Around The Home

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Listen to The Lucy Ann Lance Show on 1290 WLBY & online at www.1290WLBY.com, as we take you inside the home with information and interviews on trends, techniques, and services in the greater Washtenaw area.      

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact: BRAG Ann Arbor Little Lake Drive Ann Arbor, MI 48103 734.996.0100 http://www.bragannarbor.com/


 

 

Around The Home Interviews:

Aournd the Home_1212December 12, 2014: How to Choose a Contractor – Pete Nowakowski, Marketing & Communications Director, BRAG Ann Arbor; Tina Chaney, Builders Plumbing and Heating Supply – Before you start a home improvement project, you have to make sure you have the right expertise. We learn how to choose a contractor when doing plumbing or heating and coolingcompletely remodeling their showroom over on South Industrial, so she’ll be announcing their upcoming open-house. She’d also like to talk about how to choose a contractor, particularly a plumbing or heating and cooling professional.

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Pete NowakowskiDecember 5, 2014: BRAG Ann Arbor Members Give Back to the Community – Pete Nowakowski, Marketing & Communications Director, BRAG Ann Arbor – BRAG Ann Arbor’s work through its foundation includes scholarships for students and helping families of Veterans with their home improvement projects. Not only does the organization give back, but so do its members. One example is a new project called Camp Serenity in Manchester, Michigan.

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Around the Home_1121November 21, 2014: 50 Shades of Green – Pete Nowakowski, BRAG Ann Arbor; Mike Mahon, Adaptive Building Solutions – Whether you are passionate about energy efficiency or better managing household waste and recyclables, this builder is one of the leading green building companies in Ann Arbor.

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Home_1107November 7, 2014: Looks Like Wood..But Better! – Pete Nowakowski, Marketing & Communications Director, BRAG Ann Arbor; Tom Mitchell, Commercial/Residential Sales Specialist, Ann Arbor Carpets – Luxury Vinyl Tile is the hot pick in home flooring right now. It’s available in many styles with color and textures that are amazingly close to wood or ceramic tile in appearance.

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DAY_1031October 31, 2014: LeafGuard – Pete Nowakowski, BRAG Ann Arbor; Mark Barmes, General Manager, LeafGuard of Michigan – If you are fed up with falling leaves clogging your gutters, this one-piece gutter system with a built-in hood may be the answer. Visit www.leafguard.com.

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Around the Home_1017October 17, 2014: Big George’s – Maureen Sloan, CEO, BRAG Ann Arbor; Mark Bishar, Owner, Big George’s Home Appliance Mart – From TVs to mattresses, Big George’s has you covered. But it’s how the owners embrace the community that really matters.

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Around the Home_1010October 10, 2014: The Festive Affair – Pete Nowakowski, BRAG Ann Arbor; The Festive Affairs’ Ken Staples, Co-Founder, & Ron Thierry, Co-Chair – The Salvation Army Staples Family Center is a 35-bed facility that provides those in need with housing. Located on Ann Arbor’s southeast side, the center also helps people become self-sufficient and productive members of our community. The Festive Affair is an annual fundraiser for the Staples Center that last year brought in $110,000. This year’s event is Friday, October 24, 2014 at 5:30 PM at Weber’s. Visit www.TheFestiveAffair.org for more info. Click & Listen:

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Around the Home_1003October 3, 2014: Whole House Remodel – Maureen Sloan, CEO, BRAG Ann Arbor; Michael Klement, Head Architect, Architectural Resource - Designed by Architectural Resource and built by Meadowlark Builders, home #2 on the Remodelers Home Tour is full of technology. The homeowners are scientists who were interested in pushing the envelope and getting as close to a carbon-neutral lifestyle as possible. This house is future ready – able to produce energy and recycle water and waste, while being as close to net-zero energy as possible. This weekend’s tour features 10 homes ready to inspire your own home improvements. Saturday 11 to 6 and Sunday 12-6 (October 4th and 5th). Visit www.BRAGAnnArbor.com Click & Listen:

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Around the Home_926September 26, 2014: Remodelers Home Tour – Alpha Design + Build – Maureen Sloan, CEO, BRAG Ann Arbor; Designers Noelle Milkey & Sheryl Hearns- A first floor remodel (Home #5) and a basement remodel (Home #11) are two of the eleven home remodels on display at the upcoming Remodelers Home Tour. The Remodelers Home Tour is October 4 & 5. Visit www.BRAGAnnArbor.com for details. Click & Listen:

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Around the Home_919September 19, 2014: Pete Nowakowski, BRAG Ann Arbor; Mike Clark, President, Vinewood Custom Builders – Learn how to age-in-place and in style when you tour this entry in the upcoming Remodelers Home Tour. This is a complete transformation of the interior of a 1960’s ranch home that had never been updated. Visit http://www.bragannarbor.com/se_remodelers.cfm for more info. Click & Listen:

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Around the Home_905September 5, 2014: Remodelers Home Tour – First Floor Remodel – Pete Nowakowski, BRAG Ann Arbor; Jeff Brown, President, Dexter Builders – This stunning home near Pioneer H.S, one of eleven on the tour, unites the kitchen and living area, and even extends into outdoor entertaining. Click & Listen:

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Around the Home_829August 29, 2014: Pete Nowakowski, BRAG Ann Arbor; Forward Design Build Owner Jef Forward – Here is what you need to know to survive a hone remodeling job. Even if you don’t have any current plans to update your home, the upcoming Remodelers Home Tour is a great opportunity for you to become educated on the process. Visit www.BRAGAnnArbor.com for details about the Remodelers Home Tour, October 4 & 5, 2014. Click & Listen:

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Around the Home_822August 22, 2014: Maureen Sloan, CEO, BRAG Ann Arbor; Patricia Harroun, Founder, Cardea Construction Co.A 1996 home updated to better fit the homeowners’ lifestyle is one of 12 beautifully remodeled homes on this year’s Remodelers Home Tour, sponsored by the Builders & Remodelers Association of Greater Ann Arbor. The Remodelers Home Tour is October 4 & 5 throughout the Ann Arbor area. Visit www.BragAnnArbor.com for details. Click & Listen:

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Around the Home_815August 15, 2014: Pete Nowakowski, BRAG Ann Arbor; Jake Lappan, JEL DesignWorksBefore you design or remodel your home, it’s important to do your homework. Learn what you should do before you even meet with a designer or builder. Click & Listen:

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around the home_808August 8. 2014: Maureen Sloan, CEO, BRAG Ann Arbor; Midwestern Consulting’s Scott Betzoldt, P.E., Principal; Brandon Walker, P.E., Associate and Senior Project Manager; and Tom Covert, RLA, AICP, LEED AP, Senior Project Manager – Midwestern Consulting is an award-winning professional consulting firm providing civil and transportation engineering, planning, and surveying services. Founded in 1967 in Washtenaw County, the firm has worked with the University of Michigan, St. Joe’s, and the cities of Ann Arbor, Chelsea, and Saline. Click & Listen:

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Around the Home_801August 1, 2014: Andrea Sullivan, Meeting & Events Director, BRAG Ann Arbor; Jamie Trumble, Owner, Second Edition, Inc. / VP, BRAG Ann Arbor – How do you get your dream home remodel at a price you can afford? Second Edition specializes in residential remodeling of any size and budget. Owner Jamie Trumble shows us how to make wise use of the money we have when renovating our homes. Click & Listen:

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around the home_725July 25, 2014: Maureen Sloan, CEO/Executive Director, Builders & Remodelers Association of Greater Ann Arbor; Karen Shellie, Manager of Corporate Partnerships, Habitat for Humanity Huron ValleyUtilizing all women volunteers, the Women Build Blitz Week coming up in September is designed to show the power women have to renovate a home from the ground up. Click & Listen:

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around the home_718July 18, 2014: Maureen Sloan, CEO/Executive Director, Builders & Remodelers Association of Greater Ann Arbor; Tina Heusel, Benz Insurance/Kemner Iott AgencyYou receive a solicitation for insurance for your home or car and the rate looks great. But is the coverage the same? Learn how insurance rates are calculated and what you need to know to ensure you are covered. Click & Listen:

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around the home_704July 4, 2014: Pete Nowakowski, Marketing & Communications Director, BRAG Ann Arbor; Betsy de Parry, VP, Ann Arbor Builders Is it possible to build an entire house with American made products only? Ann Arbor Builders knows how and has made a commitment to Made in America products. But there are two products you won’t find made in the USA. Click & Listen:

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around the home_627June 27, 2014: Pete Nowakowski, Marketing & Communications Director, BRAG Ann Arbor; Deana Jordan, CEO, Washtenaw Eco-Friendly Cleaning Services A new member of BRAG Ann Arbor, this entrepreneur wants to sweep your worries away. Click & Listen:

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around the home_620June 20, 2014: Maureen Sloan, CEO, BRAG Ann Arbor; Janet Gilbert Smith, Norfolk Homes The Parade of Homes offers 15 new homes for you to tour, including three built by Norfolk Homes. Click & Listen:

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aroundthehome_613June 13, 2014: Pete Nowakowski, Marketing & Communications Director, BRAG Ann Arbor; John Birko, Program Instructor/Coach, Ann Arbor Student Building Program; Students Nathan Corry (Junior, Community High / Plumber on the State Champion SkillsUSA Teamworks competition); Donnie Tye (Senior, Skyline High / Captain & Electrician on the Teamworks and winner of the top program award as the Thomas Lancaster Student of the Year); Dillon Hakken (Senior, Community High, winner of the Skills USA Carpentry Regional bronze medal and State Silver medalist) – This year the Ann Arbor Student Home Building Industry Program celebrates the completion of its 44th new home. The 2400 square foot home features an attractive façade with stone accents and a covered front porch with a metal roof. Located at 2407 Earl Shaffer Court, Ann Arbor (Off Dhu Varren between Nixon and Pontiac Trail), you can tour the home during the Parade of Homes June 20-22. Visit BRAGAnnArbor.com. These students are also gearing up for the Skills USA National Leadership and Skills Conference and competition in Kansas City (June 23 to 28). Visit Skillsusa.org Click & Listen:

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aroundthehome_606June 6, 2014: Maureen Sloan, CEO, BRAG Ann Arbor; Brian Brickley, Managing Broker and Sales Manager, Guenther Homes- Brian Brickley, of Guenther Homes, details a Guenther model to be featured on this years’ Parade of Homes. Click & Listen:

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May 30, 2014: Pete Nowakowski, Marketing & Communications Director, BRAG Ann Arbor; Melissa Kennedy, Designed, Meadowlark Builders - Tucked away on a private wooded lot on a hillside, this home featured in BRAG Ann Arbor’s Parade of Homes is aptly named “Home, Unplugged.” Click & Listen:

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around the home_523May 23, 2014: Maureen Sloan, CEO, Marketing & Communications Director, BRAG Ann Arbor; Toll Brothers’ Teresa Ali, Senior Sales Manager; Sean Thomas Project Manager – With two homes in the upcoming Parade of Homes and two new developments underway, Toll Brothers is reemerging in the Ann Arbor market in a strong way. Click & Listen:

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around the home_516May 16, 2014: Pete Nowakowski, BRAG Ann Arbor: Click & Listen:

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May 9, 2014: Dustin Sventy, Executive VP, Hantz Group – Ann Arbor residents may have seen the Hantz Bank sign off of Green Road on the city’s north side. But you may not realize that Hantz is more than a financial institution. IT actually includes eight different disciplines, including insurance, estate planning, and debt, making it easy to work with one company for many of your needs. Click & Listen:

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around the home_502May 2, 2014: Maureen Sloan, CEO, BRAG Ann Arbor Marketing & Communications Director, BRAG Ann Arbor: Click & Listen:

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around the home_425April 25, 2014: Pete Nowakowski, BRAG Ann Arbor: Click & Listen:

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around the home_418April 18, 2014: Maureen Sloan, CEO, BRAG Ann Arbor; John DuBois, Certified Mold Inspector/Remediator, moldPro – Learn about the newest and most advanced method of remediation for mold, which utilizes dry ice blasting. Click & Listen:

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around the home_411April 11, 2014: Pete Nowakowski, BRAG Ann Arbor; Jarrod Hendrickson, Owner, IronWoodStone – The labor shortage in the building trades industry makes this a good time to explore employment opportunities. BRAG Ann Arbor is sponsoring a free employment workshop on April 26. Click & Listen:

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March 28, 2014: Maureen Sloan, CEO, BRAG Ann Arbor; Pat Dursten, Realtor, The Charles Reinhart Company – New construction is on the rise and prices are increasing in the Washtenaw County housing market. Click & Listen:

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March 21, 2014: Pete Nowakowski, BRAG Ann Arbor; Jeff Morris, Owner, Call Your Help Desk & Cartridge World – Tips and warnings for making your home office, personal PCs and electronics work better. Click & Listen:

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March 14, 2014: Dan Riddle, Co-Owner, Lodi Farms – Winter in Washtenaw County has been brutal and never-ending this year. Find out what to expect from your plants and trees as they recover from the Polar Vortex. Click & Listen:

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around the home_307March 7, 2014: Andrea Sullivan, BRAG Ann Arbor; Cheryle Slagle, Clean Sweeps – From masonry repairs to vent cleaning and chimney sweeping, Clean Sweeps can keep your chimney operating at its best. Click & Listen:

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around the home_228February 28, 2014: Pete Nowakowski, BRAG Ann Arbor; Stephen Paul Williams, Builder – Named ‘One of America’s Best Builders and Remodelers’ by Better Homes and Gardens Magazine for four years, Stephen Paul Williams began his apprenticeship with his grandfather at age 7 with the rebuilding of a hand carved log home. Today his interest includes conservation development in rural communities. Click & Listen:

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February 21, 2014: Pete Nowakowski, BRAG Ann Arbor; Nathan Munson, Building Science Expert, President/Owner of EverGreen Energy Savers – Learn how to find areas of poorly performing insulation or air leaks in hard to find places to improve your home and save money. Click & Listen:

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around the home_214February 14, 2014: Pete Nowakowski, BRAG Ann Arbor; Rudy Alvarado, Owner, PREPS – Learn the best ways to get your home ready for resale. Click & Listen:

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around the home_207February 7, 2014: Maureen Sloan, CEO, BRAG Ann Arbor; Steve Scott, Talmer Bank and Trust – A reverse mortgage, which allows seniors age 62 and above to access their home equity without monthly payments, can be a welcome solution to those on a fixed income. Click & Listen:

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January 24, 2014: Pete Nowakowski, BRAG Ann Arbor; Mike Mahon, Adaptive Building Solutions – Whether you are passionate about energy efficiency or better managing household waste and recyclables, this builder is one of the leading green building companies in Ann Arbor. Click & Listen:

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January 17, 2014: Maureen Sloan, CEO, BRAG Ann Arbor; Doug Selby, Meadowlark Energy – We recently were introduced to Aqua Channel, a technology to conquer wet and leaky basements. Today we learn more about how this energy-passive groundwater system can be used. Click & Listen:

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January 10, 2014: Maureen Sloan, CEO, BRAG Ann Arbor; Matt Whybark, Office Manager, Vedder Electric – Recent power outages across the state of Michigan have many thinking about putting in generators. Learn the differences between whole house generators and portable generators. Click & Listen:

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January 3, 2014: Pete Nowakowski, Marketing & Communications Director, BRAG Ann Arbor; Rob Chie, Commercial Insurance Agent, Kleinschmidt Insurance – Whenever you are working with a contractor, it’s important that you make sure they are properly licensed and insured to protect you from major liability risks. (From August 2, 2013) Click & Listen:

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December 20, 2013: Maureen Sloan, BRAG Ann Arbor CEO; Doug Selby, Owner, Meadowlark Energy – A product invented in the Detroit area to waterproof wet and leaky basements is making its debut in Ann Arbor, as Meadowlark Energy is one of the first contractors to install the system. Click & Listen:

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December 13, 2013: Dennis Schaefer,Manager, Kitchen and Bath Division at Four Seasons Sunrooms Kitchen and Bath – Known for their quality and beautiful sunrooms, Four Seasons has now expanded into the kitchen and bath. Click & Listen:

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Maureen Sloan Maggie Porter Charlie KellyDecember 6, 2013: Around the Home: Habitat for Humanity Huron Valley – Maureen Sloan, CEO, BRAG Ann Arbor; Maggie Porter, Director of Development, Habitat for Humanity; Also in photo is Habitat’s new PR & Marketing Associate Charlie Kelly In nearly 25 years, Ann Arbor’s Habitat for Humanity has built and renovated more than 135 homes. Since the downturn in the economy, many of the homes being renovated are former foreclosures. Throughout the years, the Builders & Remodeleras Association of Greater Ann Arbor (BRAG Ann Arbor) has played an important role in the success of Habitat. Click & Listen:

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November 22, 2013: Maureen Sloan, CEO, BRAG Ann Arbor; Ray Dotts, Digital Protection Systems – New technology is on our side when it comes to home security systems. So much more can be done now to make your life not only safer, but smarter too. Learn key points for those looking to improve their home or business’s level of security. Click & Listen:

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November 15, 2013:  Around the Home:  Allen Edwin Homes Enters Local Market –  Pete Nowakowski, BRAG Ann Arbor; Mike McGivney, VP of Sales & Marketing, Allen Edwin Homes This Michigan homebuilder builds new homes in 100 communities throughout the state, and has now expanded into Washtenaw County  with three locations in Ypsilanti. Click & Listen:

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November 8, 2013: Maureen Sloan, BRAG CEO; Dave Friedrichs, Managing Member, Homeland Builders of Michigan – Prices for solar installations like the array at the Michigan Theater are now close to $3 per watt, which is about half the cost of similar installations four years ago. This low cost means that the return on investment has dropped to less than 15 years on panels that typically have a 25-year warranty. Click & Listen:

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November 1, 2013: Pete Nowakowski, Marketing & Communications Director, BRAG Ann Arbor; Michael Forner, President, Building Services Unlimited / Mike Forner’s Home Services – Get a jump start on preparing your home for the upcoming cold weather and snow before the freezing weather and snow are knocking on your door. Learn about the best preventative measures and ways to make your home more comfortable, sound, and energy efficient for the colder months. Click & Listen:

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October 25, 2013: Maureen Sloan, CEO, BRAG Ann Arbor; Lee Whillwerth, Owner/Designer, DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen – Learn about different remodeling strategies and which one is the right one for you. Get a clear understanding of what’s required and what the real costs are. DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen can show you how to do-it-yourself or how to work with a contractor through its unique 5 step design process. Now in its new Design Center and Showroom on E. Stadium Blvd., the company was started by Lee & Brenda Willwerth and Bob and Jennifer Ender. Click & Listen:

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Andrea Sullivan and Michael KlementSeptember 27, 2013:  Around the Home: From Downtown Plymouth to Historic Ann Arbor – Two Outstanding Projects on The Remodelers Home Tour – Andrea Sullivan, Meeting & Events Director, BRAG Ann Arbor;  Michael Klement, Architectural Resource - An award-winning home remodel in downtown Plymouth is an example of “addition by subtraction”, and speaks to the growing trend of downsizing into smart spaces.  It’s one of two offerings by architect Michael Klement on the Remodelers Home Tour.  The other is an original Albert Khan home in Ann Arbor that pays tribute to its history while updating the home to fit how we live today. Click & Listen:

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Pete Nowakowski Jim AchesonSeptember 20, 2013:  Around the Home: Changing the Configuration of Your Home – Pete Nowakowski, Marketing & Communications Director, BRAG Ann Arbor; Jim Acheson, President, Acheson Builders, Inc. – If you like your neighborhood and the overall structure of your home but you would like to shift around your living spaces, a remodel might be the answer for you.  Project #4 on the Remodelers Home Tour is the creation of Acheson Builders.  It’s an example of how a too tight kitchen and underused spaces can be transformed into a great living space that addresses how a family actually lives. Click & Listen:

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AlphaSeptember 6, 2013:  Around the Home: Transforming Your Kitchen – Pete Nowakowski, Marketing & Communications Director, BRAG Ann Arbor; Alpha Design Build’s Interior Designers Noelle Milkey and Sheryl Hearns – One of the featured remodelers in the upcoming Remodelers Home Tour is Alpha Design Build, which took a 1970s-era kitchen in Ann Arbor’s Georgetown subdivision and completely transformed it. Click & Listen:

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Maureen Sloan and Marsha VolchoffAugust 23, 2013:  Around the Home: Home Sales – Maureen Sloan, CEO, BRAG Ann Arbor; Marsha Volchoff, Vice President of Operations, Charles Reinhart Company U.S. home sales are at their highest levels since 2009 and have risen more than 17% in twelve months.  Here in Washtenaw County there was a buying frenzy this past spring and market forces continue to  drive prices up.  That is making new construction a good option for home buyers.  We take a look at the market and also discuss Reinhart’s upcoming sale to Real Estate One. Click & Listen:

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Scott StewartAugust 16, 2013:  Around the Home with the Builders & Remodelers Association of Greater Ann Arbor: What Homeowners Need to Know About Roofing – Scott Stewart Roofing & Remodeling -  Scott Stewart believes strongly that people must know their contractors and tradespeople, as well as understand the advantages of using better materials and techniques.  Based in Manchester, Michigan, he has been in the business for fifteen years and has owned his business for the last nine of those years.  Contact Scott at scottstewartroofing@gmail.com or call 734.260.3277. Click & Listen:

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Pete Nowakowski and Stacey RayerAugust 9, 2013:  Around the Home: Artful Surroundings – Pete Nowakowski, BRAG Ann Arbor’s Marketing & Communications Director; Stacey Rayer, Garden Center Manager, BLOOM! Garden Center When adding beauty to your home’s outdoor surroundings, don’t stop at the plants and landscaping.  Art is a perfect way to create a gorgeous yard. Click & Listen:

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Pete Nowakowski and Rob ChieAugust 2, 2013:  Around the Home: Importance of Working with an Insured Contractor – Pete Nowakowski, Marketing & Communications Director, BRAG Ann Arbor; Rob Chie, Commercial Insurance Agent, Kleinschmidt Insurance Whenever you are working with a contractor, it’s important that you make sure they are properly licensed and insured to protect you from major liability risks. Click & Listen:

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Maureen SLoan and Kevin Busch July 26, 2013:  Around the Home: The Bathroom – Maureen Sloan, CEO, BRAG Ann Arbor; Kevin Busch, Sales & Project Manager, Michigan Building Specialties - Is your bathroom your sanctuary or something that is just barely functional?  Here are tips to ensure that your bathroom makes the grade. Click & Listen:

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Pete Nowakowski and Al Hensel   July 19, 2013:  Around the Home: Metal Roofing – Pete Nowakowksi, BRAG Ann Arbor; Al Hensel, Owner/President, Chandler Metal Roofing This expert says a quality metal roof offers a lower cost per year than any other roofing solution.  A metal roof should last more than 50 years! Click & Listen:

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Maureen Sloan and Dan GruenewaldJuly 12, 2013:  Around the Home: Home Improvement Meets Car Show Weekend – Maureen Sloan, CEO, BRAG Ann Arbor; Dan Gruenewald, Sales Floor Supervisor, Fingerle Lumber Company -Keeping with the automotive theme in anticipation of the weekend ‘s Rolling Sculpture car show and the Jackson Road Cruise, we learn about options available for someone who wants a new space to work and play with their tools, cars, arts, or other handy activities that require a separate space or need the additional storage room. Click & Listen:

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Pete Nowakowski Andrea Campbell Jef Forward   June 28, 2013:  Around the Home:  Building a Custom Home – Pete Nowakowski, Marketing & Communications Director, BRAG Ann Arbor; Andrea Campbell, Marketing Coordinator, and Jef Forward, Founder, Forward Design Build The idea of building a one-of-a-kind custom home, while tantalizing, can be intimidating.  Learn what to expect from the custom home building process and the benefits of the Design Build approach versus competitive bidding.  Forward Design Build is hosting a Custom Home Workshop Saturday, June 29, 2013, 10 AM-12 PM at BRAG Ann Arbor, 179 Little Lake Dr., off Parkland Plaza on the south side of Jackson Rd. between Wagner and Zeeb.  Visit www. PlanForward.net for more info. Click & Listen:

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Doug Selby and Maureen Sloan June 2013     June 21, 2013:  Around the Home: Parade of Homes – Maureen Sloan, CEO, BRAG Ann Arbor; Doug Selby, Meadowlark Builders BRAG Ann Arbor’s Parade of Homes is underway.  The two Meadowlark Builders homes on the Parade are both very unique and offer people a chance to see two different state-of-the art approaches to a custom home.  View all of the homes here, and listen to our conversation at the link below. Click & Listen:

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Pete Nowakowski and Janet Gilbert-Smith       June 14, 2013:  Around the Home:  Norfolk Homes in the Parade of Homes – Pete Nowakowski, , Marketing & Communications Director, BRAG Ann Arbor; Janet Gilbert- Smith, Sales Manager, Michigan Division of Norfolk Homes We get a sneak peek at three of the homes in the Parade of Homes designed and built by Norfolk Homes.  See what the trends and highlights in new homebuilding are. Click & Listen:

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Maureen Sloan and Kay Merx       June 7, 2013:  Around the HomeSouth & West Washtenaw Consortium Student Building Program – Maureen Sloan, CEO, BRAG Ann Arbor; Kay Merx, Realtor/Manager, Real Estate One Saline/Ann Arbor Offices / SWWC President –  BRAG Ann Arbor’s Parade of Homes is coming up June 20-23 and it features a beautiful home built by high school students from Saline, Chelsea, Dexter, Milan, Manchester, and Lincoln districts. The program not only builds homes, but also builds future careers for these young adults. Click & Listen:

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Maureen Sloan and Doug Selby     May 31, 2013:  Around the Home:  The LEED for Homes Program – Maureen Sloan, CEO, BRAG Ann Arbor;  Doug Selby, Meadowlark Builders / Meadowlark Energy –   LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.  It is a third-party rating system for single homes, multi-family dwellings and developments.  It assesses the impact of buildings in 8 key areas.  Meadowlark Energy’s “Living in A Smarter Home” series of free seminars is hosted in their 1874 one-room schoolhouse in Ann Arbor.  Visit www.meadowlarkenergy.com for details. Click & Listen:

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Pete Nowakowski and Doug Selby May 2013May 24, 2013:  Around the Home: Live in A Smarter Home – Pete Nowakowski, Marketing & Communications Director, BRAG Ann Arbor;  Doug Selby, Meadowlark Builders / Meadowlark Energy Your home should be comfortable year-round, keep you supplied with high-quality air, and waste as little energy and water as possible.  So how do you achieve that?  Meadowlark Energy’s “Living in A Smarter Home” series of free seminars is hosted in their 1874 one-room schoolhouse in Ann Arbor.  Visit www.meadowlarkenergy.com for details. Click & Listen:

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Pete Nowakowski and Sarah Stalker     May 17, 2013:  Around the Home:  Design Ideas for Outdoor Spaces – Pete Nowakowski, Marketing & Communications Director, BRAG Ann Arbor;  Sarah Stalker, Senior Designer, Lotus Gardenscapes Learn about integrating gardens into landscape design, utilizing green roofs and green walls to take plants vertical, and even how to cultivate a home for honeybees. Click & Listen:

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Pete Nowakowski Jim Haeussler     May 10, 2013:  Around the Home: Advantages of Buying A New Home – Pete Nowakowski, Marketing & Communications Director, BRAG Ann Arbor; Jim Haeussler, President, Peters Building Company You may be surprised to find that buying or building a new home just may be the best value right now in this economic climate.  Find out what to look for in a home, the builder, and the community where you want to reside.  We also learn more details about the upcoming Parade of Homes, June 20-23, sponsored by BRAG Ann Arbor. Click & Listen:

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Maureen Sloan and Matt Slater       May 3, 2013:  Around the Home: Painting Your Home or Business – Maureen Sloan, CEO, BRAG Ann Arbor (Builders & Remodelers Association of Greater Ann Arbor); Matt Slater, Slater Painting - Painting and staining are so vital to the look and feel of a home or business, and there are important things to consider before you start that a professional can help with. Click & Listen:

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Pete Nowakoski and Dan Gruenewald     April 26, 2013:  Around the Home:  Building A Beautiful Deck – Pete Nowakowski, Marketing & Communications Director, BRAG Ann Arbor; Dan Gruenewald, Sales Floor Supervisor, Fingerle Lumber Company - With the warmer weather this weekend, it’s time to get back outdoors.  Backyard decks can enhance your home and add much needed space for entertaining and enjoyment.  Learn about the wide array of decking from wood, composite, PVC, aluminum, and vinyl. Click & Listen:

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Pete Nowakowski Teresa Ali and Jeff BrainardApril 12, 2013:  Around the Home:  Toll Brothers Continues to Expand in Ann Arbor – Pete Nowakowski, BRAG Ann Arbor (Builders & Remodelers Association of Greater Ann Arbor); Teresa Ali, Senior Sales Manager, Toll Brothers; Jeff Brainard, Asst. Vice President, Toll Brothers - When luxury home builder Toll Brothers expanded into Ann Arbor’s Lake Forest neighborhood, it was a sign that the economy was kicking back into gear.  The publically-owned company started in 1967 and currently builds in 50 markets throughout 20 states.  Named the 2012 Builder of the Year by Professional Builder Magazine, Toll Brothers is the first home builder ever to have won twice. Click & Listen:

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Maureen Sloan and Dan Riddle 2   April 5, 2013:  Around the Home: Opening Day  – Maureen Sloan, CEO, BRAG Ann Arbor (Builders & Remodelers Association of Greater Ann Arbor); Dan Riddle, Co-Owner, Lodi Farms Spring is here and it’s Opening Day, not only at Comerica Park but at Ann Arbor’s Lodi Farms.  This retail nursery, landscaping firm, and tree farm is family-owned.  Dan Riddle talks about what’s blooming right now and tells us what we need to know about the effects of last year’s drought and the damage from February’s wet snow. Click & Listen:

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  Pete Nowakowski and Bob Burnside     March 30, 2013:  Around the Home:  Beacon Springs – A Net Zero Home:  Pete Nowakowski, BRAG Ann Arbor (Builders & Remodelers Association of Greater Ann Arbor); Bob Burnside, Founder/President, Fireside Home ConstructionAn extraordinary building project is in the works that is expected to inspire your imagination about what is possible in the Ann Arbor today in home construction.  Called Beacon Springs, it will use only rain and falling snow on the roof as its only source of water.  Even the toilet waste will be composted and re-used. Click & Listen:

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Pete Nowakowski and Donna NapolitanoMarch 22, 2013:  Around the Home:  Solar Savings  – Pete Nowakowski, BRAG Ann Arbor (Builders & Remodelers Association of Greater Ann Arbor); Donna Napolitano, President/Co-Founder, Mechanical Energy Systems Many seem to be looking for ways to save money and go green.  Going solar might be the answer.  Donna Napolitano, Co-Founder Mechanical Energy Systems, says modern innovations have made solar more affordable and efficient, while real-time monitoring systems also make it highly measurable.    She explains what’s available and what cost-savings you can realize.  Visit the demonstration building at Mechanical Energy Systems on Canton Center Road during their open house on Saturday, April 13 from 11 AM-2 PM.  Looking for a job?  Mechanical Energy Systems is hiring for a number of positions, including installers and sales.  Website:  www.mes1.com.  Phone:  734.453.6746. Click & Listen:

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Pete Nowakowski and Chuck KerschbaumMarch 15, 2013:    Around the Home:  Improving Your Home, Garden & Lifestyle with a Water Feature– Maureen Sloan, CEO, BRAG Ann Arbor (Builders & Remodelers Association of Greater Ann Arbor); Chuck Kerschbaum, Owner, WaterScape- Established in 1999, WaterScape is a leading S.E. Michigan, Ann Arbor area landscape company specializing and certified in the design and construction of beautiful custom water features! The past 14 years WaterScape has been consistently ranked amongst the leading water feature installation companies both locally and nationally. Click & Listen:

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Maureen Sloan and Traven PelletierMarch 8, 2013:  Around the Home: BLOOM! Garden Center – Maureen Sloan, CEO, BRAG Ann Arbor (Builders & Remodelers Association of Greater Ann Arbor); Traven Pelletier, Owner/Lead Designer, Elemental DesignElemental Design is a local award winning design/build landscape firm.  Owner Traven Pelletier and his creative team are now launching BLOOM! Garden Center at the historic barn and former location of Dexter Gardens (formerly Sloan Gardens, which has a connection to Maureen!) on Baker Road in Scio Township.  His companies will have an impressive display right at the entrance of the Home Garden & Lifestyle Show next weekend at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds.  For more information about the Home Garden & Lifestyle Show, visit http://www.bragannarbor.com/se_builders.cfm Click & Listen:

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Pete Nowakowski and Carpet Center and Floors     March 1, 2013:  Around the Home:  Home Flooring – Pete Nowakowski, Communications & Marketing Director, BRAG Ann Arbor (Builders & Remodelers Association of Greater Ann Arbor); AnneMarie Kidder, Interior Decorator, and Zack Fessahazion, Owner, Carpet Center and Floors Learn about the new products and trends in home flooring, including corn-based carpeting, carpet fibers made from recycled bottles, and tile made from pressed limestone. Click & Listen:

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Jason Kupser       February 22, 2013:  Around the HomeDTE’s Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs – Maureen Sloan, CEO,  BRAG Ann Arbor (Builders & Remodelers Association of Greater Ann Arbor); Jason Kupser, Principal Marketing Specialist, DTE Energy Optimization DTE’s energy efficiency incentive programs include rebate programs, energy audits, weatherization and helpful online resources, such as My Energy Analyzer.  Find out how they can help you save your money. Click & Listen:

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Pete Nowakowski and Chuck Cracraft       February 15, 2013:  Around the Home:  Home Mortgages – Pete Nowakowski, Marketing & Communications Director,  BRAG Ann Arbor (Builders & Remodelers Association of Greater Ann Arbor); Chuck Cracraft, Mortgage Sales Manager, Bank of Ann Arbor A home purchase may be your largest financial transaction, so it’s important to make the right decisions and to keep an eye on details.  Learn what to expect from a mortgage loan officer and your financial institution. Click & Listen:

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    February 8, 2013:  Around the Home: Help for New Businesses & Tax Breaks for Homeowners – Maureen Sloan, CEO, BRAG Ann Arbor (Builders & Remodelers Association of Greater Ann Arbor); Tom O’Sullivan, Principal, Yeo & Yeo CPAs and Business Consultants Celebrating its 90th year, Yeo & Yeo is among the leading Certified Public Accounting firms in the country, with eight offices in Michigan, including Ann Arbor.  They are also part of the Pure Michigan Business Connect Initiative, where they volunteer to help advance Michigan business growth by nurturing companies through pro bono services.  Find out how your business may benefit.  Also:  Don’t miss out on these tax breaks for homeowners! Click & Listen:

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        February 1, 2013:   Around the Home: Interior Design – Pete Nowakowski, BRAG Ann Arbor (Builders & Remodelers Association of Greater Ann Arbor); Pam Cripe, Esquire Interiors – Pam Cripe grew up in the business her partners started as a dry cleaners in 1952.  Today she and her family run Esquire Interiors, which has grown into an interior design business with furniture added as well. Click & Listen:

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January 25, 2013:  Around the Home: Pauline Apartments – Pete Nowakowski, BRAG Ann Arbor (Builders & Remodelers Association of Greater Ann Arbor); Avalon Housing’s Kimberly Wilcox, Director of Marketing Communications & Development, and Carole McCabe, Founding Executive Director Avalon Housing is a community-based, non-profit organization that was created in 1992 to develop, own, and manage permanent supportive housing.  Its mission is to provide affordable housing and support services for Washtenaw County’s lowest income households.  Avalon manages 280 units at 25 locations throughout Ann Arbor.  We learn more about its newest property in development, Pauline Apartments. Click & Listen:

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      January 18, 2013:  Around the Home: Home Audio – Pete Nowakowski, BRAG Ann Arbor (Builders & Remodelers Association of Greater Ann Arbor); Zach Jackson, Electronics Specialist, Big George’s Home Appliance Mart – With the Super Bowl just a few weeks away, many of us will be entertaining guests and gathering around the TV for the big event.  Impress your guests with the latest in home audio to make your party stand out. Click & Listen:

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      January 11, 2013:  Around the Home:  Ice Dams – Pete Nowakowski, Marketing & Communications Director, BRAG Ann Arbor (Builders & Remodelers Association of Greater Ann Arbor); Patricia Harroun, Owner, Cardea Construction Company – The cold weather has eased up and it’s a wet start to the weekend, but snow is expected to move back in on Sunday.  This is the time of year when homeowners become concerned with the large icicles that often develop along the roof line.  We learn how to prevent these ice dams, which can be damaging to your home. Click & Listen:

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    December 14, 2012:   Around the Home:  Recycling & Waste Management  – Pete Nowakowski, Director of Marketing & Communications, BRAG Ann Arbor; Mike Logan, Owner, Synergy Environmental Headquartered in Brighton, Michigan, Synergy Environmental provides landfill diversion strategies for its clients.  Learn the latest in waste industry trends from single-stream recycling to waste audits. Click & Listen: 

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    November 30, 2012:  Around the Home:  Clean Sweeps – Fireplace Safety and Maintenance Tips – Maureen Sloan, CEO, BRAG Ann Arbor; Cliff Slagle, Owner, Clean Sweeps / Air Duct Cleaners of Michigan Gathering around the fire is a holiday tradition in Michigan, and can be a nightly comfort for many months out of the year.  As the holidays approach, remember to make sure all aspects of your chinmney, inside and out, are maintaibed properly by a certified professional. Click & Listen:

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            November 16, 2012:  Around the Home:  Roofing & Windows of the Future – Pete Nowakowski, Marketing & Communications Director, BRAG Ann Arbor; Mike Kearns, Founder, Kearns Brothers Inc.With the new technology in windows and roofing, there are many advantages of upgrading your home.  One new product developed by Dow are Powerhouse Shingles, which is a solar power generating roof shingle.  We also learn about FiberCore Windows and Gutter Guards. Click & Listen:

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      November 9, 2012:  Around the Home: Ann Arbor Student Building Industry Program: Pete Nowakowski, Marketing & Communications Director, BRAG Ann Arbor; Joel Davenport, Instructor, AASBI;  Students Grant Stadelman, Amy Liu, Tyler Waldrop,  and  Jonas Gearhart-Hall – Next year Ann Arbor high school students will complete the building of their 42nd new home.  The Ann Arbor Student Building Industry Program began as the dream of school representatives, local businesses, and bankers.  They believed that high school students could, with proper supervision and assistance, build a quality house.  Through the actual construction of a new home, from raw land to finished product, students learn the importance of math skills, architectural dimension, job satisfaction, and teamwork. Click & Listen:

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        November 2, 2012:  Around the Home: When Disaster Strikes – Maureen Sloan, CEO, BRAG Ann Arbor; John & Laura Spensley, Owners, SERVPRO of Washtenaw County It’s unfathomable to think what it has been like for those who directly suffered from the tragedy of Superstorm Sandy.  No power, water everywhere, homes and landmarks destroyed.  We find out the best way to handle these types of disasters from the owners of SERVPRO, which  provides fire, water, mold and other cleanup services. Click & Listen:

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        October 26, 2012:   Around the Home: Insulating Your Home – Pete Nowakowksi, Marketing & Communications Director, BRAG Ann Arbor; Rob Patterson, General Manager, Arbor Insulation:  Arbor Insulation was one of the first local contractors to install Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF.)  One of their key homeowner services is called “Fresh Start”, where they can re-insulate an under-insulated attic.  Learn how the proper insulation can drastically reduce energy usage while keeping you more comfortable than ever. Click & Listen:

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      October 19, 2012:  Around the Home:  The Washtenaw County Real Estate Market  – Maureen Sloan, CEO, BRAG Ann Arbor; Pat Durston, Charles Reinhart CompanyThere are signs that the local real estate market is on an upswing.  Find out the latest information and how new home construction is making a return.  Reinhart’s Pat Durston has been full time in the real estate industry for over 26 years. Her experience as a home builder and remodeler gives her buyers and sellers an added value and advantage in this ever-changing market. Click & Listen:

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      October 12, 2012:  Around the Home:  Fall Home Maintenance – Pete Nowakowski, Marketing & Communications Director, BRAG Ann Arbor; Michael Forner, President, Building Services Unlimited / Mike Forner’s Home Services Get a jump start on preparing your home for the upcoming cold weather and snow before the freezing weather and snow are knocking on your door.  Learn about the best preventative measures and ways to make your home more comfortable, sound, and energy efficient for the colder months. Click & Listen:

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      October 5, 2012:  Around the Home:  Ann Arbor Student Building Industry Program - Pete Nowakowski, Marketing & Communications Director, BRAG Ann Arbor; Jack Campbell, AASBIP Board President / Builder, Marhofer/Campbell Building Co.:  Students build a home during their junior and senior years of high school, learning building trades, leadership, teamwork, and pride of a job well done. This program is a unique partnership between the business community, local building professionals and the Ann Arbor Public Schools. Click & Listen:

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      September 29, 2012:  Around the Home:  Remodelers Home Tour, Home #14 – Approach to Kitchen and Deck Remodeling:  Pete Nowakowski, Marketing & Communications Director, BRAG Ann Arbor; Joe Antis, Project Manager & Geoff  Perkins, Owner,  Perkins Construction – 3-D CAD software and an open, goal-oriented approach to design, Perkins Construction is a full-service design/build construction company.  Their project on this weekend’s Remodelers Home Tour began as a typical kitchen remodel of a 1990s-era home and evolve into a small addition and deck renovation as well. Click & Listen:

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          September 21, 2012:  Around the Home:  Remodelers Home Tour, Home #3–  Pete Nowakowski, Marketing & Communications Director, BRAG Ann Arbor; Steve Shutt, Kingston Builders The homeowners in this cozy westside Ann Arbor neighborhood spent hours researching ideas, products, architects, and builders. The 500 square foot addition and main living space renovations were carefully designed to maximize space. Click & Listen:

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        September 14, 2012:  Around the Home: Around the Home:  Remodelers Home Tour–  Maureen Sloan, CEO, BRAG Ann Arbor; Jim Acheson, Acheson Builders – Project #1 on the upcoming Remodelers Home Tour features a mother-in-law suite, sunroom, and whole-house remodel.  See how this 1963 Colonial home is transformed and learn where to start with your own whole-house remodel. Click & Listen:

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        September 7, 2012:  Remodelers Home Tour, House #8– Pete Nowakowski, Marketing & Communications Director, BRAG Ann Arbor; Jeff Brown, Partner, Dexter Builders – Project #8 on the upcoming Remodelers Home Tour features an addition, remodel, and landscaping that better fits the clients future lifestyle. Click & Listen:

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    August 31, 2012:  Around the Home: Around the Home:  How Energy Legislation is Impacting the Lighting in Your Home and What Your Alternatives Are – Pete Nowakowski, Marketing & Communications Director, BRAG Ann Arbor; Laurie Gross, Co-Owner, Gross Electric At 102 Years old, Gross Electric is a third generation family business headquartered in Toledo.  Their Ann Arbor store has been in operation for 45 years.  One of the most significant changes impacting the lighting industry in Gross Electric’s history has been legislation regulating energy efficiency. Click & Listen:

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    August 25, 2012: Around the Home: BRAG Ann Arbor Foundation presents The Festive Affair, a fundraiser for The Staples Family Center –Ken Staples, President/CEO, Staples Building Company; Maureen Sloan, CEO, BRAG Ann Arbor; Matt Miller, Event Chair/Reinhart Realtors  – Ann Arbor builder Ken Staples survived polio, raising four children as a single dad,  and the death of his daughter who was killed by a drunk driver. But when you meet Ken, you notice that while all of that has been part of his life experience, none of that has kept him from living life, a life of serving others.  He is a remarkable man, who along with his wife Marianna, were the inspiration behind the Staples Family Center, a 35-bed emergency homeless shelter operated by The Salvation Army of Washtenaw County. Note:  The audio for this segment will be posted on 9/1.  Sorry for the delay! Click & Listen:

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  August 17, 2012:  Around the Home: Remodelers Home Tour Spotlight: Considerations for Your Addition with Cardea Construction - Pete Nowakowski, Marketing & Communications Director, BRAG Ann Arbor; Patricia Harroun, President/Owner, Cardea Construction Company You soon will be able to tour a beautiful project on Remodelers Home Tour coming up September 28-30.  Located on Brock Court off of Packard, it’s a great example of how you can incorporate a home office and additional space designed for your creative pursuits.   Each week the Builders & Remodelors Association of Greater Ann Arbor brings in members on our show who give us home improvement tips and advice. Click & Listen:

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      August 10, 2012:  Around the Home: Enhancing Your Home’s Comfort with Minor Upgrades – Pete Nowakowski, Marketing & Communications Director, BRAG Ann Arbor; Laura Spear, Washtenaw Door & Trim Choosing your doors and moldings is the basis the rest of your interior design will build on.  Washtenaw Door & Trim, a locally owned and managed business, has been considered the “Door and Trim Specialists”, serving the greater Ann Arbor & Ypsilanti area, since 1974. Click & Listen:

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    August 3, 2012:  Around the Home: Window Replacement:  – Maureen Sloan, CEO, BRAG Ann Arbor; Tim Bradburn, Fingerle Lumber Product Showcase Manager Even homeowners in the newer subdivisions in the Ann Arbor area should take a look at the type of windows they have and how they were installed.  Tim shows us what to look for and how to make the right decisions when it comes to replacing windows, from materials to installation. Each week the Builders & Remodelors Association of Greater Ann Arbor brings in members on our show who give us home improvement tips and advice. Click & Listen:

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          July 27, 2012:   Around the Home: Finished Basements: Solutions to Common Challenges – Pete Nowakowski, Marketing & Communications Director, BRAG Ann Arbor; Dave Parker, Co-Owner, Wahoo Walls Basement Finishing System – From moisture to radon issues, refinishing your basement can be a complicated project. Ann Arbor’s Wahoo Walls wall systems are entirely inorganic, which means even if there is moisture and a dark enclosed space, mold will not settle and reproduce. Click & Listen:

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        July 20, 2012:  Around the Home: Outdoor Kitchens & Outdoor Entertainment – Pete Nowakowski, Marketing & Communications Director, BRAG Ann Arbor; Mark Bishar, Owner, Big George’s Home Appliance Mart Cast an eye outside and start thinking about the potential of your backyard as an extension of your home. Click & Listen:

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        July 13, 2012:  Around the Home:  – Maureen Sloan, CEO, BRAG Ann Arbor; Don Warren, Ferguson Enterprises, Inc.– Touch technology plumbing, digital showers, and comfort height toilets are just a few of the innovations that can help to enhance your home. Ferguson is the largest plumbing wholesaler in the U.S. and Ann Arbor dealer Don Warren is celebrating his 35th anniversary in the business. Click & Listen:

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          July 2, 2012:  Around the Home:  What Does the Michigan Association of Home  Builders Do and How Does It Effect Our Lives? – David Rhoads, Homeowner Services of America (HSA) and First Design Cabinetry (FDC)David updates us on statewide legislation impacting the building trades and consumers. Click & Listen:

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          June 29, 2012:  Around the Home: Buying Local & American-Made Products for Your Home – David Haig, D. A. Haig Construction / President, Builders & Remodelers Association of Greater Ann Arbor (BRAG Ann Arbor) Creating your home project with American productions keeps dollars and jobs in our community and Michigan and supports the local economic future. Just in time for the upcoming 4th of July holiday, David Haig shows us how to keep it local. Click & Listen:

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          June 22, 2012:  Around the Home: Deciding to Remodel or a Move to a New Home: Maureen Sloan, CEO, BRAG Ann Arbor; Jim Haeussler, Peters Building Company Currently developing nine residential communities with four in the Saline area, Peters Building Company has a long history of building quality homes. More than 10% of their current clientele are repeat customers. President Jim Haeussler, a professed numbers guy, shows us how to make the decision of whether to build new or remodel. Click & Listen:

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          June 15, 2012:  Around the Home:   Chimney Inspection & Cleaning:  Maureen Sloan, CEO, BRAG Ann Arbor;  Pete Nowakowski, BRAG Ann Arbor Marketing & Communications Director;  Kevon “Doc”  Binder, Owner, Dr. Flue, Inc. According to ancient British folklore, shake a hand with a chimney sweep and you will have good luck.  Chim, chim, cher-ee, as Bert in Mary Poppins would say.  The summer months are an optimal time for a chimney inspection. Click & Listen:

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June 8, 2012: Around the Home:  Mission Zero Fest:  Pete Nowakowski, BRAG Ann Arbor Marketing & Communications Director; Doug Selby, Meadowlark Energy - It is possible for existing homes to create more energy than they use and to restore the ecology of the sites they sit on. From home energy retrofits to homegrown tomatoes, Mission Zero Fest 2012 will demonstrate examples of how to save money, eat better, and live a more comfortable and joyful life. Mission Zero Fest is June 9th and 10th. This two-day block party is free to the public and taking place on June 9th from 10-6 and June 10th from 11-4 in the Water Hill neighborhood of Ann Arbor. Click & Listen:

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June 1, 2012:  Around the HomeFlooring:  Pete Nowakowski, BRAG Ann Arbor Marketing & Communications Director; Tom Mitchell, Commercial/Residential Sales Specialist, Ann Arbor Carpets/Flooring America - Ann Arbor Carpets Flooring America has been your local source for flooring since 1968.  But what exactly is the Flooring America advantage?  Increased buying power for a locally-owned business, their Five Star selection system and replacement warranty, and a wide selection of flooring options. Click & Listen:

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  May 25, 2012:  Around the Home: Curb Appeal with Exterior Masonry: Maureen Sloan, CEO, BRAG Ann Arbor; Vince Colatruglio, Masonry Design and Repair The founder and owner of Masonry Design and Repair learned his trade through the knowledge and work ethic passed down from his Italian father. Vince Colatruglio teaches us how to inspect, maintain, and improve your home’s curb appeal and structural integrity with brick and masonry. Click & Listen:

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      May 18, 2012:  Around the Home: How to Remodel Green: Pete Nowakowski, BRAG Ann Arbor Marketing & Communications Director; Bob Burnside, Owner, Fireside Home Construction What you can do to improve your home while improving the impact building can have on the environment. Tips include ways to save money on energy costs, buying local, and reducing waste. Click & Listen:

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              May 11, 2012:  Around the Home: Getting Ready to Paint: Maureen Sloan, CEO, BRAG Ann Arbor; John Rudolph, General Manager, Anderson Paint – When you take the time to paint your home, you want it to last. Anderson Paint’s John Rudolph tells us what the secret is to any long term expectation, and explains how a small investment up front can save you hundreds of thousands of dollars in the future. Click & Listen:

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          May 4, 2012:  Ann Arbor Area Real Estate:  Maureen Sloan, CEO, BRAG Ann Arbor;  Pat Durston, Reinhart Realtors The housing market is starting to tick upwards, with even the high school student builders selling this year’s home before it was even built.  Pat Durston gives a look at the market and explains what it means for both buyers and sellers. Click & Listen:

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        April 27, 2012:   Around the Home: Safer, Smarter Building & Design: Pete Nowakowski, Marketing & Communications Director, BRAG Ann Arbor; Gordon Fellows, Gordon D. Fellows, LLC - May is Deck Safety Month, a good time to assess your own decking situation. Deck expert Gordon Fellows explains what you need to know about deck construction. Click & Listen:

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April 20, 2012:   Around the Home: Maureen Sloan, CEO, BRAG Ann Arbor; Mike Kowalski, Owner, Great Outdoors – Lawn Maintenance and Landscape Design Basics: The Great Outdoors is a full service lawn and landscape design and build firm that started in 1983 in Ann Arbor. Owner Mike Kowalski gives us a spring lawn maintenance overview and educates us on designing and installing a variety of hardscapes. Click & Listen:

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        April 13, 2012:  Around the Home:   Healthy Planting for the Michigan Weather – Maureen Sloan, CEO, BRAG Ann Arbor; Dan Riddle, Owner, Lodi Farms- Michigan’s known for the glory of its four seasons, but this year we’ve already experienced each of them in Spring alone! Dan tells us what we need to know to make sure our gardens adapt to the changing weather. Also, as the housing market starts to perk up, it’s had an impact on the Home Tour sponsored by BRAG. Maureen explains why the tour has been cancelled this year, despite the positive news from the Ann Arbor home building community. Click & Listen:

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      April 6, 2012:  Around the Home:  Does Solar Make Sense in Michigan: Pete Nowakowski, BRAG Marketing/Communications Director; Steve Bredernitz, Owner, Bredernitz Professional ServicesLicensed Michigan builder Steve Bredernitz believes solar energy will not completely replace our dependence on fossil fuels, but says it can help. He says a residential solar array can be attractive and meet those restrictive homeowner association rules and increase the value of a home. As the price of solar panels comes down, installation costs will decrease, making this energy upgrade even more attractive. Steve specializes in remodeling and home improvement services. Steve is also a part-time instructor at Washtenaw Community College where he teaches remodeling classes. Click & Listen:

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        March 30, 2012:  Around the Home: Healthy Flooring Options: Maureen Sloan, BRAG CEO; Glenn Stockdale, G & K Floor Covering– From low V.O.C. finishes and zero added formaldyhyde engineered floors, there are a number of product lines that offer a healthier option for flooring. Click & Listen:

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        March 23, 2012:  Around the Home: Maureen Sloan, BRAG Ann Arbor CEO; David Rhoades, Homeowner Services of America (HSA Remodeling) – Aging in Place: Blessing or Curse?: Since 1985, HSA has successfully completed over 600 remodels and additions for homeowners in the Saline and Ann Arbor areas, and throughout Southeast Michigan. Owner David Rhoades, the Michigan Association of Home Builders 2011 Remodeler of the Year, has become known for his specialty of remodeling homes for those with special needs. He says outfitting your home with aging-in-place features can help prevent accidents and make your home suitable for years to come. Click & Listen:

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      March 16, 2012: Around the Home: Pete Nowakowski, BRAG Ann Arbor; Maureen Sloan, BRAG CEO; Debra Moore, Owner of Custom Design/Build – “Not-So-Big” Design: Techniques to creating a smaller footprint in your home and blending indoor and outdoor living. Click & Listen:

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        March 9, 2012:  Around the Home:  Home, Garden, & Lifestyle Show – Andrea Sullivan, Meeting & Events Director, BRAG (Builders & Remodelers Association of Greater Ann Arbor) - Remodeling?  Redecorating?  Refining your garden and landscaping?  You’ll find a great selection of materials and skilled and experienced professionals, vendors, and craftspeople at the upcoming Home, Garden & Lifestyle Show. Click & Listen:

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      March 2, 2012:  Around the Home:  Maureen Sloan, CEO of BRAG Ann Arbor; Dr. Rob Borer, Borer Family Chiropractic  - You may not think of finding a chiropractor at a home show, but you will at the upcoming Home, Garden & Lifestyle Show.  Dr. Borer explains why he’s a member of BRAG Ann Arbor, and tells us how the chiropractic business has changed. Click & Listen:

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February 24, 2012:  Around the Home: How to Choose Appliances for Your Home:  Pete Nowakowski, BRAG (Builders & Remodelers Association of Greater Ann Arbor)Marketing/Communications Director; Mark Heydlauff and Marie Barnsdale of Heydlauff’s Appliances  & Electronics in Chelsea – Energy efficiency is one of the most desired aspects in today’s appliances.  Mark and Marie tell us about the hottest product lines out from refridgerators, to dishwashers, stoves, and washing machines.  We also learn about the cleaning aspects of dishwasher detergents and laundry soap.  In addition, Marie explains the merits of induction cooking. Click & Listen:

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      February 17, 2012:  Around the Home:   Maureen Sloan, CEO, BRAG Ann Arbor (Builders & Remodelers Association of Greater Ann Arbor); Del Young, Dexter Cabinet and Countertop – Countertops:  The right countertop for your kitchen or bath project depends on many factors, including your lifestyle, the maintenance of the material, and cost.  Del Young teaches us the differences (including cost) between laminate, solid surface, granite, and quartz countertops. Click & Listen:

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          February 10, 2012:  Around the Home: Pete Nowakowski, BRAG (Builders & Remodelers Association of Greater Ann Arbor); Steve DiGiuseppe, Tandem Tile & Stone How to Create a Design Element in Your Home with Tile: From color accents to design patterns, tile can help make your home pop with expression. Steve DiGiuseppe explains what you need to know before you start that project. Click & Listen:

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          February 3, 2012:  Kitchen Remodeling: Maureen Sloan, CEO, BRAG Ann Arbor (Builders & Remodelers Association of Greater Ann Arbor); Jef Forward, Forward Designers & Builders – This design build firm focuses on residential projects and adding value to your home.  Jef Forward is the son of a builder and a graduate of the UM School of Architecture.  He shows us great ways to update an outdated kitchen. Click & Listen:

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January 27, 2012: Pete Nowakowski, BRAG Ann Arbor; Michael Klement, Architectural Resource- Green and Sustainable Building Design:  Architect Michael Klement tells us that sustainability is much more than “frosting a building with green bling.”  He explains the critical importance of design in creating a green and sustainable home. Click & Listen:

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January 20, 2012:  How to Qualify Your Remodeling Contractor:  Pete Nowakowski, Marketing & Communications Director, BRAG Ann Arbor (Builders & Remodelers Association of Greater Ann Arbor); Patricia Harroun, Cardea Construction Company - From licensing to style, there are a number of questions you should be asking a potential remodeling contractor before you select one for your home improvement project.  Patricia Harroun of Cardea Construction Company says it all begins with a phone interview.  She outlines the questions you need to know. Click & Listen:

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January 13, 2012:  Maureen Sloan, BRAG CEO; David Haig, D.A. Haig Construction – Getting Your Remodeling Project Started – Learn how to build your dream home within your budget. Click & Listen:

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January 6, 2012:  Pete Nowakowski, Marketing & Communications Director, BRAG Ann Arbor (Builders & Remodelers Association of Greater Ann Arbor; Keith Fineberg, KSF Architects – Designing Your Project:  Architect Keith Fineberg says good design makes a difference.  The son of a graduate of the Bauhaus School, Keith is drawn to the contemporary, modern style.  Yet, years of Historic Preservation work have given him an expanded perspectice of traditional and transitional styles.  He shows us how to get started on the design process. Click & Listen:

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