Home & Lifestyle Saratoga
A Saratoga TODAY Publication
Saratoga Springs City Center February 26thâ€“28th
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Home & Lifestyle Saratoga
Welcome to the Saratoga Home & Lifestyle Show!
OWNER/PUBLISHER Chad Beatty
This yearly fund-raiser held by the Saratoga Rotary, is now celebrating their 43rd year and is a Saratoga MUST-DO event!
GENERAL MANAGER Robin Mitchell
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!
MANAGING EDITOR Chris Vallone Bushee
I’m not sure if what we have been experiencing can be called WINTER (by our Northeast standards!) but I’m sure everybody is looking forward to spring …and warmer, sunny days to dig into those home improvement projects that we have been dreaming up all winter.
AD PRODUCTION Andrew Ranalli, Morgan Rook CONTRIBUTORS Colleen Coleman Deborah Miles Czech David Delozier Lisa Miller Megin Potter Maureen Werther
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, cooking classes, a pet adoption clinic and activities for all ages! …and did I mention that admission is FREE this year, thanks to the Adirondack Trust Company!
PHOTOGRAPHER Paul Castle Alice Corey Photography SaratogaPhotographer.com Stockwell Media
For information about the show please see page 10, and for those of you who don’t know about the Rotary, take a minute to read pages 18 & 19. They are an amazing organization and deserve your support!
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Find a complete listing of all vendors by category see page 20.
Enjoy the show… and the magazine!
Brought to you by:
ADVERTISING Jim Daley, Cindy Durfey
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!
From THINKING about a renovation or the latest design trends, to outfitting your vacation home and backyard… we have articles for all interests!
CREATIVE DIRECTOR Alyssa Jackson
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 © 2016, Saratoga TODAY Newspaper. If interested in print publications for your next event call Saratoga TODAY. (518) 584-2180.
Chris Vallone Bushee Managing Editor
Home & Lifestyle Saratoga
Cover Photo by Stockwell Media.
Saratoga Springs City Center February 26th–28th
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Read the story of Colleen Coleman’s renovation of this kitchen on pg. 30!
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SARATOGA SPRINGS CITY CENTER Presented by
Saratoga Springs Rotary Club WELCOME! The men and women of the Saratoga Springs Rotary Club look forward to seeing you at the 2016 Saratoga Home & Lifestyle Show. Thanks for coming out to see what’s new from area businesses, service providers and artists. As always, this show makes possible our club’s ongoing financial support of community organizations, education and worldwide humanitarian assistance. See you at the show!
Craig Gould President 2015-2016 Saratoga Springs Rotary Club
GENERAL INFORMATION More than 120 home and lifestyle businesses are represented at the show, with a special expanded Art Show this year on the second floor. Stroll through the exhibits where you can talk with builders and landscapers, review interior and exterior décor, choose furniture, meet local artists, attend cooking demos and even visit wine and spirits vendors. There is so much to do and see at this year’s show! (See a preliminary exhibitor list by categories on page 20.)
• FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26 - 5 P.M. TO 9 P.M. • SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27 - 9 A.M. TO 7 P.M. • SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 28 - 10 A.M. TO 4 P.M.
NEW: FREE ADMISSION, thanks to a generous donation from
the show’s major sponsor, The Adirondack Trust Company.
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. 10 | Saratoga Home & Lifestyle 2016
AREA BUSINESSES SPONSOR THE SHOW
The Rotary Club thanks the show’s generous sponsors for their support. Once again, The Adirondack Trust Company is the major sponsor. Other sponsors (at the time of magazine publication) include Allerdice ACE Building Supply (door prize sponsor), Edward Jones (hospitality sponsor), Granite & Marble Works (supporting sponsor), Phillips Home Solutions (major prize sponsor), Saratoga Today (magazine sponsor) and The Saratogian (advertising sponsor).
REGISTER FOR PRIZES The show features several opportunities to win door prizes from Allerdice ACE Building Supply as well as other larger prizes. Door prizes are drawn frequently throughout the weekend, and major prizes are drawn on Sunday afternoon at the show’s conclusion. The winners do not need to be present to win.
LEARN ABOUT ROTARY SCHOLARSHIPS AND COMMUNITY SUPPORT For general information about Rotary and its scholarship and charitable donation programs, stop by the Rotary booth on the main floor, next to booth A1. High school seniors attending Saratoga Springs High School, Saratoga Catholic High School and the Waldorf School are eligible to apply for scholarships, with applications due by April 15th. The Rotary Club’s charitable giving programs include monthly contributions of under $5,000 to numerous non-profits as well as an annual major gift of $5,000 or more, with applications due by April 1.
