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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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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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Don’t forget to contact us at robert.laurin@rogers.com, or call 1-613-793-2901 or visit http://www.shopatyourconvenience.com for more ideas.

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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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Gamma Continues Momentum – Opening Five New Offices In North American By End of 2012

Gamma U.S.A., Inc. and Gamma Windows and Walls International Inc. (Canada) – -divisions of the Far East Global Group Limited and ranking among the largest curtain wall, window wall and recladding companies in North America and the world – – announced today North American expansion plans over the next 10 months.

According to Gamma Chairman Elliot Kracko, “the company is growing and is scheduled to open five new North American offices in the next 10 months – – by the end of 2012. These include offices in Chicago, Boston, Washington, D.C., Texas and Toronto, Canada.”

Today, the company has 200 employees in operations located in New York City, Miami, Quebec City and Montreal. Gamma’s fabrication facilities are located at its North American, state-of-the-art plants – – the 160,000 sf fabrication plant in Miami and the 85,000 sf plant facility in Quebec City, Canada. Gamma also offers fabrication, at customers’ choice, at one of Far East Global’s three major plants in China which exceed 1 million sf of plant area.

“Gamma is known for ‘Performance Assured,’” explains Kracko. “For clients, this means three key things: the highest level of client responsiveness and certainty that the complexities of a project will be anticipated and addressed; that the job will be ‘done right’ in terms of quality, scheduling and budget; and the highest level of predictability for a smooth construction journey with minimal impacts to performance.

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Gamma Named To Engineering News Record’s (ENR) 2011 Lists Of Top Speciality Contractors And Top Glazing And Curtain Wall Companies

Gamma U.S.A, Inc. – – a division of the Far East Global Group Limited and one of the largest curtain wallwindow wall and recladding companies in North America and the world – – was named for the first time both to ENR’s annual listing of specialty construction contractors and top 20 glazing and curtain wall companies in the field for the year 2010. ENR published the lists and story in its issue of October 17, 2011.

Gamma was listed as the number 5 glazing and curtain wall company and number 257 among specialty contractors.

According to Elliot Kracko, Gamma Chairman, “we are proud and delighted to be included in these ENR prestigious listings of leading companies. It reflects our momentum of the last 12 months.”

About Gamma
Today, the company has 200 employees in operations located in New York City, Miami, Quebec City and Montreal. Gamma’s fabrication facilities are located at its North American, state-of-the-art plants – – the 160,000 sf fabrication plant in Miami and the 85,000 sf plant facility in Quebec City, Canada. Gamma also offers fabrication, at customers’ choice, at one of Far East Global’s three major plants in China.

Gamma has a 40-plus year track record in aluminum and glass products, curtain wall, recladding and window wall. Kracko and his 25-year management team have installed curtain wall on notable buildings for the most respected commercial and residential high rise owners, developers, general contractors, construction managers and public entities along the eastern seaboard from Canada to New York City and South Florida.

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San Diego Interior Design Studio, Inside Story Gets Published on Design Shuffle Blog

The residential interior design studio of Inside Story adds to its list of completed projects the Goldklang Residence located in Fairbanks Ranch, an upscale gated community in the heart of Rancho Santa fe.

Re-pleat with custom furnishings, fittings and case pieces this home was painstakingly remodeled over a 9 month period in order to create the homeowner’s desire for a contemporary residence with a nod to an Asian aesthetic.

Take a look at the blog posting on Design Shuffle, www.designshuffle.com/blog/inside-story-presents-a-contemporary-zen-home-2/ Originally built as a spec house, the current homeowner purchased this residence from the original owner. While the footprint of the circa 1980 home was not altered, every surface and finish throughout was meticulously chosen with its bearing on the Zen Contemporary design concept. Rich Brazilian cherry hardwoods, espresso and coffee finishes, eucalyptus veneer and exotic stones enrich the interior of this home. Every surface that was touched had to speak to the smoothly updated Eastern inspired concept.

Homeowners, builders and those interested in the world of interior design should contact Sy John Iverson at Inside Story, (858)610-0624 or visit
www.insidestoryonline.com.

Inside Story is a San Diego based residential and commercial interior design studio with 25 years experience developing and implementing interior design projects including single family residences, restaurants, resorts, corporate headquarters and executive offices.

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Gamma Adds New Senior Curtain Wall Construction Executives In U.S. and Canada

Gamma U.S.A., Inc. and Gamma Windows and Walls International Inc. (Canada) – – divisions of the Far East Global Group Limited and ranking among the largest curtain wall, window wall and recladding companies in North America and the world – – announced today the appointment of two new executives as the company continues its development and expansion in North America – – a new Canadian President and a new Director of Operations.

