Poor Zachery Ty Bryan cant get a break!
In order to score some extra income, the former Home Improvement star took a crack at the business world by investing in Hollywood sports bar Big Wangs – and he feels he got totally screwed!
Bryan is suing Big Wangs partners Peter Brill and Joe Barker because he claims they used profits from the restaurant to open other competing restaurants, AND to purchase cars, vacations, and a house in the Hollywood Hills.
Bryan also says that the two partners used an American Express card for all the purchases, and used an earned 750,000 Membership Rewards points for themselves.
Sounds shady. Good luck,
Brad Taylor Zach!
[Image via WENN.]
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A few Hampton Roads residents have tackled the ultimate do-it-yourself home improvement project ridding their homes of toxic Chinese drywall.
With no substantial financial help promised from the federal or state government, and insurance companies not covering Chinese drywall cases, a few homeowners have decided to go it alone.
Patrick Ryan of Carrollton spent five months, with the help of family and friends, gutting his home, about 70 percent of which was built with toxic Chinese drywall.
And Bill Ryan, no relation to Patrick, is about halfway through ripping out toxic drywall from his Hampton home.
TAKOMA PARK, Md (WUSA) — When Thomas Simchak bought his first starter home this past year, he knew he was up against the clock to meet an energy efficient incentive deadline.
Simchak is a senior research associate for the Alliance to Save Energy, a non-profit that helped push for the federal tax credit.
Whatever you spend under the existing tax credit, you take 30 percent of that expense, he explained. But if that amount were over $1,500, youd only get the maximum amount of $1,500.
The deadline to meet the tax credit ends at the end of the year on Friday, so most home improvent and installation companies are slammed. But, Simchak studied up on how to install some products himself, such as roofing insulation and energy efficient doors.
We havent yet gotten to the really hard stuff like windows, he said. But Ill be claiming credit for a basement door I installed this last spring.
Managers at many Home Depot stores in the region say anecdotally, they are seeing an uptick in energy efficient purchases. They say if customers save their receipts and verify the products meet federal qualifications, then they might be able to save some money.
A tax credit is still available until 2016 for renewable energy projects including geothermal heat pumps, small wind turbines, solar energy systems and fuel cells.
We installed 14 solar panels on our roof in the summer, said Mike Kemper of University Park, who received rougly $15,000 in tax credits. It was fantastic. Our first Pepco bill, we saved about half.
For those that cant afford that, the federal government will offer a new incentive for up to $500 for energy efficient products starting in 2011.
Derting May Sue City Over Home Improvement Project Review
Councilmembers Jane Day and Mike Hudson want a plan to add a cover to Dertings second story balcony to undergo an appeal hearing.
Posted: Dec 31, 2010 at 11:00 AM [Dec 31, 2010]
Im an avid Do It Yourselfer and always looking for new and improved tools and home improvement products. I plan to remodel my bathroom in 2011, anything new in the market?
-David Z., Pittsfield Township
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BETHESDA, MD — As 2010 draws to a close, the designers at Case Design/Remodeling, Inc., a leading DC Metro area home improvement company, are looking forward to 2011 and what design developments the year will bring. Today, the company unveiled the top eight trends in home design and remodeling for 2011 based on emerging industry developments and customer requests. The list, compiled by Bill Millholland, a veteran remodeler and Cases Executive Vice President, includes items for popular remodeling targets such as bathrooms and kitchens, as well as updates for home exteriors, living spaces and lighting fixtures.
Below are Cases top eight home design and remodeling trends for 2011.
?LED or compact fluorescent (CFL) lighting – Homeowners are moving away from incandescent fixtures toward more energy-efficient choices such as LED and CFL bulbs.
?High-quality synthetic materials for home exteriors – Synthetic materials such as Hardie Plank siding and PVC trim pieces mimic the look of natural materials like wood, but are much more durable and better able to withstand climate changes.
?Large format bathroom tiles – Smaller square tiles are being replaced with tiles measuring 12 x 12 or larger, as well as non-square shapes (12 x 18), producing flooring and walls that showcase more tile and fewer grout lines.
?Multiple finishes on kitchen cabinetry – Complimentary multiple stains and a mix of painted and stained finishes on cabinetry enables homeowners to escape the look and feel of a cookie cutter kitchen where all surfaces match.
?Screened porches – Homeowners are extending their living areas with screened porches that allow them to enjoy the outdoors throughout the year without the nuisance of insects.
?Furniture-like detailing in kitchens – Varied cabinet and counter heights, distressed finishes and furniture-style toe kicks provide visual interest and help eliminate the component look of many kitchen cabinet designs.
?Heated bathroom flooring – Heated mats underneath bathroom flooring tiles provide radiant heat that is proven to keep homeowners warmer than forced-air heating systems, helping to save on energy costs.
?Kitchen cabinet accessories – With drawer inserts for cutlery, spices or dividers, homeowners are making better use of every available space within their kitchens.
The remodeling industry is poised for substantive growth in 2011 due to the number of options available to homeowners wanting to revive their living spaces, Millholland said. At Case, we know first-hand which products, materials and projects are in demand in the DC Metro area due to our work with hundreds of clients each year.
To learn more about Case, please visit www.CaseDesign.com or call 800-513-2250.
Homeowners who are planning a DIY project may like to take advantage of some of the tools available online before undertaking a project, according to one publication.
The Chicago Tribune stated that those preparing to tackle home improvement projects can turn to the web for information and advice, as well as working out costs.
