2018 Home & Garden Guide


Windows R Us is Pittsburgh’s premiere exterior replacement company and sells windows, roofing, siding, doors, gutters and shutters—anything a customer needs for the exterior of their home. Windows R Us carries vinyl replacement windows from Polaris Technologies and Thermal Industries and wood and Fiberglass windows from Pella and is a GAF-certified roofing contractor and James Hardie siding preferred contractor. We also offer a full line of vinyl siding as well.  

 Windows R Us rejects deceptive sales gimmicks like “buy one get one free” and huge discounts that try to cover up the MASSIVE markup competitors charge. Our motto is Don’t Pay Double! Our windows outperform any window on the market and have a much better price point because we embrace a “menu pricing” model.  We start with an extremely low base price and then let you choose what you want options you’d like to add. In other words, you only pay for what you want – and not for what you don’t. In addition, we offer a price match guarantee, so you can be confident knowing you got the very best deal! 

 We use factory-trained, fully insured installers for all our installations, and we have the fastest turnaround time in the industry. In most cases, our windows take four weeks from order to installation. On installation day, most normal sized houses are done in 1-2 days. Windows R Us also offers a variety of financing options available (subject to credit approval) through Greensky and Dollar Bank and also offers a discount to customers who prefer to use cash or check.  

 We would love the opportunity to help Pittsburgh homeowners create the home of their dreams. We say, “New home, same address.” Feel free to contact us at: 412-892-9960 or reach out via our website: Windowsruspittsburgh.com or email windowsrus@live.com 

Jane of All Trades Breathes New Life into Your Home

Jane of All Trades, LLC, can renew your home both inside and out. Laura Grunert, founder of Jane of All Trades, is a licensed contractor providing professional residential painting—interior and exterior—and landscape design projects from creating a masterplan through construction.

Hiring Jane of All Trades gives you the most value for your home repair or remodeling dollar. “Everyone knows that kitchens and baths add value. But a professional painting can refresh any space, and on the flip side, a non-professional (do-it-yourself) painting can detract from the value of your house. Updating a house with a cohesive and designed color scheme, decluttering and sometimes just re-arranging what you already have, can make the space seem brand new and current,” said Laura. “Adding entertaining spaces outside that are well designed and constructed, adds tremendous value to your property. Not only does it add to the size and versatility of your home, but it also retains its value over time.”

Janes of All Trades welcomes small as well as large projects. “For painting projects, I have a minimum daily rate. I do get called occasionally for the smallest of painting jobs, or a single plaster repair. I try to service those customers just the same, and often that small job leads to larger projects,” said Laura. “People are so grateful that I am willing to help them, because no one else would.”

“As for landscaping projects, I am a Landscape Architect, so I work with customers who need a professional design or large-scale planting plan, and who are ready to implement them,” said Laura. Some of the most popular projects are creating exterior entertaining spaces, patios, outdoor kitchens and fire features.

If you need to update your home, you need to contact, Jane of All Trades. “I am always somewhere between busy and crazy busy. At the moment, I am semi booked for painting projects as far out as June, but I have gaps that will be booked solid over the coming weeks. I design and plan landscaping projects year-round,” said Laura. For more information on Jane of All trades, visit the website at www.jane-ofall-trades.com.

 The Block Northway to Host Home Show and Business Expo 

By Janice Lane Palko 

On March 16 and 17, The Block Northway will host The Pittsburgh North Regional Chamber Home Show and Business Expo. “The Pittsburgh North Regional Chamber has hosted a Business Expo for many years. In order to attract a broader audience, we decided to enhance the event by adding the Home Show element,” said Patty Bittle, director, Marketing & Events for the Chamber. The event combines all the best elements of a home and garden show and a business-to-business expo in one location.  

The Block seemed to be the ideal venue for hosting the expo. “Members of the community we serve have been shopping at this location for decades and are extremely excited about the dramatic changes that have taken place over the past couple years. Not only is The Block’s brand new south atrium the perfect place to host an event, but the focus on creating a community gathering spot, rather than just another shopping center, makes it the ideal fit,” said Jamie Pavlot, director of Experience for The Block. 

The expo provides small business owners an opportunity to share innovative ideas, products and services with potential customers, as well as network with others in the local business community. Visitors will be able to speak with experienced professionals and discuss ideas to help improve their business and lifestyle. In addition to reaching Chamber Members and the greater business community, the event will also reach shoppers throughout the North Hills that may not potentially have had access to such vendors and businesses.  

Exhibitors include a diverse array of products and services, including home improvement, health care, education, business, restaurants, financial services and family entertainment. The expo will take place on Friday, March 16, from 4-8 p.m. and on Saturday, March 17, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. in The Block Northway’s new, 2-level south atrium, which is accessible from either the east side along McKnight Road (the entrance next to Core Life Eatery) or the west side near DSW Shoe Warehouse. 

For more information, visit: www.PghNorthChamber.com.