. Reed Hunemuller graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 1979 with a degree in industrial technology with a emphasis in construction.

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We are pleased to welcome Bill Tye “The Mortgage Guy” to our Home Loan Team. Bill brings fourteen years of lending experience to University of Iowa Community Credit Union. Call or email today to schedule a visit.

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LGC HOMES | 3809 PHEASANT DR

HIGHLIGHTS Extensive ceiling coves Custom stone fireplace Strand woven bamboo Large tiled shower Silestone quartz counters Glass tile backsplash European-frame cabinetry Built-in appliances Integrated sound system Unique deck and patio Extensive landscaping Custom designed to lot

SPECS Price range: Recently sold Bedrooms: 3 Baths: 3

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It’s a blend of traditional Prairie with an edgy, modern twist. Upon entry, the space opens up with coved ceilings and a stunning view to the back yard and dramatic outdoor spaces. Beyond reveals the huge island kitchen and dinette with European cabinetry, quartz tops, built-in appliances and glass tile. Abutting the kitchen is an elegantly-

appointed water closet and mudroom. On the other side are three large bedrooms and the master bath with its oversized, multihead shower. Throughout are impressive yet subtle details resulting from clever design. The décor and modern accents throughout make for sophisticated and truly unique experience.

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McDonald Supply to open remodeled showroom By MELODY PARKER melody.parker@wcfcourier.com

WATERLOO — Like precious gemstones, faucets and ďŹ xtures are the jewelry in a bathroom or kitchen. This month customers can step inside the newly remodeled, 4,000-square-foot “jewelryâ€? store at McDonald Supply and peruse Kohler and other brand-name jewels for their remodeling or building projects. The showroom was previously the province of contractors, builders and plumbers, but that will change when the store unveils its new, high-end showroom. “It will be a spa-like experience,â€? says Courtney Frey, showroom manager. “Eighty percent of the showroom’s displays will be working. As you come in, you’ll see the Kohler custom shower with gorgeous ďŹ xtures, LED lights, a sound system, beautiful tile and custom-designed shower door, and it will be running.â€? The new direction is designed to inspire, Frey says, and show retail and commercial customers what is possible in the realm of faucets, body sprays, sinks, tile and more. A winding path will take

“It will be very relaxing. The minute someone walks in, they’ll escape the outside world and be able to dream about what they want in their own home, and we’re the ones to help make it happen.�

at McDonald. “You can bring in a sketch or blueprints and walk through with one of us and decide what you like in a relaxed way. And you don’t have to worry about any of the details or measurements because we’ll handle all of

that and make it easy,â€? Frey explains. “And because of the strong relationship we have with area plumbers, customers can come in and choose a ďŹ xture and refer them to a plumber who can do the job right.â€?

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customers through numerous displays. Natural light has been blocked out to enhance lighting and a coffee bar added for guests. “It will be very relaxing. The minute someone walks in, they’ll escape the outside world and be able to dream about what they want in their own home, and we’re the ones to help make it happen.� McDonald Supply was established about 75 years ago. The move to creating a separate entity for residential customers will allow customers to work directly with experts

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FEATURED BUILDERS DENNY LENTH CONSTRUCTION Expertise Denny Lenth Construction specializes in building custom homes as well as building spec houses in Cedar Falls. He is the general contractor on all of my projects and sells existing real estate.

Background A football coach at Cedar Falls High School, he started a real estate career in 1978 and is a licensed agent with Oakridge Realtors. At Oakridge, Dave Page, Todd Hunemuller and Lenth began Oakridge Construction. In 1994, he formed his own construction company, Denny Lenth Construction.

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SKOGMAN HOMES | 1303 QUAIL RIDGE RD

HIGHLIGHTS 9’ & 10’ ceilings with transoms Stone with lineal accents Stone accented gas fireplace Stone accent wall in master BR AZEK composite material decks Custom painting and staining 5” walnut floors Wine cellar, Safe Room, Wet Bar Painted cabinetry w/ glazing Granite counters in kitchen 3 car garage Custom crown and trim accents

SPECS Price range: Base price $240’s Bedrooms: 5 Baths: 2.75 Square feet: 3,036

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Welcome to the Skogman Homes “NEW” Lakewood floor plan. This split BR floor plan has leaped into the market as a popular choice for all buyers from young families to empty nesters. Its open layout, volume ceilings, abundant windows and practical functionality extends to the warm feeling of home. While the plan is open for entertaining, it still gives some privacy to the kitchen area that many like while working on their secret recipes. This version of the Lakewood model is showing

you some of today’s most highly requested interior accents. Details in the home range from intricate custom trim work for the eccentric buyer to the safe room in the lower level for those focusing on security. The stone elevation combined with lineal accents portrays many characteristics of today’s popular craftsman style homes. Move right in to start enjoying your home at Quail Ridge; where it is more than just a house, it is a quality of life.

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HARTING & HUNEMULLER | 403 OLIVE ST

HIGHLIGHTS Cherry kitchen Granite tops Hickory floors Custom trim and millwork Panel doors Covered front porch Large deck Marvin windows Stone on front Cement board siding 9’ main floor ceilings Large open floor plan

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This Craftsman style home built in 2011 fits in perfectly on this infill lot next to homes nearly a century old. It has a modern floor plan yet has the feel and craftsmanship of years gone by. Custom oak, cherry and hickory trim blend together to form a

perfect union. From the custom cabinetry and granite tops to the quaint covered front porch with Craftsman columns, you will feel at home both inside and outside. All the modern amenities you would want, yet all the charm you expect in Craftsman style.

