Archive for August, 2010

August: Be Cool

Posted on 06 August 2010 | Category: General

tipsHeat. Humidity. If there are two words that sum up the summer of 2010, it’s those. After a relatively mild 2009, all of Chicagoland is being reminded that, through much of the summertime, the Windy City’s wind blows hot and sticky.

Ready for some relief? This month, Get Dwell presents some tips and projects that can help you beat the heat.

Change Ceiling Fan Directions

Can’t remember which direction your ceiling fans are supposed to turn in the summertime? It’s counter-clockwise – CC, or country club, a summertime clue to help you remember. Ceiling fans cool a room by four to six degrees, allowing you to raise the thermostat and save money. tips2If you don’t have ceiling fans but have an outlet available, it only take about two hours to install a new fan.

Check Your Window A/C Units

Whether you do it yourself or hire a professional, installing a window air conditioning unit doesn’t take long. But installing it right is important. Take care that it’s secure. And if the weep holes and condensation system are not set-up correctly water can flow into your window sill and into your walls, causing extensive rot and mold issues.

Build a Shade Arbor

A backyard shade arbor provides cooler temperatures, an attractive yard feature, and privacy. They’re available in a variety of styles, and Get Dwell can design and build an arbor to meet any budget.

tips3Install a Porch Swing or Hammock

On hot days, just a little swing can provide relief. A porch swing generally takes one to hours to install but it can make a world of difference in your comfort.

Fix Screens and Windows

When cool days arrive, make the most of them by throwing open the windows and turning off the A/C. If you have a window or screen that needs to be repaired, call Get Dwell or take screens and windows with broken glass to Millen Hardware in Wilmette.

August Summer Specials

Take 10% off any work (labor only*)  involving ceiling fans, A/C , shade arbors, porch swings/hammocks, windows and screens.

Plus, because we’re having fun, we’re continuing these summer specials:

*Project must begin in August, 2010.

Helping Kids Help Kids

Posted on 06 August 2010 | Category: Featured Projects

paintersEmily Dana wanted something a little special for her Bat Mitzvah this year – she wanted her and her friends to help someone who needed it. So she talked to her parents, David Dana and Julie Schrager, about a service project that would be both beneficial for the community and fun for the two dozen 12- and 13-year-olds who would be her guests.

Both David and Julie had affiliations with both the YMCA and the YWCA, and through that relationship came across Y.O.U. (Youth Organization Umbrella), an Evanston-based nonprofit that provides academic enrichment, social development, and emotional support for children in need. The group’s facility, essentially an old house, was looking somewhat worn and both David and Emily felt a painting party would be the perfect cap to Emily’s Bat Mitzvah.

painters2David approached Get Dwell’s Darryl Rose about donating services that would lay the groundwork for the painting – patching, sanding and prepainting – and Rose gladly volunteered the services of the company’s Project Managers. Get Dwell also commissioned a color analyst who chose a light yellow color to replace the faded lime green that had covered the walls for years.

Following Emily’s Bat Mitzvah, all the guests walked to Y.O.U., picked up rollers, and went to work. Get Dwell was there to help out and demonstrate painting skills. Because the walls were primed and ready for paint, the kids were able to see the immediate and dramatic impact of their efforts.

The result was a more open and cheerier space for Y.O.U. and the children who depend on them, and a great lesson in the pleasures of giving back for Emily’s guests.

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Hardware Wonderland: Millen’s

Posted on 06 August 2010 | Category: General

millenWhen you’re in the home repair and maintenance business, you look for certain things from your hardware supplier – quality products, great selection, sound advice.  Get Dwell finds all that, and a whole lot more, at Millen Hardware in Wilmette.

Although it’s been a local fixture since approximately 1908 (nobody’s exactly sure when it opened its doors), Millen isn’t so much of a throw-back as a throw-forward – a place that sets a standard for service and selection that’s light years ahead of many of their competitors.

“We have experienced people on staff,” says Doug Sanders, Millen’s owner since 1985. “We’re always happy to help homeowners or contractors get the best results from what they buy here.”

millen3Sanders says the store’s commitment to buying American-made products whenever possible helps keep quality high. And he strives to stock items and offer services not widely available at big-box hardware stores.

“We have an in-store glass and screen-repair service,” Sanders says. “We maintain a big housewares section, including a large selection of lightbulbs. We try to stock items homeowners need, not just what sells the best.”

Millen also has a large e-commerce site featuring many items you’ll find in the store, and even some you won’t. It’s all part of a retail experience that exudes old-fashioned pride – in customer service, in the quality of what’s on the shelf and in the people they hire.

millen4Get Dwell’s Darryl Rose sums up Millen Hardware this way:

“The guys in the red vests are all professionals, deep in knowledge and extremely helpful. They stand behind their products and make shopping there a great experience.”


Stop by and see for yourself!

Millen Hardware
1219 Wilmette Avenue
millen2Wilmette, IL 60091
(847) 251-3060

Open Weekdays 7:30 am – 6:30 pm
Sat 8 am – 5:30 pm
Sun 9:30 am – 4 pm