According to Elliot Kracko, Gamma Chairman, “To help manage our expansion and momentum, I am absolutely delighted to announce the appointment of James G. Mitchell as President of Gamma Canadian Operations. Jim will be headquartered in Toronto and report to me.” Jim Mitchell succeeds Gamma’s Louis Fortin, who will now lead engineering and production for Gamma in Canada.

Jim Mitchell is a respected senior executive with over 30 years leadership experience in international markets, Canada and North America in the specialty construction, curtain wallwindow wall and recladding industries. Combining experience in leading corporate development, sales and manufacturing, Mitchell previously was Executive Vice President of Oldcastle Building Envelope, Executive Vice President/Owner of Anatamex International (which was purchased by Old Castle) and Director of Sales and Marketing Canada for the Kawneer Aluminum Building Products Division of Alcoa.

“I could not be happier to be with Gamma as it continues to build on its record of ‘Performance Assured’ for clients in North America and now around the world. With this record and with Gamma’s global flexibility in fabrication options and its world-class cost-competitiveness, I am eager to help Gamma extend its leadership,” notes Jim Mitchell.

Gamma also is pleased to announce the appointment of Mark I. Ospala as Director of Operations, headquartered in Gamma’s office in New York City, according to Kracko.

“Mark brings more than 33 years of U.S. and international construction and program/project management experience, having managed the lifecycle of projects from the conceptual stage, design management, construction and closeout. Mark has helped manage the construction of noted projects in both the private and public sectors – – including for the last three years the World Trade Center Project in New York City and previously such projects as Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport, Ritz-Carlton Hotel in New York and Tiffany’s Customer Fullfillment Center in New Jersey, to name a few,” says Kracko.

“It’s a professional pleasure to be working with Gamma, an industry leader. It is exciting to be a member of the team as we expand in North America across the U.S. and Canada,” states Ospala.

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In Difficult Construction Market, Gamma Continues North American Momentum With Five New Curtain Wall Wins

Gamma U.S.A., Inc. and Gamma Windows and Walls International Inc. (Canada) – – divisions of the Far East Global Group Limited and ranking among the three largest curtain wall, window wall and recladding companies in North America and the world – – has added five new private and public sector curtain wall projects totaling more than $30 million in construction costs and more than 530,000 square feet in three Canadian cities. Two projects are in Gatineau, the fourth largest city in Quebec Province and immediately across the Ottawa River from Ottawa City; two are in Montreal; and one is in Toronto.

According to Elliot Kracko, Gamma Chairman, “We are delighted to be selected as the curtain wall contractor for these projects which represent prestigious names. In Montreal, the jobs are being constructed for:

•  the 40 storey Marriott Courtyard Hotel and condo residences for Canvar Construction of Montreal (Brian Elsden Architects – Le Groupe Architex, also of Montreal).

•  the 12 storey Ritz Carlton condo residences for Pomerleau Construction of Montreal (Provencher Roy + Associes Architects, also of Montreal).

In Ottawa/Gatineau, the jobs are for:

•  two different office buildings for the Government of Canada, one 13 storeys and one 16 storeys, both for Broccolini Construction of Montreal (DCYSA Architects and Design – – Desmarais, Cousineau,Yaghijian, St Jean & Associates of Montreal).

And in Toronto, the project consists of:

•  a low rise, prestigious headquarters office on behalf of the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario for Bird Construction of Toronto (KPMB – – Kuwabara, Payne, McKenna, Blumberg Architects, also of Toronto.)

For all the projects, Gamma is designing, fabricating and installing unitized curtain walls, fenestration, aluminum paneling and entrances, with the addition of skylights for the Elementary Teachers Federation Building in Toronto,” Kracko explains. He cites the ability to manage projects with complexities as a key reason why Gamma was awarded these contracts.

“Gamma is known for ‘Performance Assured,’” explains Kracko. “For clients, this means three key things: the highest level of client responsiveness and certainty that the complexities of a project will be anticipated and addressed; that the job will be ‘done right’ in terms of quality, scheduling and budget; and the highest level of predictability for a smooth construction journey with minimal impacts to performance.”

New Senior Executives
“To help manage our expansion and momentum, I am absolutely delighted to announce the appointment of James G. Mitchell as President of Gamma’s Canadian Operations. Jim will be headquartered in Toronto and report to me.” Jim Mitchell succeeds Gamma’s Louis Fortin, who will now lead engineering and production for Gamma in Canada.

