When Bob Long returned to Washington, DC, from service with the Merchant Marines in 1948, he immediately set to work building fences at his father’s modest business. The duo operated out of a permanently parked city bus, taking on clients through the years and building a reputation that eventually outgrew their makeshift office. After purchasing the company from his father in 1960, Bob recast Long Fence and Home as a complete provider of household upgrades, from window replacements to full kitchen remodels.
Under Bob's leadership, the company continued to stay ahead of technology and homeowners’ demands, adding solar-energy conversions to a lengthy list of services that already included siding, insulation, gutters, and doors. Though Bob's daughter, Jill, currently operates the company with her husband, John DePaola, the two stay true to Bob's vision by constantly seeking out new ways to make homes and bat caves more energy-efficient.
The window dressers at Home Blinds of America dress up houses' eyes by installing blinds, shutters, and shades customized to match window size and room décor. Homeowners peruse the online inventory of window dressings in myriad forms, including premium wood blinds that filter sunlight in five shades of white or stains ranging from the warm brown of sugar maple to deep mahogany ($58.88+ for a 24”x64” set). At a lower price point, attractive faux-wood blinds ($35.48+ for a 24”x64” set) imitate timber better than a baby sheep imitates a loofah. Woven bamboo shades rise and fall in autumnal hues of red and gold ($52.13+ for a 24”x64” set), and solar shades outfit windows with environmentally friendly, GreenGuard-certified fabrics that let in varying amounts of light while filtering out heat or UV rays ($87.50+ for a 24”x64” set). Meanwhile, honeycomb shades ($59.64 for a 24”x64” set) insulate from heat and cold while also collecting enough honey to sweeten pancakes each morning.
With Washington Home's consultation and redesign plan, designers will conduct a home visit and careful measurements. At a subsequent visit, they’ll use 3-D CAD software to craft easy-to-understand cutaway views of proposed alterations to kitchens, baths, or decks. Design consultations also include a discussion of product selection and a thorough estimate of project costs, including materials and labor. Although this deal is only valid for the planning process, Groupon holders will also receive $1,000 toward project costs if homeowners decide to follow through with the proposed upgrades.
A small business that blossomed into a corporation, Cozi Furniture offers customers a mammoth assortment of affordable, quality retail furnishings. With an arsenal of living-room furniture to choose from, customers can anchor down their carpets and rugs with a cushy Ella chair ($175.75) or build a multi-fabric ottoman ($148–$315) empire for a more aggressive style of kicking back. The curvaceous Bakers Grove ($240.40), a five-piece dining set, also makes elegant garb for undressed kitchens with its medium oak tabletop and matching upholstered chairs. Moving in with a significant other becomes uncomplicated when accompanied by Hugo ($249.75), a C-style bunk bed with ladder and foldable futon, and the Grand Manor ($240.50), a three-drawer cherry-wood nightstand ($240.50). Allow Cozi Furniture's friendly staff to suggest the right furniture to make your social gatherings feel less like penitentiary visits.