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  • Wednesday, April 27, 20112 Kennebec Journal | Morning Sentinel | Special Supplement | SPRING HOME IMPROVEMENT

    All Season Home Improvement Co.. . . . . . . 4, 7, 11, 19

    Audette's Hardware . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10Bob's Cash Fuel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19Bolster's Rubbish & Recycling . . . . 19Boucher's Construction Services. . . . 5Brad Hendrickson

    General Contractor . . . . . . . . . . . . 19Budget Blinds of Augusta . . . . . . . . . 5Canty Construction . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19Central Maine Equipment . . . . . . . . . 7Central Maine Hydroseeding. . . . . . . 9Century Pools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9D.H. Pinnette & Sons, Inc. . . . . . . . 13

    Dead River Company . . . . . . . . . . . . 11Furlongs Home & Yard Care. . . . . . 19Gagne & Sons Concrete. . . . . . . . . . 17Gerald MacKenzie, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . 16Gosline's Hardware . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16Hammond Lumber Company . . . 9, 18Houle's Plumbing & Heating . . . . . 18Jason Brothers Painting Co. . . . . . . 19Kennebec Savings Bank. . . . . . . . . . 19Kitchen Encounters . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14KSW Federal Credit Union . . . . . 6, 19LaPointe Lumber . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19Longfellow's Cedar Shingles

    & Shakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

    Longfellow's Greenhouse . . . . . . . . . 3Longfellow's Hydroseeding, Inc. . . . . 5MacKenzie Landscaping, Inc. . . 18, 19Maine Energy Pros, Inc. . . . . . . . . . 10Mason's Lawnmower & Power

    Equipment Service . . . . . . . . . . 8, 13McKenney Tree & Landscaping . . . 19Murray's Pools & Spas . . . . . . . . . . . 9North Country Power Sports . . . . . . 14NuImage Awnings of Maine . . . . . . . 6Power Equipment Plus . . . . . . . . . . . 15Quinn True Value Hardware . . . . . . 16Rocky's Stove Shop. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19Selco Plumbing & Heating . . . . . . . . 5

    Shop from Home Flooring . . . . . . . 19Skowhegan Savings Bank . . . . . . . . 15Somerset Stone Center &

    Excavation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12Stebra Roofing Systems . . . . . . . . . . . 4Stevens Siding & Window . . . . . . . . 11Sunset Flowerland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13Taconnet Federal Credit Union . . . . 12Teague Distributors . . . . . . . . . . 4, 5, 8Trailside Performance . . . . . . . . . . . 13Ware-Butler, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19Waterman Farm

    Machinery Co., Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . 8Wish - Home & Garden Dcor . . . . 16

    Index to Advertisers

    The cover was designed by Denise Vear, Creative Services Manager.Questions or comments?

    Call Bridget Campbell, Business Development Manager at 861-9155 or 1-800-537-5508 - ext. 9155

    BY BONNIE N. DAVISCorrespondent

    For property owners seeking to refinance theirhomes or renters wanting to spruce up their livingspace, inexpensive renovations are in demand thisspring.

    Local professionals have great tips for a variety ofthose projects and the budgets on which to do them.

    I actually grew up learning a lot of this stufffrom my dad growing up in Portland, said SteveAucoin, a local contractor and unit director of theNorth End Boys & Girls Club. Ive moved betweendoing this and desk jobs for around 30 years.

    When Aucoin met Harvey Klugman, a skilledcontractor from Brooklyn and master of drywallinstallation, he perfected his craft, including hangingdrywall in horizontal rather than vertical planes.

    I must have been in my 30s when I ran intoHarvey, Aucoin said. He was all about renovationsand how to do them with little money.

    Aucoin learned the technique of applying drywalltape and feathering thin layers of mud joint com-pound, still known as the Klugman Method.

    Its so minimal in the amount of dust it creates its more efficient and theres less clean up, hesaid. Bumps come from too much mud mostpeople use too much. Klugman was meticulousabout edges and using wide feathering 12 to 16inches on both sides of the seam saving time andmaterials. Your savings are all in little bits, but whenyou add them up, it becomes larger.

    Aucoin often is called in when do-it-yourself proj-ects go wrong.

    Were trapped in a world of manufacturedgoods. There arent many carpenters anymore, but

    we have a lot of building material installers used to4-by-8-foot products, he said. When renovatingolder homes, its hard to hit the studs. If youre usedto new construction, you may not know how tomake those adaptations.