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Homeowners want high-tech home security Reprinted from Cedar Valley Home and Garden magazine

Whether leaving for an extended amount of time, or just going to work for the day, today’s homeowners have the ability to monitor exactly what is happening in and around their homes during their absence. Current home security systems are a far cry from the alarm panels and keypads many are familiar with. Beyond motion sensors and intrusion alarms, they can keep track of the kids, monitor an elderly relative, even notify a homeowner when a package has been delivered to their front door. They can tell homeowners when a medicine or liquor cabinet has been opened, someone arrives at the house or valuables have been disturbed. Locally, Ken Samek of Hawkeye Alarm has seen major changes in the industry over the last ďŹ ve years. “It’s all about customization,â€? he said. “The system needs to ďŹ t the customer’s needs. We have everything from snowbirds who just want a basic package to monitor their home while they are away for the winter to large homes where we’ve installed complex systems that required a dozen smoke detectors and four

or ďŹ ve keypads.â€? The purchase and installation of a home security system can range anywhere from $800 to $6,000, Samek said. Then homeowners will sign up with a monitoring company that will likely require an initial fee, service contract and monthly fees. Brian Shaw, operations manager at Maximum Sight and Sound in Waterloo, said the trend is to integrate home security systems into other home systems. “For example, you can be watching TV and someone rings the doorbell,â€? Shaw said. “A camera can ash on the TV and show you who is at the front door.â€? Shaw said the demand for such systems is now four times greater than only two years ago. “Security is the fastest-growing segment of our business,â€? he said. Customers are demanding more connected, customized systems, said JoAnna Sohovich, president of Honeywell Security and Communications. “Different generations have a differing expectation of privacy and differing needs for information. “The newer generation wants information, technology and connectivity on their own terms.â€?

“Consumers are becoming more and more technologically savvy, with consumergrade expectations. Programs have to be easily available, easily downloaded and easily navigated.� JoAnna Sohovich Honeywell Security and Communications

Sohovich said the industry is being driven by a number of things, including emerging technology such as Smart devices and the pervasiveness of the wireless network, which have turned phones and computers into remote control panels. Top-of-the-line systems such as ADT Pulse or Honeywell’s Total Connect offer features with the ability to arm or disarm an alarm from a remote location, real-time video monitoring and automation of lights and thermostats. Such systems offer carbon monoxide, water, ďŹ re and temperature uctua-

tion detection with notiďŹ cations via e-mail, text messaging, even video clips. Honeywell launched Total Connect about 18 months ago and recently released Total Connect apps for Android phones. “Consumers are becoming more and more technologically savvy, with consumergrade expectations,â€? Sohovich said. “Programs have to be easily available, easily downloaded and easily navigated.â€? Both Samek and Shaw agree the best-case scenario is to have security systems installed during the construction of a home. “I cannot tell people enough to run every type of wire you can during construction — security, phone, computer, television,â€? Shaw said. “But we can come in later and install or add to a system, and wireless has now improved to the point thatw we can do a lot more.â€? Samek urges homeowners to do their research and ďŹ nd a reputable company to do business with. “You want to ďŹ nd someone in the area, someone who will be there for service and support down the road,â€? he said. “It goes beyond the safety and security of your house and your belongings,â€? Sohovich said. “It goes to peace of mind.â€?

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Background Kent Spier is a third-generation carpenter and Tim Graves enjoys working as a general contractor and doing finish work. The pair joined forces in 2006 to form their own construction company. Graves had his own construction company and earlier in his career, worked for Griffith Construction. He has 21 years experience. Spier took over his family’s construction company in 1995. He has 22 years experience.

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Fight allergens lurking in homes While it’s easy to blame seasonal pollen, it may be what’s lurking on the caulk in your bathrooms or kitchens that is causing your family to sniffle and sneeze. Since caulk is placed in moisture-rich areas, it can provide an ideal environment for mold and mildew to accumulate and grow. Mold can cause health issues, including allergic reactions, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Protecting the home from the initial growth or reoccurrence of mold and mildew on caulk depends on whether the right caulk is used. That’s because not all mold protection in caulk is equal. Making sure you use a caulk that addresses the whole problem— fungus and bacteria — can help provide you with an effective, lasting defense. Here are a few caulking tips: ■ Find the right caulk. Look for 100 percent silicone: it’s permanently waterproof and will never shrink, crack or deteriorate over time. Avoid using acrylic caulk, which can shrink or crack over time. Water can seep

through gaps left by cracked caulk. Those leaks can lead to water damage and mold growth. For added protection, choose a caulk with five or 10 year mold-free product protection. If you plan on painting over your caulk, choose a permanently waterproof and paintable caulk like Groov by GE. ■ Clean the surface. Remove old caulk, dirt and loose particles with a caulk-removing tool and wipe clean with a cloth. Never caulk over old caulk. ■ Prepare the tube and seal. Cut the nozzle to a size that matches the area that needs to be caulked; close to the tip for a smaller area and further down for a larger area. Pierce the inner seal with a stiff wire or other similar object. Insert cartridge into caulking gun. Squeeze with even, consistent pressure to control the rate at which the caulk leaves the tube as you pull the gun toward you. ■ Smooth the bead. Use your finger or a wet caulk-smoothing tool within two to five minutes of application. ■ Store the tube and clean.

