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    Chubbuck City Hall remains on schedule for mid-July grand opening – East Idaho News - February 4, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    A view from inside of the planning and economic development office on the second floor of the Chubbuck City Hall construction site on Feb. 1, 2021. | Kalama Hines,

    CHUBBUCK Two newly named streets Kinport Crossing and Scout Mountain Way frame the city of Chubbucks newest municipal development.

    What will become the new Chubbuck City Hall is on schedule for a mid-July grand-opening. A recent milestone was a unanimous city council vote approving the names of two new streets. The naming came after requests from the public that the streets be named after local mountain ranges or waterways. Both Kinport Crossing and Scout Mountain Way bear the names of prominent local mountain peaks.

    Shops, food trucks, a walkable downtown and a new City Hall. How Chubbuck will change this summer.

    Chubbuck Public Works Director Rodney Burch remains hopeful that a ceremonial ribbon-cutting will be possible a bit earlier than the grand-opening, even if some landscaping work remains unfinished at the time.

    I wish we were doing a Fourth of July ribbon-cutting, Burch said. It would be amazing to christen this building on our nations birthday.

    Garrett Goldale, Regional Manager for CM Company, INC., the construction company responsible for the development, said despite the drywall process being a week behind schedule, an early ribbon-cutting remains possible.

    Fourth of July ribbon-cutting is a milestone were shooting for, he said.

    The first floor multi-purpose room, an area that city residents will be able to reserve. The drywall is nearing completion on the first floor of the Chubbuck City Hall development. | Kalama Hines,

    Prior to the drywall process, which Goldale called the start of the finish activities, the development had not been more than five days off schedule since it began last April. Delays and fluctuations happen, according to Burch. Its just part of the ebbs and flows of the construction process, Goldale added.

    Were not worried about, Burch said. We still have the same move-in date that weve always had.

    Aside from the drywall, officials say development is going swimmingly. Installation of windows and skylights are underway. Giant steel window frames spanning both floors, being fabricated off-site, are being installed at a pace of one per day, according to CM Company Superintendent Jim Frazier.

    The mayors office as seen from a reception area directly below one of three large skylights on the second floor. |

    With the interior taking shape, Burch has begun leading small tours of Chubbuck city staff to see the development. The idea, he said, has always been to make sure that all city staff, from the mayor to the mechanics, have some ownership over the development and their future offices. These visits, Burch said, have been met with excitement from all.

    As I walk through the facility now, were 95% on sheetrock and the bottom level is starting texture and paint. Its really starting to look like a facility, Burch said.

    While the task of drywall, texture and painting slowly spans the interior, the exterior is nearing a finished appearance.

    Plastic sheets have been removed over the past month and replaced with giant windows. Likewise, covers over skylights now have glass. On the west side of the building, the coloring and framing represent a finished product.

    Every time you pull some plastic down its like unwrapping a Christmas present, Goldale joked.

    At present, the grand-opening is tentatively scheduled for July 20.

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    Akron group rehabs properties and reputation of underserved Summit Lake neighborhood – - February 4, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    The Summit Lake Build Corps hires teens to work and teaches life skills.

    AKRON, Ohio They say home is where the heart is, but Akron's Summit Lake neighborhood has a heart that needs some healing.

    "I think the broader reputation for Summit Lake is somewhat negative," Summit Lake resident Stephanie Leonardi, aka "Leo," says. In an effort to change those perceptions and improve the area, she founded Summit Lake Build Corps.

    "It used to be just watering gardens and picking up trash but over time, we found that building was something we could repeat every weekend," she said.

    The corps is made up of teens from the neighborhood. The sounds of power tools echo through their workshop; this is a real job for them.

    They learn real-world skills like carpentry, drywall installation, and painting. One fixer-upper job kept them busy over the past year. According to Corps team member Solomon Odekunle,

    "It was like a naked house. and when I say naked, I mean like broken windows," team member Solomon Odekunle said.

    They all had skills to bring to the table, including Eric Smith

    "I helped with a lot of the painting and staining and stuff."

    Working, learning, and earning: They get paid! But for all the Build Corps, this is about more than money.

    "The fact that they're getting more teens off the street doing better things, more productive things," Alicia Diener said.

    For Odekunle, an immigrant fairly new to Akron, he gets a new home. The humble house on Ira Avenue isn't the prettiest on the outside, but just like with people, it's what's on the inside that counts. He can't wait to show it off to his neighbors.

    "I'll be like, 'You know I helped build this, right?!'"

    According to Leo, this model could work in any neighborhood, but this is her and all her corps members' homes.

