Page 1


How to Win a

Bidding War Tips for Adding a


GREEN Sustainable Improvements


Finger Lakes Properties Magazine 2013 Winter Edition – Kitchen & Living Rooms Cover Photo By: Melissa Howard - Custom Kitchens by Martin Interior Designer/Drafter · Mendon, New York

Adding a Fireplace to Your Home By: Lindsay Listanski The dream of spending time with family and friends gathered by an open fireplace is a selling point in many homes for sale, but not all properties come equipped with a built-in fireplace. However, installing a fireplace unit is a popular renovation and buyers or current owners have several options when it comes to finding one that works for them. The costs of installing a fireplace will vary from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars, depending on the type of unit individuals want. Shopping around for different units, and comparing how they will accommodate the layout of a home, can be helpful when deciding which type to choose.

Wood-burning fireplace Many homeowners may first turn to traditional woodburning fireplaces when they begin searching for a unit. These fireplaces are common among older homes, and are often constructed in brick or stone, depending on a homeowner’s visual tastes. While the familiar woodburning scent, cackle and image of these fireplaces and hearths provide a homey feel, these are the most expensive type of unit to build, costing as much as $10,000 or more. This is largely because individuals will need to hire a mason to complete the project and ensure that it is built to code, according to National Association of Realtors’ website HouseLogic. These types of fireplaces also require more foundation to be laid down to carry the weight of the fireplace and chimney, as well as the cost of the chimney itself. Gas-burning fireplace A gas fireplace is another popular option, namely because it does not require individuals to purchase wood and is relatively less expensive than wood-burning units. While the costs of these types of units typically range in the thousands, installation is easier and less time-consuming. However, individuals who choose this option should also consider the costs of propane when making their decision, as gas costs can fluctuate frequently. Electric fireplace A fireplace unit that runs off electricity is the most affordable and simple option for individuals. These units may cost upwards of $400 and is portable. In addition, these units can be preferable for individuals who lack a great deal of space in their homes, but still want the warmth and aesthetic of a fireplace. In addition, the easy installation of this type of unit ensures that homeowners will not have to rearrange electronics located near the unit. Check out our 40+ of favorite fireplaces from on our Cozy Fireplaces

Finger Lakes Properties Photo Contest

1st Place Winner Submitted By: Monica Smaltz

Congratulations to Monica 1st Place Prize :1 Hour Massage at Island Wellness Center in Geneva.

Contest Sponsored By:

Improve Your Chances of Winning in a Bidding War By: Lindsay Listanski When it comes to buying a home, most individuals hope to stake out their dream property and close on it quickly and without problems. However, when there is a high amount of interest for a single house, a bidding war might ensue. Entering into a bidding war can be stressful for buyers, but there are steps they can take to both lower their anxiety and increase their chances of coming out on top. Work with the right people Teaming up with the right real estate agent can be in a buyer’s favor when a bidding war situation occurs. Working with a local agent can be beneficial as they often have insight about the area so they are able to explain whether the prices being offered are realistic for the location. In addition, local agents who have a strong reputation in the area can be more attractive to sellers, because they might feel more confident that a sale will actually go through, according to Fox Business. In addition to working with a reputable agent, getting prequalified for a loan can also make buyers more attractive to sellers. This can ease sellers’ fears about a buyer’s ability to obtain financing, and make the closing process go more smoothly. Buyers should be prepared to provide written confirmation that they have been preapproved. Provide an incentive Buyers who are prepared to provide a large down payment are also more likely to come out ahead during a bidding war. Making a sizable down payment demonstrates to sellers that individuals are serious about the property. In addition, buyers who offer to pay cash may also boost their chances of securing the home.

