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Toastmasters International Competent Leader Award

Jeffrey Hall, owner of Villa Builders, was recently recognized for completing the first leadership track in Toastmasters International Leadership Program. Jeff served as club president for a year, and then as a membership officer. Jeff has been a member of Toastmasters Annapolis Club for 2 1/2 years. He joined Toastmasters to improve and build his confidence

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Remodel Today for Tomorrow’s Needs

Live at home longer. There isn’t any other way to say it: All of us are getting older. Today we feel great, look great and have interesting and active lives. We work to maintain our health and fitness, and especially to hold onto our independence as long as possible. If keeping your independence means being able

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Troubleshooting Tips to Uncover the Cause of the Leak

Leaks that only occur under very specific rain conditions can be frustrating for homeowners and difficult to troubleshoot. Heavy and wind blown rains can often exploit very small openings or ‘holidays’ in materials, joints, or aged areas. Water can blow in and up until it finally makes it way inside. “The only happens when” leak

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Initial Cost of Remodeling versus Your Forever Enjoyment

During design for your remodeling project, you may feel the temptation to try to spend less money or opt for a cheaper product selection. Instead, consider the initial cost of your remodeling project as a short term hurdle and place higher value on your long term enjoyment.· Focus on the enjoyment. I had replaced all of

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Small Bathroom – Space Saving Idea

Are you planning to remodel a small bathroom and are looking for more space? A wall-hung toilet with a concealed tank might be worth considering. I’ve been looking at information for a concealed tank and wall-hung toilet by Geberit. The primary benefit of this type of system is to maximize space. I’m also intrigued by the aesthetics of the tank

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Customer Relationships Matter

It’s a dreary, grey day-but it still feels good! Elizabeth Wozniak-Shelby gave me this iris last year. Villa remodeled several projects for her and her husband, Bert. We bumped out a kitchen, added a powder room, built a deck, added two porches and re-sided and painted the exterior of their Eastport Annapolis home. So, what

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Day 8, Severna Park Master Suite Addition

The weather has been challenging every day, a nightmare in fact ~ cold, blustery, sleeting, snowing, windy. But, we are delighted to still be on schedule with the renovation!!   Plumbing rough-in begins Monday.  Thanks for following and have a great weekend! Joanne

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Severna Park Master Suite Addition

Follow our progress as we begin a renovation to this Severna Park, Maryland home. The renovation includes a master suite addition above the existing garage and a renovation to an existing bathroom<

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Insulation-The Stuff You Don’t See

The stuff you will never see after your remodeling project is finished, is some really important stuff. Okay, I know that’s not very technical. But, as I was looking through progress pictures Jeff took last week, I felt a ton of pride about the work and the home improvement projects we build. Consider insulation, something

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Energy Audits

I spoke with a few past clients a couple of weeks ago. One of the things I wanted to learn was what topic(s) are they interested in knowing more about. Energy efficiency, new·trends, and return on investment for remodeling projects were among the topics they·expressed·interested in. This week I’m·spending some time focusing on energy efficiency.

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Service Basics

This week I called a company to get help with additions and changes to our services. My experience with this call made me think about the meaning of ‘customer service’. Put the word ‘customer’ in front of ‘service’ and immediately expectations of something good, excellent or beneficial is bound to occur. On the contrary, ‘customer

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6 Tips to Help Keep a Composite Deck Looking Great!

1. LOW maintenance does not mean NO maintenance. Plastic Composite and PVC decks need cleaning at least twice a year. There are a number of cleaners on the mark et that do not require scrubbing or power washing. Try Cabot’s Composite Deck Cleaner or Jomax. 2. Be careful when power washing. You can easily tear

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