FineCraft Contractors is Successful Amidst Coronavirus

GAITHERSBURG, MD: FineCraft Contractors, Inc., (https://finecraftcontractors.com/) is working hard and continuing to achieve success amidst the Coronavirus.

In the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, where many businesses are seeing a dip in production, FineCraft is working hard with new projects that just started and completing projects on time. From screen porches to one and two-story additions, FineCraft is going strong.

Two projects in particular FineCraft just completed are a modern-industrial screen porch and a cantilevered master bedroom suite addition. Both of which add value and comfort to the homeowners.

Joseph R., a landscape architect who worked with FineCraft stated, “This was my first experience working with George of FineCraft. He is a professional who listens, asks intelligent questions, and proposes great solutions based on his years of experience in the industry. The quality of FineCraft’s work is high, and the staff is friendly and responsive. I strongly recommend George and the FineCraft team.”

Vera H., a past client of FineCraft said, “FineCraft did an extension on my historic house and it really is beautiful! George kept me in the loop about how it was all going. The team were efficient and respectful of my property and the problem-solving on the best way to get it all done was excellent. I would highly recommend this company.”

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

We’re Following Best Practices Amidst Coronavirus

By George Papaheraklis

We know these are difficult times during the Coronavirus pandemic. We also know that an emergency may happen with your home that requires you to hire a professional to fix. Because we always keep the safety of our clients a priority, we wanted to list out some of the best practices we’re following in order to keep our clients and workers safe and healthy during this time.

1. Sanitary Projects

Some improvements and fixes are necessary for a professional to come to your home to handle. In a case like this, it’s very important to ensure the projects remain sanitary with proper social distancing and only allowing the essential workers to work on your home. Workers must provide daily wipe downs to sanitize the home before they begin working for the day and before they leave your home each day.

2. Only Healthy Workers Should Be Allowed

The safety of both you and our workers are very important. If you work with us, you’ll feel at ease knowing that all of our workers are healthy. If any of our workers show any sign of being sick, they are told to stay home. If you have already decided to work with a different company, make sure that they are following CDC Guidelines and are only allowing healthy workers to work on your home.

3. Free Online Estimates

We offer free online estimates so you don’t have to leave your home. You can find out what the cost will be for your project promptly and in the comfort of your own home. If you accept the quote, we will talk to you about your next steps and how we follow CDC guidelines while working on your home.

At Finecraft Contractors, if you can imagine it, we can build it. We always keep your health and comfort in mind when designing and building. If you have a specific project for your home, call us at 301-330-9191 and we’ll give you a thoroughly thought out estimate.

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

Silva Construction Suggests That Businesses Do Planned Renovation While Employees are At Home

SAN PEDRO, CA: Silva Construction, (https://www.silvaconstruction.com) a commercial and residential construction company in Southern California’s South Bay, is suggesting to businesses and owners of commercial buildings that they get planned renovations done during the coronavirus pandemic, while many employees are staying home.

The principals at Silva Construction are suggesting that companies that have planned or scheduled renovation for sometime in 2020, to move that up and do it now.

Co-owner Dave Silva stated “If a business owner or a building owner has planned renovations or improvements to their location for sometime this year, it could make a lot of sense to move that timetable up and get started now. This is especially true for businesses that have been closed down, or have employees working from home right now.”

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

Big Trees Inc. Provided Trees for Garden Creators

SNOHOMISH, WA: Big Trees Inc., (https://bigtreesupply.com/), a tree sales and transplant company in the Seattle area,, recently provided a large number of trees for various garden creators during the Northwest Annual Flower and Garden Show.

Big Trees delivered a number of trees including large Vine Maples, Paperback Maples, and Serbian Spruce recently at the Northwest Annual Flower and Garden Show. The Garden Creators take delivery of the trees and set them up as anchor points or showcase pieces of their gardens. Garden Creators are careful to keep the trees well watered and cared for during the week long show. During the show, show goers were impressed by the size of the trees installed in these indoor gardens.

Nancy Penrose, owner of Big Trees said, “It’s rare that we lose a tree even after being indoors for a week.  We have worked closely with the Garden Creator’s over the years in caring for the trees and making sure they are returned to us in healthy conditions.” Nancy has been loaning trees to Garden Creators for 20 years now and says, “it’s always an exciting time for me, as it means spring is eminent and our busy season is approaching rapidly. This is one of my favorite times of the year!”

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

How to Successfully Plant Fruit Trees

By Nancy Penrose

Fruit trees can be an amazing addition to your home. Not only do they look beautiful, but you also get free fruit! In order to get the most out of your fruit tree, you’ll need to know how to successfully plant one so they can have a healthy root system and produce beautiful fruit. Below are a few steps to take before planting your new tree.

Do your research on types of trees

The first step is to do your research on which fruit tree(s) you’d like to plant. Some fruit trees work better in certain climates over others, so keep that in mind as well. Other factors to consider are: size, taste, chill hours, and if it needs a pollinator.

