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Chris Vallone Bushee Managing Editor

OWNER/PUBLISHER Chad Beatty

Welcome to the Saratoga

GENERAL MANAGER Robin Mitchell MANAGING EDITOR Chris Vallone Bushee

Home & Lifestyle Show!

This yearly fund-raiser held by the Saratoga Rotary, is now celebrating their 44th year and is a Saratoga MUST-DO event!

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Advice

As always, we are honored when a local business or organization asks us to create a publication to help them promote their business or event, and we just LOVE doing this for the Saratoga Rotary!

ADVERTISING Jim Daley Cindy Durfey CONTRIBUTORS Lisa Miller Megin Potter Maureen Werther

With the beautifully designed and informative displays at the Saratoga Home & Lifestyle show, there are ideas for every household project you could imagine… and possibly some you hadn’t even thought of! Plan on spending the WHOLE WEEKEND, as the Saratoga Rotary Club has all kinds of fun & exciting things planned for you, such as an expanded art show and activities for all ages! …and did I mention that admission is FREE this year, thanks to the Adirondack Trust Company!

Find a complete listing of all exhibitors by category see page 26.

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ADVERTISING DESIGNERS Andrew Ranalli Morgan Rook

I’m sure I’m not the only one looking forward to spring …and warmer, sunny days to dig into those home improvement projects that we have been dreaming up all winter.

For information about the show please see page 15, and for those of you who don’t know about the Rotary, take a minute to read pages 24 and 25. They are an amazing organization and deserve your support!

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GRAPHIC DESIGNER Kacie Cotter-Sacala

Whether you’re starting from scratch or upgrading… We have articles for all your needs! Enjoy the show… and the magazine!

-Chris

PHOTOGRAPHERS Blackburn Portrait Design Paul Castle Alyce Henson Monika Lozinska MarkBolles.com Peter Rymwind PUBLISHED BY Saratoga TODAY Newspaper Five Case Street, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 tel: (518) 581-2480 fax: (518) 581-2487 saratogaTODAYnewspaper.com Saratoga Home & Lifestyle is brought to you by Saratoga TODAY, Saratoga Publishing, LLC. Saratoga Publishing shall make every effort to avoid errors and omissions but disclaims any responsibility should they occur. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means without prior written consent of the publisher. Copyright © 2017, Saratoga TODAY Newspaper. If interested in print publications for your next event call Saratoga TODAY. (518) 584-2180.

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MARCH 3 – MARCH 5, 2017

SARATOGA SPRINGS CITY CENTER Presented by

SARATOGA SPRINGS ROTARY CLUB

WELCOME! The men and women of the Saratoga Springs Rotary Club are proud of the annual Home Show’s success over the years. Through this show, we raise the funding that allows the club to give scholarships to deserving students and financial support to local service agencies. Each year our Club members work for months as we plan the show as well as fill more than 70 volunteer positions at the show. Members cover a number of tasks that include helping exhibitors, greeting visitors, manning prize booths, responding to inquiries, assisting with parking and much more. The activity surrounding these three days epitomizes the Rotary credo of “Service Above Self ” and exhibits the strength of the Saratoga community. We are grateful for the support of our exhibitors and the visitors who come to see them. We’ll see you at the show!

Charlie Wheeler, President 2016-2017, Saratoga Springs Rotary Club

GENERAL INFORMATION

Just in time to cure the mid-winter blahs, the Saratoga Springs Rotary Club Home & Lifestyle Show returns to the Saratoga Springs City Center! The show features more than 120 exhibitors with expertise in everything from gardens and outdoor living to financial planning. Whether you own your own home or rent an apartment, you’ll find something at the show to interest you. Get ideas and talk to experts about those lifestyle and home improvement projects you envision for springtime. Bring the kids for face-painting and balloon art. Stroll through the Art Show on the second floor. Sample wines and spirits or attend a cooking demonstration. At this year’s show, there is something for everyone!

FIND THE EXHIBITOR LIST ONLINE

Visit our website at www.rotaryhomeshow.com for updated show information, including a list and map of exhibitors, photos and show-related news updates. You can also follow the show on Facebook and Twitter.

SHOW HOURS:

FRIDAY, MARCH 3 • 5 P.M. TO 9 P.M. SATURDAY, MARCH 4 • 9 A.M. TO 7 P.M. SUNDAY, MARCH 5 • 10 A.M. TO 4 P.M.

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AREA BUSINESSES SPONSOR THE SHOW

The Rotary Club thanks the show’s generous sponsors for their support. Once again The Adirondack Trust Company is our major sponsor. Other sponsors (at time of publication) include Allerdice ACE Building Supply (door prize sponsor), The Saratogian (advertising sponsor), Saratoga TODAY (magazine sponsor), Mannix Marketing (media sponsor) and Edward Jones (hospitality sponsor).

REGISTER FOR PRIZES There are many opportunities to win door prizes from Allerdice ACE Building Supply in addition to other larger prizes. The names of door-prize winners are drawn frequently throughout the weekend, and major prizes are drawn on Sunday afternoon at the show’s conclusion. You do not need to be present to win.

