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  • The Home Mechanics Upgrade Local Restaurant


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    At this point in the calendar year when going out to grab a bite to eat, it is essential to find a spot that not only has great food but provides comfort in contrast to the freezing temperatures.

    The Plain Dealer recently produced a list of 15 such restaurants, where the quality of the cuisine is matched by the coziness. Fronting that list was The Fairmount Martini and Wine Bar, located in Cleveland Heights. The paper described it as a “relaxed atmosphere” with “classed-up neighborhood bar aesthetic.”

    Adding to the restaurants’ aesthetics, Reilly Painting and Contracting completed interior painting, carpentry work and retiled floors as recently as a few weeks ago. Visitors have been quick to notice the upgrades, as the menu is now complimented by an unbeatable setting. It has become a go-to for local Cleveland residents to get out of the cold and enjoy a delicious meal.

    The Fairmount Martini and Wine Bar is located at 2448 Fairmount Blvd. in Cleveland Heights. Stop in any afternoon or evening for a drink or one of their inviting entrees.

    Interested in RPC upgrading your home or business? Contact us today.

    Photo courtesy of The Fairmount Martini and Wine Bar

    Filed under: Date Night, Painting & Remodeling

    Cleveland Temperature Drop May Lead to Pipes Bursting


    Cleveland Frozen Pipes

    2015 kicked off with a serious cold front in Cleveland, Ohio. While opinions on the cold weather (and the snow) may differ between you and your neighbor, there are a few things every Cleveland resident needs to know to protect their home during the winter. While stockpiling a bunch of good movies and stoking the fire is key to your life at home during these months, it is also essential you make sure to keep your pipes from freezing.

    To prevent this from happening make sure to wrap your pipes in insulation in the cooler parts of your home. Pipes tend to freeze when the outside temperature reaches 20 degrees or below. Continued freezing and expansion causes an increase in water pressure between the ice blockage and a closed faucet, leading to the burst.

    Take preventive measures including allowing water to drip slowly from your faucets and opening cabinets in kitchen and bathroom areas to allow warm air to circulate. Taking these necessary precautions can save you time and money, and you will ultimately avoid the hassle that comes with pipes that burst.

    If your pipes have already burst, we are a phone call or email away.  At Reilly Painting and Contracting, our team has years of experience insulating pipes and taking the burden off of homeowners’ shoulders. We provide a solution that is both efficient and effective.

    Find more information about winter home maintenance at: kiplinger.com

    Photo courtesy of rainbowintl.com

    Filed under: Fix That Leak, Home Mechanic Tips

    Newly Renovated “Smart Home” for Rent in Cleveland Heights


    Glynn Road Home For Rent Cleveland Heights

    Beautiful, newly renovated and “tech savvy” Cleveland Heights home for rent

    Growing up, everybody always wonders what the future will look like.  So far flying cars and silver jumpsuits haven’t really come to fruition, but the idea of a “smart home” isn’t as remote as you might think.  Several companies have been developing new technologies that rely on the concept of a smart home being more of an upgrade than an overhaul.  Instead of building new, fancy, expensive, tech-filled homes, these companies are trying to bring the “smart home” to every home, using installable devices.  This is a much more realistic vision, because it makes use of the structures we already have.

    Two of these devices have been getting a lot of publicity recently.  The Leeo Smart Alert nightlight is a beautiful device which acts as a high tech nightlight and smoke/carbon monoxide alarm monitoring system all in one.  If the Leeo detects your alarms going off, it notifies the people on your contact list immediately, so even when you’re away from home you can still keep tabs on what’s going on.  Then there’s also the Nest Learning Thermostat, which learns your schedule and preferences so it can program itself to keep your house at the perfect temperature, even when you’re away.  It can also be controlled from your phone, and reduces your energy costs.

    The great news is that Reilly Properties has been keeping an eye on all the latest technological developments, and we’re proud to announce that our newly remodeled “tech savvy” home will be available for rent on January 1st, 2015.  The Glynn Road Home is a gorgeous colonial home located in the historic and family friendly Forest Hill neighborhood of Cleveland Heights.  Recently remodeled, this four-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom home for rent in Cleveland Heights is the ideal place for you and your family to settle down in the Cleveland area.  The house is conveniently located to all the attractions of University Circle, including the Cleveland Clinic, Case Western Reserve University, and the Cleveland Art Museum.  Your family will enjoy visiting the Cleveland Orchestra, the Botanical Gardens, and countless restaurants and retail shops within just a few minutes’ drive.

