4 Ways to Make Your Home Healthy and Comfortable

By Niko Papaheraklis

It’s always fun to remodel your home to be more modern and suitable to your needs. But, it’s not all about having a spacious kitchen or a new master bath connected to your bedroom. The health and comfort of your home is equally, if not more, as important as its appearance. With that said, here are a few ways you can make sure your home is healthy and comfortable for you and your family.

1. Have a good ventilation system

The quality of indoor air is a popular topic and for good reason! The quality of your air can make a massive difference in your health and comfort. You’ll want to make sure you have a solid ventilation system to keep indoor air fresh and clean.

2. Replace leaky windows

If you’re planning to remodel your home, chances are your windows have been around for awhile and they may have leaks in them. We can help you choose the right windows that will be energy efficient, lessen outside noise, and more at different price points. If you can’t replace all your windows at once, start with the ones closest to you as that’s where you’ll notice the biggest difference.

3. Replace your lighting

Gone are the days when the only lighting option included fluorescent fixtures. There are so many lighting options these days to create a dynamic environment, and the trick to having a more comfortable home is having lights that have the correct temperature balance.

4. Prevent mold with weatherproofing

This is a big one. Mold can cause serious health issues and isn’t always easily detected. You’ll want to ensure your siding, roofing and windows are weatherproofed so that moisture doesn’t creep in and allow mold to start growing.

At Finecraft Contractors, if you can imagine it, we can build it. We always keep your health and comfort in mind when designing and building. If you have a renovation idea or want to remodel sections of your home, call us at 301-330-9191 and we’ll give you a thoroughly thought out estimate.

NikoPapaheraklis is the Business Manager of FineCraft Building Contractors, Inc., located in Gaithersburg, MD, 40 miles north of Washington, DC. Since 1985, FineCraft home remodeling contractors have been building houses, home additions, kitchen & bath remodeling and more for discerning families. Their blog can be seen at https://finecraftcontractors.com/blog/ and they can be reached at 301-330-9191.

5 Tips to Recession-Proof Your Business in 2019

By George Papaheraklis

We recently did a live webinar over on HomeAdvisor (you can check it out here) about how to recession-proof your business. In 2008 when the recession hit, we weren’t prepared and we nearly lost everything. The good news is we’re still here! And we learned a lot of valuable information along the way that we want to share with you. We used the following strategies to make sure we didn’t go through a recession hit again.

1. Build a loyal team

You’ll always need a great team, but more so than ever when times get tough. A loyal team will help you recover faster, and the best way to gain loyalty from your team members is to be loyal to them first. Make sure you hire people who are a good fit, and take the time to train them and share your industry knowledge with them.

2. Develop effective communication strategies

The way to build trust within your team is have honest and organized communication. Always keep your clients and employees in the loop and share as many details as you can to make sure the experience is smooth. If you run into any confusion, make sure you give thorough explanations.

3. Strengthen your reputation

Of course your reputation is always important, but when times get tough, your reputation can help you stand out. If your clients enjoy working with you and you give them a great experience with impeccable customer care, they’ll most likely recommend you to others.

4. When times are good, invest

Even when times are good, you shouldn’t stop marketing. Generating leads and maintaining client relationships, regardless of how busy you are, will help protect you in lean times. Make sure you keep in touch with your clients — check in on past projects and show that you genuinely care when work is in progress.

5. Prepare for the future

If you don’t have a solid financial plan, and sales and marketing plans, then you need to create one right now. Having these in place are pivotal to surviving a recession and retiring on your own terms.

This is just a short overview of the strategies we used to become recession-proof. We go into more detail in the webinar, so be sure to check it out by clicking here!

George Papaheraklis is the founder of FineCraft Contractors, Inc., located in Gaithersburg, MD. Since 1985, FineCraft has been building houses, additions, kitchens, baths and more for discerning families. Their blog can be seen at https://finecraftcontractors.com/blog/ and they can be reached at 301-330-9191.

