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Welcome to the Saratoga
Home & Lifestyle Show!
This yearly fund-raiser held by the Saratoga Rotary, is now celebrating their 45th year and is a Saratoga MUST-DO event! As always, we are honored when a local business or organization asks us to help create a publication to help them promote their business or event, and we just LOVE doing this for the Saratoga Rotary! 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, activities for the kids …and their first ever Mac & Cheese Bake-off!! (see page 18 for more details!) And… did I mention that admission is FREE again this year, thanks to the Adirondack Trust Company! For information about the show please see page 12, and for those of you who don’t know about the Rotary, take a minute to read pages 14 & 15. They are an amazing organization and deserve your support! For a listing of vendors by category, see page 24. (as of print day)
As a homeowner who’s dealing with all kinds of issues myself… A burst pipe during the cold (frigid?!) weather, an outdated, inefficient kitchen, rooms that need updating, a serious lack of closet space… this issue has inspired me to work on everything!! I hope you also feel motivated by the articles in Saratoga Home & Lifestyle magazine and look for the H&G issue of Simply Saratoga, due out on May 11th for even more inspiration (and hopefully some of my “after” shots!) …Feel free to submit your home improvement projects to me at cBushee@SaratogaPublishing.com, I’d love to see them and feature them for our readers!
For now… I’m off to cruise around Earl B. Feiden looking for new appliances. Speaking of them… wait till you read their article on what’s happening with washers & dryers (page 52) – too cool!! Between the ads, the articles, and the vendors… we’re getting you started on that to-do list!! Enjoy the show… and the magazine!
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Home & Lifestyle Saratoga
OWNER/PUBLISHER Chad Beatty GENERAL MANAGER Robin Mitchell MANAGING EDITOR Chris Vallone Bushee GRAPHIC DESIGNER Samantha Nock ADVERTISING DESIGNER Morgan Rook ADVERTISING Jim Daley Cindy Durfey CONTRIBUTORS Lisa Miller Megin Potter PHOTOGRAPHERS Eleanor Linda Photography 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 © 2018, Saratoga TODAY Newspaper. If interested in print publications for your next event call Saratoga TODAY. (518) 584-2180.
Cover Photo by Eleanor Linda Photography Read the story of Saratoga Kitchens & Baths featuring kitchen and bathroom renovations, starting on pg. 33!
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MARCH 2 – MARCH 4, 2018
SARATOGA SPRINGS CITY CENTER Presented by
SARATOGA SPRINGS ROTARY CLUB
WELCOME! Each year the members of the Saratoga Springs Rotary Club volunteer their time as they spend months planning the annual Home & Lifestyle Show. They work together to sell booth space, arrange exhibitor details and coordinate with City Center personnel. Others work on PR, advertising and marketing. Rotarians go out into the Saratoga Springs business community to line up sponsors, elicit donations and invite restaurants to participate, whether it be for a cooking demonstration or this year’s newest element: The Mac ’n Cheese Bake-off on Saturday. As show day arrives, more volunteers brave the cold winter weather to coordinate exhibitor arrival, move-in and set-up while managing traffic and sometimes tempers. More volunteers sign up to greet and direct show visitors, give away door prizes, manage hospitality and oversee administrative detail. We do it all for you! This is the Club’s biggest fundraiser. Over the coming year, the dollars raised at the Rotary Home & Lifestyle Show come back to the Saratoga community in the form of donations to local service agencies, educational scholarships 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. So, thank you for coming to the show. We can’t wait to see you there!
Lisa Nichols, President 2017-2018, Saratoga Springs Rotary Club
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. Warm up with the Mac ’n Cheese Bake-off and vote for your favorite local restaurant. At this year’s show, there is something for everyone!
SHOW HOURS: FRIDAY, MARCH 2 • 5 P.M. TO 9 P.M. SATURDAY, MARCH 3 • 9 A.M. TO 7 P.M. SUNDAY, MARCH 4 • 10 A.M. TO 4 P.M.
Thanks to a generous donation from The Adirondack Trust Company, admission is again free this year!
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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. www.RotaryHomeShow.com
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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), Granite & Marble Works (supporting sponsor), The Saratogian (advertising sponsor), Saratoga TODAY (magazine sponsor), Saratoga.com (digital media sponsor) and Edward Jones (hospitality sponsor).
REGISTER FOR PRIZES There are many opportunities to win door prizes from Allerdice ACE Building Supply and others. 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 (under $5,000) to numerous non-profits. The club is currently accepting applications for its 2018 annual major gift ($5,000 or more); applications are due April 1, 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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Service Above Self ROTARY’S MOTTO IN ACTION Forty-five years ago, the Saratoga Springs Rotary Club launched its first home show. A lot of things have changed in Saratoga since 1973, but the mission of the Rotary Club is the same. “Service Above Self” is the motto that drives our membership to do good things in our own community and for communities around the world. Our annual show makes it possible for the Saratoga Springs Rotary Club to make significant financial gifts while strengthening the community spirit of Saratoga Springs. The Club expects to raise nearly $100,000 from this year’s event. Over the course of the year, these proceeds are re-distributed amongst community organizations, youth scholarships and international humanitarian projects. 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 and grants funding requests from local charities. In addition, each year 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.
