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    Trends That Will Define Home Trends in 2020 – The DC Post - June 8, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Every decade brings forth a new change. 2020 is no different. Want to get a headstart on your design inspiration? Heres a piece of good news if you plan to start remodeling your home. These will define home trends in 2020.

    One of the biggest trends to come out of 2020 is the emergence of non-white kitchens. Two-tone kitchens, as well as colored cabinets, have seen a rise in popularity. All-white kitchens had dominated the market for a while, but with this new decade, were seeing a pattern of diminishing in its use.

    For the modern homeowner, bathrooms are not just about utility anymore. More and more homeowners are converting their bathrooms into a sanctuary. While you may not need a full-blown spa, a sitting arrangement or two can do the job, as well.

    Out with the old, in with the new. This seems to be the mantra for 2020 trends. Floating vanities are practical, save space, and give your bathroom a more contemporary look.

    The popularity of the floating vanities is also due to the rise of a minimalistic aesthetic. While this trend may still be sinking in, it is undoubtedly a favorite for 2020.

    In previous years, powder rooms have been nothing more than a formality. However, the new decade is shifting attention to this underrated room.

    Homeowners are increasingly choosing to go the extra mile when it comes to remodeling their powder room. It includes elaborate wallpapers, accented hardware, and quirky themes, as well.

    Most of us had assumed that formal dining rooms were pretty much on the verge of extinction. However, the new decade has brought a revival of sorts.

    Homeowners are accepting the old with a hint of new. Not just that, they arent afraid to pull all the stops to go as extravagant as they want to highlight the importance of the dining area.

    The word sustainable has been making its presence known in recent times. The world is moving towards an environmentally aware state and home trends are not an exception.

    Homeowners have been taking the environmental impact of their purchasing decision into consideration. From using upcycled materials to sticking to an earthy theme for their design, sustainability is the name of the game.

    From bright-colored cabinets to quirky decor, every design element in 2020 comes down to one thing: Personality. The biggest trend in 2020 is to show your personality rather than shy away from it.

    Homeowners are embracing breaking rules and trends. Drifting away from popular trends and staying true to your personality is the biggest trend of this decade.

    2020 has seen a rise in very familiar, yet unique trends. Those are here to stay. If you want to get an edge on your remodeling plans, its a good idea to keep them handy.

    *This article is posted by and in partnership with GBC Kitchen and Bath, a kitchen and bathroom remodeling store in Alexandria, VA and Rockville, MD.

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    Mamas Place: These are the times that try mens souls – Times Record - June 8, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Mamas Place: These are the times that try men's souls

    Over the course of the past week, a long-forgotten phrase Mama often quoted gradually came together in my mind. Thomas Paine wrote in 1776, These are the times that try mens souls. It was quite a week. In fact, it has been quite a year. Last summer I decided to stop talking about moving back into midtown Fort Smith and start packing. But ... before packing, I sorted every closet, cabinet and dresser drawer, weeding out treasures I could tear myself away from. Two friends came and worked two full days helping pack items for storage and doing touch-up painting. I must say that my CRV made many trips to the Salvation Army. I also participated in the neighborhood garage sale. (For the record, Avon bottles are no longer a hot item.)

    Property in my south Fort Smith neighborhood was selling fast, great motivation for staging and listing my house. After the purge, strong young neighbors moved half of my furniture into the garage. My realtors goal was to create open spaciousness to allow prospective buyers to visualize their things in my house. From friends reaction coming for a private showing, we were successful in creating open spaciousness. One exclaimed, Its so bare. Another wailed, Oh, I miss all of your pretty things.

    My house was listed the third week of July. The market stood still. Literally. Two other neighbors listed homes, both relocating for work. As they walked by my house most days, the question was, Anyone looking at your house? The answer was, No. Eventually, the two husbands moved to begin work elsewhere, leaving both wives to sell the houses. Finally, one wife moved to be with her husband, leaving her house empty.

    As summer turned to fall, I continued to scout for houses or lots in my preferred area, finding absolutely nothing. One Sunday in early October I noticed in the Times Record a real estate auction to be held later that month. Making a mental note, I planned to drive by and take a look; however, I was busy and forgot about the auction until three days before its scheduled date, when I passed the sign pointing down a side street. On a whim, I turned left onto the street and three houses down saw a rather quirky, red brick house with new architectural shingles and white shutters. I parked, walked around to the fenced backyard and saw a covered porch with wide overhang and brick elevated surround for hanging and setting plants. I liked this place and called the number on the sign out front.

    Many times since that call, I have asked myself, What was I thinking? After three friends inspected the house, I bought the place at auction on a dreary, rainy Thursday morning. For the record, I did not get a deal. In fact, I paid more than it would have brought on the open market. Do not ask why. I do not know why. I just know that I have learned a lot about myself, about the construction trade, about the goodness of people (I have dealt with a few bad apples), and about the power of prayer.