BigTreeSupply.com: 5 Great Trees to Plant in Washington State

By Nancy Penrose

Here are some great landscaping trees that will enhance any landscape in Washington state.

5. Douglas Fir

  • Growth Rate is Moderate
  • Mature Size 80′ Tall x 30′ Wide
  • Likes full sun to partial shade
  • Evergreen

The Douglas fir is a dense evergreen native to our area. It has a strong pyramidal shape when young and has a tendency to limb itself up as it matures. Its size will be difficult to control in urban landscapes so it is best to have adequate space for this large native tree. Needles are soft and occasionally have a bluish tint.

4. Emerald Green Arborvitae

  • Growth Rate is Slow
  • Mature Size 20′ Tall x 4′ Wide
  • Likes full sun to partial shade
  • Evergreen

The Emerald Green Arborvitae is one of the most popular and dependable screening trees for our area. They are often planted in rows to create a ‘Natural’ barrier. The Emerald Green is a dense evergreen that maintains its deep green color all year. Because of its columnar growth habit, and limited spread, the Emerald Green is an appropriate selection for small planting spaces.

If planted correctly, Emerald Greens will form a low maintenance solid hedge. The dense and columnar growth habit of Emerald Greens means that they require little maintenance and no pruning. However, Emeralds can easily be sheared back to limit their spread and the tops can be trimmed to create uniform heights. Emerald Greens are often planted on two-foot centers. As with all Big Trees Inc. stock, our Emerald Greens are field grown and are balled and burlapped. Field grown stock is known to be fuller and healthier than container grown stock.

3. Red Pointe Maple

  • Average Growth Rate is Moderate
  • Mature Size 50′ Tall x 30′ Wide
  • Like full sun
  • Deciduous

The Red Pointe Maple is a beautiful pyramidal maple with a relatively carefree growth habit, narrower than others, making it an excellent large shade tree for more compact landscapes. Dark green foliage turns a brilliant red in early autumn.

2. Thundercloud Plum

  • Average Growth Rate is Moderate
  • Mature Size 20′ Tall x 20′ Wide
  • Like full sun to partial shade
  • Deciduous
  • Flowers: Single pink flowers in early spring

The Thundercloud plum has dependable purple foliage throughout the growing season. It is not fruit bearing but does produce single pink flowers in early spring. A reliable tree that is adaptable to most growing conditions.

1. Weeping Willow 

  • Average Growth Rate is Moderate to Fast
  • Mature Size 50′ Tall x 40′ Wide
  • Likes full sun to partial shade
  • Deciduous

The weeping willow is a great selection for adding character to a landscape. Known for its graceful, low sweeping branch structure and unique shape. The weeping willow is commonly found near streams, lakes and wetlands but is adaptable to drier soils as well. The weeping willow has winter interest due to its golden winter stems.

If you’d like to see samples of these trees or some of the other 120,000 trees that we have available in over 300 varieties, call Big Trees at 360-563-2700, or come visit us in tree nursery in Snohomish and talk to our tree specialists. See the map below.

Nancy Penrose is owner of Big Trees Inc. (http://www.bigtreesupply.com), (tree nursery Seattle / Snohomish, WA), one of the largest Seattle tree nurserys, specializing in large trees for sale and transplant tree service. Learn more about tree preservation at http://bigtreesupply.com/tree-care-maintenance/ and for more tips on big trees care or installation go to snohomishbigtrees.com.See our video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULejKnh2MYY and connect with us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Big-Trees-Inc/193731105108

Big Trees Inc. Saves and Transplants 26 Trees from Construction Site

SNOHOMISH, WA: Big Trees Inc., (http://bigtreessupply.com/), a tree sales and transplant company, was contacted to save and transplant a number of trees in the footprint of a new major construction effort.

There were 37 trees in total that were slated to be relocated during a construction project at a local community college. The school reached out to Big Trees, Inc., to see if we could provide this service in a tight construction schedule.

