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    About – Elite Home Restoration - August 30, 2018 by admin

    We are licensed, bonded and insured in the state of Illinois.

    In the last few years our company has grown substantially expanding into many areas all over the Chicagoland area. We are a family owned business which gives our customers a very personal and satisfactory project experience. Projects are scheduled and completed on time with no middle man delays.

    Our installers are exclusive to Elite Home Restoration customers. Our family owned business model allows us to efficiently and effectively complete work.

    Elite Home Restoration was built from the ground up from a small company into a booming business. Satisfied customers have helped build our business as a tremendous source of referrals.

    Our priority is our customers. Happy homeowners who understand the project, have all their questions answered and all their expectations met and exceeded is our goal. As a GAF Certified Installer, we are able to offer extendedwarranties on material and labor.

    2015s tornadoes gave our company an opportunity to give back to the community, we volunteered in Rochelle, IL. We were noted to be the only restoration company volunteering and not selling jobs that day.

    Lancaster Safety provides OSHA training and safety development programs

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    Home Restoration Experts – Naperville, IL – - August 10, 2018 by admin


    Our mission is to restore homes with quality craftsmanship in a timely manner at affordable prices. We are fully insured and licensed to operate anywhere in the state of Illinois.

    We have over 10 years of experience in the home restoration industry, serving Chicago and its suburbs. We have established a reputation of quality and dependability but our greatest accomplishments are always our numerous Satisfied Happy Customers.

    Our goal is to bring each one of our costumers the best materials available on the market and to offer high quality workmanship. We believe that costumer satisfaction is the key to success, thats why quality service is not something we aim to give but is something we insist upon!

    We specialize in Roofing, Siding, Windows, Gutters, Soffit, Fascia, Exterior Painting, Interior Painting, Power Wash, Drywall.

    We also work with all insurances to repair Hail Damage, Wing Damage, Water Damage, Flooding Damage, Interior Damage, and Exterior Damage.

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    Old House Renovation Restoration Services for Traditional … - August 10, 2018 by admin

    Caution Homeowners!

    Can You Really Trust Your Contractor?

    Just because your contractor is skilled, and loves old houses and renovating a home, does NOT mean your contractor knows about or is qualified to provide old home restoration services. Working on old houses requires special knowledge. Old House Guy has this expertise and will help you work with your home remodeling contractors to get the results youre looking for!

    Your house is our priority. We only do whats right for your house!

    Whether Youre Restoring Victorian Homes or maintaining a 1980 Cape Cod. You may not realize you need our Services!

    Recently we worked with two happy homeowners looking for home restoration services. One couple wanted to remodel their 1990s house to appear more traditional so it would fit in better with the older homes in the area. The other homeowner had an 1870s Victorian that needed some minor work.

    Both of these homeowners were very excited to share their plans and the wonderful creativity of their contractors. They were so happy to spend their money on modifications they really believed would look good. But all they were left with was bad design.

    You cant really blame the overly enthusiastic contractor or the homeowners. Theyre both exposed to so much bad design; they cant help but want to reproduce it. What they needed was the expert guidance of Old House Guy, masters of traditional home design and old house renovation.

    There is a video out there about Spring Break called Girls Gone Wild. Someday I will make a similar video called, Contractors, Architects, and Homeowners Gone Wild.

    Yes you can make a new house have more of a period or traditional appearance but you must understand traditional architecture! More importantly you need to know what NOT to do.

    Traditional architecture is something todays architects are no longer taught unless they are specialized in historic preservation. For an old or new house, this training is essential!

    Just because a homeowner spends a lot of money on a project and does a lot of work doesnt mean the house will look good. It can still look all wrong.

    Many of the people who try the hardest to make their house look good are the ones that fail.

    A homeowner whos renovating a home will get wrapped up in their project and not see the problem so they keep buying and buying: New light fixtures, new landscaping etc. They dont realize these are merely distractions from the fundamental issues they and their home remodeling contractors have created. After all this expense they finally convince only themselves their house looks good. And it usually only looks good to the UNTRAINED eye.