    As with typical auctions, I made a down payment on the day of sale and closed in 30 days. Until the day of closing, I considered every way to avoid closing. I closed and plowed ahead into what the contractor called a rather major remodel. Indeed. Right away a friend noticed a slight dip in the garage roof, and upon inspecting the attic, discovered inferior framing, as well as a broken rafter. My contractor was chosen because as a former framer, he explained how he could bring the roof up to proper standards.

    The listing on my home expired Dec. 31. I planned to have the remodel finished when I relisted and sold in the spring. Old carpet was ripped out, aging drapes trashed, upper kitchen cabinets removed, furr down ripped out, partial walls removed, openings widened, circuit breaker replaced fuses, entire inside repainted and original hardwood floors were refinished to look new. Remember I said, I planned to have remodel finished when my house sold.

    My house was relisted March 1, sold March 13, and closed the morning of April 7. The plan was for my daughter to come from Chicagoland March 20 during spring break to help pack. The coronavirus hit Chicago in full force. Lee Anna was isolated at home. Before the virus isolated us, a Tulsa cousin came for two days and packed fragiles that required careful attention. I packed the rest, while dealing with delays and frustrations at the remodel, which was not complete when my furniture was moved on April 6. Movers returned to finish moving my boxes on April 7 as the new owner moved in.

    Today is June 1, and the remodel is still incomplete. The electrician was delayed by illness. The floors took longer to dry because of rainy weather. The outside water faucet leaked and was replaced. Papa Gary was hospitalized for four days. A few weeks later he took an ambulance ride to the ER for severe back pain. With constant prayers from friends and family, virtual church services, Zoom meetings, and Facetime with grandchildren and their parents, I have remained calm and patient through most of these seven months of moving and remodeling during social isolation; however, this past week my stiff upper lip drooped a little.

    I lay awake in the darkness unable to sleep, fretting over many unfinished details at the house and Papa Garys care with both children so far away, and knowing I must sleep in order to face the days tasks. And then cousin Randy called to say his mom, my dear Aunt Maxine, had just passed peacefully at 91 to her eternal rest. I told Randy how much I loved Max and that I would not attend her service because of the virus, that my present chaotic reality required me to stay well. He texted back to me, I know that Ive learned to be still among the chaos and then God speaks to me.

    These are times that try our souls, and then God speaks through the words of a cousin who speaks from experience, from friends who help paint cabinet frames, or reassemble a crystal chandelier, or move boxes in garage to clear space for car, or clean oven racks, or wash loads of cover cloths, or bring food, or call with encouragement.

    Be still among the chaos and God will speak. Mama knew.

    Louise Owens Finney is a retired secondary teacher and part-time minister in Fort Smith. She can be reached at

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    Rebuilding America: Home improvement companies thrive as pandemic keeps North Jersey shut in – New Jersey Herald - June 8, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Many businesses have faced financial hardships during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The home improvement industry, much of which is considered essential business, is faring far better.

    Michael DeMarco, owner of On The Spot Home Improvements in Saddle Brook,said his sales have increased about 25% since the pandemic hit. On The Spot does emergency home repairs, as well as roofing, kitchen and bathroom remodeling, deck installation, power washing and gutter installation, repair and cleaning.

    "Theres a lot of people staying home," said DeMarco. "People have called us saying their home is going to be their office for the foreseeable future, and they want to make it nice."

    According to DeMarco, many of his clients rerouted the money from their canceled vacations to finance repairs andadditions to their homes.

    Real estate: NJ could see increase in people moving from the cities to the suburbs after coronavirus

    Social distancing rules have made homethe safest place to be. With parks packed, backyards and front porches have becomethe ideal place to get some sun and let the kids burn off some energy which means On The Spot Home Improvements and other landscaping, contracting and home improvement businesses are experiencing a rise in sales.

    Swing Set & Toy Warehouse, which has locations in Upper Saddle River, Freehold, Fleming and East Hanover, has seen a 50% increase in business, said Sue Williams, a sales representative for the company for the past 30 years.

    "Ive never seen anything like it," said Williams. Trampolines, basketball hoops and swing sets, specifically, are being ordered nonstop.

    "Usually families decide to buy swing sets when their children are age-appropriate. But now, Im seeing even people with very young kids buying this year," she added. Why? Because being outside eases stress, said Williams, especially in a time when entire families are cooped up at home.

    The phones at Jacobsen Landscape Design in Midland Park, which designs landscaping for pools and patios andinstalls irrigation systems and outdoor landscape lighting, have been ringing off the hook, as customers yearn for more put-together homes.

    Of course, things in the home improvement industry have changed since the pandemic. DeMarco says his staff members wear masks and get their temperatures taken at the door. They keep 6 feet apart from each other and clients. The office building and trucks are constantly being sanitized.

