Hill Country living:
buying & selling real estate
How to improve living space
— inside and outside
Photos Courtesy (from top, clockwise) Cavalcade Custom Homes, Collectic Home, Crites Custom Pools.
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to get a new look
INDEX ...................... B23
Cleaning services Architectural
How to experience
pick a brought to
cleaning kitchens and
service . baths ............ B26
Expertise Pools & spas Remodeling/redecorating & usage
in Custom designs bring paradise Steps to an ideal nursery — Expanding into your garage
cleaning to backyard ............................. B16 for you and the baby ................ B5 and using your space ............... B4
all surfaces ............................. B19 Who wants a spa? ...................... B20 Finest-quality pieces Get your home organized, from
Flooring, ﬁxtures & materials on consignment ........................ B8 closets to pantry to garage ..... B22
Hardwood ﬂoors add warmth, Creating, realizing
Mortgage loans: Utilities
beauty to any home ................ B12 your ‘dream kitchen’ ............... B10
the most important factor ......... B9 Ensuring proper installation
Natural stone: tradition The ﬁrst rule of furnishing
Investing in local market ............ B12 your home .............................. B11 of AC/heating unit ..................... B5
of ﬁne quality, craftsmanship .. B17 Ready to experience Duct leaks affect your family’s
Special attention in selection Garage doors — a design component
a new Austin? ......................... B18 of every home ........................ B20 health, comfort, budget ............ B6
of lighting ................................ B27 Tips on how to prepare Doors: gateways to beauty ........ B21 Wood cabinets & furniture
Home builders your home for sale ................. B25 An inexpensive way For the love of wood ..................... B8
The evolving home ...................... B3
Home entertainment LIST OF ADVERTISERS Carol Dochen Realtors ....................... B3 Lights Fantastic .................................. B7
Cable TV vs. satellite service .... B14 Cavalcade Custom Homes ................. B6 Linda Biderman/
Outside All Year Heating & Cooling ................. B9 Churchill’s ......................................... B24 Wilson & Goldrick Realtors ............B16
A Place for Everything ...................... B15 Closet Tailors ...................................... B8 Lone Star Spas & More .................... B23
Roof advice that can save
A-Plus Collectic Home ................................. B25 Maids Home Services, The .............. B10
you money .............................. B13 Air Conditioning and Heating ........ B17 Crites Custom Pools ........................... B5 Ramsey Woodworks ......................... B24
Mildew: Architects & Heroes .......................... B27 David Alan Rugs ............................... B13 Sente Mortgage/Gary L. Solka ..........B20
identiﬁcation, Armadillo Rooﬁng & Exteriors ........... B23 Deborah Ben Nun/ Shoal Creek Nursery ........................ B21
removal, Austin Gutterman .............................. B14 Coldwell Banker United, Realtors .... B9 Stasswender’s Southwest Marble
prevention ...... Austin Hardwood Flooring ................ B21 Doors & Company ............................ B26 & Granite ..........................................B2
................. B18 Austin Home Collection .................... B24 Georgia Levin/ Steam Team, The ............................. B11
How to keep baby coco ........................................ B13 Amelia Bullock Realtors ................ B18 Texas American Title/
rain gutters Bill Taute Homes ................................B19 Great Rug Co., The .......................... B25 Heather Cooke .............................. B10
clean ....... B24 Brian Kerman/ Hill Country Garage Doors ............... B27 Time Warner Cable ........................... B28
A resource for RE/MAX Austin Advantage ........... B11 Joanne Senyk/ Urban Kitchens + Baths ...................... B9
gardeners ....... Brown Paint Co., The ....................... B12 Avenue One Properties ..................B22 Xanadu Nursery
................. B27 Cabinet Solutions ............................... B6 Lamps & Accessories ....................... B18 & Landscaping ............................... B20
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The evolving home
By Jacob Levenson quered the issues of indoor plumbing (the
ince the dawn of human history, we Romans did so more than 2,000 years ago),
have continuously been engaged in environmental control and other basics
building dwellings suited for every taken for granted by most modern home
facet of our increasingly complex lives. dwellers, our focus is shifting to improving
From an ancient grass hut to the Palace of the efficiency of constructing and maintain-
Versailles, the human mind has been stead- ing our dwellings. As a result of the sheer
fast in working to improve the structures volume of homes built worldwide, we are
where we spend the majority of our lives. experiencing market conditions that force
Today, with home buyers educated by the us to evaluate our methods, materials and
Internet, home publications and an endless the long-term requirements of our struc-
stream of home improvement shows, we tures. As a result, the changing construction
are entering a new chapter of the thrilling philosophy has inspired a host of new
and unfinished saga of “the home.” products that are truly viable and worthy of
We should never underestimate consideration. As builders and homeowners
the power of humankind to construct we must remain vigilant to recognize and
magnificent and awe-inspiring structures. consider what we can do to make our home
While our basic needs such as shelter, more efficient. issues facing us today. As we continue to to use. As undeveloped land continues to
warmth and security have essentially Today’s home buyer is more educated see many of the basic resources that have become scarce and existing buildings are
remained the same as we have navigated than ever before. In large part due to been readily and economically available to demolished to make way for new ones,
through the ages, our homes have been the advent of the Internet, homeown- us evaporate, we will continue to see the an abundance of reclaimed and recycled
the subject of a fascinating process of ers are able to exhaustively research “mindful buyers” settle for nothing less materials will economically be incorpo-
evolution. In general, through this process every component of a home. From this than the most efficient home that can be rated into the common home. Ultimately
we have adequately addressed the issues self-education, buyers are exploring and produced. as these concepts, and others, become cost-
of constructing homes to meet our basic demanding unconventional concepts that In the near future, look for “gray water” efficient, they will become standardized
needs, which has allowed us to focus with are quickly becoming wildly popular and and other water reuse concepts to become and considered general practice.
greater detail on other items that have even en vogue. A review of a modern a standard component in each home. As With our newfound collective education
become the issues of our day, such as home shows that practices and products the solar cell continues to improve, as it and awareness, like the builders and dwell-
sustainability, efficiency and health. As we that only 10 years ago were considered has since its inception, it will find its way ers before us, we continue to proactively
prepare to enter a new era ushered in by a pushing the envelope have become the into the average home and won’t even be a embrace the evolving nature of the home.
greater sense of awareness and technologi- standard. Builders and product developers conversation piece. In time, individualized n Jacob Levenson owns Cavalcade
cal advancement, we have the luxury to have a responsibility to continue to address wind turbines could appear on every Custom Homes, located at 5000 Bee Caves
more deeply contemplate all aspects the this emerging demand and provide the lawn. Imagine each facet of your home Road, Suite 104. Web site:
structures we build. market with homes that recognize and managed by your computer to optimize www.cavalcadecustomhomes.com.
With the success of having long ago con- adequately address the sustainability your energy consumption ... and be easy Telephone: 306-9198.
Simone Govind Kim Wallace Carol Dochen Josh Bushner Nancy Taute Arlene Maze Jean Olson
REALTOR® REALTOR® REALTOR®, Broker REALTOR® REALTOR®, GRI REALTOR®, GRI Comptroller
ABR, GRI Office Manager CRB, CRS, ABR
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Before (left) and after A Place for Everything installed storage and reorganized a garage.
A Place for Everything
Corralling your keepsakes, using available space to its fullest
ookie and Pete Mills had
a problem. They recently
relocated to Austin and
downsized from a two-sto-
ry, 3,400-square-foot home
to a slightly smaller one-story house. The
Mills loved their new home, except for
one thing: stuff. It was everywhere.
Their new home’s storage capacity sim-
ply was inadequate to accommodate all
their belongings. They needed help.
Enter Toni and Wayne Morrison and
their storage solutions business, A Place
A Place for Everything specializes in
installing garage storage cabinets, taking A Place for Everything turns unused space
under-used space in the garage and turn- into effective storage solutions, creating storage
in such places as along walls and overhead in garages.
ing it into, as the name implies, “A Place
The business has installed garage storage cabinets
in more than 3,500 homes in Central Texas.
Cookie Mills contacted the husband-
and-wife team seeking help to solve the storage units. Then they gave her a tour “They went the extra mile,” she said. installed garage storage cabinets in more
storage problem. of the factory where the materials for “I needed some extra cabinetry at the last than 3,500 homes in Central Texas.
“I saw their ad in the mail and called, the cabinets are housed and custom cut, minute. They measured it on Tuesday and Headquartered in Georgetown, they
and their professionalism has been very and Mills chose the colors and styles she installed it on Thursday.” cater to all types of homes and families.
high since the moment they came through wanted. A few weeks later, the staff from Some customers are empty-nesters who
the door,” Mills said. A Place for Everything installed her ga- have downsized to a smaller home and
The Morrisons walked her through the rage cabinets, as well as custom flooring. A job like the Mills’ home is typical of need a new place to store junior’s soccer
whole process. Cookies Mills said the cabinets turned the kind of quality of work that A Place trophies. Others are singles living in town
The first step was to get an in-home out great, but it was working with the for Everything does. In their eight-and-a- homes who need space-saving solutions
estimate and to measure the space for the Morrisons that really impressed her. half years of business, the Morrisons have into which they can grow.
“Basically, we take a space that’s dis-
organized and overstuffed and ‘tame’ it,”
said Toni Morrison, who runs the show-
room and handles appointments, while her
husband works with estimators and cabi-
net designs. “We’ve seen garages so full
of stuff that the cars don’t even fit. We can
solve problems like that.”
A Place for Everything is clearly the
business made for the pack rat in all of us.
