One of the most rewarding aspects of my real estate
career is being a “resource”… Whether it’s a resource for marketing
properties in a challenging Michigan economy or being a resource for
local tradespeople in renovation/restoration or repair jobs...one of
my best resources is This Old House magazine. The following
list is of “Secret Sources” revealed for out-of-the-ordinary products…
you might just need one of these in the future! (More secrets in the
Salvaged Brick: Gavin Historical Bricks, Iowa
City, Iowa; 319.631.3984; http://historicalbricks.com. Rugged pavers
collected since the turn of the century.
Hardware Restoration: Al Bar Wilmette Platters,
Wilmette, Illinois; 866.823.8404; http://albarwilmette.com. Shine up
your tarnished locks/doorknobs.
Door Knockers: Knobs & Knockers, Lahaska, PA;
215.794.8045; http://knobsnknockers.com. Unique/hard-to-find knobs &
Custom Hardware: P.E. Guerin, New York, NY;
212.243.5270; http://perguerin.com. Original, hand-crafted pulls,
locksets, fittings, etc.
E.R. Butler & Co., Boston, MA, 617.722.0230;
http://erbutler.com. Early American replica locks, pulls, knobs,
Cabinet Knobs/Pulls: Mockett Inc., Manhattan
Beach, CA, 310.318.2491; http://mockett.com. Innovative, sleek/simple,
stainless steel knobs/pulls.
Custom Windows: Leeds Clark, Midlothian, Texas;
972.775.3843; http://leedsclark.com. Window damage hand-crafted
Garage Doors: Historic Doors, Kempton, PA;
610.756.6187; http://historicdoors.com. Upgrading garage/carriage doors
in weather-resistant woods.
Cast-Iron Railings: Architectural Iron Company,
Milford, PA; 570.296.7722; http://architecturaliron.com. Functional
beauty restored or recreated in period detail.
Hand-Forged Iron Gates: Medwedeff Forge and
Design, Murphysboro, Illinois; 618.687.4304; http://johnmedwedeff.com.
Fire screens, tools, architectural metalwork in whimsical styles.
Handblown Glass Door Knobs: Light Impressions
http://lightimpressionsglasscrafters.com. Swirling, speckled,
multi-colored patterns … true original artwork not just for the
Stained Glass: Judson Studios, Los Angeles,
CA; 800.445.8376; http://judsonstudios.com. New and restorative work,
many contemporary designs for residential and commercial.
Hardware Store: Seven Corners Hardware, St. Paul,
Minnesota; 651.224.4859; http://7corners.com. Specializing in power
tools and tool know-how for the homeowner essentials.
Interior Light Fixtures: Studio Steel, New
Preston, Connecticut; 860.868.7305; http://studiosteel.com. Handwrought
chandeliers, sconces, lanterns inspired by Swedish palaces and historic
Exterior Light Fixtures: Thomas Lighting,
Louisville, KY; 800.365.4448; http://thomaslighting.com. Latest lighting
trends in architecture, furniture/interior design