    Here is an example of a house that may look nice to the untrained eye but there are many mistakes that go unnoticed. See traditional home design mistakes here .

    Just remember that future homeowners will scrutinize what you do to your house. There is a lot to understand about architectural design and old house restoration services .

    The following is an excerpt by Steve Mouzon that explains what people do to their old and new homes.

    . . . historic homes consist of misshapen pieces of modern or Disneyland interpreted traditional architecture stitched together with no clear vision of what the result should be. The same is for current construction stitched together with semi-traditional pieces or architecture.

    Most people probably cant explain exactly what is wrong with this sort of building because there are just enough traditional pieces thrown in to make it look vaguely traditional at first glance just as Frankenstein looked vaguely human at first.

    Trust the Guidance of OHGs Old House Renovation

    Do not make this mistake I will help you! You can buy books and study design or you can ask Old House Guy. No matter what you decide to do to your house, at least you will understand your options and be a better-informed and educated consumer at a just a small cost.

    There are great sites like Houzz that offer advice too. Just because 100 people tell you to do something does NOT mean its right.

    Remember you cant always trust your contractor or architect. You may need to educate them in correct design for your house. Unfortunately thats how it is today. Let the buyer beware! Let us help you!

    If youre planning a project and want a partner with education and experience renovating a home, Click Here to contact The Old House Guy today .

    We can help you too so you can help your clients. Contact us.

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    Wilson Home Restoration – Renovation and Restoration Company - August 10, 2018 by admin

    When our home of 45 years was demolished in Joplin's horrible F-5 tornado of 2011, we were consequently relocated to the south KC metro area and have lived here since. Hoping we were through with weather disasters forever, we learned life sometimes has other things in store! In our 90s now, the last thing we thought we would be doing in the cold January weather of 2018 is relocating again, albeit for only a short time due to having a water pipe freeze, break and flood our home. We cannot possibly explain what it is like at our ages to go through stressful times such as this incident presented. Working with Wilson Home Restoration allowed us to relax and understand that we were working with the BEST. Their friendly reassurance that all would be taken care of in a timely manner was very much appreciated. Communication with them was EXCELLENT! Never did we feel ignored or bothersome. In fact, much of the communication was prompted by WHR, just as part of the ongoing efficient work they provide. Attention to detail is their strong suit. We were soon quite comfortably back in our home and are still enjoying all the nice compliments we receive regarding the work Wilson Home Restoration did for us. Leadership and craftsmanship are benchmarks for them. A fine company to work with making it so easy to share in the rave reviews enabling others to benefit from their work too. Thank you Wilson Home Restoration!

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    19 Best Furniture Repair and Refinishing Pros – Seattle WA - July 12, 2018 by admin

    Project: Refinish Furniture

    Date: 07/11/2018

    Item to be refinished: Table, Other

    Material type: Wood

    Upholstery Needed?: No

    Request Stage: Ready to Hire

    Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible

    Comment: sofa table coffee table (tea table height) - possible shortening of 4 legs a few inches grandfather clock - 200 years old, very simple design

    Project: Repair Furniture

    Date: 07/11/2018

    Type of Repair: Upholstery & furniture frame repair

    Material type: Wood

    Request Stage: Ready to Hire

    Desired Completion Date: Within 1 week

    Project: Refinish Furniture

    Date: 07/09/2018

    Type of project: Refinish / Restoration

    Furniture Type: Other

    Request Stage: Ready to Hire

    Desired Completion Date: 1 - 2 weeks

    Comment: I have a small wooden cupboard 58"hx24"wx13"d that need cleaning and the door probably needs to be refinished.

