Problem: you want a bigger television set but your custom media center is too small. Solution: get it widened by a professional - and improve its looks at the same time.
Built-in media centers are a great focal point for a polished centerpiece for your family room but if technology changes and you’ve got your eye on a bigger television then you’re stuck – or are you? You can get a woodworker to make a few adjustments and it will be even better than before.
Here’s what had to be changed:
Center box that holds the tv and upper speaker
Moulding along top had to be redone.
Fix the split in the middle from widening it
Add interest around the fireplace as there was new unfinished space to the left and right
Here’s what was done:
New box was made for tv as large as space would allow between two doorways to rooms left and right, new plugs and plates installed behind tv.
Left and right electronic units were moved as far as possible.
New moulding was added along the top and an architectural accent key was added to the top moulding to cover the split.
Granite was considered for the fireplace surround but instead burl from old matching doors was reworked to bring the whole look together.
Hooked electronics back up, put on 3D glasses, flipped on the gas fireplace and – media center makeover – better than new!
Talented woodworking by Bradd Mizell of Mizell Woodworking & Millwork in Rockville, Maryland ( fine furniture, custom cabinetry, mouldings, restoration). You can reach him at 301-770-5560.
Tired of watering, weeding, feeding, mowing your lawn? Installation of artificial turf is the answer. Hate Fake? Today’s artificial grass looks like the real thing but unlike the real thing – stays perfectly groomed and green all year round. It especially works wonders in a hard-to-grow-anything shady yard.
Johnson’s Landscaping installed this lifelike artificial grass and gave it a natural, undulating border of dry stack walls and soil border for bedding plants to further enhance the illusion. Watch the installation video to see the amazing transformation and the lovely outcome – inviting landscape design for a lucky backyard in NW Washington DC. Contact Johnson’s Landscaping and talk to them about your yard makeover with easy-care outdoor-living ideas brought to fruition with professional landscape design.
Hurricane Irene is coming tomorrow to the Washington DC area. Here’s some tips for assuring your home is safeguarded.
Hurricanes are Mother Nature’s most violent storms. Hurricane Irene (Tropical Storm warning for this area) is going to wreak damage with high winds, heavy rain and coastal surges from North Carolina to Maine. There will be damage to homes, property and disruption of family life. You don’t have to be blown away when a hurricane hits. It’s never too early to prepare and you can take several basic steps right now to protect your family and your home from disaster.
Find out if your home meets current building code requirements for high-wind regions (for example, the International Residential Code, which is promulgated by the International Code Council). Experts agree that structures built to meet or exceed current model building codes’ high-wind provisions have a much better chance of surviving violent windstorms.
If you’re handy with a hammer and saw, you can do much of the work yourself. Work involving your home’s structure may require a building contractor, however, or even a registered design professional such as an architect or engineer.
Landscapers and Tree Services
Replace gravel/rock landscaping material with shredded bark.
Keep trees and shrubbery trimmed. Cut weak branches and trees that could fall on your house.
If You’re Remodeling
Windows: If you are replacing your existing windows, install impact-resistant window systems, which have a much better chance of surviving a major windstorm. As an alternative to new window systems, install impact-resistant shutters that close over window openings to prevent flying debris from breaking windowpanes.
Entry Doors: Make certain your doors have at least three hinges and a dead bolt security lock with a bolt at least one inch long. Anchor door frames securely to wall framing.
Patio Doors: Sliding glass doors are more vulnerable to wind damage than most other doors. If you are replacing your patio doors or building a new home, consider installing impact-resistant door systems made of laminated glass, plastic glazing or a combination of plastic and glass. When a hurricane threatens, an easy, temporary and effective step is to cover the entire patio door with shutters made of plywood or oriented strand board (OSB).
Garage Doors: Because of their size, garage doors are highly susceptible to wind damage. A qualified inspector can determine if both the door and the track system can resist high winds and, if necessary, help replace them with a stronger system. Garage doors more than eight feet wide are most vulnerable. Install permanent wood or metal stiffeners. Or contact the door manufacturer’s technical staff for recommendations about temporary center supports you can attach and remove easily when severe weather threatens.
Roofs: If you are replacing your roof, take steps to ensure that both the new roof covering and the sheathing it attaches to will resist high winds. Your roofing contractor should:
Remove old coverings down to the bare wood sheathing.
Remove enough sheathing to confirm that rafters and trusses are securely connected to the walls.
Replace damaged sheathing.
Refasten existing sheathing according to the proper fastening schedule outlined in the current model building code for high-wind regions.
Install a roof covering that is designed to resist high winds.
Seal all roof sheathing joints with self-stick rubberized asphalt tape to provide a secondary moisture barrier.
If you want to give your roof sheathing added protection, but it’s not time to reroof, glue the sheathing to the rafters and trusses. Use an adhesive that conforms to Performance Specification AFG-01 developed by APA — The Engineered Wood Association, which you can find at any hardware store or home improvement center.
Gables: Make certain the end wall of a gable roof is braced properly to resist high winds. Check the current model building code for high-wind regions for appropriate guidance, or consult a qualified architect or engineer.
