August 2017 Writer / Ann Craig-Cinnamon Are you one of those people that planned to tackle home improvement projects this year but have found that the summer has flown by without getting them accomplished? Maybe you wanted to spruce up the backyard, add shade or protection to your deck or patio or do some indoor remodeling. Well, it’s not too late. In fact, late summer and fall are great times to do work on your home and yard. We have some tips and ideas from some experts in the home improvement field to help you check things off your “to do” list. The Smart Pergola Have you been dreaming of making your deck or patio more usable? Perhaps you’ve thought about adding a cover to make it less susceptible to the sun or a roof that allows use even in the rain. The Smart Pergola has your answer. The Smart Pergola is the exclusive distributor in Indiana for the Arcadia Luxury Louvered Roof. Claudio and Anna Bertolini, owners of The Smart Pergola, have been installing the system since 2014. “We sell and install the ideal patio Claudio and Anna Bertolini, owners of The Smart Pergola and deck cover system which can be opened, angled or closed with a remote controlled motorized operation. It is rain tight when closed with an integrated gutter system,” says Claudio. “The Smart Pergola, with its flexibility to become a closed roof or a standard pergola, offers protection from the elements. By angling the louvers against the sun, shade can be created with an open roof above, which stimulates air circulation underneath.” Customers say that it adds another flexible room to their house, while still keeping an outdoor area, says Anna. Others say they can now enjoy their outdoor area, which before was always either too hot or too wet. The Bertolinis add that it is maintenance free since it is made of high-end powder coated extruded aluminum and is the best-engineered system on the market with four patents, preventing water leaks between the louvers, and custom motors made in the U.S. It is also UL approved. With more than 4,000 installations in North America, the Arcadia Luxury Louvered Roof is specialized and entirely focused on the R&D and manufacturing of their Louvered Roof system, Claudio says. “We at The Smart Pergola are focused and specialized in the sale, installation, and service of this product with project managers and installation crews dedicated to this. The quality of our product and our service can be seen in the testimonials and in our A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.” In addition to more than 130 residential installations in the Indianapolis area, you can see The Smart Pergola in action at Woody’s Library Restaurant, Divvy restaurant, Convivio Italian Artisan Cuisine, Jamaican Reggae Grill and Peace Water Winery in Carmel; Napolese at The Fashion Mall at Keystone at the Crossing in Indianapolis; Rick’s Café Boatyard on Eagle Creek Reservoir; Sangrita Saloon and Ambrosia Restaurant in Broad Ripple; B’s Po Boy in Fountain Square; and others coming soon. You can check it out yourself at their showroom at Edgewood Building Supply at 430 W. Carmel Dr. in Carmel or at the Stone Center of Indiana at 19653 Six Points Rd. in Sheridan. Call 317-682-4072, visit TheSmartPergola.com or email info@TheSmartPergola.com. Pro Care Horticultural Services Summer is the time that many people decide to do landscape makeovers or add design elements to their yard. Whatever you might want to Owner Lowell Rolsky do in terms of landscaping, Pro Care Horticultural Services can help. Owner Lowell Rolsky describes his business as a landscape design, build, and maintenance firm that can create innovative and creative landscape solutions for their clients. “These all-encompassing solutions allow our customers the ability and opportunity to work with a single company dealing with anything and everything they may wish to consider within their unique, personal landscape. There's nothing cookie cutter about what we offer,” says Rolsky. Pro Care Horticultural Services, a family business started in 1972, works to create a true extension of a customer’s living space with patios, pergolas, structures, ornamental screens and walls, waterfalls, water features and fountains, pool and spa environments, landscape lighting, irrigation and audio and visual elements. “These are just a few of the services we can bring to the table,” says Rolsky. “We also have the ability to create a landscape paradise in phases or over the course of time, no matter how simple or how complicated, how large or how small. All this while still considering not just the monetary return on their investment, but perhaps more importantly, considering the customer’s personal return on this investment.” Rolsky says Pro Care Horticultural Services is the place to turn if you are looking for something uniquely you. “While there are many imitators attempting to create a total landscape experience for their customers, no one in Indianapolis and the surrounding community has more experience creating the types of landscape environments that you see in local and national magazines or even apps like Pinterest and Houzz more than Pro Care Horticultural Services.” Pro Care Horticultural Services is located at 9801 Commerce Dr. in Carmel. Call 317-872-4800, visit procarelandscapers.com or email email@example.com. Indy Home Design Center The two areas of a home that add the most value when renovated are the kitchen and bath, and Indy Home Design Center can help with those areas and a whole lot more. Owners Jack and Genta Powell have been in the home improvement and home furnishings business for as many as 40 years and have operated a home design center in Indianapolis since 2000. Genta says they provide all kinds of products for any type of project. “We have hundreds of top name suppliers representing home improvement items, such as cabinets for kitchens and baths, plumbing and lighting fixtures, flooring, tile, countertops, windows and window coverings, doors and millwork,” she says. “In the home furnishing category, we offer furniture for any room in the house as well as accent pieces, wall decor, rugs and even outdoor furniture.” Located in the Nora area, Genta says they are a one-stop shop. “We offer consumers the ability to come to one location and completely redo a room from top to bottom without running from store to store to find what they need. Customers are welcome to bring their contractor or decorator to assist in the planning and selection of products as well.” You can visit the Indy Home Design Center showroom at 8450 Westfield Blvd., Suite 100. Call 317-472- 9810, visit indyhomedesigncenter.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Screenmobile of Indianapolis Adding a screened-in porch, a motorized screen or a retractable awning can add usability to your backyard and value to your home, and Owner Ross Johnston Screenmobile of Indianapolis can provide those and more. Owner Ross Johnston says his family-owned franchise, which has been in business for 21 years, can provide screen porches, porch enclosures, retractable awnings, motorized screens, window frame and screens, retractable doors and screen doors. “We are a mobile company that provides the convenience of on-site services,” says Johnston. “We provide a professional on-site service with the highest quality products on the market for the best price. We have been exceeding customers’ expectations for over 21 years. You call, we screen! It's as simple as that. We are your professional local neighborhood screen repair provider. There's not a screen we can't handle.” Johnston also points out that not only do screens add value to your home, but they decrease heating and cooling bills and keep bugs out. Screenmobile of Indianapolis guarantees the fit of every screen and carries a variety of screen fabrics to meet your needs. Johnston says no job is too big or too small for Screenmobile, from insect protection and summer sun control to porch screen repair and new screen enclosures. Located at 12463 E. 86th St. in Indianapolis, call Screenmobile for a free estimate at 317-430-1705 or visit screenmobile.com/indianapolis.