    DeMarco predicts the home improvement boomwill continue for the next year, even as businesses and entertainment venues open up. As expensive vacations will likely have to be canceled for the rest of the year, he thinks that money will instead go to building a new cabana in the backyard, installing a pool, or finally building that dream deck.

    5 easy home improvement ideas

    Cleanhard-to-reach places, such as vents and the tops of fans. This is the perfect time to take care ofspots that usually get neglected. Use the brush attachment on your vacuum or a microfiber cloth to wipe away grime. Add a fresh coat of paint to a room. Yes, this task may seem a bit daunting, but repainting even one accent wall can completely transform a room. We've never had more time to tape, tarp and paint. When's the last time you power washed your house? The weather is getting warm, which means the time is right to impress your neighbors by giving the exterior of your home a scrub. Create a gallery wall with your favorite photos. Gallery wallsare very trendy right now, and printing out and framing pictures of friends and family can make the days in quarantine seem less lonely, while also adding a striking element to your home. Outdoor furniture can get grubby over the years. Perhaps set aside some time to give them a scrub -- Lysol wipes and soapy water work great.

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    On the Market: A Swanky One-Bedroom Condo in the South End – Boston magazine - June 8, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    For Sale/Rent

    Live large in these 800 square feet, nestled along Worcester Square.

    Photo by Dan St. John, Lightshed Photography Studio

    18 Worcester Square #3, BostonPrice: $709,000Size: 788 square feetBedrooms: 1Baths: 1

    This one-bedroom condo is all about scale: Tall windows, 12-foot ceilings, and even the heavy double door you walk through to enter the unit. Which is to say nothing of the homes crown jewel, a massive chandelier dripping down into the center of the large living area. Situated on the second floor of a brick bow-front building bordering Worcester Square park, the homes age is another part of its grand appeal. The light pine floors, dotted with dark nail heads, date back to 1900 and the baroque crown molding is thought to be original, too.

    Off the main hall, there are three smaller rooms: A narrow kitchen with stainless appliances, a bath with painted tile floors, and an incredibly stylish bedroom. Push through a pair of pocket doors with frosted glass panes to kick up your feet in the latter, which showcases somehow even more embellished molding than the rest of the unit. A starburst-style light fixture and cool gray walls modernize the 20th century glamor, and on the other side of a glass door is a truly timeless featurea roomy balcony where your plants can get some sun, and you can lounge in the shade.

    For information, contact Jennifer Gelfand, Keller Williams Realty,

    Photo by Dan St. John, Lightshed Photography Studio

    Photo by Dan St. John, Lightshed Photography Studio

    Photo by Dan St. John, Lightshed Photography Studio

    Photo by Dan St. John, Lightshed Photography Studio

    Photo by Dan St. John, Lightshed Photography Studio

    Photo by Dan St. John, Lightshed Photography Studio

    Photo by Dan St. John, Lightshed Photography Studio

    Photo by Dan St. John, Lightshed Photography Studio

    Photo by Dan St. John, Lightshed Photography Studio

    The Boston Home team has curated a list of the best home design and home remodeling professionals in Boston, including architects, builders, kitchen and bath experts, lighting designers, and more. Get the help you need with FindIt/Boston's guide to home renovation pros.

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    Setting Up Shop: What to Consider When Choosing Your Office – Arkansas Business Online - June 8, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

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    When youre on the hunt for startup office space, the number of factors surrounding the search for a suitable working environment can make the process daunting.

    You need to satisfy your startup business current needs while also looking to the future, making sure that wherever you choose is cost-effective and good for team morale, as well as accurately reflecting your brand image.

    A good location helps build trust with your clients and enhances your brand image.

    Choose a spot that stands out for positive reasons like attractive surroundings, accessibility and commute time.

    You want to leave a good impression on visitors and offer a good daily experience for employees. Consider the state of roads and traffic flows, security and access to other facilities like restaurants and fitness centers and the availability of adequate parking.

    Unfortunately, a lot of times some of the older properties which might be very nice physically, they can be under parked,'' said Mark Bentley, managing director and principal broker for Colliers International Arkansas. So thats an issue. Youve always got to have ample parking to provide for your employees.

    Location can be dictated by the needs of your company. For example, you may also be setting up a distribution center or some other off-site facility and will want your main office close.

    Maybe a business owner wants the location to be near him, since hes making all the decisions, or maybe he wants it near where the majority of his employees live for their convenience.

    Theres a laundry list of things to be considered there, but location is one of those decisions you really want to make thinking long term, said John Martin, principal and vice president of brokerage for real estate firm Newmark Moses Tucker Partners.

    Naturally, youll need to provide employees with access to basic welfare facilities but there are other factors.

    Sufficient parking, including wheelchair accessible spots, or an adequate number of power outlets, can play a major role in employee happiness.

