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Melka a one-stop shop for seasonal

gardening and landscaping needs

Melka Landscaping & Garden Center

has been serving the community for over

30 years. Melka Landscaping & Garden

Center offers a wide range of products

and services, including a full-service garden

center, tree/shrub nursery, colorful

greenhouses, a Weber grill showroom,

landscape design services, plant installation

and lawn maintenance, brick paver

patios and much more. If one is tackling

a DIY project or in-need of professional

landscape services, Melka’s is the local

business to contact.

Grilling season is year-round. Melka’s

is the one-stop shop for all one’s Weber

Grill needs and accessories. Shop their indoor

showroom for cookbooks, brushes,

cleaners and more. Make sure to join their

“frequent filler program” for propane tank

refills. Melka Garden Center fills propane

tanks year-round.

Melka Garden Center is located at

11606 179th St. in Mokena, located four

blocks west of Wolf Road and just East

of the Metra station. Open seven days a

week from April through December. Visit

their website at jimmelkalandscaping.

com for store hours, new plant arrivals,

landscape design photos and more. Melka

Landscaping & Garden Center is the onestop

shop for all one’s seasonal gardening

and landscaping needs.

Submitted by Melka Landscaping & Garden

Center, 11606 179th St. in Mokena. For more

information, call (708) 349-6989 or visit jim

melkalandscaping.com.

River Road Tops brings decades of

experience to Lockport

River Road Tops first

opened its doors in Lemont

in 1994.

Since then, it has expanded

its space and business

and moved to Lockport.

It is a family-owned

and -operated business that

has been open for 18 years,

with more than 37 years of

experience.

Its expanding showroom

is designed to showcase

several different materials,

colors and designs that are

available. It extends quality

service to its customers,

as well as offers custom

and personal advice on

home design that cannot be

matched elsewhere.

No other fabricator can

match our experience or

impeccable craftsmanship.

River Road Tops specializes

in custom cabinets

and countertops for any

residential or commercial

space. Offering custom

cabinets and countertops

means having a lot more

space, as well as several

different options. River

Road Tops presents its

customers with a wide variety

of products.

In addition to cabinets

and countertops, River

Road Tops also specializes

in custom kitchens and

baths, entertainment centers,

fireplaces and wall

units. It is proud to present

its customers with quality

materials such as granite,

marble, quartz, limestone,

solid surface and laminate.

River Road Tops thinks

that its business is only

as good as its satisfied

customers. Most of the

work that has been done is

through referrals from all

of our satisfied clients.

The owner helps customers

throughout this

entire process. Whether it

may be picking out a material,

style, or even color,

he thinks that working

with the customer from

start to finish leads to the

right design. Every detail

is handcrafted to make it

personal.

Submitted by River Road

Tops, 3341 S. State St., Lockport.

For more information,

visit riverroadtops.com or

call (815) 723-8700.

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Tinley Park Kitchen & Bath Shoppe

recognized as ‘Best in the Southland’

If you head into the Tinley Park Kitchen

& Bath Shoppe in the downtown historic

district, you will see a showroom

that welcomes you with gorgeous home

designs. What you will also see is three

People’s Choice Awards and nine Best

of the Southland awards hanging on the

walls, a testament to the company’s commitment

to quality.

John Cancialosi, president of Tinley

Park Kitchen & Bath Shoppe, said receiving

the awards never gets old or routine.

“It’s a great feeling, true validation that

we are doing things right here,” he said.

Established success

At a time when the marketplace is as

competitive as ever, Tinley Park Kitchen

& Bath Shoppe enjoys a level of success

and recognition that has provided renewed

opportunities and longevity. The

company will celebrate its 15th anniversary

next year.

After 15 years of applying his skills in

the cabinet industry, Cancialosi opened

Tinley Park Kitchen & Bath Shoppe to

help customers achieve their dreams in

rooms throughout their homes. The process

of designing a project and working

with people throughout the region has

never gotten old for him and he still finds

it very satisfying.

Cancialosi said he has seen generations

of customers over the years, with

children of his original customers coming

in for remodeling projects.

“The best thing is the repeat customers

we have seen over the years,” he said.

“They call us back when they move to a

new home, or when they want to remodel

another bathroom or kitchen in their existing

home.”

Difference maker

According to Cancialosi, when it

comes to getting things right and making

every project an individual source of

pride, it’s his team that is the real difference

maker for more than a decade.

“I truly believe the team we have assembled

here it what sets us apart from

all the rest, from the designers to the

craftsman out in the field. Everybody

realizes we work as one large team. I

have had the same people here for 12-14

years,” Cancialosi said.

Proven process

When you come into the showroom,

you will see many examples of the cabinets,

counters, tile, hardware, flooring

and other accessories offered by Tinley

Park Kitchen & Bath Shoppe. Cancialosi

said his team handles everything in the

process from soup to nuts, a true design

build company.

“We do everything from the moment

a client come into our showroom and

sit down with us to talk about what they

would like to see,” he said. “We put a

plan of action together, layout a design,

go through the proposal and contract

stage, and get them on the calendar. Our

craftsman in the field take over from

there.”

According to Cancialosi, projects

typically get scheduled between 30 to

45 days in advance. He says he is in the

showroom six days a week and he still

enjoys the creative part of the job.

“I think the best part of my job is the

creative process and seeing the customer

satisfaction at the end of the job,” Cancialosi

said.

Submitted by Tinley Park Kitchen & Bath,

17050 South Oak Park Ave. in Tinley Park.

For more information, call (708) 429-6601

or visit tpkitchenandbath.com or Tinley Park

Kitchen & Bath on Facebook.


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Imagine landscape possibilities and start the

project with AreA Landscape Supply

Outdoor living spaces

still rank high on lists for

important home trends

across the country. Gorgeous,

spacious, versatile,

show-stopping statements

are desired for the once

mundane backyard. With

fall approaching, the importance

is even bigger to

steal the last bit of enjoyable

weather on your patio.

Consider a few upgrades,

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and let’s start the project

together.

You might imagine gathering

family and friends

around a gas fire pit with

sparkling fire glass that

allows more fall evenings

outdoors; Cooking meals

on a built-in grill and eating

on a durable brick paver

patio; Illuminating more

possibilities with landscape

lighting that repels

mosquitos and calms down

with the soothing ambience

of a color-changing

waterfall. AreA Landscape

Supply has all of these

products and more.

Someone else might

imagine curb appeal that

invites family and friends

with a brick paver walkway

leading visitors to the

front door; A fresh, rich

layer of premium mulch

combined with the decorative

stone that makes the

color of the house pop is

a bold statement to visitors

and neighbors; The

addition of landscape

pathway lights, accent

lights and wall wash lights

transforms this home into

a showpiece with added

safety for early fall nights,

too. Find these products,

and more, at AreA Landscape

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At AreA Landscape Supply,

you can find the South

Suburbs’ largest selection

of Unilock brick pavers

& retaining wall block,

plus boulders, flagstone,

premium mulches, gravel

and decorative stone, pool

sand, drain tile and drainage

accessories, pond and

waterfall supplies, low

voltage landscape lighting,

outdoor fireplaces, fire pits

& accessories (including

fireglass pebbles, round

wood grates, and dome

mesh safety screens), fertilizers,

grass seed mixtures,

sod and more.

Top fall projects typically

include products

such as: Fertilizers and

grass seed, mulches, outcropping

and decorative

stone. Most products are

available in bulk for large

applications, or bagged in

small quantities. The experienced

sales staff can

answer questions, help calculate

materials and recommend

the best product

for your project. Our team

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Orders can be placed

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more information, call (708)

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Window World of Joliet promises superior

products at lowest price in the area

Window World of Joliet increases curb

appeal, improves energy efficiency and

enhances the quality of life, one home at

a time.

Window World of Joliet is an ENER-

GY STAR® partner and offers Americanmade,

energy-efficient custom replacement

vinyl windows, Therma-Tru entry

doors, Larson storm doors, patio doors

and vinyl siding.

“According to ENERGY STAR®, replacing

old windows with ENERGY

STAR® certified windows lowers household

energy bills by an average of 12 percent

nationwide,” said Window World of

Joliet owner, Brian Hopkins.

Window World of Joliet offers hundreds

of custom options for windows,

siding and doors to fit any budget. A zero

percent financing option is available to

qualified applicants as well as many additional

options.

All of Window World of Joliet’s products

have earned the Good Housekeeping

Seal of Approval, backed by the industry’s

strongest lifetime warranty (including

labor).

Window World of Joliet takes pride not

only in the quality of their products, but

in the manner in which they deliver them.

From start to finish and after, their knowledgeable

and friendly staff serves exceptional

attention to detail and customer

care. In fact, Window World Ranks No.

1 by J.D. Power for “Highest in Customer

Satisfaction with Window and Patio Door

Retailers”.

One of the most popular and bestselling

products is the Window World of

Joliet 4000 series double-hung window.

It can be opened from the top or bottom

sash, allowing fresh air to circulate

throughout your home. The tilt-in sashes

make cleaning very easy.

“Window World of Joliet’s best-selling

double-hung replacement window is an

impeccable combination of sophisticated

engineering, high-tech craftsmanship,

careful installation and a lifetime of backing,”

said Hopkins. “Moreover, Window

World of Joliet’s double-hung windows

are characterized by easy maintenance

and classic aesthetic styling. Not only are

these vinyl windows an easy choice for

improving curb appeal, energy efficiency

and home value but also ideal for your

wallet.”

Despite the ever-changing landscape

of home improvement, Window World of

Joliet promises to deliver superior products,

professionally installed at the lowest

price. Guaranteed.