Gadgets, tools, decorations, doodads, your
old prom corsage, you name it — A Place
for Everything can build cabinetry to hold
all your most precious keepsakes.
To see how to organize your garage or to
Before (above) and after A Place for Everything get a free quote, call 930-3020 in Austin or
reorganized a garage. (512) 869-0954 in Georgetown, or visit the
Web site www.aplaceforeverything.net.
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Steps to an ideal nursery, for you and the baby
By Cheyenne Beard Hornburg • Linens and accessories — Save are easier to decorate around than themed For more information on creating your
The nursery is all about you, the the best for last. Linens do not usually patterns and allow you to change out ideal nursery, visit baby coco at1515-B
mother-to-be. You’ll want to make it take as long as furniture. Choose linens accessories as your child grows. Artwork W. 35th St. or call 377-2626.
comfortable and beautiful for you while that complement the style of your crib. and lighting are the finishing touches that n Cheyenne Beard Hornburg is manager
you make it safe and soothing for your Patterns such as dots and stripes or solids give your child’s room its personality. at baby coco.
little bundle of joy.
Here are a few steps to making it an
easy, joyful process:
• Color scheme — Choose a color
scheme. Most new parents these days
choose to forgo a theme. Many modern
parents begin with a color scheme that
works within their home. If your home is We don’t want to be the biggest.
We want to be the best.
in soft neutrals or rich jewel tones, feel
free to extend your favorite hues into
your child’s room.
• Furniture — Pick out your furniture
early. Many new parents are surprised to
find that most nursery furniture must be
ordered and can take as long as 12 to 14
weeks to ship. An ideal nursery will have
a crib, dresser, glider and bookcase for all
those little toys and books you’ve begun
90% of A/C units
Ninety percent of air conditioning units
are installed improperly, according to
the Advanced Energy Corp., a nonprofit
dedicated to helping utility, industrial and
residential customers improve the return
on their energy investment.
“Consumers unknowingly waste 50
cents of every energy dollar and still live
without the comfort they deserve,” said
Michael Scher, architect and owner of All
Year Heating & Cooling in Austin.
In its study, Advanced Energy found
that 85 percent of the A/C units had either
too much or too little refrigerant. Other
typical problems include over-sizing,
mismatching of indoor and outdoor units,
and improper installation of condensate
“And it’s nearly impossible to ‘correct’
a bad installation,” Scher said.
He suggests researching HVAC
“Make sure your HVAC provider offers
an installation warranty, “ Scher said.
“This protects you against defects in
materials or workmanship.”
Design and installation of your HVAC
unit is a 15- to 20-year commitment.
Choosing the right installer is key to liv-
ing in comfort for the life of your system.
All Year Heating & Cooling, an
authorized Trane dealer, has provided
expert HVAC installation in Austin since
1967. The All Year team is led by Scher,
a licensed architect and air-conditioning
contractor. He has appeared on the public
television show “This Old House” as a
Call 467-COOL today to meet with an
All Year Comfort Consultant about the
best options for your home.
Isn’t it time you called All Year? 512.759.4386 North • www.critescustompools.com • 512.402.1140 South
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Duct leaks affect Cavalcade Invites you to a
your family’s health, comfort, budget New Luxury Living Experience...
By Sharon Yamin and safe. The importance of duct systems
L eaky ductwork is one of the most
important and common problems
found in houses. Leaks in your duct system
became apparent, and air leakage and air
distribution became more important than
weather-stripping buildings. We became
not only will increase your utility bills, but NCI-certiﬁed (National Comfort Institute)
also can prevent your cooling and heating to do duct analysis and air balancing.
system from delivering the comfort you Continuing education and certiﬁcation
need. Worse yet, duct leaks can create air in air balancing, air distribution and safety
quality problems that affect the health of by BPI has made A-Plus one of Austin’s
your family. premier specialists in solving home and
The solution: a duct leakage test. business air distribution problems. A-Plus
At A-Plus Air Conditioning & Heating, auditors are BPI-trained and have certiﬁca-
we can easily determine if leaky ducts tions in “building shell specialist” and
are contributing to comfort problems and “energy analyst 1.”
high utility bills in your home. Our “duct Zoning of two-level homes that have
performance specialist” will evaluate your only one air-conditioning system is a
duct system for leaks using state-of-the-art challenge that A-Plus excels in resolving.
testing equipment. We can then show you To us, there is no reason to have homes
any problems found and also provide an where the upstairs is seven to 10 degrees
estimate to seal your duct system. After warmer than downstairs. As one of only
making the recommended repairs, we ﬁve contractors in the Austin area to be
will re-test to ensure that your cooling approved, we are able to partner with
and heating system is operating at peak Austin Energy to do “energy performance
performance. duct testing.”
A-Plus Air Conditioning & Heating is Whether your home or business needs
a locally owned company specializing in a new heating and cooling system, Our team approach ensures unparalleled quality & service
energy conservation, cooling-and-heating insulation or weatherization, improved air Passionate, creative style • No “surprise” budgeting
repairs, new system installations and duct distribution, air ducts sealed or torn ducts
repairs. replaced, call A-Plus Air Conditioning &
We have been servicing Austin-area Heating. In fact, if you just need a good,
homes and businesses since 1977. In the fast, reliable service company, A-Plus is
early 1980s, when fuel bills took their ﬁrst the right company to call. We have fast
major increase, Greg Yamin and A-Plus seven-day-a-week repair service and no
helped Austin Energy pioneer the early overtime charges for our maintenance-
energy conservation programs. We set agreement customers.
our goals to reduce both electric usage All new system estimates are free and
and bills by installing properly sized, come with a free energy audit. If your unit
high-efﬁciency cooling systems, properly is more than 10 years old, you can lower
maintaining and servicing existing sys-
Jacob Levenson, CEO
your utility bills up to 40 percent with a
tems, and making homes and ofﬁces more new high-efﬁciency cooling and heating
5000 Bee Caves Road, Suite 104
comfortable with better air distribution and system.
Austin, Texas 78746 • (512) 306-9198
improved weatherization. Call Greg, me or any of the great staff at www.CavalcadeCustomHomes.com
Over the years, we at A-Plus Air Condi- 450-1980 or check us out online at
tioning have continued to learn more about www.AplusAC.com. You can’t do better Specializing in Luxury New Home Construction
making buildings more energy-efﬁcient than A-Plus.
Special Advertising Supplement/The Jewish Outlook HOME April 2008 B7
F Picking a housecleaning service
ast-paced lifestyles, hectic sched- revolutionary residential cleaning system,
ules and a lack of free time can equipment and supplies. With more than
push housecleaning to the bottom of a quarter of a century of experience, The
the to-do list. Those looking for relief can Services cleans kitchen and bathroom and doorknobs to help stop the spread of Maids Home Services continues to exceed
turn to professionals, but before picking up floors on hands and knees and uses a grout germs. its customers’ expectations.
the phone to schedule an appointment, The brush to remove mold and mildew. They See for yourself how Nobody Outcleans For more information, call The Maids
Maids Home Services of Austin reminds even clean and remove fingerprints from The Maids, and experience the 22-Step Home Services at 419-0021 or visit the
consumers it’s important to know whom telephone receivers, light switch plates Healthy Touch® Deep Cleaning System, Web site www.themaidshomeservices.org.
you are letting into your home:
• Make sure the company is bonded
for its clientele. Should a theft occur, you
need to be protected. Some companies,
if bonded at all, protect only themselves,
not the consumer. Along with bonding,
double-check that the company is insured.
If a maid slips and falls while cleaning the
shower, your homeowner’s policy might
not cover the incident.
To ensure your safety and that of their
maids, The Maids Home Services’ team
members are bonded and insured. They
only provide team members who are
supervised, uniformed and professionally
trained to clean customers’ homes. The use
of four-member teams provides homeown-
ers an efficient, deep clean so teams are in
and out of homes without wasting time.
• Some independent housekeepers,
as well as some services, expect you to
supply all cleaning products and equip-
ment. Check out what’s included with your
With The Maids Home Services, one
of the main focuses is on environmentally
friendly cleaning solutions. By using these
types of cleaning products, The Maids
maintains the health of their employees,
as well as the health and well being of the
families for whom they clean. This is just
another way The Maids lives up to the
slogan “Nobody Outcleans The Maids®.”
• Because your satisfaction is a vital
piece of the cleaning process, make sure
the service or housekeeper you hire is
backed by a written satisfaction guarantee.
The Maids Home Services backs all
work with a 100 percent satisfaction
guarantee. If The Maids doesn’t clean an
area to your satisfaction, you can call them
within 24 hours after your cleaning and
they will reclean it — free of charge.
• Ask if employees’ references are
checked and if their residence status is
The Maids Home Services only hires
employees who have had thorough
background checks to allow the customers
to be at ease when The Maids are in their
homes. Also, all employees of The Maids
are required to fill out Form I-9, the
employment eligibility verification form,
and provide necessary employment eligibil-
ity documentation, before starting work.
Although countless maid services are
available, very few live up to the quality
and service that The Maids provides.
When evaluating your housecleaning
options, know that The Maids will
give you the healthiest, most thorough
housecleaning every visit! In fact, they are
so thorough in cleaning that 72 percent
of current customers have already recom-
mended The Maids to their family and
From kitchens to bedrooms, The Maids
Home Services’ team members clean virtu-
ally every available surface in every room
of homes on every visit. The Maids Home
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offered on consignment
Austin Home Collection is a unique blend of
new home furnishings, as well as gently consigned Making
pieces. They consign only the finest-quality items,
priding themselves on a selection that is unparalleled
in the gently consigned market.