    "We found this niche where the work we do matters and makes an improvement in the physical neighborhood and it also works on us," she said.

    Summit Lake Build Corps is not only rehabbing properties; they're rehabbing the neighborhood's reputation as well.

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    It’s crazy-hard to find a decent, available contractor but word of mouth is still your best bet – Pacific Northwest Inlander - February 4, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Some homeowners seek out home improvement. Others have home improvement thrust upon them.

    Take last November, for example, when a windstorm toppled a tree smack-dab onto the roof of one of the homes Steve Corker rents out. Corker had little choice but to find a roofing contractor who had the time to replace nearly 30 percent of the roof.

    "It almost took us four weeks to find a roofer," Corker says.

    In the meantime, to prevent rain from leaking into the tenant's apartment, all they could do was put up a tarp and wait.

    It's not like Corker doesn't have connections. He's the president of the Landlord Association of the Inland Northwest. But with a portfolio of only four apartment units and 14 homes, it's nearly impossible to find a full-time handyman on call.

    "Most of the contractors won't touch us with a 10-foot pole," Corker says. "We're not big enough. They want to work on big projects."

    And so like most homeowners or small-time landlords in Spokane who need work done on their property, Corker is at the mercy of a brutally tight market where getting a subcontractor in the door means sitting on a waitlist for ages.

    Just finding someone to upgrade a window, he says, took four months.

    "Right now, there's just a lack of qualified craftsmen," Corker says. "We're just screaming for people in the industry to do the work."

    Combined with the skyrocketing cost of construction materials, the dearth of available craftsmen can turn a simple home improvement project into a long and pricey nightmare.


    "I don't advertise or do anything," Sebright says. "It's all word of mouth."

    Yet most contractors who rely on subcontractors are running into the same frustrations as they try to seek out plumbers, electricians and other skilled laborers for their projects.

    William Morin, a contractor who runs Morin Construction, says it can feel impossible to find ceramic tile setters or "a good drywall guy right now."

    Even before COVID, Spokane had already been struggling with a construction labor problem. A few years ago the froth from the surging Seattle and Portland housing markets overflowed into Spokane, ending years of low rents and low home prices.

    But Joel White, executive officer at the Spokane Home Builders Association, says that the pool of construction laborers still hasn't been replenished after many left the region or the industry after the 2008 recession.

    White, like many observers, thought that COVID might have sparked another housing crash. But that's not what happened. The coronavirus didn't devastate the construction trade it supercharged it.

    While the initial lockdowns froze construction projects for a few months, that just gave more time for demand to build up.

    Stay-at-home orders, it turned out, just made people want to fix up the home they're staying in.

    "People being stuck in home, stimulus checks maybe they're able to get stuff done around the house they've been planning for years," Morin says. But it's one thing to have the intention to rehab your house. It's another to find someone to help you do it, at a time when everyone has the same goal.

    "If you don't know somebody, you're going to call them, and you're not going to get a call back right now."


    "A sheet of oriented strand board has tripled if not quadrupled in price," Sebright says.

    Take it from Karl Ziegler, executive officer of Spokane's beloved regional building supply store chain Ziggy's.

    "Lumber prices are high right now unrealistically high," he says.

    During the last week of January, he says, the composite price of 1,000 square feet of plywood was around $861 a $16 increase from the week before.

    Last year at the same time? It was $339.

    "It started with the COVID shutdown," Ziegler says. "All the do-it-yourselfers came out of the woodwork, wanting to rebuild their decks and paint their houses and do roofs and fences."

    Simultaneously, the shutdown brought the lumber supply chain, already hobbled by Canadian trade tariffs, to a screeching halt. Mills and factories shut down or reduced their output, he says some to avoid infecting their workers and others because they wanted to upgrade or retool.

    Once the shutdown was lifted, both average Tim Taylor types and professional contractors were competing for lumber, even as the size of the lumber pile had been whittled down.

    Wood was the toilet paper of hardware stores. Every building supplier across the country saw shelves get stripped bare.

    "In the summer of 2020, we were some of the only guys who had product," Ziegler says. Builders and contractors of all sizes, he says, were driving extreme distances just to shop at his inventory. "We had people from Colorado, from Eastern Montana. We've got people from Portland and Northern California."

    But he wanted to focus on serving customers, not visitors. Ziggy's put restrictions on how much any one customer could buy.

    "It's not just a shortage on lumber, it's a shortage on everything," he says. "If you have the product in stock, somebody is going to try to buy you out."

