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SPACES Publisher JAMES W. FANCY
Associate Publisher DAVID P. HOHENDORF
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Staff Writers BROOKE MEIER,
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on installing home saunas, along with a variety of stories relative to fall both KATEY MEISNER
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possible on local experts in assembling information on each of these topics. Inside Sales Representatives JESSICA HOLSTEIN, CINDY STAWICK,
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N
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dusty high school athletic trophies, basements are becoming a
gold mine of added living and entertainment space in single-
family homes and condominiums.
Typically, finished basements or finished lower level remodeling projects
are less expensive than home additions and present less of a hassle when
obtaining permits. Costs for finishing a basement can vary widely
depending on what your plans are for the space. For a rough estimate you
can expect to pay around $20 to $25 per square foot in construction costs
for a basic finished basement. For example, a 1,000-square-foot, basic
finished basement will cost around $25,000 for framing, electricity,
insulation and sheetrock. The cost can go dramatically higher if you have
plans for bathrooms, wet bars, wine cellars and/or home entertainment
centers.
You don’t have to find your own money tree or oil well in order to
afford a basement remodeling project. By just “hiring yourself” to do
some of the grunt work, you can cut into that cost significantly.
With a little thought, effort and ingenuity you can be basking in the
glow of your new “Man’s Room,” a private theater or the ultimate play
room. Some straight talk from area experts in basement remodeling can
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The first step in creating any dream basement is to clean up the space.
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them on garbage day to your trash hauler.
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and hauling your items there. You’ll want your contractor to have plenty
of room to move about and create the basement of your dreams. Once
you get them out, you may realize that the items aren’t so priceless and
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taking on some of the pre-work yourself. single bit, it’s time to create your dream
Mike Saari of Oakland Builders in Commerce basement. Wendell Allen of Mid-Oakland
Township said the best way to start your Building & Development in Walled Lake said a
basement project is by picking up a few of the staff designer can help mold your space.
jobs yourself that can costs hundreds if not “We have a designer on staff and they can
thousands of dollars if performed by a take your ideas or help you formulate ideas
contractor. and create the basement of your dreams,” he
“One of the important things for a said.
basement conversion with block foundation Not just a large space to put the kids’ toys
walls is that those walls must be painted with and an old TV, basements are becoming the
waterproofing paint prior to building the new adult playroom — for both men and women,
walls,” Saari said. “Whether you use metal according to Allen.
construction or standard wood studded walls, “More homeowners are deciding to
the block walls must be painted with renovate their existing space due to the
waterproof paint.” economy,” he said. “It’s much cheaper to add
Saari, also a home inspector, said he has on and renovate an existing home than it is to
found many homes with a damp, musty smell sell it and either build or buy a newer home.
because the walls weren’t treated properly That’s why many people are remodeling their
before remodeling. basements — to create more space, add
“You can go to any hardware store and by entertainment areas and to just fill out the
DRYLOK paint and do this yourself,” he said of space they already have but aren’t using.”
treating the block walls. “A five-gallon bucket “In poured foundation walls you’ll find re- There are plenty of amenities to consider
of DRYLOK will cost about $95 but a rod holes where bits of water come through,” when making this sub-level dream come true.
contractor will charge up to $2,000 to paint it Saari said. “By grinding out those re-rod holes “We’ve been putting in a lot of wet bars and
for you.” about three-quarters of an inch, you then fill bathrooms,” Allen said. “And a lot of people
According to Saari, one must fill any wall those holes with a polyurethane from Home are creating mini-kitchens that are combined
cracks with the same polyurethane used to fill Depot that’s supposed to last 50 years with with a wet bar in the basement, which is
re-rod holes before the paint goes on the wall. exterior use. A home may have 20 to 30 of perfect for entertaining.”
“If you have severe wall cracks where water these re-rod holes. A contractor will charge Allen said his company is being hired to do
may be seeping through, Home Depot now about $50 per hole. You can save a lot of more “high-end” basement remodeling
sells an epoxy injection for wall cracks,” he money that way.” projects that average over $120,000.
said. “Before you’d have to hire a basement Other ways to help cut the costs of “Recessed lighting is a big thing these
leak company where you would pay $350 per basement remodeling, if you’re so inclined, days,” he said. “A lot of newer homes are built
crack. The kit from Home Depot only costs include scraping up your old tile floor yourself. with higher basement ceilings, usually around
$50. A lot of people don’t know what to do, “You can save up to $1,500 by just scraping 9 feet, so that gives us a lot of room to finish
but with a little knowledge you can save a ton up your own tiles,” Saari said. the ceiling nicely.”
of money.” One of the hottest trends, literally, is adding A drywall ceiling offers a nicer, finished
And if you have a leaky basement, a basic a basement fireplace during a remodeling touch and look to the basement, but if you’re
outside repair may be just what the doctor project. looking to cut costs, the standard drop ceiling
ordered, rather than a pricey basement “What most people are doing with their works well and does the job. But it’s the
waterproofing system. basement conversions and their garage flooring that has been getting more attention
“A lot of these basement leak companies conversions are fireplaces,” he said. “Gas, by those choosing to remodel their basements.
really soak the homeowners when there is no ventless fireplace units are popular. People are “There are new engineered hardwood
need,” he said. “They are selling them wanting me to tear out natural fireplaces and laminate flooring systems that are great and
$10,000 interior, sub-surface basement leak replace them with gas units.” look fabulous in basements,” Allen said. “You
systems when all you need to do is have According to Saari, new gas fireplaces are can still put down carpeting, or whatever your
positive grading outside the home and extend both efficient and clean, as they can heat up to personal preference may be, but the wood
your downspouts about 10 feet.” 800 square feet and you don’t have the clean- flooring has come a long way for basements
Saari said for only $3 you can buy 10 feet up chores that come with burning wood. and works quite well.”
of flex hose to extend your downspouts and Another popular addition includes adult Allen is a general contractor and does
most likely get rid of your basement leak beverage stations. complete basement work, from tear-out
problem. “Wet bars and entertainment areas are projects to electrical and plumbing, planning
“Flex hose is circular and it doesn’t get popular,” Saari said. “Basements are becoming and completion. One of his main ideas is to
damaged when people step on it,” he said. more of an entertainment area. We start with create a seamless home.
