Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity aims to eliminate substandard housing by building, renovating, and repairing homes in partnership with low-income families. As part of the process of receiving a Habitat home, these partner families commit to 500 hours of sweat equity, helping to build the homes and then making zero-interest monthly mortgage payments. Cincinnati Habitat volunteer crews build about 20 homes a year in the Cincinnati area.
Though interior and exterior painting is Nick Gerhard's specialty, his business is multi-dimensional. He and his highly trained crews can install or repair drywall, stain a fence or deck, or power wash the last sip from a grape soda can.
Five Star Painting's expert wall refurbishers de-stress home decoration with complete setup and teardown. Punctual professionals revamp the home's rugged exterior, scraping away loose layers and re-staining wood siding if necessary. Home husks sport lavish coats of 100%-latex paints with Emulsa-Bond, which helps paints adhere to surfaces and protects against UV rays and attacks by sentient sunlamps. Staining services stylize and weatherize decks and wooden fencing. Grime exterminators expunge mildew, algae, dirt, and salt deposits through a pressure-washing solution of 10:1 bleach to detergent. The all-around handypersons also wash windows and hang holiday lights or clean Santa impersonators out of chimneys during the holidays. Prior to painting interiors, Five Star's painters move or drape drop cloths over all area rugs, furniture, and indoor anthills and ensure a smooth finish by spackling tiny holes and cracks.
PPG Porter Paints' team has dedicated 90 years to sprucing up homes with its revered brand of vivid, low-odor paints, stains, and primers. Multiple lines and sheens of interior paint offer to protect walls from presidential portraits painted in mustard ($25.79+/gal.). Eco-conscious shoppers can snag gallons of Pure Performance color, designed to thwart mold and mildew without angering Mother Nature's overprotective rottweiler ($33.39+/gal.). Peruse exterior paints if looking to prevent al fresco fortifications from cracking and peeling during super-soaker season ($25.79+/gal.). Effective on most surfaces, Porter's acrylic, synthetic, and alkyd Seal Grip primers also help house-wide paint jobs to stay put ($40+/gal.). Amicable staff members roam each locale's voluminous aisles and are eager to provide product recommendations for any home, office, or abandoned grain silo.
Metro Painting’s insured-and-certified staff tackle projects both large and small. From single bedrooms to office buildings and light-industrial projects, they apply even coats of paint that transform every surface they touch. The painters’ steady brushes rekindle cabinets, railings, and piping with the same deft precision they exhibit during larger jobs.
There's no speed requirement on the Little Miami River—drifting leisurely on a tube is just as respectable as cutting through the water in a sleek kayak. Both vehicles afford scenic views, as well as opportunities to rest and swim. Of course, there's always the canoe to consider. The large boats fit up to three people, making them the most social of the three options at Bellbrook Canoe Rental. Pairs and trios can take them on one of two jaunts down the river's path: a 3-mile trip beginning at Bellbrook Bridge, or a 5.2-mile trip that departs from Narrows Reserve in Beavercreek.
Regardless of the route, each adventure satisfies first-time paddlers and expert boaters alike. The family-owned rental company has 160 canoes and kayaks that they lend to small groups as well as schools, scouting organizations, and astronauts who would prefer to ease into the water portion of their weightlessness training. For gatherings off the water, there's also three shelter houses available to customers free of charge.