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Don’t let the post-holiday blahs get you down. Once the exciting holiday festivities are behind you,consider carving out time to dive into those long-overdue home improvement projects and finally cross them off your to-do list. Yes, there may be hard work involved, but there’s something worthwhile to look forward to after the projects are completed — upgrades to enjoy and share with guests, not to mention the thrill and pride of a significant accomplishment. Following the helpful advice of Hudson Valley home pros can make the projects go smoother and more efficiently. Not a bad way to start your new year!


Q. What is important to consider when renovating a kitchen?

A. Kitchens are as unique as the people who use them. From cabinets to countertops, the finished product is as good as the team that conceives and creates them. Builders First Source is the nation’s largest supplier of building materials. We are the largest distributor of kitchen cabinets to professional builders in the Hudson Valley. Builders First Source supplies cabinetry, countertops, and more to builders and remodelers. We have an experienced staff, offering better products and better pricing with the highest level of customer satisfaction in the industry.


Builders First Source
87 Wisner Ave 
Middletown and other locations 


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Q. Help! No one in my family can agree on how our extra bedroom should be used. I prefer a guest room for my parents’ visits, my husband wants another room with a second TV, and my children need a homework area. What’s the best solution?

A. The good news is that you have a spare room to argue over. A custom solution is the BEST solution for a space that needs to be multifunctional and needs to meet the needs of a growing family. Custom cabinetry coupled with a dedicated desk area can allow you to purpose the room for your family. On the other wall, you can incorporate a Murphy Bed that will accommodate your parents and any overnight guests and when it’s not in use, it can be tucked away and out of sight! Incorporating custom home storage solutions will not only suit your needs, but also maximize your space to better serve you and your family. 


California Closets
Westchester: 16 Saw Mill River Rd, Hawthorne
Rockland & Hudson Valley: 83 S Main St, New City


Q. Why should I switch my home’s heat and/or appliances to natural gas?

A. Natural gas is the cleanest, most convenient, price stable, and versatile home energy fuel. Unlike oil, it can heat a home and power a range of appliances, providing homeowners greater comfort and ease. Natural gas fireplaces roar to life with the flip of a switch, often with adjustable temperature and flame. Natural gas clothes dryers and water heaters work quicker than their electric counterparts. Cooking with natural gas provides optimum and instant temperature control.


Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation
284 South Ave


Q. How can I optimize my energy use in 2019?

A. Central Hudson customers can save money and energy with a CenHub Account. Log in to your personalized energy-saving portal to access tips to save; complete challenges designed to help you optimize your energy use; earn and redeem rewards toward gift cards; chat with a representative; review past usage, and more. Plus, unlock exclusive instant discounts on premium brand power-saving products sold on CenHubstore.com. Find innovative ways to increase comfort and savings, all by having a CenHub account at CentralHudson.com.


Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation
284 South Ave


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Q. What is trending now in bath renovations?

A. One of the fastest growing trends is personalized bath furniture. Designers and homeowners are thinking out of the box when it comes to storage solutions for this heavily trafficked space. The traditional vanity, with its cabinet base and toe kick, is being replaced by stunning pieces that set the style for a very personalized room. Some are painted, others weathered or lacquered, with tapered or hairpin furniture legs, period details, and unique hardware. The interiors include charging stations, flexible storage compartments, roll-out hampers, electrical outlets, and more. From acrylic to metal to handcrafted solid surface material, freestanding tubs are making a statement. And, curbless showers are being reimagined and requested for their beautiful aesthetic and ease of use.


Frank Webb Home
600 Corporate Blvd


Q. What should I consider when buying a Greenhouse?

A. A greenhouse is a major investment and is as necessary for successful gardening as a spade or trowel. It is imperative that you make a considered decision on many elements, including size, quality, aesthetic appeal, and the effect it will have on the design and appearance of your garden. Also, consider the internal practical accessories you will choose for your work space, which as a package, will give you many years of gardening pleasure.


Hartley Botanic Inc
155b New Boston St
Woburn, MA 


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Q. I’m considering adding a pool to my outdoor landscape. Can you share any helpful tips?

A. Make your pool part of your landscape, including connecting seamlessly with your outdoor kitchen. Take the colors of your garden and make them pop as part of the pool’s border tiles, for example. Also, be sure to have the shape fit into your landscape rather than protrude from it. Keep the look natural with stone steps or a fountain. NeJame’s experts can help you find the look that matches your personality.


NeJame Pool Specialists


Q. What is trending in bathroom showers?

A. Love “push-to-start” in your car? How about in your shower? The SmartControl from Grohe has no electronics although it is a highly flexible shower control. It can be as simple as a showerhead alone, or as custom as a full spa-like experience with multiple rain heads and body sprays. The SmartControl lets you set temperature and control each feature with the push of a button. You can bring nature’s ancient therapy right into your home by adding steam therapy. Turn it on with a push of a button, app, remote or timer. Your life. Your rules. With precise temperature control, and the freedom to choose a relaxing or invigorating experience, you’ll never want to leave the shower.


N&S Supply
Fishkill, Brewster, Kingston, Catskill, Hudson, Danbury showroom locations


Q. What new kitchen trends are you expecting in the coming year?

A. Today’s homeowners are looking for the most functional kitchens possible — kitchens that will make their lives easier by keeping essential items close at hand and saving steps between cooking and prep areas. As long-time partners with the design community, Sub-Zero and Wolf build their products not only for long-term performance and beauty, but also to satisfy this latest consumer desire — offering countless features that make for greater efficiency and satisfaction in the kitchen. Contact the dealer nearest you for details on an extraordinary kitchen: www.subzero-wolf.com/locator.


Sub-Zero and Wolf


Q. What is a good home improvement project to tackle during the winter timeframe?

A. This is a great time to tackle indoor home improvement projects. If you’re looking for a quick refresh, nothing beats a new coat of Benjamin Moore paint. Painting is one of the best projects to tackle since it’s do-it-yourself, affordable, and with low-odor, water-based paint, you don’t have to suffer through those awful fumes! Here at Williams, we carry a full line of Benjamin Moore Paint. I would highly recommend our Natura line, which is certified asthma and allergy friendly. I think you’ll be thrilled with the durable, washable results!


Williams Lumber & Home Centers
6760 Rte 9
With locations in High Falls, Hopewell Junction, Hudson, Hyde Park, Red Hook, Pleasant Valley, Tannersville​
845.876.WOOD (9663)


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