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your basement remodeling costs include some brand new, beautiful basement.” to open up stairways,” he said. “Most basement
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Lawn and order
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do something about it. With the
Sow what now? grass, according to Matt Noonan IV,
arrives, cut the grass one last time to
remove new growth, which can dry
stress of the summer heat and sun chief operating officer and part out quickly in cold weather, leading
fading, grass is at its prime for
absorbing nutrients. A little work
W ith cooler weather on the way,
folks of all ages will be
heading back outdoors to get lawns
owner of a hardware store.
“People always ask, ‘How do I
to a brown lawn come spring.
Cutting the lawn shorter will also
now will help banish bald spots, keep plant seed and when do I do it?’” reduce moisture buildup that can lead
seeded, leaves raked and spring-
weeds in check and ensure a lush, Noonan said. “Actually, fall is the to mold and fungus growth under
blooming bulbs planted.
lavish lawn come spring. best time to plant grass seed. You the snow.
For many homeowners, caring are not fighting the weeds and the
“After a long, hot and dry summer, Keep It Clean
for their lawn and garden is a weather is with you, as well.
our lawns are feeling stressed and As soon as the leaves start falling,
hobby — a way to forget about the If a homeowner is seeding his
depleted of nutrients. The onset of grab a rake and get to work. Even a
office and spend time “playing in own lawn, it’s crucial to take the
cooler weather in the fall gives our small layer of fallen leaves can
the dirt.” Some projects, like raking slope of the land into consideration
lawns a chance to breathe,” said smother individual grass plants and
leaves and planting tulips and — and also whether the area is
botanist Jon Feldman, owner of a lead to a patchy lawn in the spring.
daffodils, are fun and educational shady or receives a lot of sun.
activities for children and their In moderation, organic matter does
When it comes to investing time wonders for a lawn but if all those
parents to do together. and money on the lawn, Noonan
According to the National leaves are left to break down during
and McWilliams agree it just makes
Gardening Association (NGA), 91 the winter, they can release excessive
sense to do your homework.
million American households phosphates and nitrates into the soil.
“Every year we send employees
participated in some kind of do-it- The leaf layer can also promote the
to training, so we can tell
yourself indoor or outdoor lawn growth of mold and fungus, which
customers about putting the right
and garden activities in 2005. can destroy large sections of the
product down at the right time. We
That’s 83 percent. However, the lawn.
also train our employees on all the
NGA also reports some 30 percent rental equipment,” Noonan said. Let It Breathe
of households spent nearly $45 “There are some websites you can Fall is the perfect time to aerate
Giving your lawn a little love now will billion on professional lawn and Google — for example your lawn. Proper aeration loosens
give your grass the boost it needs to landscape services in 2006. www.scotts.com — to get advice.” compacted soil, allowing air, water
weather the winter months and come Landscape professional Mark “If you are putting in a little bed and nutrients to reach the plant
alive, refreshed and rejuvenated next McWilliams said it often pays to ask around the mail box, then the roots. The increased airflow means
spring. Fertilizing in the fall will store for at least a little help before higher oxygen levels in the soil, which
average person can do that,”
nutrients in the roots and promote beginning big lawn projects. stimulates root growth for a strong,
McWilliams said. “But if you are
new root growth come spring. McWilliams cites an innovative stable lawn. The aeration process also
doing any larger places in the front
landscape design firm and a recent trend called garden coaching. or back yard, it really is important cuts through grass roots, which
winner of HGTV’s “Landscaper’s McWilliams said the typical to get some advice. encourages new growth and helps
Challenge.” “Past the stress of coaching relationship is a “I make a living redoing transform patchy, uneven grass into
summer, it is easier for the plants to partnership, offering as little or as everybody’s mistakes,” said an envy-worthy lawn.
absorb nutrients without getting much assistance as the gardener McWilliams, who gives landscape Stick To A Schedule
burned or shocked as they would if desires. Coaches troubleshoot and gardening lectures around the Lawns have a shallow root system
they got infusions of food during the gardening challenges, create country. “It really is important to so they’re more susceptible to
stressful months.” sketches for gardens, work do it right the first time. Gardening moisture and temperature
As winter approaches, grasses alongside customers on installation takes years of experience. People fluctuations. That means regular
begin to shut down for the dormancy projects and teach clients how to need to get some help from a maintenance in the spring and
period of their life cycle, but they’re maintain gardens. person they know has expertise in summer is a must.
still actively storing food and During fall, many homeowners that area.” ❏ “If you think about the extremes
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coming spring. fluctuations our plants go through
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grass the boost it needs to weather tremendous jump-start when spring temperatures dip, feed your lawn amazing they can survive at all,”
the winter months and come alive, brings the plants back to active before the final mow with a natural Feldman said. “Regularly scheduled
refreshed and rejuvenated next growing.” organic fertilizer. The nutrients will be treatments of fertilizer and controlled
spring. Feed The Roots stored in the roots and give your irrigation will arm the lawn with the
“Fertilizing, adding organic While fertilizing in the spring grass a healthy start in spring. tools to withstand harsh conditions
material, aerating, thatching and promotes new leaf growth, fertilizing Keep It Short and provide a thick, lush green
over-seeding an existing lawn are all in the fall promotes new root growth, Cold weather can have a carpet throughout the year.” ❏
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Safety Institute of America recommend annual inspections for all home chimneys. same routine/preventive maintenance that we give our
And the best time for an inspection is soon after the burning season ends, heating and cooling systems. With any system, routine maintenance will give it
allowing time for a chimney sweep to be called or to make any needed repairs. a longer service life, and keep it at maximum efficiency.
