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Baton Rouge Based Roof Crafters Launches New CRM Software For Clients

CRM Product Launch from Roof Crafters

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 2016-Oct-12 — /EPR Network/ — Chuck Magee, construction professional and owner of Louisiana-based roofing company Roof Crafters, is proud to offer Louisiana clients more access and insight into the progress of their roofing projects.

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As the most technically advanced roofing contractor anywhere, Chuck Magee and Roof Crafters have taken full advantage of cloud technology and developed their own proprietary cloud-based software system. This intuitive, easy-to-use system is only available in Louisiana to Roof Crafters clients.

Utilizing SSA Store Share Access, Roof Crafter clients will be able to track and keep up with all aspects of their roofing and roof related jobs, including warranty information, shingle type, shingle color and when the roof was installed. Pictures at various stages of the project are also provided.

Keeping this information properly stored and easily accessible is also vitally important for many clients that are having roof repairs performed due to damage from weather or other accidents. The portal makes it easy for clients to retrieve information for insurance purposes, or even if they wish to sell their house a number of years later and want to provide the buyers with the correct information about the roofing materials.

Working in construction for over two decades, Chuck Magee realized that a client-access system such as the one developed by Roof Crafters was sorely needed in the industry. Being able to access information at their leisure helps clients feel better about their projects and provides them with a more comprehensive, detailed record.

As a trusted expert in the industry, it was especially important to Chuck that his clients could get as much assistance and information as they needed when they needed it. He states that he is “especially excited to launch this new software for Roof Crafters clients to stay up to date on their roofing projects.”

Chuck knows that every roofing job is different, and having completed a re-roofing of his own home, he has firsthand experience of the challenges and inconveniences these projects can cause for his clients. This makes him a much more understanding and sympathetic consultant for those in the middle of a difficult roofing project, and it is why he thinks that the CRM product developed by Roof Crafters will be such a benefit to the residents of Louisiana.
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Roof Crafters LLC,
Chuck Magee,
4520 Sherwood Forrest Blvd Baton Rouge, LA
70816 225-667-1189, 888-846-1558,
https://theroofcrafters.com

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Roof Crafters Gives Away New Roof

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 2016-Jun-22 — /EPR CONSTRUCTION NEWS/ — After Roof Crafters gives away new roof, Mid-city homeowner Yolanda White was delighted to hear her leaking roof would get fixed when a team of volunteers from Tulsa, Ok. came to town. Then the news got better.

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After Roof Crafters gives away new roof, Mid-city homeowner Yolanda White was delighted to hear her leaking roof would get fixed when a team of volunteers from Tulsa, Ok. came to town. Then the news got better.

The project at White’s house changed when Vaughn, an Owens-Corning Platinum Contractor, contacted Magee, another Platinum Preferred installer with Owens Corning, to see if Magee had a “backup crew” available in case inclement weather or other difficulties forced the Tulsa team to return home before the project was complete. Being community minded Roof Crafters gives away new roof by providing all the labor to install the roofing system.

“[Magee] said, ‘Hey, I’ve got a crew that will do the whole thing,’” Vaughn said. Materials were donated by ABC Supply, a nationwide supplier.

White’s one-story home was elevated after the storm, but the roof was not replaced at the time. White has lived in the 50-year old house for 15 years.

Team coordinator Dr. Amy Emerson said the team wanted to help White because she gives so much to others.

“She is an incredible lady who uses her vacation time each year to cook two hot meals for children in the Hollygrove neighborhood, who attend a week-long summer camp,” Emerson said. “It’s fun to see all kinds of people come together to do this project.”

Other activities held in conjunction with the team’s visit included a “Pete the Cat” literacy event, based on the popular children’s series books by Eric Litwin. Free books were provided for children that attended. The churches are co-led by ministers Charles Marsalis and Kirk Garrison.

While the long-standing partnership with the Oklahoma team has made them “family,” White said the focus of the week was on the children and not the adults workers. “Even though it’s just for a few days, the children are getting something they’ll remember for the rest of their lives.”

Marilyn Stewart writes about people and events of the faith community in Orleans Parish. Send information three weeks in advance to marilynstewart.nola@gmail.com.

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Roof Crafters LLC,
Chuck Magee,
18021 N. Service Road I12 Hammond, LA
70403 225-667-1189,
http://theroofcrafters.com,
888-846-1558
chuck@theroofcrafters.com

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Besh Is Redesigning The Cabinet Industry

Raleigh, NC, March 21, 2016 — /EPR CONSTRUCTION NEWS/ — As landfills continue to be the dumping grounds for out-of-date kitchen cabinets, besh logoone innovative cabinet start-up out of Raleigh, North Carolina provides a solution that allows homeowners, designers and housing developers to update kitchens while keeping more trees in the forests and less waste in the dumps.

Besh creates eco-friendly cabinets that feature a swappable-front system and a sleek, modern design. By using industrial-grade engineered wood made with 100% wood waste, low VOC finishes and Besh’s frameless (euro-style) system, you don’t have to sacrifice Mother Nature’s resources for new kitchen cabinets. And since Besh cabinets are proudly made in the USA, the reduced shipping distance also contributes to a smaller carbon footprint.

Founder and designer Becky Shankle created Besh to be a natural solution for people who want modern kitchen cabinets — especially if they want something environmentally friendly and easily changeable in the future.

“People want options. They want to be able to evolve their kitchen. However, we only have one planet, and we must take care of it,” says Shankle.