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INSPIRED HOMES | 5048 KAEL TRAIL

HIGHLIGHTS Solid two panel doors Wood floors in dining & kitchen Tiled floor in baths Under cabinet lights Entry w/ wainscot and coat hooks Floor to ceiling stone fireplace Granite kitchen tops, bath vanities Vaulted ceilings Walk-in pantry Rubber wall foundation sealant 2x6 walls, R-26 Upgraded insulation

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Not too early to start preparing home for winter By CAROLE FELDMAN The Associated Press

The hot, hazy days of summer are a perfect time to start preparing for winter. Many must-do projects, such as caulking, cleaning gutters, adding insulation or preparing emergency kits, will make your home more energy-efficient, help prevent weather damage and make things easier should the power go out. “It is never too early to save energy and save money at home,� said Joelle Terry, spokesperson for the Energy Department. “Whether it’s choosing energy efficient products, sealing air and duct leaks, or adding insulation, American households could save

over 20 percent on their household energy bills by making energy upgrades to their homes.� Check with your utility company; some offer free or low-cost energy audits. An energy audit can help determine if, for example, you have enough insulation, or whether there are leaks around windows or elsewhere that should be sealed. Many winterizing projects, like caulking, can be done by the homeowner; others, such as checking the heating system, usually require a professional. Here’s a look at some things experts recommend doing to prepare for winter:

air leaks is a prime project for this time of year,� said Kit Selzer, senior remodeling and projects editor at Better Homes and Gardens. Caulk can be used to seal leaks around doors or windows, or around pipes or ductwork.

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WINTER From page 26 a seal. There are many different types, from felt to vinyl and metal. A professional can advise what is best in each case.

Chimneys Chimneys should be inspected and cleaned on a regular basis. “You want to make sure there’s nothing built up in the chimney or any debris that’s worked its way in,” Selzer said. Creosote, a residue from wood burning, builds up over time and is combustible. Make sure the damper is closed, except when using the fireplace. Also, check to make sure a chimney cap is in place so birds or other wildlife don’t make the chimney their home.

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cy kit throughout the year, but it can be especially important in the middle of a snowstorm when the power goes out. “When preparing for emergency situations, it’s best to think first about the basics of survival: fresh water, food, clean air and warmth,” the Federal Emergency Management Agency says. In addition to these basics, the agency also recommends that emergency kits contain a battery-powered radio and flashlight, extra batteries, first aid items, moist towelettes and a whistle, among other items.

Gutters “It’s a common thing for clogged gutters to freeze if they don’t drain properly,” said Pat Sandor, a “How To” expert at Home Depot. “Those can back up and cause damage to the home.” So before winter, clean all debris from gutters and downspouts. Selzer also advises looking for gaps in the gutter where water

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CRAIG FAIRBANKS HOMES | 523 SPRUCE HILLS DR

HIGHLIGHTS Large main level open floor plan Vaulted 9’ ceilings Custom Crestwood cabinetry Expansive island w/ eating bar Solid oak doors 4 Season sunroom Custom tile Custom painting and staining Bead board wall treatment CRAFTSMAN VILLA-STYLE MEETS FUNCTION

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Homeowners downsizing, but opt for comfort Smaller homes equal better quality of living these days. Many homeowners are downsizing the space they occupy, but are upgrading and customizing that space to make it better fit their lifestyle. Most homeowners today prefer an energy-efficient home with lower utility bills, rather than a cheaper home without energyand water-efficient features, according to a recent National Association of Home Builders’ survey. One way to refresh your home, and make it sustainable is to upgrade your bathroom fixtures. Comfort is still key in these downsized but upgraded bathrooms. And it can’t get much better than a lavish shower. TOTO’s Aimes Ceiling-Mount Showerhead with LED Lighting gives you this luxurious shower experience with water gently cascading down on you from the ceiling. But since the LED light doesn’t require any electricity or batteries, you can enjoy the experience even more. Kinetic energy created by the moving water powers the candlelight-toned light, keeping the brightness gentle on your eyes and flattering to your skin. But don’t stop with just electrical savings in your bathroom. If you haven’t replaced your toilet in

several years, there’s a very good chance that it uses way more water per flush than needed. On average, toilets account for about 27 percent of a home’s indoor water usage, making them the biggest water hogs. High-efficiency toilets can help your family significantly reduce your water consumption.TOTO’s Carlyle II One-Piece High-Efficiency Toilet uses only 1.28 gallons of water per flush. While concentrating on making your bathroom more waterefficient, also take a look at your faucet. If it’s been several years since you replaced your faucet, it’s probably showing its age with metal corrosion or leaking.A leaky faucet with a slow drip can waste as much as five to 10 gallons per day; a fast drip results in 20 to 30 gallons of water down the drain daily. In a small bathroom space, consider replacing your outdated faucet with TOTO’s Upton Single Handle High-Efficiency Lavatory Faucet. Its tall, sleek, contemporary design works perfectly with vessel lavatories that complement smaller bath spaces. But the best feature is that the faucet only uses 1.5 gallons of water per minute, making it EPA WaterSense certified. Your water heater also may need updating. Tankless water heaters are 10 to 30 percent more energy

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Decorate your home with classic blue and white Adding blue and white colors and patterns to a living room, bath or bedroom can make a striking statement, and give these rooms a fresh, yet timeless look. From deep navy to soft indigo, blue is a low-maintenance color. Pairing it with white provides a workable and classic palette. “Blue and white are approachable colors that work well in any part of the home,” says Sabrina Soto, Target style expert for home and HGTV designer. “Together they look elegant, and when paired with pops of color, like yellow and orange, they can be warm and welcoming.”

