Aging-in-Place Remodeling, Minor Modifications Gaining Popularity, According to NAHB Survey

WASHINGTON, May 1 -The past five years have seen increases in the number of remodelers engaged in aging-in-place home modifications and home owner awareness of these types of remodeling projects, according to a survey by NAHB Remodelers, the remodeling arm of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Released today as a kick off to National Home Remodeling Month in May, the survey of remodelers also revealed that simple and less costly modifications are increasing in popularity. “Low-cost, simple modifications to help people be safer and more comfortable in their…

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Spotlight on Spring 2017: Introducing the Davenport

As more and more millennials join the workforce, the demand for younger, more adaptable work footwear is increasingly evident. Featuring lighter, faster and more colorful styles, the KEEN Utility™ Spring ’17 introductions re-imagine the look and feel of the work boot, blending premium protection with quality comfort and ease of wear. Leading the charge is the Davenport, a medium-duty boot with a remarkably lightweight design and 100% non-metallic construction. With the versatility of a hiker and top-notch safety features, this boot is a must-have on and off the job site….

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Paver Restoration: Hardscape Contractors Learn to “Seal the Deal”

Application of premium cleaners and sealers to aging hardscapes is opening the door for new opportunities in paver restoration   In the past, the hardscape industry has sold concrete pavers and natural stone as a maintenance-free investment that will last a lifetime.  However, over time, wear and tear as well as harsh weather conditions inevitably reduces a once-beautiful installation into a patchwork of dirty, stained or moldy pavers with weeds between the joints. While little can be done to stop Mother Nature or the march of time, paving installers do…

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Sherry Williamson Design & Andrew Mann Architecture Showcase Minimalist Luxury

House for an Artist in Alameda County, Calif. is a highly-detailed, aesthetically and technically rigorous home that showcases an efficient design and the best of green building By Sergio Flores Photography by David Wakely Photography ©2015 Mill Valley based Sherry Williamson Design Inc. creates understated, elegant designs perfectly paired with energy efficiency and sustainability in mind.  The firm delivers inviting, comfortable and very ‘green’ living quarters, with extensively researched materials. San Francisco based Andrew Mann Architecture is renowned for their meticulous attention to detail and finesse in how residential projects are…

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Reconstructing Homes for Efficiency

Everett Custom Homes deconstructs to build homes that are just as high performing as they are beautiful By Sergio Flores Photography provided by Everett Custom Homes Residential infill homebuilder Everett Custom Homes builds single-family homes, townhomes, condos and apartments in the environmentally conscious city of Portland, Ore., one of our nation’s leaders in energy-efficient building and eco-friendly living. The City of Portland serves as an exciting place to be a residential infill homebuilder, largely because of the city’s requirement for builders to only develop within the city’s already existing infrastructure. Thus,…

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Milwaukee® Introduces New Torpedo Levels with the Industry’s Strongest Magnets

MILWAUKEE, WI– Milwaukee Tool continues to deliver unprecedented innovation for electrical, plumbing, HVAC, and mechanical contractor professionals with the introduction of the Milwaukee® 10” Die Cast Block and Compact Billet Torpedo Levels. Milwaukee’s Amplified Rare Earth Magnets deliver over 2X the magnetic strength of industry competitors, giving users a more secure hold and confidence in measurements when working overhead or on lifts, scaffolds & ladders. Both of the new Torpedo Levels are designed from the ground-up to provide premium features that increase productivity for MEP installation, service professionals and the…

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New Corrosion-Resistant Curb Valve Box System Eliminates the Need for Costly Repairs

Municipalities choose polyurethane and durable PVC pipe to save time and money By Alan J. Henderson The repair of cast iron curb valve boxes has long been a costly, frustrating process for municipalities. Time-consuming excavations and land restorations strain public works and water department budgets. And the old school materials, vulnerable to rust and corrosive soils, too often prove inoperable during emergencies. The quest to eliminate such repairs seemed unattainable, even in recent years. But now department chiefs are encouraged by a new initiative to install curb boxes designed with…

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Creating Excitement with Interior Design

I hate buying a car. My discomfort stems from what I don’t know about cars. But I need a car. I get nervous the minute I step onto the showroom floor and steel myself to face sales people whose job is to compel me to buy. I want to like it – I just don’t want to be sold. This distress makes me keep the salesperson at arm’s length. “I’m just looking.” Well, no I’m not. But then something pretty catches my eye and the knowledgeable rep senses my interest,…

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CertainTeed ColorView Home Exterior Visualization Tool Hits the Road

Contractors who specialize in exterior remodeling projects have a next generation tool to help their customers sort through a world of design possibilities. CertainTeed, North America’s leading brand of building products, has improved upon its industry-best array of home design visualization tools by expanding the product offerings showcased in the mobile version of the ColorView® Exterior Style and Color Selector. Created expressly for the iPad®, the ColorView Mobile app releases building professionals from the office computer, enabling them to work directly with homeowners as they try out different exterior product style and color combinations. The…

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DeWalt Launches New Saws and Cordless Nailer

At just 6lbs (weighed with a 2.0Ah battery), the 20V MAX*XR® Cordless 16 GA Angled Finish Nailer is 2.3lbs lighter and 1 inch shorter in height**. Using the 2.0Ah battery that is included in the kit version, the 16 GA Finish Nailer drives up to 800 nails per charge in sequential mode. Because the DCN660 is compatible with all 20V MAX* XR® DEWALT Lithium Ion batteries, it’s also capable of driving up to 2,200 nails per charge in sequential mode when usingDEWALT’s 20V MAX* XR® 5.0Ah battery (DCB205 sold separately…

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