Volume 1 – Issue One

Volume 1 – Issue One

pdf    ‘ For many years I have wanted to create a newsletter that highlighted the changes, growth and improvements that we have been making here at Liberty Hill Construction. Finally, we have completed Volume 1, Issue 1 of “News from the Hill.”

Creating the first newsletter has been exciting. Our goal is that this newsletter and the issues to follow will keep you current on changing trends in the
remodeling industry and changes within our company. We hope it will also assist you with decisions you may be considering as you continue to invest in your most important asset, your home.

Since its inception, Liberty Hill Construction has been fortunate to experience continual growth. By developing lasting relationships with you, our clients and professional trade partners, our business continues to prosper even through
difficult economic times. Remodeling your home is a significant decision, and we thank you for placing your trust in us. Your support and trust has helped
us to become one of the leading design/build companies in the greater Bedford area.

Thank you for your letters, referrals, and taking the time to read through “News from the Hill.” We always welcome and look forward to your ideas and input. Please contact us at any time. ‘

Sincerely,

Greg Rehm, CGP, CAPS

Building on Hope

Building on Hope 2012

This year, Building on Hope chose to renovate a 27 year old former church that houses Girls, Inc. The building was in need of major renovations, repairs and cosmetic work. The center offers a wide variety of services and programs for girls, their families and community members. Each day approximately 100 at-risk girls attend the Manchester Girls Center and benefit from a program that handles challenging issues facing girls each day. Beyond the enrichment and personal development programs, each evening Girls, Inc. provides from 5 to 50 families with a hot, nutritious meal in a safe, family friendly environment. It was an honor and privilege to be one of the Project Managers on this two week “build”.

Community Service

Community Service

We believe that it is important to “give back” to the communities we live and work in. We hope that you enjoy reviewing some of the projects we will participate in over the next few years as we practice “participate in your community” spirit.

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Faerie-Folk Festival at Peter Woodbury School

The creative elves at Liberty Hill Construction have been hard at work building a tiny custom dwelling from entirely natural materials to display at the upcoming Faerie-Folk Festival at Peter Woodbury School in Bedford. This magical family event took place on Saturday June 1st from 11:00a.m. to 3:00p.m. All proceeds benefited the school’s Outdoor Schoolyard.

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Liberty Hill Construction featured in nhmagazine.com

Outdoor Living

By Erica Thoits

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Here in New Hampshire, we know that warm weather is something to be cherished. Come the first borderline spring day until the snow nearly flies, Granite Staters are out and about in their yards gardening, grilling, hosting friends, reading, swimming and generally living in the out of doors as much as possible.

However, we Granite Staters are also all too familiar with nature’s problems – mosquitoes, black flies, gnats, rain and the threat of sunburn, to list a few. It’s great to have functional outdoor “rooms” where you can cook, lounge and entertain, but when the winged pests descend or the clouds threaten to put a damper on your plans, it’s always nice to have a space ready when you need to retreat. A screened-in porch with access to both your outdoor and indoor areas is a great way to experience the best of both worlds. They can have all the comforts of a living room (couch, TV, refrigerator) with the feeling and smells of warm summer air all around.

“The whole outdoor living area has become really popular,” says Greg Rehm of Liberty Hill Construction in Bedford. Many homeowners, he adds, are opting to transform existing space into different outdoor areas, rather than committing to building whole new additions.

The home pictured on the opening page is an example of this. Rehm and Liberty Hill Construction took a 12-year-old deck that had begun to crumble and turned it into a grilling/dining area and screened-in porch. They also included a fire pit – another oft-requested item, adds Rehm – and a hot tub that are surrounded by a landscaped back yard where the family’s children can play. All of this was completed in six weeks.

The airy screened-in porch (pictured on page 42) offers the family a place to enjoy the outdoors with all the comforts of being inside. With a television, seating area and refrigerator, it’s now a three-season living room.

The use of natural wood in porches like this one is a very popular choice, says Rehm. It offers a cozy cabin-like feel while also offering an easier-to-maintain exterior. Natural woods create an almost rustic feeling, setting it apart from the rest of the formal house.

For the Ball family, who owns the home pictured on the opposite page, the goal of this three-month project was to create an outdoor living area that served a number of different purposes – a place for the kids to play, family gathering space and independent areas for entertaining – around the back yard and above-ground pool.