Window World of Joliet is a locallyowned

and operated business serving

Cook, Grundy, Kankakee, Lake, LaSalle

and Will counties.

Submitted by Window World of Joliet, 2363

Copper Court. in Crest Hill. For more information,

call (815) 729-3100 to schedule your

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When should one see a financial professional?

It can be challenging to achieve one’s

financial objectives. Fortunately, one does

not have to go it alone — but when should

one seek help?

Here are some of the key life events in

which one might be able to benefit from

the services of a financial professional:

First professional job — Eventually,

one will land that first job, which will offer

benefits and a 401(k) or similar employer-sponsored

retirement plan. Since

one may not have any experience with a

401(k), one may have several questions:

How much should they contribute? What

sorts of investments should they choose?

When should they change their investment

selections? A financial professional

can help them review their plan and explain

the aspects that may affect one’s investment

choices.

Marriage — When one gets married,

they and their spouse may decide to merge

their finances, including one’s investments.

But if each of them brings similar

investments to the table, they might create

some redundancies. A financial professional

can look at their respective portfolios

and recommend ways to diversify.

Generally, the more diversified one is, the

greater one’s protection against market

downturns that primarily hit one type of

asset class. (However, while diversification

can help reduce the impact of market

volatility, it can’t guarantee profits or protect

against all losses.)

Children — Once one has children, they

will have new responsibilities — and they

will have some new financial issues that

should be addressed. If something happened

to them, could their children still

have the same lifestyle and educational

opportunities? Would they even be able

to stay in the same home? To help ensure

one’s children’s security, one may need to

add more life and disability insurance.

While life insurance could help pay

for one’s children’s education, one also

should prepare for education costs as if

they will be around. So, one may want to

consider an education savings investment

such as a 529 plan. A financial professional

can help one with their insurance and

education-funding needs.

Retirement — Once one retires, they

will face a variety of financial decisions,

but here is one of the most important

ones: How much money should they

withdraw each year from their retirement

accounts? To choose an annual withdrawal

rate that’s appropriate for one’s needs,

they should consider several factors: how

much they have in their retirement accounts,

how much Social Security they

will receive, what other sources of income

(such as part-time work or consulting)

they might have, their age at retirement,

their spouse’s projected retirement

assets, their retirement lifestyle and so on.

It might not be easy for them to consider

all these elements and then arrive at a suitable

withdrawal rate, but a financial professional

has the experience, training and

technology to help determine a figure that

could work for them.

These are not all the life events that may

lead one to contact a financial professional,

but they should give a pretty good idea

of the type of assistance one could expect

over time. So, consider reaching out for

the help one needs when one needs it. Doing

so could help make one’s life easier

as they move toward their financial goals.

Submitted by Edward Jones - David Sesterhenn,

20238 S. LaGrange Road in Frankfort.

For more information, call (815) 469-6315 or

visit edwardjones.com/dave-sesterhenn.

Dave Sesterhenn

Financial Advisor

20238 S La Grange Rd.

Frankfort, IL 60423

815-469-6315

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Impressive luxury townhomes are closing fast at Brookside Meadows

This is it. One of the best values

in a new home will soon be

gone forever. Brookside Meadows,

Crana Homes’ community

of award-winning luxury

townhomes in Tinley Park, is

nearly complete. These attractive

luxury townhomes range

from the upper-$200s – including

site - so demand is high and

buyers are advised to act now

while some choice sites are still

available.

It’s an ideal location with

beautiful designs, quality construction

and great value. When

shoppers review their new home

“wish list” it’s clear that Brookside

Meadows is perfect for first

time buyers, last time buyers or

those who want a great place to

raise a family. These energyefficient

luxury townhomes are

impressively designed and set

apart in a quiet section of Tinley

Park. But Brookside Meadows

is over 75 percent sold out

so now is the time to select a

site and create a home from the

award-winning floorplans of the

Fahan II, the Lennan II and the

latest design, the Dunree II.

Need to stretch out? The Fahan

II is a beautiful 3,303 total

square foot luxury townhome

(including a 1,216 sq.’ basement)

with an attached two-car,

dry-walled garage and cement

driveway. The two-story stately

entrance foyer opens up to

a split level floor plan that has

three bedrooms (fourth bedroom

optional) and two-and-ahalf

baths. A large open kitchen

design with stunning granite

countertops is surrounded by

generous custom maple cabinets

and a ceramic tile floor. The

first floor master bedroom offers

an optional coffered ceiling and

the optional master bath plan includes

a soothing soaker tub.

An elegant loft overlooks a

great room adjacent to the kitchen.

Beautiful oak is selected for

doors, railings and trim. Ceramic

tile covers the floors in the

foyer as well as the bathrooms,

which also feature granite vanity

tops. A full lookout basement

and a patio are included in the

Fahan II.

The Lennan II is a comfortable

two/three bedroom split

level home with two-and-a-half

baths, and includes most of the

outstanding features and options

of the Fahan II with the

spacious master suite relocated

to the upper level and the addition

of an impressive dining/

family room.

With 3,167 square feet of

total space (including a 1,049

sq.’ basement), there is plenty

of room to entertain family and

friends in comfort and style.

The Dunree II is a sharp three

bedroom, two-and-a-half bath

home with 3,194 total square

feet (including a large 1,226 sq.’

basement) with a master suite on

the first floor. The foyer, powder

room, kitchen and living room

all have stunning hardwood oak

floors. Attached is a two-car,

dry- walled garage with a cement

driveway. The home also

includes a 12’ x 12’ deck.

All homes have deluxe landscaping,

underground utilities

and a first floor laundry room.

Where available, buyers can select

options like an impressive

fireplace, walkout basement,

coffered ceilings, skylights and

a soaker tub in the master bath.

Brookside Meadows includes

sprinkler systems, smoke detectors

and Lake Michigan water

in all homes. Energy-saving

features like a high-efficiency

furnace and Lo-E glass, Energy

Miser hot water heater, vented

soffits, 1.75” insulated entrance

doors, energy efficient appliances

and Tuff-R insulated wall

sheathing are all standard.

Brookside Meadows is close

to everything: retail, dining,

transportation routes, Metra rail

station and airports. The school

system is among the best in the

state and Tinley Park, named

“The Best Place In America

to Raise a Family” by Bloomberg’s

BusinessWeek, maintains

40 parks and the huge Bettenhausen

indoor recreational center.

It’s easy to see why this community

is nearly sold out. The

sales center, with fully furnished

and beautifully decorated

models, is open 10 a.m.-4

p.m. Monday through Thursday

and noon-4 p.m. Saturday and

Sunday and open Friday by appointment.

Submitted by Crana Homes, 19839

Mulroy Circle in Tinley Park. For

more information, call (708) 479-

5111 or visit cranahomes.com.

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Koreman creates unique landscapes for its clients

Koreman Landscape

Company, of Frankfort,

has installed landscapes

and outdoor living spaces

since 2000. The company

specializes in large, unique

outdoor living spaces like

pool decks, kitchens, fireplaces,

retaining walls and

patios. Koreman Landscape

also designs and installs

unique plantings.

Everything starts with a

good design, says owner

Paul Koreman. The design

process begins with paying

close attention to what

the client is asking for. The

large variety of available

materials and plants can be

overwhelming. Koreman

uses his experience to offer

the best choice of layout

and materials that will

work for the client and the

property. All details are

considered, even outdoor

lighting.

After the client chooses

the final design, Koreman

sources all materials and

equipment before the job

begins

to ensure a quick and

easy installation. The expert

craftsmen at Koreman

Landscape have all the

skills needed to create an

outdoor living space that

provides years of carefree

enjoyment. If the client

requests a change during

construction, all employees

are empowered to stop

and listen to the client. The

goal during construction is

to make sure the client gets

what they expect.

The relationship continues

after Koreman Landscape

finishes the job. Clients

are given a personal

tutorial on how to water

and care for their plantings

or hardscapes. All

hardscape installations

and plantings are guaranteed.

Weekly or seasonal

landscape maintenance is

available from a dedicated

crew who specialize in the

care and upkeep of landscapes.

The company offers

cleaning and sealing

of pavers to keep the new

outdoor living space looking

great.

Submitted by Koreman

Landscape Company, 21032

S. 80th Ave. in Frankfort. For

more information, call (815)

464-5643 or visit koreman

landscape.net.






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Fox’s Restaurant still about family after 50 years

Three generations later,

Fox’s Restaurant and Pub

is still providing quality

food and service to residents

all over Chicago’s

south side and the surrounding

suburbs.

Thomas and Therese

Fox started their restaurant

with a simple desire

to serve good food to other

families. The rich history

of the restaurant is kept

alive today by Thomas

Fox’s descendents, and

Fox’s is now a beloved

spot by residents not only

at its original location in

Chicago’s Beverly neighborhood,

9956 Western

Ave., but also in Oak Lawn

and Plainfield. The restaurant

also has a strong tie

to a key part of Chicago’s

rich history.

“In 1963 my grandpa

bought his first carry-out

store front on Walden

Parkway in Beverly,” said

Ryan Fox, general manager

of the Oak Lawn location.

“From there, he

expanded from two storefronts

to three, and then

in 1967 May Capone, Al

Capone’s sister, had a delicatessen

on Western [Avenue].

“Her and my grandpa

used to trade meats and

pizzas. Eventually, she

said that she wanted to

get out of the business

and sold the building to

my grandpa, which is now

Fox’s Beverly.”

Fifty years later, Fox’s

Restaurant and Pub still

serves up everything from

tasty pizza, to classic Italian

fare and more at a fair

price.

The Foxes expanded

their family of restaurants

to include an Oak Lawn

location, 9240 S. Cicero

Ave., as well as a Plainfield

location, 14206 S.

