Mid-Century Modern In Walnut Creek Has Floor-To-Ceiling Windows

Mid-Century Modern In Walnut Creek Has Floor-To-Ceiling Windows-0

WALNUT CREEK, CA — This light-filled Mid-Century Modern Rancher sits on a mostly level half acre of property.

The home has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and many updates including a gas fireplace, Nest thermostat, air conditioning and more.

Click on the address below to see more photos.

  • Address: 4200 Walnut Blvd, Walnut Creek, California
  • Price: $1,097,000
  • Square Feet: 1811
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2 Baths
  • Built: 1963
  • Features: Acalanes High School District Walking distance to top-rated Walnut Heights Elementary, Shell Ridge Open Space and Walnut Height Swim Club. Fabulous family neighborhood with country feel, but only 5 minutes drive to downtown Walnut Creek, Plenty of Upgrades New Energy Efficient Foam Roof, Stainless Steel Appliances & Landscaping make this a Gem.

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Impress Everyone On Your List With These Stylish Decor Gifts

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There’s one category of gifts that will satisfy everyone on your list. Whether it’s for bosses, your best friend, babies or even those people you don’t know too well, a home accessory is a bold and meaningful choice. Here are the most stylish decor gifts to give (and also to receive) this holiday season.

Samsung “The Frame” Television

This tv isn't art, but it's close enough.

This tv isn’t art, but it’s close enough.Evine

Is it a work of art or a television? It’s both! Samsung’s “The Frame” television is designed with style in mind. It’s a 4k UHD SmartTv that’s an even smarter gift.

Petrossian Ecume Caviar Presentoir

Upgrade your caviar.

Present caviar with class.Petrossian

Caviar is the ultimate foodie gift. So why not upgrade and include this luxurious presentoir from Petrossian? Available in white, gold or platinum, each presentoir comes with a choice of various caviar tins. Luckily, it’s impossible to pick the wrong one.

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Senior center where rape reported installs jams on doors, windows

After a disturbing report of a resident at an assisted living center being sexually assaulted, News4Jax has learned that the facility has installed jams on windows and doors, preventing residents of first-floor rooms from opening them more than a few inches.

Vernon Bender is a 78-year-old veteran who lives in one of the rooms, and got so concerned he called his son.

“Saturday they came over here and closed these doors and put these boards in there. They are screwed in there, the fern strip, which means I can’t open this door to get out,” Bender said.

Bender has only lived at Brookdale Atrium Way for a few months. He said one of the reasons he chose the facility was the unit’s floor plan and patio on the ground level.

“I use it all the time. That’s my car parked right there. To get to my car now, I have to go all the way down to the end of the building and all the way back,” Bender said.

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It’s not just the sliding glass door being closed off that has him upset.

“All these windows here have boards like this, screwed in. I can’t open this window. If I tried it, it only goes so far. That’s it. I consider this a fire exit,” said Bender.

Fire is the biggest concern for him.

“I have four exits to this apartment, three of them are blocked,” Bender said.

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Bender’s son, Michael, called News4Jax after his dad notified him about the windows and doors.

“I am very concerned. In fact,  I have been talking with him, since seeing your article, about finding a new place for him to live,” Michael Bender said. “In my mind, if something happens here he has no way of getting out. He only has the front door, and if there is a fire in the hall, then he is stuck and there is nowhere else he can go. And the windows, he can’t even open those to crawl out.”

Instead of jams, both father and son have other suggestions to remedy the situation.

“A front gate, swipe in, swipe out. Cameras on all the doors that are around the building,” Michael Bender said.

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News4Jax reached out to the managers at Brookdale who sent us the following statement;

We have taken additional actions to increase security options around the community. In conjunction with Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) and the Fire Department, we installed sliding glass door locks on first floor apartments. We direct you to the fire officials for additional questions regarding fire code.”

News4Jax also reached out to the Jacksonville Fire Rescue’s Fire Prevention Unit and we are waiting to hear back from them.

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Horrifying video shows trans girl ‘harassed by school staff’ in bathroom

The Osseo Senior High School student uploaded a clip

A transgender girl in Minnesota has posted a horrifying video that appears to show Osseo Senior High School staff breaking into a bathroom stall while she was using the toilet.

