Renewal By Andersen sprouted out of Andersen Corporation, a 100-year-old company that touts itself as the largest window and door manufacturer in the country. And beyond its thoroughly trained technicians, dependable warranties, and commitment to the environment, this fact might be its biggest benefit to customers?being owned by a window manufacturer means that the company has virtually endless flexibility to create windows and doors that exactly match its customers' wishes. The window-replacement process begins with an in-home consultation to acquaint homeowners with their options and measure the areas that need replacing. Once a plan is in place, teams of technicians with years of experience under their belts carefully place and seal each custom-made window to ensure cold air can't invade and the sounds of nightly karaoke practice can't escape. Homeowners then rest assured that their new panes will keep them cozy for years to come, thanks to a powerful limited warranty.
It's only a matter of time before flowers take over Earth, but in the meantime, Laskas Gardens fights the good fight with its meticulous landscaping sessions. Beyond garden planning, the company's design experts can surgically edge beds, install mulch and trees, or maximize spring growth with fertilizer and aeration services. Homeowners also may request a technician's expertise to design a cheerful flower container for a patio, deck, or glove compartment.
Family patriarch Nordy Rockler opened the doors of his first store in 1954 to supply his fellow craftsmen with knowledge, friendly advice, and a large selection of tools for at-home woodworking projects. Now, the chain of retail outlets brims with more than 20,000 tools and specialized woodworking equipment. Next to a steely rainbow of hinges, casters, and screws, a supply of lumber and exotic hardwoods provides planks for building tree houses or just leaving around as a warning to uncooperative trees. The tenor buzz of power tools operated by newly knowledgeable guests drifts from educational sessions on operating equipment and woodworking.
Castle Building & Remodeling, one of Remodeling magazine’s Big 50 of 2011, hosts a team of professional designers and builders who overhaul interiors with historically inspired concepts. Two design-selection studios display the custom craftsmanship, showcasing a 1940s–style kitchen with cherry cabinets and a 1910s–style bathroom with hex tile flooring and a sink full of Teddy Roosevelt's mustache trimmings.
The remodelers create a mockup of each project using 3-D CAD software, noting any desired changes before installation. They realize projects with the help of artisanal manufacturers such as Clay Squared, whose artists craft custom ceramic tiles using time-honored methods.
Minneapolis St. Paul Plumbing Heating Air began dispatching technicians to homes throughout the Twin Cities in 1918. Though the ensuing century has seen a number of advancements in plumbing and air-conditioning technology, not much has changed in terms of the technicians? care and expertise. The employees, all of whom go through a background check and training, fix plumbing, heating, and air conditioning, and guarantee customer satisfaction on each job. Each job is preceded with a cost estimate, and the company also offers same-day service for emergencies.
The Tile Shop—as the name coyly suggests—specializes in tile for every imaginable surface and aesthetic style, making it easy for DIY handypeople to tackle small home projects, such as modernizing an avocado-green and penicillin-pink bathroom floor or re-grouting a small garden grotto. Underscore a kitchen with the appetizing orange of pirita siena ceramic tiles ($2.19 per square foot), then trim the counters in lizett beige ($3.99 each) for a complementary finish. Pick up a honeycomb pattern of hex matte black ($5.29 per square foot)—the quintessential backsplash for a gothy bumblebee—or add a touch of character to a small surface with a deep green verde butterfly mosaic ($11.99 per square foot). With its enormous selection of floor tiles, wall tiles, mosaics, and natural stone, the possibilities are as endless as a drive across Nebraska. The Tile Shop also has a plentiful selection of grout and tools for grouting it all together while grinning groutishly.