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The Rose receives 2016 Jack Kemp Excellence in Affordable and Workforce Housing Award from the Urban Land Institute

Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2016-Nov-04 — /EPR REAL ESTATE NEWS/ — PLACE is pleased to announce that The Rose and three sister developments at Portland and Franklin Avenues (South Quarter) in Minneapolis were selected by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Terwilliger Center for Housing as the winner of the 2016 Jack Kemp Excellence in Affordable and Workforce Housing Award. This annual award honors developments that ensure housing affordability for people with a range of incomes. Representing the completion of South Quarter, The Rose offers 43 market rate apartments and 47 income-restricted affordable apartments in profoundly sustainable buildings that have neither furnaces nor conventional air conditioning equipment.

In 2010, affordable housing developer Aeon, in partnership with Hope Community, selected PLACE by competition to add specialized development consultant capacity as Sustainability Champion for the last phase of South Quarter. Aeon wanted the final buildings to be the best performing buildings of their kind in the country, on an affordable housing budget. A 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to public benefit, PLACE provided disruptive environmental design analysis, assisted in assembling and facilitating a world-class collaborative design and construction team, deepened community engagement, and refined financial modeling in furtherance of creating high-performance, healthy buildings for Aeon’s residents.

Minneapolis has the harshest climate of any large city in America. The biggest challenge for PLACE was to ensure that the team could deliver a building envelope capable of keeping residents cool in a scorching summer with high humidity and a frigid winter with temperatures plunging to minus thirty degrees Fahrenheit. Buildings in the U.S. are built each day to standards that cause them to consume 70% of America’s primary energy, with 52% of that energy going to heating and cooling. The Rose is 75% more energy efficient than local standards require, which also deepens affordability for residents; it represents PLACE’s most cutting edge restorative development work to date.

“This project is on the leading edge of workforce housing development and preservation,” said J. Ronald Terwilliger, chairman of Terwilliger Pappas Multifamily Partners in Atlanta. “It has it all—mixed-income housing, environmental sustainability, long-term affordability, and long-term financing.”

“The efforts of Aeon and Hope Community, with their many public and private sector partners, prove that previously disinvested communities can point the way forward for mixed-income, environmentally sustainable redevelopment in our cities,” said Stockton Williams, executive director of the ULI Terwilliger Center.

PRESS CONTACT
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Chris Velasco
Executive Director
PLACE
100 Portland Avenue South
Suite 100, Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 309-3889
www.welcometoplace.org

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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 REAL ESTATE NEWS/ — 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 REAL ESTATE 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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Community Investment Strategies Holds Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Bloomfield Affordable Senior Housing Community

Heritage Village at Bloomfield Addresses Need for Affordable Housing Post-Hurricane Sandy

Bloomfield, N.J., March 11, 2016 — /EPR REAL ESTATE NEWS/ — State, county, and local officials joined Community Investment Strategies, Inc. (CIS) for a ribbon cutting ceremony to unveil Heritage Village at Bloomfield – an 82-apartment affordable 55-plus housing community in Bloomfield, Essex County that serves seniors on a fixed income.

After Hurricane Sandy, nearly 100,000 homes in Bloomfield were without power for several days. Of the 859 units in Essex County that suffered flood damage, 54 percent were low- to moderate-income households, leaving a high-demand for affordable housing options. Heritage Village at Bloomfield not only addresses the demand, but it was constructed with resiliency features to protect residents from future weather-related disasters. Resiliency features include high-quality, cement board exteriors; LED lighting; emergency generators; ground level bathroom and a shower that are accessible during times of extended power loss; and an energy-efficient ventilation system.

“As both a developer and owner of affordable housing complexes, Hurricane Sandy taught us that our communities need to be built stronger so they can withstand weather-related events and keep our residents protected,” said Christiana Foglio, CIS founder and CEO. “We took great care in making Heritage Village at Bloomfield resilient, preparing for the worst so residents can feel safe in the event of an emergency.”

Funding for Heritage Village at Bloomfield includes Low Income Housing Tax Credit equity provided by Boston Capital and JPMorganCHASE, a construction and permanent loan from the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA), and Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Funds.

“At NJHMFA, we are happy to have provided an integral part of the financing for Heritage Village at Bloomfield’s now completed redevelopment, which will directly benefit seniors while expanding affordable housing opportunities and community facilities,” said NJHMFA Executive Director Anthony L. Marchetta. “We awarded the redevelopment project federal 9 percent Low Income Housing Tax Credits that have generated approximately $12.7 million in private equity and $5 million in federal CDBG-DR dollars through the Fund for Restoration of Multifamily Housing (FRM) Program. This community represents another important revitalization program that has fully restored the quality and safety of each of these units from normal wear and tear as well as damage sustained in the wake of the superstorm.”