Lincoln Highway.

Fox’s prides itself on offering

customers a familylike

atmosphere that serves

fresh, in-house-made

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That quality is endorsed

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who added, “Everything is

made fresh in house, we

make our own pizza sausage,

our own dough and

we grind our own cheese.”

Live entertainment for

families on the weekends

also makes Fox’s Restaurant

and Pub a go-to spot

to bring the family.

For those who want to

bring a quality meal home,

Fox’s also has an extensive

catering menu to help take

the work out of special occasions.

Its catering menu offers

Italian food with an American

influence and includes

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Beverly neighborhood; 9240

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and 14206 S. Lincoln Highway

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Home improvements that offer the most value

A fresh coat of paint can improve

the look of one’s home, but

beyond the paint, which home

improvements are worth the effort

and expense? If one considers

the cost of the improvement

versus the resale value, they can

measure the actual percent return

on your investment.

Here are the Top 5 remodeling

projects with the highest

return on investment. Remember

to evaluate these against necessity

based on one’s personal

situation. For instance: if one’s

windows are really old and no

longer keeping out the cold, then

new windows may actually hold

more value for your home —

savings realized on one’s utility

bill and in resale.

Top 5 (for most homes)

• Attic insulation (up to 117 percent

return) — involves sealing

off any air leaks and using

fiberglass loose fill insulation.


Manufactured Stone Veneer

(up to 92.9 percent return) —

replacing the bottom one-third

of the exterior vinyl siding.

• Garage Door Replacement

(up to 91.5 percent return) —

based on a new four-section

door on steel tracks.

• Entry Door Replacement (up

to 91.1 percent return) — steel

door with half glass panel

(steel has a higher return than

fiberglass).

• Minor Kitchen Remodel (up to

83.1 percent return) — assuming

the cabinet boxes stay in

place with new fronts, drawers,

hardware, countertop,

oven and faucet (approximate

cost of $20,000).

Other thoughts on improvements

An easy place to increase the

value and curb appeal of one’s

home is your landscaping. First

impressions are often lasting

ones. Make sure trees are neat

and shrubs are trimmed — one

does not need to spend a ton of

money to create a welcoming

look. If one does not have a lot

of time for flowers, look for lowmaintenance

options with a little

color. Hanging baskets or planters

are great alternatives to standard

flower beds.

Kitchens are especially important

when assessing one’s home’s

overall value. One can make improvements

to their kitchen without

spending $20,000. Painting

the cabinets and installing new

hardware are relatively easy options.

With a reasonable budget

($5,000) one can also update

their appliances (stainless steel

is still the first choice) and their

countertop (quartz is durable and

attractive).

If one is considering a home

improvement project, talk to a

home financing specialist from

Marquette Bank. Recent rate reductions

have made home equity

lines of credit a more attractive

option for home improvement

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DON’T LET YOUR DRYER

START A

FIRE!

WARNING!

APEK Inc. is more than

just another roofer

Before

If your dryer takes longer than one cycle

to dry your clothes, then you may have a

fire hazard in your vent.

After

We are honored to be receiving the

Southwest Choice Award for “Best Roofing

in Southwest Suburbs” for the second

year in a row. Winning this award only inspires

us more as a company to keep improving

on our motto when we started to

“give quality service at budget conscious

pricing.”

It has always been our goal as a team to

give the homeowner in need of an exterior

upgrade (Roofing, Siding, Soffit, Fascia

and Gutters) to give a product and service

that they can afford and also be proud of

the look of their home.

When we opened in 2008, we only

had a few employees but big dreams of

helping homeowners in need reach their

home exterior goals. The owners Jim and

Becky have put in the time and effort every

day since in order for this company to

become what it is now. The level of care

and expertise found in APEK Inc. cannot

be beat.

Since then APEK has gained knowledge

and experience in the industry and

every year grow stronger and more efficient

with their workmanship. As a

family-run business, we understand what

you want in a home exterior company. We

know what you crave the most is knowledgeable

salesmen, excellent customer

service and genuine people who guide

you in the right direction, especially when

making big decisions about your home.

This is one of the major aspects that sets

us apart from the rest.

APEK is excited to offer financing with

the hope that this alleviates some of the

stress and worries that come with big decisions

for your home exterior projects.

APEK does our best to make sure we can

help in any way possible to make this an

easy and unforgettable experience for

you. We are familiar with the hardships

life can throw at you and that’s why we

want to make a point of going the extra

mile for all of our customers.

If you’re looking for work to be done

on your home’s exterior, then call and

make an appointment today for your free

estimate with an APEK salesman. They

will have all of the information you need

and be able to answer any questions you

may have about the entire process from

start to finish. Make sure to check us out

on Angie’s List and BBB.

APEK Inc. knows that updating your

homes exterior is a big project and we are

here to make sure the whole process goes

smoothly for you.

Submitted by APEK Inc. 1005 Industry Road

in New Lenox. For more information, call

(815) 774-0900 or visit apekinc.com.

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Dryer Vent Wizard works to make clothes dryers safer

Hidden buildup in

clothes dryer vent

is fire hazard

Most people know they

need to clean out their

dryer lint tray between

each cycle, but what lurks

behind the wall is just as

important for safety and

avoiding fire traps, as well

as fully efficient dryer performance.

Joe Enzenberger,

owner of Dryer Vent

Wizard, opened his New

Lenox-based business in

2009.

Lint is the villain —

lint that has been allowed

to build up and linger too

long in the dryer exhaust

vent.

It is estimated by the

U.S. Consumer Product

Safety Commission and

the U.S. Fire Administration

that 15,500 fires associated

with clothes dryers

occur annually. These fires

account for an average of

20 deaths, 370 injuries and

more than $88 million in

property damage. “Failure

to clean the dryer vent”

was the leading factor cited

in U.S. Fire Administration

reports.

“It is something very

few people know about or

think about,” said Enzenberger,

whose company

specializes in dryer vent

cleaning, repair, alteration

and installation. “It is

the leading cause of dryer

fires.”

Lint accumulation also

can cause dryers to stop

working or to work inefficiently.

A dryer vent

clogged with lint can add

as much as $18 to $24 per

month to energy costs.

“Improper venting

causes problems, as well,”

he said. “The dryer exhaust

duct and connections

should be made of rigid

metal or semi-rigid metal

and secured with metal

heat-resistant tape rather

than duct tape. I often find

plastic or foil accordiontype

material, which can

easily trap lint and is more

susceptible to kinks and

crushing.”

Warning signs include

• Clothes are taking more

than one cycle to dry, especially

jeans and towels;

• No lint visible on lint

screen;

• Dryer repeatedly stops

during a cycle;

• Clothes have moldy

smell after dry cycle;

• Clothes are very hot after

a dry cycle;

• The top of your dryer is

hot to the touch while

running;

• There’s excess lint left on

your clothing;

“This has been a consumer

education process,

but it’s hard to get the

word out,” said Enzenberger.

“Most don’t call

until they have a serious

problem with their dryer.”

He suggests people

treat clothes dryers as a

household item in need of

regular maintenance. Consumers

can protect dryer

performance and promote

safety by cleaning the lint

screen between each use,

ensuring the connection

between the dryer and

wall is made of compliant

material and remains

un-kinked and having the

dryer exhaust duct cleaned

regularly. Dryer manufacturers

recommend inspection

and cleaning at least

annually.

Now is the perfect time

to have an inspection and

cleaning of clothes dryers

and dryer vent systems.

Another important tip:

never let your clothes dryer

run when you are out of

the house or asleep.

Submitted by Dryer Vent Wizard.

For more information,

call (815) 215-2090 or visit

dryerventwizard.com.

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Tri-Star Cabinet and Top Co. builds customized cabinetry

Tri-Star Cabinet and Top Co.,

was founded in 1966. They

spent their first several years at

a small factory in Joliet, before

moving to its current location in

New Lenox in 1970. After experiencing

significant growth,

Tri-Star expanded the location

to an 85,000 square foot factory

and warehouse also including a

two-story showroom. Over the

years, they have added on and

updated the showroom which

now features full kitchen displays,

islands, bars, vanities,

boot benches and a living room

set up which houses a fire place

surround, bookcases and a desk

area.

All of the cabinetry is manufactured

on site in their factory

at 1000 S. Cedar Road in New

Lenox and shipped directly to

your home by Tri-Star Cabinets

own delivery trucks. Tri-

Star has spent the last 53 years

successfully serving the Chicagoland,

Northern Indiana, and

Southern Wisconsin areas and

continues to be one of the largest

and most well-recognized

brands in custom cabinetry.

With the combination of their

employees’ vast experience in

woodworking, integrity and

trust, Tri-Star comes together to

create some of the finest custom

cabinetry in the marketplace

today. For more than two generations,

the talented and skilled

craftsmen at Tri-Star have been

building beautiful cabinets

for some of the most selective

homeowners, homebuilders and

interior designers.

Tri-Star’s talented design

team works closely with homeowners

to understand and accommodate

each client’s needs

and desires. Whether you prefer

modern or traditional, elegant

or contemporary, Tri-Star will

build a product that is suited

to your style and space so that

you enjoy your new cabinets

for years to come. Each cabinet

that is designed and produced is

the result of years of experience

and product research that allows

them to guide their clients

through an extensive customization

process, including the

selection of wood species, color

choices and specialty finishes.

Tri-Star offers solutions for

more than just your kitchen and

bathroom. Whether you’re looking

to update your living room

with organizational cabinets

or add some cabinets to your

garage, Tri-Star can fulfill all

your custom cabinet needs. Tri-

Star Cabinets has been a great

source of cabinets for schools,

churches, doctor’s offices, dental

facilities, hair salons, dug

outs, outside bar areas and so

much more.