Waiting until the weather turns cold is like trying to get your air conditioner fixed
Many things can contribute to shortening your roof's life, such as algae build-
just as the first heat wave arrives. Good luck.
up. If your roof is dark in color, you may have algae. These stains are often
When the time comes to have your confused for sap, soot stains, and rust. This algae needs inorganic material to
chimney inspected, it’s important to choose support its growth, which it gets from the filler material in the
the professional wisely, because proper care asphalt/fiberglass shingles. This algae is found in approximately 75 to 80
and attention to service can help protect percent of the United States, but grows best in warm damp climates. If algae
people from dangerous fires and carbon is the only symptom your roof is exhibiting, it may be professionally cleaned to
monoxide poisonings. add years to the life of your roof system.
“Hiring the right professional to inspect
Proper ventilation of the attic space is important to prevent premature aging of
and maintain the system is one of the most
the shingles, due to excessive heat. Proper ventilation will also reduce moisture
important steps that a homeowner can take build-up that can damage the wood components. An easy way to check for attic
to ensure safety and efficiency,” said Ashley ventilation is to observe the attic space in the daylight with the attic lights off.
Safety experts advise homeowners to
Eldridge, director of education for the Where you see daylight, is an indication of venting. It is also important that you
have their chimneys inspected each
Chimney Safety Institute. have cross ventilation. For example, if the roof has soffit vents (vents at the
year to keep the structure clean of
dangerous residue and make any Eldridge offered homeowners three tips eaves) and has ridge vents or static vents, the air will flow from the soffit vents
necessary repairs. to help find a qualified chimney through the attic to the ridge vents. Cross venting helps to prevent hot spots in
professional: the attic. You may see soffit vents on the outside, under the eaves, but may not
• Verify advertised credentials. Reputable national credentials must be renewed see light in that area from the attic side. The most common cause of this is
on a regular basis to remain valid. Check with the organization granting the when the attic insulation has covered the soffit vents.
credentials to be sure that the individual you hire holds the credential advertised. It is also important to have good insulation in the attic, especially if you live in a
• Ask for and check references. Conscientious companies will have references cold climate. Proper insulation will help prevent ice damming. Ice damming
available from previous clients and are eager to share reports from local consumer occurs when the heat from your house passes through a poorly insulated attic,
advocacy organizations such as the Better Business Bureau or Angie’s List. thus melting snow or ice on the roof, allowing the melted snow or ice to run
• Learn the language of chimneys to level the playing field. The interactive down to the lower edge of the roof where it can refreeze. As the snow or ice
fireplace glossary at www.csia.org outlines the 13 most important terms you need refreezes, it forms a dam. When the dam gets large enough, the water that is
to know to communicate with any professional chimney sweep. The site also offers hitting it will start running back and under the shingles. This causes the roof to
short presentations on chimney sweeping and inspection processes. leak and can damage ceilings and walls.
Choosing the right firewood will help avoid having to hire a chimney sweep. Here are some preventive maintenance tips that can help reduce the chance of
Choose well-seasoned wood that has been split for a minimum of six months and getting leaks, and help avoid premature roof failure:
stored in a covered and elevated location. Do not burn treated wood, and certainly
don’t cram the Christmas tree into the fireplace. * Trim back any overhanging tree branches
One alternative to burning wood in a fireplace is Java-Log, made from spent * Keep the roof and gutters free of debris and in good working order.
coffee grounds and vegetable wax. Simply place the log, still in its paper wrapper, * From the ground, with the aid of binoculars, inspect the roof for missing
in the fireplace and light the wrapper — it will burn for two to three hours. Since or broken shingles.
coffee has three times more energy than wood, the flame is brighter and it gives * Inspect all flashing; around chimneys, valleys, pipes, and butting roofs.
off a sweet, natural, woody smell. Java-Log releases 83 percent less particulate * In your attic with the aid of a flashlight, inspect the wood decking under
matter than firewood and 87 percent less creosote and carbon monoxide, easing the shingles for water stains.
stress on both your chimney and the Earth’s atmosphere. * If you see signs of leaking have it repaired right away.
Sooty deposits aren’t the only chimney challenge — rainwater can get into an If your roof is more than twenty years old, you should consider having it
uncapped chimney and become acidic when it comes into contact with exhaust inspected by a professional roofer.
gasses, eroding the brick and mortar. Water can also seep into cracks and expand
during freezing weather, causing the chimney to crumble and chunks to break Remember your roof is a major system of your house, and deferred
loose. And animals can find their way into an uncapped chimney. Fortunately there’s maintenance of this system can be very costly.
an easy and cheap solution: Install a chimney cap. Jeff LaPorte is certified by the American Society of Home
“They don’t cost much, something like 50 bucks,” Eldridge said. “And a chimney Inspectors (ASHI) with over 10 years experience and is the owner
without a cap is like a house without a roof.” ❏ of “The Home Team Inspection Service”. He can be contacted
— Copley News Service via e-mail at jlaporte720@comcast.net.
B
rick pavers have a timeless appeal that imparts an
image of classic elegance to homes of any style —
from traditional to ultra-modern. The fact that
brick presents a stately elegance that is both warm
and welcoming is testament to its popularity.
That’s one of the many reasons why brick pavers have become a desirable option to
improve the look of a home or business.
The primal elements of clay, water and fire are combined to form brick pavers. They
bring a natural harmony to every landscape design because they are the paving material
that comes from the earth itself. Comprised of selected blends of clay and shale, paving
brick is molded and pressed into shape either by machine or by hand.
Consumer interest in using brick pavers have significantly expanded over the last 10
years said Jeff Stulberg, owner of J&S Landscape in Commerce Township. As the options
and choices have increased, so has the popularity of pavers. But more than that, the
technology of pavers has also improved.
A decade ago, the types of pavers available were extremely limited. There used to be
just 4x8 house bricks that required a significant amount of maintenance. On average those
pavers needed to be sealed every two years. They also needed to be sanded on an annual
or semi-annual basis. And the cost of sealing alone could cost up to $500 for do-it-
yourselfers just for the sealant, depending on the size of their paver project Stulberg said.