FUNDING FOR YOUTH SCHOLARSHIPS The Saratoga Springs Rotary Education Foundation (saratogaspringsscholarships.org) is the 501(c)(3) charitable organization that raises funds to benefit local students. Using those funds each June, the Saratoga Springs Rotary Club awards substantial scholarships to local high school seniors for the pursuit of additional education. In 2017 the Club awarded 16 one-year scholarships ranging in amounts from $2,000 to $6,000 each. One student is selected to receive the Presidential Award scholarship that spans multiple years. The 2017 winner was Sophie Smith, a 2017 graduate of Saratoga Springs High School. Sophie received $5,000 per year for four years of college. The total amount of scholarship money awarded in 2017 was $69,000. 14 | SARATOGA HOME & LIFESTYLE 2018
The Saratoga Springs Rotary Club named Richard Eckert, 84, of Saratoga Springs as its 2017 Senior Citizen of the Year. Dick was nominated by Kristine Wurl of the Adult and Senior Center of Saratoga. “Dick always has a smile on his face and is pleasant to be around,” she said. “He radiates happiness and brings joy to the lives of everyone he encounters at the Senior Center.” Dick volunteered more than 325 hours in 2016 transporting people to medical appointments and shopping destinations. As driver of the Center’s van, he is always willing to step in as needed. Dick is a lifelong Saratoga Springs resident and graduated from Saratoga Springs High School. He worked locally at Skidmore College, Espey Manufacturing and New Country Auto. He is a Navy veteran.
INTERNATIONAL RELIEF EFFORTS Part of Rotary’s mission involves donating to world disaster recovery efforts and improving life for citizens in developing countries. The Club has sent Shelter Boxes for war refugees in Syria and typhoon victims in the Philippines, funded well construction in Rwanda and supported Pure Water for the World.
JOIN ROTARY! Membership in the Saratoga Springs Rotary Club offers an excellent opportunity for Saratoga area businesses and individuals to make new friends while making 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. In today’s world, Rotary realizes that people are busy and may not be able to attend every lunchtime meeting. While the club encourages good attendance, members may also get attendance credit through Rotary-sponsored community efforts, extra-curricular club social gatherings and committee volunteer work. Individual and corporate memberships are available. Visit www.saratogaspringsrotary.org or stop by the Rotary booth at the Home and Lifestyle Show to learn more. saratogaTODAYnewspaper.com
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 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/Monika Lozinska 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 © Rotary International/Alyce Henson for millions of people.
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.
SARATOGA ROTARY SUPPORTS MANY CAUSES 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 Children’s Museum at Saratoga 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 Economic Opportunity Council 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
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2018 Show Highlights
THANKS TO OUR MAJOR SPONSOR, ADIRONDACK TRUST COMPANY, ADMISSION IS AGAIN FREE THIS YEAR! Adirondack Trust is a longtime sponsor and supporter of the Saratoga Springs Rotary Club.
BIO GREEN OF UPSTATE NEW YORK A local family-run business specializing in a more natural approach to lawn fertilization services for homeowners, businesses, schools, sports fields, daycare centers and camps. Their USA-made products are safer for waterways, kids and pets while delivering greener, thicker, carpet-like grass.
EARL B. FEIDEN APPLIANCE A family business offering the finest in appliances at discounted prices since 1926. If you are looking for top-of-the-line equipment for air control, cooking, grilling, refrigeration, dishwashing or laundry, visit one of their three convenient locations in Clifton Park, Latham and Kingston. Mary Feiden carrying on the family legacy!
SARATOGA ALLERDICE ACE HARDWARE & BUILDING SUPPLY The flagship store for the Allerdice family of businesses focuses on home improvement. With 35 years spent serving businesses, contractors, homeowners and do-it-yourselfers in northern Saratoga County, the company operates a lumber yard, metal and wood shops, and carries the respected brands and quality products you seek. 16â€‚ | SARATOGA HOME & LIFESTYLE 2018
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2018 Special Events
Rotary Mac ’n Cheese Bake-off! There’s nothing like the comfort of hot macaroni and cheese on a wintry afternoon. Join us on Saturday at the Saratoga Springs City Center for the first ever Rotary Mac ’n Cheese Bake-off. Your favorite restaurants will offer free samples between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. near Booth K12. At the time of publication, local restaurants were still signing up for this event, but you can count on Forno Bistro, Harvey’s Restaurant & Bar, Peabody’s Sports Bar & Grill and more! Each restaurant will serve up its best version of creamy, cheesy goodness. Give each sample your taste test and vote for your favorite mac ’n cheese offering. The winner will be announced at 4 p.m. Follow us on Facebook to find out who claims the top spot! Though admission is free, we will be accepting voluntary cash and coin donations to support the Franklin Community Center food pantry.
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CHILD SAFETY WITH SARATOGA SPRINGS POLICE DEPARTMENT Every child should have a New York State Safe Child Card. You can get yours at the Police Department’s information table for child safety. Receive your free child ID card as well as practical information about keeping your youngsters safe and sound.
SUNDAY KIDS’ ACTIVITIES: BALLOON ARTIST & FACE PAINTING Bring the kids along! They’ll find plenty to do at the show. Balloon Gal Jenny and JoJo’s Face Painting always put smiles on the faces of our youngest Home & Lifestyle Show visitors. Find them near the M1 room.
Thanks to our Show Sponsors!
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THE FOURTH ANNUAL
Rotary Home & Lifestyle Art Show
EXHIBITS LOCATED ON SECOND FLOOR 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, woodworking, photography and mixed media. There will also be handcrafted jewelry, homemade soaps, woolen meditation stones —and wine! Don’t miss the Saratoga Springs High School Art display featuring the talents of local high school art students. Saratoga Arts will award the “Best in Show” high school student with a free one-year membership.
“Camouflage and Jutta Arctic Butterfly” Thistledown Studio-Adirondack Wildlife Artist Nan Wilson Glen Marsh Photography
Start putting your new home and lifestyle design plans in motion!