Estimates are free of charge

and in-home design consultations

are also available at no

charge. A sales designer will

come to your home to measure

the space, give ideas and guidance

to help create custom cabinetry

for any room in your home

and help create useful space for

those relatively unused spaces

in your home.

Tri-Star’s showroom is open

to the public seven days a week.

Stop in anytime to view their

samples and displays and speak

with an experienced designer to

answer any of your questions.

Submitted by Tri-Star Custom Cabinet

& Top Co., 1000 S. Cedar Road

in New Lenox. For more information,

call (815) 485-2564 or visit

tristarcabinets.com.

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Prusak Roofing helps homeowners get

ready for seasonal elements

Is your roof ready for fall and

winter weather? You may think it

is, but have you looked at your

roof recently? Your roof is your

home’s first defense against

wind, rain and snow. A good,

solid roof — free of defects —

will protect a home from the ravages

of fall and winter weather

for many years. Your roof must

be able to withstand the extreme

challenges that weather brings.

Cold, windy days, heavy gusty

downpours and snow and ice

storms all play havoc with your

roof. For

peace of mind and protection

of your home, your roof must

be prepared to handle whatever

weather nature brings.

Don’t let the outside conditions

impact the inside of your

home. A small roof leak today

can lead to a major water problem

tomorrow. Missing or damaged

shingles provide pathways

for rain and melting snow to

make their way into your home.

Your roof must be water tight.

If you have any concerns about

your roof, gutters or siding, you

should contact a professional to

have them addressed immediately

before extensive damage can

happen to your home.

If you suspect you may have

a roof, siding or gutter problem,

contact Prusak Roofing for a free

estimate. We will complete a full

inspection of your roof, gutters,

fascia and soffit systems, explain

any problems you may have and

provide recommendations on

how to fix them. Minor roof issues

can generally be repaired at

a reasonable cost and can extend

the life of most roofs. If your

problem is more complex, you

will be able to address it before

it causes additional damage to

your home.

You can trust Prusak Roofing

with your roof. We are the contractor

of choice for thousands

of new and repeat customers

throughout Chicago and the suburbs.

We are family owned and

operated since 1963. A company

owner will come to your home,

assess the situation and discuss

options with you. We are extremely

proud of our A+ rating

with the Better Business Bureau.

You can also find us on Facebook

and check us out on Angie’s List.

If you think you have storm

damage from the heavy wind

and rains this past spring or damage

is discovered during the roof

inspection, Prusak Roofing will

work with your insurance company

to assist you in the claims

process. If damage is detected

due to storms in the area, you

may qualify for a new roof. Prusak

Roofing is your best choice

for roofing, siding and gutter

projects. We are committed to

customer satisfaction, quality

workmanship and honest business

practices. Our goal is to

provide our customers with a

positive experience from beginning

to end. Look at our reviews

online.

Prusak Roofing offers roofing

and siding services, including

new roofs, tear-offs, re-roofs,

new siding/gutters and downspouts,

roofing and siding repairs

and blown-in insulation

service. We also offer an annual

maintenance program that can

add years to your roof, siding

and gutters. Don’t delay, contact

Prusak Roofing today for a free

estimate.

Submitted by Prusak Roofing, 8907

Odell Ave. in Bridgeview. For more

information, call (708) 422-2624 or

visit prusakroofing.com.

Shorewood Home and Auto offering highest customer satisfaction for 45 years

This year will mark 45 years

in business for Shorewood Home

and Auto. The beginning of this

year we purchased Circle Tractor,

a John Deere dealership located

in Homer Glen. With the addition

of Homer Glen we will have three

locations located in Will County,

including our original location in

Shorewood and our Crete location

which was acquired in 2008.

Three locations gives our customers

a vast amount of inventory to

choose from.

A lot of companies say they

give high levels of customer

service. Our high levels of customer

satisfaction are achieved

through utilizing over 100 yearsplus

of power equipment experience.

We offer our customers

one-on-one demonstrations of

their new equipment purchase to

make sure that they are comfortable

when they get their machine

home, have minimal wait times

for warranty repairs and give our

commercial customers loaner

machines when we cannot repair

a machine within 24-48 hours.

Here at Shorewood Home and

Auto we strive to give every customer

that walks into our stores

the highest level of customer satisfaction

no matter the situation.

We offer to our customers

products from leading manufacturers

in the power equipment

industry. We carry the full line

of John Deere Turf and Utility

products, including riding

tractors starting at $1,499 all

the way up to 125HP luxurious

utility tractors. If a tractor is not

your style, we offer a full line

of time saving John Deere zero

turn mowers. You can get around

your property in the comfort of a

John Deere Gator available with

heat and air conditioned cabs.

On the construction end, we offer

the expanded line of commercial

compact equipment. We

offer multiple sizes of skid steers

and compact track loaders, zero

tail swing mini excavators and

five different size compact wheel

loaders. As with everything we

sell, we offer parts and service at

each location.

We carry leading handheld

brands Stihl and Echo. Both

manufacturers offer gas trimmers,

blowers, chainsaws and

hedge trimmers among accessories

for all. If you don’t prefer

dealing with gas-powered items,

check out the latest in Lithium

Battery technology. Stihl and

Echo offer trimmers, blowers,

chainsaws and mowers all with

industry leading run times.

For our commercial landscape

customers we offer a full line of

John Deere commercial mowing

equipment, full line of Exmark

equipment and the full line from

Wright Stander.

We offer parts for everything

we sell and even some items that

we don’t sell. Our service technicians

are all factory trained. We

have service departments at each

of our locations. Everything we

sell is backed by a highly-trained

parts and service department. We

separate ourselves from other

dealers and big box retailers with

our focus on service after the

sale. We want to see our customers

coming back year after year,

whether it is the do it yourselfer

or you would like our service department

to keep your equipment

in tip top running condition.

We appreciate all of the business

from our past customers

and look forward to our new opportunities

in Homer Glen.

Submitted by Shorewood Home and

Auto, 12608 W, 159th St. in Homer

Glen. For more information, call

(708) 301-0222 or visit shorewood

homeandauto.com.


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First impressions matter, even for homes

Has your home lost its

curb appeal?

A neighbor across the

street has been trying to sell

her home for nearly three

years now. Inside it is beautiful;

granite countertops,

hardwood floors, multiple

fireplaces, updated bathrooms

with the latest fixtures

and the list goes on.

People who do the virtual

tour, or eventually see

the home’s interior, are

duly impressed, and yet no

reasonable offers. Why?

Even though she’s in the

real estate business, she

broke a cardinal rule: Just

like people, your home

makes a first impression,

and it’s the exterior that

does it. It happens when

others pull up a picture online,

or get a real time look

from one’s driveway.

In her case, maybe the

peeling paint on the siding,

or missing and curling

shingles have something

to do with it. Or perhaps

it’s the porch that looks

more like a deck. Not to

overlook the chimney that

needs rebuilding, the 90-

foot asphalt driveway with

a half dozen potholes, or

the missing overhead garage

door.

Let’s face it, improving

or maintaining the exterior

of your home is not a priority

for many of us. It’s

not “sexy”’ or very bragworthy

to mention the

‘’beautiful” new roof you

just got, especially when

your friends keep going

on and on about their new

bathrooms or kitchens.

The choices of different

exterior materials for the

middle-class homeowner

are much more limited

when compared to selections

for inside projects.

For many people, there’s

just not much fun in picking

out siding, and certainly

little exercising or

flexing of one’s creative

muscles.

And then there may be

a few other trials. I’m sure

you’ve heard horror stories

of the window salesman

who wouldn’t leave.

Or perhaps you were the

victim of one whose aftershave

or cologne lingered

in your kitchen for days.

Or you may have had the

experience of hearing

these words from the foreman,

“It’s no problem, I

will fix.”

Taking care of the outside

of one’s home is more

a need or a necessity than

a want or desire. It’s very

utilitarian to make sure

your gutters drain properly,

the roof doesn’t leak or

your windows aren’t wasting

your heating dollars.

And yet, there is a certain

majesty in the simplicity

of an exterior project

well done. You can feel it

when you pull into your

driveway that first week or

two after its completion.

Whether it’s your pride as

a conscientious homeowner,

or just the relief of having

handled a long-standing

problem, it’s a good

feeling. And, if you’re new

to choosing a contractor

or completing a project

of this sort, don’t worry:

You’re in good hands.

At Lindholm Roofing,

it is our desire to give you

this feeling and to make

your exterior remodeling

or replacement project

go right. The project coordinators

who come out

to visit and assist you are

courteous and knowledgeable

professionals with an

average of nearly 20 years

experience in exterior

home improvement.

Our company has been

in business and owned

by the same family for

70 years. Because of this

longevity, our record of

craftsmanship and attention

to detail, as well as

our steadfast agreement to

honor our warranties, we

have earned the respect of

many village building departments,

leading insurance

companies and, most

importantly, tens of thousands

of homeowners.

Let us be the one to help

with any of these projects

and we’ll be sure your

home makes a good first

impression.

Submitted by Lindholm Roofing,

3588 N. Milwaukee Ave.

in Chicago. For more information,

call (773) 283-7675

or visit lindholmroofing.com.

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See pristine, state-of-art homes

on third annual Tour of Homes

Builders from across the southwest

suburbs will showcase their

new construction as the SouthWest

Suburban Home Builders Association’s

2019 Tour of Homes makes

its third annual return for two weekends:

Sept. 14-15 and Sept. 21-22.