LEARN ABOUT ROTARY SCHOLARSHIPS AND COMMUNITY SUPPORT For general information about Rotary’s scholarship and charitable donation programs, stop by the Rotary booth on the main floor, next to booth A1. The Rotary Club’s charitable giving programs include monthly contributions of under $5,000 to numerous non-profits. The club is currently accepting applications for its 2018 major gift ($5,000 or more); applications are due April 1st, 2018. High school seniors attending Saratoga Springs High School, Saratoga Catholic High School and the Waldorf School are eligible to apply for scholarships; applications are due April 15th.

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2017 Show Highlights

THANKS TO OUR MAJOR SPONSOR, THE ADIRONDACK TRUST COMPANY, ADMISSION IS AGAIN FREE THIS YEAR! Adirondack Trust is a longtime sponsor and supporter of the Saratoga Springs Rotary Club.

OUTDOOR LIVING AT SARATOGA Bring your outdoors to life with quality cast aluminum items, including patio sets, yard critters and wall décor. Raw or custom finishes available.

KERR CHAINSAW CARVING

ZOOM-ROOM

You’ll find Kerr Chainsaw Carving on the second floor as part of the Art Show. Enjoy their one-of-akind carved sculptures and decorations. They also do carving restoration and repair.

Allows you to maximize valuable space with a Zoom-bed that retracts into home cabinetry.

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ART SHOW: 20+ EXHIBITS ON SECOND FLOOR

Back by popular demand, the Home and Lifestyle Art Show will once again take over the top floor of the City Center for the entire weekend. After you’ve talked with designers and home improvement specialists downstairs, stop by the upstairs booths filled with paintings, ceramics, woodworking, photography and mixed media. There will also be attractive handcrafted jewelry, homemade soaps and custom plant arrangements. Taste a sample of wine and spirits and bring home a bottle or two of fine crafted flavors. Don’t miss the Saratoga Springs High School Art display featuring the talents of local high school art students. Saratoga Arts will be awarding the “Best in Show” high school student with a free one-year membership.

THE THIRD ANNUAL

Rotary Home & Lifestyle Art Show PAINTINGS, MIXED MEDIA, FIBER & CERAMICS Sandie Keyser Linda Peterson Elizabeth Roberts Sadie’s Suitcase Saratoga Note Cards Thistledown Studio Dolores Thompson Tom Tracey

PHOTOGRAPHY Through My Lens CLP Design Studio Ladybug Hollow Brad Wanik

Raku and sagger fired vessels by Dolores Thomson

MISCELLANEOUS ARTS Cobble Hill Farm Apothecary Kerr Chainsaw Carving Revibe

JEWELRY & PRINTS Saratoga Jewels Saratoga Rocks

WINE & SPIRITS Lakeland Winery Caledonia Spirits, Inc.

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"Kayaks," a watercolor by Linda Peterson

bracelet & earrings by Julie Leininger

Mountain View by Julie Leininger

Photograph in handmade barnwood frame by Tom Harrington

"Hummingbird" photograph by Dennis Donohue

"Agate" photograph by CLP Design Studio

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2017 Special Events CHILD SAFETY WITH SARATOGA SPRINGS POLICE DEPARTMENT All weekend

Stop by the Police Department’s table for information on child safety. Receive your free child identification card and lots of practical information.

KIDS’ ACTIVITIES: BALLOON ARTIST & FACE PAINTING Sunday, Noon to 3 p.m

Bringing your family to the show? JoJo’s Face Painting and Balloon Gal Jenny will once again delight our youngest visitors, near the M1 room. While you are visiting, be sure to stop by the Saratoga Springs Police Department’s child safety table.

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Service Above Self ROTARY’S MOTTO IN ACTION

This year’s Saratoga Home & Lifestyle Show marks the 44th anniversary of this important fundraiser. Since 1973 the Show has made possible the significant financial gifts made by the Rotary Club as well as strengthening the community spirit of Saratoga Springs. The Rotary Club expects to raise nearly $100,000 from this year’s event. Proceeds are distributed amongst community organizations, youth scholarships and international humanitarian projects. Several local organizations help the Rotary Club make this show possible. In addition to the sponsors, exhibitors and special-events participants noted elsewhere, the Club thanks Belmonte & Son Tents and Events, Saratoga Springs City Center, Saratoga Springs Police Department and Spa.net.

SUPPORT FOR LOCAL NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

Once a month, the Rotary Club’s Board of Directors reviews funding requests from local charities. Annually the club awards one or two major gifts to area organizations seeking to complete a significant special project. Criteria for these donations are explained on the club’s website at www.saratogaspringsrotary.org.

FUNDS FOR YOUTH SCHOLARSHIPS Each June the Saratoga Springs Rotary Club awards close to $50,000 to local high school seniors for the pursuit of additional education. The Saratoga
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INTERNATIONAL RELIEF EFFORTS

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ROTARY WELCOMES NEW MEMBERS Membership in the Saratoga Springs Rotary Club offers an excellent opportunity for Saratoga area businesses and individuals to make a positive impact on the community and the world. The 100+ members of the Club meet every Wednesday from 12:15 to 1:15 at Longfellows Restaurant for fellowship, lunch and an informational program. Community residents and businesses interested in joining the club may visit www. saratogaspringsrotary.org or to stop by the Rotary booth at the Home and Lifestyle Show for more information.