    If your company has a lot of meetings make sure you have conference space to spare. If you intend to use your office to meet with clients, you will want a comfortable waiting or reception area.

    Do a head count and consider how many bathrooms would be adequate. Think about a comfortable kitchen setup and breakroom and space that can be used for company functions that enhance unity.

    Make a list of must-have items versus a list of those youd like to have.

    Consider not just if the space is adequate now but if it is flexible enough to accommodate growth. Maybe 1,500 SF is enough now, but a successful young business might find it needs 3,000 SF in just a couple years, Bentley said.

    I often look for opportunities for them to grow with the building were moving them into, Bentley said.

    Of course the price has to be right. You dont want to bankrupt your business before you start with a weighty lease. Make sure that terms dont slow your businesss growth in other areas.

    Think about costs like parking, internet access, utilities, furniture, potential maintenance and other bills hidden in the operation.

    Avoiding calculating cost per person and focus on how much youre willing to spend overall on a monthly basis.

    Remember price, availability and variety of available spaces vary depending on your location needs. Plan at least three to four months before making a move. Being deliberate can keep you from jumping into a space that looks good up front only to learn its inadequate later.

    Its your companys home, so make sure your office suits your companys culture.

    Your office should have the space to accommodate breaks and group activities while also making a positive impression on visiting clients. Appearances do matter.

    What is the nature of your business? Does your office need to accommodate any heavy equipment? Is there room to stock essential supplies and provisions?

    You dont want to end up with cramped spaces, inadequate lighting or substandard break space and facilities that can harm productivity. Find space that motivates your staff and embrace the image and reputation you want to build when choosing your office.

    Dont rush to sign a lease even after inspecting the space and confirming it is a good fit for your business. As much as you desire the place, dont sign before reading all the terms and clarifying any cost implications of each clause and beware of hidden charges hidden in the fine print.

    Finding representation and expert help for this process is a smart move, if feasible, Martin said.

    Having an accountant, having an attorney, having a realtor, people who have been through it, done it, understand it, so when those types of things are presented to you youre not sitting there wondering what all this means, Martin said.

    Consider the lease period. Moving your business from one place to another can negatively affect profits over time, Bentley said.

    Calculate the total costs of moving your business to the new space and factor in the cost of renovations and installations. If at all possible, work a tenant remodel allowance into the deal, Bentley said.

    What they find is not going to be perfect and theyre going to need to do some remodeling, he said. Each tenant really needs to produce a nice remodel allowance from the building landlords, otherwise you cant get done what you need done to the space.

    As the traditional, cubicle-and-desk setups give way to more organic, versatile and free flowing spaces, communication, collaboration and harmony become just as important as schedules and resources.

    When considering your dream office, consider the primary factors your employees feel are most important. One size office space does not fit all.

    Its fluid, Martin said. The environments always changing. So now were kind of more in the environment of open office spaces, particularly on the corporate side.

    Think about the value of open space to collaboration, flexible space to accommodate teleworking, hoteling allocating certain office space to certain employees during certain times of the week and activity-based design that allows space to be set aside for specific uses via private enclaves, shared desk spaces, open tables, conference spaces and cafes.

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    Kitchen Tune-Up is Recognized as a FRAN-TASTIC 500 Brand For 2020 – - April 29, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

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    April 28, 2020 // // ABERDEEN, S.D. - Kitchen Tune-Up announced today that it has been named to the FRAN-TASTIC 500 list by FranServe Inc., the worlds largest franchise consulting and expansion organization.

    Its an honor to be recognized as one of the leading franchise opportunities by FranServe, said Heidi Morrissey, President of Kitchen Tune-Up. Our ranking is reflective of the model weve built and the commitment we make to our franchise family and their team members. We have an outstanding group of franchisees who are dedicated to serving their communities with the highest of customer service standards, and we look forward to continue growing with likeminded franchise partners in the months to come.

    The key factors that go into FranServe's nomination and selection include strong brand identity, turnkey model, operational support, superb training, scalability, quick to launch and clear marketing messaging.

    Alesia Visconti, CEO of Franserve Inc. says, Franchising is a doorway for many people looking to be their own boss. A brand that makes our annual FRAN-TASTIC 500 list demonstrated that it goes above and beyond the norm in helping people fulfill their dreams of business ownership through franchising! Its a brand that sets itself apart!

    Kitchen Tune-Up prides itself not only on hard work and the ability to finish a project in 1-5 days, but on its Trustpoints system, premier customer service, and family-like mentality business model. Known for its five options to update kitchens and cabinetry, services include signature one-day Tune-Ups, cabinet painting, cabinet refacing, cabinet redooring, and new cabinets.

    As Kitchen Tune-Up continues to evolve, the brand has introduced DIY Plus services ranging from cabinet redooring to garage cabinets and cabinet organization. Through virtual connectivity, a representative can provide clients with necessary guidance on products, tools, and directions to accomplish tasks on their own. Despite coronavirus restrictions, Kitchen Tune-Up has continued to innovate and prioritize their franchise owners and clients.