Heritage Village at Bloomfield is comprised of 74 one-bedroom and 8 two-bedroom apartments, as well a community room, wellness and fitness centers, library, and on-site management office. Apartments include heating, air conditioning, new, energy efficient appliances, LED lighting, and emergency pull cords. Residents will also enjoy a range of programmed activities.

“Our town was devastated after Hurricane Sandy. Some houses were nearly 10 feet underwater and others experienced property damage, downed power lines and fallen trees from the strong winds,” said Bloomfield Mayor Michael J. Venezia. “CIS shared our same vision for rebuilding Bloomfield after Hurricane Sandy, and we are grateful for the hard work they put into creating a community where residents can feel safe and comfortable and where our seniors will have the opportunity to continue living here and contributing to our community in affordable housing.”

Rent for a one-bedroom apartment ranges from $493 for residents at or below 30 percent area median income (AMI), $700 for residents at or below 50 percent AMI, and $862 for residents at or below 60 percent AMI. Rent for a two-bedroom apartment ranges from $592 for residents at or below 30 percent AMI and $1,028 for residents at or below 60 percent AMI. For leasing information, please call 973-748-1952.

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Representatives of Community Investment Strategies, local officials, and community residents at the ribbon cutting for Heritage Village at Bloomfield in Essex County.
Representatives of Community Investment Strategies, local officials, and community residents at the ribbon cutting for Heritage Village at Bloomfield in Essex County.
Bloomfield Mayor Michael J. Venezia; Christiana Foglio, CIS founder and CEO; and Assemblyman Ralph Caputo.
Bloomfield Mayor Michael J. Venezia; Christiana Foglio, CIS founder and CEO; and Assemblyman Ralph Caputo.

About CIS

Since 1994, Community Investment Strategies has been a leading developer of multifamily housing, including 55-plus, senior housing and mixed-use redevelopments, as well as market-rate and affordable housing. The company’s diverse portfolio includes more than 3,000 apartment rental units. CIS has been recognized for its award-winning communities, corporate citizenship and advocacy, as well as its people-first philosophy. A woman-owned business enterprise, the firm is committed to promoting gender and ethnic diversity throughout its own organization as well as the communities in which its projects are located. For more information, visit www.communityinvestmentstrategies.com.

The Metropolitan Council approves a $2M grant to fund a landmark, transit-oriented development in the heart of St. Louis Park, Minnesota

St. Louis Park, MN, December 11, 2015 — /EPR REAL ESTATE NEWS/ — On December 9, 2015 and after overwhelming enthusiasm and support from a rigorous application and vetting process, the Metropolitan Council approved funding for PLACE’s St. Louis Park Community. The Council approved 2 million dollars in funding from its Livable Communities Account for a Transit-Oriented Development (LCA-TOD) grant after the proposed project demonstrated a breakthrough approach to meeting housing and economic development needs in the Twin Cities. The funds will be used to help secure site acquisition at the former McGarvey Coffee property, pioneer alternative energy sources, and integrate stormwater improvement with infrastructure like green roofs and an urban forest.

A nonprofit called PLACE (Projects Linking Art, Community, and Environment) heads up the community endeavor in concert with the City of St. Louis Park, fellow eco-minded and socially conscious companies like Allianz Life, Stantec, Shaw-Lundquist, Lindquist & Vennum, MSR, LIFT, and Rachel Contracting that have invested in the project, other private partners, and public collaborators like Hennepin County. The community will elevate affordable living, design, and artistic culture in the city and will be located near the expected Green Line extension (Southwest Light Rail) Wooddale Station. The development’s potential positive impact is staggering, with healthy homes for 300 households across the income spectrum supported by a mobility hub, urban agriculture, live and work spaces, a hotel, and a renewable energy generation system that consumes food waste created by its inhabitants and surrounding neighbors.

Chris Velasco, PLACE’s Executive Director, observed, “I think this project will be of national significance for communities that want to effectively leverage their scarce resources.”

Ryan Kelley, City of St. Louis Park Planner, says, “The City of St. Louis Park is extremely proud to be the co-recipient with PLACE of the Met Council’s largest transit oriented development grant for a new sustainable community of regional significance.”

“PLACE is an excellent project, for the city and the region. Turning vacant, unused property into a community space with alternative energy features, that is connected to other uses, like transit, is just the kind of investment the Council wants to make toward a livable communities and a prosperous region” – Erin Heelan, TOD Grants Coordinator, Metropolitan Council Livable Communities.

Executive Director Velasco thanks the Metropolitan Council for its confidence and support on behalf of the entire team and the residents of St. Louis Park.

MEDIA CONTACT

Peter Sieve (612) 326-0409 pete@welcometoplace.org
Elizabeth Bowling (612) 326-0399 elizabeth@welcometoplace.org

www.welcometoplace.org

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Real Estate Pros Host Workshop for Fixer-Uppers

Moxie Realty Group LLC hosts “So . . . You Want to Buy a Fixer” at TreeHouse

On Thursday, May 28, Moxie Realty Group LLC, along with co-hosts TreeHouse, Austin Title, and Austin Inspection Services bring you an evening of the truth about what to expect when you buy a property and fix it up.