    According to Aucoin, consumers are misled bybuilders who say they are licensed Mainerequires licensing for plumbers and electricians, butnot contractors. He advises homeowners to ask ifcontractors carry insurance, look at previous workand find out if they are problem solvers who canthink their way through difficulties.

    There are very few repairs or renovations thatmost homeowners can do adequately, he said. Ofcourse, if you have no money, you have to try. If youare good at reading the written word and translatingit into an effectively-done job and have some hands-on experience, give it a try or work alongside a qual-ified contractor and learn.

    Joe Roy, with Campbells Building Supply inMadison, works with contractors as well as withpeople wanting to do their own work. When a home-owner comes in, he starts his process.

    Well, first I would show options on whats avail-able I dont want to show my hand on what tospend. For a bathroom, I show faucets, toilets, lightfixtures and tubs, he said. I show options and thatleads into what they can spend I dont want toinsult anybody about their budget.

    Roy uses a five-step process with customers: Show options. Learn their vision or dream. Help design what they want. Figure out the budget.

    Renovations on a budgetcan add value to a home

    Bonnie Davis photos

    Above, Steve Aucoindemonstrates theKlugman technique offeathering mud to createa smooth painting sur-face. At left, since ama-teur installation andmudding left severeridges on new drywall,an easy fix was texturedsea sponge painting witha painted chair rail.Installing inexpensivemolding fixed the non-taped gap between walland ceiling.

    More on RENOVATE, Page 4

  • 3| Kennebec Journal | Morning Sentinel | Special SupplementWednesday, April 27, 2011 SPRING HOME IMPROVEMENT

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    Saturday, April 30 Organic Gardening Lecture ~ 11 a.m.

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    Blood Pressure Screening ~ 10-1

    Sunday, May 1 Make a May Basket ~ 1 and 2 p.m.

    Cost is $10 and includes May basket, flowers, and soil Call to preregister 622-5965 For children of all ages

    Spring is here! Come celebrate the arrival of the gardening season with us!

    Open House Events

    Open House Special

    all seeds 20% off!

    Longfellows Greenhouses

    Spring Open House Saturday, April 30 & Sunday, May 1

  • Design or spruce up a roomwithin that budget.

    As is the case with many build-ing supply companies,Campbells has outside salespeo-ple who go to homes to measureand take material samples.

    If a customer comes in andwants to do-it-yourself, we helpthem through the process just aswe would work with a contrac-tor, Roy said. There are a lot ofupgrades people can do with awrench, screwdriver and paintbrush. If your budget is under$200, new paint, faucets, toiletpaper holders, towel racks, lightswitch covers and decorationsmake a big difference in appear-ance. You can add molding orupdate by repainting; to removeand install tubs, toilets, etc., youneed a contractor.

    With locations in Waterville,Skowhegan and Livermore Falls,Ware-Butler Inc. also offers avariety of services.

    Basically, Im an outsidesalesperson, said Bill Veilleux,from the Waterville store. I takerough drawings sometimes onpaper napkins to full scaledrawings; I figure out materialsfor a project and the cost of mate-rials. Then, when its settled andapproved, we start the tediousprocess of ordering; 28 years ago,people would just come in andtake things off the shelf.

    According to Veilleux, productlines are enormous, with manyspecial products available.

    We come to a job site, figureout materials, order and ship tothe house at no cost, he said.We have three stores with trucksgoing in different directions the last time we had to charge,was way up in Millinocket.

    During the summer, vendorsoffer barbecue demonstrations atWare-Butlers. Invitations are sentto contractors and individuals intheir customer base to introducenew products and methods.

    Weve build a deck out here6-feet-by-6-feet or 8-feet-by-8-feet; weve done replacementwindows, Veilleux said. Wehave a good relationship withlocal vendors; were here all day.If we dont have an answer, theysend a rep over and help measureor whatever.

    For some jobs, Veilleux recom-mends contractors.

    If you need a contractor, wegive you two or three names ofpeople who match your budget andpersonality. It costs money to getan education, whether you go tothe school of hard knocks or hire aprofessional, he said. If home-owners need assistance, we help.Most manufacturers have manualson line, or you can watch YouTubedemos. I have years of experienceon what not to do drywall andgarage doors are almost a trade oftheir own. I work with people whojust build stairs or just build mil-lion-dollar homes.

    I think planning is important,said Judy Higgins, the kitchenand bath wizard at McCormackBuilding Supply in Winslow.Ive been doing cabinets for over25 years 15 years here. Weoffer the service of going to aclients home and measuring. I doa design on my compute