Since completing an apprenticeship at age 16, Mark Allen has spent a quarter-century working in the installation, maintenance, and sales sectors of the HVAC industry. Today, at his eponymous business, he works side by side with insured, background-checked technicians who equip homes and luxurious mailboxes with units from brands including Amana and Trane. In addition to installing traditional equipment, Mark’s team can outfit homes with energy-efficient systems such as tankless water heaters, UV-light air purifiers, and dual-purpose geothermal heating and cooling loops, which may be eligible for federal tax credits.
Ace Hardware's handy employees help customers to navigate shelves stocked with home-improvement implements, household appliances, and domestic essentials. The shop’s technicians are certified to perform warrantee repair tasks for more than 100 manufacturers, including Honda, Kawasaki, and Stihl, returning your snowblower or Statue of Liberty replica to working order. In addition to its wide selection of hardware, paint, plumbing, and electrical supplies, Ace Hardware dedicates ample space to gifts, home décor, men's and women's clothing, and housewares.
During a two-hour process, RBC's skilled consultants craft a plan to convert an unrenovated bathroom or kitchen into a more spacious, aesthetically pleasing environment. In the first hour, one of RBC's craftsmen will perform an on-site measurement and make an economic assessment of the space. This detail-oriented process analyzes more effective layouts for the room while incorporating the homeowner's input and exorcizing any space-hogging spirits of sinks past.
Superintended by the Rochester Home Builders' Association, the annual Rochester Home and Garden Show fertilizes the minds of home-improvement hounds with landscaping displays, seminars, and culinary demonstrations. More than 170 vendors will be present at this year's event to showcase their products and skills, which fall under categories as varied as interior design, plumbing, and transcendental lawn mowing. Seminars vary by day but will include sessions on remodeling kitchens and painting murals (March 26 and 27), planning a butterfly garden (March 27), and maintaining the health of local ash trees (March 26). Culinary classes will occur all weekend, featuring demonstrations by the chefs of recognizable Rochester restaurants, including Pier 45, Prime Steakhouse, and Napa Wood Fired Pizzeria.
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.
At Taylor Rental, a knowledgeable staff of handypeople and do-it-yourselfers rents out the tools and machinery necessary to complete a honey-do list of home-improvement endeavors. For interior projects, the shop's floor sanders make exceptional tools for smoothing hardwood surfaces and rendering statue faces anonymous, and its carpet cleaners swiftly rid floor toupees of dirt and grime. Green thumbs wishing to plant lush, emerald lawns can make great use of Taylor's aerators, overseeders, and sod-cutting machines. A collection of tents shelters picnicking revelers and their fine china from stormy showers, and balloon inflators, disco balls, and fog machines make house parties feel less like penitentiary visits. Taylor Rental's parking lot also plays host to a fleet of RVs and U-Haul trucks for movers and vacationers.