Pavers are being used in many ways to significantly increase curb appeal. Such options
include porch enclosures, front walkways and driveways. Walkway and driveway
“aprons,” two-foot extensions of pavers onto a concrete or asphalt driveway, are also
popular. And more often tumbled pavers are being used for these projects said Shane
Rossell, owner of A&S Hardscaping in Commerce Township.
A more expensive project that uses pavers includes garden walls that are made of
pavers which run along a sidewalk.
New paver options require little or no maintenance. Stulberg recommends the use of
poly-edging as part of paver installation. This process involves using an 8-foot strip
edging with 10-12 inch spikes. Poly-edging allows the pavers to stay in the ground better
while allowing a minimal amount of give that is necessary for Michigan’s cold winters.
“You want to choose a paver that offers the least amount of maintenance and having a
qualified installer is a big key,” Stulberg said. “The last thing you want is for your pavers
to begin shifting.”
The paver trend started out west more than two decades ago and made its way to
Michigan shortly thereafter. But with that trend came the need to prepare pavers for the
freeze and thaw cycles that rarely impact western states. That is why in Michigan,
Stulberg recommends all pavers have flag and edging.
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Kevin Golden, owner of Golden’s Landscaping brick paver is significantly more than what it are becoming more widely desired by
in Highland, a business that has been installing would be with poured concrete, giving today’s consumers. Indeed today’s brick pavers are set
brick pavers for 25 years. pavers more durability said Josh Robinson, an in sand, like paving stones, instead of in
“The manufacturers that we work with have associate at Todd’s Services in Hamburg. mortar over concrete. This allows the brick or
stepped up in recent years to create new and Indeed one of the biggest reasons that brick paving stone flexibility, and eliminates virtually
innovative pavers,” Golden said. pavers are popular is the unique design they all cracking Clixby said.
Today, pavers come in a variety of options - offer. Having various sizes of tumbled paver In essence that flexibility is seen most
tumbled, blue stone, unique cobblestone and stones gives a patio or brick design a much prominently after a long winter with several
blue stone are just an example of what is more linear look which works well in almost freeze and frost cycles Golden said. While
available. “We can install pavers as part of a any situation – no matter how a yard is concrete slab is compacted to roughly 2,500
patio over a swamp if you want provided there landscaped, no matter the color of a house and psi, brick paver is compacted to around 7,500
is a proper base,” Golden said. “That’s what regardless of the space required for the psi. What this means is there is less chance for
makes it such a great option.” project. salt and grime to get into the paver and cause
Paving bricks are so strong that many can The fact is that when given a choice, many cracking or other damage.
withstand loads exceeding 12,000 pounds per homeowners enjoy the random look of a patio, Because pavers are virtually imperious to
square inch. Part of their strength is related to salt it is also easy to shovel or plow over
the density achieved when manufacturing. It is during the cold weather months Golden said.
also this density that makes paving brick “It’s an ideal outdoors design option given
impervious to most stains. the winters we have,” Golden said. “It’s an
The colors of paving bricks tend to be earth extremely strong and durable material.”
tones or blends of muted colors, typically red, The tumbled paver is perhaps the most
brown, greenish gray, tan and even cream. One popular design today. In creating such a
great advantage of brick pavers is the almost product manufacturers take a regular brick,
endless number of design options available put it in a tumbler and take it out so that it
through patterns created using brick of various has a distressed but pleasing design. When
sizes, shapes, colors and textures. installed, it can be done to incorporate a set or
Because it is not inherent to the material, random patterned look based on the desires of
the pigment added to concrete pavers can the home or business owner.
erode, eventually exposing the color of the The tumbled pavers with a rough edge hold
aggregate and perhaps resulting in a complete their color better than the typical cobblestone
change from the original color of the concrete pavers of 10 years ago Robinson said. That is
paver. Dark pigments in particular can fade one of the many reasons why they hold their
over time. Unfortunately, once the color has value for a long time.
faded, it is impossible to bring the color back And while pavers are most noticeable in a
to its original appearance without replacing the residential setting as simple patios, walkways,
concrete paver. retaining walls and driveways, some businesses
The number of colors that pavers come in have installed pavers as part of their parking
has also increased – as many as 10 different lots, sidewalks or walls to give their business a
colors are available in most models Stulberg “classy” look.
said. The type of brick, the intricacy of the design
The quality of paver products are now and the type of installation should all be
relatively standardized no matter the considered when determining whether a
manufacturer Rossell said. All provide similar garden accessory or driveway design as a way paving project can be done on your own or
quality. to fit the look and feel of their yard said David should be completed by a professional installer.
While pavers don’t require much Clixby, owner of Clixby Plant & Patio in White Since antique-style, hand-made brick varies in
maintenance, Rossell says that power washing Lake Township. size it demands more artistry in patterning and
and sanding the pavers at least once every two “This free-form or organic treatment of may need to be installed by a skilled
years is recommended. Some homeowners or bricks and stones does a great job of fitting professional.
business owners may also want to re-seal their the land rather than forcing the land to fit a Many manufacturers have adapted to
pavers every two years. particular paver or patio design you might modern technology brought from Europe and
And while pavers will generally move less in have in mind,” Clixby said. “It’s a very flexible are now producing brick pavers with
the ground than other options, “any horizontal approach.” unprecedented accuracy in dimensions. This
service in Michigan is not fail safe,” Rossell That flexibility is a key feature. With more modern paving brick is well suited to
said. advances in the skill and technique of laying complex designs and patterns that require a
“The ground will move, the ice will push, pavers improving, the unrivaled beauty, high degree of uniformity among the individual
just hopefully not very much,” he added. upkeep, and long-term cost efficiency of paving brick Robinson said.
