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Rescued! A lost cause brought back to life

Ask any real estate agent what the most important element is when selecting a home and the answer will be: Location, location, location.

Keith and Stacey Trembley's motivation for moving from Freeport to Bangor was location, but for more than one reason. After decades of commuting between Freeport and Portland and Old Town, it was time to make some changes. The Trembleys sold their Portland Paul Davis franchise but retained their Milford location.

But it wasn't just the commute to work, it was also the long drive to see their five grandchildren living in the Bangor area.

"Our family is so important to us," Stacey said. "We wanted to be closer to our grandkids."

The search for the right house in Bangor came up empty time after time. But one late afternoon, while Stacey was on a run after work, she came upon a house that caught her attention.

"It sure wasn't much to look at," she said, "but the location was perfect."

The house is near a small town; it is close to the Stillwater River for kayaking and fishing; it is near the University of Maine trails for hiking and cross-country skiing; and most importantly, it is only a short drive from the office - and the grandchildren!

"That was the clincher," Stacey said.

Now for the bad news: The house had sat vacant for more than seven years. All the pipes had frozen and burst. Mold had taken up residence in the basement. The floors had buckled, the plaster ceilings were falling apart and the roof was sagging. The list of needed repairs was long. Most people would have considered the house a lost cause and walked away, but with 50 years of remodeling experience between the two of them, the Trembleys decided to take a chance.

It didn't happen quickly, but two years later, the house is now worth coming home to.

The original oak hardwood flooring has been restored and the kitchen and baths have new tile. Black pearl granite in the kitchen provides ample workspace, complementing the Merillat Masterpiece cabinets. By removing one of four bathrooms, the kitchen's footprint was enlarged. And, of course, the roofing was replaced and the mold removed.

Energy efficiency was addressed by installing LED lighting, insulating the attic and basement, and installing Mathews Brothers low-E vinyl custom windows. Three Fujitsu heat pumps were installed by son-in-law, Chris Ireland, with CJS Mechanical.

"After we had the heat pumps installed, we cut our heating bill in half," Keith said. "The investment has already paid for itself."

The Trembley home is now perfect for when the five grandchildren in Bangor and the four in Florida come to visit Papa and Mimi.

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Paul Davis celebrates unity through refreshed brand

Enter our "Where's Paul Davis?" contest!

As a franchise owner with Paul Davis Restoration, Keith Trembley Home Solutions has served central and downeast Maine for more than 20 years. Paul Davis has recently refreshed its brand to embrace the unification of the Paul Davis US and Paul Davis Canada organizations.

According to a PD press release, the change "streamlines the existing family of brands under one name—Paul Davis—and provides clarity for the residential and commercial customers, clients and stakeholders throughout North America."

To comply with the new branding initiative, KTHS has repainted its fleet of vehicles. If you spot one of the newly painted trucks, you may be eligible to win a dinner for two! Visit KeithTrembley.com/contest to enter.

Meet Joshua & Paul

KTHS welcomes two new employees: Joshua Gallant (left) as a contents and laundry manager, and Paul Lonko as a project manager and estimator.

Joshua and his team restore salvageable items from damaged homes, as well as clean house structures such as walls and cabinetry, in order to prepare a house for restoration.

Paul's position entails visiting homes and estimating damages.

New Handyman Division

For more than 35 years, KTHS has offered a wide range of services from remodeling older homes to restoration after disaster strikes. For loyal customers, KTHS is adding a Handyman Division designed to help homeowners with smaller projects. Reserved exclusively for existing customers, KTHS will dispatch a service technician to assist homeowners with whatever odd job needs attention. The new Handyman Division will bring KTHS another step closer to its longtime goal of making homeowners happy.

Our clients say:

We have been dealing with [Keith Trembley] for 10 years. For both of our homes, he was the go-to guy. [He] provided us top of the line work. We have had some catastrophes with soot, skunk issues and more crazy things and [KTHS] has been magnificent... If there is ever a glitch, it is immediately taken care of. [KTHS] is timely, thorough and responsible for the work after the fact. - Kathy V., Bangor ME

It was a great experience. All the people on the site were just terrific, helpful and skilled. We felt we were well taken care of. - Michael G., Ellsworth, ME

I appreciate the professionals and value that was delivered. - Chuck D., Bar Harbor, ME

Keith Trembly Home Solutions

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