    With more than 204 franchised territories nationwide, Kitchen Tune-Up is widely recognized as the frontrunner among kitchen and bath remodeling companies and a position on the ranking is a testament to its strength as a franchise opportunity.

    Founded in 1988, Kitchen Tune-Up specializes in five ways to update kitchens and cabinetry. Services include its signature 1 Day Tune-Up, cabinet painting, cabinet refacing, cabinet redooring, and new cabinets. With more than 204 franchised territories nationwide, Kitchen Tune-Up has been named to Entrepreneurs Franchise 500 list in 2020. Kitchen Tune-Up offers personalized service and incredible results that are structured around customer service Trustpoints to ensure a hassle-free experience from start to finish.

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    Restaurant owners prepare for reopening in the Ozarks – KY3 - April 29, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. 300,000 servers and chefs in Missouri's restaurants are waiting to see if they can indeed open Monday. Two Springfield restaurant owners gearing up for customers to return, whenever that may be.

    From building new tables to remodeling their kitchen, owners are prepping their restaurants. The downtime has been a silver lining.

    "We wouldn't have been able to do it," siad Gene Lofar, Co-Owner of The Roost. "I mean, the remodeling has taken us almost two and half, three weeks to do."

    Lofaro said whatever the guidelines are, they'll be ready to go.

    "We'll be able to put those plans in place," said Lofaro. "And, you know, rest assured that we're here for the community and make sure that, you know, the people are safe when they come in to our business."

    Tony Garcia, owner of Avanzare Italian Dining, said he wants to wait a bit longer to reopen his doors.

    "I don't think I'll be ready to open for the first week," said Garcia. "I think I'm gonna let it ride for the second week and be ready for Mother's Day weekend."

    For both owners, they're just ready to move forward with their business, however and whenever that is.

    "I miss it, I miss cooking, I miss my customers, my employees, I miss everybody," said Garcia. "But I think the safety for me to wait an extra week and be more ready, more prepared.

    "I think the biggest thing about this is the opportunity for the employees to get back into this," said Lofaro. "And for the community to come together as one."

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    Home remodeling projects continue during the pandemic, with a few key differences – Minneapolis Star Tribune - April 22, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Before Minnesotas stay-at-home order was issued, Lori Schmidt and her husband had made up their minds to remodel their home in Blaine.

    The couple recently signed a contract and put down a deposit with New Spaces, a Burnsville-based design build remodeling contractor.

    COVID-19 safety was one factor in their choice of contractor, according to Schmidt.

    They [New Spaces] are taking COVID seriously, she said, including an all-virtual-design process. I talked to other remodelers and they were fine wanting to come in our home, measuring, some even wanting to shake hands. No!

    When the job requires workers to be in her home, theyll be wearing face masks, as will Schmidt and her husband. It will work well until everything is lifted, she said.

    With construction designated an essential industry, home remodeling projects can and are going forward. But some Minnesota builders are dramatically changing the way they operate, staging Zoom meetings instead of in-person consultations, having homeowners take their own photos and ramping up job-site safety protocols, from sanitizing doorknobs to limiting the number of subcontractors allowed inside the home at one time.

    Never in my 20-plus years in the industry did I imagine that we would be meeting with people virtually, said Bjorn Freudenthal, homeowner adviser and vice president of business development for New Spaces.

    Homeowners have a wide array of new concerns about remodeling.

    Theres fear and confusion, he said. Some want to move forward and view this [the coronavirus] as a speed bump. Some are saying, Lets pause. Life has been thrown upside down. Were trying to meet people where theyre at.

    After the spring Parade of Homes and Remodelers Showcase were canceled due to the pandemic, New Spaces developed a virtual consultation process, including worksheets to help clients identify their needs, wants and wishes.

    Its more collaborative, Freudenthal said of working with homeowners without entering their homes. Homeowners need to send pictures, walk around with their phone. We have to rely on technology.

    JKath Design Build + Reinvent, St. Paul, also has dramatically changed the way it works with clients.

    In-person client meetings have been replaced by Zoom meetings, and samples are delivered directly to homes, without personal interaction, said Katie Kath, co-owner and designer.

    Theres increased communication about what clients need to feel safe, Kath said.

    It feels like a lot more work, said Kath. I have a little bit of Zoom fatigue right now.

    For New Spaces, job-site protocols have changed dramatically, including more temporary barrier walls to create separation, stringent tool cleaning and allowing only one trade in a home at a time.

    Weve tried to create an environment of client safety and vendor safety, said Freudenthal. People ask, Is it even possible? The reality is, yes, if its planned properly.

    Safety isnt a new challenge for builders, Kath noted.