Connections: The points where the roof and the foundation meet the walls of your home are extremely important if your house is to resist high winds and the pressures they place on the entire structure.
Anchor the roof to the walls with metal clips and straps (most easily added when you replace your roof).
Make certain the walls are properly anchored to the foundation. A registered design professional can determine if these joints need retrofitting, and a qualified contractor can perform the work the design professional identifies.
If your house has more than one story, make certain the upper story wall framing is firmly connected to the lower framing. The best time to do this is when you remodel.
When a Hurricane Threatens
You can improve the odds of your home surviving high winds by taking these precautions, but you won’t make it hurricane-proof. Nor do these measures guarantee your safety. Take these additional steps to protect yourself and your family as fully as possible:
Become familiar with your community’s disaster preparedness plans and create a family plan. Identify escape routes from your home and neighborhood and designate an emergency meeting place for your family to reunite if you become separated. Also establish a contact point to communicate with concerned relatives.
Put together an emergency kit that includes a three-day supply of drinking water and food you don’t have to refrigerate or cook; first aid supplies; a portable NOAA weather radio; a wrench and other basic tools; a flashlight; work gloves; emergency cooking equipment; portable lanterns; fresh batteries for each piece of equipment; clothing; blankets; baby items; prescription medications; extra car and house keys; extra eyeglasses; credit cards and cash; important documents, including insurance policies.
Move anything in your yard that can become flying debris inside your house or garage before a storm strikes.
If a hurricane threatens, follow weather and news reports so you know how much danger you’re facing. Obey evacuation orders from local authorities.
Review your homeowners insurance policy periodically with your insurance agent or company representative to make sure you have sufficient coverage to rebuild your life and home after a hurricane. Report any property damage to your insurance agent or company representative immediately after a natural disaster and make temporary repairs to prevent further damage.
For information about filing an insurance claim after a natural disaster, contact your insurance agent or insurance company.
Source: Institute for Business and Home Safety. IBHS is a national nonprofit initiative of the insurance industry to reduce deaths, injuries, property damage, economic losses and human suffering caused by natural disasters.
KraftMaid Cabinets: a U.S. Favorite for Kitchen Remodeling
KraftMaid® Cabinets takes the top spot in a 2011 U.S. Kitchen Cabinet Satisfaction Study conducted by J.D. Power and Associates. The study measured customer satisfaction with kitchen cabinets by measuring 5 factors:
design features, operational performance, ordering and delivery, price, warranty.
How Homeowners are Shopping: 80% of consumers chose their brand of cabinets rather than the contractor, architect or retailer. They were influenced by past experience or displays and cited price, quality and cabinet styling as the most important reasons for choosing a brand.
A shift to stock-sized units in 2011 (28% more) indicates that more people are working with budget restraints. The average purchaser (45%) replaced their cabinets as part of a full kitchen remodel and spend an average of $4500 on cabinets.
Are you planning a renovation this year? 64% of homeowners say they are planning to invest in a home project this year.
With the 150th anniversary of the Civil War (1861-1865) upon us, the various protected sites in our history-rich area are preparing for an especially important year of living history programs and reenactments committed to preserving our past.
Fort Ward in Alexandria, VA is the best preserved of the system of Union forts and batteries built to protect Washington, DC during the American Civil War . When an area of earthwork walls began to erode, they needed an expert soil engineer to rebuild the massive hills. Drainage and Erosion Solutions LLC was chosen for this massive undertaking based on their expertise and knowledge. Not a small task, here are the interesting steps they took to fix the erosion problems and prepare Fort Ward for the Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration:
The Problem: Soil Erosion on Steep Incline
The Solution: Regrading the area in preparation for geotextile fabric and geogrid filled with gravel to securely anchor the soil. Soil is replaced and grass regrown.
Love the look of stone on a house but not the price? Now there’s a new option from Owens Corning™ : Versetta Stone™panelized stone veneer. It offers all the beauty of real stone and it easily installs in panels like siding.
The manufactured stone looks so realistic you won’t believe your eyes. Versetta Stone comes in different color ranges so there’s a shade that will enhance any brick or siding.
It’s not only lightweight but durable because it’s manufactured with the newest technologies at Owens Corning™. There is a 50 year warranty so you are ensured of a quality product.
They need no maintenance (no sealing, no painting) and is a NAHB Research Center Green Approved product.
This lightweight stone veneer gives it a special advantage over natural stone products. Artificial stone products do not require foundations beneath them for support. The new Owens Corning™ Versetta Stone™ panelized stone veneer attaches in a way similar to siding so it’s quicker and easier to install. It comes with accessories that perfectly finish off the “stone” around lights, ledges, and doorways for a custom appearance.