Big Trees was able to identify 26 trees that were good candidates for transplant.  The trees were all in manageable size ranges for the Big Trees crew and equipment, and they will be added back to the site once the construction is complete and the final landscaping phase starts.

The trees have all been moved to storage beds for the duration of the project, where they will be watered with automated drip irrigation until they are ready to be replanted on the construction site.

“Thank you! Pablo and his crew did an amazing job. I was very impressed with how much they accomplished.” said the project manager.

Nancy Penrose is the owner of Big Trees Inc., located in Snohomish, WA in the Seattle area. The company is one of the largest tree nurseries in the Seattle area with over 120,000 trees available in over 300 varieties. They not only deliver young trees, but also mature trees in a wide range of sizes. Some types of trees available include spring flowering, deciduous, evergreen, and privacy trees. The company also does tree transplanting including large trees. Their blog can be seen at http://www.bigtreessupply.com/blog/ or http://arboristblog.com/. They can be reached at 360-563-2700.

 

 

Silva Construction Urges Business Owners to Add Renovations to Reward Employees

SAN PEDRO, CA: Silva Construction (https://silvaconstruction.com), a residential and commercial remodeling company serving the south bay area of Los Angeles, is urging business owners to add renovations to businesses, such as a kitchen or break room to reward employees.

Dave Silva, founder of Silva Construction, stated “Business owners know today that their employees are one of their most valuable resources, and they are often looking for ways to incentivize their employees to work harder or reach certain goals or milestones.”

“One way they can do this is to reward the team when they hit the target by having some remodeling done on the premises and adding some things employees would like. Like a break room, or a kitchen, an exercise room, or just general remodeling and upgrading the work space. Plus, having your premises look nicer is good for morale and the all-important impression you make on clients that come through your door.”

Dave Silva and David Clarke are owners of Silva Construction, Inc., located in San Pedro, CA. The company has over 40 years of experience in remodeling construction, and serves Southern California’s South Bay area, including Westchester, El Segundo, Manhattan Beach, San Pedro, Hermosa Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills, Harbor City, Lomita, Torrance, and other select areas. Their blog can be seen at https://www.silvaconstruction.com/blog3/ and their website can be seen at https://www.silvaconstruction.com. They can be reached at 310-831-6310.

FineCraft Contractors Completes Whole House Remodel for Family in Washington, DC

GAITHERSBURG, MD: FineCraft Contractors, Inc., (https://finecraftcontractors.com/), a residential and commercial contractor located in Gaithersburg,has recently completed a whole house remodeling for a family on Grafton St. NW in Washington, DC, which more than doubled the living space of the residence.

The family wanted more space for their growing family, and rather than move to a new home, decided to make additions to their current residence, allowing them to keep the same job, schools, and friends. With additions, the remodeling more than doubled the living space for the home. The large project took a year to complete.

The architect for the job was Anne Decker Architects in Bethesda, MD. Anne Decker’s award-winning projects have been featured in publications such as Architectural DigestPeriod Homes, New Old House, Residential Architect and Custom Home.

George Papaheraklis, founder of FineCraft Contractors, stated: “This was a great project for us to be part of. Remodeling a home and adding to the living space is a great option for homeowners today, because they can get additional living space, but keep the things that mean so much. Like keeping the kids in the same schools, keeping the same jobs, the same church, and the same friends and social activities. Anne Decker did a great job creating a beautiful, contemporary design with lots of open spaces. She really duplicated the vision of the homeowner. ”

George Papaheraklis is the founder of FineCraft Contractors, Inc., located in Gaithersburg, MD, 40 miles north of Washington, DC. He is also the author of “BLUEPRINTS for the Residential Contractor,” which can be purchased on Amazon. Since 1985, FineCraft has been building houses, additions, kitchens, baths and more for discerning families. The company has won Best of Houzz awards for both service and design for the years 2014 through 2019. Their blog can be seen at https://finecraftcontractors.com/blog/ and they can be reached at 301-330-9191.