CELEBRATING SERVICE

The Saratoga Springs Rotary Club named Kenneth J. Bollerud of Saratoga Springs as its 2016 Senior Citizen of the Year. Ken was nominated by A. Issac Pulver, Director at the Saratoga Springs Public Library, who said, “With 35 years of volunteer service to the library, a career advocating for teachers and students and ongoing service to his faith community, all while eschewing the limelight, Ken truly lives the ‘service above self ’ ideal of Rotary.” In addition to his many other activities, Ken was president of the library board of directors for 28 years and chairman of the building committee that oversaw the building of the current library.

ENDING POLIO WORLDWIDE

Since 1979 Rotary members have persevered in the fight to eradicate polio and have been successful in ending polio in all but three countries worldwide. In collaboration with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and national governments, Rotary has achieved a 99 percent reduction in polio cases worldwide. Rotary members have contributed more than $1 billion and countless volunteer hours to help immunize more than 2 billion children in 122 countries. Rotary raised more than $200 million to match $355 million in challenge grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Paul Harris Award The Saratoga Springs Rotary Club presented the Paul Harris Fellow award to Lisa Nichols and Brian Carroll for their dedication to the club and service above self. saratogaTODAYnewspaper.com


SARATOGA ROTARY SUPPORTS MANY CAUSES Major 2016 Gifts • Caffé Lena • The Children’s Museum at Saratoga Other Gifts

Here is a sampling of the many organizations supported by Saratoga Springs Rotary Club.

• Adirondack Girl Scouts
 • Adult and Senior Center of Saratoga • Babe Ruth Baseball • Backstretch Employee Service Team • Boy Scouts of America Twin Rivers Council • CAPTAIN Youth & Family Services • Catholic Charities • Double H Ranch • Franklin Community Center
 • Maple Avenue Musical Club • New England Congregational Presbyterian Church • New York State Military Museum • Rebuilding Together
 • Salvation Army
 • Saint Clement’s Roman Catholic Parish • St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church • Saratoga Independent School

• Saratoga Regional YMCA • Saratoga Springs Girls and Boys Basketball Program • Saratoga Springs High School • Saratoga Springs United Methodist Church • Saratoga War Horse • Saratoga Battlefield
 • Saratoga Bridges
 • Saratoga EOC • Saratoga Hospital Foundation
 • Saratoga Miss Softball
 • Saratoga National Little League
 • Saratoga P.L.A.N.
 • Saratoga Reads
 • Saratoga Rowing Association
 • Saratoga Springs History Museum • Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation • Saratoga Springs Public Library • Saratoga Youth Hockey
 • SaratogaArtsFest
 • Shelters of Saratoga
 • Temple Sinai • Wellspring • Yaddo Garden Association • YMCA Youth Basketball

DO YOU KNOW WHAT ROTARY IS DOING IN YOUR COMMUNITY— AND AROUND THE WORLD?

Founded in 1905 Rotary (www.rotary.org) is an international humanitarian service organization. Around the world there are more than 1.2 million Rotarians— business and professional leaders—who belong to more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in almost every nation of the world. Together Rotary members put their experience and knowledge to work tackling the world’s most pressing challenges focusing their efforts in six areas: • Promoting peace • Preventing diseases • Providing access to clean water and sanitation • Enhancing maternal and child health • Improving basic education and literacy • Helping communities develop

© Rotary International/Monika Lozinska

When you give to Rotary, you support the work the club does in your community and around the world. Rotary is a responsible organization that uses nearly 90 percent of its funding for program expenses. © Rotary International/Alyce Henson As the charitable arm of Rotary International, the Rotary Foundation provides funding for international scholarships, cultural exchanges, and humanitarian projects that improve the quality of life for millions of people. saratogaTODAYnewspaper.com

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ENERGY & WATER SYSTEMS

Culligan of Scotia, M3 Aztech Geothermal, I2-3 Green Mountain Energy, C7 North Country Water Systems, C8 Solar City, H4

EXTERIOR & STRUCTURAL SERVICES

Exhibitors As of January 29, 2017; subject to change. See updated information at www.rotaryhomeshow.com

APPLIANCES & MACHINES

Aerus Electrolux, D3 Earl B. Feiden, N5-6 Emerich Sales & Service, L1, B10, C10

BANKING, INSURANCE & REALTY

Adirondack Trust Company, N2 Ballston Spa National Bank, E4 Cote Insurance, I5 Insurance Agency Group of NY, F4 Julie & Co./West Side Mgmt., H8 Racing City Realty, F5 Saratoga National Bank and Trust, H3

BUILDING SUPPLY

Allerdice Building Supply, M2 Allerdice Tool Division, E1 Curtis Lumber Co., K11, K7-8 GNH Lumber, B9 Logix Insulated Concrete Form, J8-9 Sherwin-Williams, D8

CONTRACTORS & CONSTRUCTION Bonacio Construction, H9 C. Raymond Davis, F8 Chestwood Remodeling, G1 -2 Saratoga Construction, A1 Suburban Construction, M104

