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www.paradeofhomes.orgParadeofHomesRemodelersShowcaseSM|13NEWEPALEADRULEIFYOURHOMEWASBUILTBEFORE1978,MAKESUREYOURFAMILYISPROTECTEDFROMLEAD-EXPOSURE!TheEnvironmentalProtectionAgency(EPA)hasissuedaruletoaddressthehazardsoflead-basedpaintinolderhomesduringrenovation,repair,andpainting.Theruleaffectsworkonallhomesolderthan1978,aswellasforchild-occupiedfacilitieswithchildrenundersixyearsofage.Thisnewrulerequirestrainingandcertificationbyyourremodelerandothersworkingonthehometoensureyourfamilyiskeptsafe.WHY?Studiesshowthatabouttwo-thirdsofhomesbuiltbetween1940and1960containlead-basedpaint,andlead-basedpaintisinnine-out-of-tenhomesbuiltbefore1940.Duringremodeling,repair,orpainting,leadparticlescanbedisturbedandbecomeairborn.People,especiallyyoungsterswhosebodiesarestilldeveloping,whobreathe,ingest,orevenabsorbleadthroughtheirskincanfaceserioushealthproblems.Leadexposurecancausedamagetonearlyeveryorganinthebody.Evenlowlevelscancauselearningdelays,developmentalproblems,aswellasbehavioralproblemsinyoungchildren.Adultsalsomayexperiencehealthproblems,butevenmoreconcerning,theycanaccidentallybringleadresiduehometotheirfamilies.TobecomeEPAcertified,remodelers,carpenters,painters,andothertradespeopletakehands-oncoursesthatexplainthehazardsofleadexposure,andteachesthemhowtosafelycontainanddisposeofleaddustanddebris.Remember,ifyourhomeismorethan32yearsold,chancesarehighthatlead-basedpaintcouldbepresent.YourbestbetistocallatrainedprofessionalwithEPAcertificationforanyrepair,renovationormaintenancethatmightdisturbanypaintedsurfacesinyourhome.FormoreinformationyoucanfindanumberoflinkstotheEPAandotherresourcesonlineinourHomeMaintenanceandResourcesectionsofparadeofhomes.org.WhatarethoseacronymsIseeafterthenameofsomebuilders?MembersoftheBuildersAssociationoftheTwinCIties(BATC)arealsomembersofourNationalaffiliate,theNationalAssocia-tionofHomeBuilders(NAHB).Oureduca-tionalarm,BATC-Universityoffersanumberofclassescreatedandinstructedbythebestandmosttalentedprofessionalsnation-widetoearnthesenationaldesigna-tions.Basically,thesedesignationsarelikegraduateschoolforbuilders.BuilderswithaCGR(CertifiedGraduateRemodeler)ortheadvancedversionGMR(GraduateMasterRemodeler)havesharp-enedtheirbusiness,marketingandconstructionacumen."EarningmyCGRwasagreatbusi-nessdecisionforme.Asaremodelerandsmallbusinessowner,IfoundthecoursesgavemetheinsightandtoolsIneededtomakemybusinessmoreeffectiveandmoreefficient.Igotthebenefitoflearningfrompro'sinfieldsasdiverseasbusinessmanagement,proj-ectmanagementandcontractlaw.Intheend,asaCGR,Iamabletoprovidemyclientsabetterremodelingexperi-ence."~BOBFLYNN,FLYNNCONSTRUCTION,INC.CAPS(CertifiedAginginPlaceSpecialist)areremodelerswhohavecompletedcourseworktogivethemagreaterunder-standingoftheneedsoftoday'sbiggestmarket,thebabyboomersandactiveadultsandhowtoensuretheirhomesarelivableandcomfortableforthemnowandintothefuture."Asthebabyboomersbegintoretire,researchandmyownexperi-encewithmyclients,makesitclearthatmanyofthemareplanningtostayintheirhomesaslongaspossible.TheCAPScourses,createdincollaborationwiththeAARP,gavemeawealthofinformationaboutdesign/buildsolu-tionsforthesefolks.HavingtheCAPSdesignationshowsmycustomersthatIhavethetechnicalknowledgetosolvetheirremodelingneedsandhelpthemremainintheirhomesafely,independ-entlyandcomfortablylongintotheirsenioryears."