In some cases, buyers may also speed up the process by agreeing to purchase the home without requiring the seller to make certain repairs. However, it’s important that buyers are careful when agreeing to these terms. While small repairs, such as fixing broken fences or replacing fixtures, can be done easily by buyers, more costly problems, such as structural issues or electrical problems can be more expensive. Know when to call it quits Few buyers want to give up during a bidding war, but it’s important to have a spending limit in mind to avoid going over their budget. A real estate agent can be helpful in determining the worth of a home, and if the asking price has significantly exceeded that figure, buyers may consider continuing their home search elsewhere. Image credit: Amedeo de Palma

Geneva Neighborhood Resource Center (GNRC) at 105a Seneca Street, Geneva NY 315-828-6585

Making a great first impression starts with your front steps. Whether you have a grand entrance or utilitarian steps, a few simple enhancements can go a long way to welcoming family, friends, visitors, and potential homebuyers. Check out these before and after photos from a Geneva Neighborhood Resource Center home improvement project that demonstrates the curb appeal benefits of repairing your front steps at the same time as a new paint job. As is often the case in older homes, projects completed in the middle of your property’s life, such as the front steps, might not fit with the original character. Here are a few tips to get you started. These folks didn’t have handrails to take their ideas from – so they created newel posts that matched the porch columns, beautifully tying the new in with the old [#1]. For joy and longevity, don’t scrimp! The railings are made from a significant piece of wood – something you can really wrap your hand around – and solidly connected to the center of the columns. [#2] This makes them sturdier, and more likely to help in icy conditions. The stairs themselves are also as wide as possible, providing lots of space for seasonal decorations and even a place to sit. [#3] A new paint job is one of the fastest ways to spruce up your home, and it can help prolong the life of this long term investment. For an ideal color scheme, don’t stop at two! With the selection of a “high” color (the deep eggplant body color) [#4], a “low” color (the rich country white at windows, columns and railings)[#5] and an “accent” color (the pumpkin at trim and accessories)[#6] this house has character. Stop in to the Geneva Neighborhood Resource Center (GNRC) at 105a Seneca Street or visit to learn more about making home improvements and participating in neighborhood activities available in your neighborhood.



Minutes from the City of Geneva, this 3 Bedroom/2.5 bath home is situated on a 1/2 acre in a wonderful country location in the Town of Seneca. $196,500 Contact. John Parrott (315) 521-1942.

Beautiful townhouse in excellent condition. Nice open floor plan from kitchen to dining room and 2 story living room with gas fireplace. 2 miles to Canandaigua Lake. $184,900. Contact Carol Van Horn(315) 569-8221.

Solid ranch in a great location! Move right into this well maintained home with formal dining room & spacious living room with gas fireplace. $86,500 Contact Vincent Fischer (315) 521-4963.

33 Maple St. Geneva, NY

390 Washington St. Geneva, NY

70 Spring St. Geneva, NY Very well maintained cape home on deep city lot. Upgrades include replacement windows, kitchen appliances, refinished hardwood floors, new furnace in 2006. $85,900. Contact Carol Van Horn(315) 569-8221.

137 Deseyn Dr. Canandaigua, NY

1017 County Rd. 4 Seneca, NY

10 Dunn Rd. Lyons, NY Beautiful raised ranch on quiet village street. New hardwood floors throughout, remodeled basement, open kitchen and dining area, bright and sunny interior. $129,900. Contact John Parrott (315) 521-1942.

Absolutely immaculate condition! Move right into this wonderful home with 2 spacious bedrooms, bright and open kitchen and formal dining room $114,900 Contact Vincent Fischer (315) 521-4963.

Wonderful Town of Geneva home on quiet street with large lot. Recent updates to both bathrooms, freshly painted walls and hardwood floors in first floor bedrooms. 165,000 Contact Angela Quartaro (585) 733-9118.

Well maintained mobile home in the town of Waterloo. Part of a senior community and subject to age restrictions but can easily be moved to another location. $29,500 Contact John Kenny 315-759-9269.

Comfortable and convenient floor plan. This home has been nicely maintained. Move-in and enjoy. $55,000. Contact Lisa Leon (315) 651-5206.

89 Lock St. Clyde, NY

2684 Edwards Rd. Waterloo, NY

12 Lomar Dr. Geneva, NY

This 4 bedroom & 1.5 bath home has had several updates in the past few years including painting, plumbing, electrical and flooring. $67,500 Contact Hannah Burkard (585) 337-1722.

1021 Waterloo-Geneva Rd. Waterloo, NY

63 West St. Geneva, NY

37 Folger St. Geneva, NY Move right in! This 4BR/1BA home has been well cared for and is spotless inside and out! New roof in 2010, freshly painted interior, hardwood floors, 1st floor laundry and formal dining room. $65,000 Contact Matthew Parrott (315) 521-1943.

