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By SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 10, 2002
The Maryland Improvement Contractors Association will present its Remodeler of the Year awards to nine Central Maryland home remodeling companies Nov. 20 at the Center Club in Baltimore. American Contracting Services of Jarrettsville will receive first place in the categories of residential kitchen, $25,000 to $50,000, residential interior under $25,000 and residential exterior over $50,000, and a second place award of merit in the residential bath under $25,000 category. ARDO Contracting of Columbia will receive first place honors for residential kitchen over $50,000, residential specialty and entire house (a tied category)
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By Catherine Mallette and The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2014
Projects such as historic restorations and whole-house redos reveal that beauty and excellence are in the details. Every year, the Maryland Improvement Contractor Association (MICA) selects winners for its Remodeler of the Year (ROYAL) Awards. Here, we present the ROYAL Award winners in the residential categories for 2013. American Contracting Services Inc. MICA ROYAL AWARD | Residential Kitchen The kitchen remodeling was part of a whole-house redo in Sparks. The homeowner asked that the kitchen be updated with more storage space and better working space and be given an elegant Maryland countryside theme.
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By Karol V. Menzie and Ron Nodine | March 28, 1999
A NEW REPORT from the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University puts the remodeling industry in economic perspective: Americans spend about $150 billion a year on home improvement, accounting for about 2 percent of the annual gross domestic product.Compilers of the study concluded that government estimates of the size of the industry are 25 percent to 30 percent lower than the actual size. Among other findings from the study:Besides contributing to the economy, the remodeling industry preserves and enhances the nearly 120 million units of housing that make up the nation's $8 trillion investment in housing.
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By Catherine Mallette and The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2014
From smaller projects to whole house redos, this year's projects show high quality of construction and creative approaches to design. Each year the Remodelers Council of the Home Builders Association of Maryland (HBAM) holds its Remodeling Award of Excellence competition, recognizing excellence in design and craftsmanship. More than 20 categories included both commercial and residential projects. Here, we present those that won the top prize, the Award of Excellence, in the residential competition for 2013.
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By Karol V. Menzie and Ron Nodine | January 10, 1999
THE WINDOWS are caulked, the water pipes are insulated, the furnace is humming along nicely, keeping you toasty -- what's left to do this winter?How about taking a look ahead at some of the trends that are developing as we head into the next millennium?Here are some things we've spotted on the horizon:* The biggest trend in remodeling today is remodeling. According to the Remodelors Council of the National Association of Home Builders, remodeling expenditures in the United States are expected to exceed $140 billion in 2000, up from more than $120 billion in 1997.
BUSINESS
October 29, 2000
Homeowner spending on remodeling edged up 3.8 percent to $99 billion for the third quarter when compared with the third quarter last year, according to the Remodeling Activity Indicator developed by Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies. The RAI, a cumulative 12-month figure that's released each quarter, is based on four components: manufacturer's shipments of floor and wall tile products, retail sales at building materials and supply stores, existing single-family home sales and the bank prime loan rate.
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December 16, 2007
The Homebuilders Association of Maryland Remodeler's Council has awarded Lynch Construction Inc. of Harford County three awards for home and business remodeling and renovations. The 49-year-old company earned the 2007 Award of Excellence for Whole House Alteration with Addition, 2007 Award of Excellence for Commercial Remodeling and 2007 Silver Merit Award for Whole House Renovations with Kitchen Remodeling. The projects are located in Bel Air, Churchville and Abingdon. The awards recognize remodelers for design, craftsmanship and contribution to the industry.
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By Karol V. Menzie and Ron Nodine | August 22, 1999
FOR MONTHS and months, Ron and Charlotte Nodine wrestled with the idea of expanding their 1920s bungalow. You'd think it would be easy for a professional remodeler, wouldn't you? Well. it isn't. At least they knew what they wanted, sort of-- a bigger master bedroom, a master bath, a bigger laundry space, some space for exercise equipment.But it was hard fitting all that into an affordable addition. They decided that a two-story addition was out of the question. So, like all remodelers, they had to make some difficult choices.
BUSINESS
November 25, 2001
Delbert L. Adams, president of Ilex Construction and Development Inc. in Baltimore, was named Remodelor of the Year by the Remodelors Council of the Home Builders Association of Maryland at its annual awards ceremony. Ilex also won in three categories: residential remodeling, $500,000 and over; commercial remodeling; and specialty details. It won project of the year for its commercial remodeling at Phillips Harborplace Restaurant. Among the Award of Excellence winners were: ARDO Contracting Inc. for kitchen remodeling under $50,000.
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October 28, 2001
Home remodeling spending continued to decline in the third quarter of this year, but Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies said that it's still too early to determine the impact of the events of Sept. 11 on the remodeling market. The Joint Center releases its Remodeling Activity Indicator each quarter, which tracks the pace of homeowner remodeling activity. In the third quarter, remodeling spending slipped 0.3 percent when compared with the third quarter last year, to $103.
