C & D Hardware, a member of the Houston Heights community since 1951, equips home improvers and to-do listers with provisions for projects large and small. Conquer domestic disrepair with supplies spanning 26 different categories, from lawn and garden wares and paint gear to a vast reservoir of plumbing equipment and special gifts. Purify your home's lungs with air-conditioning filters ($1.39–$27.99), or whittle a moving box into a mini cardboard replica of the Taj Mahal with a box knife ($0.59–$11.89). Metal garden bugs ($18.49–$79.99) spruce up lackluster lawns, while patio chairs ($25.99–$149.99) provide an ideal perch for competitive lounging. The helpful cast of C & D employees assists customers with an array of services, including rekeying locks, computer color matching, and blade sharpening.
Parvizian Rugs International has cushioned Houston footfalls for more than 40 years with antique and custom-made carpets and rugs. Rug workshops and wool factories in Romania, Pakistan, and India fill Parvizian’s American and European storefronts with luxe piles of wool and silk, which are draped over displays or custom-created with help from savvy in-house designers. Parvizian also travels to homes and offices to clean carpets with hand-sudsed shampoos and environmentally friendly supplies, and restores rugs ravaged by moths and foot traffic with meticulous re-weaving, fresh twirls of fringe, and re-backing torn from the pages of Chicken Soup for the Soul.
The owner of Ultimate Radiant Barrier previously worked in the heating and air-conditioning business for 30 years. In that time, he saw utility bills continue to rise, and homeowners were unable to do anything to combat it. So, he decided to turn to science to solve the problem, concentrating on the area of the house that transfers the most temperature: the attic. He started making that space more energy efficient by lining it with sun-reflecting foil, which prevents the outside heat from creeping indoors, significantly reducing the cost of air conditioning during stifling Houston summers or slightly cooler, but still stifling Houston winters.
Staff Size: 11–25
Most popular offering: Radiant Barrier Foil
For more than 60 years, Kwal Paint's team has designed colors to complement almost any décor, continually refreshing the palette of more than 1,600 shades to reflect trends and advancements in interior decorating. To wit: EnviroKote paints are made from eco-friendly, raw materials and contain no VOC. Additionally, online virtual color-visualizing applications help homeowners realize the abode of their dreams. As ever, the knowledgeable staff is on hand to guide customers through common issues such as blistering or how to revamp garden gnomes stuck in last season's styles.
Having resolved at a young age to pursue his passion for green building, Jeff Kaplan created the Urban Land Institute's Young Leaders Program when he was just 21 years old. In late 2007, Jeff started The Green Painter by New Living, a green building and home store whose high environmental standards earned the shop a B Corporation certification. Today, New Living sells exclusively eco-friendly products from ethical businesses. Kaplan's efforts at revitalizing Houston's small businesses and affinity for wearing capes earned him the title of Green Hero from the U.S. Green Building Council.
Handyman Connection thoroughly vets each of its skillful technicians, only hiring candidates who pass a background check, boast more than 10 years of experience, and can handle a variety of the shop's handyman services. Technicians come to houses to tackle any project, from fixing the tiniest leaky sink to building enormous stone fences that spell out a nemesis's phone number when viewed from outer space. The renovating services help transform imperfect houses into dream dwellings or fix up minor problems before placing homes on the market.