BKH Painting

Exterior Interior Excellent, workmanlike manner, moved heavy furniture, reasonable price. Mixed custom color for us. Pleased to recommend

Contact: Bruce Holloway, 434-996-4017
Referred by: Michael & Jean Wheelwright, wogonjm@gmail.com
Date: July 1, 2013

Roger Robertson Paving

We had our driveway paved at 1716 Arrow Wood Drive on July 9, 2013.  Mr. Robertson came by a few days before and was very detailed in explaining the process.  His crew came out within a couple days and the job was done in less than a day.  He gives a discount on sealing for driveways he paved.  Did a good job and I think the price was fair.

Contact: Roger Robertson, 434-531-3155
Referred by: Mark Sherriff, sherriff@gmail.com
Date: July 10, 2013

Black Baer Driveway Sealing

I have heard many neighbors recommend Black Baer for driveway sealing. I haven’t personally used them but see their work on several driveways and have been impressed.

Contact: 434-327-2598
Referred By: David Robinson, June 28, 2013

New Bridge

A new bridge has been constructed on the pond trail below the playground. It replaces a fallen tree, which had been used for years as a bridge. It’s about 3 feet wide and sturdy. Thanks to board members Dave Segars and Jim Muehlberg for their hard work.

Mailboxes

Mailboxes are among the most prominent things that people see when entering Mill Creek South and affect our curb appeal as a neighborhood. The Board is discussing replacing mailboxes to protect the overall impression of the neighborhood. This will be a significant expense. We need to hear how each of you feels about this.

Here are the facts:

  • Wooden mailboxes need to be maintained to remain intact.
  • Posts need to be maintained to remain vertical.
  • Mailboxes and posts in our neighborhood range from well cared for to derelict.
  • Replacing the existing mailboxes with plastic models removes most of the issue of maintenance.
  • There are differing opinions on which aesthetic is best (wooden vs plastic type 1 vs plastic type 2).
  • There are differing opinions on whether to replace all of them at the expense of the Association or exercise the right of the board to force compliance for all mailboxes.
  • If we opt for replacements, we’ll need to consider logistics such as how fast, which ones first, and who will do the work.
  • The cost of materials and labor is estimated at $60 per mailbox.

Please comment below or email the board.

Volunteer…!!!

You live here. Wanna help build a community?

We have a few things to do around here:

  • Host a monthly neighborhood meeting, 2 hours
  • Trail maintenance, one 4 hour weekend
  • Mailbox installation, 1 hour each (with a friend),
  • Run a neighborhood club (plant exchange, tool swap, dinner club, etc)
  • Become a board member, 4-6 hours/month

If you’d like to help out with any of these things, or have a completely new idea, please let us know how we can help get you involved.

Upstairs Hot?

Tips that Work

If you have an uncomfortable differential between the temperature of your upstairs vs. downstairs, these tips have worked for many in our sub-division. Follow all these tips, and you should achieve about a 10 degree temperature differential year round.

The list below is arranged somewhat in order of importance.

  1. Have an energy audit, which can reveal hot spots. One highly recommended company is Air Flow Diagnostic Institute, a sister company to Albemarle Heating and Air Conditioning. An audit can pay for itself in a short time through energy savings and increased comfort.
  2. Ensure adequate attic insulation.
  3. Install an automatic thermostatically controlled attic fan. This is one of the most important thing you can do! It will make the most significant difference. This helps remove the hot blanket of air that seeps into your upstairs.
  4. Keep direct sunlight out of rooms. Cover skylights during the summer with either a blind, shade, thick curtain, or glass screening obtained from a glass company.
  5. Put a “tower” oscillating fan at the top of your stairs. A tower fan is one that is about 4 feet high and less than l foot in diameter—thin and vertical. Operate whenever temperature is above 80 degrees and arrange so oscillation moves air in most rooms. This makes a huge difference also! They are inexpensive and found at any store that sells small appliances.
  6. Keep your heat pump fan operating continuously—not on the automatic setting. You need to keep air moving around as much as possible.
  7. If you have doors upstairs in bedrooms that lead to storage or a closet in the eaves, use rope caulking around cracks and thoroughly seal. Before doing this, on extremely hot days, place your hand around the small cracks and you will be amazed at the heat being released into your room.
  8. If your budget allows, place ceiling fans in all upstairs rooms and in the ceiling at the top of the stairs, if possible. Operate as needed.
  9. Place an insulated cover on your attic entrance/door (hatch). Albemarle Heating and Air has them in several sizes. Or, you can make your own.
  10. Ensure that all doors and windows in the entire house have adequate insulation.
  11. If you have your roofing replaced, have ridge vents installed.