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Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Take blogging to the next level..

Blogging has changed both the type and timeliness of information we receive. It is now playing a major part in the delivery of news, business communication, and everyday life. Many moons ago in March we posted a “how to” article on blogging:

Since that time we have posted dozens of photos and articles on our blog about Harbor Hills and have had an overwhelmingly positive response to this new form of communication.

At the end of the article we promised to educate our customers on “another really technical term” RSS or Really Simple Syndication. Well now it is time for us to elaborate.

Unless you are familiar with this term, you probably have been visiting our blog like an ordinary website. You enter in the address, http://harborhills.blogspot.com or click on the link from our website www.harborhills.com and away you go. Blogging was actually created to be even simpler. Blogs can be read in a blog reader, (a.k.a. aggregator, RSS reader). Blog Readers allow you to receive customized news and information when you want and as fast as it can be created. Some popular blog readers are www.bloglines.com and http://my.yahoo.com . Information posted to a blog is retrieved for your viewing without having to type in the blog’s address or clicking on a link. It makes it quite simple to be alerted when there is a new posting on a blog that you subscribe to and to read many blogs at 1 time.

You may have noticed some links on the right to My Yahoo, News Gator, and Bloglines. Clicking on these links adds the Harbor Hills blog to your blog reader.

Clicking on the subscribe to Bloglines link will bring you to the bloglines website and ask for a username and password. Since this is your first time here, you will need to register an account with them. Once you are registered it will add the Harbor Hills blog to your bloglines. This means that when you open up bloglines you will see recent postings from the Harbor Hills blog as well as information from various other sources of your choosing.

If you are already a Yahoo subscriber you can simply click on the My Yahoo link and the Harbor Hills blog will be added to you’re http://my.yahoo.com This means that when you goto http://my.yahoo.com you will see recent postings from the Harbor Hills blog as well as information from various other sources of your choosing. If you are not a Yahoo subscriber Yahoo will ask you to become one.

Take your blog reading to the next step and it give it a try!

It just so happens that 1 of our favorite blogs (Seth Godin's Marketing Blog) which we read daily posted a similar article on blogging today. You can click on the link below to read it. You can even add it as your daily feed. That will make 2 and you are off and running.


Monday, August 29, 2005

September Activities and Events

When not enjoying the beautiful view, weather and new pool deck club members will participate in numerous activities that fill the calendar in September (in between golf rounds, tennis matches, and fishing).

3rd US Open Tennis Tournament
5th Labor Day Golf Tournament and BBQ
7th MGA Match Play Tournament
7th Harbor Hills Follies Meeting
7th Texas Hold Em
12th LGA Board Meeting
14th Hearts at the club
16th Southern Living Home Trip
17th and 18th Junior Fall Tennis Championship
21st Euchre Tournament
21st Ladies Charity Meeting
22nd LGA Opening Day and Luncheon
25th Polo Tailgate Party
30th Fine Dining Ponderosa Style

Additionally, the Signature Grille is open daily for lunch, Member buffet is every Wednesday night, a la carte breakfast is served on the weekends in the Grille and the finest brunch is town is served each Sunday.

Friday, August 26, 2005

The Magnificent Bella Casa

Presenting the magnificent Bella Casa! This beautiful 2933 square foot home features a grand entrance, 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, a library, formal living room, family room and many majestic architectural features as designed by our world class architects. To view the floor plan and artistic rendering click on the link below:

Thursday, August 25, 2005

The French Country Venice

The first completed Venice. Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

History of Garage Doors

Now that Harbor Hills is selling the perfect Garage doors we thought it would be intersting to see the History of Garage doors.

If you are a history buff, or even if you are not, you may have wondered why this old saying comes up again and again throughout time: Necessity is the mother of invention. Well, here it is again. But if it's repeated so many times, there must be some truth to it, wouldnt you think? So when we are looking at the history of garage doors, its only natural that it would follow the history of the car. Let's see why.
All these cars where do we put them?

As the car worked its way into society, so did the need for somewhere to store it. And the result of that need, as described by an architect in 1912, was the creation of a new type of outbuilding. People in those days thought of an outbuilding as a carriage house the place where you keep your horse and buggy. Since a carriage house was a building that housed everything to do with your means of transportation, at first, cars were kept next to the horses, in the same building.

But there arose, shall we say, a stink about this situation. People who had cars in those days were usually of higher class than most, and to have their fancy new cars smell of horse manure just wouldn't do. So an alternative was sought.

The first garages were actually a lot like our modern-day parking lots, but with one level. People figured that if they could store more than one horse in a barn, then perhaps they could store more than one car in a similar structure. So they built large garages, some publicly-owned and some privately-owned. It became quite a business they'd charge $15-$20 a month for a parking space. For your money, you'd get a parking space, along with about 100 other cars, in a heated garage that was maintained and cleaned by the owner. This system worked well until about 1910, when there became too many cars for the garages to accommodate.
Back to the carriage house idea

After the parking garage idea, people started to look for a more convenient place for their vehicles closer to home. The carriage house had worked well before, if only they could get rid of those smelly horses. And that led to the invention of the garage as we know it today. The word garage comes from the French garer to shelter or protect. And that was its purpose to shelter and protect their vehicles.