With Besh, you install the backbone of the cabinet system and choose from countless customizable options like doors, drawer fronts, and robust, durable soft closing hardware to create your own unique design. Since the backbone is modular and always stays in place, you can give your kitchen a whole new look by ordering new doors and drawer fronts. You can even send the old ones back to Besh to be refurbished and reused.

While many companies in the cabinet industry support the old-fashioned “discard and replace” approach, Shankle believes less is more. “My goal is to sell people as few Besh cabinet systems as possible,” she states. “Then when they want to update we can just replace the doors and drawer fronts. It’s better for the environment and better for people’s wallets.” While Besh cabinets are hearty and built to last much longer than the cheap-overseas cabinets, they’re also more budget friendly than the high-end imported options.

After two successful years in the North Carolina market, Besh recently launched a new website www.bestcabinets.com and is lining up regional distribution channels as a precursor to a broader national rollout.

To learn more about how Besh is redesigning the cabinet industry visit,www.beshcabinets.com.

The Besh website was designed by Code18 Interactive (www.code18.com), a digital agency based in NYC.

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About Besh
Based in Raleigh, North Carolina, Besh provides high-quality cabinet systems created by professional kitchen designers who love modern design and responsible living. Proudly made in the U.S.A., Besh cabinet systems allow homeowners to redesign their cabinets while respecting the planet.

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Becky Shankle
Founder, Besh Cabinets
877-696-4834
becky@eco-modernism.com
http://www.beshcabinets.com

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National Fireproofing Company Announces Launch of Flamex PF-2 Water-Based Exterior Wood Fire Retardant

Porter, Indiana, July 16, 2015 — /EPR CONSTRUCTION NEWS/ — Leaders in proven, reliable fire retardants, the National Fireproofing Company recently announced the release of their latest product the Flamex PF-2 water-based post treatment fire retardant. The Flamex PF-2 is intended to protect indoor and outdoor woods, like decks, cedar shake shingles and structural lumber. The early response to the product has been enthusiastic.

Protecting the wood within or outside a home or other structure from fire is a smart priority for a great many people. One company that specializes in making the products available that offer this kind of protection in the National Fireproofing Company. National Fireproofing Company recently announced the release of a product that offers a huge amount of value in this area, Flamex PF-2. Flamex PF-2 is a water-based, post-treatment interior/exterior fire retardant ideal for protecting wood, which can be applied by brush or spray.

“We feel very confident in Flamex PF-2, our latest product,” commented a spokesperson from the company. “There’s many situations where this product offers a huge amount of value both indoors and outdoors, at a very affordable price. We feel it will quickly become one of the more popular fire retardants we offer.”

According to the company, when the Flamex PF-2 is applied to wood it serves to protect it by developing a self-extinguishing reaction when it is touched by flame. Flamex PF-2 is lab tested as a Class A flame retardant and lasts for over five years after being applied. The treatment does not damage the structural integrity of the wood it is applied to, dries clear and is non-corrosive to metal.

National Fireproofing Company is an Indiana business that produces and supplies fire retardant sprays and coatings for commercial and residential customers. All products are ASTM, NFPA, and UL standard compliant.

For more information be sure to visit http://www.natfire.com.

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Contact-Details: V. Hoffmann (GM)
420 Wagner Rd
Porter, IN 46304
219-926-1477
www.natfire.com

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STONE ACTION Hosts 1ST OPEN HOUSE

STONE ACTION, of Laurel, MD will be hosting an Open House from 2:00 to 7:00 pm for Designers, Architects, Kitchen Dealers and Marble & Granite Fabricators. The regional manager from Stone Italian, SpA, from Verona Italy and the Staff of Stone Action, LLC will be in attendance to show and present their line of ornamental stones products from Italy, Brazil and around the world.

This event will be the best way for guests to have a chance to meet a leading-edge manufacturer of recomposed quartz and marble surfaces and draw inspiration from the selection readily available in stock.

Guests will have a chance to win a trip to Verona, Italy. Courtesy of Stone Action LLC. The trip includes airfare, 4-Day, 3-Nights hotel accommodations, a tour at Stone Italiana’s factory and dinner with the Stone Italiana team.

Opened in 2012, Stone Action, LLC is located at 9010 Maier Rd. Unity 112, Laurel, MD 20723 and is a proud member of the Baltimore Washington Corridor Chamber. For more information on the Open House visit www.stoneaction.net or call 240-456-0792.

For directions and more information about STONE ACTION, visit http://stoneaction.net

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Reliable Houston Plumber, Mammoth Plumbing Announces Service Coverage in Sugar Land TX

Mammoth Plumbing is a professional plumbing company in Houston TX that is expanding its services to Sugar Land area. Residents on Sugar Land deserve a reliable, trustworthy, and proven plumber. Mammoth Plumbing Company has more than 25 years of experience in the plumbing industry and truly cares about its clients by focusing first on customer service and satisfaction then top quality workmanship. The company was founded on the highest standards of the plumbing industry and customers can have confidence that they are making the right choice when hiring Mammoth to take care of their plumbing needs.

“We are excited about providing continuing exceptional service to all of the Sugar Land area,” said Jon Nevarez, Owner of Mammoth Plumbing. ” At Mammoth Plumbing, we strive to provide every homeowner and business with that highest standard. We pride ourselves on ensuring each customer receives a pleasant experience and total peace of mind.”