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factor, paver prices haven’t raised dramatically educating customers about the benefits of
in the past couple of years while the price of pavers and what the homeowner needs to do
other building supplies, most notably steel, to maintain them, which often is very little.”
asphalt, concrete and wood, have risen. Not only are pavers popular with residential
Asphalt in particular is partly made from oil. customers but businesses long ago began
The price of gas has impacted pavers in that it installing pavers in building entrances and
costs more to transport them than in the past, along sidewalks Golden said. Many area
given how heavy they are Golden said. businesses are using pavers to highlight
“With that being said, the price of brick signage, in an access area, and for retaining
pavers has stayed relatively stable and walls. The city of Frankenmuth even installed
consistent while the cost of other building pavers to comprise its new sidewalks in the
materials and options has risen dramatically,” downtown area.
Golden said. can look nice as you spruce up your home, “The paver trend has caught on and is
The price of pavers generally ranges from whether in landscaping, painting and more. In continuing to thrive commercially,” Golden
$10-14 per square foot Rossell said. It is more many ways it’s cheaper down the road to go said. ❏
expensive than concrete but also has that with a higher quality brick now.” — By Mike Scott
added curb appeal. Often Stulberg and other installers in the
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Autumn’s bold hues inside
Putting together a container garden of fall color
W
hen the temperatures drop a wide array of fall-friendly colors like
and the days shorten, bring
the flower garden indoors. A
Fall for some exposures,” she said, which could
extend from the early morning cool
crimson, magenta, goldenrod and
rust. For added depth and texture,
blooming container garden of ivy, indoor flavor light on the east, day-long sun to
the south that can be too hot, late
look for marbled mums, which
chrysanthemums, ornamental feature two-tone variegated flowers.
afternoon sun on the west and low
peppers and anthurium makes a
stunning display. The bold bursts of Y ou don’t need a greenhouse to
bring a little spring and summer
into your home on those rainy
intensity light from the north.
“Each of these exposures is just
Chrysanthemums require water every
two days and bright indirect light,
autumnal color will brighten any which encourages the buds to open,
autumn days or frosty winter right for one or more kinds of
room — no green thumb required. according to the Society of American
mornings. Your windowsill will do plants,” she says. You may need to
“Psychologically, when fall comes Florists. Don’t let the soil dry out, as
just fine. install commercial artificial lights
and the leaves start dropping, it’s wilting shortens the plant’s life span.
Common herbs do particularly that mimic the ultraviolet light from
nice to have something to hold onto,” Keep them out of direct sunlight,
well under such circumstances, but the sun or build your own if your
said floral designer TaraSimone which can burn the fragile blooms.
they’re not the only edible greenery home or apartment is in the
Ornamental Peppers
that will flourish on a windowsill. shadow of tall buildings.
Ornamental pepper plants offer
Sugar cane, lemongrass, fennel, “The trick is to keep the soil
the most dramatic fall hues. Once the
dill, caraway, garlic, even mustard moist but not too wet,” she
plant flowers, expect numerous small
will also grow under the proper explained in pointing out that if you
want to have a successful cone-shaped peppers, which change
conditions.
And if it’s greenery you want, windowsill garden, you need to colors as they ripen. Because each
greenery you’ll get when you plant keep checking the soil moisture. pepper ripens at its own pace, expect
a radish (crinkly green leaves), a “Herbs are the first choice for to see brilliant bursts of red, orange,
sweet potato (vine with heart many indoor gardeners,” said yellow and green. Plus, the peppers
Putting together a container shaped purple-veined leaves) or horticulturist Diane Relf. Less are edible — but very hot.
arrangement featuring the colors of pomegranate seeds (which produce demanding than growing Ornamental pepper plants require
fall can add a bright spot to any dainty leaves and a woody trunk), vegetables indoors, “cooks find it plenty of light and even moisture,
room in the house, or your patio for according to Deborah Peterson, pleasant to be able to snip off a according to the National Gardening
as long as weather permits. author of “Don’t Throw It, Grow few springs of fresh parsley or Association.
It!” In her book, first published in chop some chives from the Anthurium
Powell. “Blooming plants are so
1977 and now newly revised, windowsill herb garden,” she said. The tropical anthurium plants
warm and welcoming, especially in
Peterson shares the techniques she If you want to focus on herbs, in common in floral shops feature heart-
the rich, solid autumnal hues. When
uses to grow pits, roots, shoots, addition to parsley and chives, Relf shaped blooms and large, waxy
we head into winter, everything goes
tubers, and seeds from recommends cilantro and thyme. foliage. The bright red or pink
very still and colorless, so fall really is
unprocessed fruits and vegetables More how-to advice on flowers bloom several times a year
the last time to enjoy all of that
— kitchen scraps that you might windowsill herb gardens is available and make excellent focal points in
color.”
otherwise toss in the garbage. online at herbgardens.about.com potted plant arrangements.
Capture the essence of autumn
“The secret to successful where veteran gardener Marie Because they originate in tropical
with bronze and ginger
gardening is mimicking the natural Iannotti takes you through the rain forests, proper moisture is a
chrysanthemums, tomato-red
growing conditions of your plant’s planting process. She suggests that must, according to the National
anthurium and golden ornamental
native habitat,” she said. before you trim away for that next Gardening Association. Keep the soil
chili peppers nestled in lush, green
It’s rare for there to be too omelet, give your new windowsill moist at all times and mist the leaves
ivy. This no-fail container garden
much indoor light, Peterson says, plants “time to acclimate.” Herbs daily. Anthuriums do best in bright,
combo packs a big punch with
but plants do differ in their lighting can be snipped, she says, once you indirect sunlight.
minimal effort, according to Powell.
needs. see new growth. ❏ Bromeliads
“Container gardening is essentially
“Assess your home’s sun — Copley News Service Bromeliads are tropical plants with
gardening for dummies,” she said.
“It’s an easy, cost-effective way to long-lived waxy blooms on a central
add a decorative element to the all of the following work well Water regularly and drench plants if stalk framed by robust spiky leaves
home.” together. the soil is dry, as severe dryness will that form cups that will hold water.