Adirondack Overhead Door, E5 Adirondack Paving, K9 AFSCO Fence and Deck, K10 Champion Window & Patio, E2-3 Clearview Exterior Cleaning Solutions, D6 Capital Cover Crete, I10 Fridholm Painting & Remodeling, B7 Huff ‘N Puff, C4 LeafFilter North, M124 Jerome Roofing Siding & Insulation, M1 Northeast Seamless Gutter Co., B1 Overhead Door, C1 Patio Enclosures (Great Day Improvements), M109-110 Phillips Home Solutions, G7 RM Fence and Deck Solutions, I6 Seamless Gutter & Supply Co., B6 Stone Industries, C6 BDB Paving & General Contracting, G5

INTERIOR DÉCOR

Adirondack Basement Systems, B2-3 Basement Waterproofing, Inc., D4 Best Dressed Windows in Town, J12 Bio-Fusion Designs, K4 Classic Interiors, L3 Finishing Touches, D9 Granite & Marble Works, H2 Meyda Lighting, G10 Northeast Awning & Custom Closets, K5-6 Northeast Spray Foam, E7 Queensbury Tile & Spa, A6 Zoom-Room, M123

KITCHENS & BATHROOMS

Bath Fitter, D2 Jade Enterprises, G9 Kitchen Craft, M113, M118 Kitchens by Christina and KBC Designs, F10 Saratoga Kitchen and Baths, A2 Re-Bath of Albany, E9 Refacing and More, H5

LANDSCAPING, NURSERY & YARD DECOR

Bio Green of Upstate NY, M108 Brookside Nursery, A5 Gallivan Companies, J11 Grasshopper Gardens, H6-7 GSL Landscaping and Nursery, D5 Mandy’s Spring Nursery, K2 Patio Essentials, N1 Saratoga Sod Farm, G3 Skyview Landscape, F1 Toadflax Nursery, L4

OTHER SERVICES

Saratoga Springs Police Department, M125-126 Prestwick Chase at Saratoga, M101 Saratoga Today, K12 The Saratogian, J10

PET SERVICES

Invisible Fence of the Tri-Cities and Hudson Valley, G4 Milton Manor Pet Spa and Resort, M117 Top Dog Pet Fence, K3

PLUMBING, HEATING AND COOLING B&B Plumbing and Heating, H10 Capitol District Supply, J5-6 Family Danz Heating and Cooling, I8 Mohawk Heating, N3-4 Suburban Service Group, J2-3 Thermal Associates, I1-2

WINDOWS & DOORS

Budget Blinds, F9 Comfort Window and Door, A3-4 Landon Windows & Doors, M127 Navco, M112 Renewal by Anderson, F2-3 26  | SARATOGA HOME & LIFESTYLE 2017

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Noël McLaren, News 10 ABC’s weekend evening news anchor, and her husband Robert.

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6 Steps

Dave Trojanski of Trojanski Builders merged with Bonacio Construction Inc. two years ago, proving to be a great fit for all involved. Dave has grown the singlefamily residential division exponentially for Bonacio since the merge.

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TO BUILD A HOUSE BY MEGIN POTTER PHOTOS BY MARKBOLLES.COM Forming a home is an endless journey of discovery. What you choose to surround yourself with is a reflection of who you are and what you value. Asking big questions and exploring honest answers ensures your home is anchored in authentic joy SARATOGA HOME & LIFESTYLE 2017 |  29


STEP 1: LOCATION CONFIRMATION

STEP 2: SLY BUY OR SKILLED BUILD?

Last year, Noël McLaren, News 10 ABC’s weekend evening news anchor, and her husband Robert, were married and began searching for a house that they could build into a home.

It was late spring when Noël and Robert went out cruising the streets in his classic car. “It was just by accident, we happened upon this one,” she said of a lot of land in a Saratoga Springs neighborhood that caught her eye.

Their first important decision was something they agreed on; they wanted to live in the Saratoga region.

As a witness to her parents’ experience having a house built, she’d heard both their success, and their horror stories. It was valuable information that many people entering into the process don’t have.

While they liked many of the houses they looked at, there were still changes to be made. “Once we figured in those changes, the price started to add up,” said Noël.

“The most common mistake people make is being undereducated on the entire process,” said Dave Trojanski of Bonacio Construction, Inc.

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Determine What the Lot IS and What it IS NOT: Before deciding that a lot of land is the right one for you, there are three important things to consider, said Dave. • Proximity to Neighbors: Whether you want to live in a city, or further on the outskirts, consider how close you’ll be to your neighbors once the house you imagine is built. Do you want to be in a neighborhood or on a separate plot? • What amenities are there? How will you get water? Does (or will) the plot have sewer access or a septic system for waste? What about electric and energy options? Will the house have gas or a propane tank? • Deed Restrictions and HOA Fees: What can you have on your property? Are there guidelines for accessory buildings, grounds keeping, fencing, etc.? Does the neighborhood require fees? saratogaTODAYnewspaper.com


STEP 3: WHO IS THE CREW? “After talking with Dave, I knew he was going to be fair in the process,” said Noël. By inviting them to see his past projects unsupervised, Noël and Robert were given the opportunity to ask homeowners their honest opinions of his work. “Who doesn’t want to put their best foot forward? Who doesn’t want you to see their best of the best? But I asked, ‘What’s their basic home?’ It was all beautiful. Everyone said he was honest and doing the right thing,” said Noël. When building a house, the need to have people to rely on shouldn’t be underestimated. “It’s good to have somebody you trust to give you that confirmation or keep you in line,” said Noël. The process has been a great exercise for her marriage, she said. She and Robert set their priorities and learned about making compromises. Along the way, he helped her gain confidence in her decisions, she said.