All of our plumbers have passed a drug screen and had thorough background and immigration checks. Every Mammoth Technician is fully licensed, bonded and insured. This is for the protection of the homeowner for all repair and installation work done. To insure the most accurate cost for your plumbing problem or installation, Mammoth master plumbers can to the home for a complete inspection and detailed written estimate.

Water Heater Installation, Repair, and Maintenance in Sugar Land

No matter what type or brand, Mammoth Plumbing has the experience and knowledge to repair, maintain, and install water heaters efficiently and correctly. As Certified Factory Trained Contractors for Bradford White tank water heaters and Rinnai tankless water heaters, Mammoth plumbers offer the best in installation and repair services available. Regular maintenance plans are offered to help keep water heaters at peak performance and efficiency.

Sewer Repair: Drain Clog and Camera Inspections 

Mammoth master plumbers can help customers discover why their drains are clogged using the newest technology. Camera inspections are a smart way to find sewer line problems so that they can be quickly repaired. Mammoth uses modern technology equipment to accurately detect, remove, or repair sewer line. Whether your leak is under the slab, in the wall, or in the yard, Mammoth techs can find the leak quickly and fix the correctly.

Emergency Service: All Services Available 24/7 in Sugar Land 

Mammoth understands that plumbing problems can happen at any hour of the night or day. Mammoth plumbers are prepared to assist customers with all of their plumbing emergencies anytime. Customers can feel good about calling this company on the weekends or in the late or early morning hours if a pipe bursts or the water heater stops working. Knowing who to call in an emergency is just as important as getting the problem fixed. Remember to call Mammoth Plumbing to get help quickly.

Mammoth Plumbing List of Services:

  • Water Line Repair and Replacement
  • Bathroom Remodeling
  • Shower Pan Repair
  • Toilet Installation & Repairs
  • Tankless Water Heaters
  • Tank Water Heaters / Boilers
  • Gas, Water & Sewer
  • New Plumbing Fixtures Installed
  • Water Filtration Systems
  • Sinks & Faucets Installed
  • Garbage Disposals Repaired & Replaced
  • Fiber Optic Video Inspection Sewer Camera
  • Sewer Lines Repaired & Replaced
  • Drain Line Locating Using Latest Technologies
  • Hydro-Jetting Cleaning of Drain Lines
  • Under Slab Leak Detection
  • Under Slab Tunneling & Rerouting
  • Gas Line Installation, Testing & Repairs

At Mammoth Plumbing, the customer comes first. Whatever the need, Mammoth is here to serve Sugar Land with the plumbing services the residents deserve. Call us today at (281)-398-1700 or check us out online at www.mammothplumbing.com and make us your Sugar Land Plumber. Figure out what Houston residents have already enjoyed, a wonderful plumbing repair experience.

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High Quality External Oak Doors for 2013 – Kershaws Doors Ltd

Kershaw Doors Ltd who are a very well established timber door supplier since 1999 have extended their contemporary styled Mega Oak door range to include a high quality external door version which includes both a solid and glazed option. This new addition to the range was developed during 2012 released at the end of that year and is now on a special release price for 2013.

The Mega Oak exterior door specification surpasses many of it’s counterparts in the industry yet is offered at a very reasonable price of £281.69 for the solid version and £364.44 for the glazed option. Both doors are available in 2 popular sizes of 762mm x 1981mm and 838mm x 1981mm.

The Mega is constructed using a laminated Maple and Beech core, has 18mm Solid Oak edges and a superior 3mm thick Oak facing. The Mega 3V glazed option has the same specification as the solid door with the addition of 3 x 24mm Frosted glass vision panel (Low E Argon) units.

The doors are supplied boxed and ready to finish. In addition to the standard sized Oak Mega, Kershaws Doors have extended the range further to include both a solid and glazed side panel, offering versatility when creating grand entrance sets to your chosen design function.

The Mega solid panel 610mm x 1981mm is a substantial width to compliment either door and the Mega V1 glazed panel is 457 x 1981mm featuring a doubled glazed vertical panel of clear glass. These panels are to the same construction standard as the regular Mega Oak doors. See Kershaws Doors Ltd website at www.1doors.co.uk to order these special offer doors or view the vast range of timber doors available. In addition Kershaws Doors Ltd are able to offer some styles as Made to Measure options. For helpful door informationvisit Kershaws Blog at http://www.1doors.co.uk/blog/

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Big Hearted Tradie Organises Valuable ‘Thank You’ for Bravehearts

When Brisbane electrician Rob Vernon heard Bravehearts’ call for help in renovating its new Strathpine office, he told his team to save the date, December 15 for a special opportunity for service this holiday season.

“I heard Bravehearts was expanding and in urgent need of tradies,” said Mr Vernon.“I’ve heard a lot about the work they do. I also know that, sadly, the demand for their crisis services is quite high too.”

The owner of Brisbane-based Vernons Electrical was personally touched by the work of the national child protection advocacy group this year, when the organisation provided much-needed support to a member of his family in crisis.

“I know their support made a difference to my family, so when I heard about their call for tradies, I knew it was a great opportunity to give back to Bravehearts for their tireless work with child abuse victims and their families,” Mr Vernon said.

All of Mr Vernon’s staff will join him on December 15 for a day-long tradie blitz on the new Bravehearts base, a Moreton Bay Regional Council-owned building in Strathpine.

Between his team of electricians and the generous support of his suppliers, Mr Vernon secured donations that will see the Bravehearts’ office fitted out with more than $15,000 worth of services and supplies.