Soto recommends looking for decor with fine detailing that adds texture and dimension to a sofa or bed. Decorative pillows with embroidered characteristics, such as the paisley handknotted toss pillow from the Target Home collection can tie a room together nicely, for $19.99. The combination of paisley, floral patterns and stripes in blue and white tones allow the contrasting designs to complement one another. While neutral tones are a safe bet in the bathroom, little touches of blue and white can add a cool and calming sensibility to a morning routine. Just a

few minor updates can significantly transform a small space. Changing a shower curtain is the most affordable way to make a big impact. Blue bath and hand towels complement wood or silver fixtures for a stylish contrast to stark white tiles. In the bedroom, handsome blue tones can make a strong statement without being too masculine. “The key is to soften

the blue with a quieter color like khaki or white,” says Soto. “Look for bedding that balances the richness of a blue hue with a few delicate details to keep it chic. Decorating with blue and white can be serene. They are both forgiving colors that not only are inviting, but sophisticated.” For more home decorating ideas, visit Target.com. Source: ARA Content

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Countertops, flooring, backsplashes, sink and fixtures, hardware, appliances, paint — it all adds up to a pretty penny, but cabinets are probably the single biggest investment you’ll make in a kitchen remodel or new build. Cabinetry is the most noticeable feature in a kitchen. The style, wood, finish and design set the tone for the rest of the kitchen and if your home is designed for open-concept living, the cabinets will be on full display 24/7. And no matter the style, you want your kitchen to be warm and welcoming. There are three types of cabinetry: stock, semi-custom and custom-made. Basically, stock cabinetry is off-the-shelf from home improvement centers or cabinet manufacturers, comes in

specific sizes with few options for customization. Semi-custom cabinets are pre-manufactured, but offer more details and options than stock. Custom-designed cabinetry is the most expensive option, but the cabinets are made according to specifications to fit your kitchen layout. There’s a wider range of choices in material and finishes in custom cabinetry, including unusual and special features, colors, wood species and veneers, as well as specialized storage options, said Mike Pitzen of Cabinet Studios. Exotic woods and veneers, such as teak and sapele, are gaining converts. “A custom-cabinetmaker can create something that’s unique and different for their home. That’s what many people are looking for,” said Jim Moeller of Cabinet Creations Inc. Although he does his share of

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beaded inset doors, his company “specializes in Euro or frameless cabinetry that’s very sleek and has about 1/3 more storage than cabinets with face frames. Custom cabinets are functional and practical. We do a lot of remodeling projects with clients who want to make the most of their space and create a beautiful kitch. We make every inch of cabinet space work without fillers or spacers.” Moeller’s customers prefer medium to dark finishes, as well as glazing and distressing wood. “They want warmth in their kitchens, a feeling that it isn’t brand new without a scratch on it.” When selecting cabinetry, know your budget, said Randy Herman of Randy Herman’s Kitchen and Bath. “Most people selling cabinetry can sell to

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Easy upgrades give homes dramatic face-lift Home improvement projects don’t need to be difficult, and with the right tools and attitude, they can be exciting as you watch your house transform. Summer is the perfect time to look at your home todo list and get going. Here are some easy ideas you can get started on today. Painting the home exterior, sheds, fences or decks can be a challenging task. However, doing a good job now will make your entire home look great for years to come. When painting, use tools that are made specifically to help ease and expedite the process. The Wagner Power Painters featuring EZ Tilt helps tackle a variety of projects like paint-

ing a house, shed or fence and produces quality results. The paint sprayer applies a professional grade paint application. Any way you look at exterior painting, you can’t beat the coverage, speed and finish you get by spraying. While you already have all your painting supplies out, grab a brush and update small details like the front door and trim. Indoors: The first step is to take a look at the inside of your home and analyze which rooms need a face-lift. Look at the walls for chipped or dirty paint and the ceiling for stains. Painting is an easy and cheap way to brighten your house fast.

When choosing paint colors, it’s best to look at the furniture and other pieces in the home and try to coordinate appropriately. One roller that really saves you time when painting is Wagner’s TurboRoll battery

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CABINETS From page 35 whatever price point you have. Let the cabinetry person know your price point, a general range. We don’t want to try to sell you a Cadillac if you’re wanting a Yugo.” Regardless of budget, clients are concerned about craftsmanship and quality. “That’s not just the upper market. It’s anyone who is doing a remodel,” Pitzen said. Traditional cabinet styles are the top sellers, but variations in wood and finishes can make give the homeowner more flexibility in choosing an overall kitchen look. “Woods are moving toward cherry and mable and with some of the new glazes and treatments, it’s more appropriate to have less grain. Oak is out. Alder is very soft and that scares people, but it’s a great-looking wood. Painted finishes are always going to be a percentage of the market,” said Herman. Cherry leads other wood species for Cabinets Galore, too.

“It’s rich looking and the resale is good. It’s a rich looking cabinet you can make dressy or contemporary because is changes with the stain,” said Niki Clements and Kathie Kane, designers for Cabinets Galore. Quarter-sawn white oak still has its place, particularly in Arts & Crafts and Mission-style designs, said designer Mike Flanscha from Interior Source. Stains are trending darker, but that often depends on existing woodwork in a home, Herman pointed out. Cabinet facing styles are practically endless, it seems, but many homeowners are opting for a medium amount of detail. Customization includes selfclosing and motorized drawers, appliance lifts, adjustable rollouts for drawers, drawer dividers, varying heights in cabinetry to increase a kitchen’s functionality and furniture-like styling and finishes. “Customers are asking for furniture styling, not just standard cabinetry. The trend is toward dressier-looking cabinetry

because the kitchen is exposed to the rest of the living area, the great room or can be seen from the front door,” said Clements and Kane.