So if your home or business’ exterior could use a little character or architecture accentuation, discuss your ideas with the remodeling specialists at Colonial Remodeling. They’ll show you how they can transform your structure’s exterior quickly with the new products available. (the project above took less than an afternoon)
Here we are in another snow storm without electricity for an extended period. Pepco, in particular, ranks at the bottom for response. It has gone from inconvenient to dangerous. Downed wires are not being taken care of. WHW would like to suggest the following so the States & District should show their support and take more responsibility for their residents:
Rebates for generators. Power generators should be affordable for all residents, especially those with younger children, the disabled, and senior citizens over 60.
No politicians should have any affiliations with utility companies.
Rebates should be provided to electric customers who are without service for more than 1 day. This will put the pressure on electric companies to prepare for storms. Pepco did not ask for out-of-state crew help until after the storm started. They need to feel something besides “bad”.
Underground power lines should be a priority. We live with nature and trees grow. Very expensive, but regions that are hardest hit in storms should get them first – and now.
Tired of excuses? Forward this to your friends, to your legislators, to your utility companies to send the message that we need to modernize our power utility companies in our lifetimes to keep the Washington Metro Area strong and safe.
Emergency Power Numbers in our area you may need:
Montgomery County Services dial: 311
Dominion Power: 1-866-366-4357
The new Swarovski crystal lighting product designs are fascinating. They are so fresh and imaginative that they actually do compel you to look at room design in a whole new “light”.
Traditionally, most people have an empty room, they decorate it, then they purchase lighting to go with the finished room. What if you worked the opposite way: you started the whole design process with lighting? The Swarovski lines force you to think out of the box. Not only is their lighting like jewelry or stars on the walls and ceilings, it plays with the light through the use of the famous Swarovski faceted crystals like a whole new artform.
Imagine tiny lights in the pattern of a constellation that you could hang in a bedroom
Imagine a row of sconces that threw prisms of light in colorful patterns on the hallway walls
Imagine faceted pendant lights that looked more like diamonds in the sky than lighting
Imagine a dining room with pleasing lighting accents all around that catch the eye with ethereal atmosphere
Imagine pinpoints of light overhead in the master bathroom that you can change color to suit your mood in your shower
It’s all available now at Dulles Electric‘s new showroom in Sterling, VA. Their crystal lighting gallery is the LARGEST in the entire country. Discuss your ideas with their experienced lighting designers – you won’t believe what is possible with the new creative lighting concepts from Swarovski – and Dulles Electric of Sterling Virginia.
Drainage & Erosion Solutions, LLC has been awarded the 2010 Angie’s List Super Service Award, an honor bestowed annually on approximately 5 percent of all the companies rated on the nation’s leading provider of consumer reviews on local service companies.
“Our Super Service Award winners are the cream of the crop when it comes to providing consistently high quality customer service, as judged by the customers who hired them,” said Angie Hicks, founder of Angie’s List.
Drainage & Erosion Solutions was founded in 2003 by two friends, Ken Fraine, a licensed professional engineer, and Mark Lane, a landscape designer. Ken and Mark discovered that their two fields could be merged into the area of drainage design and construction and decided to create a unique service company to help homeowners with both engineering consultation and design system installation, all while creating an aesthetically pleasing result.
Angie’s List Super Service Award winners have met strict eligibility requirements including earning a minimum number of reports, an exemplary rating from their customers and abiding by Angie’s List operational guidelines.
With over 30 years of experience in the industry, Ayoub N&H Carpet & Rugs will be your one-stop shop for any of your flooring needs. Ayoub N&H Carpet and Rugs is respected for their knowledge and experience, and proven record of great customer service. Their family-run business services the Maryland, Washington DC & Northern Virginia area.
Originally started as a carpet and rug cleaning company, Ayoub N&H has since expanded at their location in Kensington, MD to offer a wide range of flooring services, including:
In-Home Carpet Cleaning
Repair of Carpeting & Rugs, including reweaving of fine rugs
In-Plant Rug Cleaning
In-Home Upholstery Cleaning (including leather)
In-Plant Drapery & Cushion Cleaning
Carpet and Rug Sales at their Retail Store
Hardwood Sales & Refinishing
Custom Design carpet services
Today, Ayoub N&H has over 4,000 square feet of warehouse space, and a 2,000 square foot showroom in Kensington, Maryland. The Ayoub Rug & Carpet Gallery displays hundreds of rugs – both contemporary and traditional designs. You will also find hundreds of different styles of wall-to-wall carpet samples. Their selection ranges from natural fiber carpets such as wool, sisal, and cotton, to the newest in synthetic options from names like Shaw, Mohawk, and Couristan. Ayoub N&H now also carries some “Green” synthetic carpets, which are either made from recycled material, or can be recycled into new material.
Ayoub N&H also offers custom design options for area rugs, carpet, and runners installed on steps. With hundreds of styles available, you’re sure to find a carpet that fits your needs.
If the Kensington, MD showroom is not convenient to you, Ayoub N&H has several area rug drop-off locations throughout the area at neighborhood drycleaners in MD, No.VA, DC. Dropping off and picking up nearby yourself saves you their travel fee.
Visit their website today and schedule your next cleaning or consult with the experts on residential and commercial flooring choices – Ayoub N&H Carpet & Rugs – a name you’ve heard again and again from satisfied customers.