“We are installing a brand new split system air conditioner, solar power, new lights, power points, security cameras, and security lights,” said Mr Vernon.

Spokesperson and founder of Bravehearts, Hetty Johnston, said the donations will be well received. “We have quite a bit of work to do before we can open the doors of our new office,” said Ms Johnston. “Bravehearts would like to express sincere thanks and appreciation to Vernons Electrical and their generous suppliers such as Solar Spec, Haymans Electrical, Airconditioning Direct, and Beacon Lighting. Christmas comes early sometimes and the timing could not be better as we continue to make Australia the safest place in the world to raise a child.”

Bravehearts Inc. is a registered Charity registered with the ATO as a DGR (Deductible Gift Recipient). They employ more than 50 staff across 9 offices. Bravehearts’ members comprise survivors, parents, friends, partners, professionals and non-abusive members of the community who share in the belief that child sexual assault must stop. The Strathpine office will be Bravehearts’ home base for rolling-out education programs to kids across Brisbane’s north.

To donate supplies or your tradie expertise, contact Kayleen Johnston +61 5552 3009. To interview Rob Vernon or learn more abut Vernons Electrical, please visithttp://www.vernonselectrical.com.au or call +61 0430 878 769

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Fix 8 Recognise That Whilst A Bad Workman Always Blames His Tools, Having The Right Power Tools To Hand Will Help Get Things Off To A Much Better Start

Maybe you are a home user getting ready to tackle a Do It Yourself (DIY) task or maybe you are a professional taking on a new job, but in either case you probably recognise the importance of having the right tools for the job. Fix 8 also recognise that whilst a bad workman always blames his tools, having the right power tools to hand will help get things off to a much better start.

Indeed Fix 8 pride themselves on their ability to supply both the amateur DIY person and the professional tradesman with high quality power tools at prices to suit all budgets. As an example you may just need a lightweight cordless screwdriver for very occasional use around the house, in which case Fix 8 would recommend a small 3.6v model. However, they also supply a wide range of heavy duty cordless screwdrivers and drills in a wide range of voltages from 10.8V to 36V, including the common sizes of 7.2,9.6 and 14.4V, as well as truly industrious high power 24 and 36V models. Fix 8 advise that the latter are ideal for professionals and are ideal for continual heavy use including drilling in to concrete.

When it comes to working with wood then they supply a complete range of electric planers, routers and sanders to cover all of your woodworking needs. Indeed they specialize in the Makita range of sanders, which have been chosen by Fix 8 for their ease of use, durability and value for money. They offer a full range of Makita sanders from high-powered angle sanders, orbital sanders, belt sanders, filing sanders, palm sanders through to multi-purpose sanders.

Fix 8 also have a wide range of power tools designed for working with harder materials such as concrete, ranging from heavy duty hammer drills capable of using extra long drill bits through to stone cutters.

All of Fix 8’s power tool range can be found on their website, where pictures, and full descriptions of all of their power tools can be easily accessed and ordered online. Best of all if you spend more than £50, next day delivery is free, and as Fix 8 recognises that your time is money, you can even have your new power tools delivered directly to the site you are working on, saving you time by letting you get on with work and not having to wait at home for a delivery.

On their new website Fix 8 also offer a wide range of accessories for all of their power tools, from spares batteries to dust extraction units and Bosch jigsaw blades, making them a one stop shop when it comes to power tools.

Once you have checked out their latest range of power tools online you may want to order some of the extensive range of fixings and fasteners that they sell, in order to complete your job, all of which are also available with next day delivery. Fix 8 also offer a comprehensive range of support online as well as having highly knowledgeable staff that can handle all of your telephone enquiries.

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Fix8 Total Construction Supply

When it comes to looking for a one stop shop for meeting all of your construction supply needs, then Fix 8 look to have things covered. They have recognised that whilst many people want to shop around for value for money, that the same busy people do not also want to waste time, which would be better spent working, rather than driving around four or five different shops in order to save the very last penny. Given the cost of fuel on top of this then finding one supplier such as Fix 8 that can fulfil all of your construction needs can be a great time and money saver.

Firstly they carry a huge range of fasteners and fixings online from simple screws through to frame fixings and even heavyweight concrete anchors, all of which can be ordered for next day delivery if ordered before 4pm. They also have a dedicated section on their website detailing technical dimensions and specifications of all of the fasteners and fixings that they sell, taking the guesswork out of choosing the right product for the job. This is backed up by company staff that have an outstanding knowledge of fasteners and fixings, and they can provide realistic, practical advice on which products you need to use, and they are all just a phone call away.

Secondly they carry a wide range of professional grade power tools and accessories, also with guaranteed next day delivery. This is because Fix 8 know that when your old drill packs up, or your existing cordless drill battery dies, that you need to be back up and running as soon as possible. It is also the reason why every range of power tools sold by them has been chosen not just to offer you the best price, but also a power tool that is going to last you a long time. Whilst other suppliers maybe happy to sell you a brand new angle grinder every year, Fix 8 would far rather they sell you the right one just the once, rather than the wrong one several times over.

Fix 8 are dedicated to providing you with the best customer service possible, and to their mind good customer service is supplying you with a power tool that lasts for years, not months; along with supplying a vast range of industry products at trade prices.

They also carry an extensive range of general construction products such as fillers, sealants, adhesive and paints as an example. In addition to this they also have an extensive range of hand tools such as general building tools, through to more specialist plumbing tools.