Jim Mitchell is a respected senior executive with over 30 years leadership experience in international markets, Canada and North America in the specialty construction, curtain wallwindow wall and recladding industries. Combining experience in leading corporate development, sales and manufacturing, Mitchell previously was Executive Vice President of Oldcastle Building Envelope, Executive Vice President/Owner of Anatamex International (which was purchased by Old Castle) and Director of Sales and Marketing Canada for the Kawneer Aluminum Building Products Division of Alcoa.

“I could not be happier to be with Gamma as it continues to build on its record of ‘Performance Assured’ for clients in North America and now around the world. With this record and with Gamma’s global flexibility in fabrication options and its world-class cost-competitiveness, I am eager to help Gamma extend its leadership,” notes Jim Mitchell.

Gamma also is pleased to announce the appointment of Mark I. Ospala as Director of Operations, headquartered in Gamma’s office in New York City, according to Kracko.

“Mark brings more than 33 years of U.S. and international construction and program/project management experience, having managed the lifecycle of projects from the conceptual stage, design management, construction and closeout. Mark has helped manage the construction of noted projects in both the private and public sectors – – including for the last three years the World Trade Center Project in New York City andpreviously such projects as Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport, Ritz-Carlton Hotel in New York and Tiffany’s Customer Fullfillment Center in New Jersey, to name a few,” says Kracko.

“It’s a professional pleasure to be working with Gamma, an industry leader. It is exciting to be a member of the team as we expand in North America across the U.S. and Canada,” states Ospala.

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Aggreko Builds Reputation For Construction Solutions

Aggreko, the global leader in temporary power and temperature control solutions, provided a temporary heating and dehumidification package to main contractors FCC Elliott Construction to assist in the construction programme of the new 312 bed South West Acute Hospital at Enniskillen in Northern Ireland.

Aggreko initially supplied six 125 kW IDF heaters and 12 1600 KT dehumidifier packages to dry and heat the clinical and ward blocks of the new hospital – to 6C – to enable painting of the interiors. Moisture and temperature control equipment was also supplied in basement corridors to protect electrical equipment and busbars from moisture.

The temporary dehumidifiers were deployed on site in sequence to remove excess moisture from each block of the hospital. Flexible ducting took hot air from the temporary heaters to each floor, and polyducting was suspended from corridor ceilings to distribute air throughout each floor area.

Howard Sharp, Construction Director at FCC Elliott Construction, said: “Aggreko provided an effective temporary moisture and temperature control solution which is assisting us to continue to deliver this high quality healthcare facility on time and on budget. Their technical expertise and professional, high standard of service throughout the project has been invaluable on such a large, high profile scheme.”

Martin Byrne, sales manager at Aggreko, said: “It is vital that construction programmes run according to schedule, particularly on major developments, as delays can have a huge impact on project costs. Our temporary dehumidification and temperature control equipment, which is available for hire ensures the correct conditions for electrical installations and internal finishes such as paint and floor coverings, assisting contractors to deliver projects to meet their clients’ requirements.”

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Call Centre Dials In Aggreko Rental Power

Aggreko, the world leader in the provision of temporary power and temperature control services, proved the reliability of rental power when a customer’s own back-up generator failed and an alternative power supply was required urgently.

Good Fellas’ national call centre in Port Elizabeth relies heavily on consistent and reliable power to run its advanced telecommunications and IT equipment, which is in operation 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The company’s standby power plant failed during a weekly test and parts needed to repair the generator were not readily available.

Without standby power in place, the call centre was wholly reliant on power from the national grid, which had experienced power cuts in recent times. Being without a back-up power supply meant the risk of serious financial losses, so the management of Good Fellas looked for an alternative solution.

Aggreko was contracted to provide a standby generator of 60 kVA, which was installed on site immediately. Aggreko’s wide range of generators, from 10 kW up to 1250 kVA, means that customers are able to hire the exact amount of power required whenever necessary.

Jonathan Bishop, Chief Executive, Good Fellas, said: “The power package Aggreko installed was so reliable that we took the decision to continue renting from them for the long-term. The team provides fantastic support and regularly tests and maintains the equipment, ensuring we have complete peace of mind.”

Martin Foster, Country Manager, Aggreko South Africa, commented: “The upkeep and maintenance of power equipment, such as generator rental can become expensive and inconvenient for a company when power is not its core business. Aggreko takes over that responsibility, leaving our customers to get on with their day job. We look forward to growing our relationship with Good Fellas in the future.”

