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  • S2 Spring Home Improvement 2008 A Hersam Acorn Newspapers publication

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    A Hersam Acorn Newspapers Publication

    Pearl Dennis, cover designJen Hathaway, page design

    Berkshire PennySaver154 West Park Street, Lee, MA 01238

    413-243-2341

    Yankee News Guide20 Cleveland Road, Dalton, MA 01226

    413-684-1373

    TriState Pennysaver News109 South Street, Bennington, VT 05201

    802-447-3381

    Vermont News Guide99 Bonnet Street, Manchester, VT 05254

    802-362-3535

    Renee Tassone, General Manager

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    Rehm-Brandts DesignBy Telly Halkias

    Sometimes those kitchen cabinets are just past their shelf life and look dated. Other times you might buy a house that is perfect except for some well worn bathroom wall tile. Finally, after years of holding out, you may just have saved up enough

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    to replace that center hall flooring with something a bit more refreshing.

    To address any of those maladies, whether after long and deliberate planning or on a whim, then a great place to stop in Bennington is Rehm-Brandts Design. The wide range of options, the gracious customer service, and perhaps most importantly, the ability to address almost any budget needs in home renovation will give any customer to main showroom a good idea of what it will take to reshape their living spaces.

    Located at 431 Main St. in the downtown, Rehm-Brandts has been a mainstay since 1992 when Mogens and Kelly Rehm-Brandt and Mary Muckle founded the business. From those humble origins, they have successfully and steadily built a regional following throughout Vermont as well as across the borders into New York and Massachusetts.

    Among the products available, cabinets, flooring and countertops are among the most sought after. Globally recog-nized names such as Corian countertops and Vibopan flooring ensure that Rehm-Brandts provides top-of-the line inventory. Just as important is Kellys expert and artistic eye for design, as well as a cohort of some of the most experienced installers in the area.

    This combination leads to excellent quality control, which makes Rehm-Brandts worth a serious look for your next in-home project.

    For more info call 802-447-7907 or visit www.rehm-brandts.com.

    Telly Halkias is a writer and editor from Vermont. E-mail: tchalkias@aol.com.

    Rehm-Brandts Design

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    Lee Tile and StoneBy Telly Halkias

    Since ancient times, the Greeks and Romans knew the value of durable flooring that can endure long periods of time, multiple uses, and chance locations. Because of this, ceramic tile and marble were stalwarts in any construction, tested over time and known to last with performance to match.

    Fast forward to today and cross an ocean. In the heart of the Berkshires, serving the entire region is one such business that carries on that classical legacy, albeit in an updated way to suit

    current needs. Youll find that ethos at Lee Tile and Stone. Founded in the 1990s by Bob Arsenau, who had been build-

    ing things since his youth and had achieved master craftsman status, the business is thriving today in both the residential and commercial sector and boasts a generous inventory of flooring to suit all needs.

    Located in the center of Lee at 261 Main St., Lee Tile and Stone offers options in granite, marble, ceramic tile and slate, among many others. There is also a full complement of other flooring, to include hardwood, laminate and cork. A visit to the showroom will be met with informative demonstrations and attentive customer service. Furthermore, Arsenau has rec-

    ognized the value of the Internet and provide exten-sive inventory and design browsing opportunities on the business web-site.

    Add to that an installation team committed to qual-ity and craftsman-ship, and Lee Tile

    and Stone should be on your list of places to consider for your flooring needs in the Berkshires.

    For more info call 413-243-9383 or visit www.leetileand-stone.com.

    Telly Halkias is a writer and editor from Vermont. E-mail: tchalkias@aol.com.

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    Reclaimed Wood Decorating(MS) Using reclaimed wood is one of the most popular trends in building today. Products are made from timbers that are reclaimed from barns and other industrial buildings, which would normally just be thrown away. Through recycling processes, the timber can be turned into a viable building product once again one that offers history and beautiful charm.Reclaimed wood products offer a cost-effective way of reducing a buildings environmental impact. They also provide a unique look for any room, unmatched by todays contemporary design product.Recycled wood can be used in a number of applica-

    tions. It is most often found in hardwood flooring. Exposed beams, molding and trimwork are other areas to see reclaimed wood.For the average homeowner looking to add a little recycled charm to his or her home, reclaimed wood can be used in other ways. Consider hanging a wood window frame, with or without glass panes intact, as a dec-orative wall element. An ornate wood door can be used as a headboard for a bed. Or, turn scrap pieces of timber into a shabby chic coffee table.

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