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GUIDE 2011

                     Montgomery Village Foundation
                        10120 apple ridge road
                     Montgomery Village, Md 20886
                                            Home improvement is up to you!
                                            (and the Foundation can help)
                                                The trees will soon be bud-                  Property Improvement Request
                                            ding, the birds will be chirping                 (PIR) form to the Architectural
                                            and the snow is melting. If                      Review Board (ARB), requesting
                                            springtime and warmer tem-                       approval of the project. This is
                                            peratures have inspired you to                   because Montgomery Village
                                            pursue home improvement proj-                    is governed by covenants re-
                                            ects—or if you’re seeking advice                 quiring prior approval for all
                                            and ideas from the experts—the                   exterior changes to your home,
                                            2011 Home Improvement Guide is                   from big projects like decks, to
           Montgomery                       for you.                                         smaller spruce-ups like new
Village News                                    This annual insert, brought
                                            to you by the Montgomery Vil-
                                                                                             exterior paint.
                                                                                                For an explanation of the
                                            lage News and the Montgomery                     process, visit the MVF website
                                            Village Foundation, offers valu-                 at or
Serving the residents                       able information from local mer-                 call the Architectural Standards
of Montgomery Village                       chants specializing in anything                  Department at 301-948-0110.
                                            from yard work to roof repair.                      Many of the merchants you’ll
The Montgomery Village News is              This handy guide will serve as                   find in this guide have extensive
intended solely as a communication          your year-round resource for                     experience working on Village
vehicle of the Montgomery Village           getting the job done right and                   homes and are familiar with
                                                                                                                                          The Montgomery Village Foundation Office is located at 10120
                                            turning your home improve-                       the ARB process. Together,
Foundation. The purpose of the                                                                                                            Apple Ridge Road. Residents can stop in the office, call 301-
                                            ment dreams into reality.                        with the helpful staff of MVF’s
paper is to announce programs and               Also featured in the Home                    Architectural Standards Depart-
                                                                                                                                          948-0110 or e-mail General information about
other such material as determined                                                                                                         Foundation services is available on the website at
                                            Improvement Guide is a reader-                   ment, you can be certain that all  
appropriate or relevant to the opera-       friendly guide full of tips.                     Village communities will remain
tion of the Foundation.                         Before you begin any exte-                   as beautiful as always.                      home improvement questions,
                                            rior modification to your Vil-                      Feel free to call MVF at 301-             or about anything involving life
                                            lage home, you must submit a                     948-0110 for answers to your                 in the Village.
MVF Board of Directors
Montgomery Village Foundation
10120 Apple Ridge Road
Montgomery Village, MD 20886-
                                                                                   Index                                                                 Montgomery Village
Phone: 301-948-0110
                                               Bankers Life and Casualty Company ..................................13                                   Foundation Fast Facts
                                               Branching Out......................................................................16
FAX: 301-990-7071                              Bruzee, Alan (Long & Foster) ................................................4             Established                        1966
EMAIL:                          Burrell, Dede (Re/Max) ..........................................................3         Status                             Incorporated 501(c)(4)
MVF 24-hour Board Voice Mail:                  C.F. Alliance Insurance Services .........................................24               Mission                            To promote the health, safety
301-948-0110, press 5                          CHF Deck Co ......................................................................16                                          and welfare of the residents of
                                                                                                                                                                             the community of Montgomery
Recreation Hotline, press 7                    Continental Movers..............................................................28
                                               D.G. Liu Contractor, Inc. .......................................................9
                                                                                                                                          Annual Budget                      $7.5 million
Office hours:                                  DHC Repairs and Remodeling ............................................30                  Full Time Staff                    62
The MVF Administrative Office,                 Decorating Den Interiors......................................................24           Temporary Staff (in seasons)       225
located at 10120 Apple Ridge                   Divine Landscaping .......................................................18, 19           Operating Departments              8
Road, is open Monday through                   F.S. Campbell Company ........................................................7            Total Property Owned               330 acres
Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.                Financial Advantage Associates, Inc. ...................................9                  Village Facilities                 4 Community Centers
                                               FlowRite, Inc. ......................................................................10                                       7 Pools
                                               Four Seasons Home Improvement Company, Inc. .............36                                                                   22 Tennis Courts
Communications Manager
                                               Gaithersburg Garage Door ....................................................7                                                18 Recreation and Park Areas
Mike Conroy, ext. 2331 or
                                               Gratz Lawncare .....................................................................8                                         Public Works Center
Sales and Marketing Manager                    Green Step ..........................................................................12                                       Community/Corporation Offices
Humberto Benitez, ext. 2359 or                 Guardian Protection Services ..............................................15                                                 Natural Amphitheater                              Herson, Mike (Liberty Mutual) ............................................. 11
                                                                                                                                                                             Nature Center
Advertising Manager                            Home Visions, Inc. ................................................................8
 Jhenileen Libongco, ext. 2328 or
                                               Jackstraw, Inc. ..................................................................... 11
Assistant to                                   J.B. Kline Landscaping ........................................................22              Montgomery Village Fast Facts
Communications Manager                         Kam, Hilary (Long & Foster) ................................................35
 Roz Price, ext. 2339                          Kettler Forlines Homes. .......................................................33          Population                         40,000                                Klinger & Associates ............................................................17        Residential Units                  12,097
                                               Lifetime Windows ................................................................12        Neighborhoods                      10 Homes Corporations
Website:                                       Maid Brigade .......................................................................35                                        11 Condominium Associations or                   Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union........................................28                                                   4 Rental Complexes                                    Montgomery Tire Service.....................................................29             Established                        1966
                                               Mundle-Harvey, Venice (Allstate) ........................................29                Community Definition               Large-scale planned community
                                               Neon Painting Corporation ..................................................35             Emergency Services                 Montgomery County
The articles included in the Home                                                                                                         Zoning and Code                    Montgomery County Town
                                               Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling ................................30
Improvement Guide are provided by                                                                                                                                            Sector Zoning
paid advisers of this publication. The         Pence Remodeling, Inc. ......................................................22
                                                                                                                                          Architectural Standards            Montgomery Village Foundation
information and opinions provided within       Porter, Ross (Liberty Mutual) ...............................................23
these articles do not necessarily reflect      Reilly, Jane (State Farm) .....................................................27
the views of the Montgomery Village            Seasons Nursery, Inc. .........................................................32
Foundation, its Board of Directors,            Shanco Companies .............................................................13
representatives or staff. Residents with       Sheehan, Denise (W.C. & A.N. Miller) .................................27                     Please Note:
specific questions or concerns about the       Stern, Carol A. (Landscaping) .............................................26
information contained in these articles                                                                                                     Every exterior modification must meet established ARB ap-
                                               Sunrise Senior Living.............................................................6
should contact the advertiser.
                                               The Columbia Bank .............................................................31            plication and approval requirements regardless of whether a
The advertisements in the Montgomery           The Deck Awning Co. ..........................................................26             modification or replacement material has been approved in
Village News are not intended to be an         Thompson Creek Window Company ...................................23                          concept in the past. Also, MVF does not take responsibility
endorsement by the Montgomery Village
Foundation of any business or individual.
                                               TW Perry .................................................................20, 21, 34
                                                                                                                                            regarding claims and services advertised in the Village News
                                               Village Settlements, Inc. .....................................................31
                                               Vinson, Jeffrey (Re/Max) .....................................................10
                                                                                                                                            and Home Improvement Guide.

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architectural Standards on the web
   Architectural Standards               • ARB Application Video            Community Criteria. Find your          Village Guidelines are listed   bar, “Architectural Standards,”
offers a variety of information          • Community Criteria               homes corporation (East Village,    by subject matter and cover        and then “Contact Architectural
readily accessible via the               • Village Guidelines               Northgate, etc.) and then locate    numerous items often inquired      Standards Staff.” Phone
Montgomery Village website.              The Property Improvement           your individual community.          about—everything from attic        extensions are listed for the
By choosing “Resident Services”       Request Form is the form              All criteria are in PDF form to     fans to window replacements.       review staff, compliance staff
from the main green menu bar          used to apply for any exterior        download and print for your         These Village-wide guidelines      and other issues, such as resale
and highlighting “Architectural       changes and is available from         reference.                          offer important information        disclosure packets.
Standards,” you may access the        the web to download or print             Do you have questions            when considering new materials         Visit www.montgomery
following items:                      (Adobe Acrobat Reader is              concerning the application          and items within one’s property. and take advantage
   • Architectural Compliance         required). If you live within a       process? Watch the ARB              They are an invaluable resource    of the wealth of information
   • Architectural Review             condominium community, the            Application Video to better         in the application process along   available to you when considering
   • Property Improvement             application forms are listed by       understand the process of           with your community’s criteria.    architectural standards for
Request                               condominium.                          applying for exterior changes.         If you need to contact          your property. Comments and
   • Property Improvement                Every community has criteria       The architectural standards video   Architectural Standards            questions regarding architectural
Request Form                          and these are listed within           shows the entire application        personnel, choose “Inside          issues are welcomed by the
                                                                            process and offers many helpful     MVF” from the green menu           department staff.
                                                                            tips for a successful submission.

Be a wise consumer and
know your contractor
   Your home is your largest          the Better Business Bureau at
investment and may be your  
biggest worry if you are not
careful about the contractors
                                          Get a wrItten
you hire. Therefore, be cautious        HOMe IMprOVeMent
when hiring home improvement               COntraCt
contractors whether the job is           Make sure the contractor
large or small. The Architectural     provides a Home Improvement
Standards Department receives         Contract and both the consumer
many calls asking whether a           and the contractor sign it before
contractor is reliable or not. The    work begins or money is paid.
Foundation is not able to attest      A written contract must include
to a company’s reliability or         the contractor’s name, address
reputation, but we can provide        and home improvement license
you, the consumer, with helpful       number, the approximate start
hints in hiring a contractor.         and finish dates, the work to be
                                      completed, materials to be used,
    CHeCk lICenSeS                    and cost and terms of payment.
    Home improvement
                                      Do not pay the full price up front.
contractors must be licensed in                                             the Montgomery Village Foundation architectural review Board (arB) is dedicated to
                                      Per Maryland law, the initial
Maryland. It is a criminal offense                                          upholding the community standards set by the developer. they constantly review exterior home
                                      deposit may not be more than          modifications with Architectural Standards staff to determine community impact.
to do home improvements
                                      33 percent of the total contract
without a license, and there is
                                      amount. Also, if possible, pay by
no protection from the Guaranty
                                      credit card. If paying by check,
Fund for the homeowner who
                                      make sure the check is made out
uses an unlicensed contractor.
Call the Maryland Home
                                      to the company and not to the
                                                                                     Since 1983, selling the most important
Improvement Commission in
Baltimore at 410-230-6309 (or          prOOF OF InSuranCe                                       homes ... yours!
1-888-218-5925), or visit their          Make sure the contractor
website at      is insured. Get a copy of the
license/mhic/. The website offers     contractor’s liability insurance

                                                                               Dede Burrell
various informational tips to         certificate. If a worker is injured
Maryland consumers, including         or damage is caused on your                                                                          More Than 800 Homes Sold
a contractor’s license status or      property, you could be held                                                                         in Montgomery Village Alone!
complaints that have been filed       liable if the contractor does not                                                             
against a contractor. You may         have the proper insurance.                                                                           email:
also contact the Montgomery
County Office of Consumer
                                      dOn’t rely On VerBal
                                            prOMISeS                               direct line                   cell                       office
Protection at 240-777-3636 or visit
(click on “Departments,” then
                                         Many contractors working
                                      within the Village know
                                                                                   301-921-2604 • 301-502-4041 • 301-258-7757 x604
click on “Consumer Protection”)       the Architectural Standards
to find out if there have been any    requirements as to applying
complaints about a contractor.        for exterior changes, and many
                                      choose to disregard this important
    OBtaIn SeVeral                    information. A contractor
      eStIMateS                       may lead the homeowner into
   Receive at least three quoted      thinking they have “privileges”
estimates for the work you want       within the Village and blanket
done and compare prices. Make         approvals. Or, they may choose
sure price comparisons are for the    to give the homeowner incorrect
same procedures and materials.        information in order to make the
                                      sale. Never, never rely strictly on
requeSt reFerenCeS                    a contractor’s claims without first
  and CHeCk tHeM                      checking with the Foundation.
   Ask friends and neighbors
which contractors they used
                                      If something doesn’t sound                                      other realtors                 Dede Burrell
                                      legitimate, or if the contractor
for projects and whether they         seems too sure of the situation,
were satisfied or not. Get            always call our office, and we                                                                   I can help you realize
references directly from the          will discuss the situation with
contractor and speak directly         you before you sign the contract!                                                                your real estate vision
to the former customer. If            Be a wise consumer and do your
possible, visit the place where
the work was done. Also, consult
                                      homework. You will be glad
                                      you did.                                   The choice is clear . . .
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architectural Standards resources available to all
   The Architectural Standards     website include all architectural   the “go to” person for all major   featuring the Architectural                 aS update
(AS) Department has provided       articles in the Village News,       replacement materials. His         Standards Department staff, the       An informational brochure
the Village with a variety         community criteria for all 65       knowledge and assistance over      ARB and the design consultant,     compiling architectural
of resources to assist and         communities, Village-wide           the years has been invaluable to   as well as numerous exterior       standards items and compliance
support homeowners with            guidelines, checklists, the         the Village.                       contractors. The show provides     issues is available in the lobby
their many exterior property       Step-by-Step Guide to the                                              homeowners and families            of the Foundation office and is
changes or architectural needs.    architectural process, and
                                                                            tHe annual                    with educational information       published on a quarterly basis.
Below are listed many of           the ARB Application Video.              arCHIteCtural                  concerning the architectural
these informational resources      This visu al a ide explains            StandardS HOMe                  standards process as well
available to all through the       the Architectural Standards                 SHOw                       as providing them with the
web, the Foundation office and     application process from the          This annual show has             opportunity to connect with
through many of our dedicated      beginning to completion and         developed into a spring event      many contractors.
individuals.                       contains invaluable information
                                   on submitting applications
     Village News                  for exterior property items
    Various feature articles are
written by the Architectural
Standards review and                            arB
compliance staff throughout            The Architectural Review
the year to update and notify      Board is an excellent source
homeowners about changes           of information when applying
within their community or the      for an exterior change. Their
Village itself. These articles     individual and collective wealth
contain informative features       of architectural knowledge
ranging from community door        upon review brings invaluable
styles to proactive compliance     assistance to each homeowner,
schedules. Other architectural     each community and the Village
articles are generated from        as a whole.
various questions the department       The ARB meets the first and
receives on a daily basis. Also,   third Wednesday of each month
all Architectural Review Board     in the North Creek Board Room,
(ARB) decisions are published      20125 Arrowhead Road.
following each scheduled ARB
meeting and may be found on
                                          MVF deSIGn
the Architectural Standards               COnSultant
page.                                 Montgomery Village
                                   Foundation (MVF) employs a
            weBSIte                part-time consultant, George        the architectural Standards department staff is available to help guide you through the review or
  The MVF website, www.            Smith, who has been with the        compliance process, or verify records for your home. In conjunction with the design consultant, is a        Village from almost day one.
                                                                       and the architectural review Board (arB), they work hard to maintain the continuity established
wonderful source for many                                              by the developer, which in turn, helps maintain property values and a harmonious look in each
                                   His major role is to assist in

                                                                       community and throughout the Village. Information about architectural Standards is available on
Architectural Standards items      the color and material changes      the website at
and issues. Resources within the   throughout the Village and is

                                                                                                             replacement windows

                                                                                                                Q. We want to replace our windows but we also want to cap
                                                                                                             the small area of trim around the windows. What color should we
                                                                                                             use for capping this area?