So the carriage house model was used to build similar buildings that could house people's cars. They were simple structures and, of course, had a door, because one of the purposes was to protect the car from the elements. The first garage door worked just like a barn door. (In actuality, that's exactly what it was.) It was a double door, attached to the garage with strap hinges, that opened outwards. Garage doors in those days were really just basic sheds. And the doors were subjected to heavy wear and tear, being opened and closed almost daily. The hinges would creak, screws would get bent and eventually fall out. Also, if there was snow on the ground, it would block the path of the door, making it very hard to open without shoveling first. A better way was indeed needed.

With the invention of sliding tracks for doors, more versatile garage door designs were developed. It took a lot less space if the doors could remain within the area of the garage so that, on a sliding track, they could be moved sideways, across the front of the garage. But that meant that the garage had to be at least double the width of the door. Another development was needed. And it came in the form of a garage door that was cut into sections, then hinged together at intervals, allowing it to fold around a corner. Now the garage didn't need to be much wider than the door itself.
The invention of the folding overhead door

A further solution to the question of space came with the invention of the overhead door by C.G. Johnson in 1921. This door could be lifted upwards, folding parallel to the garage ceiling. And 5 years later, in 1926, Mr. Johnson also invented the electric door opener, to assist those who had trouble lifting the heavy wooden door. This was the beginning of the Overhead Door Corporation, which is one of the leading manufacturers and servicers of garage doors today.

Overhead doors became the choice of consumers. Wayne-Dalton, one of the leading manufacturers and servicers of garage doors and garage door openers, has an interesting history. It started out when Emanuel Mullet bought a garage door business from Ervin Hostetler in 1954. Ervin had already invented a wooden door that folded horizontally to store itself overhead.

Wayne Door, as Wayne-Dalton was known in 1956, was moved to Mt. Hope, Ohio, the largest Amish community in the world. That turned out to be a very crafty move. They hired the fine Amish craftsmen living in the region, resulting in the production of a line of superior-quality garage doors. Throughout their thriving history, Wayne-Dalton has been a leader in garage door innovation, introducing new technology in the areas of garage door openers, pinch-resistant doors, and tamper-resistant bottom brackets, just to mention a few.
People wanted style in their garage doors

As architecture changed, so did people's ideas of garages. Because of the decreasing amount of available space, garages had to be moved closer to the houses. So architects decided to incorporate them right into the design of the house themselves, giving them the same style and color as the rest of the house. So as the variety of house designs expanded, so did garage designs.

All kinds of house and garage styles were sought out, like Colonial, French, Mediterranean, and even Old English. One of the more popular architectural forms was Craftsman, with their open framework, their lattices, and their pergolas. The garage was indeed becoming an architectural marvel and, of course, the garage doors had to match. So the demand for fancier garage doors became widespread, and the industry flourished.
Garage door materials progressed with technology

Garage doors had always been made out of wood. But there were several disadvantages to wood doors. Wood was subject to the weather, warped by the heat of the sun, and rotted by the rain. So it needed periodic maintenance like scraping and re-painting or even total replacement. However, technology came up with some great alternatives.

Galvanized steel garage doors were the next innovation, coming into use in the 1970s. Steel wasn't as good an insulator as wood, but if the door needed insulation, they could put two pieces together, with polystyrene insulation between them a Styrofoam sandwich. That helped to keep garages warmer and, at the same time, increased the length of a garage door's life by several decades.

The next type of new material used for garage doors was fiberglass, soon followed by composites, like resin-filled wood, and eventually vinyl-covered aluminum, similar to aluminum siding. Since aluminum siding was being used for houses, it was a simple process to match the garage doors to the house, making them an attractive part of the home design.

With the popularity of the garage door, combined with the ever-progressing electrical technology of the day, the garage door opener became the next natural fulfillment of the consumer's desires. People were always looking for an easier way. And opening those heavy garage doors by hand wasn't easy, to say the least. And they had to get out of their cars in the rain and snow. So again, with necessity being the mother of invention, along came the automatic garage door opener. Now people could drive up to their houses and open the garage door as they approached, protecting themselves from the weather. They didn't have to get out of their cars until they were safe and dry inside their garages. It was a wonderful invention, but it created a whole new issue ' safety.
Garage door openers became killers

What could be more enjoyable to a child between 2 and 8 years old, than watching an automatic garage door opening and closing all by itself? Garage doors became a source of fascination to little children and a source of real danger, too; perhaps even fatal danger! It was reported that at least 85 children in the U.S. had died or suffered permanent brain damage between 1974 and 1995, in accidents involving automatic garage door openers.

This terrible situation led the Consumer Product Safety Commission in the U.S., in 1993, to pass a law that required all garage doors to be equipped with photoelectric sensors and pressure-sensitive sensors. The photoelectric sensors were electric eyes mounted 6 inches from the ground, while the pressure-sensitive sensors were mounted on the bottom of the door. If either of these sensors detected any object under a garage door while it was closing, they would automatically reverse themselves and fully open.