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Ladybug Hollow Photography: View over Wallingford, VT framed with Fire Birch wood
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Artist Line-Up JEWELRY Saratoga Rocks
Against the Grain Woodworking: Woven-top table
PAINTING & MIXED MEDIA Kristen Dahms Virginia Hoeppner Zorica Langa Rose Conners O’Shei Thistledown Studio
PHOTOGRAPHY Greg Cuda Glen Marsh Ladybug Hollow Silent Jane Through My Lens Joy Woolworks: Meditation Stones
CRAFTED ITEMS FOR BODY & SOUL Cobble Hill Farm Apothecary Joy Woolworks
WOODWORKING Against the Grain Hudson River Inlay
WINERY Lakeland Winery Hudson River Inlay: Nelson hummingbird blossom table
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Exhibitors As of January 28, 2018; subject to change. See updated information at www.rotaryhomeshow.com
APPLIANCES & EQUIPMENT Aerus Electrolux, D3 Earl B. Feiden Appliance, N5-6 Emerich Sales & Service, L1, B10, C10 Saratoga Outdoor Power Equipment, F6-7 BANKING, INSURANCE & FINANCE Adirondack Trust Company, N2 Saratoga’s Community FCU, M105 Saratoga National Bank and Trust, H3 Trustco Bank, M116 BASEMENT SPECIALISTS Adirondack Basement Systems, B2-3 All-Dry Basements, M111 Basement Waterproofing, Inc. D4 BUILDERS & BUILDING SUPPLIES Allerdice Building Supply, E1, M2 Boggan & Sons Construction, I1 Bonacio Construction, H9 Capitol District Supply Company, J5-6 Chestwood Remodeling, G1-2 Curtis Lumber Co., K7-9 GNH Lumber, M4 Jade Enterprises, G9 Lowes of Saratoga, M114-115 Mangino Custom Builders, M102 Saratoga Construction, A1 Saratoga Quality Hardware, G8 Suburban Construction, M104
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EXTERIOR PRODUCTS & SERVICES Adirondack Paving, K11 Advanced Spray Foam, K1 BDB Paving/General Contracting, G5 Bio Green of Upstate NY, M108 Clearview Exterior Cleaning Solutions, D6 Huff ’N Puff, C4 Jerome Roofing Siding & Insulation, M1 LeafFilter North of CT, H10 Logix Insulated Concrete Forms, J8-9 Navco, B4-5 Northeast Seamless, B1 Northeast Spray Foam, E7 Phillips Home Solutions, G7 Seamless Gutter & Supply Co, B6 Stone Industries, C6 Total Home Solutions, M118 HVAC, ENERGY & WATER Aztech Geothermal, I2 Culligan of Scotia, M3 Family Danz Heating and Cooling, I8 Green Mountain Energy Co., C7 Hudson Solar, F8 Kasselman Solar, C2 Mohawk Heating, N3-4 North Country Water Systems, C8 Suburban Service Group, J2-3 INTERIOR DÉCOR & PAINTING Bio Fusion Designs, K4 Budget Blinds, F9 Capital Painting Services, D7 Granite & Marble Works, H2 Northeast Awning & Custom Closets, K5-6 Sherwin-Williams, D8
KITCHENS & BATHS American Kitchen & Bath Renewal, H1 Cutco, I10 Green Mountain Soapstone, C3 Instant Bath/Bath Fitter, D1-2 Queensbury Tile & Spa, A6 Re-Bath of Albany, E9 Saratoga Kitchens and Baths, A2 LANDSCAPING Gallivan Companies, J11 Grasshopper Gardens, H6-7 GSL Landscaping and Nursery, D5 Mandy’s Spring Nursery, K2 Saratoga Sod Farm, G3 Toadflax Nursery, L4 MISCELLANEOUS Saratoga Springs Police, M125-126 Saratoga Today, K12 The Saratogian, J10 PET SERVICES Invisible Fence of the Tri-Cities and Hudson Valley, G4 Milton Manor Pet Spa/Resort, M117 Top Dog Pet Fence, K3 WINDOWS, DOORS, FENCES, PATIOS Adirondack Overhead Door, E5 AFSCO Fence and Deck, K10 Champion Window & Patio, E2-3 Comfort Window and Door, A3 Landon Windows & Doors, M127 Overhead Door Co. of Glens Falls, C1 Patio Enclosures, M109-110 Patio Essentials, N1 Renewal by Andersen, F2-3 RM Fence and Deck Solutions, I9 Trust A Fence, J4 saratogaTODAYnewspaper.com
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SCIENCE IS MAKING IT POSSIBLE TO BUILD HOMES BETTER. HOW CAN YOU MAXIMIZE EFFICIENCY FOR SEVEN OCCUPANTS ON A BUDGET? Jason Whitbeck’s main goal when building a house was giving his wife and family of five children under the age of seven a great start. Jason and his brother, Matt Whitbeck, have been the co-owners of Whitbeck Construction since 2005. saratogaTODAYnewspaper.com
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They are very aware of the dangerous chemicals and indoor air pollutants released within a home that can affect brain development and growth in children. “High performance building is a great part of preventative health care. Homes can be very toxic,” said Matt. The emissions released from paint, plywood, and carpeting in the construction of a home, the furniture within it, and the household chemicals used daily to clean it, can add up to troublesome respiratory, skin, and allergy conditions down the road.
A BREATH OF FRESH AIR By utilizing the natural elements, Whitbeck Construction was able to build a four-story home that limits toxicity while maximizing efficiency. A fresh-air recovery system - combined with proper insulation techniques allows the pollutant-filled stale indoor air to be exchanged with purifying outdoor air, without a loss of heat in this house – featured in the Saratoga Builders Association’s 2017 Showcase of Homes by an award-winning company.
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“It gives you a clean, fresh-air feeling and has good health attributes while sleeping,” said Matt. Targeted floor layout plans that take advantage of every square foot of space, and a roof angled to capture heat from the sun, add up to a resource-saving house.
