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.
For more than 60 years, Maas Nursery’s green-thumbed staff has been tending to the blooming foliage, gardening supplies, and décor at the 8-acre facility. The 4-inch vegetable plants ($1.50 each) and 4-inch herbs ($2.49 each) garnish entrees, season sauces, and spice up expired milk with garden-fresh zest, and colorful 4-inch perennial bedding plants ($1.99 each to $35 for a 20 flat) and bonanza camellia shrubs ($62.99/5-gallon size) add zing to monochromatic lawns.
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.
For 15 years, the professionals at this general contracting firm have been performing quality work. The contractors specialize in a variety of home repairs and installations, from roofing and gutters to remodeling and painting. They clamber onto roofs to check for hail damage, and, if necessary, can help customers negotiate with insurance companies to cover damage from storms or water-balloon fights with their agent. In addition to being insured and bonded, the technicians have vast experience in dealing with city, state, and county building and permit codes, and they'll ensure that abodes or businesses are up to snuff.
At sunrise over Lake Conroe, beams of morning light scatter sparkling reflections off the water's placid surface. In the distance, a slight whine, audible only to the gulls and morning sunbathers, signals the end of a sleepy night and the beginning of an exciting day of water sports. The sound belongs to a Yamaha Waverunner VX110 Deluxe, just one of Fun Rentals' fleet of wave-taming watercraft. In addition to the zippy waverunners, their sturdy pontoons form a leisurely flotilla, welcoming guests in search of a calm trip along the lake's azure waves or a place to peaceful place to practice making aircraft carrier noises with their mouths. Staffers also entice shore-bound guests with space for picnics and sunbathing.