This is the second time this year Moxie has worked to provide a great forum for learning about the pitfalls, plateaus, and pinnacles of fixing up a property. From finding a property, to getting financing, to getting the work done—this candid group of professionals, including a renovation financing expert, will provide information and answer questions about what it takes.

Justine Smith and Mishell Kneeland, also known as the Moxie Ladies, have both been involved in extensive renovations projects—Justine was even featured on an episode of Flip That House for moving a home from South to East Austin—and will share their different perspectives on renovation tolerance. “I was lucky,” Kneeland says, “I only had to please myself. Justine and her husband had to agree on what to do, and had to do it while keeping toddlers out of wet paint!”

The renovation loan specialist will share important financial considerations and timelines. Whether you want to buy a fixer for your own home, or as an investment, there is a renovation product available for you.

One of the great things about fixing up a home is that you can make some truly eco-friendly decisions, and have a chance to put your own stamp on your home. There is nothing like having the freedom—whether your style is minimalist or over-the-top. Kneeland’s home “office,” which she calls her “Chinese jewel box,” features red lacquered cabinets and a black chandelier she brought back from a trip to Amsterdam and beautiful light fixtures she shipped from a trip to Marrakech.

Come for the refreshments and door prizes and leave with your own renovation plan. Come early and browse the wonderful products available at TreeHouse

At a Glance
Who: Moxie Realty Group LLC, TreeHouse, Austin Title, Austin Inspection Services
What: So . . . You want to buy a fixer?
When: May 28, 2015, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Where: TreeHouse, 4477 South Lamar, Austin, TX 78456
Contact: Mishell Kneeland, Mishell.kneeland@gmail.com, 512.965.5463 or Justine Smith, jsmith78737@gmail.com, 512.970.0681

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The Door Store Pines For Some Excellent Doors

The Door Store has an excellent range of doors to suit the whole of the building trade requirements. The choice of doors and the number of different options that have come onto the market in recent years is immense. The quality has improved and the prices have remained excellent during this period. The Door Store has been at the forefront of supplying top quality doors for all occasions and all types of building from a range of different materials.

The Door Store has an excellent range of Pine Doors and they have taken a great deal of care to choose some of the best available pine doors to supply at some of the lowest prices available. In particular The Door Store is very proud to be able to supply the JB Kind range of Pine Doors. There is a range of different designs but one of the best standard designs is the JB Kind Clear Pine Swansea Internal Door.

The Swansea door is a classic design of Pine door with four panels fitted with two smaller oblong panels in the bottom half of the door and two longer almost elongated panels in the top half of the door. The bottom of the top panels is horizontal and the sides are vertical but the top has a classic half bow at the top of each panel going from low to high from the edge of the door towards the centre. This classic design can be used throughout the house and will enhance the general appearance of the building. The curved detail of the panelling is excellent and provides a great focal point for the doors.

The Door Store notes the exceptional quality and affordability of solid timber pine doors. These doors have a pine central core with a laminated veneered finish, which can either be stained or painted. The Door Store notes that care must be taken with Pine Doors as when they are made the wood is kiln dried to reduce the moisture content to a very low level and if they are exposed to high humidity they will obviously absorb water and the reaction can ruin a door. It is essential that the door is sealed to preserve their integrity and this can be carried out either by use of a good stain or by painting. The Door Store note that in general Pine Doors are not recommended for a new build situation as the high humidity can effect this high quality door.

The Door Store (http://www.the-door-store.co.uk) notes that the pine internal door is of a first class construction and one of the best values for money of all modern doors. Pine is a wood that fits well in modern surroundings and will compliment a large range of decorations and general fixtures and furniture. It is noted that the doors can be painted to fit in with the general house decoration scheme or made to stand out as a feature. A greater choice can be viewed on The Door Store web site and any queries will be answered promptly.

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Home Builders Association of Durham, Orange and Chatham Cos. Announces New Executive Vice President

After months of work and consideration, the Home Builders Association of Durham, Orange, and Chatham Counties (HBADOC) announces that Holly Fraccaro of Chicago, Illinois, has been named HBADOC’s new Executive Vice President (EVP).

HBADOC’s Executive Committee and the full Board of Directors recently approved Fraccaro as the person to take over the reigns of the non-profit trade association that serves the home building industry throughout the three counties.

“I am honored and excited to be joining the Home Builders Association of Durham, Orange, and Chatham counties at this time,” Fraccaro said. “My goal is to capitalize on the up-swing we’re seeing in the housing market and to use this momentum to engage, support, and promote our existing members and to increase the recruitment of new members. In the building industry, we all know how important a strong foundation is. Former EVP Nick Tennyson has done an incredible job of building the foundation. And now, together with the phenomenal staff and Board of Directors, I will build on that foundation to further the mission, to grow the organization, and to support our members.”