                                                                                                                A. The small area of trim around the windows, but not
                                                                                                             part of the windows, needs to be painted or capped to match
                                                                                                             the color of the house trim. For example, in a home with
                                                                                                             double-hung windows, the windows may be approved for
                                                                                                             white windows with grid patterns to match the existing
                                                                                                             windows. However, the capping around the windows is not
                                                                                                             acceptable for white unless the trim on the house is white. If
 Looking for someone with                                                                                    the house has aluminum trim, then the capping would be the
 experience, knowledge and                                                                                   same color as the aluminum trim. If the house still has wood
                                                                                                             trim and aluminum capping is wanted around the windows,
 high market share in your                                                                                   then the capping would have to be a very close color match
 Community?                                                                                                  to the existing trim. If there is no capping material that is a
                                                                                                             very close color match, then this window trim would have to
 Alan Bruzee has been selling                                                                                remain in wood and be painted house trim color. Needless
                                                                                                             to say, you would need to apply for the capping around the
 homes in Montgomery Village                                                                                 windows as well as any replacement windows. This capping
 since 1977. He knows you home                                                                               around windows can be very confusing; therefore, call the
                                                                                                             Architectural Standards Department at 301-948-0110 if you
 and market.                                                                                                 have any questions. Sometimes there are modifications that
                                                                                                             are easier to explain when you actually talk to someone.
 If you’re thinking of selling or
 buying in Montgomery Village,
 Alan Bruzee is always in contact
 with buyers, sellers and agents
 interested in Montgomery Village.

 More than 2,000 homes sold!

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 Fall home repair tips
    Although springtime inspires      ment. This should be done before
most homeowners to clean and          heavy snows sit on the roof.
fix up their homes and properties,       • Check all flashing (sheet
autumn is also an excellent time      metal used in waterproofing roof          Fall maintenance diagram key
to make repairs. Steps should be      valleys or the angle between a
taken in the fall to prepare homes    chimney and roof) on the house,              A    Gable Vent           Q    Roof Overhang           Please remember:
for winter and some maintenance       including roof gravel guards if              B    Ridge Vent           R    Light                   Every exterior modifica-
items are unique to this season.      you have a flat-roofed home.                 C    Asphalt Shingles     S    Cornice              tion must meet established
The following checklist may help                                                   D    Gable End            T    Corner Board         ARB application and ap-
homeowners with this prepara-
                                           HOuSe and deCk                          E    Roof Mount Vent      U    Door Trim            proval requirements, regard-
tion:                                        FeatureS                              F    Fascia (Frieze)      V    Deck Rail            less of whether modification
                                          • Check skylights, attic fans,           G    Roof Eave            W    Deck Top Cap         or replacement material has
    HeatInG SySteMS                   etc., for leaks or rusted areas.             H    Gutter               X    Picket               been approved in concept in
   • Change or clean furnace              • Check gable vents, roof                I    Trim Board           Y    Elevated Deck        the past. Also, MVF does not
and air conditioning filters; clean   mount vents and soffit vents for             J    Soffit/Soffit Vent   Z    Flat Trim Material   take responsibility regard-
and service humidifiers; ser-         clear and adequate air flow and              K    Downspout            AA   Deck Landing         ing claims and services ad-
vice oil-burning equipment; and       replace any missing or damaged               L    Window Trim          BB   Stair Treads         vertised in the Montgomery
clean around heating and cooling      vent coverings.                              M    Window Grid          CC   Post                 Village News. The next ARB
equipment in order to provide             • Check for chipped or peeling                (Mutin)              DD   Downspout            meeting is scheduled for
heating comfort, efficiency, en-      paint on siding or walls. All sur-           N    Flashing             EE   Gound Level Deck     5 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 17,
ergy conservation and safety.         faces should be scraped, primed              O    Horizontal Siding    FF   Concrete             in the North Creek Board
   • Hire a professional to check     and repainted before cold weather.           P    Trim                                           Room, 20125 Arrowhead
your heating system to make sure      No rotted or mildewed areas                                                                      Road.
you will have optimal perfor-         should remain untreated through
mance during the cold months          the winter months when increased
and to identify any problems that     moisture will make things worse.
may exist.                                • Check for loose siding, mor-
   • Clean your air ducts to re-      tar or small cracks that can be filled
duce household dust and to            with silicone caulking.
provide relief for those with re-         • Drain exterior water lines,
spiratory problems and allergies.     hose bibs, sprinklers and pool
   • Clean the thermostat heat        equipment to prevent plumbing
sensor, contact points and con-       maintenance problems.
tacts. Replace parts if necessary.        • Seal wood decks with a clear,
   • Lubricate water heater pump      water-repellent sealer. Stained
and motor. Bleed air from radia-      decks should be re-stained on a
tors or convectors.                   regular basis.
       CHIMney and                        • Check all shutters to make
                                      sure they are secured and in good
        FIreplaCe                     shape.
    • Have a professional inspect
and clean your chimney. Fireplac-         attIC VentIlatIOn
es that are used regularly during         • Be sure attic insulation
the fall and winter seasons should    doesn’t cover ventilation vents
be cleaned annually to prevent        in the eaves to prevent winter ice
soot buildup and house fires.         dams on the roof.
    • Check the chimney for               • Be sure ridge vents and vents
cracks, inadequate coverings and      at eaves are free of plants and
faulty seals that might allow rain,   debris.
birds and small animals to enter.         • Check bird and rodent
    • Check any wood-burning          screens on attic vents to prevent
stove, fireplace and chimney caps     any unwanted guests.
for deterioration.
    • For added safety, place car-
                                       wIndOwS and dOOrS
                                         • Check weather stripping and
bon monoxide alarms near the
                                      caulking around doors, windows,
fireplace or furnace.
                                      corner boards and joists to prevent
       GutterS and                    air and water penetration prob-
       dOwnSpOutS                     lems. Caulking, where needed,
   • Clean gutters, downspouts,       will prevent cold air and moisture
window wells and drains to            from entering the house.
prevent roof leaks, condensation,        • Cover basement windows
seepage and decay problems.           with a plastic bubble.
Downspouts should be directed            • Replace summertime screens
away from the house foundation.       on windows and doors with cool-
   • Don’t neglect gutters filled     weather storm coverings.
with leaves and other debris.            • Clean and lubricate garage
This can lead to rot problems,        door hinges, rollers and tracks, and
pest infestations, wet basements,     be sure screws are tight.
foundation damage and other                landSCape and
   • Check to be sure water is not
                                             yard wOrk
                                         • If you need to fertilize and
coming down behind gutters.
                                      reseed the lawn, note that fall is
   • Check to ensure water drains
                                      the best time to do so.
properly and doesn’t pool.
                                         • After the leaves change color,
   • Check gutters for leaky
                                      prune trees and shrubs to encour-
seams, rusted areas or unattached
                                      age healthy springtime growth.
portions that would hinder drain-
                                         • Trim any tree limbs that are
age of water.
                                      close to power lines or the roof of
            rOOFS                     your house. Heavy snow and ice
   • Check roofs for shingles that    can build up on trees and cause
need replacement. For example,        them to break and damage nearby
“clawed” or disintegrating shin-      structures.
gles indicate the need for replace-

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who is the MVF design                                                      replacement brick for developer installed
Consultant?                                                                brick walls and entrance gate piers
    Many homeowners are curi-                                                  Many communities within           the importance of also matching     replacement materials blend into
ous about the Montgomery Vil-                                              the Village have brick walls or       the existing mortar color so that   the existing structure.
lage Foundation (MVF) design                                               brick piers associated with their
consultant who is part of the                                              entrance that were originally
architectural standards staff                                              installed by the developer. When
and serves as a consultant to                                              the brick is in need of replacement
the Architectural Review Board.                                            due to age or damage, a specific
His name is George Smith, and                                              brick must be designated as the
he consults on home exteriors                                              replacement match to the exist-
not only for MVF, but also for                                             ing. This is where the role of the
builders such as Kettler Forlines,                                         Montgomery Village Foundation
Toll Brothers, Mitchell & Best,                                            (MVF) Design Consultant, hired
Ryland Homes, Lennar Homes                                                 by MVF to assist the Architectural
and many others. His consulta-                                             Review Board and the Architec-
tions have taken him not only                                              tural Standards staff, becomes
to Maryland, but also Delaware,                                            very important in researching
Virginia, West Virginia, Penn-                                             these replacement materials.
sylvania and North Carolina.          MVF design Consultant                    When homeowners contact
Before starting his own con-          George Smith                         the Foundation with their brick
sulting business, he worked for                                            requests, the design consultant
Kettler Brothers Inc. for over 20                                          becomes involved in finding a
years and was part of the origi-      was located that was as close as
                                      possible to the original so that     new brick selection. He researches
nal design team that included                                              masonry providers within the
choosing color palettes of the        the design intent of the com-
                                      munity could be maintained.          D.C. area to locate the right brick
communities in Montgomery                                                  match to the brick project in
Village. He served on the MVF         Another example is when a
                                      standard roof color used in a        question. This networking and
Architectural Control Commit-                                              research often requires finding
tee for many years. He brings to      community is no longer avail-
                                      able. He will find the right         a brick that is not only read-
us the unique combination of a                                             ily available, but also matches in
complete understanding of the         replacement roof by contacting
                                      roof manufacturers, getting          size, color and texture. Whenever
original design intent of the 63                                           repair work is required for these
Village communities as well as        samples, and looking at homes
                                      that already have the proposed       features within the Village, or for
extensive knowledge and exper-                                             other original features on your
tise concerning new materials         new roof installed to see how
                                      the shingle color will integrate     home’s exterior, contact the Ar-
and updated colors used in new                                             chitectural Standards Department
construction.                         into a specific community. An-
                                      other example is homeowners          for assistance.
    Smith has worked with nu-                                                  Also, the MVF Design Con-
merous paint colors as well           who wanted to replace their
                                      wood siding, but wanted an           sultant would like to remind
as almost all manufacturers                                                homeowners that whenever
and colors of siding, trim and        alternative to vinyl siding. Smith
                                      researched fiber cement siding       replacing brick, take into account
roofs, and therefore is familiar
with what they look like on a         and found different manufactur-
finished home. This knowledge         ers and styles. He then looked at
is invaluable as it is often impos-   homes already completed in this
sible to tell from a small sample
what a product will look like
when used in large amounts
                                      type of siding to see what would
                                      work in the Village communi-
                                      ties. The list goes on and on!
                                                                              A Unique Senior Living Experience
                                         Smith is also needed to pre-
to modify a home. Many of the
Montgomery Village commu-             view applications for major            Sunrise at Montgomery Village is
                                      projects such as garage or house
nities are aging and numerous
                                      additions and works to create
                                                                             built around a resident-centered
applications are received for
replacement materials and/or          new, updated color palettes for
                                      Village communities. He also
                                                                             approach to senior living – giving
updated exteriors. He works
with the ARB and Architectural        helps select colors and materials      our residents options to meet their
Standards staff on these types        for updating MVF facilities such
of applications. Additionally,        as community centers.                  individual needs and wishes. We
                                         Come and meet George
he is a standing member of the
MVF Commercial Architectural          Smith at the MVF 6 th Annu-            o er:
Review Committee (CARC).              al Home Show on Saturday,
                                      March 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
                                                                             • Independent and Assisted Living
    Smith does much research
on replacement materials. For         at Lake Marion Community               • Full size apartments with kitchens
example, the brick used in the        Center, 8821 East Village Av-
walls in The Courts of Whet-          enue. You’ll be glad you did.          • Walking distance to shopping
                                      Not only is he very good at what
stone is no longer available.
After much research with brick        he does, he is also an extremely         & free transportation to medical
                                      nice person!
companies, a replacement brick                                                 appointments and places of Call today to learn about
                                                                               worship                            our upcoming events or to
                                                                             • Fine dining and a 24-hour bistro! schedule a personal tour.

  Please Note:
  Every exterior modification must meet established ARB ap-
  plication and approval requirements regardless of whether a
  modification or replacement material has been approved in
  concept in the past. Also, MVF does not take responsibility                Sunrise at Montgomery Village                    301-921-0445 19310 Club House Road
  regarding claims and services advertised in the Village News                                     Independent Living • Assisted Living
  and Home Improvement Guide.
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F.S. Campbell Company
                                                                                                                    F.S. Campbell Heating
   The F.S. Campbell Company
was established in 1971 by Mr.
and Mrs. Campbell (Fred and
                                             Improving your indoor air
                                         quality can greatly enhance your
                                         family’s lifestyle. Today, most of
                                                                                                                    & Air Conditioning, Inc.
Diane), and prides itself on still be-   us spend more than 90 percent
ing a family-run business whose          of our time indoors. And since                                               Serving Montgomery County for 40 years
values are based on providing a          indoor air is often dirtier than
courteous, friendly and efficient        outdoor air, it’s very important to
service. The company has built           consider air quality when build-
and unsurpassed expertise over           ing an indoor weather system. We
the last 40 years in Heating and         can supply and install a complete         Sales, Service, Installation and
Air Conditioning Services.
   The company has prospered
                                         range of air cleaners.
                                             There are many different air
                                                                                   Warranty and Maintenance
due to continual personal referrals
from its many satisfied customers.
                                         cleaners on the market. We will
                                         be delighted to help you select the
                                                                                   Agreements on All brands of
By putting the customer first, the
F.S. Campbell Company has built
                                         best air cleaning system for your
                                         particular needs and budget.
                                                                                   • Gas and Oil Furnaces
an impressive reputation, and
this is a reputation the company
                                             According to the Environmen-
                                         tal Protection Agency, indoor air
                                                                                   • A/C and Heat Pumps
employees are proud to uphold.           quality has a tremendous impact           • Boilers                                                     15% of
   Every customer of the F.S.            on people’s health. Germicidal
                                                                                   • Humidifiers                                              service
Campbell Company is very spe-            UV light has been proven effective                                                                for Mon      ca
                                                                                                                                                   tgome lls
cial and is treated with the per-        and utilized I numerous applica-                                                                              ry Villa
sonal attention that only a family-      tions to improve indoor air quality                                                                   residen          ge
run business can provide. The            and therefore indoor environ-
                                                                                   We are available for residential and                               ts!
combination of a first class staff       ment. You wash your hands with            commercial emergency service from
and a reputation second-to-none          soap and water … shouldn’t you
for prompt and efficient service         wash your air too?                        7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a
is why we enjoy our current                  Humidifiers are very impor-           week ... no overtime charge!
reputation.                              tant to air quality. Viral infections
   We offer service to existing          such as a cold or flu are easier to
equipment, new installation and
warranties and maintenance
                                         contract or pass to others under
                                         low humidity conditions.                  301-869-1843
agreements on all brands of                  Remember that there is still a
furnaces, air conditioners, heat
pumps, boilers, humidifiers, air
                                         Federal Tax Credit available for
                                         new energy efficient equipment.
                                                                                   301-977-5415 (fax)
cleaners, thermostats, filters and           It has been a pleasure to have
UV lights.
   A complete indoor air package
                                         been of service to you for the past
                                         40 years. F.S. Campbell Company              
for improved air quality would           guarantees first class equipment,
include the following three items        service and installation.
which enhance healthy breathing
and living.

