Most people value their homes as their biggest and most important asset. Repairing damage, making improvements and regular maintenance are among the efforts that people make to protect the value of this vital investment.
If there is damage that needs to be repaired or you want to embark on a home improvement project, note the things you can attempt to do your own as well as the tasks that should be only handled by qualified professionals.
Spare some time to research about different companies, their work, contracts and financing terms. Taking the right steps to wards routine maintenance will enable you to enjoy every improvement that is added to your home.
Keeping a home in the best condition possible whether you are planning to sell it or are settling in as a new homeowner requires you to be adequately prepared for routine or unforeseen repairs. This entails regular inspections and setting aside enough money to cover your home repair and maintenance costs.
Home Maintenance Budget
Create a budget for home repairs whole considering that a newer home will usually require less maintenance than an old home. It is also important to note that both regular expenses and unexpected repairs need to be accounted for.
An essential step while budgeting is to list the supplies you need for upkeep, including the items that are used for preparation and cleaning up during the project. Online resources can help you gather estimates and calculate the costs. The pricing of common home repairs will vary with different contractors and the type of repairs that are being undertaken.
Glass Repair and Replacement Services Glass companies in Phoenix are available to handle glass repairs, installations and other glass services for residential properties. Glass windows and doors are usually made from sturdy glass but exposure to strong impact can cause damage. This makes it necessary to seek the services of a reputable company that offers professional glass repair and effective solutions.
The process of professional glass repair typically begins with a consultation and inspection during which experts observe the damage and determine whether a replacement is required. Based on the type of window or door you want, a quote will be provided. You may opt to upgrade your windows and doors for reasons such as energy efficiency.
Upon approval of the repairs or replacements that need to be carried out, the designs and structures will be worked on accordingly. Installations are always handled by trained and professional installers who have the expertise and experience to work on such projects. Every aspect of glass repair is dealt with diligently to ensure that the installations are durable and reliable.
Glass Repair Solutions for Every Home
Homeowners need to be assured that the type of glass they choose caters for proper insulation and safety. Select glass brands according to your aesthetic, security and energy efficiency needs. There are also customized solutions that homeowners can choose from with different glass grades and styles that are based on budget and personal preference. Glass repair and replacement services make it possible for people to have their requirements fulfilled effectively.
Shirley Walker is a freelance writer, blogger and business owner. She is passionate about developing meaningful continent and helping other business owners in the industry their goals. Visit the site to find out more about glass companies in Phoenix.
Food and Drink
The Consulate: A Gastronomical Menu of Perfection
The Consulate, is a well known French brasserie on the Upper West Side at 519 Columbus Avenue. A month ago they brought that charm to 44 West 56th Street.
From the moment you walk inside, the decor takes you to another world of rich wood, exquisite wall paper, that looks like tapestry to a chandelier that is a modern piece of art. The Interior Designer Larisa Mihajlova has created a place of warmth and sophistication, that welcomes you the moment you walk in.
Beverage Director Jelena Maksimovic has created a drink menu that is inviting. My guest started out with The Malalama ($20) made with Spicy tequila, ancho ryes, blood orange, lime, spicy salt rim. Generously poured Margarita was in heaven.
I had the Lola ($19) with Rum, violet liquor, lemon, orgeat, pineapple, dry lime. This is now my new drink of choice.
For appetizers Steak Tartare ($24) served with Capers, shallots, Dijon, cornichons, quail egg. Chucks of the freshest choice steak melted in our mouths.
Then the piece de resistance, Bone Marrow ($22) 2 pcs, small greens, toast, port fig jam. I literally loved this dish so much, that I clean the plate of the sauce with my bread. I will be back for this alone. It is sumptuous and done to perfection.
Margarita wanted to try the Grilled Octopus ($26), which she said was tender and cooked to perfectly with potato and carrots. I was actually full after all this and so I recommend if you are looking for a pre-Broadway meal, this is definitely a must.
For entree’s Short Rib Cavatelli ($34) shredded slow braised beef, served with cavatelli pasta and herb ricotta. So fresh, so tender and wonderfully light.
We also tried the 14 oz. Ribeye Steak ($60) with Truffle fries ($18), Brussel Sprouts with Bacon ($17) and sauces Green Pepercorn ($6), Blue Cheese ($6) Bernaise ($6) and Bordelaise ($6) or you can get All four as one ($20). The steak was mouthwatering and melted in your mouth.
The fries were crispy and so flavorful.
The Brussel Sprouts were a delight.
And the sauces added so much flavor to both the steak and the fries. I adored the Bernaise and the Bordelaise, which was so unexpectedly wonderful. Margarita loved the Blue Cheese.
For dessert Apple Tart with ice cream and a Creme Brûlée that was topped just right and warm. Yum!
Along with a cappuccino and ice coffee this was the perfect ending to a phenomenal meal.
Founder Metodija Mihajlov and his twin brother Kiril Mihajlov, are just as charming and warm as their establishment. When you meet them, you can see the love and care they put into everything. Going to The Consulate is a treat for all your senses.
Chef Alan Vargas you made my night, your food was exquisite and I will definitely be recommending this restaurant and I will definitely be back.