FineCraftContractors.com: Sun Rooms–A Great New Trend in Home Additions

By Niko Papaheraklis

It’s a fairly universal desire of homeowners to want more space in their home. A great way to economically add more space to a home today is to add an enclosed porch or sunroom. You can fill your home with more natural light, and add the space you and your family want-with an easy sun room addition.

For less money than you would expect, you can add more pleasure and enjoyment to your home. A sun room addition can bring the serenity of nature into your home, rain or shine.

Often homeowners who add a sun room say that the addition then becomes their favorite room in the house. Sun rooms can bring relaxation and sophistication into your home and your lifestyle. These room additions can be used for a variety of purposes, such as a beautiful garden room filled with plants, a place with your favorite stuffed chairs, as a game room to gather with friends around a pool table or a bar, as an entertainment or game room that can bring the whole family together, or as a quiet place for your home office or for creative work.

A unique custom designed sun room can allow you to take outdoor entertaining to a new level, will enhance your home’s exterior appearance, expand your usable living space, and add value to your home. And unlike traditional “brick and mortar” room additions, a sun room addition can be built more quickly and with less disruption to your life and home. A sun room addition can be ready to use and enjoy within a few weeks-not months!

NikoPapaheraklis is the Business Manager of FineCraft Building Contractors, Inc., located in Gaithersburg, MD, 40 miles north of Washington, DC. Since 1985, FineCraft home remodeling contractors have been building houses, home additions, kitchen & bath remodeling and more for discerning families. Their blog can be seen at https://finecraftcontractors.com/blog/ and they can be reached at 301-330-9191.

The Most Dramatic Case I Ever Handled

By Brad Kristiansen, DC

As a chiropractor I always want to get better results for my patients. Utilizing Nutrition Response Testing® along with chiropractic, I have been able to handle some pretty interesting cases. This one is the most dramatic case I ever handled.

I had a receptionist that worked for me. She was 5 feet tall, weighed 360 pounds and was around 30 years old.  She was on statin drugs because her cholesterol was up.  She was on oral insulin because her blood sugar was up. 

She had also developed diabetic neuropathy, so severe that she couldn’t wear socks and she couldn’t put covers on her feet, and so was having a tough time sleeping at night.  And in Iowa, where I was at the time, how are you going to go outside when there is snow on the ground and the temperature outside is 20 degrees?  So, she had men’s oversized boots insulated with rabbit fur or something so she could keep her feet warm, in order to get to the office. She always had a heater under her desk to keep her feet warm. 

She started working for me before I had started doing Nutrition Response Testing, and I had her on a good acupuncture program, and a good chiropractic program. I had an exercise therapist in the office, and we had her on an exercise program. I started her on a nutrition program and the nutrition program helped a little bit in the beginning. I think she lost like 10 or 15 pounds.

Her blood pressure medication couldn’t change because her blood pressure hadn’t changed.   Her statin drugs couldn’t change because her cholesterol was like 600. And she was also on oral insulin. 

At that time Dr. Freddie Ulan had discovered a new product which is now sold by UNS, called Glyc-Aide.  He sent me a sample because I was a part of his research group on that product. So, he sent me a sample and as soon as I put it on her body she said, “Doc, I don’t know what that is but somehow just that touching my body makes me feel better.” 

Sure enough, in testing her using Nutrition Response Testing, she tested for it and she tested for 6 a day. Which meant 2 tablets, three times a day. That’s how we dose it.

So she was already on a program for her pancreas because that’s what we call her “priority organ” and she was also on some digestive enzymes.

So, I tested her in the afternoon. She took 2 of those Glyc-Aide at dinner time. Diabetic neuropathy went away within an hour after dinner and she could put covers on her feet that night, for the first time in years. 

The long and short of it is one year later she went from 360 pounds to 220 pounds.  She no longer had to take blood pressure medicine, statin drugs, or oral insulin.

