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 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, stimulating the local green economy while making green materials more affordable and accessible. Staff members passionate about responsible consumerism often help customers interested in repurposing and refinishing items. 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.
Cleaning out a gutter is a chore that's not only time-consuming: it can also be dangerous. But when The Gutter Man's experienced, fully insured technicians handle the task, they do it safely and efficiently, even performing extra work such as inspecting the condition of roofing. Homeowners can also purchase gutter-cleaning equipment, much of which the company manufactures independently, at a retail location.
When Extreme Makeover: Home Edition needed to outfit the Kubena family’s home, they turned to local closet expert David Linda. He and his company, SpaceMan, donated seven closets and a pantry, as well as a team of trained technicians to handle the installation. Giving back is nothing new for David and his company, which frequently provides materials to local Habit for Humanity projects. He brings that same helpful spirit to private jobs, striving to simplify homes by offering custom storage solutions. SpaceMan’s technicians collaborate with homeowners, molding the right closet to a home office or kitchen or saving space with an easy-to-conceal Murphy bed. All designers are certified by the Association of Closet and Storage Professionals and offer free in-home design consultations to jump-start the process. SpaceMan’s quality products and service have earned them exclusive partnerships with many of Houston’s homebuilding companies, allowing their work to be seen in multimillion-dollar homes and well-regarded beaver dens about town. All closet and storage systems are manufactured in Houston and carry a lifetime warranty that covers system repairs and replacements.
As their company?s name implies, Speed Dry?s technicians understand that when homes have been damaged by water or fire, the restoration process needs to begin immediately. This is why they offer 24-hour emergency response for residential and commercial properties, issuing a free estimate for all jobs before diving in. After using thermal infrared imaging to show any hidden damage or ghosts stuck behind walls, team members remedy water or fire damage, then return rooms to pristine condition with reconstruction services.
Speed Dry also offers mold remediation, during which technicians carefully quarantine the affected area to prevent the spread of spores throughout the home, thereby negating the potential threat of a crashed UFO in the backyard. In addition to invasive repairs, customers can commission cosmetic improvements such as carpet and tile cleaning.