The shop’s clients include many of Austin’s finest
interior designers, as well as those who are looking with wood
to get the best possible quality home furnishings
at a fraction of retail prices. Also, many of Austin
Home Collection’s pieces come from designers who
are changing looks for their clients’ homes.
Consigned pieces stay in the shop for a period of
three months. During that time, the pieces receive
two separate markdowns of 10 percent each. If
the item sells in that time period, Austin Home
Collection pays 55 percent of the selling price to
the consignee. If the piece doesn’t sell, you have the
option of marking it down again, picking it up from
the store or allowing the shop to arrange to donate
the piece to a charity of your choice.
Among the list of charities with which the shop
From a Victorian office in Round Rock (pictured) to a white oak kitchen
likes to work are the Austin Children’s Shelter,
table and chairs in Wimberley, a pecan sideboard in Marble Falls, and a
Christopher House and Doug’s House Hospice Care maple and African mahogany cutting board in Austin — wood from all over
Homes, and the Ronald McDonald House Charities. the world comes to Ramsey Woodworks to reflect your taste and values.
Austin Home Collection invites you to drop in At Ramsey Woodworks, they believe that because our phone books are the
and visit, browse the store and see what the friendly, same, it doesn’t mean the interiors of our homes have to be. Individual
knowledgeable staff can do for you. cabinetry, millwork and furniture for individuals
Store hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, from Ramsey Woodworks, Austin (773-0443).
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday. At Ramsey Woodworks, they believe in and love what they do for a living.
The shop is closed Mondays. They feel excited about creating furniture, doors, cabinets, chairs and
The shop is located at 5101 Burnet Road. For anything from wood. It is what they do.
more information, visit the Web site (The pictured cabinets and ceiling are part
www.austinhomecollection.com or call Michael of an office in a private residence Round Rock.)
Egan Donaldson at 377-5000 (fax: 377-5004).
Whether you are a shoe fanatic or necktie collector,
we’ll create a custom closet system just for you.
Our organization Specialists are masters
in the art of creating space, order and harmony
in your home. So, leave it to us to take your
storage spaces from chaotic to coherent.
Call today for a Free In-Home Consultation
with one of our Organization Specialists.
L IVE: stylishly 512-263-2041
O RGANIZE: aﬀordably
CLOSETS l GARAGES l PANTRIES l LAUNDRY ROOMS l AND MORE!
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The most important factor
By Gary L. Solka
Today an automated process reviews
credit history. While computerization has
made the loan process more efficient,
it also has taken out some of the
It’s important that you
know your credit score.
Everyone is entitled to
one free credit report a
year. About 25 percent
of all credit reports
can be something as
minor as additional
credit cards or more
serious, such as late payments. It is your
responsibility to ensure your credit report
Credit scores from the three major bu-
reaus (Experian, Equifax and Transunion)
range from 350 to 850. When applying
for a mortgage, your scores from all three
bureaus are obtained, and the middle score
is used for qualification.
Credit scores are based upon history.
Income level is not a factor. The longer
you have made payments on time and
as agreed, the better your score. Having
debt does not necessarily have a negative
impact. Excessive debt or high balances to
the available credit, however, can have a
Credit score ranges
Here is a breakdown of score ranges:
• 720 and up — best terms.
• 700-719 — excellent, desirable
• 680-699 — good, strong shape to buy.
• 660-679 — average (most Americans
are in this range).
• 640-659 — borderline, but should be
able to qualify.
• 620-639 — weak (requires compensat-
ing or other factors).
• 600-619 — difficult (needs work or
• Below 600 — trouble (qualification
will be difficult).
Recently, requirements changed for
some mortgage programs. Rates now
increase for every credit score drop of 20
points below 680. For example, rates for
the same program will be 0.25 percent
higher if your score is 679 vs. 681. This
can cost you thousands of dollars over the
life of the loan.
Knowing your score is the first step
to obtaining a mortgage. Once you have
reviewed your credit report, you will
know what to expect for loan terms and
n Gary L. Solka is a loan officer with
Sente Mortgage, 901 S. MoPac Blvd.,
Bldg. IV, Suite 125. For more information,
contact him at 637-9900 or
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“Ellen (Jackson)’s expertise and Cabinet Solutions
made our remodel enjoyable every step of the way.
With our input, Ellen designed a kitchen that harmonizes
perfectly with the rest of the house and that includes
the features we wanted at an affordable price.”
— Revé Shapard
One of Cabinet Solutions’ beautiful kitchen remodels of 2007.
Creating, realizing your ‘dream kitchen’
ou can create and realize your “dream
“Our new home has been kitchen” by working with the profession-
featured in a magazine, an als at Cabinet Solutions. Their experi-
architectural book and enced staff, including a certified kitchen designer,
a home tour, and these can work with you to create an imaginative,
honors could not have unique solution and can answer all your questions
about cabinetry and countertops.
happened without our
Cabinet Solutions’ showroom features displays
fabulous cabinets and from three of the nation’s best cabinet manufac-
countertops by Cabinet turers, with a wide variety of styles, woods and
Solutions. Working price ranges. From sleek contemporary to elegant
with Ellen (Jackson) traditional, Cabinet Solutions has it all. Cabinet
and her experience and Solutions has chosen suppliers known for their
imaginative ideas was a reputation and quality.
pleasure, and the quality Also, Cabinet Solutions offers high-quality
installations and can provide full remodeling
of the products and the services.
workmanship provided by For great design and quality at affordable
Cabinet Solutions were prices, stop by Cabinet Solutions, located in the
absolutely superb” Grapevine Center near West Anderson Lane and
— Susan White Shoal Creek Boulevard, at 7946 Great Northern
Blvd. Certified kitchen designers are on staff.
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The ﬁrst rule
of furnishing your grouping features
classic lines and a
home … rich, espresso ﬁnish
on ﬁnely crafted wood
at home in a loft
apartment or a West
Lake Hills guest
room, it can be found
at Collectic Home.
By Greg Greeson to heirlooms, collectibles to contemporary,
… there are no rules. functional to whimsical.
We live in wondrous times. The last few For those of us who love fine craftsman-
years have demonstrated that the ongoing ship and exquisite design, this develop-
shift from the analog to the digital age and ment is far and away the best thing ever to
the virtually instant access to information happen to the home furnishings business.
via the Internet has created a planetwide Most exciting of all, the economies of
quake of enormous proportions, literally worldwide resourcing means that these
opening a gaping, bottomless chasm into high standards in design and quality can be
which millions of outmoded business found at every price point in the spectrum.
models have fallen. Just a short list of An inexpensive side table that comes
these includes photo finishing — who ever unassembled in a box can be a marvel of
needed prints of all those blurry, under-ex- engineering; an imported buffet can have a
posed snapshots? How about being forced hand-rubbed finish that has the depth and
to buy an entire CD to get one song you color as if it possessed 100 years of patina.
liked? In a word: gone. Almost overnight, Unencumbered by the outmoded rules
these practices have disappeared. and even the guilt that could ensue if they
This fundamental shift in how consum- bought furnishings that didn’t meet the
ers interact with companies that serve our old, arbitrary standards of style, consumers
needs, wants and desires will ultimately are enthusiastically discovering that
pervade every transaction. The current every room in their home can reflect their
buzzword is “on-demand”: You will dictate personal lifestyle and tastes. If you need
your exact requirements, and a vendor will storage for your home theater equipment,
provide a product to meet them exactly. and an Asian antique cabinet fits the bill,
This shift to on-demand buying already there’s no reason it won’t coordinate
has begun to influence the environments perfectly well with a contemporary leather
in which we live. In the staid world of sectional for your family to relax in while
home furnishings — where, until recently, watching the latest DVD.
hundred-year-old manufacturers and retail- If you love your grandmother’s set of
ers were often the norm — radical new antique dining chairs, but want to place
upstarts are meeting the needs of consum- them around a practical, glass-top table, go
ers who ignore the rules of erstwhile for it. It’s your home; let it reflect your style.
artificial aesthetic styles such as Tradi- Greg
n Greeson owns Collectic Home,
tional, Southwest, Oriental or Modern. 2785 Bee Cave Road, in the Shops
Enlightened consumers are forging their of Mira Vista. Visit the Web site
own unique collections, incorporating an www.collectichome.com or contact
eclectic mix of styles ranging from classics email@example.com or 347-1616.
“We wanted to take this opportunity
to express our gratitude for the
professional manner in which you
Satisﬁed Clients assisted us. As you know, our
move to Austin took much longer
Speak the Loudest. than expected. Your patience and
ﬂexibility in meeting our needs was
“We wish you continued success
in the future and if we need a
real estate agent we rest assured,
we will contact you. We will also
mention our wonderful experience
working with you to our friends.”