Holly Fraccaro is originally from North Dakota. She moved to Chicago for graduate school 18 years ago. Most recently, she served as executive director at North West Housing Partnership, a nonprofit organization in Chicago dedicated to creating and implementing programs to promote economically diverse housing by bringing public and private resources together. Before that she was executive director of the Single Room Housing Assistance Corp., a nonprofit that provides supportive housing to homeless adults in Chicago. A triathlete, she received her degree in psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago.

Fraccaro and her husband, attorney Kyle Fraccaro, are in the process of moving to North Carolina from Chicago. She will start work full time on October 7th.

According to Andy Krichman, HBADOC president, the selection process was involved and meticulous. The HBADOC’s selection committee first conducted focus-group interviews with key stakeholders to determine key aspects of the position in order to create job postings as well as assessments.

The committee also used an online application process with supplemental questions to be able to compare the applicants and metrics at each step of the process so the preferred answer or “best fit” answer for the organization was pre-identified and the applicant then compared to that.

Finally, the best candidates went through three stages of screenings during an intensive two-day interview process that culminated in a unanimous decision that Holly Fraccaro is the best EVP candidate for the HBADOC.

“Holly is the type of person who accomplishes whatever she sets her mind to,” Krichman said. “Holly is an energetic, positive, go-getter who enjoys working as a team player to accomplish goals. Together we will all help our HBA to build on what we have created and take it on to more growth and the next level.”

For more information on the HBADOC, visit www.hbadoc.com.

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Realter (Rltr) Approved As Official Title For Real Estate Professionals Worldwide

There is a new officially approved professional title for real estate practitioners — Realter. This word will soon find its way as new entry in the dictionary, and it will read as follows:

REALTER. Definition: [A patented service mark. Pronunciation: \\rē(-ə)l-tər, rē-al-tər\\.Abbreviation: Rltr.. Plural: Realters. Verb intransitive: Realteer. Verb present participle: Realteering. Verb past participle: Realteered]. Referring to real estate service practitioners who are registered in Realter Society and given extension of license by its patent owner. Realter and its abbreviation Rltr are exclusively used as professional titles before the names of members of Realter Society worldwide.

After 14 months of due diligence by experts in the Intellectual Property Office Philippines (IPOPHIL), the RLTR REALTER SOCIETY INTERNATIONAL 2011, its website REALTERSOCIETY.ORG, its service mark (logo), and manner of use were finally approved on 28 September 2012; and awarded with Trademark Registration No. 42011990441.

Real estate practitioners anywhere around the world, regardless of nationality, who want to use this prestigious Realter (Rltr) professional title may individually apply for extension of patent license by registering in Realter Society. The innovator defines the term professional practitioner as a service provider who does it for a living (for a fee).

Qualified to register are real estate financiers; agents such as brokers, salespersons, auctioneers, referral agents, buyer agents; dealers, short sellers, operators of for-sale-by-owner (FSBO) advertising facilities; administrators of condominium and subdivision homeowners associations; general managers of hotels, resorts, and golf and country clubs; registrar of deeds; educators; builders such as developers, architects, interior designers, construction consultants; valuers such as appraisers, assessors; documenters such as liaison officers, publishers of real estate classified ads, photographers; and scholars.

Realter Society members get the following rights: (1) the right to use the patented Realter and Rltr professional titles and logo, (2) the right to enjoy the award policy of Realter Society, and (3) the right to wear exclusive insignia products of Realter Society.

A person with a Rltr title before his/her name need not explain too much that he/she is in the real estate sector. The Rltr title bearer enjoys the automatic public perception that he/she is a real estate service practitioner.

Rltr title operates like a powerful slogan; it is short, easily said, catchy, and has quick recall factor. Since it is a new title, having it in your business card would trigger curiosity, then it becomes a conversation starter which can possibly propagate to customer inquiries that may open up a wide door of business opportunities for the Rltr® title-bearer.

Realter Society is designed solely as REGISTRY of the Rltr® title users. Realter Society does NOT offer real estate products (such as house, lots, condo units, burial lots, etc.) nor services (such as agency, appraisal, build consultancy, etc.). Realter Society has no intention to compete with the respective businesses and organizations of its individual members.

The individual membership registration fee in Realter Society is P2.00 per day, prorated from the day the person registers up to the general renewal date of 28 September 2022. Incumbent Assessors of Local Government Units and Regional Directors of Registry of Deeds are exempted from the membership fee.

The innovator of this new professional title is Rltr. John R. Petalcorin, born in Maramag Bukidnon PH in 1973, a product of the College of Economics and Management of the University of the Philippines at Los Banos, and a licensed real estate broker since 1998 specialized in pro bono consumer rights advocacy and peer coaching.