Above all, homeowner Mona Ball says the project was aimed at giving her family a way to comfortably spend time outdoors outside of the pool.

“We wanted a space that was sort of a combination of indoor and outdoor that we could enjoy with families and kids,” she says.

The biggest challenge in completing her vision, says Rehm, was building an aesthetically pleasing structure while working with the height of the back of the house and existing landscaping.

The end result is the addition of a multilevel deck with staircases on both sides. The homeowners also added a new screened-in porch (pictured on pages 40-41).

While the project may have been a challenge, Ball says she and her family couldn’t be happier with the results.

“We absolutely love it,” she says. “It’s our favorite room in the house.”

Ball says her only complaint is that the room can’t be a year-round fixture.

“I wish the warm weather season was longer here so we could enjoy it more,” she says. NH

Top Five Home Maintenance Projects

Manchester, NH , May 2010 – During National Remodeling Month this May, review some tips from professional remodelers on maintaining your greatest investment, your home. Regular home inspection and repair will help maintain the condition of your home and save on costly emergencies in the future.

An informal poll of professional remodelers revealed five tips for maintaining your home to keep it in top condition and support home value. Proper home maintenance should start with a regular inspection of the homes exterior and the heating and cooling system to ensure the home is running smoothly.

Inspect the roof.

An examination of the roof will reveal spots that need repair, preventing leaks that ruin home interiors and valuables. Regular roof maintenance prevents roof problems leading to structural damages and other expensive emergencies.

Add insulation.

Most houses can benefit from installing or repairing the insulation barrier in the home. Adequate attic insulation, in particular, keeps the home from losing energy with wasted heating and cooling. A better insulated home means less work for the heating and cooling system and lower energy bills.

Repaint surfaces.

A fresh coat of paint does wonders for a home by updating the color palette and giving the home a shiny new start. Quality paint jobs also protect surfaces and prevent problems like rotting wood. Consider using no- or low-VOC paints for reducing fumes while drying and keeping the home air quality more comfortable.

Monitor flashing and caulking.

Worn window flashing and caulking allows water to penetrate the walls, causing damage to drywall and framing. Asking a professional to inspect windows can prevent water intrusion, saving thousands in major repairs down the road. Additionally, examine caulking and sealing in bathrooms to ensure water isn’t leaking into walls or floors.

Check the water heater and heating and cooling system.

Waiting until the water heater, furnace, or air-conditioning fails will cost more in emergency repairs. Bring in experts to assess these units to ensure they are functioning and receive needed repairs. Newer water heaters and HVAC systems can increase home efficiency, bringing down water and energy bills.

For more information about remodeling, visit www.libertyhillcosntruction.com

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About Liberty Hill Construction

Established in 1998 by Greg Rehm, General Contractor and Owner, Liberty Hill Construction LLC serves primarily the Bedford, NH area, as a contracting company specializing in client relations. With strong communication skills and various designations throughout the industry, he has built a contracting business that focuses on its customers. Liberty Hill Construction has completed over a hundred projects ranging from master suite additions, finished basements, great rooms, kitchen and bath remodels and additions, freestanding carriage houses and garages, sunrooms and decks.

About NAHB

The National Association of Home Builders is a Washington-based trade association representing more than 205,000 members involved in home building, remodeling, multifamily construction, property management, subcontracting, design, housing finance, building product manufacturing and other aspects of residential and light commercial construction. Known as “the voice of the housing industry,” NAHB is affiliated with more than 800 state and local home builders associations around the country. NAHB’s builder members will construct about 80 percent of the almost 1.6 million new housing units projected for 2002, making housing one of the largest and most powerful engines of economic growth in the country.

About the Remodelers™ Council

The NAHB Remodelers™ Council is the department of the National Association of Home Builders that represents and serves the interests of its 10,000 remodeler members as well as other NAHB members involved in the remodeling industry. Through a federation of 150 local Remodelers Councils nationwide, and the national office, the Council provides information, education and certification to improve the business and construction expertise of its members and to enhance the professional image of the industry. “Remodeler” is the trademarked identifier of NAHB members active in the remodeling industry. For more information on the

For More information:

Liberty Hill Construction, 58 Liberty Hill Road, Bedford, NH 03110 Phone: 603.472.4414 www.libertyhillconstruction.com.

