I’m very excited to announce the opening of my new company!
Raleigh’s Habitat for Humanity Restore still seems to be a bit of a secret most days. Â But there are some days when it’s very crowded and there’s a long line at the checkout withÂ shoppers waiting to pay forÂ things I wish I had discoveredÂ first.
The inventory changes daily, so I personally likeÂ to shop there several times a week, often leaving empty-handed, but frequently hauling home treasures that add to the beauty and value of my own home.
You can buy new and gently used building materials, home appliances, furniture, light fixtures, cabinetry, flooring, ceiling fans, doors, windows, tile, hinges, doorknobs, windows, all at a fraction of the retail price. Â Shopping at a Habitat Restore is rewarding when you happen upon a bargain, but it’s also satisfying knowing that your purchase supports the Habitat for Humanity mission of helping people find decent places to live.
Take a peek at what the Habitat Restore on Raleigh Boulevard has to offer:
With extreme temperatures forecast here in the Raleigh area, it’s important to take steps to protect your home from the damage that can be caused by water pipes freezing and bursting.
- Close your crawlspace vents or cover them with cardboard.
- Disconnect your outdoor water hoses and cover the faucets.
- Keep your kitchen and bathroom sink faucets dripping overnight.
- Keep the cabinets under your sinks open.
- Turn on a faucet or two and flush the toilet in the middle of the night.
- Empty the ice in your freezer so your ice maker keeps your water pipes busy.
Are you inspired by our current cold snap to do some spring cleaning around your house so that you’ll have plenty of time for outside activities when our temperatures return to normal?Â Don’tÂ forget the medicine cabinet! And instead of just throwing unneeded or expiredÂ prescription and over-the-counter medications in yourÂ trash, whereÂ theyÂ can end up in our drinking water, bringÂ themÂ onÂ Saturday, April 23rd toÂ one of the fourÂ Raleigh pharmacies participating in theÂ City of Raleigh’s Medication Drop-Off Event.
- Blue Ridge Pharmacy – 2601 Blue Ridge Road
- Falls River Pharmacy – 10930 Raven Ridge Road
- Hayes-Barton Pharmacy – 2000 Fairview Road
- Josef’s Pharmacy – 2100 New Bern Avenue
This beautiful Neoclassical Revival house was originally built by Julius and Martha Levin in 1914 and restored by Sam Tarlton in 2001. Â On Saturday, February 20, 2016, the Levin-Tarlton House wasÂ moved from its original site at 208 N. Harrington Street to 414 New Bern Avenue in Downtown Raleigh’s Historic Oakwood neighborhood.
I really enjoyed seeing how the house-moving process works these days. Â Instead of a big tractor pulling the house through the streets, there’s a generator on the porch of the house and a person controlling the movement with something like a joystick. Â Almost like playing with a remote-control car! Â Check out this video from the Raleigh News & Observer.
Here are photographs showing some of the Levin-Tarlton House’s journey to its new location, passing by some of the major landmarks in Downtown Raleigh. The Capitol, the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, and the Legislature were along the route.
It takes a lot of manpower and a lot of equipment to move a house through the streets of a city.
And here is the house finally landing on its new lot, where I’m sureÂ it will settle in and be a happy home as the newest addition to the Historic Oakwood neighborhood.