Unfortunately, although these sensors were installed, many of them didn't work as well as they should. At one time, tests were done on 50 openers; only 40% of them reversed and, before reversing, they exerted 130 pounds of pressure, enough to break an arm or leg of a small child. Subsequently, better sensors have been developed and now, an injury caused by a garage door closing on somebody is very rare.
Portable garages have been around as long as the garage door

An interesting innovation in the garage door industry was the portable garage. The first record of a portable garage was in 1908, when you could buy one from the Sears Roebuck catalog. These garages were partially prefabricated and were made from slabs of wood or metal. Sears Roebuck also sold mail-order garage kits, in a variety of patterns and styles.

Today, there are many styles and sizes of portable garages available. They're made from clear or colored ultraviolet-resistant, fire-retardant plastic sheeting or tarps, stretched over metal tubing. These are great for storing a boat or a recreational vehicle. You can even get an instant garage, consisting of a plastic sheet which you drape over your car, support with aluminum poles, leaving about 3 feet around your car, then pump up with warm air a great place to work on your car in the winter.
The old carriage house makes a return

Isn't it strange how people continually seem to be trying to relive the past? Here we are, with all kinds of technology available to us, with all kinds of selection to choose from in garage doors as far as style, color, material, etc. And now, there are many people asking for the old carriage house design. If you look at some of the garage blueprints and designs available today, you'll see more than just a few carriage house styles. What people want now is the look of the old carriage house, with it's barn-style doors, but with the modern convenience of the automatic garage door, and its maintenance-free materials.

There's a U.S. company that's answered the call for old-style garage doors. They're called Montana Rustics, and they've found a way to bring the past back to the present. They'll make you a garage door out of authentic materials like 100-year old Southern Pacific Railroad Trestle ties, weathered for years over the Great Salt Lake. Or they'll make your garage door out of remnants from an old stage coach. Now that's innovation!

So whether you want to live in the past or the present, there's a garage to suit your taste. And with every garage, there's a garage door that'll exactly match your house. It comes complete with a garage door opener and, perhaps, if you need it, even a garage door screen. Garages and garage doors have come a long way since the beginning of the 20th century. And they'll continue to satisfy your desires for comfort and convenience, long into the future.
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Tuesday, August 23, 2005

The Spanish Mediterranean Toscano

This Spanish Mediterranean Toscano is being constructed in the Model Park. Posted by Picasa

Monday, August 22, 2005

The French Country Castello

Presenting the first completed Castello. (Applaud Here) Posted by Picasa

Thursday, August 18, 2005

The French Country Seville

This French Country Seville has been painted and has recently received brick pavers. (The unpainted areas will receive stone). Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

The Florence

The roof on this Florence has been completed. This 1997 square foot home is being prepared for sheet rock and stucco. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

The Siena

The Siena in the Model Park is well on its way to being completed. Posted by Picasa

A magnificent entrance greets your guests into the Siena model. Posted by Picasa

Friday, August 12, 2005

A Castello Kitchen

The kitchen of this Castello features our STANDARD cabinetry, black appliances, and upgraded counter tops. There are many choices available in our design center to allow you to build the kitchen of your dreams. Posted by Picasa

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Our STANDARD Stone Paver Driveway

Has everyone seen our STANDARD stone paver driveways? You gotta be kidding me this isn't STANDARD? No kidding... Posted by Picasa

Thursday, August 04, 2005

Meet the Stifflers!

We moved here from Palm Beach, Florida. Steve was born in Medina, Ohio and I was born in Rockford, Illinois.

We have 3 sons Alex 23, Brian 22 and Cody 20 all reside in South Florida. We also have a 12 year old Beagle/Bassett named Patches........ he loves it here too!

Steve is currently employed with Chazal Insurance located in Ocala and specializes in commercial insurance as well as medical malpractice and has been in this field for 22 years. I have been in the dental field for 21 years (currently taking a break to paint and decorate our new home) I am not sure if I will be returning to work, I am having too much fun right now. I also plan to get involved with some social activities after I retire my paintbrushes!

Steve and I absolutely love harbor Hills! We fell in love the minute we drove through the entrance greeted by the peacocks and the beautiful hills and trees and the view of the lake is just stunning! We had original plans to move to Waynesville, NC but after visiting Harbor Hills we just knew this was where we would be happy.... It's like paradise here. And I would like to add that all the residents are so nice, everyone genuinely welcomes you and tells you how much they love Harbor Hills.

Steve and I love to cycle (although we have sure found the hills to be a challenge!) Steve loves to golf and I have plans on taking lessons in the near future. I enjoy crafting, sewing, and anything that involves decorating my home. We love to work in our yard and have so many plans for our new home!

We look forward to the social events and meeting our new neighbors.......
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1 more shot of The Kids Camp Crew

Since I took a brief hiatus from blogging, I thought I'd better add 1 more picture from Harbor Hills kid's camp which by the way was a tremendous success. Mary Huey, supported by her staff, ensured that the campers had a great time. Be sure to sign up early for next summer and join us for all of the fun that Harbor Hills has to offer. Posted by Picasa