Remodelers™ Council and the CAPS program, Sean Downey, 800-368-5242 ext. 8451.

NAHB, 1201 15th Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20005 (800) 368-5242 www.nahb.com.

Greg Rehm of Liberty Hill Construction in Bedford installed as President of the Greater Manchester Home Builders Association

Bedford, NH, November 13, 2009 – Greg Rehm, Owner of Liberty Hill Construction recently was installed as President of the Greater Manchester Home Builders Association.

The Greater Manchester Home Builders Association (GMHBA) strives toward improving the quality and professionalism of the local residential construction industry. The Association helps the residential construction professional stay informed of the latest industry trends, new building technology, innovative financing plans, changes in state and local building codes and ordinances.

Rehm also serves as Chairman of the Remodeler’s Council for the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of New Hampshire (HBRANH), which provides educational opportunities designed to enhance sound business practices, improve professional skills and discuss relevant industry related issues.

In addition to his roles with the associations, Greg recently volunteered his time and expertise to completing the “Storybook Cottage” at the Peter Woodbury School in Bedford, NH.

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About Liberty Hill Construction

Established in 1998 by Greg Rehm, General Contractor and Owner, Liberty Hill Construction LLC serves primarily the Bedford, NH area, as a contracting company specializing in client relations. With strong communication skills and various designations throughout the industry, he has built a contracting business that focuses on its customers. Liberty Hill Construction has completed over a hundred projects ranging from master suite additions, finished basements, great rooms, kitchen and bath remodels and additions, freestanding carriage houses and garages, sunrooms and decks.
About NAHB

The National Association of Home Builders is a Washington-based trade association representing more than 205,000 members involved in home building, remodeling, multifamily construction, property management, subcontracting, design, housing finance, building product manufacturing and other aspects of residential and light commercial construction. Known as “the voice of the housing industry,” NAHB is affiliated with more than 800 state and local home builders associations around the country. NAHB’s builder members will construct about 80 percent of the almost 1.6 million new housing units projected for 2002, making housing one of the largest and most powerful engines of economic growth in the country.
About the Remodelers™ Council

The NAHB Remodelers™ Council is the department of the National Association of Home Builders that represents and serves the interests of its 10,000 remodeler members as well as other NAHB members involved in the remodeling industry. Through a federation of 150 local Remodelers Councils nationwide, and the national office, the Council provides information, education and certification to improve the business and construction expertise of its members and to enhance the professional image of the industry. “Remodeler” is the trademarked identifier of NAHB members active in the remodeling industry. For more information on the

For More information:
Liberty Hill Construction, 58 Liberty Hill Road, Bedford, NH 03110 Phone: 603.472.4414 www.libertyhillconstruction.com.

Remodelers™ Council and the CAPS program, Sean Downey, 800-368-5242 ext. 8451.

NAHB, 1201 15th Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20005 (800) 368-5242 www.nahb.com.

Greg Rehm Receives the Gold Award at the annual HBRANH Cornerstone Awards

Manchester, May 13, 2009: Greg Rehm, CGR, CGP, CAPS, of Liberty Hill Construction, Inc in Bedford, NH received the prestigious GOLD Award at the Home Builders and Remodelers Association Cornerstone Awards. There were over 200 members in attendance to witness Rehm be honored for his master craftsmanship in the design of this unique project.

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Rehm states “This warm and cozy modified mission-style theater located on the 3rd floor of this stately home in Bedford, New Hampshire was a childhood dream of owners”. Liberty Hill Construction designed and built this space to meet the needs of the client delivering a simple, functional and elegant theater for entertainment. The challenge on this project was to provide the client’s desired atmosphere while retrofitting a complicated HVAC solution, managing ambient light from two skylights in the space, accommodating full theater sounds with no disruption to the adjacent bedrooms, and completing the project within 10 weeks from its conception.