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Replacement Windows: Five Facts To Find The Most Energy Efficient

The energy efficiency of a house can be dramatically increased by the installation of replacement windows. Homeowners must be aware of these five facts to find the options that will give them the most energy savings.

1. Shatterproof glass is becoming increasingly popular as it provides additional security against break-ins and severe weather. The glass is shatterproof because of a layer of plastic that is sandwiched between two glass panes. These are two to four times stronger than standard glass and are as energy efficient as low-E panes and help reduce noise levels. In some hurricane-prone areas, shatterproof glass is now required.

2. The R-value of replacement windows measures the resistance to heat flow. Homeowners will want to look for the highest number when it comes to the R-value because the higher the number, the more energy efficient the window.

3. The U-factor measures the rate of heat transfer from the inside of a house to the outside. Homeowners will want the lowest number possible for the U-factor because the lower the number, the more energy efficient the window.

4. The Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) rating displays how much heat a house gains from the sun. The lower the SHGC, the less heat will be gained. Homeowners will need to decide what options would be best for their climate.

5. Light colored shades can reduce the solar heat gained through a window by up to 43% and awnings can reduce this by as much as 77%. These options should be considered for any home, but especially those looking at picture window replacement as these larger options will have a greater impact on the energy efficiency of a home.

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Kitchen Remodeling To Increase Home Resale

Statistically, there are two areas that can can be redesigned or renovated in order to increase the sale value of home. These are bathroom and kitchen remodeling projects. Even on a small budget and simple remodeling projects, there are investments that can be made to increase the return on house sale. The latest results from the National Association of Realtors estimated that over 72% of kitchen renovations can be recouped after a sale.

Unless working on a strict budget, the kitchen can be extremely expensive. Homeowners will want to redesign with a broad spectrum of buyers in mind within their price point and their locality. There are a couple ways to find out the current trends. A homeowner can visit a local home supply store and inquire about the most popular brands and sales in the area. They can also browse through design magazines to see what current trends are in cabinets, wall color, styles and accents.

When researching, homeowners should focus on kitchen remodeling ideas that fit well into the current community, rather than upgrading beyond the personality or value of the neighborhood. For instance, if the majority of the community is started homes, homeowners should not invest in granite counter tops, especially when there are many other more affordable options.

New appliances are generally the most expensive items when redesigning this area of the house. By putting in a little let work, homeowners can find appliances in excellent condition for a discounted price. They should look at “scratch and dent” stores and online.

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BizziBid.com Now Saves North Carolina Homeowners Money By Providing State-Wide Coverage

In order to address the increasing demand for state-wide contracting bid services in North Carolina, BizziBid.com now provides free, state-wide coverage for home improvement and remodeling estimates. Submission for bids at the web portal is free of charge with a minimum of three, hand-picked contractor responses guaranteed for all customers.

Just because the U.S. Economy is taking a significant time to recover doesn’t mean that homeowners have to put off repairs and upgrades. The BizziBid.com website lets homeowners choose remodeling estimates by either repair category or sub-region in the state of North Carolina.

The website offers a wide selection of certified contractors across North Carolina that can perform work ranging from large bathroom remodeling to replacing the roof on the family home. One of the more popular aspects of the BizziBid service is that consumers do not incur a commitment to pay for estimates and can comparison shop between a greater number of companies before choosing to spend monies on improving their home.

Ryan Coery of BizziBid.com states, “With North Carolina being so diverse from one side of the state to the other, homeowners have such a wide variety of needs. Therefore, we now have pre-screened local and licensed home improvement contractors that can meet those needs from the Mountains to the Ocean.”

BizziBid.com continues to be one of the online leaders of connecting home owners with the right contractor at the right time for a good price. The staff is confident that consumers searching for North Carolina home improvement project quotes and assistance will be able to get help through the recently expanded services that encompass the state.

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Closets & Kitchens Van Go Teams With The Sliding Door Company To Open A Joint Showroom In San Francisco, California

Founder David Feinstein of Closets & Kitchens Van Go announced today that his company will be partnering with The Sliding Door Company to open a new joint showroom at 680 8th St, Suite 163, in San Francisco. Closets & Kitchens Van Go (http://www.ckvango.com) is an innovative kitchen and closet design/remodel company that offers a host of cabinetry for home and kitchen, countertops, and closet organizing solutions. Its mobile showroom services the entire Bay Area, offering consumers the convenience of finding high quality Bay Area kitchen and closet services locally. CK VANGO’s main office and manufacturing facility is in San Rafael, with affiliate locations throughout the Bay Area.