Make sure you have enough space

Make sure you look to see how much space you have to work with. The size you have available will determine which fruit trees you’ll be able to plant. Orchard trees for example (apples, cherries, peaches, plums, and pears) require about 10-12 feet of space in your backyard. Whereas a dwarf tree can grow in a smaller 6-8 foot diameter space.

Know which foundation you’re working with

Some key factors that will determine the success of your fruit tree include:

Soil
Light exposure
Water drainage

You’ll want a location that has a good amount of light, water drainage and air flow, and you’ll want to make sure the soil in that location is of good quality. If your soil is sandy or hard, you’ll need to build it up before you plant your tree.

At Big Trees, we are experts in tree care and we know exactly how to plant fruit trees, which trees would work best for you, and which location in your yard would be best for it. If you want a professional to help you plant your fruit tree, let us come out and help. Call us at (360) 563-2700 today.

Nancy Penrose is owner of Big Trees Inc. (https://bigtreesupply.com), (tree nursery Snohomish, WA), one of the largest Seattle tree nurseries, specializing in large trees for sale and transplant tree service. Learn more about tree preservation at https://bigtreesupply.com/tree-care-maintenance/ and for more tips on tree care or installation go to privacytree.net. See our video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6vVhNW1XJI and connect with us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Big-Trees- Inc/193731105108.

5 Great Reasons to Build a Screened Porch

By Niko Papaheraklis

One of the best ways to enjoy your house and the outdoors is by building a screened porch! It’s a feature that adds character and charm to any home while creating a welcoming environment for yourself and guests. Here are our five reasons why homeowners should build a screened porch:

1. It expands your living space

A screened porch creates a quiet space to read, catch up with friends, or to just enjoy the outdoors. Plus, you can eat outside without worrying about bugs flying around. It really does add a lot of value to your home.

2. Enhances curb appeal

A screened porch provides a welcoming entry and makes any home stand out from the rest. A porch can also be an easy way to take off muddy shoes or lay out wet umbrellas so the inside of your home remains clean.

3. Enjoy the outdoors while maintaining privacy

Imagine drinking a cup of coffee or tea as you wake up in the morning. Or imagine sneaking a little midnight snack while watching the stars. A screened porch provides privacy while you enjoy the outdoors and relax.

4. Protection from insects

Probably the most obvious reason to have a screened porch is that it protects you from insects like mosquitos or pesky flies. You no longer need bug zappers or harmful insecticides with a screened porch!

5. Enjoy the rain and the sun

Standing outside on a hot summer day may not be that appealing, but having a screened porch to provide you with cool shade makes it much more exciting! And not only that, but rain can now be a beautiful sight rather than a time for you to rush inside to keep dry.

At FineCraft Contractors, we are experts when it comes to custom builds and adding on new parts to your home. If a screened porch sounds like a great idea to you, call us at 301-330-9191 and we’ll give you a thoroughly thought out estimate.

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

FineCraft Contractors Wins NARI’s CotY Award for Addition and Whole-House Renovation

GAITHERSBURG, MD: FineCraft Contractors, Inc., (https://finecraftcontractors.com/) recently won the National Association of the Remodeling Industry’s award for addition and whole-house renovation.

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) Contractor of the Year (CotY) awards are earned by NARI members who have demonstrated outstanding work through their remodeling projects. Based on the official NARI website, project categories often include kitchens, baths, basements, entire house, and exteriors. FineCraft won the CotY award for addition and whole-house renovation.

Helen C. W., a past client, said, “FineCraft built an addition and new outbuilding, designed by my firm, for one of the more finely detailed late-19th century homes in the town of Kensington’s historic district. The owners chose FineCraft because they wanted to match the quality of detail and workmanship that had sold them on the house in the first place. The end result did not disappoint. FineCraft performed at a high level of professionalism and the quality of their workmanship was superb.”

Another past client, Morgan B., stated, “FineCraft did an excellent job on renovation of our garage and converting it into a gym. They were prompt in their reply and finished the project in the time they quoted which is huge! The price was reasonable and the staff was very responsive throughout the whole process. I highly recommend them for any home renovation project and will be using them again in the future!”

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

Ulan Nutritional Systems to Host a 2020 Spring Symposium

CLEARWATER, FL: Ulan Nutritional Systems (https://unssymposium.com), a company delivering training to chiropractors, nutritionists and other alternative healthcare practitioners, is hosting a 2020 Spring Symposium in March.

The 2020 UNS Spring Symposium will be held on March 19 – 22 in St. Petersburg, Florida. The UNS Symposium is a conference where hundreds of Nutrition Response Testing® practitioners unite twice a year in Florida to get informed on new breakthroughs, products and procedures. There will be seven speakers at the event speaking on both clinical and practice management topics, including helping patients with vaccine issues, nutritional coaching, and detox. There will also be an awards banquet ceremony hosted by Dr. Ulan, where deserving practitioners are acknowledged for their efforts in changing the healthcare paradigm, demonstrating true and effective healthcare.