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Epson Pro Cinema 1080(Projector), SMX acoustically transparent screen, Integra DPC-9.8 (Preamp, /Processor), Integra DTA-9.4 (7 Channel Amp), Panasonic BMP-BD10 (Blu-ray player), Motorola DCH-3214 (Hi- Def Cable/DVR), Furman Elite15i (Power conditioner w/rack lights), 3 PSB CHS80 (Front L+C+R speakers), 2 PSB CW383 (In-wall speakers, surround), 2 PSB CW180 (In-ceiling speakers back Surround), 2 CHS212 (Sub woofers), Nevo Q50 (RF remote control), 8 BASS Industries European Black Leather (row 1: 4 seats, row 2: 2+2 motorized in connected loveseat configuration), Middle Atlantic SRSR-4 (Slide out rack with Custom RSH shelves and vents), Microwave, Refrigerator, Granite bar and counter tops, wall sconces, step lights, Cherry cabinets, Cherry lift-up coffee table in front row.

Warm and cozy modified mission style Bedford, NH Theater is located in the 3rd floor of this stately home. This theater was designed to host many types of events. The Home Owners, Wayne and Teri Williams opened the theater with a fund raising reception for a non-profit local health organization serving the community. Many Red Sox and Patriot parties and movie nights in this self contained space. The staircase winds it’s way up to the cozy landing overlooking the great room just outside the entrance to the theater. The goal was to design a theater that was simple but elegant with rich dark cherry millwork and cabinets to match and of course an awesome experience. The cherry cabinets and shallow gentlemen’s standing bar, behind the 2nd row, are topped with granite tops and back splashes. Walls are trimmed out with Classic Dark Cherry with in-laid panels made from acoustic material and stretch woven fabrics. All but the two back surround speakers are hidden in the wall, meeting the Home Owner’s request for the experience not the technology. The boyhood dream of having a movie theater in His home was finally a reality.

The experience was accomplished with an SMX acoustically transparent screen and the center speaker located behind to place the dialog where you would expect without sacrificing image quality. The PSB speakers are hidden in the walls behind acoustic wall panels. This theater gave the two Wow’s they where looking for. The first Wow as you walk in and see the Rich comfortable interior and the second for when the show begins…. Picture first and then the clean, tight, dynamic sound experience that you can listen to all day long without growing tired. And we can’t forget the icy cold beverages and yummy snacks. The rich European leather seats built by Bass Industries where the ones he immediately chose after just one seating.

The plush carpeting is great for the three grandchildren to sit around the lift up cherry table in front of the 1st row. There have been many a performance held by the rising stars as they entertain family and friends with their singing and dancing abilities.

This theater was designed and built with the ability to easily upgrade to the latest technology without having to disrupt the room. The front stage was built in sections so as to remove easily to replace the HVAC systems and access to side walls and wire chases thru removable acoustic insert panels in the custom cherry woodwork. All electronics are housed in a Pull Out Swiveling Middle Atlantic rack with custom laser cut faceplates for all the equipment. An activity based color touch screen remote control with “Watch Movie”, “Watch HD TV” and a “Goodnight” button to make the control of the system simple and easy for all. This theater brings lots of smiles to the happy moviegoers. The best part is that they get to have real butter on their popcorn.

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About Liberty Hill Construction

Established in 1998 by Greg Rehm, General Contractor and Owner, Liberty Hill Construction LLC serves primarily the Bedford, NH area, as a contracting company specializing in client relations. With strong communication skills and various designations throughout the industry, he has built a contracting business that focuses on its customers. Liberty Hill Construction has completed over a hundred projects ranging from master suite additions, finished basements, great rooms, kitchen and bath remodels and additions, freestanding carriage houses and garages, sunrooms and decks.

About NAHB

The National Association of Home Builders is a Washington-based trade association representing more than 205,000 members involved in home building, remodeling, multifamily construction, property management, subcontracting, design, housing finance, building product manufacturing and other aspects of residential and light commercial construction. Known as “the voice of the housing industry,” NAHB is affiliated with more than 800 state and local home builders associations around the country. NAHB’s builder members will construct about 80 percent of the almost 1.6 million new housing units projected for 2002, making housing one of the largest and most powerful engines of economic growth in the country.

About the Remodelers™ Council

The NAHB Remodelers™ Council is the department of the National Association of Home Builders that represents and serves the interests of its 10,000 remodeler members as well as other NAHB members involved in the remodeling industry. Through a federation of 150 local Remodelers Councils nationwide, and the national office, the Council provides information, education and certification to improve the business and construction expertise of its members and to enhance the professional image of the industry. “Remodeler” is the trademarked identifier of NAHB members active in the remodeling industry.