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■ Quality construction: Run your hands over the finish. If your nails get “caught” in the grain, the protective finish won’t hold up. ■ Are the boxes plywood or particle board? More expensive cabinets feel solid and look solidly constructed. ■ Ask the load rating on drawer glides. Check to see if drawers fully extend and are undermounted for strength. ■ Check shelf adjustability and thickness of shelving. ■ What’s the difference? — Stock cabinets: Widths begin at 9 inches and increase in 3-inch increments to 48 inches. Preconstructed; many style options. ■ Semi-custom cabinets: Size modifications possible; many style options. ■ Custom cabinets: Constructed to fit any space or desire; unlimited possibilities.

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HIGHLIGHTS Natural maple cabinetry Quartz countertops w/ granite Custom floating bathroom vanities Maple trim and woodwork Open floor plan, lots of storage Surround sound upper/lower levels Custom fireplace w/ built-ins Alcove and maple shelving Stucco, stone, and pillars on ext. Covered rear porch w/ patio 3 stall garage Stainless steel appliances

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Homeowners investing in remodeling Are you keeping your home longer than you expected, due to the sluggish and uncertain home-resale market? If you are, you’ve got company. Only 43 percent of homeowners believe they would get their asking price if they sold today, according to the latest American Express Spending & Saving Tracker. That lack of conďŹ dence, coupled with interest rates on personal savings accounts that are at or near record lows, has a lot of homeowners investing in their homes instead of depositing money in their banks. In fact, nearly two-thirds of homeowners will be remodeling in 2011, says American Express. Improving your home can be a smart strategy over the long run. In the meantime, it can make your home more comfortable and convenient while you’re living there. Now is the time to ask yourself if putting your hardearned savings into your house is right for you. You won’t see the return on your investment in the near-term, but when you factor in a quicker sale or higher sale price, you could end up with more proďŹ t than savings account interest rates can provide.

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Experts recommend that you stick to improvements likely to increase your home’s resale appeal and value. There’s no such thing as a guaranteed return on investment, but some home improvements have a better value track record than others. A basement remodel will recoup 70 percent of its cost at resale, according to the 20102011 Remodeling Magazine Cost vs. Value Report. Adding a bathroom returns more than 53 percent of your investment, while modernizing a kitchen can bring back 72.8 percent. ■Build a bath: If you plan to install a bathroom, laundry or wet bar in an area that lacks below-oor plumbing drainage, you can dramatically reduce your installation costs with macerating technology. Installing drainage in a basement, attic or garage can be messy, timeconsuming and expensive. But with macerating, or up-ush, technology, you can have plumbing virtually anywhere in your home, without breaking through oors or jackhammering concrete. Unlike conventional gravity plumbing, up-ush systems pump waste and water from

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Roofing can bring a custom look to homes For some people, selecting roofing material is an afterthought, but savvy homeowners, remodelers and builders know a beautiful roof creates architectural appeal that can top any other residence in the neighborhood. Slate roofing has long been prized for its beauty, following its rise in popularity through America’s early years. The picturesque look of slate is now available through the advanced technology of composite slate, created with molds cast from real slate. Unlike natural slate, it won’t break or delaminate. InSpire Roofing delivers Old World elegance to both expansive and more intimate size homes,

ranging in style from rustic to contemporary. Crafted from compressed limestone and virgin resins, including recycled content, InSpire is an innovative green product that even performs better than natural slate and is backed by a transferable limited lifetime warranty. To visualize your home with the natural elegance of InSpire Roofing, visit www.inspireroofing.com to pick the right color or color combination for your roof or call (800) 9714148 for more information. InSpire Roofing Products is a division of The Tapco Group and a U.S. Green Building Council Member. Source: ARA Content

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Five steps to creating a perfect bathroom Here are five steps to help make design choices for a bathroom. 1. Evaluate the needs of the bathroom. Is a soaking tub or shower perfered? Does more than one person use the bathroom in the morning when getting ready to go off to work or school? Consider possible users of the bathroom: guests, family members and future owners. 2. Find a style. It’s in the pictures you’ve saved as you’ve been planning your dream bathroom. Check out the “Style Advisor” at www.americanstandard.com to answer six simple questions designed to help you find your perfect style. 3. Open up some space. If you rarely use your bathtub, consider pulling it out and replacing it with a shower to gain more space. A fixed showerhead paired with a handheld showerhead that has

multiple spray functions at the touch of a button is a nice little luxury. If you are remodeling to accommodate an elderly or disabled family member, replace your old tub with a comfortable and accessible seated shower, designed to be easily installed within an existing tub recess. 4. Take comfort. Look for vanities like the Savina from Porcher at 36 inches high. Most adults find this height more comfortable and convenient to use. Consider toilets that are “right height” designed to be typical chair height at 16 to 17 inches from the floor to the bowl rim rather than the conventional 14 inches. 5. Should you go green? Visit www.responsiblebathroom. com to view all the product options. Source: ARA Content

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Boost resale value by accessorizing Resale value matters, whether your home is on the market now or plans to sell are several years in the future. Whenever you make improvements to a home, you should keep the resale value of those improvements in mind, real estate experts advise. Accessorizing existing features can be a more cost-effective alternative to making major improvements when your home is on the market. Whether it’s adding window box planters to the facade, or either manual or automated blinds to a skylight, accessorizing is a great way to increase the value of existing home features. If you’re willing to spend a little money in order to (hopefully) make more money, here are some ideas for enhancing your home’s existing selling points by adding some great accessories.