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Ace Sheds Have A Lovely Design In The Hastings Summerhouse

Ace Sheds are very proud of their range of summerhouses and they have a lovely selection that will meet almost any requirements that come to mind. The company has worked hard over many years to develop a system of building that has enabled them to manufacture to a very high quality and very strong designs whilst maintaining the garden feel about the summerhouses, these are built using a standard wood based system that has ensured a quality product at a price that is not only very competitive but also which can be purchased at a price acceptable to the customer. The summerhouses not only look good but they have a good shiplap or loglap wood panels with a range of different felt roofs. Wood can be temperamental material, but the pressure treatment systems are very often standard and are not expensive if not standard and provide a security against any sort of wood diseases and rots that can be found in the UK.

Ace Sheds builds the summerhouses to an easy erection design, which is ideal for self erection as it can easily be erected by 2 men (Or 2 women) without expert joinery skills and if that is not possible they can arrange for an installer to erect it for the customer.

The Hastings summerhouse has been around for some time now and it is equally as popular as it was years ago, the octagonal shape gives it that very pleasing look with a great amount of small glass panes across the whole of the front of the building and around the two angled sides and the two side panels. This means some 60% of the vertical area of the summerhouse is glass. The traditional design is such that while the overall length and width is only 8 feet x 6 feet it stands its ground excellently. Ace Sheds are proud of this design which will suit the small garden as it fits into a small space which can be in a corner at an angle to gain the best advantage of the view and also to give the best aspect of the summerhouse from the house. The Hastings Summerhouse is ideal for the small family and is very popular with the couple who have a family that have left home. It has plenty of room for two with enough space for the extra luxuries that makethe summerhouse a special oasis in the garden. It fits in well with the garden and can be enhanced by careful garden planting around the structure.

Ace Sheds provides the market with a number of niche summerhouses and it has worked hard to provide the niche ranges with a number of options that can be used for individual preferences. Why not take a look at the Ace Sheds’ gallery which is full of custom sheds and summer houses in our clients gardens. These can make the use of the building so much more than it was originally designed for with little effort or cost. These can include door positions, number of windows and roof tiles as well as security systems. Ace Sheds are always pleased to answer any question and enquiry.

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Force8 Get Network VEKA Approval

Force8, a leading supply of a range of composite doors, have been approved by Network VEKA, a prestigious organisation that comprises of the most highly skilled specialists in the home improvement sector.

Amongst the products offered by those in the network include double glazing windows, conservatories, composite doors such as fire doors and bi folding doors, and UPVC windows. Force8 have been selling a range of products to its customers ever since it entered the market 20 years ago.

Dennis Sumner, Managing Director of the company, said;

“We are proud to announce that we have been approved by Network VEKA. We always pride ourselves on the quality of all our windows and doors and this should go a long way to show our customers and potential customers that we only stock the most durable and secure products.

Being part of such a revered network is only going to help us drive more customers and confirms that our products are of the highest quality”.

Those companies in Network VEKA are based all around the United Kingdom and many customers looking for such products often visit the website first. Force8 has now joined the list of companies that are already approved.

As an industry, the home improvement sector has been stung by some bad publicity so finding a reputable company is something that is vital to all customers and being part of such as respected network is going to be vital to the future of Force8.

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The Door Store Goes Forward In Pairs

The Door Store has had an exceptional record at developing a superb range of internal doors for the building trade. They have developed a vast trade in doors which cover the complete requirements of almost any designer ranging from the simple plain door to the exotic range of moulded and wood machined finishes.

A model that The Door Store is particularly proud to promote is the JB Kind Moulded Panel Classique internal doors. These are a great set of doors, which are white primed and moulded, ready for painting in whatever colour that is decided for your home. JB Kind doors come with an excellent pedigree and give The Door Store a great deal of confidence in the product.

The Classique design is such that it has a six pane glass insert in the top half of the door of almost a Georgian design of six panes built in to the door in 3 pairs. The top panes have an ornate arch type top edge design to them and a single rebated type square design in the bottom half of the door. This really does provide a classic style and design, which can be used in a number of quite different situations.

The Door Store supply large quantities of pairs of cheap internal doors, which can be used for entry and exit to and from any room, and the appearance of these doors will really offset the entrance, which they are closing. The Classique design will give a richness to the look, which is most important to the house, and this will fit in with the general view of the property. Double entry doors do give any property that feel of space and luxury, which is difficult to get inn any other way. This is an excellent pair of doors and at a price of £137 plus VAT this is excellent value for money. The doors are a moulded hardboard construction with the grain textured and ready for final painting. The glass is safety tempered glass and if the doors are required as a fire door, Door Store are happy to supply a full pair of fire doors as JB Kind make the Classique design in a fully compliant fire door variant too.

These types of doors are themselves classics, and look at their best when displayed as a barrier between two rooms, which would otherwise be an open plan room.

There are of course doors which will match the Classique moulded door so that a full range of these doors can be fitted throughout the house and give a theme which will suit the whole design.

