With one phone call to D&D Painting and Restoration, you brought your house back from boring to beautiful. Now you get to fall in love with your home all over again, just like you did the first time you saw it. D&D brightened and refreshed your Lakewood Ranch house color palate on time, on budget and with stunning results.
John and Joel Zalud, brothers and owners of D&D Painting and Restoration, pride themselves on the quality of their work, which is evident by the many referrals they get from satisfied customers. They started the business in May 1999, as Joel said, “from absolutely nothing, other than a pick-up truck and a little bit of money,” and grew it into one of the most well-respected painting and restoration companies in Sarasota.
A Family Affair
The brothers were very familiar with the painting and construction business, thanks to their father. He owned a construction and concrete business in Chicago, and John started working for him when he was 17. With a thirteen-year age difference between the brothers, Joel points out that when his oldest brother started working for their dad, “John was out in the real world and I was still playing with Legos.”
The brothers did not set out to start their own company. John went on to work for the Chicago Police Department, while Joel moved to Florida at age 19 and became a lifeguard. After John was hurt on the job, he retired and followed his little brother to the Sunshine State to escape the brutal winters and enjoy their mutual love of fishing.
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Ants. Ugh. They seemed to be everywhere—in your kitchen, family room, garage, pet dishes, even your bathroom! (What were they doing in there—borrowing your toothpaste?) You sprayed them; set traps for them, you even bought a special electronic gizmo that was supposed to make supersonic noises to drive them away. But they weren’t listening.
Nothing you did ever worked. Like Sherman’s March to the Sea, they just kept coming … constant troops of tiny ants that evaded your efforts with military precision and drove you absolutely crazy. Day after day after day … until last week. That’s when you called Joe Garland at Safe Solutions Termite & Pest Control and he personally came out and fixed the problem. Permanently. He even set you up on an annual plan to make sure those tiny, tenacious intruders won’t torment you anymore.
A Locally Based Business And Community-Centered Family
Joe and Angie Garland are a rarity—both were born and raised right here in Florida. Joe is from Tampa and Angie is a fifth-generation Manatee County resident. They met at college in Tampa and, after marrying 20 years ago, moved to Lakewood Ranch to raise a family. Their son, Trevor, is now 16, and daughter, Olivia, is 9.
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When you walk past the mirror, you can’t help but smile. It’s not vanity. You just can’t quite believe what you see. For so many years, you were the one who never smiled in pictures. Now, it’s hard for you stop showing off that gorgeous grin. The first time you picked up the phone to call Dr. Scott Middleton at Middleton Oral Surgery you had so many questions. What were your options? What would the process be like … would it hurt? After one visit, all your questions were answered, and you felt nothing but excitement and anticipation. Totally pain free in the chair. Not so much as a Tylenol in recovery. And the results? Well, they speak for themselves. Dr. Middleton called it reconstructing your mouth. As far as you’re concerned, Middleton Oral Surgery re-energized your life.
A Commitment To Excellence
Growing up in Ontario, Scott Middleton was always interested in medicine. He completed his undergraduate coursework at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, graduating with dual degrees in Chemistry and Mathematics, intent on pursuing a career in orthodontia. “I knew I wanted my own practice, my own office. A place where I could connect with people on a personal level.”
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For Lakewood Ranch residents, whether you are getting ready to purchase a home or you have lived in your home for years, one of the most important things you need to ensure is that your house is structurally sound. Until recently, your options to assess the safety of your home were limited and costly, but not anymore. Carotti Engineering offers you an expert opinion at an affordable price to give you peace of mind, and that is priceless.
Renato “Ren” Carotti built his business on serving as a structural engineer for professionals. “Originally, we were just catering to designers, contractors and home builders.” Ren wanted to expand when he saw the need for home owners, particularly home buyers, to determine the risk involved with any damage to the structure. Most inspectors are not qualified to assess the true nature of structural damage and evaluate the real costs involved in making repairs, which is where Ren comes in.
Engineer at Heart
Ren grew up just outside of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and often found himself fascinated by gadgets and toys and how things worked. He loved to “tear things apart” like the TV, alarm clock or VCR, which often landed him in hot water.
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