For more information on the For More information:

Liberty Hill Construction, 58 Liberty Hill Road, Bedford, NH 03110 Phone: 603.472.4414 www.libertyhillconstruction.com.

Remodelers™ Council and the CAPS program, Sean Downey, 800-368-5242 ext. 8451.

NAHB, 1201 15th Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20005 (800) 368-5242 www.nahb.com.

Greg Rehm of Liberty Hill Construction in Bedford earns Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist (CAPS) Designation

Providing Safety and Comfort Solutions for Better Senior Living
Bedford, NH, April 28, 2009 – Greg Rehm of Liberty Hill Construction recently became one of a select group of professionals nationwide to earn the Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) designation, identifying Greg as one of the building industry’s top professionals with skills and knowledge specific to home modifications for aging-in-place. Liberty Hill Construction provides a unique approach to the remodeling industry by anticipating the needs of their clients, and recommending the most effective plans for meeting those needs.

“It was important to us that our contractor had all of the necessary credentials,” said (a mature market customer), “We knew so little about the requirements of home building, and what to expect. It was comforting to learn about Liberty Hill and all of the educational requirement they maintain. We always felt safe with our Greg.”

The CAPS program with created by the Remodelers™ Council of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), in collaboration with the NAHB Research Center, NAHB Seniors Housing Council, and the AARP. The CAPS designation program teaches the technical, business management and customer service skills essential to compete in the fastest growing segment of the residential remodeling industry—home modifications for the mature market.

CAPS was developed to help home remodeling professionals meet the needs of the 77+ million Baby Boomers that will reach retirement age in the first years of the 21st century. The CAPS designation identifies remodelers that have been trained to help retirees and older adults remain in their homes safely, independently and comfortably, regardless of income or ability level, and continue to live in a familiar environment throughout their maturing years.

In three days of coursework, the CAPS curriculum incorporates a variety of information tailored to aging-in-place home modifications, including: background on the older adult population; communication techniques; common aging-in-place remodeling projects; marketing to the aging-in-place market; common barriers and solutions; codes and standards; product ideas and resources; and business management.

CAPS program graduates are required to maintain their designation by attending continuing education programs and/or participating in community service projects. CAPS classes are offered through local and state home building associations and at national trade shows, including NAHB’s International Builder’s Show and the Remodelers’ Show.

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About Liberty Hill Construction

Established in 1998 by Greg Rehm, General Contractor and Owner, Liberty Hill Construction LLC serves primarily the Bedford, NH area, as a contracting company specializing in client relations. With strong communication skills and various designations throughout the industry, he has built a contracting business that focuses on its customers. Liberty Hill Construction has completed over a hundred projects ranging from master suite additions, finished basements, great rooms, kitchen and bath remodels and additions, freestanding carriage houses and garages, sunrooms and decks.
About NAHB

The National Association of Home Builders is a Washington-based trade association representing more than 205,000 members involved in home building, remodeling, multifamily construction, property management, subcontracting, design, housing finance, building product manufacturing and other aspects of residential and light commercial construction. Known as “the voice of the housing industry,” NAHB is affiliated with more than 800 state and local home builders associations around the country. NAHB’s builder members will construct about 80 percent of the almost 1.6 million new housing units projected for 2002, making housing one of the largest and most powerful engines of economic growth in the country.
About the Remodelers™ Council

The NAHB Remodelers™ Council is the department of the National Association of Home Builders that represents and serves the interests of its 10,000 remodeler members as well as other NAHB members involved in the remodeling industry. Through a federation of 150 local Remodelers Councils nationwide, and the national office, the Council provides information, education and certification to improve the business and construction expertise of its members and to enhance the professional image of the industry. “Remodeler” is the trademarked identifier of NAHB members active in the remodeling industry. For more information on the

For More information:

Liberty Hill Construction, 58 Liberty Hill Road, Bedford, NH 03110 Phone: 603.472.4414 www.libertyhillconstruction.com.

Remodelers™ Council and the CAPS program, Sean Downey, 800-368-5242 ext. 8451.

NAHB, 1201 15th Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20005 (800) 368-5242 www.nahb.com.