    The price spiked the most on wood, but the costs of building supplies across the board increased by 10 to 15 percent.

    "It's on roofing. It's on nails," Ziegler says. "It's on wire. It's on copper pipe."

    In other words, sometimes it's not the contractor who screws you on the price. Sometimes it's the screws themselves.

    "There's guys who want to do a quality job and a fair price, and it's all coming back on the consumer," Sebright says.


    Courtesy of Garrett Sebright

    "They think, 'I'll just call such and such and trust they'll do a good job and do a good price,'" says Morin. "But they'll not do a good job and won't do a good price."

    Everyone in the construction business has horror stories about botched bathroom floors, half-completed projects and shoddy tile work.

    "Certain companies are notorious," Morin says.

    Sebright knows the jokes well. From memory, he recites the scene from the Naked Gun, where the love interest asks the villain, "How could you do something so vicious?" and he responds, "It was easy, my dear. You forget I spent two years as a building contractor."

    Sure, there are websites like Angie's List and HomeAdvisor where you can find contractors. But everyone the Inlander spoke with preferred word of mouth: To avoid a bad experience, find people who've had good ones. Ask people you trust to recommend people they've worked with before.

    In the Five Mile Prairie area, Corker says, the message board of the neighborhood social media network Nextdoor is filled with these sorts of contractor referral inquiries.

    "Every day they say: Who can do fences? Who can do roofs?" Corker says. "Who can put a water heater in?"

    And if all else fails, there's the old-fashioned technique. Knock on the door. Driving around town, Corker keeps his eye out for impressive paint jobs or nice new fences, and if he needs one put up himself, he's not afraid to walk up and ask.

    Last summer, Corker spotted a particularly nice deck. So he walked up to the landlord in the front yard, who was more than happy to put him in to touch with the craftsman who built it. There was just one problem.

    "'I'd love to do something for you,'" Corker says the deck-build told him then. "He said, 'We can't do it this summer."

    And so, as has happened many times before, Corker was put on a waiting list.

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    Memorial plans are in the works for John O’Neill – Lewiston Morning Tribune - February 4, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    John ONeill certainly wasnt a traditional public figure, but his death two months ago has resulted in an outpouring of sympathy and tributes from the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley.

    ONeill, who was best known for standing near streets and yelling at cars, died on Thanksgiving night when he was struck by a vehicle while he crossed 21st Street in Lewiston. He was 68.

    Following his death, Katy Yeats, who had been acquainted with ONeill since she was a teenager, said on Facebook there should be a memorial to the man. A friend of hers, Cody Long, took the cue and created a GoFundMe page, and the donations started rolling in.

    They didnt have a plan for what the memorial would be, and there were plenty of strong opinions online, Yeats said. Eventually, they arrived at a decision: They will use the money raised to pay for a bench dedicated to ONeill, which will be installed at Locomotive Park. It will include a plaque that says Your compassion perseveres.

    The GoFundMe page has raised more than $1,400. The city of Lewiston told Yeats and Long that the bench will cost $1,200, so they will turn over the money once the city is ready to install the bench. Yeats and Long arent sure when that will be.

    ONeill was most often seen on Lewistons 21st Street, intensely yelling and gesticulating at passing cars like a basketball coach working the referees.

    Yeats said ONeill was affected by mental illness, which usually manifested itself in his roadside theatrics. But when he was taking his medication, his kindhearted side became apparent, she said.

    The person inside of John was good, said Yeats, a 29-year-old psychology student at Lewis-Clark State College. Its not like John was a drug addict; he was actually mentally ill. Just because he screamed at cars doesnt mean he wasnt compassionate.

    During a candlelight vigil for ONeill at Locomotive Park shortly after he died, several speakers mentioned his kindness and willingness to help those in need. And Yeats and Long were impressed by the quick pace of donations to his memorial.

    He, in my opinion, was a very beloved figure in the community, whether or not people knew him personally, said Long, 28, of Lewiston. Again, its just amazing to see that kind of support come out for a man that not a lot of people knew personally, but everybody knew.

    Yeats said that any funds remaining after the bench is installed will be donated to a homeless or mental health cause.

    The star that shines over the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley during the Christmas season was kept on until late January, in hopes that it might raise the communitys spirits.

    The star was kept lit longer than usual since everything is still going on with the virus just to give a little extra shine to the valley, I guess, said Randy Servatius, a member of the Clarkston Lions Club, which maintains both the Christmas star and the Easter cross.

    The star was first switched on in mid-November, when members of the Lions Club made their traditional trek to the site to double-check the hardware.

