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Here are some links to help you find subcontractors and vendors/suppliers for your next project.

Designers Websites:

Fine Line Home Design - are you thinking of renovating a home? Need help with Design? We draw on your ideas for Custom homes, renovation and additions. Serving Frederick and Washington Counties in Maryland.

Carpet & Flooring:

Potomac Tile & Carpet - Based in Frederick - Exceptional staff & product knowledge.

Window Manufacturers Websites:

Andersen - probably the most widely known brand - when someone doesn't know what brand to use, I specify their windows using Andersen model numbers

Pella - another very popular brand, well-known for their "Architect Series" and "Designer Series" -- for those on a budget, check out the "Pella Proline" collection

Weathershield - have several unique window shapes & grille patterns as stock items

Marvin - one of the few to offer a "true divided light" window -- have a vinyl window called "Marvin Integrity"

Caradco - not as well known, but one of my repeat architect clients swears by them

Velux - makers of skylights

Door Manufacturers Websites:

Thermatru - for entry doors

Premdor - another popular entry door company

Clopay - for garage doors

Designer Doors - for overhead garage doors that look like historic swing doors; also have matching entry doors

Pinecrest - an extensive collection of unique architectural styles for interior and exterior entry doors

Fireplace Sites Websites:

Heatilator - prefabricated gas and wood-burning fireplaces

Heat-N-Glo - another manufacturer of prefab gas and wood-burning fireplaces

HearthNet - an excellent source of general information on manufacturers of fireplaces, stoves, and their accessories

Plumbing Fixtures Websites:

American Standard - for kitchen and bath

Jacuzzi - great tubs and shower enclosures - a very informative web site

Kohler - fixtures for kitchen and bath, plus cabinets, vanities, and tile

Noland - local Frederick warehouse

Cabinetry and Countertops Websites:

Merillat - kitchen cabinetry

Aristokraft - more kitchen cabinetry

Formica - traditional laminated countertops

Corian - solid-surface upscale countertops

Appliance Manufacturers Websites:

General Electric - ranges, refrigerators, dishwashers, washer/dryers

Kitchen Aid - another company that offers a wide variety of appliances

Whirlpool - more appliances for kitchen & laundry

Jenn-Air - known for downdraft cooktops

Thermador - ranges and cooktops

Viking - a high-end manufacturer of commercial-grade ranges for use in the home

Building Materials Websites:

Georgia-Pacific - engineered lumber, laminated beams, sheathing

Trus Joist - engineered lumber, and the brand I usually specify on plans when we're not using conventional floor framing

Owens Corning - best known for having the Pink Panther as their insulation "spokesperson", this company supplies many other building materials, including shingles, sheathing, and siding

Dryvit - the leader in EIFS (Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems) - this is a popular alternative to stucco

Fypon - one of several manufacturers of polystyrene mouldings - louvers, columns, decorative headers, handrails, etc., which look as if they're made of wood

CDM - another manufacturer of polystyrene mouldings

Certainteed - a company which makes many different products: insulation, sheathing, roofing products, plumbing supplies, windows, and siding ("Wolverine" is one of their recognized brands)

El Dorado Stone - a manufacturer of synthetic stone.  Looks like the real thing!

James Hardie - fiber-cement plank siding, synthetic shake siding.  A beautiful alternative to vinyl siding because it looks like wood, with little maintenance required.

Miscellaneous Websites References:

Sweet's - has information on hundreds of manufacturers not listed here, for just about any product you'd purchase in the course of construction

National Association of Home Builders - Home Page

Kitchens.com - many kitchen design articles

Home Portfolio - high-end items for the home

Autodesk - the company that created AutoCAD, the program I use for computer-aided drafting

International Code Council - this is the organization that publishes the CABO One- and Two-Family Dwelling Code, used in residential construction, and the BOCA National Building Code, used in commercial construction.  This site is of more interest to builders and architects than homeowners.