            visit our showroom!
                Mon - Fri 8-5
          Sat by appointment only                                         301-990-3862
                                                                                 2011 Home Improvement guIde                                                     page   7
  Gratz Lawncare
  Commercial & Residential Lawn Maintenance
                                                                                                               Gratz lawncare
                                                                                                                  Gratz Lawncare, a family-                        eco-friendly, composted mate-
                                                                                                               owned and operated business,                        rial for coverage.
     Fall Cleanup • Bush Trimming • Mulching                                                                   has been serving the Montgom-                           Our equipment uses the fin-
  Fall Flowers • Aerating & Dethatching • Seeding                                                              ery Village community since                         est synthetic oil, thus promoting
                                                                                                               1994.                                               lower gasoline usage and work-
 Debris Removal • Storm Cleanup • Snow Removal                                                                    We offer residential and com-                    ing toward protecting the envi-
                                                                                mercial lawn maintenance, in-
                                                                                                               cluding: grass cutting, seeding/
                                                                                                                                                                   ronment and natural resources.
                                                                                                                                                                      Our billing is based on the
                                                                                                               sodding, aeration/dethatching,                      actual services rendered. Our
   Businesses and homeowners—want to save money?                                                               mulching, seasonal and storm                        customer retention rate is over
                                                                                                               cleanups, pruning of small trees,                   95 percent, because we work
                                                            For more information on gas                        cutting and removal of fallen                       with the individual and their
                                                                                                               trees and branches, removal of                      needs. We look forward to the
                                                           savings, longer engine life and                     yard debris, gardening, rototill-                   opportunity of serving you.
                      Synthetic Dealer                      extended drain intervals, call                     ing, hedge trimming, and snow                          We can be contacted at 301-                                                                                  removal.                                            840-9509 or on the web at www.                                 301-840-9509                                         Gratz Lawncare has seen
                                                                                                               excellent results seeding when
                                                                                                                                                          Or, e-mail us
                                                                                                                                                                   at to
                                                                                                               the seed is rototilled into barren                  discuss your needs.
                                                                                                               areas. When rototilling, we use
Home Visions, Inc.
   COMpany prOFIle                   siding is a great investment. Re-           lOw-e GlaSS                   Low-E coating is applied on the                     Argon and Krypton gas-filled
   Home Visions, Inc. is owned       siding a home is among the top            Low-emissivity (Low-E)          protected glass surface facing                      windows also tend to be better
by Marylanders with over 30          ten home remodeling projects. If      glass is the minimal quality you    the air gap. Whether it should be                   at soundproofing than units
years of experience in replace-      you re-side with vinyl, you can       should consider. A microscopi-      placed on the indoor or outdoor                     manufactured without the gas.
ment windows, vinyl siding,          often recoup 100 percent of your      cally thin, invisible Low-E coat-   pane depends on your climate.
                                                                                                                                                                               wHat nOt tO
replacement roofing, gutter                                                ing keeps heat indoors during
                                                                                                                         GaS FIll                                               COnSIder
systems, customer service and                                              the winter and heat outdoors
                                        aSpHalt rOOFInG                                                            Argon and Krypton are both                         Insulated or “double-pane”
professionalism. We are re-                                                during the summer. The Low-E
                                        Residential and commercial                                             dense gases commonly used to                        glass can be found in both resi-
modeling experts; the company                                              coating sometimes makes the
                                     roofing are important invest-                                             fill the dead air space between                     dential and business construc-
is going into it’s eighth year                                             windows slightly reflective, but
                                     ments, and it is imperative that                                          the two panes of glass. These                       tion. It is required by building
and continues to grow. Home                                                it is barely noticeable.
                                     preventative measures are taken                                           gases make good candidates                          codes in many areas as a manda-
Visions, Inc. is accredited with                                               There are three types of Low-
                                     when it comes to your roof.                                               for this application since they                     tory energy conservation mea-
the Maryland Home Improve-                                                 E coatings: High Solar Gain
                                     With today’s variety, Home                                                are inert and do not react with                     sure. And it really makes sense
ment Commission, is licensed in                                            “Low-E,” Moderate Solar Gain
                                     Visions can help you find the                                             cold air, effectively insulating                    because single pane glass has
Virginia and Washington, D.C.,                                             “Low-E” and Low Solar Gain
                                     right match for your needs.                                               the panes and keeping your                          virtually NO insulating value.
and is registered with the Better                                          “Low-E.” With either type, the
                                     Proper ventilation, leak preven-                                          home warmer in the winter.
Business Bureau. We provide
                                     tion systems and installation all
free written estimates.
                                     work in tandem to keep you dry
            prOduCtS                 and protected. Our motto is that
                                                                              Join thousands who Value nO preSSure & HOneSt Value On
   We carry top-of-the-line vi-      nothing is more important than
nyl, thermally insulated, dou-       the roof over your head.                  qualIty wIndOwS, SIdInG & rOOFInG
ble-pane replacement windows,
                                           areaS SerVed                                                                            “‘When I started Home Visions, I wanted to provide a quality
sliding glass doors, patio doors,                                                                                                  product without high prices, so I opened a small office. It’s
                                       Greater Maryland, Balti-
Provia entry doors, French                                                                                                         not real fancy, but the rent is low. My products are the best
                                     more, and the Washington, D.C.
doors and storm doors as well                                                                                                      and I don’t mark them up 4 or 5 times over cost like many in
                                     Metropolitan Area (including
as Certainteed vinyl siding,                                                                                                       the industry do. My pledge is to offer a good, honest value on
                                     Northern Viriginia).                                                                          great windows, doors, roofing and siding. I’ve had thousands
roofing and accessories. We                                                                                                        of customers in the past few years that seem to like my ap-
also create custom orders for           Choosing the right                                                                         proach. If you are thinking about reducing your energy bills
our homeowners that like our                                                                                                       by getting new windows, doors, roofing or siding, give me a
approach, but prefer or require          window—types                          we’ll turn your visions into reality!               call today. I’d love to help you. Now is the time to act!”
a manufacturer not listed.
                                            of glass                                                                                                      ~ Keith Ridgely, Owner, Home Visions, Inc.
        wIndOwS                              adVanCed                           1-888-675-9526                                                       FREE ESTIMATES
    Our replacement windows                 teCHnOlOGy                                                                   “Home of the 45-minute
will transform your house into          Multiple panes improve the                                                                                           Consultation”
a comfortable, elegant and beau-     energy efficiency of newer win-            Multiple Financing Options Available
tiful home and they are manu-        dows, but adding other technol-
factured in Laurel, Maryland.
They come in many styles and
                                     ogy is necessary to achieve max-
                                     imum efficiency. When Low-E
                                                                                Our Windows Exceed Federal
                                                                                 Government Tax Credit Standards
                                                                                                                            14900                          $
                                                                                                                                                            Siding Special

                                                                                                                                                                                          Roofing Special
                                                                                Best Value Guarantee                      INSTANT
combinations to go with any
style residence. By utilizing
                                     coatings, gas fills, warm edge
                                     spacer systems and improved
                                                                                Performed hundreds of installations        REBATE                            OFF                            OFF
                                                                                 in Montgomery Village                   PER WINDOW                      with Complete Siding Job            with Complete
performance engineering and          framing material are used, more            MHIC#121921
                                                                                                                                                                                              Roofing Job
                                                                                                                             Offers not valid on any         Offers not valid on any        Offers not valid on any
innovative glazing techniques,       than two panes (triple pane)                                                         previously signed contracts.    previously signed contracts.   previously signed contracts.
our windows make your home           are rarely necessary, except in
cooler in the summer, warmer in      extreme climates. Additional
the winter and quieter season af-    panes may be desirable if you
ter season, year after year. They    live on a busy street or for higher
also come with a transferrable       impact resistance.
lifetime warranty.                            tHe Heart
        VInyl SIdInG                    The heart of any replacement
   Certainteed vinyl siding pro-     window is the type of glass
vides enduring beauty and            that is used. The glass plays a
design flexibility. Using a wide     large role in the overall energy
variety of siding lines and soffit   efficiency, glare value, rate of
styles, colors, accessories and      furniture fading, the amount
trim, you can update any type        of natural light that comes into             look for us at the MONTgOMeRY Village HOMe sHOw ON MaRCH 26!
of home with high quality ma-        your home and the clarity of
terials to fit any budget. Vinyl     the view.

 page   8                                                                  2011 Home Improvement guIde
                                                                                                                                 Out is in!
d.G. liu Contractor, Inc.
   Are you scared to remodel?         have been designing, building                                                                    A screened porch is an ideal place to start
You should be! Every home-            on and caring for our clients’,                                                                  your day or unwind after a hectic one. It adds
owner has experienced or heard        and now their children’s, homes                                                                  valuable entertainment space—away from
of a remodeling nightmare. The        since 1978. If you have no space                                                                 the bugs and the direct sun—enhances your
job takes too long to finish, the     to entertain family and guests,
house is left a mess and war-         we will design and build an ad-                                                                  quality of life and increases the value of
ranty work is never completed.        dition to give you space to grow                                                                 your home. We handle everything, including
And now that new construction         and integrate its design with the                                                                permits and the MVF-ARB process.
has fallen off, there are a lot       existing space. If your kitchen is                                                                               Call: 301.831.8776
of unlicensed and uninsured           dysfunctional or your bathroom                                                                       
“contractors” out there making        dingy and cramped, we’ll listen
impossible promises. We go            carefully to your wants and
behind them all the time and the      needs and design and build your
abused homeowner inevitably           dream kitchen or bath. If bugs                                                                                         CONTRACTOR, INC.
ends up spending more to repair       and sun are keeping you from
and complete than they would          enjoying your back yard, we’ll                                                                   Design & Home Remodeling
have in the first place.              build you an elegant screened         MD HIC: #6812
                                                                                                                           KITCHENS • BATHROOMS • ADDITIONS • SIDING
   If your home is one of your        porch in which to relax and
major assets, don’t trust it in the   entertain.
hands of anyone who claims to            We handle building per-
be a home improvement contrac-        mits and Montgomery Village
tor. Just as you trust a physician    Architectural Review Board
to maintain and improve your          (ARB) applications (residents
health, an attorney to keep you       are required to sign ARB ap-
out of legal trouble and a CPA to     plications) so you don’t have to.
keep you out of trouble with the
IRS, work with a professional re-
                                      So for a remodeling experience
                                      as it should be, call the design
                                                                            Choosing a general contractor
modeler to enhance your enjoy-        and sales professionals at D.G.           One of the decisions a homeowner will have to make when thinking about large renovations
ment of your home and maintain        Liu Contractor, Inc. at 301-831-      to a home is who will be their general contractor. A general contractor will coordinate with
and increase its value.               8776, ext. 104 or visit www.dgliu     subcontractors and make sure the job gets done on time and within budget. There's no magic
   We at D.G. Liu Contractor, Inc. MHIC 6812             answer regarding how to choose a general contractor. However, many construction profession-
                                                                            als recommend getting a referral from someone you trust. Perhaps there is a family member or
                                                                            friend that used someone with a very good track record. Another place to turn is to an architect
                                                                            you may be using on the project. He or she will have worked with individuals in the past and
  Please Note:
                                                                            may be able to recommend a trusted contractor.
 Every exterior modification must meet established ARB application and
 approval requirements regardless of whether a modification or replace-
 ment material has been approved in concept in the past. Also, MVF does
 not take responsibility regarding claims and services advertised in the
 Village News and its Home Improvement Guide.

                                                                                                           Financial advantage
                                                                                                           associates, Inc.
                                                                                                                Financial Advantage Associ-       situation and offer products of
                                                                                                            ates, Inc. is a comprehensive fi-     lasting value to provide you
                                                                                                            nancial services firm committed       with long-term strategies to
                                                                                                            to helping our clients improve        your needs. And lastly, “Service
                                                                                                            their long-term financial suc-        that excels” is our trademark.
                                                                                                            cess. In today’s complex world,       We provide consistent, respon-
                                                                                                            it takes a clear vision and the       sive service that’s underscored
                                                                                                            expertise of a financial profes-      by the dedication of our staff
                                                                                                            sional to help you reach your         and our commitment to provide
                                                                                                            financial goals. We offer a wide      strategies that reflect the best
                                                                                                            range of quality financial prod-      interests of our clients.
                                                                                                            ucts and the advice and exper-           Financial Advantage Associ-
                                                                                                            tise of some of the best financial    ates, Inc. has specialists to help
                                                                                                            professionals in the industry.        you with almost any financial
                                                                                                                Each of our associates has        need, such as:
                                                                                                            been carefully selected based            • Wealth Management
                                                                                                            on their knowledge, experience           • Retirement Planning
                                                                                                            and desire to make a long-term           • Investments
                                                                                                            commitment to our clients. They          • Insurance
                                                                                                            maintain a vigorous continuing           • 401(k)/IRA Management
                                                                                                            education program to keep cur-        and Rollovers
                                                                                                            rent on financial products, tax          • Estate Planning
                                                                                                            laws and other information that          • Asset Protection & Preser-
                                                                                                            may affect you.                       vation Planning
                                                                                                                Headquartered in Rockville,          • College Funding
                                                                                                            Financial Advantage Associ-              • Charitable Giving
                                                                                                            ates, Inc. is firmly committed           • Employee Benefits
                                                                                                            to providing you with a team             • Business Succession Plan-
                                                                                                            of knowledgeable profession-          ning
                                                                                                            als and support staff that work          • And more…
                                                                                                            together to maximize the re-             Financial Advantage As-
                                                                                                            sources required to provide you       sociates, Inc. is located at 1803
                                                                                                            with the best strategies to help      Research Boulevard, Suite 401,
                                                                                                            you meet your financial needs.        Rockville. Call us at 301-610-
                                                                                                            We use a proven, one-on-one           0071.
                                                                                                            process to analyze your unique

                                                                           2011 Home Improvement guIde                                                                          page   9
Jeffrey w. Vinson,
   Jeffrey Vinson, Associate Bro-    Foster Realtors and continued
                                                                                                                                          premiere Selections
ker, has been a trusted Advisor,     to build the appraisal com-                                                                            Jeffrey w. Vinson
Real Estate Broker and Certi-        pany. Free from the day-to-day                                                                                           realtOr®
fied Appraiser for more than 30      management responsibilities                                                                                         associate Broker
years. During his career Jeff has    of multiple real estate offices,
represented his clients’ interests   Mr. Vinson was able to expand                                                                                    822B Rockville Pike
and needs in residential, com-       his expertise in valuation and
mercial, and investor transac-       marketing of a wide variety                                                                              Rockville, Maryland 20852
tions in Maryland, Virginia, and     of properties. Mr. Vinson has                                                 Office: 301-299-1000, ext. 320, Mobile: 301-758-2770
Washington, D.C.                     represented buyers and sellers                                                                                    Fax: 301-260-9052
   Mr. Vinson graduated from         in all types of transactions in-
Virginia Commonwealth Uni-           cluding residential, commercial                                                                    
versity in 1971 with a Bachelor of   and investment property. Mr.
Science degree in Criminal Jus-      Vinson has extensive experience               Club
tice. In 1974, Mr. Vinson started    in negotiating short sales, bank                                                            Each Office Independently Owned and Operated
his real estate career as a sales    owned property and the fore-
person and in three short years      closure process. Mr. Vinson’s
had become a Principle Broker        team has sold millions of dollars
of his own firm, Vinson and          of REO property for asset man-
Associates which was headquar-       agement companies, banks and
tered in Rockville. As the com-      federal agencies. In early 2007,    Flow rite, Inc.
pany continued to grow, Mr.          Mr. Vinson associated himself
Vinson affiliated his company        with Re/Max Realty Services         301-831-7677
with the Century 21 brand. The       in Rockville.
next 15 years were devoted to           Mr. Vinson’s extensive expe-        Flow Rite, Inc., your full          Flow Rite maintains an “A+”      works on renovations, addi-
building a quality organization      rience in both the appraisal and    service plumbing company,           Better Business Bureau rating       tions and new homes. We pro-
that included three offices with     sales of all types of real estate   has been providing plumbing         and has been nominated as one       vide services from repairing a
over 125 real estate agents, and     make him uniquely qualified         services in Montgomery County       of the area’s top plumbers in       leaky faucet to plumbing your
property management, training        to help you make the best deci-     for over 13 years. We pride our-    Washingtonian Magazine 2011.        new home and most things in
and appraisal divisions. In 1992,    sions regarding your real estate    selves on top quality work at          Flow Rite is licensed in cross   between! Flow Rite, Inc. can
Mr. Vinson sold the real estate      transactions.                       reasonable rates. Our labor rates   connection/backflow preventer       change your water heater, in-
brokerage division to Long and                                           are $75 for the first hour and      testing and replacement; we         stall whole house water filter
                                                                         $55 for each additional hour on     also do drain cleaning and          systems, and replace or repair
                                                                         regularly scheduled residential     camera sewers (contract rates       your toilet or faucet. Please call
                                                                         appointments only. Please call      apply).We also have a new           us at 301-831-7677 or visit us on
                                                                         for emergency rates.                construction department that        the web at

paint like a pro for a look
that lasts
   One of the easiest home im-       even. Here's a little secret: By
provement projects—one that          tinting your primer towards
will add the most value to your      your paint color, you'll use less
home for the least amount of         paint—plus get all the benefits
money—is painting. It's easy         of priming. Just ask your paint
to keep your paint job looking       store or home center associate to
great so it continues to add value   add one half the same colorant
to your home for years to come,      they use to mix your paint.
just do what professional paint-        • Primers work hard to block
ers do: use one coat of primer       stains. If you try to cover a