One look at their website and you will see that if you are in the construction industry then there are very few jobs that you will undertake whereby Fix 8 cannot supply everything you need from start to finish, from the power drill you need to make a hole, to the frame fixing you then put in the hole, through to the paint you end up using to paint the frame with. Lastly when it comes to keeping you safe whilst doing every stage of the task in hand then Fix 8 also have an extensive range of safety and personal protection products from protective eye wear, to safety gloves and boots to offer you total protection.

Fix8 Ltd offer a large variety of fixings and fasteners at trade prices, including Machine Screws, Bosch Jigsaw Blades, Self Tapping Screws, Frame Fixings and much more!

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Ace Sheds Promotes The Wooden Summer House

Ace Sheds have a fantastic range of timber products which range from sheds to timber workrooms and wooden summerhouses and at first it seems strange that this is the time of the year to promote the summer house but there is more than a little logic to the argument. The summerhouse is often put to bed in winter the family does not get the time to use it because they are working and going to school and when they return the nights are cold and dark but in many cases the opposite is true.

The retired family or the wife or husband with time on their hands when the children are at school can find the summerhouse a superb place to spend some time in the autumn, winter and spring. The wooden summer house is in essence an extra communal space fitted into the glorious surroundings of a garden, the best views and the quietest room and an escape from the hustle and bustle of the house. Once a timber summerhouse is used through the winter it will be surprising how quickly the working members of the family migrate to it at the weekend.

Ace can supply wooden summer houses from a large range and at a large number of different dimensions to fit almost every requirement of the user. Over the years the vast experience Ace Sheds have gained has been put to use in finding a building that will satisfy virtually every desire. The summer houses can be fitted out to meet the user’s requirement’s, the introduction of power will enable lights and power points to be fitted. This enables the kettle to be boiled and the television or radio to be used with the proper furniture the summerhouse becomes great retreat. It also allows a heater to be installed.

The autumn is a great time to put in a summerhouse as the weather is quite good and there is less to do in the garden so time restrictions are less, the grass does not need much attention and the flowers are going to sleep. ACE Sheds have some excellent designs available from corner units that can fit into a small garden to large airy timber workshops that can act as a decent workplace in the garden. ACE Sheds are particularly proud of the Bournemouth and Middlesex ranges as they supply an excellent summerhouse at a very reasonable cost.

The Bournemouth summerhouse for example is a lovely room with the whole of the front of the building fitted with small square windows from floor to ceiling including the double door entrance. The windows also go round each side to give a 270 degree view of the garden, house or the surrounding area.

The Middlesex range is ACE Sheds best-selling range and it is easy to see why that is the case. This is a great pitched roof design with lovely Georgian windows providing a good airy aspect and which will be a great addition to any garden. The design is excellent and value for money cannot be beaten. ACE Sheds are just a click or a call away and will answer any question available and a Christmas drink in the winter’s sun can become a reality.

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Community Area Around Olympic Park “A Bit Glorious”

The landscape surrounding the London 2012 Olympic velodrome is set to provide local residents and visitors to the city with a “pleasant space to spend time”, it has been said.

Writing for the Guardian on the London blog, Dave Hill noted the positive impact that the space could have on the community, and said that while the economic effect of the Games is yet to be seen, there is little doubt that the gardens and spaces around venues will become important parks in the city.

Each area of the Olympic park has been designed with a part of the world in mind, reflecting the global focus of the Games. Plants from the USA, Asia and Western Europe combine with the athletes’ village, and the “iced cake” basketball arena, and Hill said that the gardens already look set to “become an urban design classic”.

Since the coalition came to power there has been much talk around the idea of community spaces and the importance of people having somewhere green and open to spend time has been highlighted. But for those who live and work in the city, pleasant environments are also vital, and in a blog on the New Scientist website earlier this month, it was noted that when it comes to transforming city scapes, it might be time to tear up the rule book and completely begin again with innovative ideas.

“Why don’t we grow plants on the sides of skyscrapers? And why isn’t all this rainwater run-off used to irrigate them? Our modern urban environments spark countless ideas for innovation toward sustainability. But who’s really going to make them happen?” the post wondered.

Bailey Street Scene specialises in finishing touches which add character and practicality to green and urban spaces, including benches, cycle pods and street furniture.

Commenting on the importance of practical but stylish urban and green spaces, managing director at Bailey Street Scene Ian Bailey said: “Many people underestimate the impact that their surrounding environment has on their mood and their overall feeling of wellbeing, but great design combined with practical solutions can make even the busiest city centre feel like a haven.”

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Products To Beautify Your Garden Decor

If you’ve run out of fresh ideas and do not know how to keep the scene in your backyard going, why not consider some of the following product selections. They will certainly give your garden a new look. Whether you want to mix and match products or give your garden that relaxing feel, don’t scratch your hair out of frustration. Just look for the following products and watch your hard labor come to fruition. Of course no one said beautifying your garden would be easy. As in any designing project, planning well is always harder than its execution. Get your pen and pad out and start planning with some of these products in mind.

Garden Stones
Decorative garden stones are ideal for giving your outdoor space a more elegant, interesting look while still being practical. Garden stones come in a wide variety of different sizes and shapes, and many offer a motif that might be near and dear to your heart, like the “Gather” garden stone, designed with colorful butterflies, the“Love Blooms Here” garden stone, complete with fairies, butterflies and flowers in an ivory finish, or the “Love” Garden stone, which features text, boldly colored dragonflies and water lily blooms. You can pick one type of garden stone and use several of them throughout your space to create a walkway or you can pick different ones to mix and match throughout your garden.