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MEASURABLE RESULTS When a professional builder lives in a home he’s helped to construct, he has the added advantage of being able to track energy consumption on a continuous basis. “Right now the house is operating extremely efficiently – even a little better than expected,” said Matt. As a member of the state and nationallyrecognized National Association of Home Builders High Performance Team, Matt uses this data to train others in advanced construction techniques - teaching them how to integrate the science of strong building principles into the design, construction, and remodeling process. Matt is currently working with Curtis Lumber and the Saratoga Builders Association to schedule a speaking appearance locally.
ROMANTIC APPEAL Although harder to quantify (but equally as important for it to be considered successful) a home must also be aesthetically and emotionally pleasing to its occupants. The romantic appeal of aged wood and Whitbeck Construction’s mission to reuse materials from local sources shows in the repurposed fireplace mantle, kitchen beams, and winding wood staircase that create a feeling of comfort and warmth in the 2,000 sq. ft. home. Recycled timber is also being utilized in the traditional plank doors of a mid-1800’s Greek Revival-style new construction home they are working on for the 2018 Showcase of Homes. “We’re very hopeful, with the style and orientation, that it will be energy efficient and beneficial to the home owner,” said Matt. For more information go to www.whitbeckconstruction.com
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RENOVATION PLANNING GUIDE
NO LOVE IN YOUR HEART for a dysfunctional kitchen? Repulsed by your bathroom’s horrendous appearance? Fantasies of switching it up with a renovation starting to sneak their way into your thoughts? saratogaTODAYnewspaper.com
Fear not - transforming a beast into a beauty doesn’t have to be a monstrous project, especially when someone helps you look at it in a way you never did before. “From large to small – we do it all!” said Saratoga Kitchens & Baths designer Jacqueline Newell.
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The most popular choice in countertops has been engineered quartz because it is available in a large variety of colors, is strong, low maintenance, and affordable. The beauty and durability of bypass stone makes it another favorite material selection for homeowners, as well.
NOW, IT’S WONDERFUL, NEW, AND A BIT ALARMING…
FIRST, YOU MUST ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS. How do you already (or want to) use your little corner of the world? Consider how many people will be using the space regularly. Is there more than one cook in your kitchen? In which ways do you wish it would function better? What needs to be in place for comfortable entertaining?
SECOND, CREATE A WISH LIST. Pick out pictures of finishes, colors, countertops, and cabinets that you love. “Don’t look for layout – don’t even go there, that’s my job. Just find pictures that make your heart go pitter-patter,” said Newell. A mirror-faced fridge!
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Let us be your guest. Everything that you’ve put together from the first two steps will help you be prepared to speak with a designer like Newell. Invite her in for a free evaluation. She’ll take measurements. She’ll help you think about the accessories you might need for increased mobility and convenience in your kitchen as you get older. By providing information about the cabinet product lines available for sale through Saratoga Kitchens & Baths, she will help you determine a realistic budget for your project. “We love the challenge of a small kitchen,” said Newell. When there is limited space, each element can be given more attention. Plus, Saratoga Kitchens & Baths doesn’t charge you for the consultation and design.
LASTLY, NEWELL PRESENTS HER DRAWING. It’s a tale as old as time. Seeing is believing. Ideas are brought to life. “I try to meet what they’re seeking,” said Newell. Flexible and innovative solutions transform your dreams into your reality- even if you have already been (or plan to be) working with another designer, architect, or builder. saratogaTODAYnewspaper.com
“We can work with other contractors or builders, can complete an entire renovation, and do new builds,” she said. If you’re feeling discontent with your kitchen or bath, there’s one thing you should always keep in mind.
DON’T LOOK FOR LAYOUT – DON’T EVEN GO THERE, THAT’S MY JOB. JUST FIND PICTURES THAT MAKE YOUR HEART GO PITTER-PATTER.”
“It’s never too early to start the design process,” said Newell. For more information, go to www.saratogakitchensandbaths.com
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very civilization has touted the therapeutic value of water – from Greek Philosophers to the kings of the Roman Empire, Ancient Egyptians, the revered Asian cultures, to the Native Americans.
One of the supremely beautiful advancements of the modern age is that we can indulge in the brilliance of taking a bath more easily and frequently. Here are five reasons why you should join so many others who have already done so and invest in having a hot tub at home.
Relaxing in a hot tub is a great way to unwind in the evenings after work, in the morning before starting the day - any time really. “The stress goes right up with the vapors of hot steam,” said Mark Brilling, owner of Queensbury Tile and Spas. Want an uninterrupted conversation with family and friends? Hot tubs are a terrific place to do it.
Hot water therapy and targeted pulsating jets help ease the symptoms of chronic widespread bone, joint, and muscle pain caused by conditions such as arthritis and fibromyalgia. Doctors prescribe spending even 10 minutes in a hot tub can help those struggling with sleeplessness. Bodyweight is displaced when immersed in water, taking pressure off the spine, as well. “If you get into hot water, it’s going to be good for you,” said Brilling. Even in a limited space, with the AquaFIT Systems, a combined pool hot tub product from Dimension One Spas, you can experience lowimpact exercises including swimming, rowing, and jogging in the comfort of your own backyard.
Saratoga is known for its healing waters and luxurious spa experiences, but getting out to one is still not something someone can indulge in daily. Gyms require a membership fee for you to access their hot tubs and scheduled tub times. “There’s not too many public places to use a hot tub – and when you find one it’s set up like a public swimming pool because of all the chlorine they have to use. Having one at home is so much faster,” said Brilling.
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THE STRESS GOES RIGHT UP WITH THE VAPORS OF HOT STEAM.”
In many cases, public hot tubs are off-limits to children because of their high temperature, but at home you can monitor the temperature to keep it at a safe level. Locking tub covers provide peace of mind that kids and pets are safe.
“Kids have played in them for hours and had a blast with it,” said Brilling. People with limited mobility also appreciate hot tub accessories that help them get in and out of the tub safely, as well as the wide, comfortable, and therapeutically-designed seats.
