Consumer Reports offers lawn-care tips
Arecent article on Consumer Reports’ Web site offered its readers time- and cost-saving tips for homeowners looking to build up their outdoor living spaces. The article is more evidence of the importance of outdoor living in today’s market.
The general tone of the advice was one of conservation — fertilize less, mow less and mulch clippings were among the tips.
The tips that might include a trip to a home improvement store or lawn and garden center include the advice to “improve sprinkler-system efficiency.” The article advised that drip irrigation systems work best for bushes and plants because they deposit water directly to the root system. It also recommended installation of a rain sensor on existing sprinkler systems. On new systems, control technologies with local weather reports can determine hydration schedules, it said.
Other advice: “Think beyond grass.” Consider shade-loving ground covers, ornamental grasses, plants, trees, flowers and shrubs, the article suggested.
Mythic Paint partners in California-based LEED home projects
Mythic Paint, the zero-VOC paint brand, has partnered with McDonald Construction and Development (MCD), to be the sole coverings provider for the company’s LEED-certified homes.
MCD, which built the Margarido House, the first LEED-H Platinum custom home in Northern California, has selected Hattiesburg, Miss.-based Mythic not only for its environmental benefits, but for its superior durability and color choices, the company said.
MCD will use only Mythic Paint for the entire interior and exterior needs of its upcoming LEED projects, including 131 Hillside, a new LEED-H certified custom home located just across San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge in Mill Valley, Calif. Designed by owner/architect Scott Lee of SB Architects, 131 Hillside is due to be completed by late summer 2009 and is slated to be the first LEED-H certified home in Marin County.
MCD owner and president Michael McDonald said the reason his company selected Mythic was for quality and aesthetics. “Gone are the days when we are willing to sacrifice performance for safety and the environment,” he said. “We chose Mythic Paint because we are guaranteed zero toxins and zero VOCs, but we can provide our clients with superior quality paints in 10 finishes and unlimited color options.“
To qualify for Platinum certification, homes are required to meet a minimum of 90 of the 108 points in the LEED for Homes rating system. Homes are measured based on these resource categories: location and connection to community; use of entire property to minimize impact on sites; sustainability; water efficiency and conservation; indoor environmental air quality; use, durability and recycling of materials and resources; energy efficiency; homeowner’s education for green features; and innovative design.
“We admire and are proud to work with MCD and the other architects, designers and construction people who are focused on the health of their customers and their environment,” said Rocky Prior, president of Mythic Paint. “We, with them, look forward to the day when a LEED Platinum house is the only type of new house to build.”
New Ace to open in Cincinnati’s historic Gaslight District
A new 9,000-sq.-ft. Ace Hardware store is set to open in June on the ground floor of the historic Ludlow Garage in Cincinnati’s Clifton Gaslight District, according to Cincinnati CityBeat.
In the late 1960s, Ludlow Garage housed Rock & Roll, a club that had headliners like B.B. King, Neil Young and the Allman Brothers Band before shutting down in 1971. The site eventually reopened as a home to small retail shops and was recently remodeled by Bryan Valerius, a former manager at a nearby grocery store who will manage the day-to-day operations at the Ace Hardware store.
The store will be open seven days a week and feature a full line of tools as well as electrical and plumbing supplies. Additional services to be offered include screen repair and glass and key cutting, and the shop will stock several environmentally friendly products, including no-VOC paint.
The store will have a soft opening in early June and a grand opening celebration later that month.