Sustainable Energy Outreach Network’s Sustainable Home Tour – Saturday, October 14 from 10am-4pm. Enjoy a self-guided tour of seven local homes that exemplify high performance building by giving consideration to energy efficiency, durability, indoor air quality and renewable energy. Buy tickets here or at the door at any of the homes.
4 Easy ways to Recycle Common Household Items
This summer, instead of filling up that trash can or making unnecessary trips to the town dump, turn those miscellaneous household items into useful new additions to your home. Whether it’s old strawberry containers or wooden pallets, everything in your home can be repurposed into something new.
Use Recyclable Containers for Storage
The summer is a great time to enjoy fresh produce from your local grocery store or farmer’s market, but oftentimes fruits and vegetable come in plastic containers that have to be recycled when you are finished with their contents. Instead of tossing all those containers, use them to store things like pens and pencils, batteries, or even the kids’ toys. Because the containers are see-through and stack atop one another, you can always see what you are looking for without opening up the box.
Turn Old Pallets Into an Outdoor Swing or Hammock
Wooden pallets can take up a lot of space in your garage or attic, and getting rid of them is sure to be a pain. Instead of letting them go to waste, refashion any old pallets into lawn furniture. A simple google search will yield tons of design plans and ideas.
Turn that Old Suitcase into a Charging Space for Your Electronics
Between laptops, tablets, and cell phones, it is not uncommon for families to have ten or more portable electronic devices in their homes. Having all those devices scattered around—which are often accompanied by their unsightly chargers—can take up lots of space on your counters or tables. To avoid that problem, turn an unused suitcase or briefcase into a charging station for your devices. All you need to do is place a power strip inside the suitcase so that each device can be charged while sitting in the case. For bonus points drill a hole in the back of the suitcase for the power strip’s cord to run directly to the outlet.
Turn Unused Shoe Organizers into Cleaning Supply Stations
An all-too-common problem in many homes is the myriad of spray bottles, sponges, paper towels, and any other cleaning supplies that get shoved under the kitchen sink and forgotten. Using an old hanging shoe organizer to tidy up all those cleaning supplies is an easy and useful trick to avoid ever needing to rifle through that mess again. Simply hang a shoe organizer from a closet or pantry door and place your supplies in each compartment. Not only will you be able to easily locate all of your cleaning supplies, but you won’t be straining your back looking for that long-lost bottle of Windex.
How long have you been with Berkley & Veller?
I worked with Jack Berkley in the 1970s when Berkley & Veller first opened in Brattleboro. Then after 30 years in manufacturing management, I rejoined Berkley & Veller in 2006.
Do you have any Real Estate specialties? I’ve been successful in all types of residential and land sales as well as commercial sales in both Vermont and New Hampshire.
What’s your favorite part of being a Realtor? I enjoy working with both buyers and sellers to realize their dreams in today’s complex real estate market. It’s particularly rewarding to hear from clients who acknowledge the work I’ve done to bring their sale to a successful completion.
What unique skills, ideas, experience, or background do you bring to the table? My business experience has taught me to place the customer at the center of the process. Each customer has specific needs and determining their needs drives the process to a successful conclusion.
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Brattleboro, VT 05301
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5 Timeless Features that Will Never Go Out of Style
The Beatles, Denim, Men in Suits… some things are here to stay. A kitchen remodel can be expensive, and with the average of homeowner spending a little over $20,000 (homeadvisor.com) it’s best to chose features that will retain their value and marketability as other trends go out of style. Following are five timeless features that will look great in any kitchen.
Paint it White – While it isn’t the most exciting color, white is both budget friendly and timeless. It frequently appears atop lists as the most desirable color for kitchens, a big bonus for future marketability. Often commended by color therapists for its effects on mood and happiness, it will make your kitchen feel both larger and brighter. Plus nowhere for dirt to hide!