                                                                                NEED A PLUMBER?
and one coat of paint instead of     stain with a fresh coat of paint,
two coats of paint. Here's why:      the stain will probably bleed
   • Primers hide previous           through—no matter how many
colors—even the darkest blues        coats of paint you apply. Qual-
and deepest reds—far better          ity primers seal in stains and
than paint alone and prevent         prevent them from ruining your
them from showing through            paint job.
or changing the color of the            • Primers prevent common
topcoat. They'll make your new       paint problems. Because prim-
color look more vibrant and          ers are formulated to prevent
                                     problems like cracking, peeling
                                     and blistering, they'll make any

                                                                                      $75 first hour
                                     painted surface more durable,
                                     washable—and last much lon-
                                        • Primers provide a sound
                                     base for paint. Paint is formu-
                                     lated to provide rich, beautiful
                                                                                 $55 each additional hour
                                     color—but don't expect it to
                                     do a primer's job. High quality
                                     primers are rich in resin and
                                                                                    Call 301-831-7677
                                     provide a firm base for paint to                         for regularly scheduled service calls between
                                     adhere. Some primers even stick
                                     to glossy, hard-to-paint surfaces                          7 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday
                                     without sanding, so you can                            Emergency Service Available - Different Rates Apply
                                     paint paneling, cabinets, glossy
                                     paints, vinyl siding and more.

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Jackstraw, Inc.
“Tree work is what we do. Peace of mind is what we sell!”
   Owned and operated by Bob         or putting you and your house
Appelbaum, Jackstraw, Inc.,          at risk in a severe snow, ice or
has been providing a variety of      wind event.
services to Montgomery Village          Our work is done with atten-
residents since 1970. We are         tion to detail, as if we personally
Maryland Licensed Tree Experts       live in your home, or like the                                                                Liberty Mutual Exclusive Home
(#219) and are fully insured for
workers comp as well as liability
                                     stylist who does your hair. We
                                     want your home to be safe, at-
                                                                                                                                         Insurance Discounts
coverage. In addition, we are        tractive and easy to maintain.                                                                     Recent Home Buyer Discount •
proud members of the Maryland        We view the trees and shrubs in                                                               New Roof & HVAC Credits • Claims Free
Arborist Association and The         your yard as though they were                                                                  discounts • Early Shopper Discounts •
Tree Care Industry of America.       pieces of furniture in an outdoor                             Mike Herson
   You do the mowing and basic       room. We want the outside of
                                                                                                   Personal Sales Representative   Protection Device Credits • Multi-Policy
                                                                                                      Auto • Home
maintenance, and we will take        your home to look as nice as it                                      Life • Umbrella                         Discounts
proper custom care of the trees      does on the inside.                                                   Employee Benefits         CONTACT MIKE FOR A COMPLIMENTARY
and shrubs. In addition, we will        Together, if so desired, our
                                                                                                                                          CONSULTATION TODAY
keep a close eye on such other       customers work with us in a
specialties as grading, drain-       collaboration to create a reality       Liberty Mutual Group                  
age, restoration of patios and       painting—no brush, no oil and           6101 Executive Blvd, Ste. 100 • Rockville
walks and fence repairs. We will     no canvas. It is a work of art          301.881.9300 ext. 51558 (B) • 240-271-0167 (C)
even teach you how to properly       which you, the customer, can
prune your azaleas and other         view from the comfort of your
foundation shrubs and will pro-      home with the windows and             as restorative pruning to trees
vide council and advice for your     doors acting as picture frames,       suffering from storm damage
other landscape needs when and       or you may choose to walk             or improper pruning. During
as necessary.                        around outside experiencing the       Hurricane Isabel, only three
   Trees and shrubs need to          various colors, smells, textures      of our regular customers had
be trained as they develop by        and scenes created by our work.       significant storm damage, but         Please Note:
proper professional pruning so          We can make your home look         we received as many as 30 calls
that they frame and show off the     like you have a live-in gardener.     a day from homeowners we had          Every exterior modification must meet established ARB ap-
house in an artful way. Whoever      We prune the trees and restore        never worked for in the past.         plication and approval requirements regardless of whether a
pays the mortgage shouldn’t          shrubs to their natural beauty            Please call Jackstraw for a       modification or replacement material has been approved in
have to duck to mow the lawn         and you can maintain them until       free estimate at 301-977-9200.        concept in the past. Also, MVF does not take responsibility
or step off the sidewalk to get to   they get out of control again, or     If you live in Montgomery Vil-
the front door. Trees shouldn’t      have us come around once or           lage, you are surrounded by           regarding claims and services advertised in the Village News
be allowed to spread out over        twice a year for regular profes-      satisfied customers who would         and Home Improvement Guide.
the roof, causing damage to          sional maintenance.                   be glad to serve as references.
shingles, creating a bridge for         We specialize in the pruning       At Jackstraw, “We go out on a
squirrels to access your attic       or removal of large trees, as well    limb for you!”

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Green Step
    Jim McKenna, founder and          O’Malley’s Workforce Initiative
owner of Green Step, is pas-          Board as an energy auditing con-
sionate about helping save our        sultant. He is a certified Home
environment by improving the          Energy Rating System (HERS)
efficient use of energy in existing   rater. In addition, Jim is certified           Energy Audits - Full Service Weatherization Company
and new homes. Once Jim began         by the Building Performance
to learn about methods to save        Institute as a building analyst.
energy, especially those which           Jim founded Green Step last
                                                                                        Are the rooms in your home cold or drafty in the winter?
would cost less to save more, he      year. In addition to conducting                  Warm or humid in the summer? Out of control energy bills?
took every course and studied         energy audits, he has the new-
every method he could get his         est mechanical equipment used
hands on.                             to install blown insulation into
                                                                                               If you answered YES to any of these questions,
    He became an accredited con-      attics, crawl spaces and other                                 Green Step is the company for you!
tractor with the Maryland Home        areas in homes.
Performance with Energy Star
program. He has participated
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currently residing in North           confirmed our sense that our home      grade our attic insulation and also   duce energy consumption. We have                                 Thanks,
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Shanco Companies
(formerly Bartlett Exteriors)
“Customer Satisfaction is our #1 Goal”
    With over 20 years experi-        Shanco Companies maintains
ence, the owners and staff of      an excellent rating with the Bet-
Shanco Companies, formerly         ter Business Bureau, Consumer
known as Bartlett Exteriors, are   Checkbook Magazine and Ser-
dedicated to providing our cus-    vice Magic. Additionally, Shan-
tomers with the knowledge and      co Companies was awarded
expertise necessary to ensure      with Angie’s List Super Service
complete satisfaction with their   Award for 2010. The owners
home improvement projects.         of Shanco Companies are life-
Shanco Companies is a family-      long residents of Montgom-
owned and operated home            ery County and supporters of
improvement company that           several local nonprofit groups.
specializes in roofing, siding,    Some of those groups include
windows and doors, gutters and     the Make-A-Wish Foundation,
downspouts, kitchen and bath       Joe’s Ride, JJ’s Tourney and the
remodeling as well as additions.   Maryland Special Olympics. In
Shanco is a licensed, bonded       August 2009, Shanco Companies
and insured company with a         participated in ABC’s Extreme
fully staffed office and ware-     Home Makeover show helping
house space in the Montgomery      to rebuild the Fishing School,
County Airport Industrial Park.    a youth and family support
Our hours of operation are from    organization in Washington,
8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through   D.C. Shanco Companies will
Friday. During this time, you      also be sponsoring Team Shanco
can expect someone to pick up      for Avon’s Walk for Breast
the phone and be able to answer    Cancer in Washington, D.C. on
your questions or address your     Saturday, April 30 and Sunday,
concerns. In addition, Shanco      May 1.
Companies provides our cus-           Shanco prides itself on com-
tomers with cell phone contact     plete customer satisfaction,
information for the estimators     reliability and professionalism.
and project managers provid-       Contact us today and let us
ing peace of mind should an        know what Shanco Companies
issue arise.                       can do to earn your business.

      “Customer Satisfaction is our #1 Goal”

        • Roofing
        • Siding
        • Windows & Doors
        • Gutters
        • Remodeling
        • Decks & Sunrooms
        • Kitchens & Baths
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                                                                       2011 Home Improvement guIde              page   13
       Saturday, March 26 • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
            Lake Marion Community Center • 8821 East Village Avenue

       • Meet the ARB members and the MVF
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         changed on your home                       Judi White           301-948-0110, ext. 2355
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Must-have tools for the outdoor handyman (or woman)
   Spring has sprung for most        and many other purposes.
areas of the country and the             • Spading fork: Another tool
average homeowner’s “honey-          that loosens soil with straight
do” list likely has its share of     tines that dig through dense soil.
outdoor landscaping tasks that           • Shovel: A multipurpose
need to be tackled. The right        shovel can dig through dirt,
tools can make easier work of        gravel and the like.
outdoor chores.                          • Rake: A steel-pronged
   A report from the Associ-         rake will till soil and spread out
ated Landscape Contractors of        mulch and other organic matter
America titled “Economic Ben-        in planting beds. A flexible rake
efits of Landscape” states that      is good for collecting leaves and
landscaping can add as much          thatch.
as 14 percent to the resale value        • Edger: Available as manual
of a building and speed its sale     or gas powered, an edger gives
by as much as six weeks. Home-       planting beds and the edges of
owners looking to sell their         lawns a clean look.
home or just improve its mar-            • String trimmer: Weeds can
ket value will want to consider      easily be trimmed with a string
landscaping a viable investment.     trimmer that can work around
A March 2003 article in Smart        bushes and other hard-to-reach
Money noted that homeowners          areas.
can expect to earn back 150 per-         • Gloves: Avoid blisters and
cent or more of their landscape      insect bites with durable gloves
investment through the value it      that protect the hands.
brings to a property.                    • Lawn mower: To maintain
   Whatever the landscaping          a healthy lawn it will have to be    landscaping can add value to a home. the right tools make most jobs easier.
project, the right tools will make   trimmed to the correct height.
any task that much easier. There     A manual or powered lawn
are certain items every home-        mower is the essential land-         plants’ roots where they need it                 garden cart.                                      can be trimmed with an over-
owner should have in his or her      scaper’s tool.                       most. A regular nozzle-powered                      • Branch pruner: A durable                     head pruner with an extendable
gardening arsenal.                       • Collection bags/bins: To       hose can be used for cleaning                    branch trimmer/pruner can cut                     arm.
   • Soil cultivator: A multi-       properly dispose of organic mat-     and misting plants and sur-                      through thick or thin branches                       Depending on specific inter-
pronged tool that breaks up          ter like leaves and branches, it     rounding hardscapes.                             and keep landscape items tidy.                    ests, homeowners can stock up
clods of soil and grass to provide   pays to have recyclable or reus-        • Wheelbarrow: Transport-                     Pruning also helps promote                        on trowels, bulb planters, chain
easier planting.                     able bags on hand for transport-     ing gravel, rocks, mulch, shrub-                 growth of many flowers and                        saws and other items that will
   • Various garden hoes: Hoes       ing waste.                           bery, and many other garden                      shrubs.                                           get jobs done around the exte-
can be used for breaking up soil,        • Hoses: Drip irrigation hos-    essentials is made easier with                      • Overhead pruner: Errant                      rior of the home.
weeding, cultivating, aerating       es can deliver water right to        the help of a wheelbarrow or a                   branches in hard-to-reach areas

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Branching Out

   This winter was hard on your      within your budget. Our goal is
shrubs. With all the snow and        for your shrubs to look good at
ice on your shrubs, it was easy      every step of the process.
for branches to bend and break.         While improving the health
Those dead limbs not only look       of your plants is one reason for
bad, but they can adversely af-      Branching Out to hand trim
fect the health of your plants.      your shrubs, creating beauty is
Torn branches and dead limbs         the other reason. Branching Out
can allow disease to infect your     creates beauty in your landscape
shrubs. Incorrectly trimmed          by trimming each shrub as it
limbs can further damage the         was meant to be trimmed. If
health of your bushes.               your shrubs all look square,
   Branching Out specializes         Branching Out can bring out
in hand trimming shrubs. By          the individuality of each of your
removing dead wood correctly,        shrubs. Different shrubs have a
our trained crew will not only       variety of textures, shapes and
make your shrubs look better,        growth habits. Hand trimming
but be healthier. We can clean       encourages these differences
up those broken branches and         and gives variety and interest
remove the dead wood to create       to your front yard.
a beautiful, healthy, neat bush         Branching Out also special-
that fits into the landscape.        izes in different and unusual
   Branching Out’s service starts
with a free consultation to de-
                                     shrubs. We are experts at prun-
                                     ing weeping Japanese maple           Please Note:
termine how best to bring your       trees, weeping Blue Atlas Cedar
shrubs back to their peak. We in-    and other showcase shrubs. Do       Every exterior modification must meet established ARB applica-
spect your shrubs and determine      you have a small tree growing
which ones can be trimmed and        against the wall of your court-     tion and approval requirements regardless of whether a modifica-
brought back to health. Then
you can decide how you want
                                     yard? Are you wondering what
                                     to do with it? If you‘re having
                                                                         tion or replacement material has been approved in concept in the
your shrubs to complement your       problems finding someone to         past. Also, MVF does not take responsibility regarding claims and
landscape. We determine how          work on your more unusual
to make sure your walkways           shrubs, talk to us. We can turn     services advertised in the Village News and its Home Improve-
and driveways remain clear and
easily accessible. The result is a
                                     your landscape into a work of
                                     art that provides year-round
                                                                         ment Guide.
plan to trim your shrubs that fits   interest.

                                                   working in
                                                   Montgomery Village
                                                   since 1990                                          CHF deck Co
                                                                                                          CHF Deck Co has been in           maintenance product exteriors
                                                                                                       business for over 20 years and       and cedar, Ipe or composite
                                                                                                       has built over 4,500 projects        interiors. We can add other ex-
                                                                                                       in Montgomery and Frederick          tra touches like skylights, knee
                                                                                                       counties. We are considered one      porch walls, or T&G porch walls
                                                                                                       of the largest deck, porch and       and ceilings. We use screen-tight

               CUSTOM DECKS • PATIOS                                                                   patio companies in Maryland.
                                                                                                       CHF Deck Co has the tenure
                                                                                                       and experience to understand
                                                                                                                                            screening systems and shingles,
                                                                                                                                            gutters and downspouts to
                                                                                                                                            match the house.