    But there was a temporary malfunction on New Years Day. Coincidentally, Servatius remarked to his wife that day that there hadnt been any problems with the star this season.

    And then I get a phone call an hour later saying one side of the star is out, he said.

    The bottom left point had suddenly gone dark. Some people on Facebook said it made the star look like Texas.

    The next day, Servatius and fellow club member Tom Driscoll scrambled back up the hill and discovered that a brittle wire had burned in half. They taped it up and got the point of the star working again, but the club is planning to install new wiring and a new panel box before lighting the cross in March.

    The valley is very good at supporting our cross and our star, and we thank them tremendously for that, Servatius said. Donations can be made by sending a check to the Clarkston Lions Club at 615 Sycamore St., Clarkston, WA 99403.

    Mike Dodson said he was like a newborn when he was sick with pneumonia during a harrowing stay at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center recently.

    It wasnt the first time he had been in the care of the Lewiston hospital he was born there in 1964.

    Fifty-six years ago, they gave me my life, Dodson said, and then 56 years later, they gave it back to me. Kind of a trip.

    Dodson called the Tribune recently to sing the praises of St. Joes doctors and nurses on the third and fourth floors. He also praised Idaho Medicaid for covering his two-week stay at the hospital.

    Dodson, a retired drywall installer, went to St. Joes two days before Christmas when he experienced heart and back issues. He was diagnosed with pneumonia, had a tube inserted down his throat and was incapacitated for two or three days.

    Once he woke up, he started physical therapy, and steadily got back to walking on his own. Hes still on oxygen, but is now feeling great and remains appreciative of the care he received.

    Its not every day that you get a new life, Bubba, Dodson said.

    On a recent stroll around Lewistons Normal Hill, my family and I spotted a ninja throwing star (made out of paper) and intriguing note affixed to a power pole.

    The note mentions there being eight more of these, and if you find them, you win ... something.

    Ive kept my eyes peeled, but havent spotted any other throwing stars around town. Plus, the one we found, which was at the intersection of Prospect and Sixth avenues, has since vanished.

    Does anyone have any idea whats going on here? Please let me know if you do.

    Bite Size Takes, which runs periodically in the Tribune, scoops up the news that almost didn't fit in print. If you have an offbeat but interesting tip you would like to share, contact Matt Baney, the Tribune's assistant city editor, at or (208) 848-2262, or on Twitter @MattBaney_Trib.

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    5 home repairs you can DIY and 5 you should leave to pros – Newsday - February 4, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    When it comes to maintenance and repairs, professional labor can be one of the more costly portions of a homeowner's budget. While many people try to save money by doing the work themselves, not everyone has the skills necessary to fix their homes, even with the help of instructional videos.

    Attempting a DIY project without careful preparation and complete knowledge of the task could result in expenses that far exceed the cost of a contractor.

    Even if you have the experience and know-how, it's important to consider the time, materials, tools and permits required for your home improvement project. Here's a look at some projects you can tackle yourself, and some you should probably leave to the experts.

    Verdict: Try to DIY it. One DIY fix for a drain pipe may be to simply tighten a slip-nut near the P-trap. If the leak is coming directly from a hole in the drain pipe, you could try a flexible coupling with hose clamps. Consider calling in a professional if the leak is from a drain pipe inside the wall.

    Verdict: Hire a pro. The challenge of hanging wallpaper is keeping it straight and matching up the patterns correctly. Sometimes bubbling can occur, and that strip of paper will need to be removed and replaced. This can result in running out of wallpaper and needing to order more. Don't want to risk it? Hire a professional.

    Verdict: Hire a pro. Painting the exterior of a house is a big job that requires extensive use of tall ladders (and sometimes climbing up on the roof). Homeowners should consider safety requirements before tackling an exterior job.

    Verdict: Try to DIY it. A clogged disposal may be cleared by using a small specialty wrench that fits into a hexagonal opening on the underside of the disposal while the disposal is turned off.

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    Verdict: Try to DIY it (if it's centerset). Installing a centerset type faucet is something you may be able to do yourself just follow the faucet manufacturer's instructions. If it's a more complicated faucet with several hose connections, you might want to hire a professional.

    Verdict: Try to DIY it. A running toilet can be comfortably fixed by a DIY-er with a toilet rebuild kit from any hardware store. These kits typically contain straightforward and easy-to-follow instructions. On the other hand, one-piece or specialty toilets can be tricky and might need the professional touch.