The Door Store – http://www.the-door-store.co.uk – has always examined all its ranges of doors in the light that a careful designer can mix and match as necessary and to that effect it is pleased that the present range can fulfil this function.

Whether the aim is luxury or good standard doors The Door Store can provide what is required and their web site is well worth contacting to see the vast range that can supply.

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Luxury Vinyl Tiling From Beautiful Flooring Direct

Beautiful Flooring Direct have put together a superb range of all types of flooring for the complete floor covering market and the company is pleased to note that one of the most hard wearing and popular of all the ranges is the luxury vinyl tiles which are becoming such a staple workhorse of the market. The quality of the product is one, which Beautiful Flooring Direct has been proud to put at the forefront of their full range of luxury flooring business. The luxury vinyl tile is an expanding market, which has been growing quite quickly for the past few years. Increasingly, you’re now able to buy luxury vinyl tiles online, as more and more retailers get involved with what is a booming and ever popular type of flooring.

Beautiful Flooring Direct has been pleased to supply their full range to a large variety of different applications where the tiles have invariably been used where their major qualifications have been used to the full. The vinyl tile is ideal for use in areas where there is a need for a hard wearing surface that can be cleaned instantly and returned to its former glory. The lifespan of the luxury vinyl tile is excellent and when such a floor is installed it will outlive most of its users and it is more likely to be changed from the wish to see something new or change the design of the room. Beautiful Flooring Direct recommend this type of flooring for use in the kitchen, hallways and utility rooms where there is a regularly hard wearing pattern and the possibility of spills or muddy shoes as the quality of the flooring will result in a standard cleaning bringing the floor back to its original state. Indeed luxury vinyl tiles in bathrooms are becoming more of a common sight too, as the surface is ideal to contain spills without becoming overly slippery.

Beautiful Flooring Direct – http://www.beautifulflooringdirect.co.uk – has seen some excellent designs using the luxury vinyl tile as the versatility of the range allows a superb style range to be achieved. The luxury vinyl tile range can come in almost any type of material finish. The tile may look like stone with all the imperfections and grain styles and striations or it may look like quartz or a fantastic Italian marble effect. The advantage that this has to the designer is that the designs that suit the particular materials can be reproduced with the luxury vinyl tile. It is quite usual to see the luxury vinyl tile system being used in a typical modern take on the Roman marble floor. The Roman patterns can be reproduced and there are ranges of border or edging strips, which can be used to profile the design or to set the boundaries of the design. The door strips, ramps and cover strips are used to finish the design and provide a great boundary to the edges of the flooring.

The range sold by Beautiful Flooring Direct give a fabulous amount of options to the designer and the complete range of different types of luxury tiles can be seen on the company’s web site. If there are any queries the company will be only too willing to answer any queries by email or telephone. This is a great range that will give the interior designer or the ambitious owner a blank canvas on which to work and achieve great results.

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Riba Housing Report Commended By Global Construction Firm

A study by the Future Homes Commission, a body instigated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) calling for 300,000 extra homes to be built every year as part of a “housing revolution”, has been welcomed by Homes by Skanska – the UK residential arm of global construction firm, Skanska.

Sue Warwick, Interim Sales and Marketing Director of Homes by Skanska commented: “There have been a number of calls to increase the UK’s housing output over recent years; however the study by RIBA presents the industry with a tangible solution to the housing crisis we are currently facing. With the study proposing such large-scale construction without the need to use government finance, we will be interested to see how the housing minister reacts to this study.

“Notably, it is a step in the right direction to see the report call for a greater focus in design across all new homes, which is something we as housebuilders have a huge responsibility to deliver. Reinforcing calls to build more homes to address the nation’s housing shortage is vital, but of equal importance is the need to create desirable yet affordable homes fit for families and future generations.

“At Homes by Skanska we have begun to show how Scandinavian design principles can be adopted by the UK housing industry to create exactly the kind of practical living spaces proposed by RIBA. High ceilings, large windows and well-planned, built-in storage can be combined with insulation and energy-efficient technologies to balance functionality with desirability.

“The housing sector will no doubt embrace many of the proposals laid out by RIBA in order to make the most of the funding pledged by the coalition in September.”

For more information on Homes by Skanska and its first development, Seven Acres, a group of new homes Cambridge, visit www.skanska.co.uk/homes.

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Click Fit Laminate Flooring From Beautiful Flooring Direct

The world of floor boarding has changed over the years as wood has become ever more expensive it is difficult to justify the cost of exotic wood floors planed and polished to give an attractive wood floor finish. The use of a laminate flooring system has allowed this type of finish to be achieved at a far reduced cost but with an appearance that looks equally as good as a finished solid wood floor.

Beautiful Flooring Direct is now providing an excellent service in supplying laminates of many different types of woods to be used at an extremely advantageous price. The laminates work with a very strong wood substrate to which a top laminate veneer is supplied, the types of materials that are used on the Beautiful Flooring Direct range of materials are of the highest qualities and it should be possible to source any finish that is required.

