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Show your home some love this spring with trusted tips from Hudson Valley home pros.

It’s spring, the traditional time we’ve come to associate with renewal and rejuvenation, including refreshing your home. If you’re stumped for ideas or need assistance in bringing your vision to life, Hudson Valley home pros can help you transform your home into your very own personal retreat.

Increase your staycation comfort

Outdoor living

Make the most of your outdoor space with a deck or patio and plan for your deck time to continue well into the fall. According to Williams Lumber & Home Centers, Trex believes that every home can extend beyond its threshold. They offer a variety of decking and railing collections, so that every family and every budget make the “Trex decision that’s right for you.™” The experts at Williams recommend Trex decking because it’s made with 95% recycled materials in the USA, has a 25-year limited residential and fade and stain warranties, and is low maintenance. Kim Williams, VP of Retail Operations at Williams Lumber & Home Centers, says, “This is a great time to build or rebuild your deck! Decks are a place to gather, entertain, or decompress. Expand your outdoor living space and turn it into your own paradise!” Williams Lumber is located in Rhinebeck, Hudson, Hopewell Junction, Tannersville, Red Hook, Pleasant Valley, and High Falls. For more information, call 845.876.WOOD(9663) or visit their website at

Deck out your home — indoors and out

Builders First Source advises, “Despite uncertainty with today’s economics, the country’s outdoor home improvement spending shows no signs of slowing down! Homeowners are looking for recommended value products that can turn outdoor living spaces into personalized backyard escapes. Builders First Source carries a wide selection of high-quality materials to match your decking and patio needs and budget. Choose from a large selection of traditional wood to advanced, environmentally friendly treated wood decking and railings. Builders First Source offers new composite decking that requires minimal maintenance, doesn’t need to be sanded or painted, and is generally weather-resistant. It also comes in a variety of colors and styles. Stop by one of our Builders First Source locations and talk to our experienced sales team with your project ideas! Builders First Source is your first source for all your building materials!”

Create an outdoor oasis

Garden flowers

Outdoor spaces can also present specific, unique challenges. As Edith Katz, Creator/Designer of Beauty Despite the Beast explains, “Outdoor spaces and especially gardens are more important than ever as we spend time at home and in our surroundings, which can provide so much beauty and relaxation. Imagine creating and planting a perennial garden, then watching it grow and flower throughout the season. But, if browsing creatures, like deer, have dampened your enthusiasm, then check out deer-resistant gardens at Beauty Despite the Beast. Beautiful and alluring outdoor flowering gardens can be created in spite of the ‘beasts.’ Now is the ideal time to determine and develop a plan for the spaces you want to plant. DIY, pre-planned garden plans can be purchased and downloaded online from or you can request custom consultations for a design. March and April are the perfect times to select a plan and order perennial plants and shrubs from online nurseries recommended with the designs, including the delivery of plants to your door at the best planting time for your climate zone. Instructions for preparing soil, and setting the plants are included in the DIY plans. Prepare for this spring, especially after the last frost, when it’s safe to plant. Then, sit back and enjoy watching your garden flourish over the summer.”

Choosing outdoor furniture

Specialists in outdoor furnishings, Down to Earth Living believes great patio furniture should bring style, comfort, and function to your outdoor spaces. Select furniture with quality cushions and it will quickly become a second family room during the warm months and be used more often than furniture with a good design but average comfort. Remember, if your set has neutral cushions or a plain finish, incorporating pillows and accent pieces with bold splashes of color or fun patterns will brighten and enhance the overall look and design.

Making outdoor improvements affordable

Outdoor living

Powering-up your outdoor living space? According to Mid-Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union,  “You’ve got options when it comes to paying for that project. Home Equity Loans and Lines of Credit are common choices. With either, you’ll likely find lower interest rates since the loan is secured by your home. If you’re not comfortable putting your home’s equity on the line, though, you can consider a personal loan. You may be limited in how much you can borrow since these are unsecured loans. Credit cards — while an option — are generally a less-favorable one because of their higher interest rates. Talk to your financial institution about what options are available — and right — for you.”


Beauty Despite the Beast

Builders First Source
87 Wisner Ave
Middletown and various other locations

Down to Earth Living
1040 NY-45

Mid-Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union
Serving Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester Counties

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

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