Affordable country home! Move-in condition home featuring new carpeting, wood burning fireplace and a patio with built in barbecue. $89,900 Contact Lisa Leon (315) 651-5206.

Residential Properties for Sale! © 2012 Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. A Realogy Company. All Rights Reserved. Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. Each Office Is Independently Owned And Operated. Coldwell Banker ®, the Coldwell Banker Logo and “We Never Stop Moving” are registered service marks owned by Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC.

Looking for space? This is your place. Attractive home in the village on over 2 acres. Huge kitchen and dining room. New hardwood floor. Updated bathrooms. $109,900 Contact Cheryl Bonnell (315) 521-2220.

2395 Reed Rd. Waterloo, NY

1 Douglas Dr. Waterloo, NY Well kept, cozy 3 BR, on a nice partially fenced corner lot. All appliances stay! $54,900 Contact Allyson Adam-Anderson (585) 967-0579.

Country living, but close to school, churches and downtown living. 3 BR, 2 BA waiting for you to update. $59,900 Contact Emily Pagano (315) 539-3452.

1407 State Route 31 Port Byron, NY

194 Fall St. Seneca Falls, NY

0 Crystal Geneva, NY Many possibilities. Office, shop, day care or what-ever you need. Plenty of parking and 2,400 sq. ft. to work with! $44,500 Contact Emily Pagano (315) 539-3452.

Wood burning fireplace for winter and central air for summer will keep you comfy in this 2 BR, 2 BA home. Large kitchen with dining area. Appliances stay. $69,900 Contact Trudy Woodward (315) 539-8723.

118 E Bayard St. Seneca Falls, NY

This 5 acre lot is adjacent to Seneca Falls Country Club & also has deeded Cayuga Lake access. Cleared level land is ready for your new home. $33,000 Contact Cheryl Bonnell (315) 521-2220.

10409 Maple Ave. Rose, NY Oversized 2 car garage with electric sub feed. Picturesque fieldstone fireplace, with fieldstone floor (owners haven’t used in years). Opportunity to rehab this diamond in the rough. $24,800 Contact Allyson Adam-Anderson (585) 967-0579.

12 Shamrock Ave. Seneca Falls, NY

Nestled in the heart of the Finger Lakes. Home to fantastic wines sits a wonderful 3 BR lake home with 75ft of frontage. Sit on your deck and enjoy breathtaking sunsets. Move-in condition. $279,000 Contact Jane Lischak (315) 529-5727

0 Noble Rd. Seneca Falls, NY

2760 Pre-Emption Road. Geneva, NY

3 BR, 2 BA, mobile. Fireplace in Living room. Storage shed. Close to amenities. $18,500 Contact Trudy Woodward (315) 539-8723.

Image should be CMYK, 300dpi and 2.125” x 1.375”

5334 E Lake Rd. Varick, NY

2435 Lower Lake Rd. Seneca Falls, NY In the heart of wine country enjoy breathtaking Cayuga Lake views from your private deck. Large 3 BR, 2 BA home with tons of storage. Priced to sell! $189,900 Contact Jane Lischak (315) 529-5727.

Please place your own property photo here

Large enclosed porch adds to the enjoyment of this 4 BR home. Relax in your private fenced yard. $79,500 Contact Marilyn McDougal (315) 539-8427.

Sit on the back deck and take in the beauty of nature. 4 BR, 2 full baths & 1st floor laundry. $107,000 Contact Marilyn McDougal (315) 539-8427.

Residential Properties for Sale! © 2012 Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. A Realogy Company. All Rights Reserved. Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. Each Office Is Independently Owned And Operated. Coldwell Banker ®, the Coldwell Banker Logo and “We Never Stop Moving” are registered service marks owned by Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC.