– Brad and Melissa H
Brian Kerman REALTOR®
Team Kerman Real Estate & Investments
RE/MAX Austin Advantage
Cell: 512-921-4490 • Ofﬁce: 512-219-3030
www.briankerman.com • firstname.lastname@example.org
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Hardwood floors add warmth, beauty to any home
By Daryl Weinman the JCC and secure in sharing our lives, of your new hardwood floor. taste and décor, we would recommend
ustin Hardwood Flooring, our children and ourselves with Austin’s Installation has come a long way high gloss in formal areas of the home,
a third-generation family Jewish community. since 1946. Today, an array of beautiful such as a formal dining room, and semi-
business, offers the best in Austin Hardwood Flooring offers an hardwood floors can be installed over any gloss or satin finish for more commonly
hardwood flooring to the extensive range of hardwood flooring type of subfloor. For example, solid woods used areas of the home, such as the family
Greater Austin area. products, from the exotic woods (such as are generally nailed to a wooden subfloor, room, kitchen, entryway, hallway, stairs
My grandfather Sam Weinman started Brazilian cherry, bamboo, peroba, timbora- such as found in pier-and-beam construc- and bedrooms.
the original Hardwood Flooring Inc. in na, tauari, teak and rosewood) tion or in upper levels of a Why should you choose hardwood
1946. He was a Polish immigrant, brought to the more traditional (such home. For concrete subfloors, for your home? Hardwood floors add a
to this nation when he was nine years as red and white oaks, pine, however, we would recom- beautiful and natural touch. They also
old to escape the anti-Semitism and poor maple, hickory, mahogany and mend an engineered floor that add value to your home and are highly
treatment of the Jewish people in pre-war walnut). We offer all types of would be glued or “floated” praised in the resale home market. Today’s
Poland. He started his business in 1946 by wood flooring (pre-finished, over the concrete. hardwood floors have made advances in
installing hardwood floors in the Bronx, unfinished, hand-scraped, We are often asked, “How style, durability, maintenance and care,
N.Y. By 1952, he moved the business — antiqued), cork and laminate should I choose a color?” making them more widely usable through-
and his family — to Westchester County, products. We offer custom Color is an area that is gener- out the home. With simple sweeping or
north of New York City, where he and my installations, with such added ally left to personal taste and vacuuming and occasional spot cleaning,
grandmother Sylvia opened a showroom features as pieced borders, décor. Pre-finished flooring wood floors will last a lifetime. There are
and warehouse and expanded the business. custom trim and color match- comes in many, many tones, hundreds of choices in style and color
They located in Elmsford, where the ing of unfinished flooring. so it can be relatively easy to with today’s options spanning into exotic
business continues strong today, run by Also, we offer maintenance, find the exact tone you are hardwoods. Most wood floors are available
my father, Larry Weinman, and is now the sanding and refinishing, as seeking. During an in-home in several grades in a wide range of prices.
largest hardwood flooring company in the well as repair from water estimate, our experienced sales We warmly welcome the members of
Tri-State area. or mold damage of existing associate will bring as many Austin’s Jewish community to browse our
My husband, Don Morehart, and floors. samples as you request to your showroom, speak with our experts about
I continue the tradition with Austin Don’t be fooled by the home, so that you can view the all the options available, and accept a free
Hardwood Flooring, LLC. Our children so-called great deal you found on some various shades in your light and against in-home estimate for any size job. Our
— Nathan, Benjamin and Lindsey — have out-of-town Internet site or big-box your décor. If you are looking for a custom experienced sales staff and installers are
attended preschool at the JCC Early store. The experts at Austin Hardwood color, then unfinished flooring may be the eager to introduce Austin to the wide range
Childhood Program, spent summers at Flooring have yet to meet the Internet deal best bet for you. Unfinished flooring will of wood flooring products available that are
camps K’Ton Ton and Shalom, and been in they couldn’t beat. At Austin Hardwood be finished in your home and the color can sure to add warmth and beauty to any home.
several after-school sports at the beautiful Flooring, you have the built-in assistance be mixed to match the exact shade of your For more information, visit the Web
Dell Jewish Community Campus. We have of our flooring experts. We give you the cabinetry or furniture, etc. site Austinhardwoodflooring.com or call
always felt welcomed and comfortable in option of one-stop full-service installation What about gloss? Depending on your Austin Hardwood Flooring at 444-WOOD.
Investing in Austin-area real estate market
By Brian Kerman homes, however, are mortgaged to the hilt.
During the past few years, I have met They have no equity but big loan pay-
and worked with many folks looking for ments; many owe more than the property
safe, smart, prudent investment opportuni- is worth! Equity can be “created” with us
ties. After chatting about their goals and negotiating a “short sale” with the lender.
objectives and our investment techniques, The concept behind a “short sale” is
they were pleasantly surprised at just how simple: Your goal is to persuade the bank
easy it was to “make the plunge.” to sell for less than is owed as payment in
The Austin area is one of the hottest in full.
the nation for real estate investing. The Besides short sales, we also help
primary reason is affordability, coupled investors identify and buy foreclosure
with our quality of life. Our median properties, including HUD-owned
incomes are among the nation’s highest properties and REOs (“real estate owned).
and our median cost of housing among the These homes have been foreclosed on by
lowest. This combination will provide the banks and are available for buyers and
catalyst for future appreciation. investors. Many of these are perfect “fixer
Having strong job growth, Austin is uppers,” and many of our investors “fix
the 16th-largest U.S. city and the capital and flip” or “fix and hold” — in the latter
of the second-most populous state in the case, enjoying the rental income that the
nation. Austin offers fundamentally sound property provides.
real estate investment opportunities. With Using my knowledge and experience as
this in mind, I have identified a compre- well as “the Power of RE/MAX,” I surely
hensive network of real estate investment can make your investment goals a reality.
opportunities that I am eager to share with If you are looking to become active in
my friends and fellow members of our the investment market, or are interested
Jewish community. in listing your home for sale, call me at
It was reported in the Wall Street 219-3030 or 921-4490 (cell), or e-mail me
Journal that, as the number of borrowers at email@example.com. I would
falling behind on their mortgage payments love the opportunity to help you explore
climbs, the number of “short sales” real estate investing.
increases. In a short sale, a lender lets the Visit my Web site —
property be sold for less than the balance www.briankerman.com — to learn more
due. In many cases, the lender forgives the about the services I offer and me.
remaining debt. n Brian Kerman is a Realtor with Team
Buying foreclosures can be extremely Kerman Real Estate & Investments, RE/
profitable for the investor. Most of these MAX Austin Advantage.
Special Advertising Supplement/The Jewish Outlook HOME April 2008 B13
Roof advice that can save you money
By Mark Franz surrounding areas of your property until all
new roof is one of the most debris is completely removed. Don’t drive
important decisions you will ever your vehicles into the driveway until the
make when upgrading your home. contractor has swept it clean.
Especially on higher-end homes, the • Do not forget to have your contractor
difference between an average shingle and inspect all gas furnace and water heater
an upgraded product can mean thousands exhaust vent pipes to ensure they have not
of dollars in lost resale value. Curb appeal become accidentally disconnected from the
is what makes your home valuable appliances, all the way through the
to prospective buyers. attic and out above the roof. (Gas
Going to stay in your home vent pipes cannot be allowed to
for a lifetime? Then don’t miss come in contact with the wood
out on the joys of owning the decking/ceiling of your attic.
most beautiful roof on your block! This is a serious fire hazard and
It may be a cliché, but one of the big- against Building Code.)
gest mistakes when re-roofing is being • Do not make final payment to the
“penny-wise and pound-foolish.” “Saving” contractor until you have inspected your
a few hundred dollars up front often costs new roof and building exteriors for quality
homeowners thousands down the road — and a satisfactory cleanup of your property.
not counting the hassles and potential n Mark Franz is president of Armadillo
damage that can come from a leaking or Roofing & Exteriors. For a consultation,
improperly designed roofing system. visit the Web site ArmadilloRoofing.com
A serious maintenance mistake made call 828-6389 or
is to let undetected slow leaks go without
repair. Most slow leaks in roofs do not
result in stains to the ceilings … and will
slowly rot the decking under the shingles;
as well as possibly cause hidden mold in
your attics and walls, which could result in ASID
a very serious health hazard.
Top 10 do’s and don’ts
• Do invest some time to enhance the
value of your home. If you’re going to do
it, then do it right … spend what it takes to
get more value out of your investment.
• Do choose a reputable contractor with
longevity in the community, liability insur-
ance, verifiable references, certification by
a shingle manufacturer, and a solid labor
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Cable TV vs. satellite: what’s best for your home?
magine you are at the threshold of Demand — BEVOD, featuring Longhorn you ask a rep from a satellite, phone and/ Internet Service in Austin.”
making the important decision of sports year-round, was created from an or competing cable company, they’ll tell The Time Warner rep can also tell you
which entertainment technology exclusive partnership between Time you they charge up to $20 more per month about digital home telephone service,
to bring into your home. You’re Warner Cable and the University of Texas. for high-definition programming on top of starting as low as $39.95 per month.
choosing between Time Warner It features such categories as Longhorn regular programming. With Digital Phone, calls anywhere in the
Cable and a satellite service. Before you Sports Center, coaches’ films, classic Regarding required HD equipment, United States, Canada and Puerto Rico
walk through the door, let’s pretend we games, exclusive interviews and more. Time Warner Cable HD converter (only are free; calls to Mexico are only nine
can hear the conversations you might have Plus, you can pause, rewind and fast- $6.99/month) and Standard service are cents a minute. Installation is free and Call
with the Time Warner Cable rep and the forward your selection with your Digital all you need to get the local broadcast Waiting, Caller ID, Call Waiting ID, Call
satellite service rep. remote. channels in high-definition, plus KLRU, Forwarding, 3-Way Calling and more are
BEVOD is an exclusive offering from Discovery HD Theater, TNT in HD, A&E included at no extra charge.