Dashing decks Great outdoor spaces are attractive to buyers. But if your deck or patio is drab or in need of repair, what should be a selling point can turn into a detriment in the eyes of potential buyers. After giving everything a thorough cleaning, look at cosmetic fixes and accessories that will make the space look more appealing. Built-in seating and planters are among the hottest deck trends, and adding a few to a deck will cost a lot less than building a new one. A collapsible awning is another accessory that can make a deck more appealing.

mug of tea on a wintry night. But if your fireplace is more likely to make buyers think of cleaning and renovation, you’re not getting the full value out of this much-desired home feature. Start by making sure the fireplace is clean, whether it’s wood-burning or gas-powered. For gas-powered fireplaces, installing a blower that directs heat into the room can greatly

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ing is made with a patented threelayer technology that encloses a blend of foamed wood composite material between two layers of PVC. The resulting system is so thick, stiff and rigid that it doesn’t require metal reinforcement to meet building codes. Despite this three-layer strength, the product is still lightweight and low-maintenance. Some of the benefits of composite railing systems like Tam-Rail are hidden fasteners, a wide variety of railing lengths, fixed-angle bracket adapters, stair kits and the ability to install the post mounts in concrete, wood or composite decks.

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Betsy McCann and her husband, Jim Forbes, often worried that his mother was growing isolated in her Los Angeles-area home. At 90, Lois Brokus had stopped driving and was sometimes afraid to be alone in her house. Jane and William Merrill also decided they didn’t want his mother living on her own any more. Then 81, Jane Merrill, who shares her daughter-inlaw’s name, was still active but in need of companionship. Both families considered nursing homes, assisted living and retirement communities. In the end, they came to the same conclusion: Their homes were the best place for their mothers. But they needed more home. So McCann and Forbes added a 400-square-foot bedroom

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Nancy Thompson, of AARP, offered other tips for families considering building a mother-in-law suite for an aging parent: ■ Decide what your expectations are well in advance and make sure everyone agrees. Involve the elderly parent in the process. ■ Make sure the addition is built following universal design guidelines. Are counters, bathrooms and doorways wheelchair accessible? Is there a walk-in shower with grab bars? Opt for entrylevel additions to eliminate stairs. Look for a contractor or builder with experience in universal design or aging in place. ■ Check municipal building codes to make sure that accessory dwellings are allowed.

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One is Todd Jackson, CEO of San Diego’s Jackson Design and Remodeling, which handled the room addition at McCann’s home. “There’s both a physical component and a sensitivity side to these projects. The family needs to take that into account,” said Jackson. “The transition will go over a lot better if you bring the parent into the conversation,” said Jackson. “Ask them: ‘What do you need?’ ‘What color do you want?’” That’s what McCann and her husband did when they decided to build an addition in 2008. Brocas, now 93, was part of the planning. “We didn’t want her to feel like a guest intruding on our house,” said McCann. “She kept telling all her friends about how she was involved in the design process, and that the paint colors were her choice.” Brokus now proudly calls the addition, which includes a bedroom, wet bar and wheelchair-accessible doorways and

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Renovations can boost master suite’s appeal If kitchen and bathroom remodels are the gold and silver medalists in the Olympics of home renovation, then a master suite remodel is a very respectable bronze. While adding a master suite can deliver a return on investment of about 63 percent at resale, according to Remodeling Magazine’s 2011 Cost vs. Value Report, few of us have the budget for such a sweeping renovation. Fortunately, a few cost-effective moves can boost a master suite’s appeal exponentially. Here are a few master suite remodeling ideas that can deliver big bang for not many bucks: ■ A coat of fresh paint remains one of the easiest, lowest-cost ways to freshen any room. Restive, comforting hues can set a relaxing, welcoming tone in a master suite. And since these shades also tend to be neutral, repainting a master bedroom and

bath can enhance resale value as well. It’s OK to paint the bedroom and bath different colors, but keep in mind they should be harmonious and complementary — not jarringly different from each other. ■ A skylight is an upgrade that is both luxurious and practical. Adding one to a master suite is a great way to bring rejuvenating natural light into your home, reduce the need for electric lighting and lower power bills. No-leak skylights from skylight maker Velux also eliminate one of the traditional concerns about skylights; when properly installed they are no more likely to leak than any other type of quality window. If your master suite is on the first floor, you may think you can’t do a skylight. Tubular skylights, such as Sun Tunnels, can deliver natural light into spots where a traditional sky-

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Get inspired with colorful decorating A refreshed decor doesn’t mean having to invest in a big-ticket item like new furniture. From ever-popular traditional styles to streamlined modern looks, there is a place for a splash of color in any room. Don’t be afraid to add color in unexpected places — from window treatments that pop to a vivid paint shade in an entryway. For example, Accordia Cellular Shades from Levolor are available in more than 200 fabric choices, including exclusive woven fabrics (Linen, Designer Textures and Translucence) that give rich color and texture to any room. Ensurecolorharmonythroughout your entire home by taking advantage of mobile technology to custom match paint hues to

your favorite pieces. It’s as simple as downloading a smartphone application and unleashing your creativity. For example, ColorSnap is a free app that allows users to quickly and easily match colors in images with more than 1,500 Sherwin-Williams hues and complementary palettes. Simply snap a photo of your favorite vase or new window treatment and you’ll be presented with the closest color match. From there, you’ll be provided with complementary colors which will ensure seamless color flow of your home decor. Plus, it’s easy to test the suggested paint colors within your space with quart-sized paint samples. Source: ARA Content