671 Exchange Street. Geneva, NY $625,000 . Call Carol Van Horn & John Parrott 315-789-6768 Spacious brick office building in excellent condition. Recently painted and carpeted throughout. Reception area, waiting room plus individual offices, perfect for medical practice and next door to another medical practice. Easy access off the main road and plenty of parking

214 State Route 14 N Geneva, NY $499,000 . Call Matthew Parrott 315-521-1943 The Geneva Rollerdrome is a unique 8500 sqft space with MANY possibilities. This property could be used for a variety of different options, including: flea market/ antiques, storage, meeting space, or retail. Easy access to NYS Thruway and close to the City of Geneva. *ADDITIONAL 4.5 ACRES AVAILABLE.

Commercial Properties for Sale! © 2012 Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. A Realogy Company. All Rights Reserved. Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. Each Office Is Independently Owned And Operated. Coldwell Banker ®, the Coldwell Banker Logo and “We Never Stop Moving” are registered service marks owned by Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC.

76 North Main St. Geneva, NY $89,900. Call Matthew Parrott 315-521-1943 Two Family home located in convenient location to hospital, downtown Geneva and Hobart & William Smith. Large apartments with many recent updates including carpet, flooring and paint. First floor apartment is currently rented for $800 a month.

78 Genesee St Geneva, NY $59,000. Call Angela Quartaro 585-733-9118 Two Family home located in the city of Geneva. Second floor one bedroom apartment is currently rented for $525 a month. First floor apartment is large with three bedrooms, full bathroom and large kitchen.

Investment Properties for Sale! © 2012 Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. A Realogy Company. All Rights Reserved. Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. Each Office Is Independently Owned And Operated. Coldwell Banker ®, the Coldwell Banker Logo and “We Never Stop Moving” are registered service marks owned by Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC.

4377 Teall Beach S. Fayette, NY $1,200 Month. Call John Parrott 315-521-1942 Year round 3BR/1.5BA home with Seneca Lake access! Welcoming entry foyer, large open kitchen, bright and spacious living room, newer flooring/carpeting, den, laundry room, and fully furnished. Nice yard and patio area with a pathway to Seneca Lake. Gorgeous sunsets all year long!

659 Castle St. Geneva, NY $1,200 Month. Call Matthew Parrott 315-521-1943 Wonderful city location, within walking distance to NYS Experiment Station, schools and downtown. Newly refinished HW floors, remodeled bathrooms, spacious and bright rooms, large backyard with deck, 2 covered porches.

Residential Homes for Lease! © 2012 Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. A Realogy Company. All Rights Reserved. Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. Each Office Is Independently Owned And Operated. Coldwell Banker ®, the Coldwell Banker Logo and “We Never Stop Moving” are registered service marks owned by Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC.

580 W Washington St. Geneva, NY $1,200 Month. Call John Parrott 315-521-1942 1400 sqft of retail space with showroom, office & workshop area with an additional 1850 sqft of 3 delivery bays totaling 3257 sqft. This well maintained building is in an excellent location and would be ideal for a variety of businesses. Lease includes refuse & snow removal. Call today for an appointment.

143 Railroad Place Geneva, NY $1,750 Month. Call Matthew Parrott 315-521-1943 Turn-key restaurant opportunity in excellent downtown location! Views of Seneca Lake, outdoor seating area & 2400 sqft of inside space with all kitchen equipment and dining furniture included in lease price. Plenty of parking spaces available, highly visible location from Routes 5&20 and close to several hotels.

Commercial Properties for Lease! © 2012 Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. A Realogy Company. All Rights Reserved. Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. Each Office Is Independently Owned And Operated. Coldwell Banker ®, the Coldwell Banker Logo and “We Never Stop Moving” are registered service marks owned by Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC.

Four Chimneys Winery 211 Hall Rd. Milo, NY $1,300,000. Call John Parrott & Carol Van Horn 315-789-6768 "America's First Organic Winery"! This special property features a spacious Italianate style home with over 50 acres plus a working winery plus 500 feet of lakefront on Seneca Lake's west side. Currently operating on a small scale, there is plenty of room for expansion and growth. Located in the heart of the Finger Lakes Wine Trail, this property could be a dream-come-true for an aspiring wine maker. The land is welldrained and suited for vinifera and the finer hybrids grape varieties. Located near the lake, it is one of the warmest on the lake. This is a PRIME location for a winery!!

Virtual Tour

Click the link to view! =iKK39PSk4kk&feature=g-upl

Premiere Property for sale! © 2012 Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. A Realogy Company. All Rights Reserved. Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. Each Office Is Independently Owned And Operated. Coldwell Banker ®, the Coldwell Banker Logo and “We Never Stop Moving” are registered service marks owned by Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC.