Cutting-edge technologies, HD, ESPN HD and select events on Fox Digital Phone works with your existing
Time Warner Cable, not available on
local offerings satellite. Sports HD. phones and jacks and you can keep your
To arrange installation of a satellite The best part is, there’s no additional same phone number. Plus, when you have
Local channels, equipment to buy. With satellite, you Digital Cable and Digital Phone you’ll
service, you will likely be talking to
someone in another city. You’ll ask if additional outlets could pay up to several hundred dollars get the benefit of Caller ID On TV — see
they have “News 8 Austin” and they’ll It’s natural to assume that the service for an HD receiver. who’s calling right on your TV screen.
probably say yes, thinking it’s another you’d buy from either company would When you are ready to order, ask about
include local broadcast channels and Lock up all the best
local channel. You’ll discuss long-term the savings with Time Warner’s Price
that you’d be able to watch TV in any with the Lock Guarantee. It’s simple. Just combine
contracts, south-facing roof surfaces,
credit-card authorizations and equipment room of your house. But as you speak to ‘Price Lock Guarantee’ Digital Cable, Road Runner High Speed
costs. The satellite rep will probably not the satellite rep you’ll find that satellite While the satellite rep will be at a loss Online or Digital Phone. You’ll lock in
mention the three “R’s”: rain fade, repair companies charge extra monthly fees for for words when you ask about high-speed savings on regular monthly rates for the
call quotes and roof leaks. local channels and often for additional online and telephone service, the Time next two years. Plus, you’ll consolidate all
With Time Warner Cable, you’ll equipment to watch different program- Warner Cable rep will be happy to explain your services into one convenient monthly
speak to someone who lives in Central ming in another room. Central Texas’ favorite Internet service, bill. It doesn’t get much easier than that.
Texas — someone who could have been On the other hand, the Time Warner Road Runner High-Speed Online, with Now … after listening to the two
at the same charity fun-run you attended Cable rep will assure you that you will its blazing-fast speeds, free security conversations, you’ll see that Time Warner
last weekend. You’ll talk about exciting receive local broadcast channels, plus software, Internet Parental Controls and Cable offers the most features and the
public, educational and governmental Road Runner Radio. Plus, year after year, greatest value.
technologies and robust local program-
channels. Time Warner Cable basic and Road Runner has received PC Magazine’s To the get all the best in home entertain-
ming, about which the satellite company
standard services are available in any Readers’ Choice Award for Superior ment, browse-order online at the Web site
room in the house at additional cost on a broadband service and last year was listed www.timewarnercentral.com or call Time
• Movies On Demand and HD Movies
cable-ready TV. by Austin Business Journal as the “#1 Warner Cable — anytime — at 485- 6000.
On Demand — With Digital Cable,
you can use your remote to order hit Equipment costs
Hollywood movies in an instant. Plus, You might assume that once you’ve
you can pause for up to an hour, rewind paid satellite installation costs and equip-
and fast-forward your selection. For your ment fees that the big expenses are done.
convenience, your movie is available But you’ll need to factor in costs for any
to watch as many times as you want for service calls because, with satellite, that’s
the next 24 hours. Movies On Demand an extra charge. Remember that this is one
are also available in High-Definition on topic the satellite rep might gloss over.
Channel 1001. With technology changing so quickly,
Real Movies On Demand is the wave of the equipment that satisfies your needs
the future but it’s unavailable on satellite. today can be woefully outdated a year
• News 8 Austin — Your only 24-hour from now. Especially for what they
source for news, weather, sports and traf- refer to as “advanced receivers,” such as
fic updates for Central Texas. You’ll find HD-DVRs, satellite companies can charge
up-to-the-minute local stories, a forecast up to several hundred dollars to own
every 10 minutes, live morning and equipment.
afternoon traffic reports, daily lifestyle With Time Warner Cable, however,
features and sports with a focus on local you’ll only pay a low monthly rental fee
teams and athletes. for your equipment, and all service calls
News 8 is an exclusive service for the are free. When there’s a cutting-edge
customers of Time Warner Cable and is technology you’d like to try, you can
unavailable on satellite. simply exchange your current converter
• Free On Demand — Browse through for a new one at no additional cost.
more than 36 channels to find your Unlike with some satellite companies,
favorite shows that you can watch anytime when Time Warner Cable’s equipment is
— for free! Channels include BBC obsolete, they send it back to the manu-
America, TNT, TBS, National Geographic facturer for reclamation and recycling.
and A&E, as well as four music channels. Time Warner Cable is proud to be an
Also included in the Free On Demand Austin Energy Green Choice partner. No
lineup is the popular Oxygen On Demand, satellite company, Central Texas telephone
Music Choice On Demand, Automotive company or competing cable provider can
On Demand, and channels that feature say that.
local content, such as Austin On Demand
and Lone Star On Demand: KLRU series Time Warner Cable:
and Texas Parks and Wildlife programs. home of free HD
Lone Star On Demand is available free If high-definition programming is your
to Time Warner Digital Cable customers, priority, ask your Time Warner rep about
but is unavailable on satellite. the more than 50 high-definition channels
• BEVOD: Longhorn Sports On that are available at no additional cost. If
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Custom pools bring paradise to your backyard
et’s face it — it takes quite a bit of trust to
let someone dig the biggest hole you’ve ever
seen in your backyard, promising you that
everything is going to turn out all right.
Having a pool built in an already established yard can
be extremely stressful, and choosing the right company to
build your pool can make you feel as if you are “diving”
into the deep end. How do you choose your pool contrac-
tor? What do you look for?
For first-time pool owners Julie Awad in the Lantana
community of Southwest Austin and Peg Nocera in
Steiner Ranch, it all came down to not what was said, but
what wasn’t when they selected Crites Custom Pools as
their pool contractor.
Company founders Johnny and Donna Crites, along
with their employees, have more than 50 years of
combined professional experience in the pool business.
‘Listened to what I wanted’
Awad said that owner Johnny Crites “really listened to
what I wanted and then made suggestions to help get us
there. I was impressed with how much more he listened
to my needs, rather than just telling me what he was
going to do. He spent a lot of time explaining the process
and how things would happen. He was very knowledge-
able, and you didn’t feel that you would be left out of the
Nocera, another satisfied customer, said her experience
with Crites Custom Pools was almost identical to that of
“We were a little scared going in,” Nocera acknowl-
edged. “We had spoken to several different builders and
then met with Johnny. He’s very personable and would Crites Custom Pools takes the pain out of adding summertime fun to your existing house.
actually listen to me.” They can accommodate large spaces or smaller ones.
As the job progressed, Crites Custom Pools walked the their new pool and its care. much Crites Custom Pools is dedicated to their clients.
Nocera family through each process from excavation to “We even called for help on how to heat the pool up for To find out how Crites Custom Pools can make your
completion. Christmas Day,” Nocera said, laughing. “We were OK backyard your own paradise by creating the perfect
“What I found was that we were always notified about with the spa, but when it came to using the pool, I had custom pool, don’t hesitate; call 759-4386 or visit them
what was going on,” she said. “Everyone showed up questions.” online at www.critescustompools.com.
when they said they were going to be there.” Also, in addition to their award-winning pool designs,
Also, Nocera said, Crites Custom Pools’ friendly staff
Dedication to clients
Crites also creates poolside environments that include
has always been available to answer questions regarding It was at that point, Nocera said, that she realized how spas, decks, fencing and landscaping.
Special Advertising Supplement/The Jewish Outlook HOME April 2008 B17
Natural stone: a tradition of fine quality, craftsmanship
ince 1915, Southwest Marble rather than one of the new synthetic
& Granite Works has been of- materials?
fering the finest stone products Even the finest synthetics can’t match
to Central Texas. natural stone’s natural range of colors, nor
The “Stasswender” name is synonymous Photos show are they nearly as versatile, durable or long
with granite and marble in the Austin area, a kitchen lasting.
and the company continues to be family- before (at left)
• Do marble and granite require any
and after a
owned and -operated. special care?
Anton Stasswender, an immigrant from Marble and granite are easier to main-
with use of
Bavaria, bought out his employers in 1915 natural stone. tain than you’d expect.
with the help of a pair of widely known Granite is a worry-free surface that prac-
Austin figures, named Littlefield and tically takes care of itself. It is extremely
Zilker. Sound familiar? durable, stain-resistant and easy to care
Gaining the reputation of running a for. Hot pots and pans won’t damage the
rock-solid, reputable Austin landmark. surface, and it won’t chip, scratch or crack
Stasswender’s son, Bob, took over the under normal use. Cutting boards are
company until 1989, when the rest of recommended to protect your knives from
the family decided to concentrate on becoming dull. Once sealed (normally
the monumental side of the business when installed) it should not stain.
(Stasswender Memorials). Bob, however, Marble isn’t quite as worry-free. It has
opted to do what he loved best — working a softer, less stain-resistant surface than
and fabricating dimensional stone — under granite and should be treated like a fine
the new name Stasswender’s Southwest piece of wood. Spills should be wiped up
Marble & Granite Works Inc. immediately, and coasters should be placed
The tradition of fine quality and under beverage glasses to prevent staining
craftsmanship continues today with each and etching. Take precautions to avoid
piece of stone cut and polished. The scratching the stone. Marble is especially
machinery might have been updated, some susceptible to damage from citric acids,
new faces added and the location changed, alcohols and oils. With proper care, its
but Stasswender, a third-generation stone beauty will last for generations.
mason, hopes to pass down his legacy to
the next generation of Stasswenders and so Granite facts
on and so forth. • Nearly impossible to scratch. In most
The company’s fabricators and installers cases you will dull your knives before you
have more than 100 years of combined scratch your counter top.
experience in natural stone, while the more confident with their choices. Marble shines best, though, in the bath. • Accepts hot pots and pans right from
office and sales staff’s combined profes- Some of the most frequent questions she You can use it on almost every surface your oven/burner without a trace of
sional experience exceeds 60 years. gets are: in the bathroom, including vanities, tub scorching.