                 SCREENED PORCHES                                                                      the needs and expectations of
                                                                                                       the local consumer. Since the
                                                                                                       beginning of our company, we
                                                                                                                                               We offer several complete
                                                                                                                                            lines of pavers from different
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                                                                                                       have been working with the
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                                                                                                                                            and needs. You can choose your
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                                                                                                       Department to ensure that our        then enhance your backyard
                                                                                                       projects meet their approval.        landscaping with a seating area
                                                                                                          We have our own lumber            or retention wall. We also offer
                                                                                                       yard, Capitol Cedar and Red-         stamped concrete in 15 differ-
                                                                                                       wood, which allows us to offer       ent patterns and 30 colors to
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How to make spring cleaning                                                   tips for adding resale value to your home’s
less of a chore                                                               exterior
   Warmer weather may mean             rub it over the grill. When done          Change the siding? Add new       ENERGY STAR® qualified win-            touches can go a long way.
flowers in bloom and longer            cooking, repeat with the other         shrubbery? Replace the cracked      dows.                                  Fypon keystones added to the
days, but with it come grass stains    onion half. This prevents that         sidewalk? When it comes time to        Tip #2 - Invest in a strong         crossheads, or pediments added
on clothes, mildew and muddy           built-up gunk on your grill and        enhance the curb appeal of your     roof with a strong warranty. The       on top of the entry door, create
footprints on carpet. But with a       allows your food to cook evenly.       home, there are a multitude of      roof is one of the most vulnera-       stunning complements to the
job, a household and a family to          • Open that fridge; toss any old    improvement projects you can        ble areas of the home’s structure,     home’s exterior.
manage, who has time to clean?         food and containers and be sure        consider—but which ones will        so when it’s time to replace it,           Tip #5 - Replace a window
Fear not. With a few handy tips        to wipe down the shelves. Next,        add the highest resale value to     start with lots of research. Look      with a decorative glass accent
cleaning can be a breeze.              load up the dishwasher and don’t       your home?                          for a low-maintenance roof that        window. Select a front-facing
   Cleaning the house is a neces-      forget about the sponges. Sponges         Home improvement experts         can withstand fire, high winds,        window on your home’s exte-
sity, but it doesn’t have to take      are a hangout for contaminates         suggest you “think big” and         impact, hail and severe weather.       rior that’s in a hallway or guest
away time on the weekends that         and can easily spread germs to         invest in projects that make a         Tip #3 - Enhance the entry-         bathroom and replace it with an
you would rather spend doing           other parts of the kitchen; stick-     significant impact on the exte-     way with brick panels. Set off         artistic decorative glass window
something fun with your loved          ing them in the dishwasher keeps       rior of your home. Adding some      the area surrounding the entry         to add sparkle inside and out-
ones.                                  them fresh and clean.                  window flower pots or garden        door with an environmentally           side the home. Sunlight entering
   Here are some tips to make             • Wipe down your counter-           flags are nice, but they don’t      friendly panelized brick prod-         through a decorative glass win-
your chores go faster:                 tops and cupboards to make them        add lasting value to a home. For    uct. These panels are made of          dow is transformed into colorful
   • Multitask. First, put a load      shine. Look for tough spots like       your enjoyment while living in      recycled gypsum and reinforced         prisms of light. Considered “art
of clothes into the wash and pre-      wine stains or syrup that can seep     the home, and for added resale      with high-density polymer ma-          for the walls” these windows
treat the nastiest stains. Next,       into cracks and corners, leaving a     value when you decide to sell       terials. The overlapping and in-       feature a variety of clear and
spray the bathroom sink, toilet,       yucky mess. And finally, before        the home, consider projects that    terlocking panels install quickly      colored glass pieces and swirls
tub, tiles and shower curtain          you mop, do yourself a favor and       impressively kick up the value of   to the exterior of the home and        accented by black or patina cam-
with a multi-purpose cleaner.          skip the broom. The vacuum is an       your house overall.                 come in “no repeat patterns” to        ing for added elegance.
While the cleaner attacks those        easy way to pick up anything hid-         Tip #1 - Create a bay or bow     assure a one-of-a-kind look.               As with any exterior modifi-
stains, grab the vacuum. Then,         ing on your kitchen floor.             window on the front of your            Tip #4 - Add decorative             cation in Montgomery Village,
wipe down the bathroom and                An effective way to save time       home. Take out a few side-by-       millwork around windows and            please call the Architectural
switch out your laundry for the        with your chores is to use a           side double-hung windows            doors. Trimless doors and win-         Standards Department at 301-
next load.                             multipurpose product on most           and opt to replace them with        dows equate to a boring home           948-0110 or visit www.mont
   • No way around it, barbecues       surfaces. Some products clean          a bay or bow window. These          exterior. By investing in low for specific
are a pain to clean. When you’re       clothing stains, carpet stains, pet    dramatic windows extend the         maintenance urethane window            community criteria. All exterior
ready to cook, turn your grill on      stains, kitchens, bathrooms and        living space on the interior of     crossheads that sit atop win-          modifications must be reviewed
and let it come to full heat. Before   even patio furniture.                  the home and create a new focal     dows, and pilasters that travel        and approved by the Architec-
cooking, take half an onion and                                               point for a house. Make certain     vertically up the sides of doors,      tural Review Board before work
                                                                              to maximize your investment by      homeowners can embellish the           is started.
                                                                              insisting on low-maintenance        exteriors of their homes. Small
klinger & associates
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the most prestigious insurance         Korean, Vietnamese, Spanish and
brokerage firms in the Wash-           French. We are licensed to do
ington, D.C. Metropolitan Area.        business in Delaware, the District
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                Laytonsville, MD
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Design and Build
 • Plant Selection
 • Water Features
 • Lighting

  ask ab out our
   DA       s
                                               Other Services
     n-up s ervice                             • Clean-ups • Mulching

                                               • Mowing Contracts•Decks
                                               • Trellises • Outdoor Carpentry
                                               • Drainage • Erosion Control
                                               • Grading • Fences • Excavation
                                               • Arbor Care Services

      Laytonsville, MD
      MHIC Lic. 79864 • Arborist Lic. MA 0153A       301-252-3917
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J.B. kline landscaping
                                                                            ROBERT PENCE
   In 1972, with just one mow-
er and a Volkswagen “bug,”
J.B. Kline started a small lawn
                                     everything it takes to make sure
                                     the client is completely satisfied.
                                        Our landscape crews pride
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maintenance and landscaping          themselves on a high standard
company. Over the next few
years, J.B. Kline Landscaping
developed a large customer
                                     of excellence. They are highly
                                     skilled in bed preparation, plant
                                     installation and landscape main-
                                                                               SPRING SPECIALS
base, along with an impeccable       tenance. We are members of the                               FLAT ROOFS
reputation.                          Landscape Contractors Associa-
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grow, acquiring many pieces of       censed in the state of Maryland.
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                                           J.B. Kline Landscaping                                                                    Specializing in
                                                                                                                 Landscape Design, Paver Walkways,
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                                                           Rear 6720                                             & other stone work, Custom Decks,
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                                                     Laytonsville, MD 20882
                                                                                                                                      Other services
                                                       (301) 774-6768 (ph)                                       Lawn Maintenance: Commercial &
                                                       (301) 963-2127 (fax)                                      Residential, Spring & Fall Cleanup (Sign
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thompson Creek
                                                                                                                          Liberty Mutual Group
                                    total customer satisfaction. We
 COMpany OVerVIew
   Thompson Creek Window            actively solicit feedback from                                                       12850 Middlebrook Road Ste 102
Company offers the beauty,          our customers, and use that                                                                 Germantown, MD 20874
comfort and reliability that you    feedback to make business im-
                                    provements. We are constantly
                                                                                                                                      Cell: 301-974-5583
want for all your home improve-
ment needs in the Washington,       striving to enhance our methods                                                        Office: 301-515-2972 Ext. 53192
D.C. Metropolitan Area, includ-     to ensure our customers receive                                                                    Fax: 301-515-8690
ing Maryland and Northern           the best experience possible,
Virginia. Over the past 30 years,   with the goal of 100 percent
Thompson Creek Window Com-          customer satisfaction.
pany has become the Mid-At-
lantic’s premier home improve-
                                       Thompson Creek employs a
                                    staff of over 275 people at two        Ross F. Porter, LUTCF
ment replacement products
company. Windows and doors,
                                    locations: our manufacturing
                                    plant and distribution center in
                                                                           Sr. Sales Representative
clog-free gutters, vinyl siding –
custom-manufactured, installed
                                    Landover, Maryland, and our
                                    corporate headquarters and ad-
                                                                           Homeowners - Life - Auto
and serviced from our family-       ministrative offices in Lanham,
owned and operated facilities
in Landover, Maryland.
                                           awardS &
   By manufacturing the prod-
ucts we sell and install, we              reCOGnItIOn
are able to control the product        • 2011 SmartCEO Future 50
design and lead times, allow-       winner
ing us to maintain a strong            • 2011 Remodeling Service          • Qualified Remodeler maga-          InduStry                  Builders Association of Mary-
competitive edge over other         Excellence Award winner from       zine Top 500 Remodeling Com-         CertIFICatIOnS &             land (HBAM)
home improvement companies.         Replacement Contractor maga-       panies: making our first ap-                                          • NAHB Research Center
                                                                       pearance in 2005 at number
                                                                                                             aSSOCIatIOnS                Green Approved
By controlling the installation     zine
                                                                                                            • EPA Lead-Safe Certified
and service of our products,           • 2010 Replacement Contrac-     133, we have steadily risen up                                        • Building Performance In-
we avoid installation-related       tor of the Year by Replacement     the list each year and are now                                    stitute (BPI)
                                                                                                            • ENERGY STAR Partner
service problems and provide        Contractor magazine                at number 16.
                                                                                                            • Windows are NFRC-rated      COMMunIty SerVICe
faster, more dependable service        • 2010 Angie’s List Super          • Qualified Remodeler maga-
                                                                                                            • Member of that National       • Habitat for Humanity of the
to our customers. And we back       Service Award                      zine Top 200 Specialty Remodel-
                                                                                                         Association of Manufacturers    Chesapeake – Board Member
everything up with our transfer-       • SmartCEO 2010 “Circle of      ing Company
                                                                                                         (NAM)                           (Rick Wuest), corporate sponsor
able, double-lifetime guarantee.    Excellence” award for Customer        • Window & Door magazine
                                                                                                            • Member of the National        • Susan G. Komen Founda-
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                                                                                                         Association of the Remodeling   tion Race for the Cure – raised
mitted to our customers, from          • Inc. magazine 2008 and           • Remodeling magazine 16th
                                                                                                         Industry (NARI)                 over $96,000 in the last three
initial consultation to cleanup     2009 list of Fastest Growing       in the Top 550 Remodeling
                                                                                                            • Member of the Northeast    years
after the job is complete. The      Private Companies                  Companies
                                                                                                         Window and Door Association        • ABC’s Extreme Makeover:
driving force behind how every         • Winner of the 2008 Torch         • Top
                                                                                                         (NWDA)                          Home Edition
Thompson Creek employee             Award for Marketplace Ethics       100 Privately Held Businesses
                                                                                                            • Member of the Home
performs their job is the goal of   from the Better Business Bureau    in Maryland

                                                                        2011 Home Improvement guIde                                                           page   23
                                                                                                            Lawn care tips for first-time
                                                             Celebrate over 40 years with us at our            First-time homeowners can              • Aerate the soil. Soil com-
                                                                     free design seminar:
                                                                                                            be overwhelmed at the respon-          paction is a problem for many
                                                             When:       Wednesday, March 30th              sibility that comes with home          homeowners. Heavy usage
                                                                         at 6:30 p.m.
                                                                                                            ownership. While some of those         often compacts the soil, mak-
                                                            Where:       Size 12 at Lakeforest Mall,        responsibilities can be stressful,     ing it very difficult for the lawn
                                                                         Call for detailed directions       others can prove therapeutic.          to hold oxygen and water that
                                                             RSVP: Space is limited, RSVP today:               Many homeowners find car-           roots need to grow and absorb
                                                                             (301) 977-3377                 ing for their lawns to be an en-       valuable nutrients. Aerating
                                                                       e design studio of Adrian Halperin   joyable hobby that helps relieve       increases nutrient, oxygen and
                                                                                and Toni Hall               stress. Time spent outdoors in         water movement into the soil,
                                                           We’ll come to your home and do it all -          the warm sun helps improve             improving rooting and con-
                                                           from concept to completion. Call today           mood, and a lush lawn and              trolling thatch buildup. Hand
                                                           for your complimentary consultation.
                                                                                                            garden can instill a sense of          aerators might prove effective
                                                                                                            pride in homeowners. First-time        on smaller lawns, but most
                                                                                                            homeowners with no history of          lawns would benefit from a core
                                                                                                            caring for a lawn can still turn       aeration machine. For first-time
                                                                                                            their lawn into a lush oasis to        homeowners, it might be best
                                                                                                            be proud of.                           to enlist the services of a profes-
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                                                                                                                                                      • Spread seed evenly. Grass
                                                                                                            good lawn or garden. Healthy
                                                                                                                                                   seed should be spread evenly
                                                                                                            soil will result in healthy plants
                                                                                                                                                   over all tilled areas. Spreading
                                                                                                            and vegetables. Unfortunately,
                                                                                                                                                   can be done by hand or by using
                                                                                                            not all homeowners are lawn-
                                                                                                                                                   a seed spreader.
                                                                                                            care enthusiasts, and first-time
                                                                                                                                                      • Add a light layer of soil
                                                                                                            homeowners might discover
                                                                                                                                                   over the seed. Once the seed has
                                                                                                            their lawns and gardens need
                                             "Our Promise ...                                                                                      been spread, cover the seeded
                                                                                                            lots of work. That work should
                                                                                                                                                   areas with a light layer of soil.
                                      Service, Value, Peace of Mind"                                        begin with a soil test. Do-it-
                                                                                                                                                   Some soils are treated, and these
                                                                                                            yourself soil kits are available at
                                                                                                                                                   treated soils provide nutrients
                                                                                                            most major home improvement
                                                                                                                                                   that encourage growth.
                                                                                                            and lawn and garden centers.
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                                                                                                                                                      • Water well but don’t over-
                                                                                                                                                   do it. The soil around the seed
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                                                                                                                                                   should be moist until the grass
                                                                                                            Department of Agriculture has
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                                                                                                                                                   has grown in to its desired
                                                                                                                                                   height. However, avoid over-
                                                                                                            offices in every state and U.S.
                                                                                                                                                   watering, which can drown
                                     240-401-9138                                                           territory. Such offices provide
                                                                                                                                                   the seed and make new grass
                                                                                                            valuable information to home-
                            301-515-9015 • 301-515-9021 fax                                                 owners, and many even provide
                                                                                                                                                   growth impossible.
                                                                                                            free or low-cost soil tests. These
                                                                                tests can help homeowners learn
                                                                                                                                                       Fertilizer is a friend to lawns,
                                                                               more about their soil and what,        providing the nutrients a lawn
                                                                                                            if anything, they need to do           needs to grow in thick. When
       John Cabrera       20300 Seneca Meadow Parkway, Suite 205 • Germantown                               improve its health.                    fertilizing, use a spreader. The
                                                                                                                                                   type of spreader is up to the
                                                                                                            FInd tHe rIGHt GraSS                   homeowners, but know that
                                                                                                               Some lawns might be an
                                                                                                                                                   drop spreaders, which drop
                                                                                                            eyesore because the grass is not
                                                                                                                                                   the fertilizer directly below the
                                                                                                            the right type of grass for that
                                                                                                                                                   spreader, tend to be more accu-
 plan ahead ... don’t miss the                                                                              particular region. If a grass is not
                                                                                                            a good fit for the region and local
                                                                                                            climate, it likely won’t thrive or
                                                                                                                                                   rate but take more time, while
                                                                                                                                                   broadcast spreaders, which drop
                                                                                                                                                   fertilizer in a pattern away from
                                                                                                            will require considerable and
                                                                                                                                                   the spreader, are less accurate
                                                                                                            often costly maintenance to
            living in Montgomery Village

            health &
                                                                                                                                                   but cover large areas in a much
                                                                                                            stay lush.
                                                                                                                                                   shorter period of time. Avoid
                                                                                                               Bermuda and tall fescue
                                                                                                                                                   fertilizing the same area twice,
                                                                                                            grasses are popular options in
                                                                                                                                                   and be patient. Fertilizing might
                                                                                                            many areas of North America,
                                                                                                                                                   seem like a tedious process, but
                                                                                                            but it’s still best to consult a