The free, information-rich tour

aims to introduce potential homebuyers

to their move-in-ready homes

by showcasing diverse structures

crafted by talented area builders.

In the past two years, the event has

successfully fostered a rare, one-onone

connection between builders and

consumers, making the event a mustattend

for anyone who is looking to

call the bustling southwest suburbs

home.

“We’re just really trying to promote

the Tour of Homes name and

keep growing the event to have it be

a name people know and an event

people look forward to each year,”

said Shannon Rocha, the executive

director of the association. “We really

want the public to be able to see

what our SSHBA members do.”

Nineteen homes — including

townhomes, single-family homes

and duplexes — are highlighted in

this year’s tour.

The tour of homes stretches across

Lemont, Orland Park, New Lenox,

Channahon, Lockport and Frankfort.

Maps of the featured homes will be

made available as the event nears, allowing

attendees to plan their routes.

Many of the builders’ names will

be familiar to repeat attendees, and

those who have yet to attend will

surely recognize the names as being

some of the best in the business.

“Most of the builders that are in

it, this will be their third year that

they’re continuing to put their homes

in,” Rocha added.

For those who have not previously

attended the tour but are looking for

a new home, Rocha said don’t be intimidated

by the prospect of buying

a new home; it is just as easy as purchasing

a preexisting home, she said.

Further, those in the market for a

new house can rest assured that all

SSHBA builders represent the best

of the best in the industry, as the association

vets the builders and ensures

that they are up to date on industry

trends and rules, among other

expertise.

SSHBA’s membership comprises

roughly 180 members and 50 builders

in the southwest suburbs, with

members of the Orland Park-based

association hailing from as far as

Channahon, Morris and Coal City.

The highly anticipated Tour of

Homes enables SSHBA to connect

its members with the broader public

in an intimate, hassle-free setting as

individuals and families are able to

come and go at their leisure.

The SSHBA Tour of Homes has

three premier sponsors: James Hardie,

Lakeside Bank and Hines Supply.

This year, the SSHBA also will

have a kick-off party for the tour

where builders will be presented

with various awards.

For more details on the upcoming

tour and to learn more about this

year’s featured builders, visit www.

sshbatourofhomes.com.

SouthWest Suburban Home Builders

promotes high standards, professionalism

and service within the

building industry and supports the

American dream of home ownership.

Submitted by SouthWest Suburban

Home Builders. For more information,

visit sshba.com.

Written by 22CM Boost, the contentwriting

division of 22nd Century Media,

publisher of this special section and

newspaper.

Illinois Spine & Scoliosis

Center gets patients back

into tip-top shape

Home Improvements

can be a time of heavy lifting,

whether it’s moving

boxes or rearranging furniture

putting you at risk of

sustaining back and neck

injuries.

“The easiest way to

cause an injury is not

keeping the core muscles

in shape,” said Dr. Kris

Siemionow, chief of spine

Surgery and assistant professor

of orthopedics and

neurosurgery at the University

of Illinois in Chicago.

“The most common

cause for a spinal injury is

overuse,” he said. “Often,

when you overexert yourself,

your muscles fatigue,

which left unrested, can

lead to worse injuries such

as strains, pinched nerves,

or even breaks”.

One common ailment

is a disk herniation. This

painful condition is caused

by problems with the rubbery

disks between the individual

vertebrae of the

spine.

“A herniated disk is extremely

common,” said Dr.

Anthony Rinella, founder

of the Illinois Spine &

Scoliosis Center. “It’s often

caused by repetitive

motions that involve looking

up. Disk herniations

in the neck area common

cause of pain radiating

toward the shoulder and

down the arm.”

Fortunately, there are

treatment options available.

Patients are often

successfully treated with

conservative management

options, such as pain

medication, therapy, and

injections. But a small percentage

of people with this

condition will eventually

need surgery. Traditionally,

this procedure involved

taking out the problematic

disk and fusing the

remaining disks together

with metal hardware.

While this fusion process

provides spinal stability,

it can also limit the

patient’s range of motion.

A newer procedure, called

cervical disk replacement,

has solved this problem.

Like the standard cervical

fusion, this surgery

involves removing the

disk to relieve pressure

on the nerves. But instead

of a metal plate, surgeons

insert a flexible piece of

plastic.

“The biggest benefit is

that this maintains motion

of the neck in that area

where normally a fusion

procedure would weld the

two bones together,” said

Siemionow. “The cervical

disk replacement basically

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Amber Heating & Air Conditioning

has long tradition of quality service

Amber Heating & Air Conditioning

has a long tradition of

quality service families and businesses

in the Chicago south suburbs

trust. They are known for

being comfort craftsmen since

1959. Amber Heating & Air Conditioning

is celebrating its 60th

year of doing things right and

staying ahead with technology.

Done. Right. Guaranteed. Amber

Heating & Air Conditioning

prides itself in being one of

the best choices for heating and

cooling services in the south

suburbs. The difference is their

trusted expert service, commitment

to doing things right,

customer service, technician to

homeowner communication and

100 percent comfort guarantee.

Their team of professionals

work to inform and educate one

on how to improve their home’s

comfort, safety and efficiency.

They are able to provide clients

with expert advice, service and

value because they keep up with

the latest technology training

and certifications, making sure

their professional technicians

are highly trained to get one

back to being comfortable.

Clients have been trusting

Amber Heating & Air Conditioning

with their home and

businesses comfort for over 60

years. When one turns to the expert

at Amber, they put you first.

As a Carrier Factory Authorized

Dealer and Carrier President’s

Award Recipient, it is one’s

satisfaction — not just a sale —

that counts.

That is why Amber strives

to provide personal follow-up

and quick, knowledgeable solutions

to one’s home comfort

problems. One deserves quality

service and value. Amber Heating

& Air Conditioning professionals

know the importance of

keeping one’s heating and cooling

system operating at peak

performance. High utility bills

and costly breakdown repairs

are the last thing one wants to

be spending their valuable time

and money on. Scheduling a

system tune up and cleaning

can keep one comfortable and

save during the heating season

ahead.

Amber Heating & Air Conditioning

stays ahead of the industry

with specialized training and

technology. Factory and HVAC

industry training provides the

skills needed to combat comfort

issues Amber’s clients face dayto-day

and during the most extreme

weather conditions. Many

homeowners call with similar

concerns with hot and cold

spots with uneven temperatures,

high energy bills or concerns

about air quality. The latest

technology with Aeroseal duct

sealing has equipped Amber’s

team with solutions to improve

one’s home comfort, reduce energy

bills and breathe healthier

indoor air.

Did one know duct work

throughout their home’s walls,

ceilings and basement leak? According

to the Department of

Energy, “95 percent of homes in

the U.S. have leaky ductwork.”

Aeroseal shares, ”In houses

with forced-air heating and

cooling systems, ducts are

used to distribute conditioned

air throughout the house. But

in typical houses, about 25-40

percent of the air that moves

through the duct system is lost

due to leaks, holes and poorly

connected ducts. The result is

higher utility bills and difficulty

keeping the house comfortable,

no matter how the thermostat is

set.”

The experts at Amber can

help one take back their home

with the innovative duct sealing

solution that makes it easy.

All of this is important to one’s

home comfort. It makes a big

difference when one has to

make a big decision about their

home comfort.

Comfort is our Business, and

one’s home should be the comfiest

place of all. Take a look

at what clients have been saying

about working with Amber

Heating & Air Conditioning:

-“The team is very professional.

They are professional

from start to finish they are

clean and knowledgeable.” 100

percent rating by homeowner

M.D. from Tinley Park, Verified

Purchaser.

-“My son recommended your

company as an honest and professional

company.” 100 percent

rating homeowner M.H.

Frankfort, Verified Purchaser.

-“Been with Amber Heating

& Air Conditioning for 24

years and have maintained a

service contract with them all

this time.” 100 percent rating

customer review by homeowner

D.F. from Orland Park, Verified

Purchaser.

At Amber, their customerfirst

philosophy is paramount

in everything they do, ensuring

quality service every time. The

team at Amber will stop at nothing

to ensure one is more than

satisfied. If one is looking for an

honest and professional company

for all their heating, cooling,

installation, service/repair and

air quality needs, call Amber

Heating & Air Conditioning at

(708) 377-5316 or via the website

amberheatingandair.com.

A 24-hour emergency service

is available. Amber Heating &

Air Conditioning is there when

one needs them, and they take

pride in providing the right

comfort solutions for one’s

needs.

Submitted by Amber Heating & Air

Conditioning, 11950 S. Central Ave.

in Alsip. For more information, call

(708) 377-5316 or visit amberheatingandair.com.

spine

From Page 22

functions similar to a joint replacement

that maintains motion.”

While the procedure has been around

for some time, it is relatively new in the

United States.

“It took time for there to be adequate

research and for insurance companies

to support the new technology,” Rinella

said. “Current studies suggest this is a

major step forward for cervical spine surgery,

perhaps the biggest step in the past

30 years.”

Along with preserving range of motion,

there are other benefits to the procedure.

Cervical disk replacements typically have

a shorter recovery time than a fusion procedure.

Patients often go home the same

day and are completely healed in four to

six weeks. There are also less follow-up

appointments needed.

This recovery time is also more comfortable

for the patients, because no immobilization

devices, such as neck collars,

are required. Compared to metal,

the plastic device used in cervical disk

replacement puts less pressure on the

disks above and below it, which helps

prevent arthritis or degeneration. Perhaps

most importantly, the procedure quickly

improves the patient’s quality of life by

reducing their symptoms.

“Patients usually see immediate improvement

in their radiating pain symptoms.