Allyson Adam-Anderson, Licensed Sales Associate Offering over 20 years of experience to the table coupled with a deep understanding of the Housing Industry, Allyson is a 3rd generation investment property owner. Working & playing in the Finger Lakes Region Allyson can assist you with your vacation home, first home and especially your investment property! “One of the greatest rewards of being an agent is helping others achieve their dream!” Allyson has Specialty training in Luxury and International Markets, plus Commercial Boot Camp, giving her clients the competitive edge. “I am thrilled to join Coldwell Banker due to its 100 years of unparalleled commitment to professionalism and customer service, not to mention their dominance in the market nation wide, boosting with over 900 intranet sites!” Visit Allyson’s website:

Coldwell Banker Dendis Real Estate 15 West Main Street, Waterloo, NY Phone: (585) 967-0579

Hannah Burkard, Licensed Sales Associate Coldwell Banker Parrott-Venuti Real Estate in Geneva is honored to welcome the new young talent of Hannah Burkard. Hannah is very enthusiastic and a determined full-time agent with a keen understanding of her client's needs.

Hannah is From the southern end of Canandaigua Lake and currently resides in Rushville. Hannah Graduated from Marcus Whitman High School and Attended Niagara University. “I am dedicated to providing personalized service and exceptional communication with a professional expertise to provide successful results!” If you need to sell your home or are interested in purchasing a property, Hannah will work hard to fulfill your real estate needs by using her training, technical skills and expertise. Visit Hannah’s website:

Coldwell Banker Parrott-Venuti 218 Hamilton Street, Geneva, NY Phone: (585) 337-1722

Meet the Coldwell Banker Professionals of the Finger Lakes

Matthew Parrott Broker

Jana Van Houten Office Manager

Carol Van Horn Broker Associate - Geneva

Hannah Burkard Sales Associate - Geneva

Vincent Fischer Broker Associate - Geneva

Lou Ann Commesso Broker Associate - Geneva

John Parrott Sales Associate - Geneva

Angela Quartaro Broker Associate - Geneva

John Kenny Sales Associate - Geneva

Michelle Robbins Sales Associate - Geneva

Marilyn McDougal- Manager Broker Associate - Waterloo

Cheryl Bonnell Broker Associate - Waterloo

Lisa Leon Sales Associate - Waterloo

Jane Lischak Broker Associate - Waterloo

Geneva Office: Coldwell Banker Parrott-Venuti Real Estate, Inc

Allyson Adam-Anderson Sales Associate- Waterloo

Trudy Woodward Broker Associate- Waterloo

Emily Pagano Broker Associate-Waterloo

Waterloo Office: Coldwell Banker Dendis Real Estate

After months of hard work behind the scenes, we’re proud to announce that we’ve got a brand new app available for the iPhone and Android powered devices! With applications becoming ubiquitous over the past few years, we wanted to slow down and take a moment to think about what it is a new “Coldwell Banker Mobile App” would offer the world. For us, simply redesigning our app wasn’t good enough because in all honesty, anybody can put together a regular real estate search app. With that in mind, the main goal of the second incarnation of our app was to make finding home as joyful and easy an experience as possible. We’ve accomplished that by developing it with the type of content and access to resources that will give you the insight into the communities and homes that will allow you to make better informed choices. It’ll definitely make your life easier too (and more fun!) Here are just a few of the features we’re extra excited about:

View Property, Community, Agent and Office Videos Home and Community Videos (And More) In 2009 we partnered with Google/YouTube to launch “Coldwell Banker On Location“. Since that time we’ve had tens of thousands of videos of homes, communities and agents that millions of visitors have watched. Our new app allows you to search for these videos because we think seeing real live video of a neighborhood or charming home gives you a much clearer picture than any picture can (oh, the irony!) My Agent My Agent: Put them to work for you We’re really excited about the new “My Agent” feature we’ve developed for this app because it works well for you whether you’re already working with an agent or just starting your search for the perfect one. Once you land on an agent’s profile, simply tap the “Make My Agent” button and the app instantly builds a 1 to 1 connection between you both. Then while you surf through homes and videos, you can send them what you like with just one easy tap of a button and they’ll know what you want to see or the type of home you’re looking for.