                                                                                                                                                   if done correctly, it should lead
                                                                                                            lawncare professional to deter-
                                                                                                                                                   to a lush lawn.
                                                                                                            mine which grass is best for a
                                                                                                                                                       When fertilizing, it’s best
                                                                                                            given region. Learn the ins and
                                                                                                                                                   to do so during the fall and
                                                                                                            outs of caring for the grass, in-
                                                                                                                                                   spring. The exact time to fertil-
                                                                                                            cluding which types of seed and
                                                                                                                                                   ize depends on the region, but

            EXPO 2011
                                                                                                            fertilizer are the best fit, as well
                                                                                                                                                   it’s generally best to fertilize
                                                                                                            as the recommended watering
                                                                                                                                                   between April and early June,
                                                                                                                                                   and then in the fall between late
                                                                                                                plant prOperly                     September and early November.
                                                                                                                                                       When it comes to lawn care,
                      Saturday, nov. 5                                                                          Planting new grass might
                                                                                                            seem like a big undertaking, but
                                                                                                            it’s actually quite easy, even for
                                                                                                                                                   first-time homeowners should
                                                                                                                                                   not be intimidated by this sud-
                                                                                                            first-time homeowners. Once            den responsibility. Caring for
                      9 a.m. to 2 p.m.                                                                      a person has determined the
                                                                                                            correct type of grass to install,
                                                                                                                                                   a lawn can be a relaxing and
                                                                                                                                                   rewarding hobby.
                   lake Marion Community Center                                                             planting is much simpler that
                                                                                                            one might think.
                      8821 east Village avenue
                   Montgomery Village, Md 20886
  For more information or to participate, call 301-948-                                             
              0110, ext. 2328 or ext. 2359.

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                  Do you have a spectacular garden?
                    Submit a photo of your garden to Montgomery Village’s Most Beautiful Garden Contest!
                 First, second and third place winners will be selected in the following categories:
                                        Single Family Homes • Townhomes

Most Beautiful Garden Contest Rules:                                To Enter:
• Properties must be in compliance with Montgomery Village          • Write the property address, your name, telephone number
  Foundation Architectural Standards.                                 and e-mail address on the back of each photo.
• Contestants must be Montgomery Village property owners.           • Mail photos to: Montgomery Village Most Beautiful
• Montgomery Village Foundation staff and their immediate             Garden Contest, Montgomery Village Foundation, 10120
  family members are not eligible to participate.                     Apple Ridge Road, Montgomery Village, MD 20886, or
• Professional landscapers and Most Beautiful Garden Contest          drop off your entry at the same address.
  sponsors are not eligible to participate.                         •Digital photos can be e-mailed to Be
                                                                      sure to include your property address, name and telephone
                                                                      number in the e-mail. Write GARDEN CONTEST in the
                                                                      subject line.
                                                                    • The Montgomery Village News reserves the right to take
                                                                      additional photos of properties entered into the contest.
                                                                    • All photographs become the property of the Montgomery
                                                                      Village News
                                                                    • All submitted photos must be received no later than 5 p.m.
                                                                      on Friday, Aug. 12, 2011.
                                                                         Note: Prizes are subject to change without notice.

                             Win fantastic prizes from:


                                                     2011 Home Improvement guIde                                              page   25
Carol Stern
“Landscape design for year-round enjoyment”
   Perhaps you are the owner of
a new home, or maybe you have
                                        Carol’s work emphasizes
                                     plantings to obtain colors for all
                                                                                                        Carol Stern
lived in Montgomery Village for      seasons in your garden, particu-                             Landscape Design
several years, but either way,       larly those times of year when
you feel you need professional       you most enjoy being outdoors                         Consultation, Design, Installation
help to landscape the grounds        at home.
around your home.                       She is available to talk with
   Landscape designer Carol          you about your personal tastes
Stern knows the feeling. Trained     in garden design and plantings.
at George Washington Univer-         Her goal is a design for your                                     19109 Rhodes Way
sity, she specializes in the small   year-round enjoyment.                                             Montgomery Village, MD 20886
gardens that abound in Mont-            If you need an expert in land-
gomery Village townhome and          scape design, call Carol Stern at                                 301-926-7873
single-family neighborhoods.         301-926-7873.

Spring garden time
   Few things are anticipated                  annualS                       • Impatiens. One of the best-           perennIalS                     • Jacob’s ladder. Variegated
more in spring than the arrival         Looking for first signs of        known plants for the garden,           These plants will come back     foliage that is dappled with
of new leaves on the trees and       color? Look no further than          these annuals come in scores of     year after year and offer spring   violet-colored flowers can add a
budding flowers in the garden.       these wonderful annuals.             colors and can generally tolerate   shows.                             sweet smell and visual interest
A landscape awash with fresh            • Alyssum. Starting in April,     full sun to full shade.                • Cherry blossom. The flow-     to the garden.
colors can brighten the spirit       this cascading bounty of tiny           • Larkspur. Belonging to the     ers that sprout on cherry trees       • Primrose. These flowers
and make anyone want to head         flowers offers a sweet aroma         buttercup family, these flowers     are some of the first signs of     come in a variety of shades,
outdoors.                            that attracts butterflies.           bloom in shades of white to         spring. Their pink or white buds   making them versatile in any
   There are many different             • Dianthus. These vivid           violet.                             are often a spectacle, so much     garden. They also tend to attract
plants that begin to show their      flowers also attract butterflies        • Pansy. These flowers are       so that towns and cities hold      butterflies and hummingbirds.
colors in the spring. A number       and are often a cottage garden       some of the earliest spring         cherry blossom festivals.             • Sweet violet. These fra-
of perennials, annuals and trees     staple.                              bloomers, arriving alongside           • Columbine. These beauti-      grant flowers are edible as well
begin to flower or show new             • Gypsophila. Also known          spring bulbs like tulips.           ful blooms attract butterflies     as attractive. These plants can
sprouts come the springtime.         as baby’s breath, these delicate        • Petunias. Petunias put on a    and can be a nice part of a gar-   self-plant, so unless a gardener
Here are some plants that can        flowers can serve as filler in       show of color through the entire    den bed.                           wants them to spread, they
be planted for springtime enjoy-     any landscape. Pink and white        season, making them a popular                                          should be kept contained.
ment.                                varieties are available.             bedding flower.

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denise Sheehan,
w.C. & a.n. Miller realtors
                                                                                                         Denise Sheehan
                                                                                                    Professionalism, Integrity, Honesty, Enthusiasm and Superior Service
                                                                                                          Licensed in MD, DC, VA • “I’ll get the results you want.”
   Denise Sheehan has been in             respond to urgent matters.
the real estate business for 25              She is licensed in and has                                                      Contact Denise:
years, currently selling with             a deep knowledge of the real
W.C. & A.N. Miller Realtors, a            estate market in Montgomery                                                        Cell: 301-509-1021
Long and Foster Company. She              County, Northern Virginia and
takes pride in her personalized           Washington, D.C. Her self-moti-                                                     Office: 301-299-6000
and professional services offered
to customers. Denise addresses
                                          vation and refined interpersonal
                                          skills together with her market
her customers’ concerns and               knowledge is the core of her                         
keeps lines of communication              business.
open with homebuyers and sell-               Denise has an award-win-                                        Realtors with   10500 River Road
ers. She also enjoys professional         ning record and is in the top                                      over 90 years                                                  CHRISTIE’S
rapport with other brokers and            five percent of her profession                                      experience     Potomac, MD 20854                              GREAT ESTATES

agents in the real estate industry        nationwide. As a resident of
and holds memberships in the              Montgomery Village for over 35                  Resident and Realtor of Montgomery Village for over 35 years
Maryland Association of Real-             years, she can assist you with all
tors, the Montgomery County               your housing needs: detached/
Board of Realtors, Metropolitan           attached/condo/new homes.
Realtors Information System               Her approach is both profes-                 maintained a positive outlook and           tion Historical Book Committee.      and their Art exhibition and sale,
and the National Board of Real-           sional and businesslike, and                 helped us to stay positive and en-             As a local artist, Denise’s       which raised tuition scholar-
tors.                                     she efficiently juggles numerous             thusiastic.”                                artwork has been featured in         ships for Gaithersburg summer
   Experience and education are           tasks and deadlines.                                    - William & Matie Lacy           shows including: the Art League      camps.
pivotal in selecting an agent to             Here’s what some of Denise’s                  “Our experience with Densie             of Germantown (ALOG) Art                W.C. & A N. Miller Realtors,
handle your real estate needs.            clients have said about working              was enjoyable and hassle-free!              Show at Black Rock Center for        a Long and Foster Company,
Denise offers computerized buy-           with her:                                    Thank you, Denise!”                         the Performing Arts; the Gaith-      offers full in-house services that
er and seller presentations and              “She is driven with profes-                     - Roushan & Diana Gadjiev             ersburg Fine Arts Association        include lender and title services
up-to-date market analyses that           sionalism, integrity, honesty and                                                        (GFAA) Spring Juried Show            with a wide range of mortgage
are necessary in today’s chang-           enthusiasm and has the power of                 Denise doesn’t just sell homes           at Kentlands Mansion; and the        products, an insurance agency,
ing market. She takes advantage           positive thinking.“                          in the area, she participates in            Montgomery Village Founda-           and a home warranty company
local metropolitan advertising,                      - Pete & Susie Marshall           the community. She has served               tion Art, Craft and Photograpy       with personalized service for
Realtor Networking, e-mail                    “We had excellent communi-               on the East Village Homes                   Show, where she has taken first      my customers. Call Denise at
and all the advanced technol-             cation with Denise. She always               Corporation Board of Directors              place for work in watercolors.       301-509-1021 for your buyer and
ogy that the real estate industry         kept us in the loop of any offers or         for the last seven years and                   She has combined her art          seller representation and all of
has to offer, and can be reached          open houses she was having. In               is currently a member of the                and community involvement            your real estate needs.
promptly by mobile phone to               such a difficult market she always           Montgomery Village Founda-                  by participating in the Woman

                                                                                                                                   Ice dams: Cold weather
                                                              Being                                                                culprits
                                                                                                                                   by Jane Warfield Reilly, State Farm® Agent

                                                              there                                                                    Nothing says winter to many
                                                                                                                                   people like heavy snow blankets
                                                                                                                                   and icicles hanging from the
                                                                                                                                                                           • Prevent warm, moist air
                                                                                                                                                                        in living spaces from entering
                                                                                                                                                                        unfinished attics with a good

                                                              is why                                                               roof of their homes. But, the
                                                                                                                                   snow and icicles present a subtle
                                                                                                                                   danger, ice dams.
                                                                                                                                                                        air barrier and appropriate wa-
                                                                                                                                                                        ter vapor control at the base of
                                                                                                                                                                        the attic.

                                                              I’m here.
                                                                                                                                       After several days of melting-      • Do not install mechanical
                                                                                                                                   freezing cycles, it’s common         equipment or water heaters
                                                                                                                                   for the melted snow and ice to       in attics, especially in cold cli-
                                                                                                                                   work up under the roof shingles      mates.
                                                                                                                                   until water enters the attic and        • Evaluate the insulation and
                                                                                                                                   eventually does damage to the        ventilation in your attic. Most
                                                                                                                                   ceilings, walls and contents.        experts agree the R-value of attic
  Jane W Reilly Insurance Agency Inc.                         Whether you need a question                                          Ice dams that go unnoticed for       insulation should be at least R-30
        Jane Warfield Reilly, Agent                                                                                                an extended period of time can       (R-38 is preferable in northern
    19636 Club House Road, Suite 120                          answered, a problem solved or a                                      significantly damage the home        climates).
      Montgomery Village, MD 20886                            claim reported, my job is to make                                    and its contents.                       • Provide good attic ventila-
   Bus: 301-948-6061 Fax: 301-977-4614                                                                                                 The right weather conditions     tion to replace warm air in unfin-
                                                              it happen. Like a good neighbor,                                     for ice dams is usually when out-    ished attics with cold outside air.
                                                              State Farm is there. ®
                                                                                                                                   side air temperatures are below         • Make every effort to keep
                                                              CALL FOR A QUOTE 24/7      .                                         freezing for several days with       snow on your roof to a mini-
                                                                                                                                   several inches of snow on the        mum. Long-handled devices on
                                                                                                                                   roof. Research shows keeping         the market called “roof rakes”
                                                                                                                                   the attic air temperature below      let you stand on the ground
                                                                                                                                   freezing when the outside air        and pull the snow off the roof.
                                                                                                                                   temperature is in the low 20s        Remember to stand clear of the
                                                                                                                                   can reduce the risk of ice dams.     falling snow and ice.
                                                                                                                                       There is no guarantee an ice        • Make sure a secondary
                                                                                                                                   dam won’t damage your home,          moisture barrier is installed if
                                                                                                                                   but you can consider these steps     your roof covering is going to
                                                                                                                                   in trying to avoid ice dams from     be replaced in the near future.
                                                                                                                                   forming in the first place:             Ice dams can be damaging,
                                                                                                                                       • Before winter, clean leaves    but a few, simple steps can re-
                                                                                                                                   and debris from gutters and          duce the possibility of build-up.
                                                                                                                                   downspouts.                          Talk with an insurance profes-
                                                                                                                                       • Eliminate any heat sources     sional for more information on
                                                                                                                                   in unfinished attics. Ductwork       these and other home safety tips.
                 State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, State Farm Indemnity Company, Bloomington, IL                     in the attic should be sealed and
 P097193 06/09                                                                                                                     insulated.

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Federal Credit union
   Let MAFCU help you tap the          you with a low interest loan you
equity in your home to make            can use to tackle any project –
home improvements. Contact us          big or small.
today to discuss which option is          No equity? No problem!
right for you. Bring your spring       Even if you don’t have equity in
projects to life with our Home         your home, we have a loan for
Equity and Home Improvement            you. With our Home Improve-
Loans. This upcoming summer,           ment Loan, you can borrow up
impress your guests with a fabu-       to $60,000 with a fixed rate and
lous new kitchen, a spacious           no prepayment penalty.*
dining room or even a luxurious
bathroom. Or, make your home
                                           It’S eaSy tO Get
more energy efficient this sum-                 Started
mer with new windows, a new               For more information, please
air conditioning system or even        contact MAFCU Director of
solar panels. With so many loan        Business Development Ron
choices, Mid-Atlantic Federal          Dimaranan at 301-944-1767 or
Credit Union can help you get          e-mail
everything done for less!
   Tap into your home’s poten-            *Membership eligibility re-
tial—your home’s equity is a           quired. Loan rates and approvals
treasure trove of value.               are subject to credit evaluation. A
   A Home Equity Loan or Line          contract with a licensed General
of Credit utilizes the accrued         Contractor is required for loan ap-
equity in your home to provide         proval.