Clara Rakoover, sales manager, joined • Which stone should I use where? decks, shower walls and flooring. • Once sealed, granite will not stain
the team almost four years ago. Her past It depends on the effect you want to • What about cost? under normal everyday use, if ever.
experience of working for Fed Ex for 14 achieve and how much use or abuse the Initially, marble and granite cost about • Does not harbor bacteria.
years helps strengthen the relationship stone will be subjected to. the same as other solid surfaces, but price • The surface is unaffected by citric acid,
between her and Southwest Marble. Both Granite is striking, functional and the must be weighed against performance. The coffee, tea, alcohol, wine, etc.
have the same values of being the best at most durable of the natural stones. These durability, longevity and natural beauty of • Generally lasts forever.
what they do, i.e. integrity, professionalism traits make it ideal for kitchen counter marble and granite will usually outlive the • Since all granites are made by nature,
and going above and beyond the call tops, accent islands, bar tops, everyday home’s occupants. no two are the same. All slabs should be
of duty. Her dedication and experience dining tables and many other uses. More Marble and granite are far more valuable reviewed and approved for each project.
continue to help the company grow. and more people are choosing granite for than synthetics in much the same way that Southwest Marble & Granite Works
Rakoover’s success has been “educat- bathrooms and fireplaces as well. diamonds are more valuable that rhine- guarantees that the granite used for your
ing” the clients. She feels that, if people Marble is the most elegant and luxurious stones. The depth and character of natural counter tops will all come from the same
are taught about stone, it helps them better of stones. Marble’s beauty will last for stone cannot be matched by any man-made bundle, assuring that all surfaces will
understand why they might want to use generations. It is versatile enough for use surface. Natural stone does not depreciate match in color and pattern.
stone in their homes. With this information throughout the home: fireplace facings, or- with time and adds value to your home. For more information, call Rakoover at
they can make good decisions and feel namental furnishings, walls, windowsills. • Why should I choose granite or marble 587-2303.
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How to identify, remove, prevent mildew about the best I’ve ever
By Kelly Brown These spores can grow on any surface pressure washer. –George H.
T he presence and prevention of
mildew growth on surfaces is of great
on which they are deposited. Organic
matter, wood, paper, leather and paint are
some of the most hospitable surfaces for
A bit of caution is needed here with
the bleach. Do not mix with ammonia
or detergent containing ammonia. These
“Give Georgia an award
for exceptional service
So let’s review types and causes, mold growth, since they are nutrients on mixtures can cause vapors that, if inhaled, and dedication to her
identification and removal, and preven- which mildew feeds and grows. are harmful. clients.”
tion of mildew. Let’s also examine the Identifying mildew is the first step of Soon after the surface has been cleaned –Daniel F.
effectiveness of popular surface cleaning its elimination. Mildew on a paint film is and dried, a high-quality paint with mildew
techniques, mildewcides in paint, and the easily distinguished from dirt by placing a resistance should be applied. There is no “Georgia deserves every
advisability of post-additives in paint. drop of Clorox on the affected area. If the assurance that any coating will not again
note of praise I could
Mildew is a major cause of the disfigura- dark specks disappear quickly, within a become stained. The best defense rests
tion of painted exterior surfaces. Mildew or sing.”
minute or two, it’s mildew. with proper surface preparation and the use
molds are fungi that live abundantly in most –Howard Y.
A mild solution of one-quart bleach and of a quality exterior coating system by a
environments. Mildew growth is propagated three quarts water in a pump sprayer will qualified professional painting contractor.
by airborne microscopic spores that continu- remove the mildew and most of the dirt n Kelly Brown owns The Brown Paint Co.
ally travel through the atmosphere. with the help of either a power nozzle or (www.brownpaint.com or 506-9740).
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Expertise at cleaning all kinds of surfaces
he Steam Team is a true Austin attended Westlake High School. A long stabilize the business to prepare it for sale.
original, the only locally series of jobs followed, including selling The business was struggling. The Steam
owned, full-service cleaning, lemonade, picking up golf balls, at the Team was deep in debt, with troublesome
restoration and catastrophe- Austin Country Club snack bar, and at a legal problems, tax issues, equipment
management company in the greater area. summer camp. Marquardt’s first real busi- in disrepair, and a workforce with low
The Steam Team serves homeowners ness was a lawn-care venture he started in morale. Marquardt took out more than
and businesses with a wide range of Austin’s Lost Creek neighborhood. $100,000 in loans on credit cards and
services, meeting both routine and As a college student at the University of commuted for three years from San
emergency needs with prompt, expert, Texas, Marquardt worked as a runner for Antonio, where his wife was in medical
guaranteed service. a law firm and at his fraternity house. He school, to turn the business around. He
Founded in Austin in 1983, The Steam graduated from UT in 1997 with a degree resolved the legal and tax problems,
Team has steadily expanded its service in marketing and corporate communica- cleaned up the company’s vehicles, and
offerings and was named one of Austin’s tions. After graduation, Marquardt worked developed a strong employee education
fastest-growing companies by the Austin in several high-tech sales jobs before program. Gradually, The Steam Team
Business Journal in 2003. The company moving to San Antonio for a job in began to branch out to provide services
has built its reputation on performing medical sales. beyond carpet cleaning — ducts, grout
beyond even the highest expectations, Born in 1974, Marquardt spent much of In 1999, Marquardt’s stepfather, John and tile, and hardwood and stone floors.
with greater professional focus and his childhood in Columbus, Ohio. His first Lasch, died while jogging on Austin’s n Contact David Marquardt of The
personal involvement than its competitors. job, at age 10, was delivering newspapers Hike & Bike Trail. Marquardt quit his job Steam Team, 1904 W. Koenig Lane, at
From initial consultation and planning, on his bicycle. He moved with his mother and returned to Austin to help his family davidm@thesteam- team.com, 451-8326
through project management, catastrophe and two brothers to Austin in 1983 and with the funeral arrangements and to or 947-8562.
management, reconstruction and
restoration, the staff of The Steam Team is
professional, dedicated and enthusiastic.
The result has been thousands of satisfied
clients, an impressive roster of successful
projects and the highest standards in the
A specialty of The Steam Team, setting
it apart from competitors, is expertise at
cleaning all kinds of surfaces, including
stone, granite, concrete, tile and grout, and
even sisal and sea grass. The staff educa-
tion program includes specialized training
in the care and cleaning of these surfaces,
which have become much more popular in
President and CEO David Marquardt
and his staff are proud to be part of a
strong company that has been locally
owned and operated for 25 years. The
Steam Team was voted one of Austin’s
Best Places to Work in 2004. Also that
year, Marquardt was invited to join
the prestigious Young Entrepreneurs
Organization, a group of business profes-
sionals under age 40 who are the owners,
founders, co-founders or controlling
shareholders of a company with annual
sales of at least $1 million.
Many of The Steam Team’s current
clients have remained loyal since the
company’s founding and have recom-
mended the business to their friends. The
Steam Team has a long list of prominent
and celebrity clients. As the company
has become more successful, The Steam
Team has made community involvement
a priority, becoming a major donor to the
American Red Cross of Central Texas and
a supporter of other such worthy local
organizations as Spamarama and Austin
Sunshine Camps through the Bun Run.
Things weren’t always so rosy. In 1999,
Marquardt did not expect the business to
survive to see its 20th anniversary.
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Who wants Garage doors —
a spa? a design component of every home
By The Spa Doctor W ith the advent of steel garage
doors, many homeowners have
cedar with a growing popularity for
exotic hardwood species, such as cypress,
I took a personal finance class in col-
lege and our professor always said,
“Diversify, diversify, diversify.” Buying a
had no choice but to neglect the garage
door as a component of the home’s
mahogany, tiger wood and benak. Typi-
cally these doors are known as carriage
overall design. Stamped raised-panel house wood garage doors, where the door
hot tub? The Spa Doctor says, “Wet test, garage doors account for 90 percent of design mimics swing-open carriage house
wet test, wet test.” lawsuits. Get a minimum of five refer- the garage doors installed on homes in doors of yesteryear and features vertical
Out of 100-plus spa manufacturers, only ences that are more than three years old. the United States. While a stamped raised design configurations or arches that
a few will pass The Spa Doctor’s test. Finally, take notes when speaking with panel steel garage door may be the least conform to a home’s architecture.