Map Sketch Map Sketch: Draw Something Sometimes there are neighborhoods within neighborhoods – and searching by city or zip code won’t get you exactly what you’re looking for. With our “Map Sketch” tool, simply use your finger to draw a circle around the part of town you want to call home. We’ll do fancy work on the back-end to triangulate your drawing to present you with homes and places of interest within that area only. You’ll only see what you want to see! We’ve got a bunch of other helpful features like amenity information from Yelp!, driving directions, a special ‘Previews International’ luxury home search and a whole lot more. If you’re looking for home or are interested in seeing amazing pictures and videos of homes across the globe, you can click below for our Android app or iPhone app.

Win a $100 PETCO gift card & HELP (Donate $1.00 & fill out the raffle ticket for your chance to win.)

Sponsored By:

Tickets Sold at: Coldwell Banker Dendis Coldwell Banker Parrott-Venuti

Dendis Real Estate 15 W. Main St. Waterloo, NY 13165 (315) 539-9282

We’re here for the community & all your Real Estate needs.


Geneva Office 62 Reed Street Geneva, NY 14456 Phone: (315) 789-0700 Fax: (315) 789-8577

Waterloo Office 111 W. Main Street Waterloo, NY 13165 Phone: (315) 539-0700 Fax: (315) 789-8577

Victor Office 33 W. Main Street Victor, NY 14564 Phone: (585) 398-7673 Fax: (315) 789-8577

Visit: Call Paul: 585-455-3326

PAPA’S PLACE 61 Glasgow Street, Clyde, NY

(315) 923-1111 Newly established pizzeria owned by Ed & Judy Noody. We have a friendly staff and a warm, clean atmosphere. There is an abundant menu including pizza, wings, hot and cold subs, calzones, pasta, and much more. Hours of operation are from 11 AM – 10 PM Monday thru Thursday, 11 AM – 11 PM on Friday and Saturday, and 12PM – 10 PM on Sunday. Give us a call at (315) 923-1111 and we can have it ready for you to dine in or take out. Or, we will deliver it for free right to your doorstep.

Has it been too long since you tee'd off at Lake Winds Golf Course? If you can't remember our smooth greens, our lush and gently rolling fairways or the friendly service of our staff, then it has been too long. Join one of the many golf leagues at Lake Winds this year. It's the perfect way to enjoy golf with your friends and fellow golfers throughout the season. For your annual golf events, Lake Winds Golf Course should be your first choice. Planning a golf outing or tournament can be a handful. Let our professional staff be your guides to an unforgettable golf experience.

Lake Winds Golf Course 5018 Town Line Road Rushville, NY 14544 Phone: (585) 554-6735

On-Site Aerial Video and Photographic Services

Remote Controlled Flying Robot With On-Board Camera

Media & Marketing • Real Estate •Insurance • Construction •Inspection • Agriculture • Public Safety At SkyOp, we're using an unmanned multi-rotor copter with an on-board camera in a wide range of commercial applications. Aerial video and photography can now be done for a fraction of the cost of commercial helicopters and airplanes. And by flying at varying altitudes, in tight spaces, indoors or outdoors, we can get views traditional aircraft can't. We're not only photographers, we're technologists who understand how today's most advanced technology can be applied in different, innovative ways, leading to new cost-effective solutions. SkyOp provides on-site video and photographic services in many different markets. If you need a unique perspective in your media, real estate, or other marketing programs, we can help! We also assist with inspection services, damage documentation, accident scene surveys, search and rescue, thermal imaging, and other photo documentation services. We deliver raw video and images or fully edited final productions to meet our clients' demanding requirements. Our 6-blade remote-controlled unmanned aerial vehicle is equipped with a high-definition video camera, and a two-person pilot/cameraman team fly it for precise control. The craft's first-person video technology shows what the camera is recording via a real-time video display screen. By remote control, we can simultaneously capture video and still images, repositioning and zooming as necessary. The craft is maneuvered using sophisticated on-board computer technology, including automatic pitch and roll compensation as well as GPS-aided position and altitude controls, allowing us to capture the perfect shots to meet your needs!