    Verdict: Hire a pro (probably). Electrical repairs and installations are at best expensive. Taking a little time to research and understand your electrical system can give you the necessary skills to do some electrical projects yourself. When installing a light fixture, low-voltage projects can be safely performed by a homeowner, as these are less likely to cause structural or bodily harm. Stick with a professional for anything over 50 volts.

    Verdict: Hire a pro. Installing a ceiling fan is not extremely difficult but may take a few hours (depending on your home maintenance experience and the size of the fan). If you don't enjoy standing on ladders and craning your neck for hours, bring in the experts.

    Verdict: Try to DIY it. Nearly any homeowner can patch nail holes. Using a Spackle knife, fill in each hole with lightweight putty and scrape the excess off the walls. Wait for the putty to dry and sand down the spot until it's smooth. Then, paint the repaired spots with primer. Larger holes in drywall require more steps to repair and may be best left to the professionals.

    Verdict: Hire a pro. A new door can help brighten up a space and cut down on heating and cooling costs, but these savings are best spent on making sure the installation job is done right.

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    Patrick Industries, Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter 2020 Earnings Release and Conference Call Webcast on February 11, 2021 – - February 4, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    ELKHART, Ind., Jan. 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ --Patrick Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ: PATK), a major manufacturer and distributor of building and component products for the recreational vehicle, marine, manufactured housing and industrial markets, expects to release its fourth quarter and full year 2020 financial results before the market opens on Thursday, February 11, 2021.

    Patrick Industries also expects to host a conference call on Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss results and other business matters. Participants on the call will be Andy Nemeth President and Chief Executive Officer, and Jake Petkovich Chief Financial Officer.

    Participation in the question-and-answer session of the call will be limited to institutional investors and analysts.The dial-in number for the live conference call is (877) 407-9036. Interested parties are invited to listen to a live webcast of the call on Patrick's website at under "Investor Relations."A replay of the conference call will also be available via the Company's investor relations website.

    Patrick Industries, a major manufacturer and distributor of component products and building products serving the recreational vehicle, marine, manufactured housing, residential housing, high-rise, hospitality, kitchen cabinet, office and household furniture, fixtures and commercial furnishings, and other industrial markets and operates coast-to-coast in various locations throughoutthe United Statesand inCanada,Chinaandthe Netherlands. Patrick's major manufactured products include decorative vinyl and paper laminated panels, countertops, fabricated aluminum products, wrapped profile mouldings, slide-out trim and fascia, cabinet doors and components, hardwood furniture, fiberglass bath fixtures and tile systems, thermoformed shower surrounds, specialty bath and closet building products, fiberglass and plastic helm systems and component products, wiring and wire harnesses, boat covers, towers, tops and frames, electrical systems components including instrument and dash panels, softwoods lumber, interior passage doors, air handling products, RV painting, slotwall panels and components, aluminum fuel tanks, and CNC molds and composite parts and other products. The Company also distributes drywall and drywall finishing products, electronics and audio systems components, wiring, electrical and plumbing products, appliances, cement siding, raw and processed lumber, FRP products, interior passage doors, roofing products, tile, laminate and ceramic flooring, shower doors, furniture, fireplaces and surrounds, interior and exterior lighting products, and other miscellaneous products, in addition to providing transportation and logistics services.

    Forward-Looking Statements

    This press release contains certain statements related to future results, our intentions, beliefs and expectations or predictions for the future, which are forward-looking statements as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Any projections of financial performance or statements concerning expectations as to future developments should not be construed in any manner as a guarantee that such results or developments will, in fact, occur. There can be no assurance that any forward-looking statement will be realized or that actual results will not be significantly different from that set forth in such forward-looking statement. Information about certain risks that could affect our business and cause actual results to differ from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements are contained in the section entitled "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019, and in the Company's Forms 10-Q for subsequent quarterly periods, which are filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") and are available on the SEC's website at Each forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date of this press release, and we undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date on which it is made.

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    (Source: WABO Roofing) Work with the leading roofing company in Houston, Texas – PRUnderground - February 4, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Need a new roofing system? WABO Roofing offers only the highest quality options from leading manufacturers.

    When it comes to roofing, the warning signs may start small, but they can worsen over time and leave a property vulnerable to extensive damage. Fortunately, this can be avoided. The team at WABO roofing can ensure any home remains lovely, comfortable, and sturdy all year round.

    Aside from providing reliable weather-resistant and unmatched beauty, WABO offers generous warranties to better protect properties. Whether it be commercial or residential, WABO Roofing can get the job done. The company is a certified GAF MasterElite roofing contractor, placing them in the top three percent of roofing contractors in North America.