Urn Fountains
Urn fountains are a subdued yet noticeable addition to any garden. Urn fountains are made from faux-stone materials that look surprisingly real up close, and the graceful curves and shape of the fountain, along with the delicate stream of water emanating from the fountain are sure to give your garden a relaxing feel.

Acorn Fountains
Acorn fountains have a traditional look much like the alabaster fountains you probably grew up seeing in your neighbors or grandmother’s garden. Made from ivory alabastrite, acorn fountains look just like real stone, and the bright, vibrant color is sure to get the attention of visitors. Place an acorn fountain in the middle of your garden as a marvelous centerpiece. Not only will the fountain be beautiful, but the added visual interest will really make the colors of your flowers and plants pop.

Wind Chimes
Wind chimes are a beautiful, soothing addition to your garden or outdoor space. Wind chimes come in a variety of different materials and styles. The most common type is classic aluminum wind chimes, which produce soft, gentle tones throughout the day and night. If you’re looking for something more decorative, consider acrylic hummingbird chimes, which are adorned with colorful hummingbirds. For the ocean lover, acrylic dolphin wind chimes can bring a bit of the sea right to your own backyard. You can also add delicate rhythmic sounds to your garden by adding natural or coated bamboo chimes to your garden. If you have a very large outdoor area, consider mixing and matching different types of wind chimes or buying multiple sets.

Antique-Style Ivory or Sage Duck Décor
Adding an antique-style ivory or sage duck statue to your garden is a great way to add a bit of color and whimsy to your space. The weathered finish of the statue gives your wood duck a delightful old-time feel, similar to those found in the gardens of yesteryear. Choose just one or two duck statues, or if you have a small pond or fountain, purchase multiple ducks to make a charming outdoor scene for your garden. You can even put other animal statues like roosters or chickens nearby to give your area a bit of a wild farm feel. Don’t spend your money on antique statues from consignment shops and flea markets when you can buy high-quality new ones that will last longer for just a fraction of the cost.

Barnyard Birdhouse
What garden would be complete without singing birds? Adding the barnyard birdhouse to one of your nearby trees with area-appropriate food and water will definitely draw beautiful avian creatures right to your home. Large enough for a small family of birds, the barnyard birdhouse will add a rustic look to your garden.

Blue Floral Planters
If you have herbs, vegetables or flowers that you prefer to grow in planters rather than in the ground, planters painted in a Delft style are perfect for almost any space because the vibrant Delft blue and crystal clear white will match anything you put in them. You can choose to buy blue floral planters in a variety of different sizes and with or without a drain hole depending on your needs.

Butterfly Garden Stakes
Garden stakes are purely decorative items that bring extra life and color to your garden. No garden is truly finished until there are beautiful butterflies floating around, but luckily, you can add them yourself! Butterfly garden stakes come in a translucent red color that catches the sun and makes them glimmer in the light. Try adding butterfly garden stakes along walkways or within groups of plants that need a burst of color. Butterfly garden stakes can also be used as decorative reminders to prune or trim certain items in your garden the next day or week.

Bullfrog Garden Solar Light
If you want to keep your garden glowing at night without the cost of expensive solar or electric lights, bullfrog garden solar lights can do the job while adding a fun, whimsical style to your garden. Bullfrog garden solar lights are made with a high-quality poly-resin for durability in all conditions.

There you have it, affordable, useful, durable and stylish decor that’ll beautify your garden. Hopefully these ideas and great products have livened up your day as they will certainly lighten up your garden for days, months, even years. Most of all you can get all these products at affordable prices. For more decorative products and ideas to beautify your garden, visit Affordable home decor.

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Tool-NET Sales Heat Up This Spring

Online tool superstore Tool-NET has reported that the unusually warm spring weather caused a spike in product purchases from their range of DIY tools. With an unseasonably hot March, Tool-NET has experienced significant growth in sales of gardening and DIY tools and accessories. This is largely thanks to UK householders shaking off their winter inertia and starting projects in the home and garden.

The hot March weather appears to have encouraged a lot of fair-weather spending. The British Retail Consortium claim retail sales across the board were up year-on-year by 1.3% in March, with clothes, barbecue foods and gardening goods as the most popular products. Online retailers saw rises of 13.9%, and Tool-NET saw an even stronger sales rise.

Tool-Net has developed a strong customer base among trade tool purchasers, DIY fanatics and casual purchasers of tools for the home and garden. Offering a no-nonsense returns policy and dispatch times where 98% of orders are sent out the day they are received, Tool-NET also offers strong savings with discounts of up to 70% off list prices. These are available on a wide range of more than 6500 power tools, gardening accessories, fixings, fastenings, hand tools, ancillaries and consumables.

Another factor which has helped Tool-NET sales heat up this spring is an ever-growing catalogue. With new lines being added daily it has never been easier for customers to find the right tool at the right price.

Among the new gardening lines which are proving popular is the innovative cordless gardening multi-tool from CEL-UK. The PS1 Powerstick dispenses with the hassle and trip hazard of a cord while adding an unrivalled versatility which allows it to convert effortlessly from a grass trimmer to a hedge trimmer to a garden rake and broom.