Transgender teen Cece, who attends Osseo Senior High School in Maple Grove, Minnesota, posted two clips to Facebook of an incident in a women’s bathroom.

In the clip, the student is on the toilet with their trousers down while several adults, reportedly members of staff at the school, attempt to break into the locked stall.

“There’s no concern to safety just because I’m using the bathroom.”

One person can be seen peering over the top of the stall, before a stick is used to unlatch the lock on the stall door, which swings wide open in full view of several male and female staff members.

The student narrates: “I’m using the bathroom right now and they just violated me. They’re some perverts.

Trans girl Cece, a student at Osseo Senior High School student
Osseo Senior High School transgender student Cece

“There’s no concern to safety just because I’m using the bathroom.

“I’m so scared and violated right now. They just walked into the bathroom while I was using the bathroom for no reason.”

Osseo Senior High School claims clip ‘misrepresents’ the incident

The context of the clip could not be confirmed.

In a statement to CBS Minnesota, a spokesperson for the school claimed the video is “significantly misrepresenting the incident” but declined to give any alternate account of events.

The school said: “[The] staff works very hard every day to help ensure an inclusive school where all students feel welcome, respected and safe.

“We wish we could provide additional details about this incident but are committed to protecting the student’s right to data privacy.”

The school added: “When issues arise involving students, staff take appropriate actions to review the situation.”

Yahoo reports that the teen had been ordered not to use the women’s bathroom prior to the incident.

Osseo Senior High School slammed online

The video has attracted thousands of shares on Facebook and Twitter.

Many users condemned the school’s actions.

One said: “Doesn’t matter if she is trans or NOT!!! They violated her human rights. Standing in the bathroom waiting for her to come out is one thing. But the fact that they took the time using multiple items to get the door open is really sick.”

Another added: “No adult should be opening a bathroom stall door while the CHILD is using the bathroom and exposed!”

The Facebook post also attracted transphobic comments, with the top-rated comment claiming: “Take your ass to the mens bathroom you can’t force you’re alternative reality on other people facts is facts everyone of his cells has a Y chromosome witch makes him a male and males use the men restroom it’s common sense/”

The incident comes despite guidance issued by the Minnesota Department of Education in 2017, which states: “Transgender and gender nonconforming students should be afforded the opportunity to use the restroom of
their choice.

“Any student who wishes not to share a restroom with a transgender or gender nonconforming student can be provided a private space such as a single-user restroom.”

In October, a court ruled that a North Carolina anti-transgender law cannot be used to deny transgender people entry to public restrooms.

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California Wildfires Cause Major Disruption to Door and Window Dealers

From a Milgard dealer who lost his home, to disruption of delivery schedules and employees having to endure severe environmental conditions, the California wild fires are having real effects on the door and window industry.

Labeled the “Camp Fire,” California’s latest wild fire has been one of the deadliest in history. While USA Today reports that the fire has finally been contained, since November 8, 2018, it spread from Butte County, Calif., across 150,000 acres, claiming at least 85 lives along the way, with another 249 still listed as missing. In just 22 days, total destruction includes 19,000 homes and buildings—including one door and window dealer’s home.

Natasha Ramsey, a regional marketing specialist for Milgard Windows and Doors, who’s based in Simi Valley, Calif., reports that some of the company’s dealers had to close for several days, because their homes and offices were so close to the fire. One Milgard dealer even lost his home. Milgard’s facilities were not harmed by the fire, and were able to remain open, but not without disruptions.

“[The fires] affected our delivery of product to dealers in the fire zone,” says Ramsey. “We had to delay some of our routes for up to a week due to this.”

In Chico, Calif., “The skies were black and we couldn’t work,” says Lori Lash, owner of Lash’s Glass. “The air quality was horrible.” Chico is approximately 15 miles from the city of Paradise, Calif., which, according to news reports, was more or less destroyed.

Lash says that many jobs went on hold and the company had to close early during the height of the Camp Fire. She housed a number of people who were impacted personally and let them use her yard. She also housed chefs who came to the area in order to help feed Paradise citizens left homeless. In the midst of the tragedy, Lash also turned to giving people free auto glass, which she provides in addition to flat glass.

