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.
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.
At Direct Tools Factory Outlet, power tools, outdoor equipment, and floor-care products flaunt the titles of major manufacturers such as Ryobi, Homelite, and Hoover. Patrons can peruse the emporium's towering displays for discounted, reconditioned items, such as a Ryobi One+ right-angle drill ($55.99). Customers can liberate rugs from the remnants of a balding Chia pet with a Dirt Devil pet hand vac ($39.99), or employ the rotating blades of a reconditioned electric saw ($44.99) to effortlessly cut wood for a tree house. Products at Directory Tools Factory Outlet carry a minimum one-year warranty, and knowledgeable staffers are available to answer questions and guide customers through the inventory like a Sherpa guiding lost travelers through the plotlines of M.A.S.H.
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.
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.
K.S. Painting Services' skilled workers make over home surfaces on the inside and out. Painters cover up blemishes, fading wall tones, and the family crests of previous homeowners with even coats of new colors. Using a soft pressure-washing method, technicians also remove unsightly stains and weather residue by spraying down stucco, aluminum, vinyl, and wood.