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STEP 4: GOING INTO PRIME TIME

STEP 5: AVOID GETTING LOST IN THE COST

STEP 6: ARRANGE AROUND THE CHANGE

Building strategies begin when Dave has future homeowners fill out a lengthy custom home design questionnaire. There are also architectural plans on hand that can be altered with each person’s preferences (such as moving walls to make a bigger closet, or making room for a larger vanity) which can be faster than starting from scratch.

Before aesthetic choices can be made, the financial considerations must be adhered to.

Bonacio Construction, Inc selection team helps homebuyers along the way, but sometimes changes need to be made.

“The up-front process is critical. It can take longer than people expect, but it’s the most important part of the process,” said Dave.

Other tips include: A) using a builder that includes quality materials in their base price; B) Make sure you don’t run out of money by being careful not to spend too much on the first couple of upgrades; and C) Upgrade the things you cannot easily change down the road.

Robert wanted a three-car garage, Noël, a large walk-in closet. An open foyer, master bathroom en suite, and 10’ ceilings on the first floor were decided upon, but the details took a bit longer. “I expected to know what I want and make a quick decision, but it’s very easy to walk in and get overwhelmed. I ended up changing my mind …a lot,” said Noël.

“You need to decide how much will be the down payment and how much you’re willing to pay each and every month. Assume you’re going to want to upgrade certain areas and pay for upgrades out of a separate budget,” advises Noël.

“You can always change the tile, but you can’t really raise the roof to add 10’ ceilings easily later on,” said Noël. Knowing that she and Robert wanted to finish the basement, but that to do so now would’ve blown their budget, they opted instead to add cost-effective removable panels, rough plumbing, a stairway, windows, and doors, but to finish the rest later, said Dave.

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“Make sure you do take time, sleep on it before you make it definitive,” suggests Noël. Whether it’s choosing the right shade of white for the cabinets, or getting the open staircase that she wanted, it has been the walkthroughs during the construction process that have helped ensure their peace of mind. “I meet with them, understand what they need, and fix that for them,” said Dave. Building a house, above all, exercises the creative muscles. “It’s been a really fun process. At the end of the day, what’s exciting is that it’s something we can be really proud of …that we created together,” said Noël.

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It’s not about business, it’s all about life.” -Arthur Zobel

The Manhattan Barn Wood kitchen, as featured in Kitchen & Bath Business, a top industry publication.

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reclaim the

July 2016...Zobel & Co found it’s home.

heart of your home in the

heart of the city Written by Megin Potter Photos Provided.

Arthur Zobel

The stove becomes storage, the table; a collection of clutter, and don’t even mention what’s going on with the dishes in the sink. The way we use our kitchen today depends a lot on what’s going on in our lives. It’s about so much more than a place to meet and eat. It’s a unique blend of hustle and bustle that can drain our desires, or feed our souls. “It’s not about business, it’s all about life,” said kitchen designer Arthur Zobel. He’s working on a new showroom in Glens Falls that will be open this Spring to help you take back your kitchen.

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IT’S PUTTY IN THE HAND After spending a quarter of a century coming up to his house in the region, Zobel has decided to move into working here, as well. Zobel’s grandfather was an architect in New York City. His father was a carpenter who opened his first showroom in the Westchester County in the late 1950s, when Zobel was born. Zobel worked there pushing a broom across the floor as a child, and for a decade as a young adult. Since then, he’s been with Majestic Kitchens and Baths, designing kitchens around his clients’ lifestyles. Once Zobel decided to open his own showroom… searching through property listings, talking with friends and family, and driving around didn’t garner the results he was hoping for. It was when he was walking in downtown Glens Falls that Zobel saw a building he liked. He saw a sign that it was available, went inside, and saw the owner, developer Tom O’Neill. “I loved the old building. Everything about it was screaming out that it would be a good showroom space,” said Zobel. He signed the lease last June and began re-invigorating the space.

Off-the-grid Adirondack kitchen.

Transitional.

A mirror-faced fridge!

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Mixing old barn wood with new interior lighting.

NOURISH THE SENSES Part of the Glens Falls’ Three Squares Historic District, the brick Union Square building at 11 Broad Street is more than 100 years old, has high ceilings, exposed beams, and hardwood floors. Zobel loves the character that these features add in the 2,500-sq. ft. space. He exposed the once boarded-up windows, while also adding new ones, to let lots of natural light into the space, which will house Zobel & Co.’s 18 different kitchen displays. “When someone walks in to the showroom, they’ll see I’m not competing with the box stores…I am the next step,” said Zobel.

WHET YOUR APPETITE Whether it is in concept, design, or execution, Zobel’s keen eye for restoration extends beyond the building to the pieces within it. These historical items hold the important knowledge of the times; describing the people, and sharing their experiences. He selects antique furniture including a cobbler’s bench, antique card file, or corner hutch, and blends these cool old relics to function seamlessly in today’s kitchen. “It’s a great look. I’m very well versed in the new, in the contemporary, but what I really like is eclectic,” he said. Photo by Peter Rymwind

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Another recent project incorporated antique wooden grist flywheels (which were originally intended as an industrial factory component) and re-purposed them into unique tables ideal for urban apartment living.