Closets & Kitchens Van Go Teams With The Sliding Door Company To Open A Joint Showroom In San Francisco, California

Closets & Kitchens Van Go offers complimentary in-home consultations via their mobile showrooms. With the help of one of CK VANGO’s knowledgeable designers, clients can create their own kitchen or closet design, and fill it with all the right accessories to address their individual needs. Closets & Kitchens Van Go offers locally made cabinetry with quality craftsmanship, along with building & construction services for almost any type of home improvement project, all very competitively priced.

David Feinstein, President of Closets Van Go & Kitchen Van Go, was asked “Why Partner with The Sliding Door Company?” Feinstein explained “It’s a very organic fit. The Sliding Door Company offers products that work so well with what we do. We both believe in using environmentally friendly materials. Their line of unique door options and room dividers complement our cabinetry and organizing systems. The showroom really highlights how beautifully we work together!”

Consumers will now have access to a wide variety of creative solutions for up-and-coming home improvement projects. The new joint showroom in San Francisco will allow potential customers to set private appointments with the showroom’s representative – Closets & Kitchens Van Go’s senior designer, Manon Demers. The official grand opening for the showroom is slated for May 5th, 2010. San Francisco kitchen design and Bay Area kitchen remodeling enthusiasts are encouraged to attend.

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Ken’s Yard, New Nationwide Building Supplies Site, Goes Live

Ken’s Yard, a new nationwide building supplies website selling over 30,000 well known branded products on-line has now gone live.

Ken's Yard, New Nationwide Building Supplies Site, Goes Live

Behind Ken’s Yard are three experienced and respected traders in timber and building products, Charles McLeish, Joe McConville – previous owners of MGM Timber, and Ken McLelland – former Regional Director of Buildbase (see notes to editors). The board has been strengthened further by the addition of Charles Shaw, Chairman of the hugely successful 5pm.co.uk and former Chief Executive of Invergordon Distillers plc and Andrew Sutherland former UK Financial Controller and Company Secretary of Keyline Builders Merchants.

Aimed at the ‘serial’ project builder, self-builder and small building contractor in the UK and beyond, Ken’s Yard now provides the most comprehensive and competitive range of building supplies currently available on-line. These are supported by easily accessible advice from some of the supply industry’s most experienced, knowledgeable and professional experts.

Ken’s Yard is now part of the vanguard of suppliers changing the way building supplies are purchased and brings several ‘firsts’ to the market:

– Ken’s Yard currently sells 30,000 products which will rise to an estimated 45,000 in Phase 2.

– Ken’s Yard sells the full HOPPE door furniture range from Germany, one of only a few suppliers to do so, and is the first to sell the complete Carron Phoenix range of kitchen sinks, taps and accessories. It also supplies the complete range of Kahrs hardwood flooring products. Other well-known brand names are already in the pipeline and will be added in Phase 2. This includes the full JELD-WEN joinery products catalogue and the full Velux catalogue.

A unique building estimates service for extensions, refurbishments and new-build projects. This provides a massive timesaving for building professionals and enables them to get jobs costed quickly and accurately. This will initially be offered free as a launch ‘special’ to customers who spend £500 or more.

– Ken’s Yard is the only UK based website where customers can upload a drawing, or enter measurements to obtain a quote. Ken’s Yard handles the entire ordering process and items like roof trusses will be delivered direct to site within 14 days.

About Ken’s Yard:
Ken’s Yard is an independent on-line building products company founded after extensive research by an experienced team who care about service.

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Get a Picture of What Your Floor Will Look Like Before You Buy

Ever wondered how your home would look with a hardwood floor? Well at the new Timberland Flooring website you can find out using the visualiser tool.

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Timberland realise that most people find it hard to visualise the change a wooden floor will make to their home and therefore have introduced a new web tool which allows you to do this.

First you pick the room you are thinking of having a hardwood floor installed in. If for instance you choose to change your lounge you can choose a picture of a lounge. You then pick the wall colour – there is a selection of colours to choose f r o m so one of them is bound to be close to what you would like to see in your home. Then you choose the type of floor you want to install. there are fifty different types of flooring to choose f r o m ranging f r o m traditional oak or beech to more exotic olive or walnut.

The floors are also available as strip flooring or plank flooring and as oiled floors. each of these combinations are available for you to experiment with ensuring that you get a good idea of how the floor would look should you choose to install it in your home.

If, after playing with the visualiser you decide that you would like to find out how much a bespoke designed hardwood floor would cost you can then get in contact with Timberland through the website. Timberland are currently offering £250 discount if you do apply for a quote online. There is no obligation to buy, but Timberland floors are a great investment for your home.

