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Resolve to take your home to the next level. There’s no better way to begin a new year than diving into those long-overdue home improvement projects with the help of the Valley’s home pros.
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
Q. We are planning to make significant upgrades in our home. How can Bells Ethan Allen help?
A. Bells Ethan Allen Design Center, a home furnishing store located in Newburgh, has been serving the Hudson Valley for over 50 years. Whether your style is formal, casual, or contemporary, The Bells Ethan Allen has you covered. We offer a complimentary design service with designers who are here to help you solve your interior design dilemmas related to your home design project. Bells Ethan Allen Newburgh is also a Centurion Hunter Douglas dealer, offering blinds, shades, shutters, sheers, and other window coverings. You can count on us every step of the way to make your home beautiful.
Bells Ethan Allen Newburgh
94 North Plank Rd, Rte 32
Q. We have decided to completely renovate our kitchen. Is it necessary to hire a kitchen designer to work with us?
A. Remodeling your kitchen can certainly seem like a daunting task. Dozens of decisions need to be made and many products coordinated to achieve your “dream kitchen.” Deciding to work with an experienced kitchen designer can be the most important decision you make. Here’s why. A designer will: 1) listen to your ideas, look at your magazine clippings and Pinterest images and incorporate them into an initial design that works with your space; 2) help you prioritize which features, organizational gadgets and latest trends fit into your ultimate design and just as importantly, your budget; 3) coordinate with your appliance provider to ensure the cabinets and appliances complement each other; 4) take final measurements and work closely with your contractor to avoid any unforeseen problems with construction or installation; 4) offer advice on colors, textures, and various material choices for a kitchen that’s beautiful and practical; 5) and finally, help keep you focused on needed decisions and selections. They will break them down so that you can focus on things in the proper order to keep your kitchen moving towards completion. Jilco Window Corp, a full-service window, door, millwork, and kitchen cabinetry supplier, has been serving Westchester and the Tri-State market area for over 40 years.
Jilco Window Corp.
135 Mahopac Ave
Q. Are there ways to upgrade your home to create a healthier environment?
A. Spending more time at home, many homeowners are looking for ways to make their homes healthier and safer. Smart products available for your kitchen or bathroom include touchless faucets that turn on and off with the wave of a hand; self-cleaning toilets; spalet seats with cleansing features; steam showers that promote wellness and relaxation; water filtration systems — either point-of-use or whole house — that provide safe, clean water. Similarly, air purifiers and ventilation products can help dilute the presence of indoor air pollutants. Humidifiers add humidity and dehumidifiers remove humidity, playing an important role in maintaining proper indoor air quality. Whole house UV lights help sterilize contaminants like mold, germs, and viruses in the air and on surfaces. Improving your home’s livability with cleaner air, safer water, and contactless fixtures and faucets improves the resale value of your home and makes it a safer and healthier place to live. Ultimately, a safe and clean house creates a happy home!
Fishkill, Brewster, Kingston, Catskill showroom locations
Q. What is your advice to prepare for a successful renovation?
A. Planning ahead on your renovation requires asking yourself many questions. When working on your dream kitchen or bath, be prepared to answer questions. For instance, when you close your eyes, what does your dream kitchen or bath look like? What bugs you most about your current space? How do you use your kitchen? Do you and your kids rush through, or do you spend dedicated time cooking or baking together? What is your kitchen’s personality? Flashy? Practical? Budget conscious? (Don’t be afraid to share your budget.) The more information you provide, the better your kitchen design will be. Be honest about your weaknesses. Do you easily get disorganized? Are you an out-of-sight, out-of-mind person? Anyone can sell you boxes on the wall. The magic happens when you dig deep. There are tools to help like Houzz, Instagram, and Pinterest. Use them! Collect your ideas and BRING THEM!
Eileen Wozniak, Kitchen and Bath Designer
Page Lumber, Millwork & Building Supplies
360 Manchester Rd
Q. What is a good home improvement project to tackle during the winter timeframe?
A. If you¹re looking for a quick refresh, nothing beats a new coat of paint. The peaceful, blue-green hue of Aegean Teal featured is Benjamin Moore’s 2021 color of the year. “While beautiful, venturing into bold, saturated colors like Aegean Teal can be an intimidating step,” says Kim Williams, Vice President of Retail Operations at Williams Lumber & Home Centers. As an authorized retailer of Benjamin Moore, Williams paint associates are trained to assist customers on how to seamlessly incorporate bold paint color into their homes. “To stay close to home this season, I recommend downloading the Benjamin Moore’s Color Portfolio app. There you can test and select paint color, order online, and pick up at our closest location.”
Williams Lumber & Home Centers
6760 Rte 9
With locations in Rhinebeck, Hudson, Hopewell Junction, Tannersville, Red Hook, Pleasant Valley, High Falls
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