    Project: Upholster Furniture

    Date: 07/08/2018

    Item in Need of Work: Sofa

    Fabric Choice: Velvet

    Request Stage: Ready to Hire

    Desired Completion Date: More than 2 weeks

    Project: Repair Furniture

    Date: 07/05/2018

    Type of Repair: Non-upholstery repair

    Material type: Unsure

    Request Stage: Ready to Hire

    Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible

    Project: Upholster Furniture

    Date: 07/02/2018

    Item in Need of Work: Sofa

    Fabric Choice: Other fabric

    Request Stage: Ready to Hire

    Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible

    Comment: sofa needs reupholstery

    Project: Upholster Furniture

    Date: 07/01/2018

    Item in Need of Work: Armchair

    Fabric Choice: Suede, Cotton print, Other fabric

    Request Stage: Planning & Budgeting

    Desired Completion Date: Within 1 week

    Comment: I have two barrel- swivel accent chairs that I would like reupholstered. We are moving within the next two weeks and I would like these chairs to continue working for my family, just with another design. Thank you!

    Project: Repair Furniture

    Date: 06/2018

    Request Stage: Ready to Hire

    Desired Completion Date: Within 1 week

    Comment: I need a repair tech in the westport, WA area to repair a sofa at our customers home.

    Project: Refinish Furniture

    Date: 06/2018

    Type of project: Refinish / Restoration

    Furniture Type: Table

    Request Stage: Ready to Hire

    Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible

    Comment: repair broken stretcher and blemishes on finish of Baker coffee table

    Project: Refinish Furniture

    Date: 06/2018

    Item to be refinished: Table

    Material type: Wood

    Upholstery Needed?: No

    Request Stage: Ready to Hire

    Desired Completion Date: More than 2 weeks

    Comment: kitchen table, all maple. Never stained. Surface needs sanding and good varnish type repainting. 3' by 4'

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    Home Renovation Ideas & Mistakes to Avoid | HGTV - July 12, 2018 by admin

    Buying Cheap Materials Inaccurate Measurements

    Nancy Soriano, former editor in chief of Country Living magazine says, "I can't emphasize enough how an inch or even sometimes a half an inch can make a difference. And if your dimensions are off and it's not equal and symmetrical, you're not going to get the full impact and effect that you want. If you're not sure about how to measure or you can't follow the directions, don't hesitate at all to call somebody. Ask them to come over and take the measurement for you."

    "Make sure you're looking at the entire floor plan of your home when you're planning your doorways. Look for, and make sure that every room has multiple exits. Or, if those doorways are in high-traffic areas, make sure they're wide enough to let multiple people pass through," Carey says.

    "I think it's really important to anticipate the time and the pacing of your renovation," notes Nancy. "You probably want to do that up front, get it over with and then you can slowly start to piece your life and your home back together."

    "When you're renovating, bigger is always better when it comes to hallways and stairs," Jim says.

    "I think people sometimes forget about electric when they've been renovating because it's costly and it's hidden," Nancy says. "You want to walk through the house with the electrician before you start to talk about outlets, where they are, where you want new outlets, three-prong outlets. You want to make sure everything's up to code."

    "You bought that Spanish home or that Craftsman home for a reason, because you liked that style. So keep your new design, your new build projects within that style," Steve insists.

    The bottom line is "if you do perform work without a permit and something serious happens, your homeowner's insurance will not cover it," says Marc.

    "The biggest mistake people make when they're trying to figure what the payback is going to be is they overbuild for their neighborhood," says Jimmy. "They have a $100,000 house and they put a $100,000 addition on it, so now they have a $200,000 house in a $100,000 neighborhood."

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    The Home Depot Secaucus|Secaucus, NJ 07094 - July 4, 2018 by admin

    Save Up to 40% on July 4th Deals

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    Here at The Home Depot, we're committed to helping you save, and our coupons reflect that. In addition to our daily saving opportunities, we offer programs for our professional customers and those who enjoy gardening. Stop by your local Home Depot today and take advantage of all our discounts and promotions!

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    Log Home Restoration | Log Home Builder | West Coast … - June 26, 2018 by admin


    Our clients get free phone support for as long as you own your log home.

    Bought the log home or cabin of your dreams but need help preserving or restoring it to its original beauty? With over 30years experience, we will help you maintain, restore and repair your log home, building or cabin so you can enjoy it for years to come. Dont delay another day! The longer you wait the more expensive it will be to repair the disintegration caused by water and rot damaged logs.