Queensbury Tile & Spas sells the first-ever FDA compliant hot tub filtration system, so you can be sure you’re getting pure, clean water. Mineral cartridges and sanitation systems limit off-gases and your exposure to dangerous chemicals. “There’s hardly any maintenance at all,” said Brilling. Rinsing off the filters and changing the water several times a year incorporates most of the maintenance that’s required.
Bonus - SWEET SAUNAS:
For those who want to detoxify their bodies and pull out impurities, while also moisturizing their skin without water, Queensbury Tile & Spa also sells residential saunas. With just a turn of the dial, even part-time, seasonal residents can immediately enjoy the breathtaking benefits of an in-home sauna. For more information go to queensburytileandspa.net
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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 and most decorated in-ground swimming pool builder. In their 46 years in operation, Concord Pools has installed more than 11,000 pools in the Capital Region. Concord Pools installs pools in 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 and unique. Offering all types of pool construction from vinyl liner, fiberglass and shotcrete, Concord will build the “right” pool for your conditions, one that will last. Concord Pools does a lot more than just install amazing pools. They design, build, renovate, install safety covers and automatic covers, 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 25 years ago. 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.
as well as Chairman of 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! Guaranteed. 156 Sparrowbush Road, Latham | 518.783.8976 136 South Broadway, Saratoga Springs | 518.587.4949 60 Big Boom Road, Queensbury | 518.741.0860 www.concordpools.com
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, CBP., and instructor for the Advanced Education Program at the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals
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hen your driveway has become a slippery slope – both physically and financially, it may be time to look into the advantages of pavement.
Whether you’re tired of tip-toeing and sliding down the ice-covered inclines, cursing out the snow blower or lawnmower for kicking up stones, or ankle-deep in sloppy Spring mud, if you have a dirt or gravel driveway there’s likely been times when you’ve stared longingly at the neighbor’s smooth blacktop and said, “Someday.” “There are people that really like stone, but then there are others that say, ‘I’m all done with stone,’ and that’s when they go with pavement,” said Christian Farone, owner of Adirondack Paving.
Water seeps into dirt driveways, creates pools, and washes away stone fill. “The water’s going to flow,” said Farone. Running water from heavy rains and snowmelt erodes the landscape. It can be a mess to clean up, creating a burdensome need to refill bare spots and replace stone. When he does use stone, Farone said he makes sure it is a good quality mixture, with a favorable fine particle-to-larger pieces ratio that will provide excellent compaction and as little stone loss as possible. On driveways with a steeper incline, he uses a larger stone blend to reduce loss from water run-off.
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When it rains, water slides down and off a paved driveway. Pavement dries more quickly in the sun, giving water less time to freeze and to cause problems with snow and ice build-up in winter. “Having a hard surface that is properly sloped helps to navigate water in a desired direction. Most of the driveways we work with are situated in a way that there is room for slope. However, in the instance where it is impossible to slope water, we would recommend adding a drain,” said Katie Bovee. Katie and her husband Brad Bovee are co-owners of BDB Paving & General Contracting, Inc., which started in 2007. They provide property maintenance, residential and commercial paving services.
GOOD LOOK & GRIP
The traditional look and feel of pavement can deter some people from choosing it, especially those who have horses and need a surface for them to walk on with enough traction so they don’t lose their footing. Concrete stamping techniques are increasing their options. When Sugar Plum Farm, a regal and stylish state-of-the-art horse breeding and boarding facility decided to pave the interior of their main horse barn, Adirondack Paving worked with a contractor who specializes in stamping concrete. “It gives the horses more bite to step on and is not as slippery,” said Farone. Stamping gives concrete the look of stone without the maintenance. There are many different shapes and styles to choose from, providing homeowners the option to monogram just a small section, or cover a larger expanse. When suburban garden enthusiasts wanted to incorporate pavement into their lush landscape but still maintain an attractive curb appeal, they worked with BDB Paving. The stamped look they chose compliments the overall natural feel of the property. It was a featured landscape in the Soroptimist International of Saratoga County’s 23rd Annual Secret Garden Tour this past summer.
The cost of maintaining a gravel driveway compared to a paved one can quickly add up. Depending on wear and tear, a typical gravel driveway is stoned and regraded every three years, said Katie. “We have customers who install new gravel and have it regraded every other year. This particular customer would benefit financially from having the driveway paved because of how often they are spending to install new gravel,” she said.
when they’re working. I’m thorough in every aspect of it,” said Farone. Once blacktop is laid down, one year after installation a new driveway needs to be sealed, which costs approximately 25-30 cents per sq. ft., said Katie. After that, maintaining blacktop is as easy as getting it sealed every two or three years. When the driveway starts to get thirsty for a new coat of sealant, it’ll turn grey. A previously sealed driveway costs approximately 15-20 cents per sq. ft. to seal.
“We do not recommend getting the driveway sealed every year. It will do more harm than good. Sealer build-up on a driveway Blacktop can last for twenty years or more, if can cause cracks, and be detrimental to the it is maintained properly, said Farone. While integrity of the asphalt,” said Katie. the per ton material costs are initially more for blacktop, it’s a long-term investment that As SealMaster distributors, BDB Paving sells sealer to the other sealcoating can end up saving you money. companies in the area. They are both In approximately mid-April, once the knowledgeable and passionate about snowbanks have melted and the frost is blacktop maintenance, she said. gone, Farone personally goes out to your For more information about BDB Paving property to provide an estimate. & General Contracting, Inc. go to “I’m involved the whole entire time. I want to www.bdbpaving.com To contact see everything. I go out there with a pickaxe Adirondack Paving, call (518) 580-0580. to dig into the dirt and see how deep it is. I go into it educated. I’m there with the crew
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If you’re a Michelangelo in the kitchen (or just aspire to be) work with the same materials he did.