How to avoid do-it-yourself
project injuries
    Tough economic times call              Homeowners should con-
for even tougher measures—             sider the risks of improvements
and for many homeowners this           before beginning. They should
means getting hands-on with            also take precautions to do im-
home improvement projects.             provements in the safest manner
Although DIY projects can save         possible.
money in theory, they also may             • Always read the manufac-
result in a trip to the hospital       turers’ safety information and
if safety precautions aren’t fol-      usage guidelines for any tools
lowed.                                 before they are put to use.
    According to recent statistics,        • Turn off electrical current to
85 percent of homeowners are           rooms and outlets prior to doing
tackling projects around the           any electrical repairs.
house rather than hiring out-              • Wear proper safety equip-
side contractors. In this difficult    ment, including goggles, dust
economy, emergency rooms are           masks or respirators, boots and
seeing an influx of people com-        gloves.
ing in with injuries ranging from          • Store chemicals in a locked
lacerations to puncture wounds         cabinet or on a high shelf out of      when working
from nail guns.                        reach of children and pets.            on the home,
    John and Jane Do-It-Your-              • Be cautious of power cords.      homeowners should
selfer has easy access to home-        Always unplug tools and turn           always err on the
improvement supplies and tools         off the switches when the item         side of caution to
at the local home center. He or        is not in use.                         reduce their risk of
she also may be inspired by any            • Do not climb past the top        injury.
of the myriad shows on televi-         rung of ladders. Do not use
sion instructing individuals to        furniture or stacked items as a
give renovations a try. How-           ladder.
ever, many homeowners are
not schooled in proper safety
procedures or do not know how
to use tools correctly. This is a
recipe for injury.
                                           • Jobs such as electrical work,
                                       roof work, gas projects or major
                                       plumbing issues are better left to
                                       a skilled contractor.
                                           • Make sure drill bits and
                                                                                           Continental Movers
                                                                                                       Family-owned business since 1982
    Common injuries include:           saw blades are sharp. Dull tools
    • falls from ladders or scaf-      can result in injuries.                    Everyone is treated with care
folding;                                   • Keep fire extinguishers and          at Continental Movers:
    • hand and finger injuries—        a good first aid kit readily avail-         •   Special rates for single people         2 Men                 $80/hour
including amputation—from              able at all times.                          •   Free Boxes
power saws and grinder/sand-               There is no cost savings that                                                       3 Men                 $90/hour
                                                                                   •   Low Cost - Small Vans available
ers;                                   make risking a disability worth
                                                                                   •   Fully insured up to $500,000            Each additional man   $25 more
    • nail gun injuries; since 1991,   it. If a project is beyond an indi-
these injuries have increased by       vidual’s scope of ability, hire a           •   Senior citizen rates
200 percent; and                       professional instead.                       •   We move heavy items inside your home
                                                                                   •   Extra careful services.                                  Local or Long Distance
    • eye injuries and breathing
difficulties.                                                                      •   Reliable workers
                                                                                   •   Money back for referrals               301-340-0602

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                                                                                                                     Montgomery tire Service
       Montgomery Tire Service                                                                             
                                                                                                                        Montgomery Tire Serivce,           ways on! We’re open Monday
        Your Tire & Auto Repair Specialists!                                                                         Gaithersburg’s premier tire           through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                           and Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon.
                                                                                                                     store, is a family-owned busi-

          301-330-8473                                               Oil Change
                                                                                                                     ness that has served this com-
                                                                                                                     munity for over 30 years.
                                                                                                                        Stop by our tire store today
                                                                                                                                                              MOntGOMery tIre
                                                                                                                                                              SerVICe SpeCIalS
                                                                                                                                                              Fall Special: Bring your car,
   Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.                                     Starting at                                at 8309 Snouffer School Road,         or truck in and get our fall
      Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon                                         $19.95                                        Gaithersburg, for new tires
                                                                                                                     and basic auto and truck repair
                                                                                                                                                           special—oil and filter change,
                                                                                                                                                           25-point safety inspection, bat-
                                                                                                                     services. From Michelin™ and          tery test, tire rotation(if needed-
      All makes and brands of tires • Brakes • Starters                                                              Goodyear™ tires, to oil changes       balancing not included) and
                                                                                                                     and tune ups, Montgomery              brake inspection for the low
      Tune-Ups • Radiators • Alternators • Oil Changes                                                               Tire Service is fully equipped
         A/C Service • Bus and Large truck service                                                                                                         price of $29.99!
                                                                                                                     with state-of-the-art equipment          Brake Special: Front or rear
                                                                                                                     to handle all of your automo-         brakes $99.95 per axle (most
                    8309 Snouffer School Road, Gaithersburg                                                          tive needs in a timely, efficient     cars).
                                                                              manner. Backed by 30 years               Tire Specials: 11r24.5 Dump
                                                                                                                     of experience in the industry,        Truck Tires under $300. Ask
                                                                                                                     our friendly, knowledgeable           about our special price on Lawn
                                                                                                                     technicians have the expertise        and Garden tires.
                                                                                                                     to do the job right the first time.
                                                                                                                     Call today for more information          Our hourly rate on mechani-
                                                                                                                     about our affordable services.        cal work is $90—compare that
Venice Mundle-Harvey                                                                                                 We are conveniently located in        with everyone else!
                                                                                                                     the old Metro Fleet Building™            We beat the rest, guaranteed!
allstate Insurance agent                                                                                             on Snouffer School Road. Come
                                                                                                                     on down—the coffee pot is al-
      alternatIVe                       six months. Replace any that are
   HeatInG MetHOdS                      10 years or older. In addition,                 Please Note:
                                        position smoke detectors wisely
   InCreaSe CHanCe                      by placing one on every level of
     OF HOuSe FIreS                                                                     Every exterior modification must meet established ARB application and approval require-
                                        your home and near areas where
    Higher fuel costs may drive         you and your family sleep.
                                                                                        ments regardless of whether a modification or replacement material has been approved in
consumers to use kerosene, pro-             • Use extreme caution with                  concept in the past. Also, MVF does not take responsibility regarding claims and services
pane heaters to warm homes dur-         your Christmas tree. Keep your                  advertised in the Village News and Home Improvement Guide.
ing the holidays and throughout         Christmas tree far away from any
the winter.                             source of fire and water it often to
    With the Farmer’s Almanac           prevent it from becoming danger-
predicting a colder than normal         ously dry.
winter, though not as bad as last           • Never put Christmas tree
year, many homeowners may               branches or needles in a fireplace
try alternative means to keep           or near a wood burning stove.
their homes warm. In doing so,          Once the season is over, discard
consumers need to make sure             the tree promptly. The best way
they are take appropriate steps         to dispose of your tree is to take
to prevent home fires and be            it to a recycling center or have it
adequately prepared in case a fire      collected by a community pickup
breaks out.                             service.
    “We just entered the fall sea-          • Always dispose of ashes
son, and pretty soon we’ll be           properly. Place ashes from a
turning on the heat or using al-        fireplace or wood stove in sealed,
ternative sources such as woods         metal contained with a lid.
stoves or kerosene heaters to               • Inspect holiday lights each
keep their homes warm. We are           year for frayed wire, bare spots,
concerned about the potential           gaps in the insulation, broken
risk for increased house fires,”        or cracked sockets and excessive
says Venice Mundle-Harvey, Ex-          kinking or wear. Do not leave lit
clusive Agent, Allstate Insurance.      holiday lights unattended.
    According to the U.S. Fire              • Monitor lit candles care-
Administration, more than 4,000         fully making sure they are in
Americans die each year in fires,       stable holders and in places where
and more than 20,000 are injured        they cannot be easily knocked
with 82 percent of all fire deaths      over. Make sure to extinguish all
occurring in the home—most              candles before leaving the house
of these deaths are preventable.        or going to bed.
There are also an estimated 200             • If you use a kerosene or
fires and 25 injuries resulting from    propane heater, make sure there
Christmas tree fires each year.         is at least one carbon monoxide
    Experts agree that by follow-       detector on each floor.
ing these simple fire safety tips           • Keep fire extinguishers
at home, you can boost survival         handy. Make sure there’s at least
rates dramatically for you and          one on each floor—especially near
your family:                            the kitchen, garage, laundry room
    •Have a professional clean          and workshop.
your chimney prior to the start             • Discuss a fire safety and
of heating season.                      emergency escape plan with
    • Make sure your smoke de-          your family to ensure that ev-
tectors work. A working smoke           eryone knows what to do in case
alarm reduces one’s chance of dy-       a fire breaks out. Make sure you
ing in a fire by nearly a half. Check   have at least two exit ways out of
the batteries in your smoke detec-      your house and designate an out-
tors monthly. Keep extra batteries      side meeting place for everyone.
on hand and replace them every

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dHC repairs and remodeling
301-774-4004 or 301-253-9646                                                    **YOUR VILLAGE HOME REPAIR SPECIALIST**
    2011 represents the 40th year
in business for DHC Repairs and
                                      repair specialists.
                                          “Dependable,” “Honest,” “Re-
                                                                                         NEED A LICENSED PROFESSIONAL?
Remodeling (DHC) as specialists
in the field of residential repairs
                                      liable”—all words many Mont-
                                      gomery Village homeowners
                                                                                       LARGE OR SMALL — DHC WILL FIX IT ALL!

                                                                                                         Repairs and
and improvements. You already         already know describe DHC’s
know them as Dan Himmelfarb           service. Being located in Mont-
Company—that’s the DHC.               gomery County for 40 years has
    The company offers a broad        provided DHC the opportunity to

range of services including re-       become well acquainted with the
modeling, carpentry, drywall          homes in your neighborhood and
work, leak diagnosis, painting,       the materials that many builders’
plumbing, electric, roofing, pres-    used in original construction. As
sure washing and sealing, struc-
tural repairs and termite damage
restoration. DHC is a Preferred
                                      experienced home repair special-
                                      ists, DHC can diagnose your roof
                                      or window leak and perform the
                                                                                  Family owned and operated for 40 years. Providing repairs, remodeling and additions.
Installer for Simonton windows        necessary repairs as well as in-
and doors and offers a Design/        spect and replace rotten wood on
Build Program to assist with your     the exterior of your home. DHC
bathroom, kitchen or other re-        takes pride in delivering quality
modeling projects. The company        workmanship with every job and                   Carpentry • Wood Rot • Drywall • Consulting
is also an EPA Certified Lead-Safe    guarantees their work.
Renovator—allowing them to                Our office hours are 7 a.m. to             Electrical/Plumbing • Painting • Termite Repairs
safely repair or modify homes         4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
built pre-1978.                       Call the next time you need a                    Doors & Windows • Leak Diagnosis & Repair
    DHC Repairs and Remodel-          helping hand. DHC’s knowledge-
ing (DHC) is licensed by the          able, full-time office staff is there
                                                                                       Radon System Services • Prep Home for Sale
Maryland Home Improvement
Commission (#18344), a member
                                      to discuss your project or repair,
                                      forward you rates and references,
                                                                                         Roof Repairs • Masonry Repairs and New
of the Better Business Bureau and     and set up an appointment or                          Grouting/Caulking • Gutters/Covers
the Gaithersburg-Germantown           consultation visit.
Chamber of Commerce, and is               DHC Repairs and Remodeling
listed with Dunn and Bradstreet.      understands how important it is                Maryland Home Improvement Comm. License #18344
DHC is licensed, bonded and           for you to find the right contractor
carries full liability, fleet and     for your needs - that’s why they                                ALL WORK GUARANTEED
workers’ compensation insur-          provide “quick response” ser-
ances. All DHC field technicians
are screened and background-
                                      vice at competitive prices. Your
                                      call will always get the prompt             DHC IS FULLY LICENSED, BONDED & INSURED FOR
checked personally, by Dan Him-
melfarb. All field technicians are
                                      professional attention it deserves
                                      from a business you can trust.                    LIABILITY, WORKERS’ COMP. & FLEET
cross-trained, seasoned home

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             the Columbia Bank
                                                                                                                              Our Home Equity                                                                                      
                                    1.99% APR
                                                                                   1                                                                                                                                                         1-888-TCB-BANK
                               6 Month Introductory Rate
                                                                                                                              Line of Credit is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             local banking at its best
                                                                                                                               in full bloom!                                                                                                    With many of the big bank        come to expect and appreciate.
                                          3.99% APR
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             mergers taking place right now          One of the valuable services
                                      Current Standard Rate                                                                                                                                                                                  across our region, it’s good to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             know that you have a financial
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  we provide is through Fulton
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Mortgage Company, the mort-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             partner ready to serve all your      gage services division of The
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             needs, right in your neighbor-       Columbia Bank. This unique
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             hood.                                partnership allows our custom-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 At The Columbia Bank, we         ers to take advantage of valuable
                                                                                                            1.888.TCB.BANK I                                                                                             have built a solid reputation for    bank products they can use in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             meeting our customers’ needs         conjunction with mortgage prod-
       Equal Housing Lender. Member FDIC. Member of the Fulton Financial Family. The product is a variable rate line of credit secured by the primary residence and not exceeding an 80% loan to value ratio. This account
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             and going the extra mile to          ucts, to best serve their home
 includes a fixed rate option. Current fixed rate APRs range from 3.49% to 10.99% depending on credit qualifications, payment option, and loan term selected. This rate may vary, but once established as a new Fixed Rate
 Advance, will not vary thereafter. A $100 rate lock fee applies each time you establish a Fixed Rate Advance. The fee is waived if rate is locked at closing. Closing costs for lines of credit up to $250,000 typically range from         provide the dedicated and local      buying, refinancing or construc-
 approximately $290 to $3,500 depending on line amount, appraisal requirements and property location. Any closing costs initially paid by the bank on the borrower’s behalf, must be paid by the borrower if the account is closed
 within 3 years, the interest paid within the initial 3 years does not equal or exceed the closing costs paid on the borrower’s behalf, or the account is not paid as agreed or is suspended, terminated or accelerated within the initial   service they deserve. We believe     tion loan needs.
 3 year period. Prince George’s County transfer taxes are not eligible for closing costs deferral and are the responsibility of the borrower. Borrower must pay mortgage satisfaction fees at loan termination. Property insurance is
 required. Rate and terms subject to change and may be withdrawn without notice. Rates are available to qualified borrowers and loans are subject to credit approval. 1The advertised 1.99% APR (Annual Percentage Rate) applies             that by listening to our custom-        In addition, customers have
 to new lines of credit of at least $10,000 and an automatic deduction of payment from a The Columbia Bank deposit account. Applications must be received by February 12, 2011. Borrowers with a credit score of 720 or better
 will receive 1.99% APR for 6 months from the opening date. For borrowers having a credit score of less than 720 (not receiving an introductory rate), APRs are variable and may range from 4.00% Wall Street Journal Prime (WSJP
 plus .75%) to 6.50% (WSJP plus 3.25%), depending on credit qualifications and payment option selected. 2After the expiration of the 6-month introductory rate period, the APR will be based on the WSJP as published daily plus
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             ers, and truly understanding         access to mortgage loan officers
 a margin or minimum APR of 3.99%, whichever is greater. The advertised 3.99% APR is our current standard rate with automatic deduction of payment from a The Columbia Bank deposit account. For borrowers having a credit
 score of 720 or better, depending on credit qualifications and payment option selected, APRs may range from 3.99% (Minimum) to 4.00% (WSJP plus .75%). APR may increase if automatic payment is discontinued. The maximum
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             their needs, we are able to pro-     who operate locally through
 APR is 18.00%.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             vide the best financial solutions    The Columbia Bank network of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             to help them reach their goals.      branches. This provides them
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 With assets of more than $2.1    with one point of contact through
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             billion, 41 branch offices and 43    the entire mortgage process, with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             ATMs, The Columbia Bank has          personalized, dedicated service
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             been a leader in the banking         every step of way.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             community, helping the people,          In today’s ever-changing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             businesses and the communities       banking environment, it’s im-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             that span the central Maryland       portant to work with people
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             marketplace counties of Anne         who understand your goals and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Arundel, Baltimore, Baltimore        are dedicated to meeting your
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             City, Cecil, Frederick, Howard,      needs. At The Columbia Bank
Village Settlements, Inc.                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Montgomery, Prince George’s          and Fulton Mortgage Company,                                                                                                                                                                                                                   and Washington, as well as           you get both, from locations close
1-866-219-6557                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Franklin County in Pennsylva-        to home.
   Village Settlements, Inc., is                                               munity since 1975. At Village                                                     to call and request a free copy                                             nia.                                    For more information about
dedicated to providing compre-                                                 Settlements, Inc., our attorneys                                                  of our book, “Ask the Lawyer:                                                   We are able to provide a         The Columbia Bank or Fulton
hensive real estate settlement                                                 are always available, free of                                                     A Question and Answer Guide                                                 full-range of financial products     Mortgage Company, please
services for our clients.                                                      charge, to answer any questions                                                   to the Real Estate Transaction.”                                            and services normally offered        visit
   Our attorneys have over 250                                                 regarding your settlement. Our                                                    Also, information is available                                              through larger institutions, while   or call 1-888-TCB-BANK (1-888-
years of combined experience                                                   attorneys can be reached at                                                       on our website, www.village                                                 maintaining the personalized         822-2265). Member FDIC. Equal
and have been serving the com-                                                 301-590-9300. Please feel free                                                                                                      community-oriented banking re-       Housing Lender.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             lationships that customers have