One of the major problems with the present laminate system is that they work on a tongued and grooved edging system where the joint is made by pushing the tongue into the groove after a small amount of glue is placed into the groove and or tongue and then the two parts are stuck together. This makes a very strong joint but it has two disadvantages, the first being that to make the joint in this fashion is time consuming and the second is that it is difficult to dismantle if there is a problem at a later date.

The Beautiful Flooring Direct Company now supplies the “Click– Fit” system which moves the laminate flooring on to a completely new level. The joining system is exactly as it says, when the tongue is pushed into the groove no glue is required and the tongue just clicks into position in the groove and is held firmly into position by the neatly designed “click system” This system now requires no gluing and the speed of fitting is very fast and the accuracy of the design makes a very fine joint with no gaps between adjacent pieces. Probably one of the best advantages is that any changes can be accommodated fairly easily although there may be some edge damage.

The quality click floor tiles supplied by Beautiful Flooring Direct can all be purchased on the internet and the excellent design of the Beautiful Flooring Direct web site gives a full description of all the products available and any questions can be directed to the sales staff by email or telephone. It is essential to fit these floors correctly and the company will be delighted to assist in any way possible to ensure a great finish. Beautiful Flooring Direct recommends that any click–fit laminate flooring is placed in the room where it is to be fitted to allow it to get to the typical room temperature. This will limit the amount of expansion of the laminates during the typical working day, fitting will usually include at least 8mm (More than ¼ inch) of expansion gap all around the room to take up extra expansion. To cover this expansion gap Beautiful Flooring Direct recommends that the skirting board is removed wherever possible to cover this gap at all times. Get clicked in with Beautiful Flooring Direct.

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A Window of Opportunity for Force Customers as Company Opens its Doors

Force 8, the windows and doors specialist in Hazel Grove and Timperley, are due to open their doors from the 21st September to the 23rd September to show all potential trade and domestic customers what they can offer.

Value for money in the home improvement sector is vital for everyone and Force 8 is inviting all customers to come and see for themselves how good the company is and, more importantly, what you get for your hard earned pound. Since the company was founded in 1988, Force 8 has been supplying a range of products including composite doors such as fire doors and bi folding doors, as well as windows and conservatories.

Dennis Sumner, Managing Director of the company said, “We have always offered our customers a range of high quality products but we wanted to show them exactly what they are buying and give them the opportunity to have a look behind the scenes.

“We really hope that all domestic and trade customers will come and visit us during the 3 days to get a feel the types of products we have available.”

Force 8 is hoping to gain significant interest in their range of products, including conservatory roofs in both glass and polycarbonate. The company pride itself on using energy efficient glass which has its benefits for the customer as they can save money on their utility bills.

One of their best selling products is their bi folding doors with integrated blinds; unlike others on the market, the blinds are built into the door which ensures the blinds to not get stuck when you fold them out.

If you can get to Hazel Grove during the next few days or live in the area, go and visit the showroom and see if you can improve the look and feel of your home with Force 8.

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Rural Retreat Depot Foundation Secures Long Term Lease

The Rural Retreat Depot, made famous by O. Winston Link in his 1957 photographs entitled “Birmingham Special Gets the High Ball at Rural Retreat” and “The Pelican at Rural Retreat, VA”, sits on land belonging to the Town of Rural Retreat, VA. The Rural Retreat Depot Foundation is raising money to purchase and restore the depot building, and now it has firm ground to stand on.

“Signing this lease for the depot land was critical to our efforts to not only raise money for the building purchase, but also to procure grants for the renovation” said Charles Miller, President of the Depot Foundation; “The Foundation greatly appreciates this valuable contribution by the Town, and we hope it will encourage donations towards our building fund”.

The Town of Rural Retreat grew up around this Virginia Tennessee Railroad Depot in the 1850’s, effectively relocating a village that had formed a few miles away along the Great Road of Virginia. The original depot was burned during the Civil War, and was replaced by the present structure in 1866. The depot operated as a Norfolk and Western passenger station and Railway Express Office for many years but was closed by Norfolk Southern when it ceased passenger operations. The depot building was sold to a private party but the land under the depot was donated to the Town by the Norfolk Southern Railroad. The Depot Foundation now has agreement for the land and hopes to raise the necessary funds to buy the building by October of this year.

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Government Will Relax Planning Rules on Home Extensions in a Bid to Boost the Economy

For a limited time only, government will free up planning rules for extensions, in order to reinvigorate the construction industry and boost the British economy.

The new planning legislation, or Permitted Development Rights, will allow people to build larger extensions on their houses without planning permission. The new home extensions can reach a size of 8 metres for detached homes and 6 metres for others. The rulings apply to commercial properties also, with shops and offices allowed to grow to the edge of their premises; 100 square metres for shops and 200 square metres for industrial units.