    ServicesWe serve the entire west coast including the states of WA, OR, ID, MT, AZ, WY, CO and more!

    If you need help chinking, replacinglogs, blasting and sanding or even insurance/litigation support you have come to the right place.

    West Coast restoration uses the soundest, most environmentally friendly methods and products to repair and restore your log home to its original glory. We have crane capabilities to reach every corner of your structure effectively. Click here for a complete list of services including everything from fire restoration to dry rot and insect removal.

    We restore all the following types of log homes:Swedish cope, hand crafted, manufactured or milled, adirondack, Finnish cottage, Norwegian Saddle, tongue and groove, German box style, camarote, cabana, choa and cedar sided

    Mission StatementWe pride ourselves on being the premier provider of log home restoration and log home repair services in the Pacific Northwest. We specialize in log and cedar home restoration and our passion is restoring the wood to its natural beauty by using the most up-to-date standards and technology available. We strive to do whatever it takes to get the job done to the highest standard.

    Our GuaranteeWe guarantee all our work for one year, with ongoing phone support for any maintenance questions. We never compromise on the quality of products used to repair and restore your home and all our products and methods are up to date and environmentally friendly. We hand test every product we use so you can have confidence that it will stand up to the elements.

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    Locomotive restoration of 1883 steam engine ‘on track’ – Pueblo Chieftain - August 28, 2017 by admin

    ALAMOSA, Colo. -- Engine 169 is "the little engine that could."

    Although much of its history is long past, the 1883 steam engine may be "on track" to operate again in the future.

    Volunteers like Jim Poston, a member of the Locomotive 169/Business Car B-1 Restoration Team, are hoping to see the engine hit the tracks again.

    "The fact we've got a historic artifact here in Alamosa is important," Poston said.

    Engine 169 was part of a 12-locomotive order built by Baldwin Locomotive Works in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1883. It is a narrow gauge engine, meaning if it becomes operational, it would have to run on a three-foot track like the Cumbers & Toltec or Durango & Silverton.

    For 55 years Engine 169 pulled its weight -- and then some -- on Denver & Rio Grande Railroad lines throughout Colorado. Retired from service for many years, Engine 169 has greeted visitors to Cole Park in Alamosa and has enjoyed an elevated status in its own pavilion, shared with the B-1 Business car, since 2002.

    Poston said with Alamosa's railroading history, it is fitting that the locomotive should be housed here. The Valley's history and geography are tied to the tracks. Poston said it is no coincidence that Monte Vista is about 15 miles from Alamosa and Del Norte about 15 miles from South Fork.

    "How far can you go with a tender full of coal?" Poston asked.

    He thanked those who helped provide Engine 169 a home, including the City of Alamosa (which owns the pavilion and provides electrical and other utilities) and Alamosa County Chamber of Commerce/Alamosa County Economic Development, which owns the locomotive.

    Poston and other volunteers would like to see the engine come to life again on the tracks and believe it is possible, just like 168 (which once pulled a train carrying President William Howard Taft) found a new home with Cumbres & Toltec.

    "The locomotive will obviously need more work," Poston said. The tender has been refurbished, and in about 1999 the locomotive passed a pressure test. The boiler has also been tested.

    "We just need to make sure the locomotive is mechanically reliable," Poston said.

    He estimated the remaining work to get Engine 169 operational again would run from $500,000 to $1 million. The engine would have to meet federal regulations for operation. For example, repairs would need to be completed on the running gear.

    Poston explained there are specialists who can work on steam engines in Colorado as well as other states.

    Fundraising is ongoing for the Engine 169 project.

    Poston has met with the Alamosa city council, Alamosa City Manager Heather Brooks and Alamosa County Chamber of Commerce/ Alamosa County Economic Development Executive Director Randy Wright to discuss the future of Engine 169 and possible financial support for its upkeep and restoration.

    Volunteers are also needed.

    "We are always looking for volunteers. You can know everything about steam engines or absolutely nothing," Poston said. "We are willing to teach people."

    Volunteers are welcome to help greet visitors every first Saturday at the pavilion, when it is open to the public, and help with the upkeep of the locomotive.

