Best Of Baltimore - Pages 28 and 29 - Home and Garden (3)

Best Of Baltimore
- Pages 28 and 29
Home and Garden (3)

HARDWOOD FLOORING
JASON BROWN WOOD FLOORS

 

“We pour our heart and soul into a product that people and their dogs walk on—but it keeps us in business,” says owner Jason Brown, 39, who has been installing and refinishing hardwood floors for15 years. From Bel Air, Brown services the metro area and has refurbished floors in the Ivy Hotel and the Elephant Restaurant in Mount Vernon.

 

230 Gateway Drive, Bel Air. 410- 668-9131. jasonbrownwoodfloors.com

 

HOUSEKEEPER/MAID SERVICE
MAJESTIC MAIDS

 

These seem to be the people to call when you absolutely, positively need to bring some outside help in to keep things clean and tidy — whether you need to clean a room, a house or a business, whether you want someone every day or just once a month. Looking to sell or rent? Majestic Maids will even inspect your home for lead paint. “Our house is like a brand new place,” one satisfied customer wrote on Yelp, typical of the high praise that peppers their online reviews.

 

1815 Bolton St., Bolton Hill. 410-982- 6405. majesticmaidsmd.com

 

LAWN MOWER REPAIR
ELDERSBURG LAWN MOWER REPAIR

 

Folks from four counties and Baltimore City trust this shop to start their engines. Owner Mitch Belcher has run the place, on the cusp of Liberty Dam, for 26 years. His mantra? “Fix things right so people don’t come back,” he says. “Be up front with customers. Sometimes I tell them what they don’t want to hear, but it’s the honest truth.”

 

2025 Liberty Road, Sykesville. 410- 549-3042. eldersburglawnmowerrepair.com

 

NURSERY/GARDEN CENTER
SUN NURSERIES

 

With 20 acres of trees, shrubs and perennials on site, it’s a spectacle of greenery for gardeners wary of mail order stock. Family-owned and rooted in Howard County for 46 years, Sun Nurseries boasts more than 2,500 types of plants, and will landscape your yard to boot.

 

14790 Bushy Park Road, Woodbine. 410-442-2090. sunnurseries.com

 

RUG CLEANER
ROYAL CARPET CLEANERS

 

George Kafkakis has saved the life of many a splotched carpet over 15 years. “When people say, ‘I’ve got to trash it,’ I tell them, ‘Givemea chance first,’ ” says Kafkakis, whose family owned firm serves Harford and Baltimore counties. His reach speaks volumes; homeowners from as far away as Ocean City have sought his expertise.

 

315 Hunters Run Drive, Bel Air. 410-569-2877. royalservicesmd.com

 

SOLAR INSTALLATION
MARYLAND SOLAR SOLUTIONS

 

In a perfect world, we’d all have solar panels on our roofs, converting the sun’s rays into cheap power that would keep our homes warm in winter and cool in summer. And that potential for perfection is just what got president and owner Colette Hayward involved with this line of work 10 years ago.

 

“I’m an environmentalist,” she says proudly. Give her workers two or three days, Hayward promises, and they’ll make your house as solar-friendly as they come. And judging by online reviews, the past decade has produced plenty of happy customers. “Their knowledgeable design; quality workmanship, and follow-on aftercare continue to reap dividends,” wrote one satisfied customer on solarreviews.com. While business has slowed some over the past couple years—“When you have an administration that is poo-pooing” the environmental advantages of solar power, Hayward says, “it doesn’t help”—her commitment hasn’t waned.

 

“This is my passion,” says Hayward, who’s been an MHIC-licensed commercial and residential improvement contractor for 24 years. “Hopefully, we can do something to try and save the planet so that my grandkids will be able to have something to live on.”

 

11436 Cronridge Drive, Suite V, Owings Mills. 410-363-4300, marylandsolarsolutions.com

 

— Chris Kaltenbach, Mike Klingaman and Mary Carole McCauley