There’s a very high rate of success

compared to other surgeries,” Rinella

said. “In patients that do need surgery,

we find that this new technology is very

promising. And we are one of the few

spine surgeons using this advanced technology.”

Submitted by Illinois Spine & Scoliosis Center,

12701 W. 143rd St., Suite 200 in Homer

Glen. For more information, call (877) 694-

7722 or visit myissc.com.


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Lorenz Appliances named Dealer of the Year

Integrity and reliability have

been pillars of Lorenz Appliances

since Don Lorenz Sr. opened

the family business in the 1960s.

Now, his sons, Don Jr. and

Brett, continue serving suburban

residents with that same level of

customer service amid growth

that includes a new builders

showroom in Mokena.

The efforts of Lorenz has not

gone unnoticed — by customers

or in the industry. On Aug.

24, Don Jr. and Brett accepted

Lorenz’s award as Dealer of the

Year in its chapter (of nearly

1,000 stores). The honor was

given by Brandsource, a buying

agency associated with about

4,500 companies nationwide.

Don Jr. said Lorenz utilizes

Brandsource’s resources, which

has helped with its constant

growth and success (up 25 percent

from 2018, he said).

The success stems from an allegiance

to customer service and

competitive pricing.

“I’m not out to gouge anyone

or get rich out of a deal,” Brett

said. “My father always said

treat a customer fairly and they

will come back to you.”

And the service extends until

the end of the process: to the delivery.

Many appliance giants outsource

delivery services. The

disconnect in the process leads

to a lack of accountability. But

with Lorenz, the customer will

know and can trust who is delivering

their product, emphasizing

the company’s motto: Not the

biggest. Just the best.

“Being an independent dealer,

we’re able to take care of customers,”

Don Jr. said. “We keep

a high level of customer service

unti our products get delivered.

And we stand buy those products.

“Good customer service and

competitive pricing has us winning

over box stores.”

Lorenz Appliances carries the

top brands and latest models in

a full catalogue of appliances,

from a variety of refrigerators,

ovens, and washers and dryers to

air conditioners, humidifiers and

outdoor cooking equipment.

Visitors to Lorenzappliance.

com can find the latest addition

to Lorenz’s inventory, as

well as information on current

sales, promotions and upcoming

events. Already with a flagship

store in Homewood (18320 Governors

Highway), Lorenz’s added

a modern showroom at 19081

Old LaGrange Road in Mokena

in 2018, allowing Lorenz Appliances

to better serve its friends

across the southwest suburbs.

Lorenz Appliances was the

winner of a 22nd Century Media

SouthWest Choice Award for the

Best Appliance Store in the area,

according to residents’ votes.

Submitted by Lorenz Appliances,

18320 Governors Highway, Homewood,

and 19081 Old LaGrange

Road, Mokena. For more information,

call (708) 206-0896, email

sales@lorezappoliance.com or visit

lorenzappliance.com.

Written by 22CM Boost, the

content-writing division of 22nd

Century Media, publisher of this

special section and newspaper.

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Store Hours:

Mon. Tues. Thur. 9am-7pm | Wed. 9am-5pm

Fri. 10am-5pm | Sat. 10am-5pm

Closed Sunday


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Pro tips for taking the perfect photos of your home

StatePoint Media

Whether you’ve completed

an amazing renovation,

or you are selling

your house, you’ll want

to take perfect pictures of

your home to share.

Acclaimed photographer,

Jeffrey Davis, the

photographer of choice

for The New American

Home and Progress Lighting,

is sharing some tips

to elevate your residential

photography game to a social

media-worthy or even

magazine-worthy level.

Lighting fixtures are

a critical focal point in

homes, yet photographing

lighting in a room is challenging.

“Lights always

look better when turned

on,” says Davis. “Try to

pick a time of day when

lights can be on, but you

can still get outside views

that won’t be burned out.”

Jennifer Kis, director

of marketing communications

for Progress Lighting

and a veteran of many

residential photoshoots,

agrees. “Lighting is often

the statement piece of a

room. Having the chandelier

turned on in the great

room, for example, adds

to the general light of the

room and creates a warm

and cozy feeling.”

Another important tip

is to focus on the lighting

fixture itself. “Since lighting

fixtures are hung high

in a room, angle the camera

that way. Shooting at

eye level is rarely the right

angle,” says Davis.

Whether or not lighting

fixtures are the focus,

having the right light at

the right time is an essential

piece of taking perfect

pictures. Spend extra time

scouting shoot locations

and the design layout of

the home. Take notes

when planning the shoot to

ensure that natural light is

shining in the right space

at the right time of day.

Next, focus on the composition

of the shot. The

proper balance elevates the

image and makes the design

elements of the room

stand out. When aiming

for a picture of the whole

room, try shooting right

down its center. Using

the room’s architectural

framework as a guide, pick

angles that feel natural to

the space and that casually

direct the eye to the

subject matter being showcased.

The viewer’s eye

should wander around the

image, finally landing on

the intended focal point.

Colorful accessories and

the right room angles create

a visual path through

the room, engaging the

eye naturally to add depth

and interest to the image

and taking the ordinary to

extraordinary. Clear out

the clutter in the room and

style the space, remembering

that less is more. Try

focusing on details and vignettes

that create a story

of the area and give the

room personality.

For an ideal finished image,

Davis recommends a

print file size of 4,000 pixels,

14-inches x 14-inches

at 300 dots per inch in tiff

or jpeg format. For online

use, he recommends images

sized 1,800 pixels,

12-inches x 12-inches at

150 dots per inch, in jpeg

format. For residential

photography inspiration,

check out progressltg.com/

ExperienceProgress.

By adopting the key

principles of professionals,

you can capture the beauty

of your home interiors to

create amazing photos of

your home.

Get more bang for your buck with these home improvements

StatePoint Media

The warmer weather means

it’s time to think about home

improvement projects. Whether

you’re getting your home in tiptop

shape for your own enjoyment,

or getting it ready to put

on the market, not all home improvement

projects are created

equal when it comes to return on

investment (ROI). Here are top

areas on which to focus:

Interiors

The kitchen is the heart of the

home and it’s one of the best areas

to renovate in terms of ROI,

according to Remodeling magazine’s

annual Cost vs. Value

Report, which puts the price tag

of the average minor kitchen remodel

at $22,507, with 80.5 percent

of the cost recouped upon

resale.

To give the kitchen an updated

appearance, replace the flooring,

countertops, sink and faucet. A

fresh coat of paint in a trendy

shade, such as Living Coral,

Pantone’s Color of the Year, can

add a vibrant pop of color to

energize any kitchen. Not looking

to go that bold? Consider an

accent wall, or stick to a classic

palate of gray and white in terms

of cabinets and countertops.

White on white is also a popular

new style for kitchens and bathrooms.

Other features home buyers

are paying close attention to are

laundry rooms and such energysaving

elements as Energy Star

appliances and windows, according

to the survey “What

Home Buyers Want in 2019”

by the National Association of

Home Builders.

Curb Appeal

The popularity of outdoor

projects remains strong and it’s

for a good reason. According to

the Cost vs. Value Report, the

biggest bang for your buck in

2019 will come from replacing a

garage door. The report says the

average price is $3,611, and 97.5

percent of it is recouped when

the house is sold.

Other outdoor projects with

high ROI include adding manufactured

stone veneer to the exterior

(94.9 percent), adding a

wood deck (75.6 percent) and

replacing siding (75.6 percent).

Looking for a simpler way to

make an impact? Sprucing up

the landscape by planting flowers

or bushes or even just clearing

the yard of debris will make

a big statement.

No matter what updates you

end up making, it’s always a

good idea to notify your insurance

agent. “Certain upgrades

may change the value of a house,

so homeowners need to make

sure they’re properly covered,”

says Bob Buckel, vice president

of product management, Erie Insurance.

“There are a few things

to look for. Ask your agent about

guaranteed replacement cost

policies that can cover the cost to

rebuild a home in today’s dollars

following a covered loss.”

Some upgrades may also make

you eligible for discounts, Buckel

adds, especially if they make

the home more secure. “For

example, Erie Insurance offers

certain safety discounts such as

for installing smoke alarms or an

automatic sprinkler system.”

Now you have a checklist of

DIY projects. But before you

start, take a moment to assess

which ones are worth your time

and money.


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To trend or not to trend

Superior Cabinet Supply answers timeless question

When it comes to kitchen remodeling,

many homeowners wrestle with the question

of whether or not their cabinet selection

– both color and style – will still be

popular in 10 to 20 years for resale value

and appeal. Certainly, this is a valid concern

with any investment in your home.

Do you want the latest trend in navy blue

or bright teal or the play-it-safe many

shades of white or gray? What will stand

the test of time?

Recently, Houzz (the online design,

home improvement and idea-gathering

go-to website) surveyed 1,300 of their

website users who had completed a kitchen

remodel in the past 12 months or plan

on starting one in the next three months.

According to the 2019 U.S. Houzz Kitchen

Trends Study results, the most popular

cabinet style is Transitional (that’s a blend

of traditional and contemporary), Shaker

or Shaker-like cabinets and the winning

color pick is (drumroll) …white (43 percent)

then stained wood (25 percent) and

lastly, gray (11 percent).

A Kitchen and Bath Industry expert,

Mary Jo Peterson (certified kitchen and

bath designer) and columnist for Kitchen

and Bath Design News had this to say:

“Your best bet is to choose a wood stain

finish somewhere between blond and brunette.

Well-built cabinetry will last much

longer than the finish will stay in style.

Pick a simple door style and a medium

finish, and if you want a new look just

change out the hardware every 5 years.”

Paul Dybdahl (another CKD) suggests,

“if you are considering the purchase of

painted cabinets a shade of white is always

classic”.