“This is going to be an ongoing thing that won’t be over for a while,” says Lash.

In Southern California, the Woolsey fire has also done severe damage to homes and businesses. Travis Shields, project manager at Oakstone Glass Corp., located in Thousand Oaks, Calif., says people who work for the company were evacuated from the area. He says there hasn’t been an overwhelming request for repairs, because most of the buildings and homes affected were completely destroyed.

Much of the area couldn’t be accessed until this week, Shields says. His company has received a few calls about residential and institutional buildings that have broken windows caused by the heat of the fire.

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Breaking Ground in Eldon, MO | Quaker Windows & Doors

Breaking Ground in Eldon, MO | Quaker Windows & Doors

It may have been a cold and rainy morning, but that didn’t stop more than 100 people from gathering in a open field in Eldon, MO to break ground on Quaker Windows & Doors newest plant location.

Quaker CEO  Kevin Blansett & QWP board members Judy Stone, Carlotta Kaesik, Mary Knoll, and Pam Knoll were joined by Missouri Governor Mike Parson, MO Dept. of Economic Development Director Rob Dixon, Eldon Mayor Larry Henderson, and Ameren Missouri President Mike Moehn as they turned over the official first shovels of dirt.

They were joined by  Quaker employees, 3rd generation members of the Knoll Family (QWP’s owners), and many members of the Eldon Community as excitement filled the air about the future of Quaker as part of the Eldon community.

“It is such an honor to be here and be part of this community. We look forward to the growth, not only today, but over the next ten years,” Quaker CEO, Kevin Blansett.

After the official ground breaking ceremony, a reception and press conference were held at a local venue in Eldon, Warehouse 55. During this event more details and acknowledgments of the project and future ahead were given.  Matt Davis, Superintendent of Eldon Public Schools spoke in depth about the future job training and educational opportunities this would bring to their community.

Through Quaker and the Eldon School district, students of today would be taught and mentored to have successful careers right  in their hometown after graduation. Davis also told a heart wrenching story of a local student,  sharing with the audience how Quaker coming to Eldon was not only going to change the physical landscape of the community, but the financial stability of their students and population for generations to come.

“We could tell this was a company that values it’s employees. We knew Quaker was the company that could change the direction of our community for a generation. ” Superintendent Matt Davis.

Missouri Governor Parson continued the discussion with a strong push for workforce development and infrastructure in Missouri. As the founder of the BuyMissouri program, the Governor noted that more than 80% of the new jobs in Missouri come from the existing businesses in Missouri. He spoke in depth about how this project was really the best combination of various entities coming together to provide a better future for the students and future workers in Missouri.

“When I think of Quaker and workforce development, and the superintendent that is here today to give our kids the opportunity to work for a company like this in Miller County, and in Eldon, Missouri, is a huge opportunity for those next generations, and that for me is what it is all about,” Governor Mike Parson.

Rounding out the conference was Quaker CEO Kevin Blansett, who described the excitement that Quaker felt with this new opportunity to grow and continue serving the needs of Quaker’s customers, in Eldon, stating, “We are excited about where we are going, not only in Freeburg, but also in Eldon.”

Quaker is considered the fastest growing window and door manufacturers in the country and in 2019 will celebrate their 70th year in business. With that said, this new location will give Quaker plenty of space to grow for the future, as well as, providing workforce development and financial boosts for Eldon and surrounding communities.

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Breaking Ground in Eldon, MO | Quaker Windows & Doors

Breaking Ground in Eldon, MO | Quaker Windows & Doors

It may have been a cold and rainy morning, but that didn’t stop more than 100 people from gathering in a open field in Eldon, MO to break ground on Quaker Windows & Doors newest plant location.

Quaker CEO  Kevin Blansett & QWP board members Judy Stone, Carlotta Kaesik, Mary Knoll, and Pam Knoll were joined by Missouri Governor Mike Parson, MO Dept. of Economic Development Director Rob Dixon, Eldon Mayor Larry Henderson, and Ameren Missouri President Mike Moehn as they turned over the official first shovels of dirt.

They were joined by  Quaker employees, 3rd generation members of the Knoll Family (QWP’s owners), and many members of the Eldon Community as excitement filled the air about the future of Quaker as part of the Eldon community.