The great Italian artist Michelangelo climbed mountains in pursuit of the finest marble for his sculptures. When he found the stone of his dreams, he was able to carve history in Carrara marble. Today, this luxurious white stone can be the masterpiece in the center of your kitchen.
While during Michelangelo’s time, people gathered around the old-fashioned hearth, our modern-day equivalent has become the kitchen island.
“You can never go wrong with Carrara marble,” said Margaret Roohan, co-owner of Granite & Marble Works, Inc.
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Perfectly suited for a variety of kitchen tasks, these free-standing units are the go-to renovation request to update a home. Kitchen islands are being used for everything; food prep, cooking, dining, as a work station, and more, so the material used on their surface has to be strong, heat resistant, and easy to clean.
MIXING IT UP
Just as great artistic geniuses layer paint to create their master works, layering different surfaces in different areas of the kitchen has become a big trend, said Roohan.
The naturally beautiful quartzite countertops are popular right now. Quartzite is a very hard and durable stone comprised mainly of quartz, with other minerals lending it their colorful hues.
There’s an art to mixing countertops, and Granite & Marble Works can help you visualize a room with panache – elegantly balanced and not too busy.
While whites and greys are still very popular choices for today’s kitchen countertops, Roohan said she’s seen a trend toward customers choosing these colors in warmer tones. The classic whites are creamier, and shades of taupe-grey are giving us the weathered warmth of a worldly neutral.
Combinations such as the timeless sumptuousness of soapstone, and the classic gracefulness of marble, matched with the sparkling magnificence of quartzite can elevate your kitchen into the centerpiece of your home.
SIMPLE SWITCH? Just replacing your countertops can make a huge impact on the look and feel of the kitchen without having to plunge full-force into a fullscale renovation. If your countertops are beyond repair, or just don’t match the design of your space, it may be time to make a change. Switching out countertops is a sensible solution with a reasonable budget and limited time commitment, but does require precise measurements, delicate removal of the old countertops, and clean installation of the new. “When everything is new, it’s easier because you’re starting from scratch. Just replacing the countertops can be harder, but we can do a really good job finding materials that blend well with your existing kitchen and give you the end product you’re looking for,” said Roohan.
CELL PHONES HAVE CHANGED EVERYTHING
There is also the option for something completely different. “We have a huge variety to choose from – probably more than ever,” said Roohan. Granite & Marble Works carries stone from every continent on earth (except Antarctica). Let the mystical, iridescent blue Labradorite from Madagascar memorize you, marvel at tones of dusky-blue that appear in the same stone from the Ukraine, and venture into the adventurous reds of Las Vegas rock to express your spirit. “It’s all geology, really, and it’s fascinating. It all comes from the earth, and it’s so diverse – it’s amazing,” said Roohan. Stay local with a Mountain White Danby marble countertop from the largest quarry of its type in the world – just a little more than an hour away from Saratoga. Used in some of the country’s most iconic structures (including the New York Public Library and the White House), it can make your kitchen a monument to style. Michelangelo would be proud. For more information, go to www.graniteandmarbleworks.com
Nothing has made it easier for designers to give you the look you’ve been dreaming of more than cell phones, said Roohan. “We can really help them that way,” she said. Creating your custom kitchen starts when you pick up your cell phone. Snap some pictures of your existing space. Search for inspiring photos online. Find paint colors, backsplash tiles, and samples of countertops that you adore.
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t’s creeping into your awareness. There’s the tingle of an unpleasant, musty smell when you go down to the basement...
Wet BASEMENT WOES “We’ve worked in homes that are just a few years old all the way to homes that are the oldest in the area,” said Adirondack Basement Systems’ Kevin Koval.
Moisture is likely the main culprit. Its presence may lead to Bad design and improper building techniques compromise the health, structural, and insect infestation problems. Health issues integrity of a structure creating a perfect environment for mold including respiratory ailments, allergies, and skin irritations can growth – even if you can’t physically see any water droplets. be caused by the mold, mildew, and fungus that grow in a damp “Any amount of water in the basement is too much. If you do see basement. Electrical appliances can be rendered unsafe to use, wood can start to rot, and the foundation can be compromised – a leak, it’s not going to go away on its own – it just gets worse, it’s not going to get better,” he said. weakening it, and causing cracks.
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ADIRONDACK BASEMENT SYSTEMS CAN INSTALL A GOOD QUALITY SUMP PUMP WITH AN EMERGENCY BACKUP BATTERY.
DRY UP THE WATER
Use towels to absorb, and a shop-vac to suck up any visible water in your basement. Run fans and dehumidifiers to dry it up even further. Remove any organic material including wood, carpet, books, and clothing immediately, because mold growth can take place in just a couple of days. “As soon as you start seeing signs of moisture in the basement, you’re better off taking care of it sooner, rather than later,” said Koval. There are several main factors contributing to wet basements. “It’s not the water table in 99 percent of the cases – it’s surface water getting into your basement,” he said.
PREVENT WATER FROM GETTING IN
Sealing the top of basement walls where the framing and concrete meet, around joists, and basement windows with spray foam will help ensure water isn’t getting in. Adirondack Basement Systems can also come in to hang a vapor barrier, install a good quality sump pump with an emergency backup battery, and a drainage system to eliminate water build-up. Keeping the relative humidity at 55 percent will also help keep the basement dry and prevent the development of mold, said Koval. “Water needs to be directed away from the foundation as far as it can,” said Peter Gailor, owner of Peter J. Gailor Landscaping & Excavating Inc. Walk around the perimeter of the home to see if the landscaping material, walkways, patios, and driveways are sloping away from the house. “It’s all about grade,” he said. Soil settles and pulls back, causing low spots and a ponding effect that allows water to seep into the homes’ foundation. Pay attention to the water dripping off the roof. Fill-in any missing stones and mulch so water sheds away, keeping your home dry, clean, and free of termites. Gutter pipe downspouts should be directed away from the house. Drainage that extends a distance of as much as 30 feet is recommended.