With the recession ongoing, the newly reshuffled coalition government are looking for ways to ease the collective financial woe. These ways will include making it easier than ever to enjoy your dream home extension, and also making it more affordable to get onto the housing ladder. The latter could also bolster the construction industry by providing the impetus to build more homes.

This fresh plan of attack comes after the construction industry has performed particularly badly during the recession. But by cutting through considerable red tape, now is arguably as good a time as ever to extend your home and make space for a growing family or a better lifestyle, without having to move.

Companies such as Simply Extend, one of London’s premier extension providers, can deliver modern and high quality kitchen extensions, bathroom extensions and much more in just a matter of weeks. If you have wanted to extend your home, now really is a fantastic time to do it.

Robert Wood, Director at Simply Extend commented on the new development, “Quite often when undertaking any house extension project the planning permission and approval process can be a stumbling block and can significantly impact on homeowners’ plans and aspirations for their home.

“The relaxation of planning rules for extensions will certainly interest a number of homeowners who may have considered making a worthwhile addition to their home’s space, especially as growing families look to develop their current property as opposed to relocating, which isn’t always possible for everyone”.

Robert added, “At Simply Extend we welcome the new rulings as it ultimately means greater convenience for our clients. We deal with the planning process on their behalf, but the ruling makes this easier to complete than before, allowing our expert builders to begin work sooner”

Simply Extend are London’s premier extensions company who offer an all-in-one extensions service, with efficient project management and expert London builderscompleting a wide range of household extensions such as bathroom or kitchen extensions in London as well as flat refurbishments and other services available on the website atwww.simplyextend.co.uk/

Will you take advantage of the all new Permitted Development Rights, and transform your home?

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London Family Bathroom Transformed in Just 3 Weeks Thanks to Simply Extend

Some might believe that extending and updating their bathroom would be a costly and time consuming process, but with the help of Simply Extend, London’s premier extensions company, one family from Lower Mortlake Road in Richmond gained their dream bathroom extension in just 3 weeks. Better yet, they enjoyed a fantastic price.

Simply Extend provide a practical and cost effective alternative to moving house, for families which need more space but don’t want to go elsewhere. From beautiful open plan kitchen extensions to rear extensions or entirely new bathrooms, Simply Extend takes the hassle and stress out of the building process and provides families with lovely new spaces to call home.

When Jon and Charlotte decided to transform their bathroom, they knew exactly who to turn to. Their detailed brief included the removal of existing bathroom entirely, the installation of a new boiler concealed behind bespoke cupboards made by Simply Extend, the installation of a high quality standing bath, shower and toilet, and much more. The entire new space would also have to be completely decorated from scratch, and the time period agreed within which to complete the job was just three weeks.

The experienced team at Simply Extend handles every aspect of a project from the planning stage, beginning from the initial site survey which is carried out completely free; along with a no obligation quote. All planning, structural calculations and development was carried out on the clients behalf and they were kept up to date of the progress made throughout. This served to ensure a stress free and simplistic project.

Simply Extend also boasts its own team of expert, in-house workers along with efficient project managers, and the guys combined to create a stunning and modern new bathroom, which was delivered on time and on budget. But the service didn’t end there, because Simply Extend remain on hand after the end of the job to deal with any after care services the client might need.

The family was understandably delighted, and said “The finish was excellent and we were very happy with the service provided by the management team. We are particularly pleased with the after-sales service Simply Extend provides and have found them to be very good at adhering to their 10 year Guarantee. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Simply Extend to our friends and family”.

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LGI Homes Named a Texas Top Employer

LGI Homes is proud to announce that it has been named one of 2012’s “Best Companies to Work For” by Texas Monthly magazine. The award acknowledges LGI Homes’ ongoing commitment to the integrity, happiness and success of its workforce, and honors the company’s achievements in sound workplace policies, philosophies and practices. LGI Homes will formally receive the award at a ceremony during the Texas Association of Business’ 2012 Annual Conference in Austin early next year.

The “Top Employer” designation comes during a banner year for LGI Homes, in which it has placed over 475 new homeowners into its communities—a company record. Despite difficulties in the homebuilding industry, LGI Homes continues to break through monthly and quarterly records with its popular communities and new homes in Houston, San Antonio and Dallas. This success has been driven by the company’s unwavering dedication to offering quality, affordability and value to its customers, in superior locations that offer the best aspects of urban and suburban lifestyles. 2012 will see LGI Homes expand this business model to new markets in Austin, Texas and Phoenix, Arizona.

About LGI Homes
Founded in 2003, LGI Homes is one of Texas’ most robust homebuilders, named one of the nation’s fastest growing companies by INC Magazine, and lauded by its industry for its groundbreaking marketing techniques and ongoing sales success. The company was also recognized as a New Home Quality Award winner for its communities in the Houston area. For more information about LGI Homes, please visit LGI Homes’ Company Blog or our main website lgihomes.com.

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