    Weve always been in the business of protecting ourselves and our clients from lead, from asbestos, she said. Thats not on the level of the coronavirus, but we always protect the job site.

    Virtual home tours

    Connecting with prospective clients also is more of a challenge in the coronavirus era.

    Two years ago, when JKath had a home on the Remodelers Showcase tour, it led to 50 inquiries that resulted in 30 in-home consultations, said Kath.

    After this years Remodelers Showcase was canceled, JKath had to look for another way to showcase the project it had planned to feature on the tour, a whole-house makeover in Edina.

    It was going to be one of the Dream Homes, said Kath. Instead, the home was staged for a photo shoot.

    New Spaces created virtual tours of the two homes it had planned to have open during the Remodelers Showcase, and invited people to take part in a Zoom happy hour during which they could ask questions. It plans to continue the series with other featured projects, a kitchen makeover on April 23, a lower-level makeover on April 30, and a kitchen/main level and master suite on May 7, all from 4 to 5 p.m. (Contact New Spaces,, to participate.)

    For those who missed touring homes during the Parade of Homes and Remodelers Showcase, several contractors produced virtual tours of their featured homes that can be viewed on the Builders Association of the Twin Cities website, (select Has Virtual Tour).

    Amy Haugen, Minnetonka, took part in one of New Spaces virtual tours before deciding to proceed with a remodeling of her main level and creating a master suite, a project shes been thinking about for 17 years.

    While shes concerned about the coronavirus, she was reassured by the safety protocols that have been put in place. Everything is so uncertain, she said. But it took me so many years to decide, I need to just do it.

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    Add Disney Style to Your Next DIY Project With Glass Mosaic Tiles! – Inside the Magic - April 22, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    During quarantine, Disney fans have been finding all sorts of creative ways to pass the time, from reimagining Disney World and Disneyland attractions at home to cooking up recipes inspired by their favorite Disney films.

    Home renovations and decor updates are also on the rise. What better way to show your Disney side than with home decorations featuring your favorite animated Disney characters?

    Wayfair is currently offering four different Elite Tile Disney glass mosaic tile options that are perfect for your next DIY project! Whether you want to update your bathroom with Disney style or install a new kitchen backsplash, you cant go wrong with these easy-to-install tiles.

    The first two Disney tile options feature various Disney Princesses.

    This Disney Princesses glitter tile costs $8.49 per square foot. These feature alternating mosaic tiles that either have pink and silver glitter squares or individually images of Snow White, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Ariel, and Aurora.

    The second Disney Princess tile option is priced at $9.49 per square foot and features six of the Princesses in Disneys line-up. Snow White, Cinderella, Ariel, and Rapunzel have individual portraits, while Aurora and Belle share a tile.

    The alternating tile in this set features jeweled aqua squares amid iridescent white tiles. This Disney tile set would be stunning in a bathroom with lots of natural light that would reflect off of the iridescent tones!

    The third Disney tile style is priced at $8.99 per square foot and features the precocious Marie from The Aristocats! There are five glass mosaic tiles featuring Marie, wearing her famous pink bows, in different poses. The alternating tile has small pink and white squares.

    The final Disney glass tile version is priced at $7.99 per square foot and features characters from the Cars franchise! Featuring Lightning McQueen, Mater, and Lightnings famous number 95, this bathroom tile set is perfect for little boys bathrooms!

    The alternating tiles resemble a racing checkered flag with black and white squares.

    Will you be using Disney bathroom tile to create mosaic art for your next home remodeling job? Tell us about your Disney decor dreams in the comments!

    Even if you cant live at Disneys Golden Oak private community, you can absolutely add some Disney magic to your house. This Disney office decor is sure to bring a smile to your face when you sit down at your desk, especially if youre unexpectedly working from home!

    You can also bring the magic home to your kitchen. Check out this Disney Princess dinnerware set or these Minnie Mouse dinner plates!

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    Fauquier County businesses tack into the wind | News – Fauquier Times - April 22, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    With more than 1,900 businesses in Fauquier County, there are likely 1,900 stories of how owners are attempting to survive the current coronavirus landscape. Entrepreneurs have built their companies by considering educated risks. Some small business owners say they are using those critical skills to carve out their futures.

    Salon Lou is an upscale Warrenton hair salon owned and operated by Lori Nicholson.

    Salon Lou

    Salon Lou is an upscale Warrenton hair salon owned and operated by Lori Nicholson. It opened in 2015 and had been a success from her first cut, she said.

    Today the shop is shuttered and all 15 employees have been laid off. Nicholson said, Its almost surreal for my team and me. We were all in shock for the first two weeks. In the third week, we said, 'OK, what are we going to do with ourselves?

    Nicholson believes that maintaining esprit de corps is foremost, so conducting virtual cooking classes with her employees helped soften the blow of not being able to man scissors, dye and hair dryers. "It's been a lot of fun," Nicholson said.