There are and always will be many

opinions out there. So how do you make

a decision based on all these opinions?

Thoroughly peruse several kitchen and

bath trade magazines and a variety of online

sources such as HGTV, Coastal Living,

Country Living and professional design

experts on Houzz.com. Narrow your

choices to two favorites and bring your

ideas to Superior Cabinet.

“Ultimately, your cabinet purchase decision

is a subjective one” said Frank and

Sandy Klauck, owners of Superior Cabinet

Supply in Frankfort. With 34 years

of experience as a kitchen and bath dealer

and designers, Superior Cabinet has seen

what was trending in 1985 come full circle.

“White or gray cabinets were in then

and they are in now,” Frank said. Sandy

goes on to say, “When Frank designed

and built our current home 18 years ago,

we decided on a simple Shaker-like door

style in natural maple by Mid Continent

Cabinetry. Eighteen years later, I still love

my cabinets and the Shaker door style is

definitely a top choice amongst our customers.

The pictures seen here were submitted

by our customers and I would not

hesitate to say they have a timeless appeal.”

Submitted by Superior Cabinet Sup-ply,

19800 S. Harlem Ave. in Frankfort. Visit the

showroom and website today at superiorcabinetsupply.com

or call (815) 464-2700 for

more information.


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Expert tips for lighting your home’s outdoor spaces

StatePoint Media

Many homeowners

spend time and money

perfecting curb appeal, but

forget to make it shine at

night. Experts say a welllit

home exterior and surrounding

landscape is both

beautiful and functional.

“The addition of outdoor

lighting is transformative,

making it possible

to see beauty that would

ordinarily be hidden at

night, while also extending

your living space to

the outdoors at all hours

of the day,” said Linkoln

Dixon, product manager at

Progress Lighting. “Additionally,

lighting provides

safety and security, creating

visibility and eliminating

hiding spots.”

To help you tailor lighting

for enhanced beauty,

visibility, security and ambiance,

consider these tips

from the experts at Progress

Lighting:

Just like inside the

home, layering light outside

is essential to create

a welcoming atmosphere.

Light layering uses three

layers of light: ambient,

task and accent lighting.

Begin by selecting ambient

lighting that provides

a comfortable level

of brightness. Wash the

home’s exterior with light,

using a combination of

downlights and uplights to

cast a warm, gentle glow

on outdoor living spaces

while providing indirect

lighting to entryways.

Next, select task lighting

to add focused illumination

that makes entrances

and pathways visible and

shadow-free. A rule of

thumb for lighting doorways

is to size lighting

in proportion to the door

itself. Select wall sconces

and lanterns that measure

anywhere from 1/4 to 1/3

the size of the door. Mount

outdoor sconces and lanterns

at eye level, with the

center of the light source

between 5 1/2 to 6 feet off

the ground and 8 to 10 feet

apart.

Install soft, non-glaring

path fixtures about 14

inches high that direct

most of the light downward.

Define the edges of

the path by placing lights

about one foot from one or

both sides of the walkway,

staggering the placement

slightly to create a natural

flow.

For steps, install lights

directly into the risers.

This soft light provides

just enough brightness to

mark each tread and prevent

glare.

Finally, add accent and

decorative lighting that

accentuates your home’s

architectural features. For

entertaining areas, select

wall-mounted fixtures

such as sconces or lanterns,

or overhead lighting

that focuses task light

on work surfaces. Outdoor

chandeliers and pendants

are a stylish way to bring

the design appeal of indoor

lighting outside. For a professional,

pulled-together

look, choose light fixtures

with the same finish as

door pulls, fencing and

outdoor furniture.

Other accent lighting

choices that add flair include

post lights, spotlights,

strip lights and water-feature

lighting.

As a finishing touch, use

timers, dimmers or motion

sensors to control lights,

turning them on or down

as desired.

Remember, outdoor

lighting must be rated for

outdoor use to ensures it’s

waterproof and that dust

and rain won’t interfere

with the bulb or circuitry.

For more outdoor lighting

tips, trends and inspiration,

visit Progress

Lighting at bit.ly/Lighting

Outdoors.

In short, if you’re going

to spend energy on your

home exterior, make sure

people can see it. The right

outdoor lighting will add

beauty to your home and

make it safer.

What to know before replacing home windows

StatePoint Media

As with any home upgrade, a

little research can help ensure a

top-quality installation with the

best materials on the market.

Here are the most important factors

to consider before purchasing

replacement windows:

• Energy Efficiency: Energyefficient

windows can keep utility

bills in-check while helping

manage climate control. Seek

out the ENERGY STAR label,

which indicates a product is energy

efficient according to standards

from the U.S. Environmental

Protection Agency and

the Department of Energy.

Numbers don’t lie so be sure

to also check the National Fenestration

Rating Council Label

to compare performance between

energy-efficient windows

in the following categories: U-

Factor (how well the window

retains heat), Solar Heat Gain

Coefficient (how well it resists

unwanted heat gain), Visible

Transmittance (how well it lets

in natural light), Air Infiltration

(how drafty the window is), and

Condensation Resistance (how

well it resists inside surface condensation).

• Test Specifications: All windows

on the market are tested for

their structural integrity, as well

as their resistance to air and water.

Investigating these ratings is

important, particularly in regions

that see wicked weather.

• Insulation: For maximum

energy efficiency and comfort,

look for new technologies such

as Neopor insulation and INN-

ERGY thermal reinforcements

that deliver high-performance

and meet ENERGY STAR certification

standards. Windows

offered by ProVia, for example,

include these features and are

tested against the most stringent

requirements for air and water

infiltration, wind load resistance,

ease of operation, forced entry

and more.

• Material: Windows are available

in such materials as vinyl,

wood, aluminum and fiberglass.

Understanding the benefits of

each can help you arrive at the

right decision for your home,

priorities and budget, and new

options even mix materials,

combining different advantages

into one product.

• Warranty Availability: Replacement

Windows can cost

thousands of dollars and should

last a long time, so consider

protecting your investment by

opting for windows that come

with a comprehensive lifetime

warranty that’s transferrable to

the next homeowner. This can

potentially increase your home’s

value should you put it on the

market.

• Style: The style of your new

windows can complement the

architectural features of your

home, provide visual interest

and boost curb appeal. Using online

design resources and visualizer

tools can help you see how

particular hardware finishes,

colors, add-ons, finishing options

and accessories will look

on your home.

• Recognition: Third-party

recognition for a particular brand

or product is a strong indicator

that you’re investing in a quality

product. A recent “Remodeling”

magazine survey of remodeling

contractors ranked ProVia vinyl

windows as number one in window

quality, citing its unique

ability to customize as needed,

its personalized customer service,

strong warranties and mix

of state-of-the-art manufacturing

equipment and human craftsmanship.

Lastly, the brand was

recognized for strong attention

to detail, as it follows an 80-plus

item checklist for quality control.

More information can be

found at provia.com/windows.

Before upgrading, get savvy.

Doing so can help you make a

decision that will improve your

home’s beauty, keep your family

comfortable and safe and save

you money.


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Schedule fall furnace cleaning through

Dykstra Home Services before winter

We all know fall is on its

way, unfortunately, winter

isn’t that far behind.

That means it’s time to

contact a professional to

ensure your furnace is up

to the task of keeping you

and your family warm this

winter. Schedule your fall

clean and check now.

The Dykstra Family has

been in this business for

over 90 years. You can

trust everyone at Dykstra

Home Services to make

sure you’re comfortable

this winter.

All Dykstra technicians

are factory trained, drug

tested, licensed, bonded

and insured.

“It’s very important to

have someone highly-qualified

when they are in your

home working on equipment

that use natural gas

and electricity,” said Jennifer

Milazzo, president of

Dykstra Home Services.

Dykstra technicians are

trained to check all parts of

the furnace to ensure they

are working properly.

One example is the heat

exchangers, which are the

core of any furnace. Milazzo

said their technicians

have found problems with

aging heat exchangers a

number of times over the

years.

Dykstra offers the latest

in high tech, efficient

Carrier furnaces, said Rich

Dykstra Sr.

Carriers’ line of furnaces

are all designed to work at

top efficiency, according

to Dykstra Sr. “The Carrier

Infinity model, for example,

is 98 percent efficient

and can save a customer an

average of $300 a year in

both electric and gas utility

savings,” he said. “It’s also

designed to give the home

the most comfort. The unit

is essentially on cruise

control and delivers the

most even, consistent temperature

while using the

least amount of energy.”

Milazzo encourages people

to schedule a Dykstra

technician early before the

cold temperatures set in.

A certified womanowned

business, Dykstra

Home Services is a third

generation residential and

commercial heating ventilation

and air conditioning

company. Dykstra has

been in business for more

than 93 years. Servicing

all makes and models.

We also offer solutions to

rooms that are too cold in

the winter, or too warm

in the summer as well as

backup Generators.

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Get a great lawn in less time this season

StatePoint Media

It’s no secret that your home’s

exterior gets the spotlight during

the summer. Once the weather

warms up, neighborhoods fill

with the sounds of yardwork.

Expertly manicured grass and

enviable curb appeal require

maintenance and the right equipment.

If “old reliable” isn’t cutting

the lawn as well as it used to

and you’re searching for a new

mower, there are many makes

and models to consider. One type

you may be less familiar with is

the zero-turn mower, which offers

superior maneuverability

and can get yard work done faster

than a standard walk-behind

mower.

“A high-quality zero-turn

mower means getting back to relaxing

in your free time faster,”

says Adam Mullet, vice president

of sales and new products

at Hustler Turf Equipment, a

leading brand of outdoor power

equipment, and the originator of

the zero-turn mower.

