• Kersey Bottom/Case Knife Rd Neighborhood Revitilization plan that was completed by our Planning department in Richmond, Virginia.
  • The City of Petersburg where our Planning department completed a comprehensive plan to show the potential for future development in the city.
  • Town of Kilmarnock Proposed Improvement Map that was completed by our Planning department in Richmond, Virginia.
  • Map of a needs assessment for the Town of Pulaski for which our Planning department conducted both a downtown revitalization and conservation plan.
  • One of the updated buildings in Downtown Strasburg, Virginia where our Planning department completed a plan for downtown revitalization.


We embrace the belief that planning is a necessary prelude to informed decision making and the successful completion of a project and implementation of a plan. We view planning as a tool for getting dirt turned. Whether a comprehensive plan, a feasibility study, or community needs assessment, it is important that we develop plans that lead to projects on the ground. We call this “practical planning,” an approach that helps get plans implemented rather than sitting on a shelf gathering dust. This principle has fueled our involvement in helping localities develop, apply for, and manage grant-funded projects with specialization in economic development and hazard mitigation funding mechanisms.

Core Markets

  • Residential
  • Grant Preparation and Management
  • Downtown Revitalizations
  • Municipal Comprehensive/Conservation Planning



Note: Printed books are now completely out of print and Summit will not be reprinting them in the future. See below for information on obtaining digital versions.

After much consideration and studying the logistics and ramifications of allowing duplication of the manuals, we have determined that permission can be granted for duplication to organizations that will utilize them for non-commercial purposes in support of their housing assistance programs to the benefit of low- to moderate-income individuals and households. In order to cover our time and costs and encourage judicious use of this right of duplication, we have determined that permission can be granted at a cost of $50 per manual [Home Maintenance (English & Spanish) and Housekeeping (English & Spanish)].


Summit Design and Engineering Services in collaboration with the nationally-syndicated cartoonist Gary Brookins, “Pluggers,” created the “Housekeeping and Home Maintenance Manuals”. The manuals combine clever illustrations and concise text for use as a guide in caring for your home or apartment and in home management. The manuals contain more than 75 illustrations to help explain routine maintenance, troubleshooting, minor repairs for inside and outside the home, general housekeeping and finance. They can serve as instructional handbooks for first time homeowners and participants in various housing programs.

Checklists are included to develop weekly, seasonal, and yearly routines. There is also a household finances section which includes tips on budgeting, bank accounts, credit reports, insurance and what to do if financial help is needed. If your organization provides housing assistance or deals in private or public housing development, rehabilitation or home ownership programs, these booklets can provide an informative tool for use by your clients.

We have also produced our manuals in SPANISH in order to serve the community better. If you would like to order either or both of the manuals in Spanish, you may send us a Purchase order by mail or fax and as fill your order.


This manual focuses on Electrical, Plumbing, Heating and Ventilation Systems with a section on Energy Conservation that provides tips to help lower utility bills. Information is provided about common indoor repairs like painting and the hazards of lead-based paint. The final sections describe general outdoor repairs and suggested home safety measures. Checklists are included.


This manual provides basic guidelines and helpful hints for routine housekeeping. Checklists are included for weekly, seasonal and yearly routines. There is also a section on hiring repair persons and a finance section that includes tips on budgeting, bank accounts, credit reports, insurance and what to do if financial help is needed.



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  2. Print the form on standard letter size paper

    If you are paying by check, fill out the form and make the check payable to:
    Summit Design and Engineering Services, PLLC
    504 Meadowlands Drive
    Hillsborough, NC 27278

    If you are paying by credit card, please call our main office number at our Hillsbrough Office.
    Phone: 919.732.3883 and ask for Donna DuPont

Note: If you are a tax exempt organization, please send a copy of your tax exemption certificate with your order for our records. Orders will not be filled without it.

Once this form and payment is received, the download contact will be contacted by e-mail and provided information and instructions regarding downloading the appropriate PDF file(s). Please note: The permission will be temporary and once the initial download has been successfully executed, the link will be discontinued. However, if the grantee’s file(s) become lost, corrupted, or unusable for any reason, a new download can be arranged by contacting Mr. Webne as listed at no additional charge.


Joel Webne
Phone: 804.204.1022 x4