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A home’s water issues down below are often caused by what’s happening up above. “If water isn’t getting in the gutter, down the downspout, out and away from the house – it’s all basically going down into the foundation,” said John Byron, owner of Clearview Exterior Cleaning Solutions. Clogged gutters are a major reason for the improper water drainage that results in wet basements. “I’ve found tons of toys, nerf darts, and tools (including a fourfoot level, screwdrivers, and hammers left behind from when someone was working on the roof). I’ll feel it in there and I’m like, ‘what in the world?’,” said Byron. More common reasons for clogged gutters are seeds that have sprouted, dirt and shingle grit building up slowly into large lumps, clumps of wet leaves, twigs, pinecones, bird, small rodent and bees nests, or insect infestations. “The water is stagnant – literally like a swamp – it’s the most horrible smelling experience and it’s a breeding ground of mosquitos,” said Byron. More than just a cosmetic issue, neglected gutters can cause serious damage. Experts recommend gutters be cleaned out twice a year, but because of age, prior injury, improper equipment, a fear of heights, or just a lack of time, homeowners often avoid this chore for much longer. Overflow issues caused by an overabundance of rain and/or an insufficient guttering network simply do not allow the water to run off fast enough. Gutters fill, overflow, cause soil erosion around the home – and a wet basement.
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'Contemporary Ranch' Dark Bronze Seamless Half Round Aluminum Gutters by Northeast Seamless Gutter Co.
Valor Micro Mesh Gutter Guard by www.northeastseamlessgutters.com Gutter guards can be an effective solution to eliminate gutter overflow. Cascading water washes away mulch and flowerbeds, damages decks, undermines stone walkways and patios. This water falls directly along the homes’ foundation, greatly increasing the risk of water infiltration into your basement. Luckily, there’s an easy way to tell if your gutters are clogged, can’t handle the water load and are leaking or overflowing. “Put on your raincoat and walk around the house while it’s raining,” recommends Lori Eldred, co-owner of Northeast Seamless Gutter Co. Considering the additional weight of ice and snow in our region, Eldred recommends using a quality open weave, powder-coated steel product such as Diamond Back to allow the most water in, and the most debris to flow out. If pine needles are a problem in your area, a product like Valor, with its structured underlayment, should perform well.
Diamond Back Gutter Guard
Broken or loose brackets cause gutters to sag, droop, or pull away from the house. “They may look the same, but there are a lot of differences between gutter materials and the quality of hanging brackets,” said Eldred. Sometimes bracket repairs can be performed quickly and inexpensively, but other times repairs are more extensive, requiring the gutter pitch to be changed or the gutter to be replaced. Prevention is the best way to avoid getting soaked by a wet basement.
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THE ALL IMPORTANT
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here’s big news shaking up options in the smallest room of the house – the laundry room.
What was once used just to do laundry has become a more multi-purpose area of the home. Washing and drying clothes is now a job of multi-taskers. Machines must be more attractive, and fit into spaces they never could before. Ventless dryers are helping to make this happen. While most traditional dryers use heat to dry clothes then pump exhaust outside through a vent that goes through a hole in the wall, ventless dryers can be plugged in anywhere there’s a suitable electrical outlet – no holes required. Still relatively new in America, sizing and structural issues have made them the overwhelmingly preferred option in Europe for generations. Looking just like a conventional tumble clothes dryer (without the external vent) it’s their internal mechanics that are different, explained Bradley Feiden, Operations Manager at Earl B. Feiden, Inc. A standard dryer is basically a vacuum that pulls room-temperature air into it from your home, uses it to tumble dry clothing, then blows out the hot air through the exhaust vent
pipe. Each time it goes through this process, it forces your home’s heaters to work harder in the winter, and your air-conditioner’s efforts in the summer, to replace it. Ventless dryers instead loop the air, making better use of it. There are two types of ventless dryers; condensation dryers and heat pump dryers. Heat pump dryers are more efficient, using just half as much energy as a traditional vented model.
TECHNOLOGY BRIEF There are so many more choices available to help make getting the laundry done, and done well, and easier than ever before. “It makes it simple. There are more intuitive set-ups, and we’re relying much more on technology for diagnostics. It speeds up the process,” said Feiden. Machines can now monitor their own performance and alert the repairman when something needs fixing. Timers and sensors measure water quality so the machine knows if it is really cleaning your clothes by how dirty the water left behind really is. If you’re dealing with a lot of deep-down stains, have allergies, or just want your clothes very clean, machines offering a steam feature may be a good way to go. They operate in small bursts, more completely saturating clothing, and breaking down soap enzymes, giving you a great clean. Get down to the microscopic level of grime by cleaning clothing with ultrasonic sound waves. The vibrations produced are safe
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enough to clean even your most delicate fabrics, and it’s super energy efficient. “It’s pretty wild,” said Feiden. Another advancement that he has in his own home, but that is not yet available for sale through the appliance store, is being rumored as the machine that can render dry-cleaning obsolete. Hang a garment in the Whirlpool Swash and in just 10 minutes, it can quickly make it ready to wear by removing wrinkles with a blend of tension, heat, and a disposable fabric freshener pod.
LAUNDRY WORLD POLITICS What everyone in the laundry appliance business is talking about right now is how tariffs will affect machine and replacement part prices, said Feiden. Large off-shore manufacturers, including LG, which is based in South Korea, will likely be increasing the price of their products because of a new 20 percent tariff on the first 1.2 million imported residential washing machines, and a 50 percent tariff on machines above that number. This legislation also applies to imported machine parts, driving up costs for American manufacturers, as well. As a consequence, these additional costs will likely have to be passed on to the consumer, resulting in more expensive machines and repairs. So, if you were looking to replace your machines, this might be the time to do it! For more information, go to www.earlbfeiden.com
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Gathered over the next few pages, see what local designers think will be trending in 2018!