Start with an appropriate Ivy kill ivy quickly, according to The The most common varieties feature
container. Powell recommends terra Robust and resilient, ivy is a Society of American Florists. Remove exotic red, orange or plum blooms.
cotta, as it mimics the color of fall natural choice for fall arrangements. dried and withered leaves regularly. Bromeliads require bright, indirect
leaves. Decorative window box The range of hues and textures — Chrysanthemums light; direct sun can burn the leaves,
planters, wicker baskets with plastic especially in the striped and speckled Decorative mums, like those found according to the Society for American
liners and empty wooden crates with variegated varieties — add depth and in flower shops and supermarket Florists. Drench dry soil then drain
plant liners work equally well. Look interest while providing cover for the floral departments, are designed for the excess water. Keep the lowest,
for plants with hearty blossoms in fall base of taller blooming plants. life indoors. They’re hearty, resilient most central cups filled with water. ❏
hues and bright, full foliage. Any or Ivies require plenty of bright light. and long-lasting — and they come in — Copley News Service

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for what it’s worth
A look at what homes are listed in lakes area communities in the $200,000-$250,000 price range

Community: Milford Community: Highland Community: White Lake Community: West Bloomfield
Street Address: 1395 Old Plank Road Street Address: 953 Woodruff Lake Road Street Address: 4395 Navarra Drive Street Address: 6916 Heather Heath
Price: $219,000 Price: $210,000 Price: $249,900 Price: $204,900
Sq. Ft.: 1,665 Sq. Ft.: 1,515 Sq. Ft.: 1,075 Sq. Ft.: 1,935
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms: 3
Baths: 2 full Baths: 1 full; 1 half Baths: 2 full Baths: 2 full; 1 half
Garage: 2 car Garage: 2 car Garage: 2 car Garage: 2 car
Foundation: Part finished walkout Foundation: Crawl space Foundation: Finished walkout Foundation: Part finished
Heating: Forced Air Heating: Baseboard Heating: Forced Air Heating: Forced Air
Cooling: Central Air Cooling: N/A Cooling: Central Air Cooling: Central Air
Exterior Features: Shed, fenced Exterior Features: Sprinklers Exterior Features: Sprinklers, fenced Exterior Features: Deck, sprinklers
Description: 1.5 acre private setting. Great Description: All-sports Woodruff Lakefront. Description: Totally refinished inside and Description: Open and bright floor plan.
room with fireplace and vaulted Gorgeous view from great room. Many out! Insulated and heated drive thru Family room with fireplace. Master
ceilings. 12’ x 15’ screened-in porch. updates. Sandy beach. Beautiful garage with attic storage. Canal front suite. Large kitchen with updated
Many recent updates. landscaping. on White Lake. appliances.
Agent: Rob Sprader Agent: Thelma Rossbach Agent: Tom Wilhelm Agent: Karen Gunsberg
Real Estate Firm: Century 21 Today, Real Estate Firm: Keller Williams, Real Estate Firm: Wilhelm & Associates Real Estate Firm: Century 21 Town &
West Bloomfield Commerce Phone: 248.625.9500 Country, Birmingham
Phone: 248.640.2680 Phone: 248.408.0957 Phone: 248.376.2275

Community: Waterford Community: Commerce Community: Walled Lake Community: Clarkston


Street Address: 4391 Dubay Street Street Address: 3436 Pinehaven Road Street Address: 3070 Smugglers Ridge Street Address: 9700 Oak Valley Drive
Price: $209,000 Price: $212,900 Price: $249,900 Price: $249,900
Sq. Ft.: 2,009 Sq. Ft.: 1,305 Sq. Ft.: 3,067 Sq. Ft.: 1,839
Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms: 3
Baths: 2 full Baths: 2 full Baths: 2 full; 1 half Baths: 2 full
Garage: 2 car Garage: 2 car Garage: 2 car Garage: 3 car
Foundation: Basement Foundation: Finished basement Foundation: Finished walkout Foundation: Part finished walkout
Heating: Baseboard Heating: Forced Air Heating: Forced Air Heating: Forced Air
Cooling: Window A/C unit Cooling: Central Air Cooling: Central Air Cooling: Central Air
Exterior Features: Deck, fenced Exterior Features: Shed Exterior Features: Deck, sprinklers Exterior Features: Patio, sprinklers
Description: All-sports Van Norman Description: Family room with doorwall Description: Perfect cul-de-sac location Description: Cathedral great room with
Lakefront. In the historical district but walks out to treed backyard. Open floor backing to 155 acres of wooded park stone fireplace. Granite kitchen.
not a registered home. Many updates plan. Marble window sills. Lake access lands. Great room with fireplace. Family Brazilian cherry floors. Open floor plan.
close to all major highways. to Proud Lake. room with doorwall to deck. First floor laundry.
Agent: Norah Murphy Banghart Agent: Mary Shields Agent: Mike Galinac Agent: Steve/Janet Stockton
Real Estate Firm: Coldwell Banker Real Estate Firm: Real Estate One, Real Estate Firm: Century 21 Town & Real Estate Firm: RE/MAX 100
Schweitzer, Clarkston Commerce Country, Commerce Phone: 248.366.7200
Phone: 248.394.3491 Phone: 248.245.6090 Phone: 248.210.7171

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R
emember when a VCR cost a ton of money and only a
select few people actually had one? It’s hard to find a home
now that doesn’t have at least one DVD player while VCRs
have been relegated to basements and charity bins. As
these and other “luxury” items have become affordable to
most of us, larger items such as saunas and steam rooms
that once were “resort only” can now be purchased and installed for
less than your last resort visit.
Saunas and steam rooms come in many different sizes, prices,
configurations and styles of how you want to be heated. And each one
• We pay for your scrap metal has a long list of benefits. But first, Keith Wingfield of Tradewinds Spa
and Sauna wants to make sure his customers know, first, how to
• Competitive pricing properly pronounce sauna, and then the differences.