“It is such an honor to be here and be part of this community. We look forward to the growth, not only today, but over the next ten years,” Quaker CEO, Kevin Blansett.

After the official ground breaking ceremony, a reception and press conference were held at a local venue in Eldon, Warehouse 55. During this event more details and acknowledgments of the project and future ahead were given.  Matt Davis, Superintendent of Eldon Public Schools spoke in depth about the future job training and educational opportunities this would bring to their community.

Through Quaker and the Eldon School district, students of today would be taught and mentored to have successful careers right  in their hometown after graduation. Davis also told a heart wrenching story of a local student,  sharing with the audience how Quaker coming to Eldon was not only going to change the physical landscape of the community, but the financial stability of their students and population for generations to come.

“We could tell this was a company that values it’s employees. We knew Quaker was the company that could change the direction of our community for a generation. ” Superintendent Matt Davis.

Missouri Governor Parson continued the discussion with a strong push for workforce development and infrastructure in Missouri. As the founder of the BuyMissouri program, the Governor noted that more than 80% of the new jobs in Missouri come from the existing businesses in Missouri. He spoke in depth about how this project was really the best combination of various entities coming together to provide a better future for the students and future workers in Missouri.

“When I think of Quaker and workforce development, and the superintendent that is here today to give our kids the opportunity to work for a company like this in Miller County, and in Eldon, Missouri, is a huge opportunity for those next generations, and that for me is what it is all about,” Governor Mike Parson.

Rounding out the conference was Quaker CEO Kevin Blansett, who described the excitement that Quaker felt with this new opportunity to grow and continue serving the needs of Quaker’s customers, in Eldon, stating, “We are excited about where we are going, not only in Freeburg, but also in Eldon.”

Quaker is considered the fastest growing window and door manufacturers in the country and in 2019 will celebrate their 70th year in business. With that said, this new location will give Quaker plenty of space to grow for the future, as well as, providing workforce development and financial boosts for Eldon and surrounding communities.

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Renewal by Andersen Countdown to Black Friday Sale

Image result for https://kdvr.com/2018/11/15/renewal-by-andersen-countdown-to-black-friday-sale-3/If your windows or doors need to be replaced, you could sit around for weeks waiting for a company or contractor to get back to you with an estimate. Or, you can call Renewal by Andersen and they`ll be out to your house within 48 hours of your call and they`ll provide you with a down-to-the-penny price quote – not an estimate.

This is a great time to call because Ted Kuenz of Renewal by Andersen is here with their biggest window and door sale of the year. It`s their countdown to Black Friday sale and it ends in just 8 days!

Now through November 23rd get $349 off every window get $949 off every door and, receive an extra 3% discount when you pay for your whole project with cash or check. Or, if you prefer to finance your project, get $0 down, 0 payments and 0% interest for 2 full years! There are only 8 days left in this sale, so call 720-943-9200 now to schedule your appointment and lock in this great deal.

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DIY Window and Door Weatherproofing

DIY  Window and Door Weatherproofing

According to the Department of Energy, drafts can waste 5% to 30% of your heated or cooled interior air; that’s energy and money down the drain. A little weatherproofing goes a long way, and the good news is there are some super easy and inexpensive ways to reduce drafts around windows and doors.

Weather stripping

With a variety of easy-to-apply options to choose from, weather stripping is one of the easiest ways to cut drafts around windows.

Pressure-sensitive, adhesive-backed foam tape is probably the most common, affordable, and simplest weather stripping to apply. Pick a warmer day to apply it as the adhesive forms a stronger bond at a temperature of at least 60°. Clean and dry the top and bottom of the window sashes. Then simply cut the tape to the lengths needed and apply.

It usually lasts up to five years. If older weatherstripping is falling off, deteriorating, or if the foam has lost its resilience and no longer springing up to fill the gap, it’s time to replace. And don’t forget to lock your windows for a tight seal!

Vinyl V strips are effective for sealing any gaps between window sashes and frames, on both the top and sides of a wood window frame. One side attaches to the window frame and the other side folds in when the window is closed. They are also simple to install with their adhesive backing.