    Integrity is one of WABOs core values and serves as a competitive advantage. Their reputation for ethical business practices is one of the main reasons their customers, suppliers, and communities value their relationship with them.

    The management team and installation crew at WABO roofing have completed rigorous training and testing to ensure that our installation methods and procedures meet the meticulous standards established by GAF necessary to earn the designation of MasterElite Roofing Contractor from GAF Corporation.

    They are proud to offer the Integrity Roof System. A quality roofing system involves the underlayments, shingles, accessory products, and ventilation all working together day after day. That is what is accomplished with their integrity roof system, which is designed to provide optimum performance no matter how bad the weather conditions are.

    When choosing the Integrity Roof System, clients can gain the advantage of having CertainTeed as the shingle manufacturing source to stand behind its roof system components. WABO Roofing is also the number one contractor for new construction in the Greater Houston area and has built its name on perfection.

    When it comes to new construction, WABO Roofing understands its imperative to build in accordance with the design requirements. The team ensures that every single detail of the design is followed and ensures that every task is completed with only the highest of standards in the construction industry.

    Aside from roofing, the company offers additional services in building and construction such as siding, painting, patios, windows, indoor flooring, drywall-sheetrock, and ventilation. The roofing process with WABO Roofing is simple, starting with a consultation to take an in-depth look at the property after which you will be provided with a detailed proposal.

    The team of experts will come out and perform roofing installations quickly and efficiently and an expert inspector will take a look to ensure it is done perfectly. WABO Roofing also takes care of insurance claims to best serve their clients.

    Those in need of a roofing contractor in Houston, Texas are invited to learn more about WABO Roofing Systems by calling them at (832) 274-6367 or visiting their official website at

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    Daytona’s beloved City Island library gets new protections from ravages of flooding – Daytona Beach News-Journal - February 4, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

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    U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis tours Daytona library following Hurricane Irma

    U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis surveys extensive damage to the City Island library after Hurricane Irma in 2017.

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    Daytona Beach Regional Library perches on a choice spot on City Islandwith a lovely view of the Halifax River.

    And its that riverfront view that can occasionally be a problem -- as library patrons discovered after Hurricane Irma in 2017. The library essentially flooded and had to close its doors for eight months while workers removed waterlogged carpet, replaced drywall, painted and generally dried the place out. The fixup cost $1.2 million.

    More: Daytona Beach's City Island Library getting flood-proofed with Hurricane Irma money

    Looking ahead to the next hurricane, the Volusia County Council last week awarded a $924,000 contract to further improve the library with much-needed flood-proofing and storm-proofing. The contractor will coat walls with a water-repelling solution and install stronger windows and doors that can hold up to wind, rain and high water. The Federal Emergency Management Agency will pay 90% of the cost and the library will remain open during the work.

    City Island Library was sorely missed during its long closure in 2017-2018.These new improvements give it a better chance of coming through the next storm unharmed.

    City Island has been a public gathering space since the dawn of the 20th century and there has been a library of some sort in that area since 1909, when winter resident James Gamble, son of the Procter and Gamble Company founder, donated money for its construction.

    During the last closure, some were concerned about the future of the current library,built in 1977. They fearedit might be downsized and movedto open City Island for private development. But the repairs after the hurricane and the continued renovations mark a continued county commitment to serving library patrons and drawing foot-traffic to downtown Daytona Beach.

    A centrally located library is a vital public resource not only for books, but for access to the internet and community services. And now it can be a help for away-from-the-classroom learning during pandemic times. A little preventative work should help protect it from thenext weather emergency.

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    PAL: New Board Of Directors, Clubhouse Renovations – Port Washington News - February 4, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    After vandals destroyed the Port Washington Police Athletic Leagues (PAL) clubhouse leaving swastikas spray-painted throughout the building last October, community members rallied around the nonprofit sports organization, raising $25,621 to help renovate the building. Last month, the PAL inducted a new board of directors and using the money from the GoFundMe page they have set to work on making plans to enhance the property.

    I think that the Port Washington residents should know that the money is being put to good use, Stuart Lieblein President of the PAL said. We took the GoFundMe money and specifically used that to paint over the swastikas and remediate the property. There were some homeless people sleeping in our dugouts and on our softball fields. We spent some of the money to shore up the dugouts and we had locked gates installed so thats no longer an issue. Were working on [installing] security cameras and alarms for the clubhouse, and all of thats been what the GoFundMe money was designed to do.