When shopping around, consider

the following tips and insights:

Don’t Shop With Your Wallet

As with any home appliance

purchase, this is a big decision.

You’ll want something that can

withstand the test of time and

is backed by warranty. Keep in

mind engine size and horsepower.

Powerful engines cut grass

faster and last longer, but also

cost more. Financing options offered

by manufacturers can help

you avoid compromising.

Size Matters

The size of the area you’ll be

cutting matters most.

• A larger deck speeds up

mowing and is ideal for big

properties with wide open areas

of grass.

• The wider the cutting deck,

the more grass cut with each

pass. If you need to maneuver

through tight spaces or have a

small yard, consider a machine

with a condensed, more easilycontrolled

mowing deck.

• Zero-turn mowers made for

residential use are typically much

smaller than the average ride-on

mower. For a compact option

at a great value, consider the

DASH by Hustler Turf. Built to

the brand’s high standards, it has

a patented automatic park brake,

foot-operated deck lift and the

ability to fit through most gates,

making it a good choice for front

and backyard mowing. Available

in two welded, fabricated steel

deck sizes – 34-inch or 42-inch

– with a heavy-duty 1x2 fully

tubular frame, it’s small enough

for easy garage storage.

• For bigger yards and tougher

terrains, consider options

like Hustler Turf’s residential

FasTrak. Boasting speeds up

to 8 MPH, it features a removable

floor plan for easy maintenance,

a fully welded, tubular

frame available in sizes up to 60

inches, and 22-inch large drive

tires. A 20-inch high-back seat

with full mechanical suspension

shields riders from bumps, and

cushioning takes pressure off the

tailbone and lower back.

Mow in Comfort

You’ll use this machine regularly

for years to come, so prioritize

comfort. Remember, the

open-concept of a zero-turn allows

you to get on and off easily.

Be sure to sit on each mower and

look at the seats and support offered.

Shop Local

Consider visiting locallyowned

and operated lawn care

centers, where dealers are deeply

familiar with product lines,

region-specific lawn care needs

and ready to answer questions

about mower performance and

maintenance.

More information on zero-turn

mowers can be found at hustlerturf.com.

When buying a mower, prioritize

makes and models offering

efficiency and comfort that meet

your lawn care needs.

On-trend ideas for updating your home exterior

StatePoint Media

If it’s time to upgrade your home exterior,

you may need some guidance, particularly

if you want to make on-trend choices

that will instantly boost your curb appeal.

Bear in mind that many younger, trendsetting

homeowners are gravitating toward

the natural, earthy look, and they are

achieving this with manufactured stone.

As you make your own upgrade, consider

the following

Prioritize Authenticity

Not all manufactured stone is of equal

quality. Do a close inspection to ensure

the products you select are molded and

colored to look and feel like natural stone.

Select Your Cut

Choices abound when it comes to the

cut of manufactured stone veneer. However,

linear shapes that provide a sense

of calm and order are very popular right

now, making profiles such as the Chisel

Cut offered by ProVia a smart move for

staying on-trend. The natural texture

complements the chiseled form, and looks

great grouted or dry stacked.

Be Serene [hed]

Gray is in right now, and this is likely

due to its low-key aesthetic. Likewise,

any color on the gray-scale will add instant

appeal, including black and white.

Choose Your Grout

You can add a lot of design drama with

the right choice of grout color. Here’s a

simple guide to help you choose:

• For an understated, elegant look,

match the grout color with the dominant

color shadings in the manufactured stone.

This is a subtle-but-sophisticated choice.

• To bring bold drama to the home,

choose a grout color that’s the exact opposite

of the stone color. With light stone,

use dark grout, and with dark stone use

light grout. The effect is eye-popping, and

shows off the shapes and textures of the

manufactured stone.

• Blend both approaches above to reflect

an array of earthy colors. Choose a

grout color that matches one of the shades

found in the stone. It will naturally contrast

with the other shades.

• For a pulled-together look, weave

a matching color choice throughout the

various home exterior elements -- siding,

garage door, front entry door, roofing, etc.

-- to reflect a designer aesthetic and provide

instant curb appeal. Just like a wellcoordinated

suit, shirt and tie, this look

projects confidence.

Visualize

The decisions you make regarding your

home exterior are important, so do a bit of

homework first before committing. Free

online tools and resources can help you

pick colors, cuts and other important features,

by allowing you to get a better sense

of how they will look on your home. Visit

provia.com/grout-visualizer to access

ProVia’s Grout Visualizer, a handy tool

that allows you to mix and match stone

and styles with grout options.

The exterior of your home makes a

statement. Make sure it’s making the right

one. Select elements that suit your personality

while also staying on-trend.


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Schaaf celebrates 60 years in Chicagoland

Sixty years, seven locations,

hundreds of different products,

thousands of cherished customers

and one owner, Schaaf Window

has had a long and storied

history in this area. The familyowned

business celebrates its

60th anniversary this June, a

testament to its success and long

history of having the best customer

service in town.

Schaaf Window was founded

in 1959 as Schaaf Glass Company

by George Schaaf Sr. and

his father, Fred. They began the

company by re-glazing windows

out of three garages behind his

father’s home in Englewood and

ran the business out of his home.

About a year into their business,

they were big enough

DreamMaker of Orland Park wins top national

award for customer satisfaction since 2018

to move into a real office and

warehouse, so they made a deal

with a local car dealer to use his

building while he used the parking

lot. At this time, they added

glass storefronts to their product

offerings.

Just two years later, they had

already grown out of the building

and George decided that this

time he would build his own,

against his father’s advice. He

built a brand new building in

Evergreen Park and even outgrew

that one so fast that he

was forced to convince the lady

next door to sell him her house

in order to construct another

new building. In these years, the

company began offering patio

doors and framed mirrors.

For the second year in

a row, DreamMaker Bath

& Kitchen of Orland Park

has been named one of the

Top 60 home remodelers

in the nation and awarded

one of the highest customer

satisfaction and trust

scores by GuildQuality

(GQ), an independent customer

satisfaction surveying

company for the building

industry.

GuildQuality’s (GQ) annual

awards are given so

that consumers can read

unbiased, detailed reviews

from previous customers

to verify the quality of the

company they are considering

hiring for a project.

Each year, Qualified Remodeler

magazine lists the

winners in its July “Customer

Satisfaction Leaders”

issue.

DreamMaker Bath &

Kitchen, which has been

serving the area since

1991, has a GQ “All-Time

Recommendation” rating

of over 98 percent. They

also won the award in

2018 and have been given

a “Guildmaster with Highest

Distinction” Award every

year since 2015.

“As GQ explains in the

awards issue, ‘trust’ is a

paramount concern among

today’s home remodeling

consumers,” said Glen

Borkowski, who owns and

operates DreamMaker of

Orland Park together with

his wife Denise. “We attribute

our ongoing success

to our exceptional

Even with the addition, the

company grew too large, and

George again had to build a new

location, this time in Bridgeview.

They moved into this building

in 1972 and immediately began

expanding their product lines. In

1974 the business really took off

when Schaaf began assembling

their own windows. The success

of the window business led to

the separation of the glass and

the window departments, and the

official incorporation of Schaaf

Window Company.

In 1980, George turned an old

stadium in Bridgeview into offices

and a shop. He had helped

build the stadium when it was

going to be used for a local

semi-pro baseball team, but he

communication skills and

the convenience of being

a ‘one-stop shop.’ From

the first meeting, we work

with our customers on

budget, design and product

selection, which leads to a

hassle-free remodeling experience.

And, we let our

customers know exactly

what to expect from start

to finish – there are no surprises.”

According to Denise,

was never paid by the builder.

He bought the land and decided

to turn it in to a new location

for Schaaf Glass; however,

five years later Schaaf Window

moved into this location and

Schaaf Glass moved back to its

old building. Again, the company

grew so that additions had to

be made and eventually an entire

adjacent building was constructed

to add capacity. While at this

location, Schaaf Window added

millwork and interior doors to its

product lines.

In 2003 Schaaf Window

moved to its current location in

Tinley Park. It has since become

the largest independent window

company in Illinois, and added

shower doors and installation to

who has been involved

in the kitchen and bath

remodeling industry for

over 25 years, nothing

says more about a home

remodeling company than

how pleased its customers

have been with the entire

remodeling experience.

“Their experience clearly

influences whether they

would recommend us or

not,” she said. “We mention

our GQ rating to prospective

clients, explain

the services we provide

and ask if they have visited

our website and clicked on

the “GuildQuality” link. If

not, we email them the direct

link to our account and

explain that all remodeling

companies are not created

equal and they can use the

its mix of products. It is also now

co-owned by two of George’s

children, Bob and Barb, along

with George himself. Today,

Schaaf continues its commitment

to superior customer service

and offering high quality

products.

As summer rolls around and

you start your home improvement

projects, keep Schaaf in

mind and see what 60 years in

the industry can do for you.

Submitted by Schaaf Window Co.

Inc, 18445 Thompson Court in

Tinley Park. For more information,

call (708) 342-0900, or visit schaaf

window.com.

rating system to find the

best fit for their remodeling

project.”

Glen has both a Certified

Graduate Remodeler

(CGR) and Certified Aging-in-Place

(CAP) designations

from the National

Association of Home

Builders (NAHB), as well

as an A+ rating from the

Better Business Bureau.

He is very active in the

Orland Park Chamber of

Commerce.

Submitted by DreamMaker

Bath & Kitchen of Orland

Park, 15645 71st Court in

Orland Park. For more information,

call (708) 429-6670

or visit dreambkop.com.


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