Contact Us Today! SkyOp LLC • 5297 Parkside Dr. • Suite 433 • Canandaigua, NY 14424 585-598-4737

On-Site Aerial Video and Photographic Services Agriculture • • •

Crop Assessment Irrigation Inspection Forestry Management & Research

Construction • • • • •

Architects and Engineers Finished Work and Progress Photos Structural Analysis Roofing Estimates Heat & Thermal Loss (Infrared)

Inspection • • • •

• • • • •

Antenna Bridge Solar Panel Windmill Blade Smoke Stack Railway Oil & Gas Pipeline Power Line Fiber Optic

Insurance • • • •

Public Adjusters Documenting Damage Company Investigators Natural Disasters

Media & Marketing • •

• • • • • •

Advertising Agencies Video Media TV Commercials TV Newscasts Sports Events Civic Events Local Events Festivals and Street Fairs

Public Safety These are just a few examples of where our services can be applied, but the possibilities of what can be achieved are almost endless. If you have an application that's not on our list, give us a call to discuss it. Contact Us Today!


• • • •

Police Fire Border Patrol Traffic Accident Analysis

Real Estate • • • •

Residential Real Estate Agents Commercial Real Estate Brokers Land and Commercial Developers Golf Courses



just as in today’s developments, a pattern book was available to Geneva’s builders, so we see these beautiful houses scattered all throughout the city

This common home could be found on nearly any street in Geneva - perhaps you even live in one? With In. Site: Architecture, the GNRC is developing a series of case studies on how these homes from the past can remain a vital part of Geneva today and into the future.

These typical Geneva Houses have a lot going for them:


They have first floors of about 825 square feet and second floors of roughly 810 square feet. Often, the attic and basement have the same footprint and plenty of head room; more often the basement is not as useful or as exciting as the attic – because of moisture – but you can go from 1,635 sq. ft. to 3,270 sq. ft. of living space if you’re interested in investing in the top & bottom! The attic and basement are also great places to consider ‘finishing,’ because in these older homes they can be the greatest source of heat loss in the winter and heat gain in the summer.




These houses, and the other groupings of a single ‘pattern’ you see around the city, were built between 1880 and 1930. They were usually built in groups by large local employers, such as the plants, factories and nurseries. Many Geneva homes from this era were the popular ‘kit houses.’


If you do live in one of these homes, you know that unless a lot of work has been done recently, there’s little insulation and although the wood windows are beautiful, they leak cold air in the winter and hot air in the summer.

They tend to be assessed at a value of between $75,000 and $85,000, depending on what improvements and alterations have been made. These homes also tend to sell for – or slightly above – their assessed values.


A typical homeowner will pay approximately $4,000 in taxes and about $4,000 for utilities each year.



But you also know that these houses are the ones with the character, the stories and that something extra that makes people want to turn them into homes.

1. 2. 3. 4. 6. 7.


to kitchen to attic bathroom bedroom to entry porch roof below

second floor plan


9 10




14 8. cellarway & rear entry 9. kitchen 10. bathroom 11. dining room 12. den 13. entry 14. living room 15. front porch


first floor plan

these houses can be found throughout Geneva, but they tend to be concentrated in some of the neighborhoods shown here

site plan

case studies of the typical


exploring improved notions of home, using Geneva’s existing housing stock 105 Seneca Street, Geneva NY _ 315-828-6585




making sustainable improvements to your home can be better for your health, your wallet, and - of course - the planet!

Already making improvements to your home? Then now is a great opportunity to get more green for your green! Simple investments in sustainable measures can offer a great return on your utility bills. The sustainability categories shown below come from the U.S. Green Building Council’s “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design” (LEED) green building rating system. We make recommendations for the typical Geneva house in each category, but you can also learn more – stop by the GNRC for a list of resources!





WEEP MEMBRANE to drain moisture

Houses in the City are much more sustainable than houses located in rural areas. There are a lot of factors that make this an important component of the pleasures and rewards of living sustainably. These typical houses have stood for roughly 100 years, taking the term ‘reclaimed’ to a whole new level! In addition, there are important savings in cost and timing because of the existing infrastructure available within a City and all the walkable-community advantages!