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Seven tips for building your dream deck If you want to build a new deck, or just improve the one you have, HGTV/DIY Network star Jeff Wilson shares his experience gleaned from 25 years of professional experience and his own backyard makeover: 1. Dream big: Even if you don’t have the budget now for everything you want, establishing a long-term plan ensures you won’t be tearing something out later to make way for your dream deck. 2. Trial run: Lay out your planned deck in the space where it will be built using rope, a garden hose, or stakes and string. Arrange objects in the space as you envisioned them in the plan. This lets you catch problems before they’re too costly to fix. 3. Don’t forget the details: Have you considered lighting? Do you want to listen to music or have an all-outdoor home theater sys-

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McDONALD SUPPLY, WITH OVER 4,000 SQUARE FEET, IS THE CEDAR VALLEY’S BEST, MOST INNOVATIVE, AND LARGEST WORKING KITCHEN AND BATH SHOWROOM. We have partnered with the area’s best plumbers and offer one-stop shopping! Stop in today or make a Saturday appointment! American Plumbing, Cedar Falls, (319)-266-7877 Chad’s Plumbing - Dunkerton, IA (319) 822-3131 Curran Plumbing, Inc. - Waterloo, IA (319) 233-0353 Dalton Plumbing, Heating & Cooling - Cedar Falls, IA (319) 234-2150 Davis Plumbing, LaPorte City, 3(19)-239-3939 Hudson Hardware, Plumbing & Heating - Hudson, IA (319) 988-3231 KC/Elliot’s Geo Thermal Plumbing & Heating - Tripoli, IA (319) 239-5810 M&W Plumbing - Hudson, IA (319) 239-2033 Plumbing Concepts - Waterloo, IA (319) 833-0523 Plumbing Solutions - Cedar Falls, IA (319) 277-1716 Tony’s Plumbing - Cedar Falls, IA (319) 215-8585 Young Plumbing & Heating - Waterloo, IA (319) 234-4411

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215 E. Main St. | Cedar Falls | 319.266.0807


2011 Parade of Homes vieWing times

Custom shutters from Budget Blinds® because getting away is just inside your window.

Cedar falls

Wednesday, September 14

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Friday, September 16

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 17

1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, September 18

cedar falls

1

1 2 3 4 5 6

1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

7 8 9

Schuerman Homes 8111 Beaver Hills Ln

(Showing 9/17 and 9/18 only)

LGC Homes 3809 Pheasant Dr

Skogman Homes 1303 Quail Ridge Rd

Denny Lenth Construction 4105 Stewart Ln

HOMES CEDAR VALLEY

PARADE OF 11

Kugler Construction 1705 Valley High Dr

NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION & REMODELS

Graves & Spier Construction 4112 Deena Dr 2

Harting & Hunemuller 403 Olive St Inspired Homes 5048 Kael Trail

Waterloo

Craig Fairbanks Homes 523 Spruce Hills Dr

10

4

Harting & Hunemuller 3632 Cadillac Dr Remodel

3

waterloo

Beaver Hills Dr Black Hawk Park

Beaver Hills Country Club

Budget Blinds

10 www.cedarvalleyhomebuilders.com

Poplar Ln

Skyline Dr

Jepsen Rd

or visit us online at

Beaver Hills Ln

Rd

319-859-0000

Visit the Parade of Homes Online at: www.wcfcourier.com

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Call today for details!

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Tickets are available for $10 at all the Parade Homes.

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Fieldstone Blvd W 4th St

W 18th St

Blue ve

Alvarado Ave i Nordic R

Lexington Dr

Cordo ba A

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Kael Trail

bell Rd

Hudson Rd

*At participating franchises only. ©2009 Budget Blinds, INC. All Rights Reserved. Each franchise is independently owned and operated. Budget Blinds is a registered trademark of Budget Blinds, INC. and a Home Franchise Concepts Brand.

Quail Ridge Rd

Greenhill Rd

Briarwood Dr

Briarwood Hills

9

Greenhill Dr Greenhill Dr

Cedar Heights Dr

Valley High Dr Rownd St

6

Greenhill Rd

3

Orchard Hill Park

8

Deena Dr

W 12th St

Elmridge Dr

Daina Dr

27

7

r

934 Primrose Dr

Veralta Dr

58

Stewart Ln

Birdsall Park

Expires 10/31/2011

Southdale Park

Orchard Hill Dr

Pheasant Ridge Golf Course

W 8th St

Ave

Orchard Dr

Spruce Hills Dr

W 8th St

4

S Main St

Sartori Memorial Hospital

Main St

W 4th St

sity

Lilac Ln Olive St

Pheasant Dr

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Greenhill Rd

Progress Ave

2

Ca

Uni

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McClain Dr

W 1st St

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Pleasant Dr

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RemoDeL

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57

N Union Rd

Sun-bleached wood A place to be free. WINDOW COVERINGS CAN MAKE YOU FEEL LIKE YOU LIVE BY THE SEA

T75


2011 Parade of Homes vieWing times

Custom shutters from Budget Blinds® because getting away is just inside your window.

Cedar falls

Wednesday, September 14

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Friday, September 16

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 17

1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, September 18

cedar falls

1

1 2 3 4 5 6

1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

7 8 9

Schuerman Homes 8111 Beaver Hills Ln

(Showing 9/17 and 9/18 only)

LGC Homes 3809 Pheasant Dr

Skogman Homes 1303 Quail Ridge Rd

Denny Lenth Construction 4105 Stewart Ln

HOMES CEDAR VALLEY

PARADE OF 11

Kugler Construction 1705 Valley High Dr

NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION & REMODELS

Graves & Spier Construction 4112 Deena Dr 2

Harting & Hunemuller 403 Olive St Inspired Homes 5048 Kael Trail

Waterloo

Craig Fairbanks Homes 523 Spruce Hills Dr

10

4

Harting & Hunemuller 3632 Cadillac Dr Remodel

3

waterloo

Beaver Hills Dr Black Hawk Park

Beaver Hills Country Club

Budget Blinds

10 www.cedarvalleyhomebuilders.com

Poplar Ln

Skyline Dr

Jepsen Rd

or visit us online at

Beaver Hills Ln

Rd

319-859-0000

Visit the Parade of Homes Online at: www.wcfcourier.com

ion

Call today for details!