    Lieblein stated that the PAL clubhouse has been dilapidated for many years, and he hopes renovating will allow for a safe environment for kids to gather together. With private funding from several benefactors and contributors including Peter Dejana and Richard Lesperance, the PAL has also been able to make several improvements to the clubhouse and the fields.

    The other thing were doing with private money is were fixing up the clubhouse, Lieblein said. Were redoing the bathrooms, fixing up sheetrock, making the fireplace workable, putting televisions up. Were just shoring up the clubhouse and really making it a habitable situation. Were using all the money for not only security but to improve the property.Lieblein stressed that donations made by the community or by private donors is always used towards better improving the PAL.

    What people should know is that were a nonprofit, Lieblein said. So all of the money coming in goes right back to the PAL. It goes into improving the fields, improving the clubhouse, improving the fields, improving the basketball courts.

    The PAL is also increasing the number of teams they are hosting this year, such as the Long Island Lacrosse Club, and has expanded the sports programs for both adults and children.

    We have our softball programs as usual, but we are adding mens summer league basketball, Lieblein said. We also just signed a contract with a camp called FAST, which is a camp for young children and they will be running a camp there during the summer. Were also expanding the programs in general, as well as the softball leagues for both men and women.

    The PALs new board of directors are Stuart Lieblein-president, Stephen Sombrotto-vice president, Rob Nachimson-treasurer, Diana Polvere-secretary, Tracy Lefkowitz-registrar and Tom Scalise-registrar. The PAL is a nonprofit organization comprised of all volunteers.

    For more information about the PAL and their programs, visit

    PAL: New Board Of Directors, Clubhouse Renovations - Port Washington News

    How to Design an Entry That Keeps Your Winter Mess at Bay – The New York Times - February 4, 2021 by Mr HomeBuilder

    The entrance to your home or your mudroom, if youre lucky enough to have one has a hard job.

    It has to welcome you and your guests with an inviting appearance. It also has to withstand whatever weather you track in and provide a place to stow the mounds of coats, boots, hats and umbrellas that come with you in the winter.

    Especially in climates with snow, its mandatory to have a transition spot between outside and inside, said Jean Stoffer, an interior designer in Grand Rapids, Mich. But while functionality is paramount, she added, its always possible to make it look good, too.

    Designing a space that wont be overwhelmed by all that paraphernalia isnt easy. But there are plenty of tricks that can help, even if youre dealing with a tiny hallway leading into an apartment.

    Especially in a small space, whats required is dedication to organization and storage solutions, said Sarah Richardson, an interior designer and TV and YouTube personality, based in Toronto.

    Im the sort of person who needs to have a place for everything, and for everything to find its place, said Ms. Richardson, whose own mudroom contains a familys worth of outerwear and accessories, from ski boots to flip flops. There is just so much gear.

    Ms. Stoffer, Ms. Richardson and other designers offered advice on how to design an entryway that keeps the mess at bay.

    When we design a project, everyones pretty keen on talking about bedrooms and bathrooms, and open floor plan versus divided rooms, but they sometimes overlook the mudroom, said Rafe Churchill, a partner at the architecture and design firm Hendricks Churchill, which has offices in New York and Sharon, Conn. So thats something we always bring to the discussion.

    There is no one-size-fits-all solution, he said. Do you have children who need access to low cabinets and hooks? Will you need to store sports equipment? Do you have a collection of footwear requiring a wall of cubbies? Do you have pets? Sometimes, people want an area so the dog can sleep there, Mr. Churchill said.

    Thinking through how you will realistically use the space before you begin making changes will help avoid disappointment later.

    If youre renovating or planning to replace the flooring in an entryway, choose a durable material that will age gracefully.

    Ms. Stoffer is partial to porcelain tile because its impervious to the elements. And now porcelain can look like almost anything, she said, including wood and natural stone.

    She especially likes porcelain tile with graphic patterns that resemble those found on encaustic cement tile. I would never recommend cement tile in a mudroom, she said, because of its tendency to show wear. And few people can tell the difference.

    Ms. Richardson favors natural stone, but chooses hardwearing varieties like granite, slate and some marble. Going with a honed finish as opposed to polished will be less slippery, she said, and wont show scratches as easily.

    Hendricks Churchill has also used brick, a tough material whose appearance improves with age. But whatever material you choose, Mr. Churchill recommended adding radiant heating under the floor with an electric heating mat. Radiant heat melts the snow and ice, and dries up any water, he said.

    Mats and rugs arent just inviting they also help contain dirt, snow and water. And two are sometimes better than one.