Kristy H., a past attendee, stated: “The evidence was overwhelming on the added benefit that the Heart Sound Recorder provides. I will be bringing the HSR into my practice. Once I know about something that can better help my patients, I am responsible for bringing it into my office. I believe this technology will keep me healthier and live longer.”

Another past attendee, Mark H., said, “I would recommend that all those interested in helping others get to the Symposiums, as the last one was incredible. So much info there it will take me a couple weeks to get it all ‘in.’ It’s always so wonderful to talk to old classmates and renew friendships and ‘catch up.’ It’s also great to meet new members of the team and see all the energy there to ‘Change the Paradigm.’ My son came to pick me up at the airport and I was so excited with the info that he caught the bug and has signed up to begin classes at UNS in May. Exciting times! Thanks to the UNS team and especially, Dr. Freddie!”

Ulan Nutritional Systems was founded in 2005 by Dr. Freddie Ulan. After his discoveries in the field of nutrition, he overcame a severe physical illness. He started receiving more and more demand from health care practitioners to train them on his methods. The company has trained thousands of practitioners nationwide in Dr. Ulan’s methods, and now offers not only training in Nutrition Response Testing, but also in patient management, practice management and personal development. Their website can be seen at http://unsinc.info. They can be reached at 866-418-4801.

© 2020 Ulan Nutritional Systems, Inc. All Rights Reserved. NUTRITION RESPONSE TESTING is a registered service mark owned by Freddie Ulan. The Ulan “U and Leaves” is a trademark owned by Ulan Nutritional Systems, Inc.

Silva Construction Adds 5 More Tips to their Home Remodeling Series

SAN PEDRO, CA: Silva Construction, (https://www.silvaconstruction.com) a construction company, is adding five more tips to their home remodeling tips series for homeowners.

Due to the popularity of their remodeling tips series, Silva decided to add onto their original list of home remodeling tips to get homeowners as prepared as possible. Their five new tips are:

Communicate Effectively

Remodelers can do some great things, but they can’t read minds. Let the company supervisor or owner know if anything if there are any problems or unsatisfactory work so they can deal with the issue. They might not know that there is a problem.

Pamper Yourself, in the Right Way

Unless you actually spend time luxuriating in a bath on a regular basis, forget the whirlpool tub. Spend your remodeling dollars on things you’ll use and enjoy every day, like a luxury shower with dual heads.

Protect the Kids

A house remodeling is a great way to get kids involved in helping, but for very young ones it can be dangerous. Be sure to install child safety gates, electrical safety covers and store sharp tools well out of the way of curious tots, especially on off-hours where there may not be adequate supervision in the remodel zone.

Don’t Forget the Pets

When doing home remodeling, consider the safety of your pets, which could necessitate having a family member or friend pet-sit your animals while the work is being done. This is especially necessary when the doors are left open for bringing tools and materials in and out.

Pack Up

To make any house remodeling as efficient as possible, pack up or move away items in the remodeling zone. For a whole-house remodeling, consider renting an offsite locker or storage space, or onsite storage area to keep your belongings safe and clean during the process.

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

Silva Construction Adds 5 More Tips to their Home Remodeling Series

SAN PEDRO, CA: Silva Construction, (https://www.silvaconstruction.com/) a construction company, is adding five more tips to their home remodeling tips series for homeowners.

Due to the popularity of their remodeling tips series, Silva decided to add onto their original list of home remodeling tips to get homeowners as prepared as possible. Their five new tips are:

Plan For Outages

During the course of remodeling, your contractor may have to shut the household water off at the main valve, leaving you without running water. Plan ahead. Fill containers of water and put them in the refrigerator for drinking. Also put containers on the counter for cooking, and put buckets of water in the bathrooms to flush the toilet. Fill the tub with water and have a bucket nearby to pour water into the toilet bowl.

Be a Good Boss

Treating your contractor well and trying to appreciate the job they are doing will make the whole job go more smoothly and be more enjoyable.

Insist on a Detailed Contract

Jumping into a remodeling project with an ambiguous contract or no contract, will most probably lead you to hiring an attorney and setting a court date. The contract needs to have your right address, the start date and completion date, and all relevant details of what is and isn’t going to be done.

Pitch a Temporary Camp

One inconvenience you may have to ensure is living without a kitchen for weeks on end. You can minimize the inconvenience by setting up a temporary kitchen away from the construction area. Include a refrigerator and microwave oven in your setup, so you can continue to make meals at home.

Pack Away Your Valuables

It will be smart to take down pictures, move vases, and pack away valuables before work starts. Protect immovable fixtures, like built-in cabinets and chandeliers. Have flooring covered with cardboard sheets or plastic if it’s not being changed.

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