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By Lorraine Mirabella and The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2014
A six-screen, 752-seat theater showing first-run discounted movies will open in mid-November in the Sun Valley Shopping Center in Glen Burnie. The Sun Valley 6 is under construction as part of the remodeling of the center at the intersection of Mountain Road and Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard, said Ira Miller, president of Sun Valley Movie Theaters Inc., on Tuesday. Sun Valley will feature stadium seating, surround sound and 3-D capability in two large and four smaller theaters.
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By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | December 26, 2013
Cunningham's wants to be a restaurant for all moods and occasions, for anniversary dinners and impromptu weeknight meals. That's no easy trick. The atmosphere has to feel special but not overwhelming, and the food has to be captivating enough for serious diners but not intimidating to casual ones. Cunningham's - the latest from the Bagby Restaurant Group, whose other restaurants include Ten Ten American Bistro and Fleet Street Kitchen - gets this right in so many ways.
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SPECIAL TO THE AEGIS | November 14, 2013
Discount grocer ALDI is reopening its remodeled Edgewood store on Friday, Nov. 15. "We are pleased to showcase the new look of ALDI with this updated store in Edgewood and continue to help customers stretch their dollars," said Jeff Baehr, Frederick division vice president for ALDI, in a news release. "As important as price is," he continued, "there's only one way to attract and keep shoppers: You have to have quality products. When people try our ALDI exclusive brands, they are excited by the savings and impressed by the quality.
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By John-John Williams IV | April 30, 2013
Mid-Atlantic Fine Furnishings Show Rug maker Michael Heilman will highlight the 2013 Mid-Atlantic Fine Furnishings Show , which will take place at Maryland State Fairgrounds on May 3-5. Heilman will use handheld rug-making tools dating from 1870 to 1970 during his demonstration. Tools from the “Blue Nose Rug Hooker” to the “Rumpelstiltskin Hand Speed Needle” will be used while Heilman creates new rugs. The event promises to be both educational and entertaining. Attend the 2013 Mid-Atlantic Fine Furnishings Show, May 3 - 5 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium.
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By Eileen Ambrose, The Baltimore Sun | April 5, 2013
Welsh Construction Remodeling, an award-winning Baltimore home improvement company that has renovated kitchens and bathrooms for decades, no longer has a license to take on new projects in Maryland, state regulators said. Alexander Barabash turned in the license on Thursday, saying he had cut ties to Welsh and would no longer serve as its individual license holder, according to Steven Smitson, executive director of the Maryland Home Improvement Commission. Barabash did not tell regulators why he ended his relationship with the company.
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By Marie Marciano Gullard, For The Baltimore Sun | February 28, 2013
The ink on their contract was barely dry and the moving van just out of sight, when Richard and Key-Key von Lange prepared to flip the first-floor interior layout of the six-year-old home they bought in Federal Hill three years ago. "We looked at the house and were sold," Richard von Lange recalled of the rowhouse he and his wife purchased for $395,000. "We wanted parking, we wanted a yard and we liked the location. " The only problem with the three-story, end-of-group home with a rooftop deck was the kitchen just inside the front door.
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By ANDREW LECKEY and ANDREW LECKEY,(c) 1995 Tribune Media Services | July 21, 1995
The sounds of excavating, hammering and sawing fill the summer air in America's neighborhoods. It's home remodeling season, and a $125 billion annual business is in full bloom.One word of advice to some of you happy homeowners out there: Remember to stop while you're ahead.Unless you have a well-crafted plan and the improvements will increase the value of your dwelling, you may simply be throwing good money away. In fact, some overzealous remodeling may decrease a home's value.For example, experts point out that putting down unusual tile flooring can sometimes kill a potential home sale.
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By Jube Shiver Jr. and Jube Shiver Jr.,Los Angeles Times | May 3, 1992
After spending six years sharing a bathroom with his wife and two children, salesman John Brummelcamp is adding a second bath and two bedrooms to his two-bedroom Southern California home.His monthly mortgage will rise by $300 as a result of the $50,000 equity loan he took out to finance the 800-square-foot addition. But that's only a third of the increase had he bought a bigger house."The dollars and cents pointed us in this direction," he said. "It really doesn't make financial sense to move."
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Lorraine Mirabella | February 1, 2013
  Weis Markets will unveil a remodeled store in Woodstock on Sunday. The store in the Waverly Woods development in Howard County has remained open during the course of the $3 million project. It will have larger produce and service seafood departments, an expanded deli, larger frozen and dairy sections, a bigger pharmacy and more self-scan lanes. Weis is also finishing work on two new stores that will open in Woodlawn and Towson. The grocery chain has 163 stores in Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and West Virginia.
ENTERTAINMENT
by Richard Gorelick | January 3, 2013
Jack's Bistro is on its annual January break. The hiatus began right after New Year's Eve service and continues through Jan. 11. The gang returns on Saturday, Jan. 12. Mekong Delta is on a really long break. It started Dec. 12 and continues through Feb. 25. The Vietnamese restaurant will reopen on Saturday, Feb. 26. Beginning this Sunday, Talara in Harbor East will close for 11 days of remodeling. The restaurant will reopen on Wednesday, Jan. 16. But before it closes down, Talara will be depleting its inventory with discounted menu drinks and menu items.
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