“It’s properly pronounced ‘sow-nah’. The Scandinavian traditional
• Drive-on scale sauna is an oven very much like the oven in your home,” he says. “There
are heating coils in a heating unit and it’s covered with lava rock where
• Pick-up available you ladle the water. Many times people talk about a steam sauna
because the concept comes from a health club or hotel where you pour
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• We do not accept any items containing CRCS a little water on the rocks in a cedar room and you get a puff of steam,”
(Refrigerants & fluids, etc.)
says Wingfield. “A lot of people call that a steam sauna. That’s a dry
sauna. A steam sauna is more like a shower or bathroom enclosure. A
4844 Old Plank Road lot of hotels and health clubs have both a dry sauna and a steam
sauna.”
Milford, MI 48381 There are three types of saunas, more succinctly, two dry and one
steam type.

248-762-9316 “You can have a steam sauna, dry sauna or an infrared sauna,” he
says. “Far more popular is the dry sauna where you ladle water on lava
rock and create a little humidity in what is a very dry heat room. It
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degree or two. And the raising of your body temperature promotes
healing. And that’s true no matter what style of sauna you use.”
By raising the body temperature, you begin to perspire, releasing

WELL toxins and opening body pores – all leading to better health.
“It promotes healing, no matter what style of sauna you choose,”
Wingfield says. “The heat dilates capillaries and promotes easy blood
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can spend a longer time and be more comfortable in the room,” he says. “You can fit them in a smaller room usually,” Lahti says. “Part of their
“You can really personalize and customize them. We put a lot of these popularity is that you can buy it right off the shelf and put it together in
when customers are finishing basements or adding a fitness area.” about a half an hour – with no contractor. It’s the simplest way to go
The Infrared style can be as small as 3-feet by 3-feet and up to 10 x and consumers will find they enjoy it as much as any other style of
10 with commercial sizes as large as 10 x 12 and 15 x 15. sauna.”
A steam sauna actually bathes you in large clouds of steam to raise Plug it in and get your health benefits within an hour of purchase.
your body temperature. They can easily be set up in an existing shower Color light therapy can be added and the Infrared has become a popular
with some modifications to keep the steam in. pre-workout warm-up for athletes.
“We can remodel your shower and put in steam retaining doors, tile So there are plenty of benefits no matter which style or unit you
the ceiling and extend the enclosure to the ceiling,” Wingfield says. “We eventually decide upon. But how many “benjamins” will be required to
add a steam generator that’s easy to retrofit and now you have a true place this “fountain of youth” in your home? Let’s break down the
steam sauna.” damage to your bank account, but keep in mind that it’s hard to put a
Steam generators carry the same benefits as the two dry saunas but price on a healthy and long life or the hours you’ll spend with friends
you can add herbal extracts. and family in your own personal home sauna or steam room.
“Add eucalyptus or other extracts that promote healing and are Let’s start with the steam sauna and what you can expect to pay. Lahti
pleasing to the senses,” he says. “This assist with relieving sinus says that “A steam unit can start below $1,000 but the average is usually
congestions and with colds.” between $1,200 and $1,400 and the unit
Steam or two types of dry sauna, what’s can be virtually maintenance free.
best for you? That may be decided by your
Remember that the plumbing and electrical
wallet or home restrictions. So how do you
and any modifications will add to the costs.”
get started? Let’s take a look.
The traditional sauna pre-cut unit
Steam or Dry?
starts around $2,000 and average between
Greg Battin, Vice President of Sales for
$2,500 and $2,800 for a 2 to 4 person
Nu-Way Kitchen and Bath, explains what
unit. And as you select larger sizes the price
input is needed from customers.
“First we size-out the area,” he says. “And increases. A large room, about 6 x 6 can
then decide which unit is best for the run about $3,500 for materials alone but
customer.” again the electric, plumbing as well as any
Gary Moody of McCoy Sauna and Steam tile work you may need will bump the price.
says that the systems he sells as a factory Modular saunas start out much higher
direct supplier come in either a pre-cut unit – around $3,500 with a 5 x 6 averaging
or a modular unit. between $4,500 and $5,000.
“The McCoy Precut Kit is what we call a “You pay substantially more, but most
stick build and it is fabricated for the size of of the labor is completed and built into the
the room the customer wants,” he says. “Its unit,” says Lahti. “You can put it together in
an interior cedar package. The kit includes about six hours.”
all the wood for the walls, the benches, the pre-hung door, the heater, Wingfield says the Infrared units can “range from a pre-fabricated unit
the control the wall light and the accessory package. It’s a complete kit. that can be delivered, installed and plugged into a regular 15 amp, 110
The pre-cut is 90% of what we sell.” volt wall receptacle, starting at $2,700 and running up to $10,000.
The precut kits are usually handled by a contractor unless you have We’ve done all glass wall units with a hotel or club layout with custom
pretty good handyman skills but you’ll still need an electrician to glass doors and walls. There’s a lot that’s up to the homeowner’s
hardwire the unit. The modular kits are a prefab unit that are either preference. We work with builders to create these up to the customer’s
rectangular or square and, with some help, you can assemble yourself in desire.”
about six hours or so. Another reason the Infrared units are popular is its overall operating
“The kit includes all the two-foot wall panels and they actually sit costs.
down on a square base where the panels are screwed together,” he says. “There are virtually no electrical costs with an Infrared unit,” he says.
“They come in various sizes and can be put together but the basic “CD players are included and can be set up in 30 minutes. It’s the easiest
difference between the two is that the pre-cut unit is a permanent unit unit to move around. It easily fits into just about any room and is ideal in
that is built into a home. The modular can be taken apart and moved. your workout area.”
You can put it in the deck or in any room or take it with you if you With increased health benefits and adding to the value of your home
move.” at the same time, dry or steam, you can’t go wrong adding a sauna to
Craig Lahti of McCoy Sauna and Steam says the steam rooms provide
your home. ❏
easy options.