Ceiling fans cannot be overrated! They are a very inexpensive way to move air effectively.

set fan rotation counterclockwise for summer cooling

set fan rotation clockwise to recirculate warm air in winter



Vertical Gardens & Raised Bed Planters


Rain Barrel Water Sense Fixtures ‘low-water-use’ dishwashers and washing machines



wood trellis south facing window


Systems / Envelope Metal Roof Lasts 2-3 X longer than asphalt shingles is NOT a component of the petroleum industry, unlike asphalt shingles is a recycled material that can be recycled again long term savings - maintenance on a metal roof is very low keeps the house cooler because it reflects rather than absorbing the sun’s heat

exterior sun shades can be beautiful, and they’re much more effective at keeping unwanted light & heat out than interior sun shades




Window & Door Upgrades If your home still has single pane windows, upgrading to double – or even triple – pane windows will make a significant difference:

METAL FLASHING RIGID INSULATION over foundation walls, with a parge coat finish outside air


The most important thing you can do to reduce energy consumption and save on utility bills is prevent ‘leakage.’ A blower door test - or infra-red photography can reveal areas where your home is losing conditioned air. This means you’re heating more in the winter and cooling more in the summer than you would need to in a ‘super-tight’ house, where leakage and air infiltration is reduced significantly.

High R-values = Less leakage = Better comfort Less outside noise Reduce carbon footprint Cut heating & cooling costs Tax credits, up to $1500 Home is warmer in winter and cooler in summer because there is less ‘air infiltration’

The best places to add insulation easily are at your basement and attic, but the drawing above shows a great opportunity for drastically increasing your insulation when you’re already doing a siding project!

Insulate & Waterproof your Foundation Reduce carbon footprint Lower utility bills Prevent mold by keeping outside moisture from entering a basement Better indoor air quality (IAQ) Home is warmer in winter and cooler in summer because there is less ‘air infiltration’



sealing / caulking cracks at windows, doors and joints can reduce air infiltration, reducing your heating and cooling loads and preventing drafts


Increase / Upgrade Insulation at Walls & Roofs Reduce carbon footprint Cut heating & cooling costs Home is warmer in winter and cooler in summer because there is less ‘air infiltration’


salvaged rain water can work great for watering gardens while reducing your household water consumption

Energy Upgrade your Heating System to a higher efficiency unit and add a Programmable Thermostat Ceiling Fans Energy Star Rated Appliances & Light Fixtures Increased Natural Daylighting = less need for daytime artificial lighting Sun-shading trellis

KEEP IN winter heat summer cooling

KEEP OUT winter cold summer heat UV rays

MATERIALS & RESOURCES The existing house is sustainable, as it’s basically one big reclaimed / salvaged item! And, reclaimed materials can be picked up from a Habitat for Humanity ReStore to compliment the character of your home. INDOOR AIR QUALITY Low or No VOC paints Remove carpets – they are often dust collectors!



An effective way to create beautiful privacy screening, requiring limited space. Choose the soil, fill the planters, and enjoy the benefits!



Tier I:

Better windows will help keep everything you want in, in and everything you want out, out! Alternatives to new windows include tight interior storm units to add an additional pane of glazing. And, of course, repairing sashes and reglazing the glass is an easy way to improve your existing units.

improvements with a big impact, and a great return

Tier II:

easy improvements that make more of a difference than you’d think

Tier III:

quality of life improvements that take it a step further, but return on your investment in a more intangible way

case studies of the typical


exploring improved notions of home, using Geneva’s existing housing stock 105 Seneca Street, Geneva NY _ 315-828-6585




this permeable paver system can replace driveways, absorbing rainwater, and reducing the heat-island effect while still offering a surface that can be plowed or shoveled!

Finger Lakes Properties Magazine WINTER EDITION

Finger Lakes Properties Magazine  

Winter Edition, Buying and Selling Tips, Winning a Bidding War, Adding a Fireplace, Photo Contest Winner, Listings For Sale.

Finger Lakes Properties Magazine  

Winter Edition, Buying and Selling Tips, Winning a Bidding War, Adding a Fireplace, Photo Contest Winner, Listings For Sale.