50 million-year-old fish fossil back-splash.

TASTE THE FLAVORS When you’re like Zobel, who’s doing what he loves, staying informed on all the new trends is interesting and easy. Some of the newest things that will be in the Zobel & Co. showroom are actually tiles made from some of the oldest stuff on earth. These backsplash tiles have been cut out to highlight the 50 millionyear-old fish fossils embedded within them. He’ll also have a new device that operates much like a Lazy-Susan, organizing pots and pans efficiently, even in awkward corner cabinets. Another new innovation, the steam oven, will be incorporated into a kitchen made from reclaimed barn wood, showing how he blends the best of the old with the new

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LIGHT THE WAY Dark cabinets and dull spaces are getting attention through today’s LED lighting capabilities, which Zobel will be happy to show you, but that’s not the only way he illuminates kitchen possibilities for his clients. “I put them in front of the sink and say, “Show me how you wash dishes.” He walks them through each step of how they load the dishwasher, where their dish storage is located, and how it relates to the working and eating spaces. “As a designer, the most important thing is to listen to the customer and work off their point of view,” said Zobel. With his guidance, which is reserved for residential clients, people can reclaim their kitchen as the fabulous heart of their home. “A kitchen project is hundreds of little parts that come together. At the end of the day, when it’s complete, the job’s done, and the client is happy, that’s when the good feeling comes,” said Zobel.

DISH Zobel encourages clients to read the recommendations posted by his previous clients on Facebook or at www.ZobelAndCo.com By visiting www.Houzz.com, they can see options that are available, build idea books, and review a showcase of the designer’s work. Zobel has been awarded the Best of Houzz Customer Satisfaction Award for three years running. “Research me and then stop in . I’ll have the coffeepot on and we’ll talk kitchens.”

Traditional.

Contemporary.

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Check out what we found on houzz

Bar stools

These artisan crafted, handmade, custom furniture pieces, are from Down Home Living out of Mechanicville, NY.

VISIT THEM ON HOUZZ:

www.houzz.com/pro/downhomeliving/downhomeliving

OR FIND THEM AT THEIR WEBSITE: www.DownHomeLiving.us

Live-edge stools

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Farm style dining table and baker’s rack.

Dutch -styled doors

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Our customers were looking for it, and the area needs it.”

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-Janet Longe, Interior Designer & Co-owner of 23rd and Fourth

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Newly Relocated 23rd and Fourth offers

Manhattan-Style Design & Decor just steps from Downtown Saratoga

By Maureen Werther Photos by Blackburn Portrait Design There is only one word to describe the new 23rd and Fourth interior design showroom, located at 130 Excelsior Avenue in Saratoga Springs – STUNNING! I recently had the opportunity to look in on the mother/daughter team of Janet Longe and Jamie Davies as they were busily putting the finishing touches on their new space. Along with their new showroom manager, the team was putting in long hours, making sure that everything looked perfect for their grand opening in early February. Fans and clients of 23rd and Fourth will recall their digs over on Franklin Square and their knack for putting together distinct furnishings and accessories to achieve stunning results for residential and commercial clients. Well, they now have twice the space to display a remarkable array of furniture, lighting, rugs, and accessories from around the world. And they couldn’t be more excited. saratogaTODAYnewspaper.com

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Janet, who has a degree in interior design from Sage College of Albany, has been designing ever since she could pick up a book of fabric swatches. Design is just something that comes naturally to her, and her talent shines through in the color palettes and the unique blending of materials and styles throughout the 3,000 square-foot space. The ceiling to floor glass windows that enclose the store on all four sides add a cosmopolitan feel to the space, evoking images of high-end designer showrooms that you’d find in Manhattan. For daughter and business partner, Jamie, this was an inevitable step in the team’s progression, as their clientele grew and they found themselves in greater demand.

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“We were bursting at the seams over at Franklin Square and we started looking for a new space a little more than a year ago,” says Jamie. While Jamie’s background is in business and marketing, don’t think for a minute that she hasn’t inherited her mother’s eye for design and passion for decorating and re-making clients’ homes into remarkable living spaces. “When we committed to making the move, we originally thought about building, and then I happened to drive past this space on my way to the Farmer’s Market one Saturday,” recalls Jamie. “They had just installed the glass windows and there was something about the place.” The building is one of several projects in the city built by Bonacio Construction, and it is a perfect example of the Bonacio team’s flair for combining an arresting architectural style with an urban chic aesthetic. Janet pointed out that, while parking

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was something of an issue at Franklin Square, 130 Excelsior has ample parking, both in the front and rear of the building, with several spaces specifically dedicated to 23rd and Fourth. After deciding that this was exactly the right place, Janet and Jamie closed their store in Franklin Square in November. They’ve put in some very long hours, purchasing inventory and getting the store ready for their February 3 ribbon cutting and cocktail reception. “We needed to do this,” says Janet. “Our customers were looking for it, and the area needs it.” As we were chatting, a few different groups of people came through the door, despite the large “closed” sign taped to the glass, asking when the store would be open, and could they just take a peek around. I couldn’t blame them. I had my sights set on a pale camel sofa and a textured area rug. continued on page 50...