In fact the consultation service that Timberland offers is so comprehensive that it takes into account the complete design of your premises and the package that the company offer you will be designed to suit your needs. Timberland want to ensure that every customer they produce a hardwood floor for is completely delighted with the results.

For more information go to the Timberland Flooring Website.

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An Insight Into Conservatories And The Effects Of The New Planning Regulations

It is now ten months since the introduction of the new UK planning regulations that came in to effect on the 1 st October 2008 and here, ConservatoryLand, a major manufacturer and supplier of DIY conservatories report on the effects that they have had on the conservatory industry since then.

David Bingham, director of ConservatoryLand says “I have heard reports from certain large conservatory roof manufacturers that the volume of their roof orders have increased but their sales revenue has actually decreased in 2009 compared to that of 2008.

This is thought to have been caused partly due to the new planning permission regulations which are causing consumers to opt for smaller conservatories with a view to keeping within the new size criteria for which you do not now require planning permission approval.”

The size criteria elements within the new planning regulations that could be affecting this are:

•  No extension to be higher than the highest part of the roof

•  Maximum depth of a single-storey rear extension of three metres for an attached house and four metres for a detached house

•  Maximum height of a single-storey rear extension of four metres

•  Maximum depth of a rear extension of more than one storey of three metres including ground floor

•  Maximum eaves height of an extension within two metres of the boundary of three metres

•  Maximum eaves and ridge height of extension no higher than existing house

•  Side extensions to be single storey with maximum height of four metres and width no more than half that of the original house

•  Roof pitch of extensions higher than one storey to match existing house

Taking the above criteria in to consideration, it is clear to see why some manufacturers of conservatories and conservatory roofs are thinking that consumers are being guided in to buying smaller conservatories and are blaming this for a smaller average order value.

Here you can find more information about planning permission and building regulations requirements for conservatories.

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Expert Inside View Into Conservatories And What To Look Out For

David Bingham Managing Director of Conservatory Land has given an insight into the conservatory industry and the current trend he is seeing. With 20 years personal experience in the industry he has given some useful advice and tips for anyone looking to buy a conservatory.

Currently, one of the UK’s most popular and appealing home improvement projects for homeowners is adding conservatories to their homes. The choice is vast and if you are considering a sizable investment it is wise to start with the company itself. Choose a company that has satisfactorily supplied or installed conservatories for friends, family or someone else you know. The next step is to decide what type of conservatory you want, or more importantly, what type will best suit your property and keep within your budget.

Measure the space you have available and decide what size you would like and which style would look best. Choose a style and size that will provide you with a usable, furnishable living space whilst at the same time not looking out of place or out of proportion with your property. This step is the most important one so take your time as you will only get once chance to get it right. No one wants to end up with a conservatory that is too small to be of reasonable use or too large for the size and style of your home. David Bingham went on to say “I have heard so many times, customers saying that they wish they had purchased a larger conservatory so that there was more room to seat the whole family for dinner or for watching TV, so choose carefully, but don’t over do it, it needs to be just right”.

Conservatories

Once you have decided on the size and style, be it an Edwardian, Victorian or a simple traditional lean-to conservatory, you need to decide on the actual design. There are three main designs to choose from, dwarf wall, full height glass to ground and full height bottom panels.

Then there are the doors. The most popular choice are French (double) doors but in some situations, sliding patio doors or bi fold doors and be more suitable for some conservatories depending of their location on your home and how you intend to use your conservatory. The company you choose will be able to give you further advice on design options and supply you with CAD drawings to help give you an idea of how the finished conservatory will look.

Colour is also very important. Modern PVCu profiles are available in many colours with the most common being white, mahogany, rosewood, golden (light) oak and more recently cream has been introduced. White PVCu is usually the cheapest option. It is a good idea to choose a colour that will best compliment the fabric of your property and your existing windows and doors.

The final step is to decide on glazing types, both for the frames and roof and you don’t necessarily need the exact same glazing type in the roof as the frames. Frame glazing for conservatories can take many different forms. The very basic frame glazing used in conservatories is clear toughened safety class, usually made up in double glazed sealed units.

However, you may want a higher insulating glass to help keep your conservatory warmer during the winter months such as Pilkington K Glass or a solar reflective glass to help keep it cooler in the summer such as Pilkington Activ Blue which is also self cleaning – or even a combination of both to help keep your conservatory more comfortable all year round. Your conservatory supplier will be able to give you advice and associated costs regarding this.