                                                                                                                                                                     2011 Home Improvement guIde                                                                                                         page   31
                      8135 Snouffer School Road • Gaithersburg, MD

            301.990.6689                                                                       Mon. - Sat. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
                                                                                                 Sun. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

                 Mulches (bulk or bag)
                  Topsoil (bulk or bag)                                                        We
               Leaf Grow (bulk or bag)
             Fertilizers • Organic Products
               Deer Repellent Products
             Herbs • Annuals • Perennials
                   Vegetables • Tools
              Wheelbarrows • Spreaders
                Trees and Shrubs • Sod
            Grass Seed • Straw/Penn Mulch
                    Hanging Baskets
              Ground Covers • Stonedust
               CR8 • Flagstone • Pottery

   3 cu. ft. Shredded
   Hardwood Mulch
    w/any $25 retail
                                                Trees and Shrubs
        *retail sales only                          *retail sales only
   With this coupon. Must present coupon at
   time of purchase. Not valid in combination
                                                With this coupon. Must present coupon at
                                                time of purchase. Not valid in combination
      with any other offers. Expires 6/3/11.       with any other offers. Expires 6/3/11.

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Seasons nursery, Inc.                                                                                                                        delIVery prICeS
                                                                                                                               $30                           $45
301-990-6689                                                                                                                   Derwood                       Aspen Hill
   Seasons Nursery has been a          Seasons carries a full selec-     assist you in finding the right                       Flower Hill                   Clarksburg
Gaithersburg landmark since         tion of plants, trees, shrubs,       combination of locally grown                          Montgomery Village            Damascus
1992. Owner operator, Michael       annuals and perennials. Ans          plants, flowers and accessories                       Saybrooke                     Darnestown
Johnson, provides over 35 years     everything you need for your         to make the most of your gar-                         Washington Grove              Germantown
of plant and gardening experi-      garden or landscape, including       dening experience. Seasons also                                                     Kentlands
ence, getting his start at John-    a large selection of bulk mulch,     carries a variety of finishing                        $55                           King Farm
son’s Flower and Garden Center,     premium shredded hardwood            touches such as flagstone, lawn                       Bethesda                      Laytonsville
a family-owned business that        and dyed mulch. Seasons also         and garden edging, fertilizers,                       Poolesville                   North Potomac
his grandfather started in 1933     carriers bagged mulch (black,        organic products and tools.                           Potomac                       Olney
in Washington, D.C. Michael’s       brown and red dyed), top soil,          Seasons is open Monday                             Wheaton                       Quince Orchard
wealth of product knowledge         leaf grow, cow manure, shred-        through Saturday from 8 a.m. to                                                     Rockville
and information has made Sea-       ded hardwood, silver dollar          6 p.m. and Sundays from 9 a.m.                        $75
sons Nursery one of the premier     nuggets, mini nuggets, shred-        to 5 p.m., and will deliver (see                      Washington, D.C.
nurseries in the area, and has      ded pine, cypress and red cedar.     our delivery list for locations                       Silver Spring
built a reputation of providing        Our friendly and knowledge-       and prices).
the highest quality plant materi-   able gardening experts will
als and customer service.

kettler Forlines Homes
Announcing the Grand Opening of energy-efficient Brightwell Crossing community
   Kettler Forlines Homes, a        sign professionals to incorporate    Forlines Homes’ third residen-              of the model home between             achieve the American Dream
Montgomery Village-based            fresh, market-driven ideas into      tial community in Poolesville.              11 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily. Visit       of home ownership in commu-
homebuilding company                Brightwell Crossing,” said Tom       The homebuilder previously         to         nities throughout Maryland,
with a 30-plus year track re-       Kettler, president of Kettler        built the successful Tama and               take virtual tours, and to learn      Virginia, West Virginia, and
cord of industry excellence         Forlines Homes at Brightwell         Woods at Tama communities,                  more about Western Montgom-           Pennsylvania. Every single-
and awards, has opened the          Crossing and a long-time Pool-       which earned the company                    ery County’s most desirable new       family home built by Kettler
Montgomery model home               esville resident. “Classic yet       the Maryland National Capital               single family home community.         Forlines provides excellence in
and design center for Bright-       progressive homes are being          Building Industry Association’s                                                   design, attention to detail and
well Crossing (www.bright           built in Western Montgomery          “Environmental Developer
                                                                                                                        aBOut kettler                      the highest of quality. The man- Located in the   County’s most charming town,         Builder of the Year” award.                    FOrlIneS HOMeS                     agement team averages over
historic Town of Poolesville,       which proudly boasts a first-           Contact Chris Pikus, commu-                 Founded in 1978 by Clar-           25 years of tenure, providing
Brightwell Crossing is the newest   rate school system, making it        nity sales manager, 301-208-2588            ence Kettler and Clifford For-        knowledge and experience that
residential living community in     an ideal setting for any family.”    or at chrispikus@kettlerforlines            lines, Kettler Forlines Homes         few competitors can equal. For
a nationally-recognized school         Homes in the Brightwell Cross-, for a personal tour              has helped over 4,000 families        more information, visit www.
district in Western Montgomery      ing community will all be ENER-                                                                              
County, just outside of Wash-       GY STAR® qualified, and among

                                                                           GRAND OPENING!
ington, D.C.                        the first built in the region also
   “With construction under-        to have the new EPA Indoor
way and new residents set to        airPLUS label, which indicates
move in by the end of the year,     they are designed for improved
the feedback we’re hearing          indoor air quality. According
about the many customizable         to the U.S. EPA, “Homes that
space and design options avail-     earn the EPA ENERGY STAR
able for new home buyers is         and Indoor airPLUS labels are            Poolesville’s newest family-friendly
overwhelmingly positive,” said      designed to have lower utility
Richard Kettler, owner of Ket-      costs, greater comfort, better
                                                                             neighborhood is now
tler Forlines Homes. “People        durability and reduced risk of           open – from the
are especially drawn to the         indoor air quality problems.
comfortable and functional liv-     The construction features of             $500’s!
ing options that have become        Indoor airPLUS qualified homes
priorities for home buyers in       can lead to lower health risks,
recent years.”                      protection against combustion
   With the model home located      pollutants, and fewer pests, al-
at 17919 Elgin Road in Pool-        lergens and asthma triggers.”
esville, Brightwell Crossing lot       Construction is also under-
sizes range from one-third to       way on Brightwell Crossing’s
one acre and home prices start      new six-acre Elgin Park. It will
in the $500,000s. Seven new         include a high-school regulation
home designs are available to       size lacrosse/soccer field, a full
choose from, ranging from 2,450     basketball court, a large play-
to 4,200 square feet. The most      ground area for children 2 to 12
popular features include the        years old, a picnic pavilion with
open “heart of the first floor”     restroom facilities, and walking
kitchen/family room/sunroom         trails that are connected to 50
area; home offices for telecom-     acres of protected woodland             • All new Energy Star® and EPA              • Six-acre Brightwell Crossing
muters; a second-floor laundry      surrounding Dry Seneca Creek.             Indoor airPLUS certified homes,             Elgin Park
room; walk-in closets; large           Brightwell Crossing is located
                                                                              all in a naturally beautiful setting      • Poolesville’s small town charm
kitchen and butler’s pantries;      in Western Montgomery Coun-
an abundance of natural light       ty, just outside of Washington,         • 1/3+ acre homesites                       • Kettler Forlines Homes’ high
and bay windows with views of       D.C., with easy access to many          • Montgomery County Public Schools            standards of quality, comfort
nearby Sugarloaf Mountain; 20       nearby hubs for business and              including Magnet Program                    and luxury
percent larger garages than stan-   leisure. The nation’s capital; a
dard; stone-detailed porches;       bustling I-270 biotechnology            Interactive floorplans at
and decorative backyard rain
barrels to collect storm water
                                    corridor; Northern Virginia; and
                                    historic Frederick, Maryland are
runoff for watering lawns and       all easily accessible via public        Visit our new Model Home and Design Center located at
plants.                             transportation or by car within         17919 Elgin Rd., Poolesville, MD 20837, Open daily 11am - 6pm.                                Md. Builder Registration #6349

   “We’ve worked with indus-        20 to 45 minutes.
try-leading architects and de-         Brightwell Crossing is Kettler
                                                                            Contact Chris Pikus: 301-208-2588 or

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                          and YOU didn’t lift a finger?                                                     301-948-2678, 410-884-8446, or 703-218-1241

                                    consistent                             OFF                                  Since 1967, Four Seasons
                                                                                                            Home Improvement has pro-
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                                                                                                                                                  and detailed approach of these
                                                                                                                                                  skilled professionals.
                                                                                                                                                       eXterIOr HOMe
                                    thorough                       $25 off your 1st cleaning
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                                                                                                                Four Seasons Home Im-                 We offer a variety of services
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                                                                                                            tor providing the D.C. Metro          terials.
                                                                                                            area with unsurpassed exterior            Windows and Doors. Four
                                                                                                            remodeling services for siding,       Seasons Home Improvement of-
                                                                                                            roofing, windows, doors and           fers residents a variety of choices
                                                                                                            gutter systems, with an empha-        for their homes windows and
                                                                                                            sis on Satisfaction Guaranteed.       doors. Because they impact a

                                                                                                                Our office headquarters and
                                                                                                            warehouse facilities are strate-
                                                                                                            gically located in a company-
                                                                                                                                                  home’s aesthetic appeal, func-
                                                                                                                                                  tionality and energy efficiency,
                                                                                                                                                  we only provide installations of
                                                                                                            owned building in Rockville,          high quality windows and doors
                                                                                                            and allow us to efficiently serve     that can significantly improve
                                                                                                            the entire region.                    the way your home looks, feels
                                         Hilary R. Kam, GRI                                                  an eXperIenCed and
                                                                                                                                                  and functions.
                                                                                                                                                      Roofing. Four Seasons Home
                                            Been recognized as a                                             dedICated General                    Improvement is committed to
                                Monthly Top Office Producer and Award Winner                                      COntraCtOr                       installing roofing systems with
                                                                                                               With over 30 years of general      excellent warranties and life
                              Montgomery Village resident for 23 years                                      contracting experience, special-      expectancies. Choosing Four
                                                                                                            izing in exterior remodeling          Seasons to replace your existing
                                                                                                            and restoration repairs, the          roof ensures proper installation
                               “If you are thinking of buying or                                            Four Seasons team has a vested        of high quality roofing products
                               selling a home call Hilary for the                                           interest in providing the best
                                                                                                            service possible for our custom-
                                                                                                                                                  by an experienced roofing con-
                                                                                                                                                  tractor. We are a proud member
                                very best service and results.”                                             ers. It is our dedication to excel-   of the National Roofing Contrac-
                                                                                                            lence in craftsmanship, high          tors Association.
                                                                                                            quality, full warranty products           Siding. The Four Seasons
                                        Cell phone:                                                         and customer service that has         Home Improvement team of sid-
                                                                                                            supplied us with a long list of       ing experts is dedicated to prop-
                                       Home office: 301-963-7770                                             local references, which is made       er installations of high quality
                                         Office: 301-251-3040                                                available to confirm the quality      products that offer superb style
                                                                                                            of our work.                          to your home’s exterior. The
                                          Email:                                                 We are proud to provide a          technological advancements of
                                                                            level of service that can meet        siding materials and installa-
                                                                                                            the standard of “Customer             tion techniques allow for more
                                                                                                            Satisfaction Guaranteed.”             aesthetic variety and extend the
                                                                                                                                                  longevity of your home.
                                                                                                              a StaFF deVOted                         Gutters. Four Seasons Home
                                                                                                             tO eXCeedInG yOur                    Improvement installs gutters
                                                                                                                eXpeCtatIOnS                      on homes throughout the re-
                                                                                                               We have a fully staffed ser-       gion. As siding and roofing
                                                                                                            vice department dedicated to          specialists, installing gutters
                                Interior and Exterior                                                       providing our customers with          has become second nature to
                                Renovation, Handyman,                                                       a better-than-satisfactory result.    us, and our customers depend
                                                                                                               We pick up the phone when          on us to provide gutter systems
                                Carpentry, Painting,                                                        you call, answer your questions       that increase drainage efficiency
                                Wallpapering,                                                               and make it a point to be acces-      without detracting from the
                                                                                                            sible to our customers when-          beauty and style of their homes.
                                Faux Finishes and Small Repairs                                             ever they need us. The earnest
                                                                                                            commitment of our staff gives
                                                                                                                                                  FOur SeaSOnS HOMe
                                                                                                            our company the ability to               IMprOVeMent
 301-570-3927 Over 25 Years Experience                                                                      resource solutions to meet the        BuSIneSS pHIlOSOpHy                                                                                        specific needs of the customer.          Our business philosophy is
                                                                                                                                                  founded on the premise that
                                                                                                             eXpertS In eXterIOr
                                         Free                                                                HOMe IMprOVeMent
                                                                                                                                                  professionalism, a quality com-
                                                                                                                                                  mitment to excellence and a
  Licensed • Bonded                   Estimate                                                                 The crews employed by              clear responsiveness to the
       Insured                                 s                                                            Four Seasons Home Improve-            customer will be how our per-
                                                                                                            ment are true tradesmen. They         formance is judged.
                                                                                                            each specialize in repair and            Serving Washington D.C.,
                                                                                                            installation for one trade and        Maryland and Northern Vir-
                                                                                                            average over fifteen years ex-        ginia
                                                                                                            perience in that trade specialty         Coverage area includes but
                                                                                                            with our company. Our cus-            is not limited to: Washington
                                                                                                            tomers can be assured they are        D.C., Rockville, Bethesda, Mont-
Please Note:                                                                                                receiving exterior remodeling         gomery Village, Potomac and
                                                                                                            and renovation work guided            Gaithersburg.
Every exterior modification must meet established ARB application and approval require-                     by the knowledgeable hands
ments regardless of whether a modification or replacement material has been approved in
concept in the past. Also, MVF does not take responsibility regarding claims and services
advertised in the Village News and Home Improvement Guide.

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