    Poston said many of those who worked on the steam engines are no longer around, so it is essential that the next generation become involved to preserve this historic heritage.

    Poston, who was part of the space shuttle team during his professional career, has been interested in trains since his dad got a Lionel train set for Christmas. His license plate "challenger" encompasses both his favorite space shuttle and favorite steam locomotive. He has been involved with 169 efforts since 2011.

    Poston will be promoting Engine 169 at the national narrow gauge convention in Denver Aug. 30-Sept. 2 with brochures, calendars, T-shirts and denim shirts.

    Colorado is the perfect host for the convention, Poston explained, since the state is the home of steam railroading and one of the states known for the exploration of the American West.

    Railroading is a tourist draw for Alamosa and the San Luis Valley, Poston added.

    "If you live anywhere in Colorado, you are less than a day trip down here, and there's a lot of other things to do in Alamosa and a lot of things to do in the Valley."

    In addition to the larger expenses of restoring the engine, there are insurance and other maintenance type expenses for which donations are appreciated.

    "We have a core of enthusiasts that want to see the train operating," Poston said. "We need to augment that core."


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    How to fix up an old steamer trunk – Washington Post - August 28, 2017 by admin

    Q: We have an old steamer trunk that belonged to my great grandparents. It is in excellent condition inside and out except for the leather handles on each side, which have rotted away. My husband has replaced them with strong climbing rope. Of course, this ruins the appearance. We were told that the bolts that held the leather handles must be cut off, then new leather can be put on with new hardware. Is there someone who could come to our home and do this?

    Silver Spring

    A: Almost certainly, the leather was not held on with bolts that need to be cut off. The handles on steamer trunks are typically attached with clinched nails nails hammered in from the outside and then bent over tightly on the inside.

    Colonial Restoration Studio in Gaithersburg (301-948-6652 ; has replaced handles on hundreds of these trunks over the years, said Dave Hawksford, who runs the shop along with his son, Jarrod. The shop offers in-home repair of cedar chests in Silver Spring, as well as in Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Potomac and Rockville. But steamer trunks need to be taken to the shop to be outfitted with new handles. You have to take the paper off on the inside, Hawksford said, and removing the handles requires special tools that they keep at the shop.

    Raymond Burkett, who runs a furniture restoration business in Takoma Park (301-589-2658), also said that he can replace handles on steamer trunks, but only in his shop. Because the trunks were built to be lightweight, he said, the wooden parts are very thin. So its a challenge to remove the bent-over nails without damaging the wood.

    Hawksford estimated the cost at $150 to $190; Burkett said it might come to about $200. Steamer trunks typically fit in a passenger car, but if moving the trunk yourself isnt possible, both companies offer pickup and delivery, with the price for both trips in Silver Spring totaling $75.

    If youre handy and want to do the work yourself, check out the website of Brettuns Village (207-782-7863;, a company in Maine that offers dozens of styles of leather handles and other trunk replacement parts, the tools needed to remove clinched nails, and instructions for doing the work without damaging the wood.

    Van Dykes Restorers ( also offers replacement trunk handles.

    Q: We have an exhaust fan in the ceiling of our 1930s brick Colonial kitchen. The circular opening measures 9 inches in diameter. The fan, which we believe is original to the house, turns on from a switch on the wall. But it makes a loud squealing sound. Is it possible to replace the fan with one that would still fit the current opening? It vents to the outside on the side of the house.

    Silver Spring

    A: A Dayton ring exhaust fan with a nine-inch blade diameter might work. This model comes in a circular frame with an outside diameter of 9 5/8 inches and an inside diameter of 9 inches. Grainger, which owns the Dayton brand, sells it for $109.47.

    Chris Nakis, who responds to technical questions related to heating and air-conditioning equipment for Grainger, recommended calling an HVAC contractor or an electrician to check before you order whether this fan is likely to work, and then to install it. Retrofitting a fan into an existing opening sometimes takes some fussing, and an experienced contractor is likely to figure out a solution. For example, the mounting tabs might need to be bent or even cut off, he said.

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