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2016 Show Highlights
THANKS TO OUR MAJOR SPONSOR, THE ADIRONDACK TRUST COMPANY, ADMISSION IS FREE THIS YEAR! Adirondack Trust is a long time sponsor and supporter of the Saratoga Springs Rotary Club, and the club is ever-grateful for its generosity.
ZOOM-ROOM Allows you to maximize valuable space with a Zoom-bed, which retracts into home cabinetry.
WOOD CARTE The Wood Carte offers a collection of finished and unfinished real wood furniture.
KERR CHAINSAW CARVING Kerr Chainsaw Carving, at this year’s Art Show on the second floor, offers one-of-a-kind carved sculptures and decorations as well as carving restoration and repair.
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ART SHOW: 20+ EXHIBITS ON SECOND FLOOR Are you in the market for artwork to enhance your home or office? The Home & Lifestyle Art Show has expanded to fill the entire second floor of the City Center. That’s 5,000 square feet of woodworking, ceramics, acrylics, watercolors, oils and mixed media. There will also be attractive handcrafted jewelry and stunning custom plant arrangements. Lakeland Winery and Adirondack Distillery round out the space with local wine and spirits. Don’t miss the display of work by art students from Saratoga Springs High School. These entrants are considering art as a career, and you’ll be impressed by their talent. Saratoga Arts has generously offered a free membership to the student who garners the “Best in Show” award.
THE SECOND ANNUAL
Rotary Home & Lifestyle Art Show Frances Gaffney, landscape
Julie Leininger, necklace & earrings
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Linda Peterson, painting
Castle Green (Lucy Fraser)
JEWELRY Saratoga Jewels (Julie Leininger)
Karen Elem, sculpture
American Legacy Art (Doug Irwin) Matt Chinian CinquinoFineArt Frances Gaffney Sandie Keyser Catherine Minnery Linda Peterson Elizabeth Roberts
PHOTOGRAPHY GJ Bradley Saratoga Rocks (Vicki Rehberg) Tiger Eye Photo (Connie Bush)
PLANT ARRANGEMENTS Revibe (Kristi Carrara)
CERAMICS & SCULPTURE Karen Elem Erin Hogan Ceramics Saratoga Clay Arts (Jill Kovachick)
WINE & SPIRITS Adirondack Distillery Lakeland Winery
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2016 Special Events
COOKING DEMONSTRATIONS Saturday, Noon, 1 and 2 p.m.
Take a quick trip to Italy without leaving Saratoga! Learn the secrets of making Fresh Pappardelle and Mezzanine Sauce with Chef Alysha Perez of Forno Bistro in Saratoga Springs. Pappardelle are large, broad, flat pasta noodles, similar to wide fettuccine. The name derives from the verb “pappare,” which means “to gobble up.” Mezzanine combines sun-dried tomatoes and fresh tarragon in a delicate pink sauce. Forno Bistro’s rustic, Tuscan-style food is hearty and unpretentious with sophisticated flavors rooted in tradition. Forno Bistro is part of the DZ Restaurants family that includes Chianti Ristorante, Boca Bistro and the DZ Farm. Join Chef Alysha in the kitchen, just through the doors in the northeast corner of the City Center near booth K12. (All three demonstrations are identical; please attend only one session to allow more people a chance to participate.)
Thanks to our Show Sponsors!
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PET ADOPTION CLINIC Saturday, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.
The HOPE Pet Adoption Clinic returns once again to share their lovable cats and dogs. Meet and pet the animals while you consider the rewards of pet adoption. Pre-screening and a home visit are required before you can bring your new pet home, but you can make all the arrangements at the clinic. Because HOPE does not have kennels of its own, most pets live with families until they are adopted. If you can’t commit to a pet full time, consider taking a pet into your home for interim foster care. To preview available animals and learn more about HOPE Animal Rescue, visit hopeanimalrescue.org.
K I D S ’ A C T I V I T I E S: 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.
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. saratogaTODAYnewspaper.com
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Service Above Self ROTARY’S MOTTO IN ACTION
This year’s Saratoga Home & Lifestyle Show marks the 43rd anniversary of this important fundraiser. Since 1973 the Show has made possible the significant financial gifts of the Rotary Club as well as strengthening the community spirit of Saratoga Springs. The Rotary Club expects to raise close to $100,000 from this year’s event, with proceeds to be 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... Advantage Press, AJ Signs, Allerdice Party Rent-All, 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 Springs Rotary Education Foundation (saratogaspringscholarships.org) is the 501(c)(3) charitable organization that raises funds to benefit local students.
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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 stop by the Rotary booth at the Home and Lifestyle Show for more information.