Similar to adhesive-backed foam tape, felt strips are another weatherstipping option that come in rolls of varying lengths, widths and color. It is usually nailed in place, but there are also adhesive-backed versions. EPDM rubber weatherseal tape is a slightly more expensive option but more durable than foam weather stripping.

Doors

Adhesive-backed foam tape and felt strips are an easy option for doors too, but the better way to go is a metal flange with a vinyl bulb that is screwed inside the door frame. It takes a little more effort but is much more durable on a door that is open and shut many times a day, and the seal is better.

Complete your door weather stripping with a door sweep. Sweeps go on the bottom of the interior side of an in-swinging exterior door to seal the air gap between the door and the threshold. There are two main types, u-shaped sweeps that slide under aluminum or steel doors and metal strips that screw, nail or staple to the door bottom.

Spray foam and caulk

Foam and caulk may be more intimidating for a beginner DIYer but with a little prep and a steady hand, they are both good options for cracks and gaps around (not inside) window and door frames. For cracks 1/4 inch wide or less, use paintable water-based latex caulk for most surfaces and silicone-based caulk for metal and glass surfaces. Silicone caulking cannot be painted. All caulking periodically needs to be reapplied, especially if the window area is subject to expanding and contracting.

Expanding foam is good for large, accessible gaps because with the long nozzle the foam can expand to fill areas you can’t reach by hand. The key of course, is to not overfill as the foam hardens quickly and is very hard to remove, so take it slow and steady.

Thermal curtains and blinds

Thermal curtains are much thicker than ordinary ones and some have tie-backs to hold them against the wall, further blocking air infiltration. Curtains should reach to the window sill or floor, be hung close to the window, and cover the entire window. When drawn during cold weather, the Department of Energy estimates they can reduce heat loss from a warm room up to 25%.

In winter, close all draperies at night, but open them during the day if the window receives direct sunlight. Additionally, make sure any drapes or curtains (and furniture, too) are not blocking air registers to allow for free circulation of heated or cooled air from your HVAC system.

Pleated, or honeycomb, blinds are another energy-saving window treatment option. Single honeycomb shades add an insulation value around R-2. Double-layer honeycomb shades can reach R-5, blocking up to 62% of heat transfer through windows. More translucent colors that allow some natural light to enter can be used with thermal curtains for even more energy savings.

Draft stoppers

This decidedly low-tech option is also the most flexible. Plenty of cute draft stoppers can be found online for $10 or less, or you can make your own by filling a long sock with quilt batting or polyester fiberfill, and adding some popcorn or dried beans for weight. Simply put your draft stopper at whichever door or window sill that needs a draft blocked.

Whether you do it yourself or hire someone, taking a little time to weatherproof your windows and doors before the really cold weather sets in will pay off big time in comfort and savings.

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Tesla Model 3 Owners Report Frozen Door Handles That Keep Them Locked Out [News]

Tesla Model 3

Winter is hardly kind on any car, but the Tesla Model 3 is reportedly experiencing a major problem in cold weather. 

Electrek reports that Canadian owners in Quebec, specifically, are having issues with the door handles, windows and charge ports as a cold wave sweeps the region. Currently, Winter Storm Avery is rolling through the area, dipping temperatures down into the 20 degree (Fahrenheit) range.

Here’s the problem: the Tesla Model 3 has door handles that sit flush inside the door. Normally, you press one end of the door handle, and the other pops out. Then, you can pull on the exposed door handle to actually open the door. The windows are supposed to roll down slightly as you open the door as well.

However, in freezing whether, the handles are difficult to actually pop out. In the video below, Electrek Editor-in-Chief Fred Lambert has the same problems with his own Tesla Model 3. He filmed his issues after letting the car sit outside on a brisk, 20-degree day.

Lambert notes that owners in the Northeast also have the same issue in cold temperatures. Despite preheating the car before trying to unlock it, the door handles didn’t budge without tremendous effort. He did manage to get the front driver window down enough to open the door. However, it reportedly won’t go up and down properly anymore.

Happily, Tesla did tell Electrek that they’re looking into the issue. In the meantime, one workaround for those who are having issues getting into their Tesla Model 3 is to preheat the cabin for a longer period of time. We’ll see how the issue progresses as the Model 3 heads through its first winter with owners.

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