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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

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Roof Crafters LLC,
Chuck Magee,
18021 N. Service Road I12 Hammond, LA
70403 225-667-1189,,

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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,, 512.965.5463 or Justine Smith,, 512.970.0681…

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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 – – 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 – – 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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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

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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