    Birgitte Pearce, an interior designer in Montclair, N.J., sometimes uses a two-rug setup to scrub the soles of shoes and boots as people arrive home.

    First, she installs a mat or rug in an abrasive material right next to the door. Well suggest either Chilewich mats, which have a really rough texture and can grab a lot of stuff, or Waterhog mats from L.L. Bean, she said. Or when she is renovating a home, shell leave a recessed area in a tiled floor for a coir mat, so it sits at the same level as the tile.

    Then, if there is enough space, Ms. Pearce installs a larger rug made from a hardwearing but slightly less utilitarian material, like cowhide or sisal, providing a decorative accent while collecting more dirt.

    Another option for a rug is an indoor-outdoor model from a company like Dash & Albert, said Lauren Nelson, an interior designer with Decorist, in San Anselmo, Calif.

    Wool rugs also tend to do well in entryways. We do rugs that are all wool, just in darker colors and with a lot of pattern, because they really hide a lot of dirt, Ms. Nelson said. They can be vacuumed and cleaned, and have a cozy feel.

    With bags, packages, umbrellas, dog leashes and hockey sticks, the walls in an entry hall can quickly go from pristine to scuffed and dented. Wall paneling can help.

    Hendricks Churchill frequently installs vertical V-groove, beaded or shiplap paneling on mudroom walls because the wood stands up to wear and tear better than painted drywall. Even if you paint the paneling, its easier to do a fresh coat of paint every so many years than having to patch and repair damaged Sheetrock, said Heide Hendricks, a partner at the firm.

    With or without paneling, Jenny Wolf, an interior designer in New York, recommends choosing paint with some sheen for durability and to make cleaning easier. Definitely use eggshell paint, she said, rather than a matte finish, because you wont damage it with light scrubbing.

    Use your vertical space as much as you possibly can, Ms. Richardson advised.

    Consider where you can install shelves to hold baskets and hats all the way up to the ceiling. And: hooks, hooks, hooks, she said. Add as many hooks as possible, at a variety of heights, so that anyone and everyone can reach them. No matter how many hooks you have, every single one of them will get used.

    Adding hooks to wood paneling is relatively easy, but adding them to drywall is more challenging, because screws have a tendency to pull out. As a workaround, Hendricks Churchill sometimes creates custom peg rails by securing a horizontal board to wall studs and then screwing hooks into the board.

    An alternative to hooks is a coat tree, which can be placed in a corner. Rather than using separate hooks and shelves, Ms. Wolf sometimes uses a large wall unit that combines the two. Some units also include a mirror, combining three functions into a single piece.

    Hooks and coat trees are great for holding in-season outerwear, but they probably wont hold everything you need to store. To contain off-season gear and cut down on visual clutter, having at least some closed storage is important.

    In entryways without a closet, or with only a small one, many designers build custom cabinetry with big doors, to hide coats, and small cubbies for shoes and baskets of mitts. If youre not ready for a full-blown renovation, free-standing furniture can work almost as well.

    An antique armoire can serve the same purpose and might even make it feel a little more interesting, Ms. Pearce said. You can always retrofit the inside, with some shelving or by adding an extra rod.

    Consoles and credenzas with doors and drawers can also hide shoes and smaller accessories.

    Equipping your entryway with multiple baskets will help keep things organized. Baskets can be sized to fit in dedicated cubbies, stored in a closet or under a console, or simply left out along a wall or in a corner.

    One organizing strategy is to dedicate individual baskets to specific types of items: one for hats, one for gloves, one for pet accessories. Another option is to assign baskets.

    Each member of our family has a basket that is labeled, Ms. Richardson said. There is a tag that has the persons initials on it, so my kids dont have to wonder where their stuff is.

    In her home, Ms. Pearce uses a rolling utility cart from Ikea, which she stores in a closet. Everybody has their own level of that cart for winter accessories, she said. So everybodys organized.

    Wet shoes and boots are more troublesome. Left on the floor, they create sock-soaking puddles, but it can be difficult to find boot trays that arent an eyesore. Hendricks Churchills solution: copper boot trays, bought in custom sizes on Etsy.

    The copper is shiny when its new, but it quickly mellows to a beautiful patina over time, Ms. Hendricks said. The more muddy boots you put on it, the more beautiful the finish becomes.

    Finally, consider an umbrella stand to prevent draining umbrellas from leaking across the floor. Ms. Pearce uses a tall ceramic crock in her home and usually looks for vintage stands for clients.

    Its not just utilitarian, she said. Its among the first things people see when they come in your house, so it should be reflective of the rest of your home.

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