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After politely letting the would-be shoppers know that they should come back the following week, Janet picked up our conversation where she left off. “We’ve always done a lot of custom ordering. And people couldn’t always sit on the furniture they were ordering. There just wasn’t enough space in Franklin Square for all of it.” Now, with a large spacious showroom, plus additional storage space, there are plenty of sofas for customers to try out. Of course, Janet and Jamie still customize rooms, spaces, and entire homes for their clients. There is a large “workroom” area, with hundreds of fabric swatch books for furniture and window treatments, where the team work with clients to select the right fabrics and styles for their tastes and needs. 23rd and Fourth is very “designer-friendly,” and other decorators and designers are always welcome to come into the store with their clients to pick out fabrics, furnishings and accessories. continued on page 52...

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In the past, many local and regional interior designers would travel to Manhattan to find the kinds of furniture designs and accessories that are now just a short distance from downtown Saratoga Springs. And, with the recent outward expansion of the city proper, more and more people are heading over to the Excelsior Avenue corridor to shop, dine and live. After our conversation is over, I reluctantly head back out through the glass doors in the rear of the store, just in time to tell another interested new customer that he would have to wait one more week. I have no doubt that 23rd and Fourth will very quickly become one of Saratoga’s hottest new “destination” locations for the best in innovative interior design.

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It’s never too early to start planning

the lifestyle your family deserves

Leave winter behind while you create the backyard environment of your family’s dreams!

Resort-style outdoor living can be achieved with the Capital Region’s largest in-ground swimming pool builder. In their 45 years in operation, Concord Pools has installed more than 11,000 pools in the Capital Region. Concord Pools has installed pools as far as Vermont, Massachusetts and New Jersey. From a simple rectangle to the most complex design, Concord Pools works to turn dreams into reality. Whether it’s a negative edge pool cantilevered off the edge of an extreme slope, a freeform pool with custom concrete accents or anything in between, when clients hire Concord Pools, they know the end result will be something beautiful. Offering all types of pool construction from vinyl liner, fiberglass and shotcrete, Concord will build the “right” pool for your conditions. Concord Pools does a lot more than just install amazing pools. They design, build, renovate, install safety covers and service spas & saunas as well as openings and closings. They will help you create an entire outdoor entertainment environment. An integrated design approach incorporates custom water features, landscaped slides, fire accents, custom stairs and benches around deluxe outdoor kitchens, fireplaces, and outdoor living rooms to create your own unique personal backyard oasis, an extension of your home and personality.

Behind the fantasy is the strength of an award winning company. Concord Pools was the first to pioneer the use of radiant heat in swimming pools. A radiant heating system utilizes a modulating boiler and PEX tubing in the concrete floor of the pool. The result is an incredibly efficient source of heat for a swimming pool. Concord Pools was also one of the first companies to perfect negative edge, vinyl-lined pools. Their patented I-beam brace system is like no other brace in the industry and supports pool decking from settling and shifting.

the Latham International Dealer Advisory Board, the largest manufacturer of in-ground swimming pool components in North America. Concord Pools is the pool builder with a proven track record that can transform a backyard …into a place where families spend time together! 156 Sparrowbush Road, Latham 136 South Broadway, Saratoga Springs 518.783.8976 www.concordpools.com 518.587.4949

Concord’s accomplishments have been featured in numerous industry and national publications and have received multiple national and regional awards. They were voted one of the top three pool companies in America by Pool and Spa News. They are a seven-time recipient of the coveted Master of Design Award, were voted a lifetime member of the AQUA 100 Hall of Fame by AQUA Magazine and Dealer of the Year in the USA by Pool and Spa News. Concord Pools President, Michael A. Giovanone is a certified building professional and instructor for the Advanced Education Program at the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals as well as Chairman of

Photo by Paul Castle This negative edge pool was cantilevered off the edge of an extreme slope. Over 450 tons of material was brought in to create the platform for this project. The resulting pool is a beautiful blend of natural stone, stamped concrete and natural elements with a breathtaking view.

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SEE IT

Before You Build It

BY MEGIN POTTER IMAGES PROVIDED Every industry has its own language, but when everyone speaks the same language, great possibilities come within reach.

...it’s not just a static picture. It’s a close second to actually being there.”

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-Peter Brooks

The language of construction is drawings. Trying to read the mesh of intersecting lines and weird symbols in an architectural drawing can feel like getting lost even after reading the map. Having a general idea of where you’re going can help, but it’s not likely to get you there the fastest and easiest way possible. When you’re taking on a construction project, you want more than just a general idea of what you’re going to build. Luckily, just as we have GPS to guide us to our location, we have 3D design software to guide us through the construction design process. “It allows you to walk through a room; it’s not just a static picture. It’s a close second to actually being there,” said Peter Brooks.

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Exterior view indicates southern exposure and shows view of pergola design along with exterior trim detailing. – SD Atelier

Brooks was able to see how his existing furniture would layout in his new study. – CMC Design Studio

When Brooks chose architects Sue and Don Davis from SD Atelier Architecture and interior designer Colleen Coleman of CMC Design Studio, LLC to conceptualize his dream home on his future Christmas tree farm in Malta, it was for their experience and skill. The use of 3D planning software, utilized by both professional offices, has allowed him to see exactly what they are building together.