— By Mark H. Stowers
“It’s a great option for someone who is looking to provide a heat bath
to their home without having to give up extra space,” Lahti says. “People
RESOURCES:
with a small home can convert a shower and still use it as a shower
without giving up extra space for a steam bath.” • Keith Wingfield, Tradewinds Spas and Saunas 248-596-0445
The Infrared dry saunas have been a popular seller for McCoy Sauna • Gary Moody and Craig Lahti, McCoy Sauna and Steam 248-476-0111
and Steam also. • Greg Battin, Nu-Way Kitchen and Bath 248-283-8400

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A fresh focal point
New backsplash adds visual interest to the kitchen
W
hether it’s made of ceramic, tiles in breathtaking colors have
glass, brick, stone or metal,
a new, eye-catching
Updating light.” Pendant lights that can hang
over your kitchen island run about
found a place in numerous kitchen
backsplashes in the United States and
$25 to $75 and you can add a
backsplash can perk up any kitchen.
Even better, you may be able to
on a dime dimmer switch for about $15.
Canada.
“It’s timeless looking tile,” the
install it yourself. And don’t forget rope lighting. artist says, and for those who choose
With books, articles, do-it-yourself
guides, online sites and advice from
W ith walls to rebuild, counters to
replace, pipes to plumb,
cupboards to convert, appliances to
“You can lay it on top of cabinets or
under the toe kick under the sink to
it, allows them to connect with
nature.
kitchen designers, there’s plenty of give off a nice halo effect and it’s “If you can’t go out to nature, you
update, windows to dress and floors cheap, cheap, cheap,” Simpson said.
information to help you select can bring it inside,” Holycross says.
to refinish, a major kitchen remodel • Paint. Paint is inexpensive and
backsplash materials in a style that Leaves are not her only forte.
can cost a major amount of money. the looks you can create are only
will make your kitchen unique. But Another of her kitchen backsplash
But, don’t despair. curtailed by your imagination. You
don’t count on a quick decision. designs, one that can be viewed
If you have $1,000 or less, can paint an entire wall aqua or just
You’ll be choosing from thousands of online at www.tileswithstyle.com, is a
there’s a lot you can do not only to add some accent colors on your
materials, styles, colors and finishes. coral reef filled with a colorful fish,
enjoy the environs while you live cupboards or around windows. tropical plants and other sea life.
there but add value if you decide to • Hinges and hardware. “This is Glass is another good choice for a
sell. The kitchen is where you can an easy change that costs less than kitchen backsplash. Because it’s
really get a return on your $100. Take off some of the old waterproof, it cleans easily. And like
remodeling dollar. brass or black, depending on how ceramic tile, it’s available in an
“Absolutely. This will add more old your house is. Add some oil- assortment of colors and sizes and
value to your house than any other rubbed bronze. You can replace
room,” said Pat Simpson, CedarSafe lends itself to customization such as
hardware on your drawers and
home improvement expert and the hand-cut glass mosaic and fused
doors in a few hours,” Simpson said.
HGTV host. glass backsplashes designed by Tom
• Add moldings. Wood moldings
“The kitchen is the heart of the and Saundra Synder.
and trim add character to plain
house,” he said. “It’s the most often Found in high-end kitchens across
cabinet fronts. If your old cabinets
used room in the house and where the country, the two and three-
don’t go to the ceiling, adding a
people go to first.” dimensional backsplashes — some
crown molding or soffit around the
There are some improvements backlit — range from landscapes and
top will make a room look more
that will be prohibitive for under elegant. The cost is about $15 per florals to abstract and geometric
$1,000 — say totally replacing linear foot, unfinished. designs.
countertops, appliances and cabinets. • Floors. May be easy, may not “It usually takes three to four
However, there are some pretty be. If you have sheet vinyl or tile weeks to complete a backsplash,”
nifty and inexpensive changes you from the mid- to late-1970s, it’s Tom Snyder says, with the couple
can make. Here are a few likely you have asbestos. Take a working from measurements
A new backsplash in an eye-catching suggestions: piece and have it tested, Simpson provided by the client. “Some people
design can create a focal point in a know exactly what they want, others
• Lighting. “Older kitchens have suggests. If there’s no asbestos, you
kitchen that may otherwise lack visual don’t have a clue.” But that doesn’t
those ugly, long, tube lights that can work with it. If the floor is in
interest. faze the pair, whose work can be
give off that awful, harsh light,” good shape, chances are you can lay
If you don’t have the time or patience Simpson said. Ditch them and try new vinyl or tile affordably for a seen online at www.designerglassmo-
to do the research needed to create a pendant lighting. “There are so whole new look. ❏ saics.com.
backsplash that fits your kitchen and many new styles that give off a cool — Copley News Service Natural stone tiles like granite,
lifestyle, experts say it’s best to retain slate or marble can produce a
a professional. and magazines for ideas and check And because it’s easy to install, you handsome kitchen backsplash, but
Like other architectural elements, out websites that focus on can let your imagination run wild, because they are porous they must
a backsplash can help establish a backsplashes. Don’t overlook home adding a splash of color or handmade be sealed and periodically resealed to
kitchen’s character. For instance, a center kitchen displays or model decorative tiles. With smaller mosaic prevent damage from common
brick backsplash paired with homes. Both use stylish backsplashes tiles you can make the backsplash household products such as ketchup,
traditional cabinetry can give a ho- to bring attention to high-end look like a quilt, abstract painting, vinegar and wine.
hum kitchen a warm, cozy feeling. A cabinetry and countertops. even a city skyline. Stainless-steel, copper and brass
backsplash with playful patterns, Ceramic tile is the most popular New York ceramic tile artist Diane tiles can be pricier, tougher to work
mosaic murals or designer tiles can material choice for kitchen Holycross has found a ready market with and in some cases, harder to
spell fun or formality, while stone, backsplashes and for good reason. for her nature-themed custom tiles, keep clean, but they make attractive
glass or metal may fit perfectly in a Beyond its resistance to water and especially her realistic leaves. Made backsplash accents when teamed
contemporary setting. stains, ceramic tile comes in every with actual leaves whose veins are with ceramic or stone. ❏
The first step? Pore over books size, shape, color, texture and price. imprinted on the clay, the custom — Copley News Service

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