More traditional brands continue to fare well in the fair weather, too. Black & Decker’s reputation for performance and reliability at an attractive price has been continued in its latest range of gardening tools, including chainsaws, hedge trimmers, line trimmers, blower/vacs and lawn mowers.

With its ever-expanding catalogue, competitive pricing and fast dispatch times Tool-NET is continuing to help fuel the UK’s spring clean of gardens and homes.

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Tool-NET Advises Homeowners To Get Ready For Summer Now

Leading online garden and power tool retailer Tool-NET.co.uk today urged homeowners that in the run-up to spring now is the best time to get those outside spaces ready for summer.

Tool-NET has highlighted five jobs that should be an essential part of summer preparations this spring:

Clean gutters may not be the first thing commented on by summer guests, but nonetheless, spring is the best time to get those gutters clear of the leaves, twigs, and debris left in winter’s wake. Failing to do this can lead to clogged water being driven under the eaves of the house and ultimately into its walls.

Decking that has been scrubbed down and protected with decking oil will not only look a lot better and help frame your outdoor space, it will also last a lot longer.

Sorting your shed out will make storing gardening equipment, along with barbecues and chairs, so much easier. First, throw away or recycle what you do not need. Next organise what is left into groups and then store it in boxes, on shelves or on hooks. Try to keep things off the floor to maximise your space.

Now you can turn your attention to the garden. Rake your lawn to remove dead growth, stray leaves and twigs. This will give the soil the light and air it needs to support grass growth. If you spot bare or damaged patches of lawn, spring is a great time to reseed them before the garden gets heavy use in the summer.

Finally, weed your beds before unwanted plants become established. Now is the time to move any shrubs you wish to relocate so they can establish themselves in their new location. Use an organic dormant oil spray to remove pests who have overwintered in your fruit trees, magnolias, crab apples and shrubs.

Tool-NET is currently offering discounts of up to 70% off the list price of gardening tools and other power and hand tools so that, whatever tool you need for your garden, it needn’t cost the earth.

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Vertical Sash Windows Now Available From Malbern Windows

Leading UK double glazing specialists Malbern Windows can now provide its customers with a range of state-of-the-art vertical sliding windows. The windows, which have been carefully designed and produced by Synseal, use modern technology to deliver high-quality security and insulation while also being an eye-catching addition to any home.

The new vertical sliding windows can be installed in homes throughout the North West and combine modern technologies with traditional styling. With a new-take on the Victorian sash windows, these vertical sliding windows are ideal for both period properties and new builds.

The windows boast excellent high energy efficiency and have even been recommended by the Energy Saving Trust, which fits in nicely with Malbern Windows’ energy efficiency policies. There are nine colourways for customers to choose from, all of which are available from Malbern Windows. Choose from woodgrain white, cream woodgrain, Irish oak, golden oak, cherrywood, golden oak on white and cherrywood on white.

As with all products sold by Malbern Windows, the new windows have high security features that will help in protecting your home from burglars and intruders, thanks to robust locking mechanisms on every window. Not only this, but the windows are also incredibly easy to maintain, meaning customers won’t have to worry about repainting or varnishing.

The vertical sash windows use uPVC materials over timber frames, which allow them to withstand weathering. The windows also have multi-tilt features that help with cleaning and maintaining throughout the year.

“We at Malbern Windows are thrilled to be able to provide our customers with these excellently produced windows,” said Wayne Clarke, Managing Director Retail of Malbern Windows. “We work to incredibly high standards, only offering products that feature energy efficiency, security and aesthetic qualities, so you can trust that these new vertical sliding windows are up to scratch.”

To find out more about the windows and other products available through Malbern Windows, visit www.malbernwindows.co.uk now.

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Todd Doors Unveil New Product Collection For 2012

Todd Doors, who specialise in supplying high quality timber doors around the UK, have unveiled a brand new collection for 2012. The range, which compromises of a variety of door products including French doors, doors with sidelights and sliding doors, is set to make the pulses of every home owner and interior designer racing. Not only is the collection new but it also contains massive price reductions, ensuring that every home owner can get the door that it right for them.

Choosing a door might sound easy but it is actually incredible difficult. Ideally, the room should complement the door. Offering doors at such a high quality, this is no problem at Todd Doors. The only problem will be choosing the preferred one!

Todd Door’s brand new collection for 2012 is populated by a grand selection of oak doors. A popular wood for both interior and exterior doors, oak is proven to stand the test of time and is beautiful in colour. Choose the Biarritz Oak door (was £466.80, now £350.10), complete in satin lacquer or maybe opt for the Catalunya Oak door (was £310.80, now £233.10) as a stunning finale to a lounge that celebrates trend setting styles. For a touch of grandeur, try the Catalunya Walnut door (was £346.80, now £260.10) which is darker in colour, adding real depth to a room.

Glazed doors are a great way of allowing more light into a room and can connect a home’s rooms together. Todd Doors offer a range of glazed doors, from the single full-length pane which offers a maximum amount of light and shadow to permeate through, to multi pane doors. These doors are great for kitchens and bathrooms alike. Try the Spanish-inspired Zaragoza Walnut & Wenge door (was £550.80, now £413.10) for some Iberian charm or, for a lighter feel, the Faro Oak door (was £394.80, now £296.10).

All Todd Doors interior and exterior doors are produced from the very best timber, real wood veneer and man-made materials. For this reason, each door may vary in appearance and is completely unique. Every door is made by expert craftsmen and promises to be robust and incredibly sturdy. Many of the products from the new 2012 range can also arrive in glazed and fire door versions, offering customers a real peace of mind with every purchase.