She was married to some guy, divorced him, found a new boyfriend because she lost all that weight, and then moved out of town! The new boyfriend took her away from my practice!!  I have kept in contact with her throughout the years and now she is down to about 180 pounds. That was just using Nutrition Response Testing standard protocols.

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Big Trees Inc. Helps Relocate a Large Japanese Maple

SNOHOMISH, WA: Big Trees Inc., (https://bigtreesupply.com/), a tree sales and transplant company, was asked to help relocate a large Japanese Maple tree for a group of residents involved in a local school remodel.

The tree had a long standing heritage at the entrance to the school. When the school started its remodeling project, the locals decided to privately raise the funds to have this large tree moved to the entrance of the new school.

Big Trees was first contacted about this project in early December 2018. Once it was decided that this tree was a viable candidate for proper root balling and transplanting to the new proposed planting location, Big Trees generated some estimates for what the process might involve financially. A local group of volunteers began raising the funds to accommodate this transplant.

The Japanese Maple was originally planted in 1967, and has been seen as a heritage tree to most all who have attended the school over the years. It is now 20-feet tall by 20-feet wide with numerous trunks in a thick diameter. The tree weighed-in at around 25,000 pounds once it was properly dug and bound with burlap and rope. The tree was rigged and lifted onto a truck for transport to the new installation location. Once the crane was set up in the next location, the tree was lifted off of the transport vehicle and planted in its new planting environment.

The tree is going to receive ongoing supervision and care from the volunteers’ group who worked hard to raise the funds.

“This Japanese Maple will hopefully continue to welcome many more generations of students at the school’s new entrance, as it has done for the last 50 years in its former location.” said Todd Holmes, Big Trees’ Operation Manager.

Nancy Penrose is the owner of Big Trees Inc., located in Snohomish, WA in the Seattle area. The company is one of the largest tree nurseries in the Seattle area with over 120,000 trees available in over 300 varieties. They not only deliver young trees, but also mature trees in a wide range of sizes. Some types of trees available include spring flowering, deciduous, evergreen, and privacy trees. The company also does tree transplanting including large trees. Their blog can be seen at https://bigtreesupply.com/blog/ or http://arboristblog.com/. They can be reached at 360-563-2700.

BigTreeSupply.com: Spring Checklist for Taking Care of Your Trees

By Nancy Penrose

Winter is almost over and spring is in sight! This means it’s time to start thinking about tree care for your trees and ensure they’re in tip-top shape for spring and summer. Below, you’ll find a mini-checklist of steps you can take to see if your tree is healthy and what to do if certain signs appear.

1. Inspect your trees and shrubs
Rainfall and melting snow can add more water than normal and you may encounter standing water. Pay attention to your trees; if anything looks unusual, make sure to contact a professional tree arborist to determine the care that might be needed.

2. Prune any dead branches
Proper pruning is a must in order to protect your big trees from any branches that got damaged from the winter weather. Not to mention, pruning will help protect your home, cars, family and passersby from damaged branches that could fall.

3. Think about if you want to plant new trees
Now is the time to start thinking about planting new trees. If you’ve decided to plant a new tree, spring is a great time to do so! We highly recommend hiring a tree installation professional to help you on planting your new trees because there are several factors that come into play, such as where to safely plant it, planting it at the proper depth, etc.

Spring is such a joyful time for many of us! Let’s make sure your trees are healthy and safe. We are professionally trained to inspect trees, give them their proper treatment and plant new trees. Just contact us at (866) 313-2333 and we can go over your specific needs.

Nancy Penrose is owner of Big Trees Inc. (https://bigtreesupply.com), (tree nursery Snohomish, WA), one of the largest Seattle tree nurserys, specializing in large trees for sale and transplant tree service. Learn more about tree installation at https://bigtreesupply.com/planting-service/professional-planting-service/ and for more tips on tree care or tree installation go to http://arboristblog.com/blog/. See our video at https://vimeo.com/291609737 and connect with us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Big-Trees- Inc/193731105108.