~JAMESMADSEN,JAMESBARTONDESIGNBUILDQ&AHowdoTwinCitiesFamilieschoosethebestremodelerfortheirneeds?Choosingtherightremodelerforyouistrulythebestwaytoensureasuccessfulandsatisfyingremodelingexperience.Remodelingiscomplexandoftensensitive.Yourremodelermustbeabletocommunicatewellwithyouandbuildyourtrust.Yourremodelerneedstheskillstocoordinateavastarrayofpeople,processesandproducts.Andofcourse,yourremodelershouldbeethical,professional,andwell-trained.So,youshouldalwaysstartyoursearchwiththeParadeofHomesRemodelersShowcaseSMandwww.paradeofhomes.org.EveryremodeleryoumeetduringthetoursoronlineisamemberoftheBuildersAssociationoftheTwinCitiesRemodelersSM(BATC-R).Thatmeanstheyareprofes-sionalsthatareleadersintheindustry.Theyhaveaccesstothelatestinformationinbuildingscience,technology,products,evenbusinessmanagementthroughBATC-University.EverycompanyhassignedanethicsagreementandagreestoupholdMinimumPerformanceStan-dards.And,intherarecasethatadisputearises,BATCarrangesfortheclientandremodelertomeetwithanindependentmediator.Then,whenyoutourtheremodeledhomesontheParadeofHomesRemodelersShowcaseSM,youcanbegintonarrowdownyourchoicesbyexaminingthework,thestyle,thepersonalityoftheremodelers.Talktothethemabouttheprojectandtheirprocesses.Ifthehomeownerisavailable,askthemabouttheirexperience,whattheyloved,whatwasachallenge.Alwayskeepinmindthatyourabilitytocommunicatewellisprobablythemostimportantaspecttoyourrelation-shipwitharemodeler.Youmayfindaprojectthatfeelsperfect,butifyoudon'tquiteclickwiththeremodeler,youshouldprobablykeeplooking.ShawnNelson,NewSpaces,ChairoftheBuildersAssociationoftheTwinCItiesRemodelersSMQ&A

WhoAreWeTheBuildersOutreachFoundationwascreatedin1992byagroupofcivicmindedmembersoftheBuildersAssociationoftheTwinCities(BATC).ThesededicatedpeoplebegantheFoundationsothattheycouldmakeadifferenceinthelivesoffamiliesinthemetroarea.Theirgoal:promotehomeownershipopportunitiesforthosewhosefinancialconditionputsthembelowthelevelofpubliclysubsidizedaffordablehomes,whilehelpingrevitalizetheTwinCities'corecommunities.BecauseBATChasnearly1,200professionalmembersinthehomebuildingcommunity,theFoundationhasuniqueanddirectaccesstosomeofthebestandmostprofessionalresourceswithinthehousingindustry.TheFoundationhasaneyetowardrevitalizationoftheTwinCities'corecommunities,theFoundationhasconcentrateditsworkprimarilyintheFrogtownareaofSt.Paul.Thesevol-unteers,oftenwiththehelpofbuilderpartners,havecompleted17homesthatcontinuetoprovideaffordableworkforcehousingforfamiliesintheTwinCitiesandsurroundingcom-munities.TheFoundationhasalsotakenonnumeroussmallerprojectsthatfititsoverallmission,andpartneredwithlike-mindedorganizationssuchasHabitatforHumanity,GreaterFrogtownCDC,ProjectforPrideinLivingandInterfaithOutreach.FromreplacingwindowsforanareagrouphometoparticipatinginExecutiveandWomenBuildDays,theseprojectsareasful-fillingtoourmembersastheyaretotherecipients.BOFcompletedawhole-houseremodelforaninjuredveteranwhoservedintheIraqwar.RemodelingKyleAnderson'shomewasagreatwayforthefoundationtohelpKylelivecomfortablyinhishomeafterheservedournation.TheFoundationisveryexcitedtobeinvolvedinourcurrentRebuildHaitiproject.20per-centoftheDreamHomenetproceedsfromthiseventwillbesetasidetocoverairfareforallthosevolunteeringtheirtimeandskillstogotoHaiti.Anyadditionalfundsraisedwillbesplitbetweenthevolunteerstohelpcoverthetripcosts.BOFfeltthisfitsourmission'MakingaDifferenceOneHomeataTime.TheFoundationHelpsFamiliesGainPrideinHomeownershipTheBuildersOutreachFoundationisanonprofitorganizationthatdoestremendousgoodinourcommunity.Tosupportthemorformoreinformation,contactthemat:BuildersOutreachFoundation,2960CentrePointeDrive,Roseville,MN55113-1182651-697-195414October1-3,2010Friday12-8pm,Saturday-|ParadeofHomesRemodelersShowcaseSMwww.paradeofhomes.orgSunday12-6pmonehomemakingadifferenceatatime.ReadmoreaboutourDreamRemodeledHomesonPages15-17.JohnKraemer&Sons,Inc.470N.MississippiRiverBlvd.St.PaulStonewoodRenovation,Inc.4511EdinaBoulevardEdinaPlekkenpolBuilders,Inc.10569BluffRoadEdenPrairieInadditiontovisitingthesebeautifuldreamhomesweencourageyoutostopbyR26andR64insupportoftheircom-pany'semployeesorownersheadingdowntoHaitithemselves!JamesMadsen-JamesBartonDesignBuild-R64JoLynnJohnson-CrystalKitchenCenter,Inc.-R26R61R13R33haitiREBUILDPROJECTOFworkingtogetherFindoutmoreatparadeofhomes.org