    The downtime has also been devoted to virtual online training classes to maintain and enhance hair treatment skills and support professional education. A major industry show was canceled, so a lot of my stylists are taking classes online, Nicholson said.

    Her furloughed employees have applied for unemployment. The process is frustrating and time consuming because millions of unemployed are tackling the same problem. "I've had to help some of my employees get it, Nicholson said.

    She has had a lot of clients call and ask if she could come and do their hair. Unfortunately, state licensing laws and insurance companies will not permit most hair styling to be performed off-premises.

    More importantly, she does not want to take the chance of infecting the community or her employees by going off-site. When the economy does open up, she said, We will be bombarded. Clients want professional hair jobs. They do not want to cut and color at home.

    Once the doors open again, she said, its also going to change how her employees will interact with customers. We cant do our job 6 feet away. Well probably end up wearing gloves and face masks. Everybody will be scared of going back into the work force.

    Currently, I can sustain my business for two to three months. After that, it's going to be questionable, Nicholson said.

    Tony Tedeschi, of Piedmont Press & Graphics.

    Piedmont Press & Graphics

    Tony and Holly Tedeschi own Piedmont Press & Graphics. The couple has more than 50 years of print and design experience backed by historical perspective on how to survive cyclical business swings.

    Tony Tedeschi said, My company is still open because we were declared an essential service, because we produce mailings and signage, both important to the economy. But weve lost work on promotional materials for concerts, festivals and equine events.

    Losing business like the Gold Cup was hard because its one of our bigger jobs of the year. I would estimate our business is down 60 percent. The drop in revenues occurred almost overnight, he said.

    Even before COVID-19, Tedeschi was preparing for a recession, which he thought was overdue. He learned a lot by surviving the 2008 recession, so he was better prepared; he had been saving money, both corporate and personal. The Tedeschis first move as owners was to stop taking paychecks.

    He also asked his employees to shift to a 32-hour work week, essentially taking a 20 percent reduction in pay. We have enough money to go a couple of months, keeping our 15 employees working. He has an unused line of credit and has applied for thePaycheck Protection Program, which is a loan for small businesses. Its a forgivable loan, as long as 75 percent of it goes to employee paychecks and health care benefits.

    If he is approved for the loan, it will give him an additional 75 days of relief. With all his planning in place, he thinks he is a long way from bankruptcy. He also is in the process of creating some new products and is poised to spend money on marketing.

    Where you make your money is when you come out of a downturn. We want to be ready when that day comes. Im not panicked about the situation. Its going to be bad and painful, but people are doing their best to pull together and survive.

    Regetis Photography

    Amy Regeti manages her familys Warrenton business that has, Pretty much been set on pause. We are solely devoted to photographing weddings, and all our clients are postponing their plans. That will have a domino effect going into the 2021 season.

    Amy Regeti of Regeti's Photography

    Postponing weddings to the following year means that valuable dates that would have otherwise gone to new business are being snagged by weddings that canceled this year. Regeti said, It limits what we can take on. We service about 25 weddings a year, all of that that has pretty much jumped to later in the year. That business will likely jump again, dependent on the timing of the economic recovery. I would be surprised if we shoot even one wedding this year.

    A lot of our clients are shifting dates because they do not want to hold a wedding and a reception with everyone wearing masks. Its not how they want to remember their special occasion.

    The family business is a full-time job, but her husband does some work for the federal government. He has been able to retain his security clearance and continues to work, providing much-needed family income.

    Home Sweet Home Improvements

    Tom and Dawn Wottons Bealeton company is a design, build and remodeling firm with four full-time employees. One of the first actions Tom Wotton took after social distancing was implemented was to reach out to past elderly clients and see how they were faring. Often that resulted in face masks being delivered to the individuals for their protection.

    His business is still operating and has about a three-month backlog of work; only a few of his current clients projects slowed down. Nonetheless, fresh leads have stopped.

    When on-site, his crew quarantines off a section of the home that is being remodeled and works with hand sanitizers, gloves, safety glasses and face masks. CDC guidance for home construction crews are included in the companys regular safety talks.

    Some of his suppliers and subcontractors initially wanted to stop residential work, but Wotton told them his clients were OK with proceeding and gained the cooperation of the vendors.

    Wotton said, Yes, we are feeling an impact of whats going on. There are two fronts in play here. First, there are health and safety issues, and we are managing that part of it. Secondly, there is the financial front. If we can produce, we need to continue to produce. Its that simple.

    Claire Lamborne owns Claires at the Depot restaurant in Warrenton.

    Claires at the Depot

    Claire Lamborne owns her restaurant like Tiger Woods owns his swing. The eatery is part of her very core, and she will fight to make certain it endures. To that end, she will reopen for curbside service soon.

    Claires service was offered for a short time when the economy was first placed in lockdown. But a crowded staff in a tight kitchen wasnt manageable, she said.