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BLACK is entering every area of design. It’s timeless, confident and dramatic…EMBRACE IT!” - Colleen Coleman of CMC Design Studio LLC
Skip the sealing and scrubbing. Quartzsurfacing countertops require less upkeep than their granite counterparts and offer timeless appeal. Plus, the shimmering surface is less dominant than other materials, so you’re unlikely to grow tired of it.” - Capitol Kitchens & Baths
From kitchen faucets to shower heads to cabinet hardware, one thing is certain this spring: Matte black metal is back, baby. And the best part about this rising trend? Much like a little black dress, the crisp, neutral finish works for traditional, modern and every style in between.” - Capitol Kitchens & Baths
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Interior designer Shelley Walker
helps you bring instant character and charm into your space with furniture and accessories from Finishing Touches Home Décor in Wilton.
Open Wednesday - Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 217 Ballard Road in Wilton. Conveniently located off I-87 (Exit 16) in the former church next to Scotty’s Restaurant - plenty of parking available! For more information call (518) 584-1490, find them on Facebook, or visit www.finishingtouchesstore.com
DECONSTRUCTED FURNITURE Stripped down to its simplest form, deconstructed furniture is a celebration of structure. The focus is on the frame. The excitement of an exposed back and naked tacks is the unique appeal of this bare beauty. In a palette of understated hues, this shocking silhouette reveals its raw materials, making it a stand-out that fits in perfectly to your farmhouse or cottage-style décor.
VINTAGE BIKE WALL SHELF This bicycle hangs on the wall but looks like it’s emerging from it! Bursting out of a time gone-by, regain a slice of a simpler time. It’s the look you remember from those carefree childhood days transformed into a statement-making centerpiece that’s great for the garden, or an eye-catching addition to your indoor décor. Features a distressed black finish and open metal basket that is perfect for displaying plants, books, or other items in your collection.
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METALLIC ACCENT FLORAL ART Large floral art showcases the dramatic beauty of an impressive bloom. On a soft, dusty palette with golden highlights, a natural essence is expressed with stunning style. Displayed in a bedroom, bathroom, or living room, florals are a timeless symbol that recalls the impulse to capture the precious wealth of a fleeting moment.
CLASSIC RUSTIC FINIALS Round-out your interior design with finials that show off their swirling wood grain. Add texture and dimension while tying together the theme of your space. These ornaments accent architectural details, fill a sparse spot on a shelf, or embellish furniture and accessory items. Use as the focal-point at the end of a hallway or set up a pair to create a refined entryway.
VINTAGE MAPS & DRAWINGS Change the way you see the world with intricate illustrations that give you a rare look at the bigger picture. Take a tour through the antiquated telegraph network -a sophisticated and beautifully designed treasure map of the electrical connections that revolutionized communication. Have the best of both worlds as you get a glimpse of the fascinating history behind, and influence of, technology to change society â€“ right from the comfort of your home or office.
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Their showrooms are stocked
with stylish arrangements - from the classic collections to the unexpectedly unique. So, we asked Bennington Furniture’s designer, Kaitlynn Johnson to tell us more about the top color and texture trends to try out this year. Bennington Furniture, Inc. has showroom locations in Queensbury, NY, Pittsfield, MA, Manchester, Bennington, Rutland, and West Dover, VT. For more information go to www.benningtonfurniture.com
Gold is back in a huge way. Go for the glamor by adding a little bling with shiny metallic accessories. Glowing brass and warm copper tones liven up a look. Once seen as a design faux pas, layering metals throughout the entire home- from light fixtures and faucets to cabinet hardware and accessories -creates an eclectic feel. Cynthia Rowley for Hooker Furniture Serendipity Console Table
Black goes with everything. The versatile matte black finish can add drama in a saturated sleek ink shade or simply make an appearance in an understated handsome hue. An avant-garde choice for kitchens and bathrooms, matte black is easy to clean, and can bridge the broad style spectrum from modern to traditional styles. Astrid Chandelier by Hinkley Lighting
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LIGHT TEXTURED WOODS
Create a bigger, brighter, more open feel with blonde or whitewashed woods on floors and in furniture finishes. Opt for domestic woods like maple, pine, elm, oak and hickory. They provide a nice contrast to colorful upholstery, and a beaming backdrop to enhance accent pieces. Added bonus: these finishes are great at hiding imperfections. Legacy Classic Furniture Brookhaven Dining Room Hooker Furniture Roslyn County Bed
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NO MORE NEUTRALS
Be bold! Choose a vibrant shade of blue-green, such as Sherwin Williams’ color of the year, Oceanside SW 6496. Energize your space with a refreshingly unexpected accent piece. Add a touch of rich purple with Pantone’s Ultra Violet hue. Splashes of peacock teal, and burnt orange create a lush bouquet of color on upholstery that is both cozy and inviting. Pantone Ultra Violet, Sherwin Williams Oceanside, Wesley Hall Room Setting
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Moving beyond its usual uses across large expanses of flooring or countertops, the modern simplicity of concrete is now starting to pop up in furniture and décor pieces. A utilitarian building material, cool geometric lines anchors its accessory-worthy appeal. Many manufacturers have incorporated it into their cocktail and end-tables …even molding it into lamp bases. Regina Andrews Design Concrete and Brass Table Lamp 2017 Fall Showcase of Homes Hooker Furniture Concrete Top Cocktail table.
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All the information & details you need on the 2018 Saratoga Home & Lifestyle Show - plus tips, advice & suggestions on home design and decor...
Published on Feb 14, 2018
All the information & details you need on the 2018 Saratoga Home & Lifestyle Show - plus tips, advice & suggestions on home design and decor...