    The Glynn Road Home is “tech savvy” because you can monitor and control your utilities and security system using your mobile device!  And the radiant heat floors will keep your family nice and warm during the frigid Cleveland winter.  With a finished attic and basement, hardwood floors throughout, and master bedroom fireplace, this home is a steal at only $1375 per month.  For more information on the Glynn Road Home or other Cleveland Heights rental properties, visit Reilly Properties’ webpage.  And if you know anyone looking to rent a home in Cleveland, keep this incredible home in mind!

    Filed under: Forest Hill News & Events, Gadgets & Technology

    Technology Tips for iPhone 6


    The new iPhone 6 has tons of new and improved features

    The new iPhone 6 has tons of new and improved features

    At Reilly Painting & Contracting, we like to stay abreast of cutting edge advancements in technology.  When you get a new phone, it can be overwhelming to figure out all the new bells and whistles, so here are some Apple iPhone6 tips for how to make the most out of the phone’s camera.

    The camera app on this smartphone allows you to adjust the exposure manually.  No more struggling with Cleveland’s changeable weather conditions to get the perfect lighting.  Now you can make sure your picture looks just the way you want it to, even after you’ve taken it.  And now since you don’t have to worry about lighting, you can take advantage of the camera’s timer.  Everyone will have time to say cheese when you set the timer, and the burst of shots when the countdown reaches zero will ensure that you have at least one great picture out of the bunch.  No more annoying blinks!  Burst shot is great for other occasions too, like when you’re trying to capture just the right moment during a sporting event.

    The iPhone 6 camera allows you to use a variety of different filters and tools to make your picture look its best.  Filters will give you endless possibilities to change the mood of your shot, and you can even try it in custom black and white.  Pictures can be cropped and edited using an array of parameters, without the need of additional software.  Another fun feature is the time lapse mode, which lets you take pictures over time that will become a video of that beautiful sunset against the Cleveland skyline that you’ve always wished you could capture.

    Apple has even taken care of how you find your pictures later.  A new feature lets you mark your favorite pictures as you take them, so they automatically get sent to your favorites folder.  And if you’re having trouble finding a picture from the vacation you took last month, just search for the location.  It doesn’t get any easier than that!

    For more details about how to make the most of the iPhone 6 camera, check out this article.

    Filed under: Fun Stuff, Gadgets & Technology, Home Office Tech Tips

    Fireplace Doors and Why You Need Them


    Fireplace doors can add safety, efficiency, and style to your home.

    Fireplace doors can add safety, efficiency, and style to your home.

    Winter is upon us in Cleveland, and those of you with fireplaces have probably already lit them a few times this year.  But here’s a serious question for you: Do you have fireplace doors?  Because you really should.  There are three main reasons that fireplace doors are important.

    1. Safety

    Fireplace doors protect your home and your family.  They create a barrier between burning hot flames and inquisitive children/pets.  They also keep the hot embers and sparks from you fire contained to the fireplace, and not on your flammable floors.

    2. Efficiency

    Have you ever felt a cold breeze blowing down your chimney into your house?  Or noticed that the hot air in your warm home is somehow escaping though your fireplace?  Fireplace doors prevent this by creating a thermal barrier between the air in your house and the outside air in the fireplace, so you won’t be fighting constantly to maintain the temperature of your home.

    3. Style

    Let’s face it.  The right fireplace door can add class and charm to your living space, at a very reasonable cost.  How can you go wrong?  With their prevention of injury and property damage, their improvement on energy efficiency, and their undeniable decorative style, fireplace doors may very well be the perfect home improvement this winter.

    For more information on fireplace doors, check out this article.  Photo courtesy of HGTV.

    Filed under: Gadgets & Technology, Home Mechanic Tips

    Good News for Baby Boomers: Robocars Will Be Here Sooner than You Think


    Lexus "Robocar" with Tom Cruise in 2002 Minority Report © Twentieth Century Fox

    Lexus “Robocar” with Tom Cruise in 2002 Minority Report © Twentieth Century Fox

    Usually we view technological advancements as being geared towards a younger crowd.  Surely, all of us at some point have witnessed a senior citizen smile apologetically as they explain: “I just can’t figure out these smartphones, my grandson has to show me how to use it.”  New technology is generally unfamiliar, and best utilized by those who have the time and eagerness to explore it.  But Google has been working on a new venture which, unexpectedly, may appeal more to older adults.