The Consulate: 44 West 56th Street.
The Rare Titan-arum Blooms For The First Time In 7 Years At NYBG
Titan-arum blooms are rare and unpredictable. Each plant takes seven years or more to store enough energy to bloom for the first time. This titan-arum is 12 years old. There is now an Amorphophallus titanum preparing to bloom in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory! Titan-arums take years to form flower buds, but when they finally do, the flowers mature very quickly.
Horticulturists noticed that a three-inch-tall flower bud had formed on Saturday, May 15. In the beginning of the bloom cycle, a titan-arum grows four to six inches each day. By June 19, 2019, the bud was 44 inches tall. Later, growth slows significantly. Two leaves at the base of the spathe shrivel and fall off. The spathe begins to open, revealing the red-purple color inside, and completely unfurls over the course of about 36 hours. During full bloom, the spadix self-heats to approximately human body temperature, which helps disseminate odor particles.
Titan-arum or corpse flower (Amorphophallus titanum) is native to the island of Sumatra in Indonesia. Its enormous flower spike is the largest unbranched inflorescence (flower structure) in the Plant Kingdom. The fleshy central spike, called a spadix, bears small flowers in rings around its base. The spadix can grow up to 12 feet tall. The spadix is wrapped in a frilly, modified leaf called a spathe. When the plant is ready to bloom, the spathe unfurls, exposing the flowers inside. You may recognize the structure’s resemblance to calla-lily, anthurium, and jack-in-the-pulpit, which are all relatives in the arum family, Araceae. Amorphophallus titanum is often called corpse flower because when it blooms, it emits a powerful stench similar to that of rotting meat. This scent, along with the deep-red, meaty color of the open spathe, attracts insect pollinators that feed on dead animals.
This titan-arum has been nurtured in the warm tropical zone of the Nolen Greenhouses. The hot and humid conditions in the greenhouse mimic the natural conditions of Sumatra. The plant must be watered and fertilized copiously.
NYBG received its first titan-arum from Sumatra in 1932. In May 1937, a flower bud appeared. This was the first titan-arum to flower in the Western Hemisphere, and the Conservatory was mobbed with visitors, reporters, and photographers. After a long wait, the plant finally bloomed on June 8. Its eight-foot spadix was the largest ever grown in cultivation.
A second specimen bloomed at NYBG on July 2, 1939. The Bronx Borough President commemorated the event by designating Amorphophallus titanum the official flower of the Bronx. (It was replaced by the more conventionally attractive daylily in 2006.)
Have You Seen Windy At The High Line?
On the High Line, Bennani realizes her first public sculpture, Windy, co-commissioned by High Line Art and Audemars Piguet Contemporary. Windy is a spinning sculpture in the shape of a tornado made from black foam. The work plays with various traditions and ambiguities of public sculpture. In many cases, the public is asked to walk around public sculpture, taking in its grandeur from a safe distance. Bennani’s sculpture spins itself, and at a speed that makes the details of the work almost impossible to grasp—both visually and physically. The work continues Bennani’s practice of creating large, geometric steel sculptures, which to date she has built to house her videos. Windy marks Bennani’s first sculpture that exists on its own terms, while the object’s movement continues her fascination with animation and the way that drawn and still characters come to life. In her conceptualization of the work, Bennani was inspired by the dynamism and constant movement on the High Line, wishing to make a sculpture that could capture and work within this urban energy.
Merging magical realism, absurdist humor, and techniques from a wide range of moving image genres, Meriem Bennani creates video series that tell stories about human behavior and our experiences on- and offline, tackling subjects such as language, displacement, and diasporic living. Employing production aesthetics and storytelling methods found in recognizable forms such as reality television, home videos, documentary film, cell phone videos, and animation, Bennani welcomes the viewer into narratives that feel like an amplification of reality. Bennani shares her videos in a variety of traditional and creative formats, from immersive projection installations, to screens embedded in colorful, cartoon-like sculptures, to social media platforms like Instagram.
Audemars Piguet Contemporary, established in 2012, commissions international artists to create contemporary artworks. The art programme of Audemars Piguet—the oldest fine watchmaking manufacturer still in the hands of its founding families—engages with and commissions artists to create new work across a variety of scales and media, which may enable them to explore new territories in their practice. The curatorial team accompanies each commission process from inception to development to exhibition and builds experiences for audiences to engage with the work around the world. The resulting artworks belong to the artists and contribute to their body of work. Learn more.
Meriem Bennani (b. 1988, Rabat, Morocco) is an artist based in New York. She has presented solo exhibitions at the Renaissance Society, Chicago, Illinois (2022); Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, England (2022); Julia Stoschek Collection, Berlin, Germany (2020); Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, France (2019); The Kitchen, New York, New York (2017); and MoMA PS1, Long Island City, New York (2016). Her work has been featured in group exhibitions at institutions including LAX, Los Angeles, California (2020); Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark (2020); and MAXXI National Museum of XXI Arts, Rome, Italy (2018). She has participated in major international exhibitions including the Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York (2019); Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement, Turin, Italy (2019); Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland (2018); Biennale de Rennes, France (2018); and 11th Shanghai Biennale, China (2016).
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