CREATION Listening to horror stories of pitfalls encountered during a construction project, Brooks noticed a common thread among them that included unforeseen surprises and changes coming up that resulted in an increase of final price. “My response was, ‘Why didn’t you think of that before you started digging holes?’” said Brooks. Boulder Brook Farm is being built with a conscious eye on history and the spirit of the holiday season. The trees were planted in 2012 and the hard-hewn timber frame barn has been erected in preparation for their planned opening in 2020.

Brooks reviewed his new built-in bar details and is confident that his 6’2” stature could stand in this area while preparing drinks.

“The site, to him, first and foremost, was very important. We walked the site to really understand it. There’s a sense of history with the Greek revival style house that we’re building. It has that feeling that it’s evolved over time,” said Sue Davis.

– CMC Design Studio

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All the decisions to be made for the Great Room, including coffered ceilings, columns, mantel and built-in bookcase were easier to define for Brooks while seeing each element in place. – CMC Design Studio

At her studio, SD Atelier Architecture, LLC, Davis still builds presentation models if the client requests them, and the firm uses the CAD drawings that are the industry standard to communicate with the building department and the contractor, but has found the 3D images the firm makes using SketchUp Pro really help her clients visualize what it’s like to get inside a space. “He’s a very detailed client who wants to make sure we deal with the nuances in the planning phase and that we’ve got everything where we want it to be once the construction phase starts,” said Coleman. She’s been using SketchUp Pro at CMC Design Studio, LLC for more than a decade because it does help minimize downtime in construction, she said.

MODIFICATION

With the use of existing antiques from Brooks’ home, CMC Design Studio LLC was able to bring a modern kitchen into the past as requested by her client. – CMC Design Studio

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It was two years ago when Brooks gave Davis a photograph of a porch he imagined would be the perfect addition to his Greek revival house. She was able to recreate it perfectly and attach it to the design plans. Seeing it in 3D however, alerted Brooks to design problems that he didn’t anticipate. SketchUp Pro’s visual tools allow you to see how light will enter the space at different times of the day and in different seasons. saratogaTODAYnewspaper.com


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Brooks had lots of books! No Problem! Builtin bookcases throughout the east wing and into the entry hallway maximized the vertical space in the home while offering a showcase for his possessions! – CMC Design Studio

Details concerning the tile layout, shower interior and overall vision for the Master Bathroom couldn’t have been easier for Brooks as he was able to review the finished design before one tile was laid in place! – CMC Design Studio

“I loved that front porch for how it looked, but as for functionality, it just wasn’t going to work for this house,” said Brooks. He considered how the area would actually be used and if it warranted the view of the house being obstructed. Davis was able to quickly address his concerns and devise a solution, he said. Changes can be accomplished quickly depending on the level of detail a client wants to have in the design, she said. Going beyond simply laying out rooflines, explaining the general size and shape of a structure, and exploring floor layout options, the SketchUp Pro library includes finishing materials including fabrics, tiles, and appliances, among others. Coleman imports brand name products that clients want, such as Benjamin Moore paint

colors, Kohler kitchen and bath fixtures, or a Wolf stove, for example, in different price points to quickly show clients how the space would be affected.

design; custom cabinetry, light fixtures and locations, bathroom layouts, etc. -Brooks was thinking about where he would put his books.

“If I had to hand-sketch every one of Kohler’s products, it would take forever,” said Coleman.

Because they were all looking at the same computer screen, they had the flexibility to discuss these things from three different locations.

ANALYSIS Seeing photo-realistic rendering snapshots of a project from an endless number of vantage points introduces the opportunity for everyone involved to weigh-in, at their convenience, with their particular point-of-view. As the architect, Davis was concerned with issues regarding rooflines, framing and maintaining historic integrity; as the interior designer, Coleman was thinking about the interior elements of the overall

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“It speeds up, eases, and lubricates the process of revision,” said Brooks. The dynamic drawings rendered in an advanced program like SketchUp Pro may seem like an unnecessary added expense to some, causing them to be fearful about asking to see their designs illustrated this way, or to seek out designers that work in this format. Brooks however, disagrees. “The cheapest way to fix things is ahead of time, on paper,” he said. saratogaTODAYnewspaper.com


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It allows the client (Peter Brooks) to understand how the front porch will feel upon first arriving to the home. – SD Atelier

Adding detail and depth into the design with the user-friendly SketchUp Pro permits even more people, including landscapers, to become involved. It allows them all to speak the same language and facilitate the process of working together as a cohesive unit toward the client’s goal. “The collaboration is incredible,” said Coleman.

Find out more about the HOUZZ AWARD WINNERS in this article. Information about Sue and Don Davis of SD Atelier Architecture, LLC can be found by visiting www.sdatelier.com Colleen Coleman of the CMC Design Studio, LLC can be found on Houzz by visiting www.Houzz.com/pro/cmcds or contact her at colleen@cmcdesignstudio.net 518-312-3443 64  | SARATOGA HOME & LIFESTYLE 2017

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Finishing Touches!

Finishing Touches Home Décor 217 Ballard Rd Wilton, NY 12831 (518)584-1490 www.FinishingTouchesStore.com

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