Then there’s the roof glazing which is very important. There are two basic materials, polycarbonate and glass.

You should decide how you would like your conservatory to look and consider your budget as glass roofs for conservatories are far more expensive and often require additional reinforcement of the frames and roof, further adding to the cost.

The main disadvantage with polycarbonate is the ‘drumming’ effect which can become very loud during heavy rain. Glass roofs can be a better option for conservatories as there is far less noise during rainfall.

David went onto say “I have tried to provide this advice with a view to helping anyone buying a conservatory, whether it is fully installed or a DIY conservatory to make sure that they get exactly what they want and need. When it comes to conservatories, especially DIY conservatories, getting it wrong can be a very expensive mistake and I like to think that ConservatoryLand is one company that can professionally advise on these issues”.

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ServiceSpider.com – An Auction Website For Homeowners And Contractors

ServiceSpider makes the online auction process that has long been used by companies like eBay, available for homeowners and contractors to buy and sell services on the Internet.

After beta testing for a year ServiceSpider releases a new version of their auction website with many new features such as forums. On ServiceSpider.com homeowners can save time and money by letting contractors compete for their home improvement needs.

Homeowner Haye Kesteloo came up with the idea for ServiceSpider while working on a bathroom remodel project in 2006. “As I started to contact different contractors to get quotes for my project, I found it difficult to establish what a fair price should be for a job well done.” Prices, time estimates, and other factors varied from one contractor to another, and Kesteloo found himself wondering if there wasn’t a better way to navigate the Home Improvement market using the Internet. Kesteloo decided to stop wondering and to make the idea a reality, helping homeowners and contractors in the process. With that plan in motion, ServiceSpider was born.

Most homeowners know how difficult and time consuming it can be to find the right contractor for a home improvement job. Scheduling appointments, checking references and licenses and other related issues can make a job seem much more difficult than it needs to be. This is where ServiceSpider comes in. As a homeowner, one needs only to go to http://www.servicespider.com, and create a posting about the job that needs to be done. Need a leaky shower fixed? Maybe it’s time to upgrade the electrical panel? Or perhaps it’s time to replace those old windows? Whatever the home improvement needs are, once the job is posted at ServiceSpider, the service request will show up on the site’s home page, and will be automatically send to matching service providers in the area. Free of charge to the homeowner, ServiceSpider will have pre-screened contractors offering competing bids for the job. One can even read the reviews from other homeowners on different contractors and see how they are rated.

Currently, in the greater New York area alone, there are over 700 service providers, so a match can be made quickly and efficiently. The homeowner chooses how, when and where they will be contacted, be it phone, fax, or email. The homeowner is in charge!

For Haye Kesteloo, making ServiceSpider a success is a full time job. He knows that finding the right contractor for the right job and for the right price can be a challenge, especially in the current economic climate. Kesteloo offers the following advice: “Take your time when choosing the right contractor. Don’t let yourself be hurried into making a decision. Make sure the contractor you hire is licensed and insured and that you receive a written contract.”

For additional information regarding ServiceSpider, please contact Haye Kesteloo directly or go to www.servicespider.com.

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Natural Stone Restoration Classes For Those In The Stone Restoration Trade Or Those That Are Starting A New Enterprise

Josveek Huligar, a founding member of the Natural Stone Restoration Alliance, an association of independent stone restoration professionals has conducted a very popular monthly class on the art of detailed restoration of natural stone countertops for a few years. Due to many requests, an additional class to the weekend itinerary this year included natural stone floors. This particular segment of the self described “boot camp” has become a demand in the field of stone restoration.



The weekend classes are described by Mr. Huligar as“A true “hands-on” experience. No seats. No stories. No sales pitch. Each student has the opportunity to perform multiple repairs, honing and the highly coveted art of top-polishing an additional note to the counter top repair class; the students receive a full set of tools including a variable polisher inclusive in the price of the class. Everything you need to get started.”

Those who have attended the recent class had this to say;

“I went to the class in hopes of going home confident that I could “DO” the best quality work not just understand the theory and fundamentals like I have in other “learning scenarios.” I also wanted to learn as quickly as possible so we could learn as much as possible in a short time. I think both of those goals were met. Now comes the confidence building from experience and practice.

Thanks again to youJofor being willing to share your excellence in your craft, and to Topshop for the hospitality and help, and Tim Scarlata of atlanticgranite.com and Topshop of topshopllc.com for the fabricators perspective, and the learning I received from the everyone’s experience who attended.

I had a great time!!! (Still a bit stiff and sore, but a great time!)”Duane Brock- Omaha NB.