One thing people may like to do online is to use a materials calculator to determine exactly how many supplies will be needed to complete a job.
The publication notes that those who go searching will find there are sites for every type of project, from roofing to painting and they can also be handy for double-checking contractors estimates for larger jobs.
It may be that many individuals are considering starting a project now, as it was recently suggested by the editor of Build It Anna-Maria DeSouza that people may rush to buy items before the VAT rise that comes into effect on January 4th.
Posted by Owen Bardsley
WORD ON THE ROOFTOPS is that Hampton Roads is buzzing with New Years resolutions of the home-improvement type. Suckers for a good hammer-and-nail tale or spruce-it-up story, you know we just had to inquire. And these adventuresome folks – do-it-youself handymen and women and domestic divas – gave it up:
Preserving the past
In 2010, Christopher Bridgeman, 32, and Martin Borger, 33, gutted the Cape Charles vacation home they bought four years ago.
The 1,281-square-foot brick dwelling, built circa 1895, has housed families, businesses and even horses in its lifetime.
Bridgeman, managing partner, and Borger, architect and CEO, at Equal Spaces architectural firm in Norfolk, fell in love with the place then, as did Bridgemans mother, who, shortly before she died, urged her son, Dont ever let this go.
This year the men will completely rebuild to the tune of an expected $100,000. To soothe budget woes theyve embarked on creative solutions like bartering with local tradespeople.
Home away from home
Beach-based artist Rick Romano, famous for his vivid East Coast surf-and-shore-themed paintings, plans to build a second full-size artists studio/workshop on the property of his Carova Beach, NC, vacation home, where he plans to eventually live full-time.
The estimated 900-square-foot steel building will feature sliding glass doors on north and east walls as well as wood floors, built-in tables and a deck.
Just being able to make it blend in with the beach-type d ecor – making it homey, excites Romano. I want it to be a really warm and welcoming place, where people can come and watch me work.
Michelle Pippin of Moyock, NC, knows how to embrace a task and see it through to completion.
As a small business coach, speaker and founder of Woman Who WOW!, Pippin guides others to do the same.
As a wife and mother of three, shes heading up transformation of her familys room over the garage to every teens dream room, complete with different levels and landings, staircases, homework nook and more.
No sitting the fence
Rod Adkins of Virginia Beach knows paint. And its a good thing.
The 47-year-old manager of Sherwin Williams Laskin Road paint and supply store has a living room wall thats been christened by a chair – leaving it holey – and a fence outside thats showing its age.
Adkins plans to repair, prime and paint the damaged area, his biggest challenge being getting it smooth enough so you dont see where the damage was.
Then hell pressure wash and stain the wooden fence around his yard.
Eric Edwards of Chesapeake will be redecorating a bedroom for his 11-year-old daughters.
The project will likely involve assembling new bunk beds, running some television cable and hanging girlie pictures on the walls, the 41-year-old dad said.
Brian Rowe would rather not mow in 2011. So the 43-year-old Navy chief warrant officer will cover much of his Virginia Beach backyard with pavers – the part thats not already covered by a deck.
He also plans to change flooring where the carpets worn, replacing it with the same wood laminate that hes already installed in one bedroom.
It just wears better (than carpet) and its a little more forgiving than a tile floor, he said.
Rowe expects his biggest challenge to be shuffling furniture around within the space limitations of his town home.
Hairdresser Royeston DeWitt has already proposed a long-distance kitchen remodel, which he and his life partner, Tom Rusinowski of Texas, handled months ago via Internet design sites and respectively local distributor showrooms.
He plans to propose marriage today, in line with their plan to merge households in February.
The biggest challenge thus far has been trying to coordinate the efforts in two different states and have the results work for both of us, Virginia Beach resident DeWitt, 55, said. In 2011, the pair will embark on the den together, changing flooring, paint and the closet to an entertainment center.
Helping themselves now
While Daniel and Margaret White of Chesapeake helped feed and shelter locals in need, their own home, which theyd inherited in bad shape from Margarets father, fell deeper into disrepair.
Winters brought cutting cold through gaps in floors and windows and a collapsing ceiling. Daniel, retired and working only part-time, and Margaret, disabled, had been financially unable to catch up with repairs before the past neglect caught up with them.
This year holds plans for packing up the small household for the buildings demolition and modular rebuilding.
Their biggest challenge will be acquiring enough money to get it over with, Daniel White, 59, said, adding, I think we can make it from there.
Welcome to 2011
Cameron Bloom and Mary Morris have a major mission in the outdated Virginia Beach home they purchased in the fall. The old kitchen cabinets, counter tops, appliances, flooring and layout have to go.
Morris, 25, most looks forward to having a better layout.
The biggest challenge facing Bloom, 30, is probably just finding everything we like, he said. Both agree that more choices make for tougher decisions.
The finishing touches
Last year, Jesse Waltz, engineer and president of JES, a foundation, crawlspace and basement repair company in Virginia Beach, purchased the perfect property outside the town of Drewryville.
He looked forward to recreational activities like hunting and four-wheeling and weekend retreats with family and friends. But the run-down house on the lot needed a ton of work.
With help, Waltz, 47, has already done the foundation work, insulation, heat and air conditioning, windows, roofing and siding and built a new bathroom, kitchen and porch. This year holds big plans for project completion, including a water treatment system, flooring, landscaping and a deck.
Why its worth the effort: Life goes by so fast, and youve got the hustle and bustle, and you go there and just slow down.
Nora Firestone, firstname.lastname@example.org
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