Carrara Marble for the Counters – Quartz and Granite have both been in vogue for some time now, and there’s no denying that they are both great options. That being said, Carrara marble is a great choice for the budget conscious homeowner looking for a more original countertop style. The biggest knock on marble in the past has been its vulnerability to staining, however, if you reseal once or twice a year that concern is easily banished. If taken care of properly, marble will last forever and only increase in visual character as it ages.
Hardwood Floors – Hardwood is a big one, it looks great and is considered one of the most desirable features by homeowners. It’s durable, timeless, and versatile. Hardwood will add warmth and a more “homey” inviting feel to your kitchen. It’s also a great investment. According to a 2013 survey conducted by National Association of Realtors buyers, on average, said they would be willing to pay just over $2000 more for a home with hardwood flooring. Furthermore, buyers surveyed in the northeast assigned more value to hardwood flooring than buyers in any other region in the country.
Shaker Style Cabinets – Few home design features are as ubiquitous as shaker style cabinets. The simple panel and frame design lends an unobtrusive elegance allowing for your personal design feature eccentricities to take center stage. The most popular kitchen style currently is a transitional one. These cabinets make it easy to blend the traditional with a more unique and modern look.
LED Ambient Lighting – This one may be a bit of a reach as “timeless”. However, given their affordability, popularity, and efficiency LED lighting seems to have what it takes to become a kitchen design staple for years to come. LEDs are cooler than incandescents so they serve well as under-cabinet or recessed lighting. The best fixtures are dimmable so lighting can be adjusted to fit any mood or occasion.
For many years, Latchis board member and author Gordon Hayward has been collecting stories about the original Latchis family and the construction of the unique art deco theater and hotel. These stories are presented in his new book, titled Greek Epic: The Latchis Family and the New England Theater Empire They Built. Due out on October 15, the book follows the Latchis family on their journey from a remote Greek village to New England, and the creation of their theater empire. Read the incredible story of the Theatre’s terrazzo flooring at latchis.com
Tami Purcell, owner and General Manager of Berkley & Veller Greenwood Country Realtors, hosted the company’s annual awards breakfast on March 2nd at Peter Haven’s restaurant. Tami told the attendees that Berkley & Veller was once again the largest independent real estate agency in Windham County for sales volume and number of closed transactions, as it has been for over 20 years. She handed out awards to the agents for their 2015 sales performances: John McPherson, Jessie Heller and Thom Dahlin were in the $3+ million bracket; John Hatton, Bill Murray, and Dan Normandeau all achieved over $4 million in sales, Heidi Bernier achieved $5.4 million, and Robert Doyle was the agency’s top salesperson with sales of $7.6 million. Purcell told the group that she is looking forward to another great year for 2016!
Do you have any Real Estate specialties?
It’s a bit early in the game for me to have a specialty, but I very much enjoy commercial sales as well as nice country properties. That being said, good agents need to be adept in all market segments of a region such as ours and I work hard to be that.
What’s your favorite part of being a Realtor?
I like helping people achieve their dreams and goals and being a Realtor allows me to do some of that while living in a wonderful place and raising my family.
What unique skills, ideas, experience, or background do you bring to the table?
Real estate has been a common thread throughout my life. I have purchased, renovated, managed and sold residential, multi-family rental property, and mixed-use commercial property. I also have experience in timberland and agricultural land management. At one point, I was responsible for managing over 250,000 square feet of commercial and residential property, as well as 2,000 acres of agricultural and timber lands. Over the years, I have acquired first-hand experience with construction and restoration projects. More recently, I have developed experience with residential and commercial energy efficiency audits and improvement projects, and net metered solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. I also have specific experience and knowledge in the areas of construction and restoration work, financing, legal matters, insurance, 1031 like-kind exchanges, Use Value Appraisal (Current Use), property tax abatement, engineering principles, building systems (septic, water, heating, electrical, plumbing) and environmental issues such as underground storage tanks, abatement of radon, asbestos, and lead paint.