    Self-driving cars, or Robocars, as Google prefers to describe them, are anticipated to be a reality by 2020, and will be more marketable towards Baby Boomers, according to one Google insider.  The reason? Mobility.  As people age, mobility can be a major hurdle to overcome.  Along with physical limitations to movement as a result of aging, seniors often experience more difficulty driving.  This means they have to rely more on public transportation, which can be inconvenient and equally challenging.  Unfortunately, this results in many seniors becoming prisoners in their own homes, shut off from the outside world.

    Google sees Robocars as an answer to this problem.  Initially, they could be implemented in localized areas like retirement communities, acting as taxis or uber vehicles, but cheaper because there’s no driver.  The self-driving cars will probably be available at per-mile or monthly rates, making them an economical choice for people on a fixed income.  There are still some issues with the logistics of getting Robocars on the road, but Google sees it as a high probability that we’ll be seeing them within the next decade.

    Audi "Robocar" with Will Smith in 2004 iRobot © Twentieth Century Fox

    Audi “Robocar” with Will Smith in 2004 iRobot © Twentieth Century Fox

    As Baby Boomers retire, they’re not going to want to settle down.  Robocars will give them the flexibility and mobility they need to continue living their fast paced lifestyle.  And while they may never appeal to the young, who typically enjoy the excitement and independence of driving (think Will Smith in iRobot), Robocars promise an independent future to a subset of the population that has never wanted to be tied down.

    Filed under: Gadgets & Technology

    Winter House Maintenance Tips


    Winter may have come early in Cleveland, but that doesn’t mean your house problems are hibernating.  Homeowners often forget that this cold weather can be rough on a home.  Don’t neglect your wintertime home maintenance, or you’ll find yourself in need of some seriously expensive repairs!  Luckily, Reilly Painting & Contracting provides year round service to make sure your home stays in the best condition, so you don’t have to worry about unexpected emergency fixes.

    Does your roof look like this?  Poor insulation means you need to call Reilly.

    Does your roof look like this? Poor insulation means you need to call Reilly.

    If your roof has the charming look of icicles lacing its edges during the winter, you shouldn’t be so charmed.  Icicles mean that you have poor insulation and you’re losing heat, which causes the snow on your roof to melt and form icicles over the edge.  Cleveland contractors Reilly Painting & Contracting can help fix these insulation problems and make your home more energy efficient.  We also provide winter snow and ice removal.

    Icicles don't look as pretty when you realize that you're watching money leaking out of your home.

    Icicles don’t look as pretty when you realize that you’re watching money leaking out of your home.

    There are lots of areas in your home that may be inefficiently insulated, so it is always a good idea to do a yearly inspection of areas where you may be losing heat, like drafty doors and windows.  But maybe you’re more worried about your home’s foundation.  We also waterproof basements, so you don’t have to worry about water leaking in, ruining your foundation, and flooding your home.  And don’t forget, the number one cause of flooded basements is actually clogged and broken gutters!  When the water from your roof (and all that melting snow) isn’t getting channeled away from your home’s foundation, cracks and leaks develop.  It’s not too late to call Reilly Painting and Contracting and schedule a gutter cleaning, but don’t wait too long, because time’s running out.

    Filed under: Basement, Common Household Repairs, Fix That Leak, Roofing

    Snow Means More Tree Damage and Clogged Gutters


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    Call it an early Thanksgiving treat, but truth be told the crews at Reilly Painting and Contracting were a little surprised to have received an early dumping of snow. Did you feel the same?

    With such a huge amount of snow coming down, houses are now more susceptible to tree damage and clogged gutters. Phones at the office have been ringing off the hook with customers scheduling their fall gutter cleaning. It’s not too late to contact us and be placed on the fall gutter cleaning schedule. We’ll take care of unclogging the gutters and removing any tree damage or debris that may have fallen on the roof.

    So, why is this home maintenance task so important for your home?