    Now shes back. I think we solved some issues with the carryout and will offer it again.

    Lamborne thinks she has found a way to work around the tight kitchen issues while keeping her staff safe. While she has 36 employees, only kitchen staff will be brought back at first. She said she believes curbside service will last longer than some people think.

    Lamborne said, Before we were trying to do food hot and that became very difficult. This time well be doing curbside meals that are cooked and ready for reheating at home.The new approach allows for pre-planning menu selections and calming the previously busy kitchen scene.

    While answers to many questions about the recovery process are yet to be answered, Lamborne said she will not wait until they are to revive an income stream. My accountant doesnt have answers to my questions, and I need to find a tax attorney, said Lamborne.

    Will Lambornes new world mean a delay in her retirement plans? Oh, my gosh, yes! The value of my business has dropped, so now I plan to work till Im 80 years old. Im healthy, so hopefully, Ill be able to do that.

    Lamborne believes that when she does reopen, she wont be able to accommodate as many diners as before. I think there will still be social distancing. Well need to get those patio chairs and tables painted," she said, laughing.

    John Hochheimer is chairman of the board of the Great Meadow Foundation.

    Great Meadow Foundation

    John Hochheimer is chairman of the board of the Great Meadow Foundation. He said they have had to cancel or postpone several of their planned events. The largest one to date is Gold Cup. It has been rescheduled for June 20, assuming conditions permit.

    Twilight Polo was supposed to start May 23, but the potential new start date is now June 13. Honestly, all of our plans depend on what the governor recommends and what the requirements will be once the stay-at-home policy is lifted, said Hochheimer. Our revenue is down some 20 to 25 percent.

    He underscores that the foundation is hurting because the delayed events are the core of its revenue. Nonetheless, the staff of seven is still working, and the gates are open.

    People are welcome to come out to Great Meadow and walk the grounds and exercise their dogs individually and in small groups. Its largely a wait and see situation. Fortunately, much of what was unfolding at the spacious outdoor venue was just ramping up. Rescheduling the more significant events later in the year will save many of the seasons activities.

    Several smaller events, like the National Rocket Contest, will be rolled over to next years schedule. Hochheimer said that groups need to plan events weeks or months in advance, and the uncertainty about when people will be allowed to gather leads to the cancellations.

    Well continue to update our website when things are rescheduled. And we do welcome visitors to come out and enjoy the grounds. But I ask that people clean up after themselves and their pets, said Hochheimer.

    On the links at Fauquier Springs Country Club

    Fauquier Springs Country Club

    Shawn Rogers is the general manager of the venerable club that was established in 1957. It has about 325 members. The facility has a restaurant, pool, tennis courts and a golf course. While the restaurant is closed to diners, it is offering carryout service.

    He explained, One of the major complications we have seen throughout this situation are the protocols weve had to put into place to keep our club going. The Virginia Department of Health has been fantastic as to what we needed to implement.

    The governor has allowed us to keep the golf course open, and our number of rounds are up. Every cart is sterilized before it goes out, and only one golfer per cart is allowed. Weve removed the sand-divot containers from the carts and anything else a player might touch. Players are not allowed to touch or remove the flag pin during play, Rogers said.

    The clubs most substantial revenue producers are its banquet and event operations. We have been severely hurt in those areas.A lot of weddings and special events have been rescheduled. In March and April, we lost $150,000 in revenue. Every day this goes on, we are at risk of losing even more.

    Rogers thinks the country club will survive without difficulty for two to three months. After that, it will become more problematic. Right now, were OK. But not as OK as we should be.

    Fauquier Chamber of Commerce

    For more than a decade, Joe Martin has served as the president of the Fauquier Chamber of Commerce. He has successfully guided the organizations 530 members through robust economic growth. Today, hes a whirling dervish, working to keep his family safe from harm.

    We have a weekly conference call with numerous regional leadership organizations strategizing on how to address the critical issues facing us. Im also on Zoom calls daily with local, state and federal agencies for the same purpose.

    The communication outreach across these dozens of organizations has been phenomenal. One minor but important aspect of all of this is well be using these communication technologies from here on out, said Martin.

    To focus on real-world concerns and seek advice from chamber members and their guests, a monthly virtual luncheon is hosted by Martin, where attendees go around the screen and share successes, struggles and challenges. Its an opportunity for one story to answer dozens of questions.

    Martin finds it reassuring in such stressed times that most of the groups and individuals hes interacting with generally have a positive feeling about the future. But the pain experienced by small businesses is of particular concern to him. The downturn will end, and Martin, in concert with the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, is working on a recovery plan to help make it happen.

    Martin muses, The recovery is not going to spring back overnight. It will be a slow and methodical process of likely a year or more. Yes, there will be pent-up demand, but it will not be an explosive recovery. But it will happen. Staying focused and positive is key.

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