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Historic Artifacts Discovered

Preston Arthur Feather, contractor, and his crew signed this board to commemorate the completion of a Walloon Lake home.

Preston Arthur Feather, contractor, and his crew signed this board to commemorate the completion of a Walloon Lake home.

Ian Haven, Preston Feather Building Centers, Harbor Springs

Preston Feather Building Centers is associated with some of the richest architectural history in our area, and recently a small, yet intimate piece of our company’s history surfaced after almost 100 years. Preston Arthur Feather was more than just a local contractor and entrepreneur; he was also an accomplished carpenter. In 1926, Preston Feather completed work on a home on the shores of Walloon Lake, Michigan. In the final stages of construction, he and his crew signed a small board and placed it in the wall of the original home as a sort of memento to a work of phenomenal craftsmanship.

As of late, the beautiful home has changed hands, now an intimate part of the lives of a new family. The home has been meticulously reconfigured, and re-appointed. The interior is spectacular due to the magnificent work done by Jim Matthews and his crew of Matthews Construction. To follow the 100 year old tradition, Jim and his crew crafted a new panel signed in the same manner as Preston Feather and his crew did in 1926. They now sit side by side in a frame to cement their legacy into the years to come.

Found in an historic cottage in Bay View, Michigan, this yardstick dates back to post World War II. Our Petoskey address and phone number are still the same.

Found in an historic cottage in Bay View, Michigan, this yardstick dates back to post World War II. Our Petoskey address and phone number are still the same.

Historic Bay View, a seasonal community in Bear Creek Township founded in 1875, is the site of more homes built by Preston Arthur Feather and his crew. Many current cottage owners represent the third and forth generations of their families. One of these families recently found a yardstick distributed by “Preston Feather & Sons” sometime after World War II. The yardstick still shows our current Petoskey address and phone number.

Ian Haven, Building Material Sales and Composites Specialist, works from Preston Feather Building Centers, Harbor Springs, Michigan

Ian Haven, Building Material Sales and Composites Specialist, works from Preston Feather Building Centers, Harbor Springs, Michigan

Our only hope is to continue to be a significant part of construction projects throughout Northern Lower Michigan. If you seek advice for a project, value excellent service, and enjoy business friendships for years to come, come see us at Preston Feather Building Centers. With four locations: Petoskey, Harbor Springs, Traverse City and Gaylord, you’re never far from one of our beautifully appointed showrooms. We’ve been helping folks build with confidence for nearly 100 years; here’s to 100 more.

Tips for Choosing a Roofing Contractor

Certainteed Roofing~ courtesy CertainTeed Roofing Products  and John Ritter, Building Material Salesperson Harbor Springs Michigan

Reroofing is a process you may not be familiar with until it becomes time to replace the roof on your own home. And even then, there’s a lot to learn about which products to use and what procedures best meet your individual roofing needs. Therefore, it’s vital to know that you can rely on the roofing

John Ritter, Harbor Springs

John Ritter, Harbor Springs

contractor you choose to give you good advice about those products and procedures that may be new to you. The key is to find the right roofing contractor for your job.

At CertainTeed, we suggest that you evaluate your roofer as carefully as you would a doctor or

lawyer. But what criteria can you use to decide if the contractor is a true professional who will stand behind his work? While there is not a single, clear-cut answer, there are a number of indicators that you can look for when going through the evaluation process.

Interview the Contractor
You cannot choose a professional roofer by looking at an estimate and comparing prices. Allow yourself an hour, more or less, to sit down with each contractor. You might be speaking with a salesperson or even the owner. Both of you need time to ask questions and explore the possibilities. You will be surprised at how many options you have.

Seven Questions to Ask Your Roofer

Landmark™ Shingles - Color: Resawn Shake. When you choose Landmark shingles, you make the decision that assures the beauty, durability and security of your home for generations.

Landmark™ Shingles – Color: Resawn Shake. When you choose Landmark shingles, you make the decision that assures the beauty, durability and security of your home for generations.

1. What is the full name and address of the company?
2. Does the company carry insurance?
3. Is the company a licensed or credentialed contractor?
4. How long has the company been in business?
5. Will the company provide referrals or references from previous jobs?
6. What is the company’s workmanship warranty?
7. What is the company’s track record for solving customer complaints?

Landmark™ IR - Color: Colonial Slate. This impact resistant shingle has a tough fiber glass reinforced base to help achieve the highest impact resistant rating from U.L.