To view the new 2012 product range in its entirety, please visit:

http://www.todd-doors.co.uk/spotlight/new-for-2012-29.aspx

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Insulate yourself against increasing energy costs with Force 8

Force 8 is following Scandanavia’s lead by launching high-tech VEKA triple glazing: and during March is offering it at the same price as double glazing.

There is now a solution to skyrocketing energy bills, as Stockport based window and composite stable doors manufacturer Force 8 is launching a range of triple glazed windows that will keep your heat levels up and your bills down. And as a special offer for March, it is offering these high-tech windows at the same price as its regular double-glazing.

Managing director Dennis Sumner explained: “Triple glazing has been around for decades in Scandinavia and Canada, but the rising costs of energy in the UK means now is the time for the extra pane. “With the cost of energy set to increase year on year, we believe that the market is more than ready for triple glazing.”

VEKA windows incorporate the latest glass technology, using plantitherm glass and argon-filled units to maximise insulation. The VEKA 70mm FS frame system can achieve U-values down to 0.6W/ m2-k – which in simple terms means a vast saving in heat loss per square metre of glass.

“Triple glazing is the most energy-efficient window available today, and offers 40 per cent more efficiency than standard ‘A’-rated double glazing. When you fit Force 8’s new range of triple glazing you are installing the very latest product that the glazing industry has to offer,” said Dennis.

Force 8’s triple-glazed windows are available in hundreds of different styles and in white or wood grain colours. “There are no compromises in terms of aesthetics or sight lines, weather performance or security, and the cost savings for our triple glazing can be up to 50 per cent less,” added Dennis.

“This is a great advantage to house builders, home owners and developers looking to meet energy-efficiency regulations and appreciate the benefits of triple glazing without the hefty price premium.”

Force 8 also offers a comprehensive range of composite doors using the VEKA frames that can be fabricated with side panels or into arched frames.

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Tool-NET: The Best New Tools And Accessories Available

Since the start of this year the team at Tool-NET.co.uk have been adding innovative new products to its already extensive range of power tools, hand tools, accessories, site equipment and consumables. You can now browse and order more than 6500 products from big name brands and hard-to-source specialist suppliers alike.

The buying team at Tool-NET have taken a short break from their endless search for the latest and greatest tools and accessories to rate and review the latest products to appear online and pick their favourites.

First up is the small but perfectly formed hammer drill from Bosch (GBH18VLI-CP). A plumber’s or electrician’s dream come true this tiny hammer drill weighs in at just 1.9kg and measures just 278mm. Like a champion flyweight boxer, however, this incredibly light tool packs a punch much more powerful than you may expect. It is capable of delivering an unrivalled power-to-weight ratio of 1.7 joules to 2.6 kg. Small, light and strong and perfect for those working in confined and cramped conditions.

Keeping with the small but perfectly formed theme is the latest cordless Jigsaw from Makita. The JV100DZ delivers the sort of power you would expect from a much heavier, corded model but weighs only 1.7kg. With a list price of £80.00 Tool-Net customers need puzzle no longer about this Jigsaw purchase as it is available from Tool-NET at only £44.40.

The Sliders are the latest offerings from Van Vault and they offer all the safe, secure, strong and convenient tool storage that has come to be associated with this manufacturer. These ultra-strong tool drawers will slot into the floor-space of any commercial vehicle and are tough enough to take the heaviest load piled upon them. With a list price starting from £319 exc. VAT Tool-NET customers can safely expect to pay no more than £274.86.

With hundreds of new products being added to the Tool-NET catalogue there are many other great new products at fantastic prices available on Tool-NET. Tool-Net can help you find the right tool for the job at the right price.

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Brits Enjoy Best Choice of Home Improvement Companies Thanks to Doubleglazinglocal.co.uk Local Search

Doubleglazinglocal.co.uk is helping more UK consumers to source the perfect locally-based home improvement company thanks to the website’s dedicated local search facility.

Powerful local search capabilities like that available through Doubleglazinglocal.co.uk allow consumers to quickly and conveniently source the best locally-based home improvement company for their needs – whether they are looking for windows, solar panels or double glazing doors.

Peter Jakubek, Interactive Director at DoubleGlazingLocal.co.uk, says, “We are able to help our site users source the ideal home improvement company in their vicinity thanks to the power of our local search functionality. We want to help UK consumers continue to learn the lessons of unscrupulous traders – there are far too many cold-callers and dishonest suppliers around these days.”

“Our site and local search functionality only ever offer our users approved companies which have adhered to our strict standards and guidelines. Local search has helped us to build lots of new business and leads recently, with suppliers listed able to give quotes on everything from standard patio doors through to sash windows prices.”

Google continues to dominate the online local search sector, and is being joined by other services this year including those offered by Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus. Companies are today aware that local search gives them enhanced exposure and access to new customers all over the country.

Peter Jakubek goes on, “Local search has helped us to build our own business and to offer better, approved companies to our users. Consumers know that they can trust Doubleglazinglocal.co.uk to put them in touch with the most trustworthy local suppliers in the home improvement space – for all solutions from standard windows through to even triple glazing.”

DoubleGlazingLocal.co.uk reports that consumers are now more aware of the tricks utilised by rogue salesman and cold callers, and third party recommendation is enabling them to make more informed choices of suppliers.

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