    Fall gutter cleaning is an important part of preventative maintenance for your house. During the fall especially, leaves and plant matter build up in your gutters and cause clogs.  And gutter clogs mean that your gutter can’t function properly to channel water away from the house.  This might not seem like a big problem for winter, since most of the water we’ll be getting in the next few months will be frozen, but what happens when the January thaw rolls around?  And spring will be just around the corner before you know it.

    Clogged gutters can cause several serious problems for your house.  They’re the NUMBER ONE cause of basement water problems, because the water from the roof overflows and accumulates around the foundation of the house, creating leaks and a cracked foundation.  The water from backed up gutters can also lead to rotting wood around the gutter, and leaking roofs where the water sits because it has no channel for proper drainage.  The onset of winter only exacerbates this problem, because the freezing water expands, causing ice damns on the roof and more broken gutters.  And don’t think it’s only the house you have to worry about.  Water runoff from overflowing gutters can damage your driveway, create ice-slicks over your sidewalk, and wash away your landscaping.  All of this cost you tons of money!

    You don't want your gutters to look like this in the spring!

    You don’t want your gutters to look like this in the spring!

    Easy solution?  Get those gutters cleaned! Reilly Painting & Contracting in Cleveland provides fall gutter cleaning and repair services.  Don’t neglect this simple home maintenance step.  It will save you lots of money in the future, so contact us today.

     

     

    Photo provided by Window Washers

    Filed under: Common Household Repairs, Fix That Leak

    Take a Magic Leap


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    A mysterious company that made the internet “lose its mind” with a single 15 second clip.  Magic Leap, based in Florida, has developed a brand new technology they’re calling “Cinematic Reality”.  This technology is similar to augmented reality and virtual reality, but it’s supposed to be much more realistic and visually dazzling.

    The idea is that without needing to use a cumbersome headset, a person would see a digital image presented in actual reality, creating the illusion of something appearing in real life that’s not really there.  It uses digitized light fields to overlay images onto the real world.  It mixes the real with the unreal.  Industry insider Thomas Tull said, “It’s so badass, you can’t believe it”.

    Some experts have suggested this effect may be achieved by using a device that would project the image directly onto your retina, but so far Magic Leap has declined to disclose many details.  However, industry leaders are confident of the technology’s potential, with Google coming in as the biggest financial backer to date.

    This is definitely a revolutionary technology to watch.  It may soon change the way we experience reality forever.  To learn more about Magic Leap and see what clip made the internet “lose its mind”, check out the CNN video below:


     

    Filed under: Gadgets & Technology

    Fall Outdoor Work is a Race to the Finish


    Fall is a great time to make this small addition to your backyard

    Fall is a great time to make this small addition to your backyard.

    Fall is quickly slipping away from us, and there’s still so much to do!  While you’re working to make the inside of your home warm and welcoming for the upcoming holidays, don’t neglect the exterior.  Fall in Cleveland is the time when you should be putting your flower beds in order, addressing any insulation problems, and putting away all your warm weather gear.  A little preparation before the winder comes means a lot less work once it’s all over.

    But have you ever noticed that when you trying to put all of you tools and outdoor equipment away, there never seems to be enough room?  Storage is always a precious commodity, and often the tools are last on the totem pole.  I’m sure  I’m not alone when I confess that more than one spring thaw has caught me red-handed with a rusty trowel that didn’t quite make it back to the garage before the snow.

    Simple solution?  Build a shed.  Sheds aren’t the same tiny utilitarian outbuilding you may be familiar with.  These days sheds are a personal style statement, an accessory for your house, and better yet, a custom storage area that will be a joy to use year after year.  Imagine a place for every tool, and every tool in it’s place.  No more hanging your gardening hat on the rake,and say goodbye to tools strewn across the back porch.

    And the best part?  You don’t have to do it alone.  Cleveland Contractors Reilly Painting and Contracting can help you build a shed that’s uniquely you.  We’ll work with you to make sure it satisfies all of your needs.  And fall is the perfect time to get this project out of the way.  Just be sure to call us soon, you don’t want the snow to catch your tools unprepared.  Life is hectic; let Reilly Painting and Contracting take care of what we do best.

    For all of your house upgrades this fall, remember to contact Reilly Painting and Contracting.

    Photos and shed ideas provided by This Old House

    This country cottage shed is a perfect home for more than just tools

    All those little details make this country cottage shed a perfect home for more than just tools.

     

     

     

    When your shed looks this good, you actually want to use it.

    Filed under: Gardening & Landscaping
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