Un

1

8

6

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7

9

5

Tickets are available for $10 at all the Parade Homes.

www.budgetblinds.com

Fieldstone Blvd W 4th St

W 18th St

Blue ve

Alvarado Ave i Nordic R

Lexington Dr

Cordo ba A

5

dg e

Kael Trail

bell Rd

Hudson Rd

*At participating franchises only. ©2009 Budget Blinds, INC. All Rights Reserved. Each franchise is independently owned and operated. Budget Blinds is a registered trademark of Budget Blinds, INC. and a Home Franchise Concepts Brand.

Quail Ridge Rd

Greenhill Rd

Briarwood Dr

Briarwood Hills

9

Greenhill Dr Greenhill Dr

Cedar Heights Dr

Valley High Dr Rownd St

6

Greenhill Rd

3

Orchard Hill Park

8

Deena Dr

W 12th St

Elmridge Dr

Daina Dr

27

7

r

934 Primrose Dr

Veralta Dr

58

Stewart Ln

Birdsall Park

Expires 10/31/2011

Southdale Park

Orchard Hill Dr

Pheasant Ridge Golf Course

W 8th St

Ave

Orchard Dr

Spruce Hills Dr

W 8th St

4

S Main St

Sartori Memorial Hospital

Main St

W 4th St

sity

Lilac Ln Olive St

Pheasant Dr

ver

l di

Greenhill Rd

Progress Ave

2

Ca

Uni

10

la cD

McClain Dr

W 1st St

Select Signature Series

Window Coverings

nic Dr Sce

OFF

Pleasant Dr

r St

25%

RemoDeL

Cente

57

N Union Rd

Sun-bleached wood A place to be free. WINDOW COVERINGS CAN MAKE YOU FEEL LIKE YOU LIVE BY THE SEA

T75


2011 Parade of Homes vieWing times

Custom shutters from Budget Blinds® because getting away is just inside your window.

Cedar falls

Wednesday, September 14

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Friday, September 16

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 17

1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, September 18

cedar falls

1

1 2 3 4 5 6

1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

7 8 9

Schuerman Homes 8111 Beaver Hills Ln

(Showing 9/17 and 9/18 only)

LGC Homes 3809 Pheasant Dr

Skogman Homes 1303 Quail Ridge Rd

Denny Lenth Construction 4105 Stewart Ln

HOMES CEDAR VALLEY

PARADE OF 11

Kugler Construction 1705 Valley High Dr

NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION & REMODELS

Graves & Spier Construction 4112 Deena Dr 2

Harting & Hunemuller 403 Olive St Inspired Homes 5048 Kael Trail

Waterloo

Craig Fairbanks Homes 523 Spruce Hills Dr

10

4

Harting & Hunemuller 3632 Cadillac Dr Remodel

3

waterloo

Beaver Hills Dr Black Hawk Park

Beaver Hills Country Club

Budget Blinds

10 www.cedarvalleyhomebuilders.com

Poplar Ln

Skyline Dr

Jepsen Rd

or visit us online at

Beaver Hills Ln

Rd

319-859-0000

Visit the Parade of Homes Online at: www.wcfcourier.com

ion

Call today for details!

Un

1

8

6

N

7

9

5

Tickets are available for $10 at all the Parade Homes.

www.budgetblinds.com

Fieldstone Blvd W 4th St

W 18th St

Blue ve

Alvarado Ave i Nordic R

Lexington Dr

Cordo ba A

5

dg e

Kael Trail

bell Rd

Hudson Rd

*At participating franchises only. ©2009 Budget Blinds, INC. All Rights Reserved. Each franchise is independently owned and operated. Budget Blinds is a registered trademark of Budget Blinds, INC. and a Home Franchise Concepts Brand.

Quail Ridge Rd

Greenhill Rd

Briarwood Dr

Briarwood Hills

9

Greenhill Dr Greenhill Dr

Cedar Heights Dr

Valley High Dr Rownd St

6

Greenhill Rd

3

Orchard Hill Park

8

Deena Dr

W 12th St

Elmridge Dr

Daina Dr

27

7

r

934 Primrose Dr

Veralta Dr

58

Stewart Ln

Birdsall Park

Expires 10/31/2011

Southdale Park

Orchard Hill Dr

Pheasant Ridge Golf Course

W 8th St

Ave

Orchard Dr

Spruce Hills Dr

W 8th St

4

S Main St

Sartori Memorial Hospital

Main St

W 4th St

sity

Lilac Ln Olive St

Pheasant Dr

ver

l di

Greenhill Rd

Progress Ave

2

Ca

Uni

10

la cD

McClain Dr

W 1st St

Select Signature Series

Window Coverings

nic Dr Sce

OFF

Pleasant Dr

r St

25%

RemoDeL

Cente

57

N Union Rd

Sun-bleached wood A place to be free. WINDOW COVERINGS CAN MAKE YOU FEEL LIKE YOU LIVE BY THE SEA

T75

Cedar Valley Parade of Homes 2011  

Cedar Valley Parade of Homes 2011