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Our family also expanded as new installation and repair techs joined our teams and our back office grew to help meet demand.

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It seemed everyone decided at the same time that they were ready to get serious about their home theater and stereo systems.Our retail wing had a fine time showcasing all the new tools and toys that arrived throughout the year.From one-touch automation to flat panel displays that satisfied even the most critical sports fan, we had a cornucopia of home entertainment. Residential builders such as Jerffery Wilde and Barry Bullard kept our local teams jumping.On a larger scale, we started work at The Arbors at Tumblin' Creek, a senor community with over 100 units.Natural elements—vintage wooden cutting boards, the Shaker-style barstools' woven rush seats, and a faded antique wool runner—warm up the cool space.

The old cabinets were revived with bright white paint and cast-iron knobs, while a new butcher-block countertop finished off the look.

The final updates for UF's Reitz Union were finished in the spring.

IT Pro TV's new studios kept us jumping during the summer and we were deep into the renovation of the Social at Midtown right through the end of the year.

The butcher-block countertops, black cabinetry, large industrial pendant lights, and a porcelain apron sink—all from Ikea!

—kept costs down without sacrificing style, while black appliances (less expensive than stainless ones) match the cabinets for a seamless effect.

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