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December 2017
Dear friend,

The winter holiday season has arrived and along with it comes those cooler temperatures. If you have beautiful floor tiles installed in your entrance foyer or your bathrooms at home, these floors can feel rather cold this time of year—unless you have also installed electric radiant underfloor heating. Keep reading to learn more.

As you are planning the menu for your upcoming holiday dinner, Carolie would like to share two of her favorite recipes. She knows they will make a scrumptious addition to your feast. As a matter of fact, the Sauerkraut Balls recipe is an award winner from last year’s Chef Night!

During the holidays it’s easy to lose sight of what really matters. A kindness, a smile, or just simply holding a door for someone can make all the difference in someone’s day. Christmas is the perfect time to keep our best foot forward and bless others—making wonderful memories that last forever.

Tim Ellis

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Holiday Recipes from Carolie

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Look at these beautiful photos of sauerkraut balls for an award-winning appetizer and blueberry dump cake for a delicious dessert to make for your Christmas or New Years party! Download the PDF to get both of these recipes:
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Guild Quality Survey by Brad and Megan

Brad and Megan C. of Bel Air, MD heard about T.W. Ellis through their Harford County Five Star Rated Homeowner Referral Guidebook and are now the happy owners of a beautiful new deck we built for them.

“I was satisfied that the project was done and it looks really great,” they remarked during their Guild Quality survey conducted on November 27, 2017, after their project was complete. It has been our great pleasure to have you as our clients, Brad and Megan! Thanks so much for responding to our Guild Quality survey.
T.W. Ellis  is looking for a carpenter to join our awesome team of professionals. This person should have least 15-20 years’ experience in all aspects of carpentry; be a professional with good communication skills; know how to read blue prints; be willing to work in any weather conditions; and must own a reliable vehicle and tools.

Interested candidates should submit a resume.

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Warm and Cozy Tile Floors

Porcelain tile is one of today’s most popular residential flooring materials. In addition to its durability and ease of maintenance, porcelain tile can make a huge fashion statement in your home. The 2017 Cersaie International Exhibit in September in Bologna, Italy inspired its many attendees with new terrazzo-look tiles, dramatic marble-effect slabs, geometric patterns, textured fabric-look, and an incredible variety of wood-look tiles. There are just so many gorgeous tiles to choose from that mixing different styles throughout the home is becoming a leading trend.

Despite the excitement of tile floors in your home’s entrance foyer, mudroom, sunroom, kitchen and bathrooms, during the cooler months that same tile can often feel chilly underfoot. Unfortunately, this can make the entire atmosphere in a room seem cold and uninviting to you and your guests. Envision a bathroom where you might find yourself stepping with bare feet onto an ice-cold tile floor when you finish taking your shower. B-r-r-r! For this reason, many homeowners are choosing to install electric radiant underfloor heating that can make a tile floor feel warm and cozy under your feet. The main goal, however, is to heat up the tile just enough for it to feel neutral, similar to how it typically feels on a warm summer’s day.

To install this type of heating, individual wires or a wire mesh is sandwiched between the finish layer of tile and the substrate. The advantage of the individual wires is that they are free form and can be fitted to irregularly shaped rooms and tight locations. A wire mesh, on the other hand, helps speeds up the installation process. It is available in rolls that will cover large areas quickly and can be trimmed and spliced to fit the size and shape of the room. For even faster installation, custom-fit mats may be designed to fit your room's exact dimensions. Smaller mats are also available for use in specific areas of a room, such as the floor space directly in front of the bathroom vanity. Certain mats are safe for wet-locations, and can be used to warm your shower floor and shower bench.  

The electric wires provide a low heat that slowly transfers to the tiles, making them warm to the touch. The tiles will radiate the warmth into the room, eventually raising the room temperature, and they will hold heat for a long time, even after the system is turned off. Radiant heat provides an even and discreet method of heat distribution, unlike a drafty and noisy forced air system. However, it is generally more pricey to operate and therefore better suited to smaller areas, such as bathrooms and mudrooms. It is also a good option for heating additions to your home, without the need to extend HVAC ductwork. A programmable thermostat with setback features will ensure that your floor is heated only when the room is being used, which will save you money.

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Forest Hill, MD 21050


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Since 2002, we have been a customer service oriented company that is fully committed to communication, industry certification, continuing education, and quality craftsmanship. You can depend on us to exceed your expectations for your project.
• 2014 NAHB Remodeler of the Year
• 2012 HBAM Builder of the Year
• 2009 HBAM Remodeler of the Year
• 2015 NGBS Advisory Committee
• Master Deck Professional
• Graduate Master Remodeler
• Master Certified Green Professional
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• Certified Green Professional
• Certified Aging-in-place Specialist
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