The first speaker today was Vera Kiphardt, with ReMax/Alliance in Arvada, Colorado. Vera took her time today to speak about Meth houses. About 12 years ago, Vera was helping a friend find a house in Golden, Colorado. Her friend was looking for a very specific house within a very specific budget. To cap things off – the friend lived in Florida and was having her mother look at the houses with Vera. Once the house was found and her friend moved her and all of her pets into her new home, she started talking to the neighbors. The neighbors mentioned to her that the previous tenants were involved in meth. They spoke to the realtor and were told “I didn’t know” and still had to pay a fine to the Real Estate Commission. Vera was called before the Commission as well and was cleared. The buyer sued the seller and had the house remediated plus 40,000.00. Once the house was cleaned (remediated), then could be sold without telling anyone about its history. If you are looking for a house and are wondering if was ever used as a meth house you can spray Scotchgard on the was – it will turn blue or hairspray which will turn pink if there is meth residue left behind.
Here is some general information on meth houses:
• Methamphetamine (meth) labs may leave contamination on hard surfaces like walls, countertops, sinks or heating and air conditioning ducts, and may also be absorbed into soft surfaces like furniture, drapes and carpeting. Contamination may also occur when meth is smoked in a property.

• Even in small amounts, meth lab contaminants may pose health risks to people exposed to them.
• Statutes and regulations require that properties contaminated by meth labs or meth use be cleaned up in accordance with standards established by the state Board of Health, or the property owner may elect to demolish the property instead. The statues and regulations also apply to vehicles contaminated by meth labs or meth use.
• A property owner who cleans up a property in compliance with the regulations has immunity from civil lawsuits by future owners, occupants or neighbors related to the meth lab as long as verification testing is conducted by a qualified professional and a copy of the results is provided to the local governing body (as defined in statute).
If you are looking for a realtor to help you find you perfect home give Vera Kiphardt a call.
Vera Kiphardt * 303.800.8439 * *

The second speaker today was Joan Brown, owner of JB Decorating and The Design Coach in Denver, Colorado. Today Joan spoke about on of her longest running vendors – Hunter Douglas. The leading manufacturer of window coverings in the United States. Her talk concentrated on the design choices that they offer.
First Joan spoke about the wide variety of headrails and valances that Hunter Doulas offers:
The Cassette – this conceals the blind as it rolls up into the cassette – these can be fabric wrapped or painted to match the shade. It also comes in round or square options
Sleek Metal Valance – this will conceal the head rail and mechanics of the blinds or shades
Sleek Metal Box Valance – this surrounds the entire headrail
Fabric Valance – this has one layer of fabric with a liner underneath

Joan’s second topic was the variety of operating systems that they offer:
The Cord Lock – this is a pull cord that extends from the locking mechanism to raise and lower the shade and includes a wand to tilt the slats of the blind
The EasyRise – this is a cord loop with a clutch system that raises and lowers the shade
The UltraGlide – this is a retractable pull cord or wand that stay at a consistent length when the blind is raised or lowered
The LiteRise and SimpleLift – this eliminates the cord altogether by a lifting system you control with your hand
Custom Clutch – this has a cord tensioner that secures the cord and pulls the fabric up into a roll
PowerView Motorization – this is a wireless radio frequency that operates the blinds via the PowerView app using either a hub or most mobile devices

Joan’s last topic was the raise and lower options:
Top-Down – this is a single function shade opening from the top with the head rail on the bottom and is operated with a cord
Top-Down/Bottom-Up – similar to the Top-Down, this operates both directions and comes with a two cord system depending on which direction you want to go
Two/Three on One Headrail – this works with rectangular shades or blinds that share one headrail so you can open up one part independently of the other and have separate bottom rails
Specialty Shapes – to fit those odd shaped window – angles or curves – these can be operational or not
Sidelight Blinds – designed to fit those sidelight windows, most of these are tilt only and do not raise or lower.
If you are looking for an interior designer that can help you design you space from window coverings to carpets give Joan Brown a call.
Joan Brown * JB Decorating & the Design Coach * 303.399.6208 *