Coleman, Sundance, HotSpring, Jacuzzi, a salesperson, and call the manufacturer costly means to manufacture a garage Another design choice that is growing
Dimension One, Artesian and Coast are to confirm what the salesperson said. door, it offers a poor design choice for the in popularity in Central Texas is the
all excellent manufacturers and have local Most spa dealers pay their salespeople a architecture of most homes in America. commercial-grade glass/aluminum ga-
dealers here in Austin. Many of these commission. Once the sale is completed, Garage Doors account for 30 percent rage door. These doors feature aluminum
manufacturers buy their parts (acrylic they are unconcerned about the chemicals of the front elevation of the average railing and an array of glass choices with
shell, control panels, motors, jets, etc.) or additional support that customers will house in the United States. A raised the most popular being obscure frosted
from the same companies. So how can one need. panel steel garage door, while a good glass, which is translucent but obscure
dealer say they are better than the rest? Be careful what you read on the Internet choice from Colonial architecture, is a enough to disallow visible exposure
When looking at spa manufacturers, and in publications that promote a manu- bland element in Spanish, contemporary, of the actual garage. These doors look
focus on three things: the acrylic, struc- facturer. This is advertising and lacks real craftsman, California ranch and many fantastic on California ranch-style homes
ture, and a synthetic cabinet and base. research, a la Consumer Reports, that other architectural styles that dominate or any houses with modern/contemporary
When going to look at spas, see if you provides a detailed analysis of the product Central Texas. features. If the garage light is on at night,
can pick up on the edge of the acrylic. If with a rating system. Just because one Enter the renaissance of custom wood the frosted glass doors glow with the
yes, you will most likely have cracking manufacturer has a dozen awards does not garage doors. emitted light, casting a beautiful soft
or blistering problems down the road. A mean that particular product is a good one. Wood garage doors were the only lighting that is reminiscent of Japanese
blistered or cracked shell is not an easy or Once you have narrowed down your type of residential garage door available shoji screen doors.
cost-effective repair. A good shell is made focus between manufacturers and spa before the 1970s but were derided as Homeowners now have a choice of
of acrylic and reinforced with an adhesive dealers, you need to look at what makes doors that demanded frequent mainte- garage doors to conform to the architec-
and fiberglass layer. the product fit your needs. Comfort, nance and had short life; hence, low-cost, ture of their homes and are not limited
The structure of the spa is equally as therapy and space are all things to low-maintenance steel doors replaced to bland steel garage doors, which blight
important. Manufacturers that use a metal consider in your purchase. How many them. Most older wood garage doors of so many homes across the region. Rather
frame over wood will typically be able to people are you accommodating? Do you that era, however, were made from cheap than being an afterthought, garage doors
provide a lifetime warranty. A wood base want a lounge? Or maybe two? Is the wood species for railing and typically now can add to a home’s curb appeal.
will eventually rot after time. Keep in spa too deep or short? As The Spa Doctor featured pressed fiberboard for panels — For more information, contact Hill
mind there will be about 4,000 pounds of both a poor choice for exterior usage. Country Garage Doors, 2340 W. Braker
mentioned before … wet test, wet test,
water in an average size spa. Today’s custom wood garage doors Lane, Suite E, at 977-7200 or visit the
Lastly, pick a spa that has a synthetic are made of weather- and insect-resistant Web site www.hillcountrydoors.com.
If a dealer does not want you to wet
cabinet and base. Synthetic material will test their product, you should ask yourself
not fade, crack or peel, so you will not
have to sand, stain or seal the cabinet.
why. Buying a spa, for most of us, is
a major purchase. You want to ensure
We live here...
Today, most manufacturers have a
When buying a spa, it is recommended
that the spa is going to provide years
of comfort and therapy. Make sure you
wet test the spa you are going to buy,
We Lend Here.
to buy from a local dealer instead of big- not another similar model. Some dealers
box chains (such as Home Depot, Lowe’s
Purchases • Reﬁnances/Home Equity • Investment Property
will tell you that each spa is the same.
and CostCo), factory direct companies Although the pressure will most likely
(such as ThermoSpas and HydroSpas) or be the same in some models, the mold of Gary L. Solka
online retailers. These companies will sell the shell and ergonomic seating will be Mortgage Consultant
you a spa, but are extremely difficult to different in each spa. Keep in mind that
reach when you need help with service, more jets does not mean better therapeutic firstname.lastname@example.org
chemicals, accessories, etc. This is where value. More jets means that they are www.GarySolka.com
your local spa dealer will excel. smaller and will provide less therapy. 901 S. Mopac, Bldg IV, Ste 125
Your local spa dealer is a big factor in Lastly, spas are therapeutic and can Austin, Texas 78746
the decision-making process. Not all local be considered medical equipment with 512-637-9900
spa dealers are professional; some will say a prescription from a doctor or licensed Loan Ofﬁcer #71362
whatever is needed to win a sale. Keep in chiropractor.
mind that most spas will carry a five-year Who is ready to get wet? The Spa
parts-and-labor warranty. Doctor is available a for free consultation
Make sure to ask how long your dealer 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10
has been in business. Perform searches on a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Contact Lone Star
the Web site of the Central Texas Better Spas & More, 13497 Research Blvd., at
Business Bureau for any complaints. 257-SPAS (7827), or visit the Web site
Search the county courthouse for any www.lonestarspas.biz.
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We know our business and
we love what we do.
Shoal Creek Nursery is a complete garden center and superb resource for Austin
gardeners. We offer a full range of landscape plants, fountains, pottery, and
gardening supplies for your outdoor living space, all at a competitive price.
Our park-like grounds include an acre and a half of beautiful plants, including:
perennials, annuals, herbs, seasonal vegetables, shrubs, trees.
Our staff represent 34 years of combined experience growing plants. We put
this rich knowledge base to the service of our clients, assessing your needs and
offering professional advice. Our expertise insures that we only sell high-quality
plants that are well adapted to the local environment.
Doors for your home
Double mahogany doors feature a contemporary glass design, using European hand-blown 2710 Hancock Drive • Austin, TX 78731
stained glass. These doors are finished with an Ebony penetrating oil stain. For more about 512-458-5909
these and other products, call Doors & Co., 6409 Burnet Road, at 454-3303. www.shoalcreeknursery.com
Or visit the Website www.doorsandcompany.com.
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‘We replaced an underutilized
and disorganized corner of the
master closet with double-hang,
adjustable shelves, drawers and
a hamper,’ says Ken Welling,
owner of Closet Tailors. ‘This
maximized the corner space while
creating endless versatility.’
‘The existing wire shelving,
tote boxes and shoe shelves
were an organization nightmare,’
Closet Tailors owner Ken Welling says.
‘We reorganized this space
with double-hang and adjustable shelves
to create a fully adjustable system
to keep everything in its place.’
Before After After
Get your home organized, from closets to pantry to garage
o you often find yourself
digging through your closet in
“Ken (Welling) recently designed and
a vain attempt to find specific
item of clothing, or pair of installed closet organization systems
shoes buried on the floor somewhere? Do in three closets of my home. All three
you sometimes buy items for your pantry posed challenges because they were
only to discover that you already had it oddly shaped in one way or another.
buried in the back? Wouldn’t it be nice Ken’s designs were creative and all
to get both cars in the garage? Does your have added more storage and more
laundry room seem cluttered and lack a accessible storage to these spaces.
place for temporary hanging?
I love my new closets!”
Closet Tailors specializes in organizing
— Vivian Picow
your closets, pantry, laundry room, garage,
home office and more — elegantly and
affordably. They believe that an organized
a perpetual source of chaos and stress. In
home is a happy home!
fact, it is one of my favorite rooms in the
Save time by having everything at
house! You made a project that I expected
your fingertips, save money by reducing
to be a big hassle pleasant, smooth and
dry cleanings and pressings, protect
hassle-free. As you know, we looked at all
your possessions by getting shoes and
accessories off the floor. Let Closet Tailors the custom closet companies and are very
Before After glad we picked you. We would recom-
help you increase your home’s value and
marketability by organizing your space for ‘Due to the security box and outlet on one wall, this corner was a large wasted space,’ mend you and Closet Tailors to anyone
life! An organized home is less hectic, and says Ken Welling, who owns Closet Tailors. ‘We took advantage of this space who asked.”
with double-hang on one wall and a full tower of adjustable shoe shelves on the opposing wall. Mrs. Keitha Goodwin:
you’ll be able to feel pride in your home,
There was even room for the sewing machine box in the bottom of the corner!’ “I love my valet rod; I’ve used it every
show it off!
This is how Closet Tailors gets you • All Closet Tailors products carry an master closet turned out and greatly appre- day! It’s great being able to see all of
organized for life: unconditional lifetime guarantee. ciate the time you took to work with us on my clothes and not having everything
• Free in-home consultation — Evaluate • Closet Tailors is dedicated to excellent defining the best layout for the space. The scrunched up together. The extra shelves
your needs; take linear measurements of customer service. final design which you came up with gives have doubled my storage space. The shoe
room space and possessions; and recreate Here is what some of their customers us all the features we were hoping for and tower is the greatest. I can see all of my
your space in 3D virtual solution specific have to say about Closet Tailors and what uses the space in the closet exceptionally shoes instead of digging underneath my
to your needs. home organization has accomplished for well. I never believed I would have extra hanging clothes to find them. Thank you
• Quick order-to-installation time frame them: room in that closet, but I do! Walking so much!”
(now two to three weeks). Mrs. Gina Edwards: into my closet in the morning is a now a For more information, visit the Web site
• Expert installation. “Ken, we are thrilled about the way our very pleasant experience instead of being www.closettailors.com or call 263-2041.
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An inexpensive way to attain a new look
By Jim Hurst designs of antique lamps and come in delightful candle lanterns in too many
K nobs and a lot more …
For more than 16 years, this little
knob shop has been supplying Austin
several finishes and in models for the floor
and table as well as sconces and ceiling
sizes, shapes and colors to mention,
but you can find just the right ones for
homeowners with one of the largest Beautiful, hand-blown glass imported In addition to wonderful selections
selections of cabinet knobs and pulls in from Murano, Italy, is the focal point of of hardware and lighting, Architects &
the area. Whether you are remodeling your lights from CX Designs. These wonderful Heroes By Design is the perfect place to own
entire home or redoing a piece of furniture, lamps are available in many colors and find that special gift you have been looking very special place.
replacing or adding decorative hardware is shapes that will add a special touch to for. From antiques to candles to jewelry, Jim
n Hurst owns Architects & Heroes By
an inexpensive way to get a new look! any room. One- to six-drop chandeliers if it is unique and different, A & H tries to Design, located at 4700 W. Guadalupe,
Architects & Heroes By Design offers are available as well as sconces and table have it. Come by and let us help you find Suite 8 (in The Triangle). Visit the Web site
thousands of choices of knobs and pulls lamps. Also imported from Turkey are what you need to make your home your www.shopheroes.com or call 467-9393.
for any look you are seeking. Styles and
finishes run from sublimely simple to
spectacular. Pieces from artists such as
Michal Golan and Edgar Berebi are crafted
Remember our Name. And Relax
with semi-precious stones and plated in
gold or silver and are like jewelry for ™
your home! More rustic designs would
be a perfect fit in a Hill Country home or
lake cottage. Finished in chrome, brushed Saunas • Pool Tables • Game Tables • Hammocks • Grills • Waterfalls • Darts
nickel or stainless, some designs define
modern and will bring your kitchen into
the new century!