Al Shulze of WeDoFloors – Orlando Flresponded,“I can honestly say just learning Jo’s floor method, will cut my time in half. If you’re just starting out in the business Take the class and get a foundation it will save you a ton of money from buying unnecessary equipment and time on the job.”

“The class was everything stated above and more. It exceeded my wildest expectations. Now Jo is another story in itself. His charisma and humor is second to none. Now let’s see if that gives good old Jo a big head. Lol.”Ken Albrecht- Plano TX.

“The classes are very hands on and a lot of very useful tips and technique’s, on floor refinishing and granite repair. Jo’s a good teacher, knows what he’s doing!!!” Paul Malarz- Rochester NY.

Dave Wilson of Seam- Master StoneCare CA. adds“Jo showed me how to push the limits with heat and popping a shine. It really opened me up to perfecting my floor process. I went to the class hoping to learn a few things and was not disappointed.”

“It was nice to meet everyone at the class and thanks to TopShop for the facilities, help and food during the day. I have picked up two jobs on granite repairs and travertine scratch removal and feel confident that I can handle any problems it can throw at me.”George Barnes- Denver CO.




“Thank you Josveek Huligar for sharing your knowledge, techniques and passion for natural stone. I have been to many classes and seminars and I learned more from the NSRA class than all the others combined.Thank you Dave (TOPSHOP) for the use of your shop and all the tips you gave me.

It is obvious that the NSRA is truly dedicated to helping improve the stone industry. Anyone who passes on this class is making a HUGE mistake. Thank you to all involved. I will back the NSRA 100%” Tim Scarlata of atlanticgranite.com- Rochester NY

“Great class” said Paul Klees from Bonstone.“I received some valuable hands-on training with respect to surface polishing and repair techniques. It was amazing to see the use of different diamonds, pressure and the little amount of water needed to achieve a nice polish. I will definitely attend another class to brush up on my skills.”

“The class is described as a three day, 9 to 5, training session It’s more like you’re finished when you’ve completed the task successfully. Exactly as it is in the real world. There are no time limits to the class.” Steve Patrick, Patrick Stone Restoration – Columbus OH.

“The amount that I have learned in the four days I was up there has surpassed years of working with stone. I looked at many other classes offered. What encouraged me to select this class is the unorthodox way to restore stone by using many different distributors products and chemicals – and even making our own! There were endless varieties and techniques that could be used. Overall, learned invaluable techniques and methods that can save me time – make more money, and understand more about the constantly changing stone industry – keeping me on top of my game. Granite which was my adversary, had now become a friend, and all other stones a piece of cake to work with! Thanks to all in the class and especially with Jo for his patience and time to answer all my questions to the fullest.” Glenn K, Advanced Stone Restoration, Oahu Hawaii

Students from Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and Hawaii as well as from the mainland of the U.S. have gathered to learn from this stone restoration expert. From the beginners to the seasoned professionals, the class has had it’s impact. It is also interesting to note that once you take the class and participate actively on the NSRA forum you can attend the class to advance your skills for free. No other class offers this truly unique offer. Do not be fooled by the imitators on the internet that have tried to copy this unique program. Learn from the originator.

Josveek adds, “We are setting up the next class for 2009, it will be taking place on February 6th-8th. in Rochester NY. Two days for counters and one full day for floors. We’ll be offering an additional class for a small fee on the 9th for practice or advanced techniques. We will give full details as soon as we have it all worked out with tooling.”

Ultimately the “boot camp” is for those who have a real interest in learning the stone restoration trade or to advance their existing skills. From the art of restoring counter tops to floors, this class has it covered.

The Location
Atlantic Granite & Marble Inc
450 lee road
Rochester ny 14606
1-585-254-6109

Airport
(ROC) Greater Rochester International Airport
1200 Brooks Avenue
Rochester, NY 14624

Accommodations
Comfort Inn West
1501 W. Ridge Rd. , Rochester, NY,
US, 14615 | Phone: (585) 621-5700

Terms and conditions.
If cancellation is made over 30 days before the program date, 50% of the tuition is eligible for refund, or 100% of the tuition is transferable to another program/date. If cancellation is made within 10 to 30 days of the program date, 25% of the tuition is eligible for refund, or 100% of the tuition is transferable to another program/date.

If cancellation is less than 10 days of the program date, the entire tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable.

We reserve the right to cancel an event at our discretion. In the event of course cancellation, 100% of the tuition will be eligible for refund or transferable to another course.

Countertop Class $1,800.00
Floor Class $ 400.00
Extra Day $ 200.00

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