Landmark™ IR – Color: Colonial Slate. This impact resistant shingle has a tough fiber glass reinforced base to help achieve the highest impact resistant rating from U.L.

 

In CertainTeed’s publication, Homeowners Guide: Choosing a Roofing Contractor, you will find suggested answers to these questions. By asking, then listening carefully to their answers, you will be better equipped to make an informed decision about your roofing contractor. We invite you view educational videos CertainTeed has produced to further assist you with your roofing project. Or stop in and speak to one of our Building Material Specialists in Petoskey, Harbor Springs, Gaylord, and soon in Traverse City. They will help you select the best CertainTeed roofing shingle for your project.

Kitchen & Bath Industry Show – 2015 TRENDS

Marci Gibson

Marci Gibson~ Marci Gibson, Kitchen & Bath Designer, Preston Feather Building Centers, Harbor Springs

 ~ Marci Gibson, Kitchen & Bath Designer, Preston Feather Building Centers, Harbor Springs

In late January, my fellow Harbor Springs Designer, Bonnie Hill, and I attended the Kitchen and Bath Industry (KBIS) show in Las Vegas. The Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) is North America’s premier annual event dedicated to the kitchen and bath industry.

Owned by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), KBIS is an inspiring, interactive platform that showcases the latest product innovations and trends from leading kitchen and bath brands. Each year kitchen and bath designers, dealers, architects, builders, and re-modelers from all over the world attend KBIS to not only discover the newest product innovations, but to also take advantage of the education and networking. As one of the newest designers at Preston Feather Building Centers, it was an honor to attend.

During the three-day show, Bonnie and I spent hours on the exhibition floor taking in hundreds of displays from industry-related manufacturers from all over the world. My impressions of the top trends include the following four examples.

 


Reclaimed Wood

Left: Reclaimed wood covers appliances in this kitchen display. Right: Reclaimed wood is used as a feature wall in this contemporary bath display.

RECLAIMED WOOD, Left: Reclaimed wood covers appliances in this kitchen display. Right: Reclaimed wood is used as a feature wall in this contemporary bath display.

Natural reclaimed woods were highlighted many times during the show this year at KBIS. Recycled in a variety of ways, these vendors took a modern approach using a rustic material, covering appliances and applied for an accent wall.


Unique Storage

Left: A uniquely shaped drawer captures often wasted space in bath vanities. Right: Power where you need it, and extra deep drawers are featured in this Kohler display.

Left: A uniquely shaped drawer captures often wasted space in bath vanities. Right: Power where you need it, and extra deep drawers are featured in this Kohler display.

New innovative ways to gain vanity storage was prominent at this year’s show. Hardware Resource uses an otherwise wasted space as an opportunity to add valuable storage in a small vanity. Kohler displays an option for power access and deep drawers to accommodate all of our bathroom necessities.


 

Faux Wood

Left: Faux wood porcelain tile is featured in this shower display. Center: Faux wood figures prominently as a focal point in this spa-like vanity display. Right: Faux wood plastic laminate is a durable material for use on furniture.

FAUX WOOD, Left: Faux wood porcelain tile is featured in this shower display. Center: Faux wood figures prominently as a focal point in this spa-like vanity display. Right: Faux wood plastic laminate is a durable material for use on furniture.

Faux wood products were very captivating items at KBIS 2015. From tile to laminate, there were many different ways to incorporate wood style into the home without compromising appearance. Faux wood porcelain tile is seen used as flooring, shower walls, and even accent walls. Formica plastic laminate also picked up on the trend and displayed their new salvaged wood laminate on a large plank table.


 

Euro Style

Left: Incorporating a fireplace into your kitchen design adds a unique warmth to a contemporary design. Right: Slate cabinetry is one of the most unique displays at KBIS this year.

Left: Incorporating a fireplace into your kitchen design adds a unique warmth to a contemporary design. Right: Slate cabinetry is one of the most unique displays at KBIS this year.

Many cabinetmakers displayed modern, simply-styled cabinetry derived from the European style. Masterbrand incorporated a fireplace to streamline their sleek cabinetry. BKBG took a different approach by using slate for the surface of their cabinetry creating a unique and contemporary impression.

These four trend highlights are just the beginning of many exciting design possibilities for 2015. At Preston Feather Building Centers, we can help you find the right look for your kitchen and bath projects whether you prefer rustic, traditional, cottage, or contemporary styling. Learn more about us at www.prestonfeather.com, or give me a call at 231-348-1346.