Decorative hardware for the bath is
also available in many styles and finishes.
Towel bars, rings and hooks, tissue holders
and other items finished in brass, bronze,
chrome and polished nickel
will give your
home a look all
its own. Wonder-
ful pieces of
hardware are available that are true to the
style and period they represent.
A & H features the complete line of door
hardware from Emtek. Finishes in bronze,
satin steel, flat black and rust are available 13497 Research Blvd. l 512-257-SPAS (7827) l www.lonestarspas.biz
in dozens of styles and combinations.
Passage sets, privacy locks, dead bolts
and entry sets are available in matching
finishes. Styles of knobs and lever-
operated locks to blend with any décor are
available as well.
This little shop at 4700 W. Guadalupe,
Suite 8, in The Triangle is the place to
find that very unusual and special light
fixture you’ve been seeking. Architects
& Heroes By Design stocks a quality line
of functioning pulley lamps imported
from Turkey in decorative styles such as
mission, craftsman and art nouveau. These
are newly manufactured lamps based on
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Leaves clog a house’s roof gutter (above)
before being equipped
with the Gutter Helmet,
a patented design that works
regardless of the roof type
or the amount of rain.
Never clean your gutters again
N ecessity is the mother of invention
and when mother grew tired of
cleaning the gutters, along came Gutter
to spend your Saturday cleaning out the
In the late 1970s, an engineer figured
Helmet. If your gutters are full of leaves, how to use the physics of water so he’d
growing miniature trees and breeding all never have to clean his gutters again. He
kinds of insects, then you are aware of found that if he could slow the water down
the never-ending chore and dangers of a bit and spread the water out evenly, all
cleaning rain gutters. the water would adhere to the surface up
This year, Gutter Helmet celebrates to 22 inches of rain per hour — twice the
its 27th anniversary and lives up to the heaviest in the United States.
motto: “The First. The Best. The #1 Gutter The engineer took a flat piece of alumi-
Protection System.” num and textured it similar to the gravel of
Gutter Helmet began the whole gutter a composition roof. He then ribbed the top
protection industry, and the patented to spread the water out so it had an even
design works every time, no matter the flow over the front edge. Water is sticky
type of roof or the amount of rain. Many and wants to adhere to a surface; that’s the
imitators come and go because they miracle of how the Gutter Helmet works,
can’t live up to the hype, but the original spreading the water out evenly so that no
remains and you “Never Clean Your matter how much it rains the water adheres
Gutters Again.” to the surface.
Austin Gutterman, Central Texas’ oldest Gutter Helmet’s nose is not smooth; it
and largest gutter company, searches for has bends in the metal so that the leaves that
the best products to offer its customers to are adhering to the water as it comes down
permanently solve problems. They found the roof lose their surface adhesion when
Gutter Helmet so you don’t have gutter they hit the bends in the metal. Then he hid
maintenance, don’t risk injury from falling the gutter completely under the hood with
off a ladder, don’t cut your hands or have See next page
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Hints on preparing
your house for sale
By Georgia Levin Realtor to give you any ideas and feedback
ere are some helpful tips on how to
get your house ready to put on the
on arranging furniture to make the rooms
• Take care of obvious repairs — All
• Simplify and “de-clutter” — Most obvious minor repairs should, if possible,
important is to look at each room in your be attended to. Some minor painting might
house and see how enhance a room’s ap-
you can simplify pearance. Sometimes
or “de-clutter” the changing carpets
room. We all collect for a nominal cost
souvenirs and love (which could be paid
to display them, but for at closing) can
when selling your give a house a fresh,
home you want the clean look.
eye to focus on the • Pre-inspection
room size and not — Have your home
be distracted by inspected by a
personal items. certified inspector
• Empty closets before the home
— Try and make goes on the market.
your closets as This puts you in a
neat and empty as stronger negotiating
possible; if neces- position and makes
sary, rent a storage space for items you you aware of some problem areas.
are not really needing at the time, such as n Georgia Levin, GRI, CRS, ABR, is
winter coats. with Amelia Bullock Realtors. Call her at
• Staging your home — Ask your 461-2051.
From previous page dealer, and is a “Lifetime, Transferable
Performance warranty.” As long as that
a nose forward design so that the debris building stands it has the warranty and it
that fell from the Gutter Helmet would is transferable from owner to owner, no
completely miss the front of the gutter. matter how many times it sells. And the
Gutter Helmet slides under the singles performance warranty is that the down-
and is held in place by a bracket on the spouts will never clog, the gutters will not
fascia. fill with debris and all the water up to 22
There are no nails, screws or staples inches of rainfall will flow into the gutter.
through shingles or roof decking. There is This permanent solution to one of
a second kind of bracket that is used with the most dangerous, dirtiest and often
metal, tile or flat roofs. It extends the roof overlooked home maintenance chores is
by five inches over any kind or size of available exclusively from Austin Gutter-
gutter and fits on existing gutters. man. Call 450-1821 for more information
The warranty is the best in the industry, or visit the Web site
held by the manufacturer not the local www.austingutterman.com.
Collectic Home is a lofty, upscale new furniture store
created with one decorating rule in mind:
there should be no rules.
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brought into kitchen, bath design
hil and Patti Rudick established home or office. He is able to handle your
Urban Kitchens & Baths in 1980, project from conception to completion.
making it the oldest kitchen- When you hire a professional to design
and-bath firm owned and operated by a the most personal rooms in your home,
registered architect, in Texas. don’t you think you should know more
This experience is brought to every about him? Visit the Web site
kitchen and project the firm creates. www.urbankitchens.net to learn more
They understand that your home is your about Phil Rudick, his design philosophy
domain. Their intention is to design your and Urban Kitchens & Baths products.
interior spaces to fit with the culture of
your lifestyle, your tastes, your needs and
your budget. They will implement design
ideas and products that will stand the test
Over the years, Urban Kitchens & Baths
has worked hard to meet the needs of the
community, carefully selecting products
that fit most budgets and lifestyles. The
firm’s designs range from contemporary
to traditional, as well as “old world”
and country. At Urban Kitchens, they
only represent the finest in custom
cabinetry made exclusively for you and
your project. You can customize your
furniture-quality cabinetry to suit your
specifications of wood, finish and design.
The firm’s cabinets are suitable for any
room in your home, from the kitchen
to the dining room, home office, home
entertainment and bathrooms.
As with any professional business,
Urban Kitchens & Baths’ showroom and
office hours are operated on an appoint-
ment basis. To ensure the highest degree
of expertise and attention, every customer The Handshake of
works exclusively with owner/architect Your Home
Phil Rudick through the entire project. He
is open and available for consultations and
collaboration with your architect, interior Unique Doors & Hardware Stained & Beveled
designer and builder.
As a registered architect, Rudick can
do not only the space planning of your 6409 Burnet Road Austin, Texas 78757 (512) 454-3303 Fax (512) 454-6366
kitchen and bath but also remodeling and www.doorsandcompany.com
new construction design for your entire
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An Inexpensive Way To Get A New Look!
A resource for gardeners
roam an acre
and a half
of plants or
Customers get special attention in choosing lamps, shades
By Marty Moore Bringing your lamp with you assures the stores, but you don’t have salespeople to
L amps & Accessories has been serving
Central Texas for 36 years with a
strong customer-service philosophy.
proper fit for your lamp. Proportion is the
key in finding the right shade for your
help you fit them into your home.
I look at my store as a “boutique” type
of store, where the level of service is
The Riha Family owned the store In years past, the ratio of lamp-to-shade directed toward the customer in a fashion
until 2004, when I bought it. Before sales was 40:60, but those tables have that pleases both of us when they leave
the purchase, I had worked there for 14 turned; it’s now 60:40. Lamps & Accessories. This is reflected in
years to continue my love for the home Many customers are choosing to update the many customers who have returned
furnishings business. I enjoy this business their lamps and scale down from the over the years, remarking how happy they
so much and feel this store is a reflection massive shades of the past. We are happy are that we are still here and how much
of that. to assist you with coordinating your fabric they have enjoyed the lamp or lampshade
This is more than just a lamp store. We and color scheme to achieve the look you they bought years ago! That is why I
carry an array of decorative accessories want in your room with a new lamp or a enjoy this business so much.
as well as replacement lampshades. Our shade for your existing lamp. n Marty Moore owns Lamps & Accesso-
friendly, knowledgeable staff will assist We know that you can find lamps and ries, 2210 W. Anderson Lane. Telephone:
you with your selection of a lampshade. lampshades in an array of “big box” 454-1842. Fax: 454-1815.
Austin’s number one destination
for the best selection of decorative
door, bath & kitchen hardware,
imported lighting, unusual gift
items , antiques & art pieces.
Architects & Heroes
Austin’s Unique Knob Shop
4700 West Guadalupe, Ste 8
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