INTERNATIONAL RELIEF EFFORTS Part of Rotary’s mission is 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.
CELEBRATING SERVICE The Saratoga Springs Rotary Club named John and Joan Maxam of Saratoga Springs as its 2015 Senior Citizens of the Year. The couple was nominated by Lisa Kent, St. Clement’s Outreach Pastorial Associate. The Maxams perform administrative work for St. Clement’s Outreach and are involved in numerous other community activities. In 2015, the Rotary Club presented Dr. Robert Sofarelli (center left) with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his many years of service to the community and the club.
SARATOGA ROTARY SUPPORTS MANY CAUSES • Adirondack Girl Scouts • Babe Ruth Baseball • Boy Scouts of America – Twin Rivers Council • Caffè Lena • CAPTAIN Youth & Family Services • Children’s Museum at Saratoga • Double H Ranch • Franklin Community Center • New York State Military Museum
• Rebuilding Together • Salvation Army • 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 YMCA • Saratoga Youth Hockey • SaratogaArtsFest • Shelters of Saratoga • Wellspring • Yaddo Garden Association
ROTARY’S WORLDWIDE REACH 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.
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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/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.
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. 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.
SMELL THE ROSES!
To do our part in the fight against polio, the Saratoga Springs Rotary Club sells bouquets of beautiful, red roses during the month of May for the bargain price of $20 per dozen. We deliver “Posies for Polio” to you in June. This spring, please contact your friendly Rotary Club member or visit our website to learn more. Everyone loves fresh flowers, so buy a dozen for you and a few more dozen for your friends and family! saratogaTODAYnewspaper.com
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Racing City Realty, F5 Saratoga Today, K12 The Saratogian, J8 The Wesley Community, F8
Allerdice Tool Division, E1 Emerich Sales & Service Inc., L1, B10, C10
EXTERIOR PRODUCTS & STRUCTURAL SERVICES
As of January 29, 2016; subject to change See updated information at www.rotaryhomeshow.com
Adirondack Appliance, N5, N6 Aerus Electrolux, D3 Earl B. Feiden, L2, D10, E10
Adirondack Trust Company, N2 Ballston Spa National Bank, E4 Saratoga National Bank and Trust, H3
Adirondack Basement Systems, B2, B3 Basement Waterproofing, Inc., D4 CKH Industries, E6
Advanced Custom Modular Homes, C5 Chestwood Remodeling, G1, G2 Distinct Home Designs Inc., J7 Saratoga Construction, A1 Suburban Construction, M104
Allerdice Building Supply, M2 Capital District Supply Company, J5, J6 Curtis Lumber Co., K7, K8, K11 GNH Lumber, B9
CONSUMER & PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
Affordable Home Living Modifications, B4 Clearview Exterior Cleaning Solutions, D6 Insurance Agency Group of NY, F4 Mahoney Alarms, E8 Mosaic Wealth Strategies Group, F6
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Adirondack Overhead Door, E5 Adirondack Paving, K9 Champion Window & Patio, E2, E3 Comfort Window and Door, A3, A4 Crawford Door and Window, M4, I1, H1 Curb Appeal Enterprises, D7 Fridholm Painting & Remodeling, B7 Huff 'N Puff, C4 Jerome Roofing Siding & Insulation Inc., M1 Landon Windows & Doors, M127 LeafFilter North of Connecticut, Inc., M124 Logix Insulated Concrete Forms, J9 Northeast Seamless, B1 Northeast Spray Foam, E7 Overhead Door Company of Glens Falls, C1 Patio Enclosures (Great Day Improvements), M109, M110 Phillips Home Solutions, G7 Renewal By Anderson, F2, F3 Seamless Gutter & Supply Co., B6 Stone Industries, LLC, C6 Super GutterMan, A7
HVAC & ENERGY CONSERVATION
Aztech Geothermal, LLC, I2, I3 Enlighten Power Solutions, F1 Family Danz Heating and Cooling, I8 Green Mountain Energy Company, C7 Mohawk Heating, N3 P.C. Wood Boiler Systems, I4, I10 PosiGen Solar Solutions, M115, M116 Solar City, H4 Suburban Service Group, J2, J3 Thermal Associates, I2, I3 Viridian Energy, D1
23rd and Fourth, G6 Adirondack Hearth and Home, N4 Best Dressed Windows In Town, J12 Bio Fusion Designs, K4 Budget Blinds, F9 Capital Painting Services, D9 Classic Interiors, L3
Classic Wall Finishes, I7 Cutco Cutlery, I9 Finishing Touches, C3 Northeast Awning & Custom Closets, K5, K6 Sherwin Williams, D8 The Wood Carte, H8, H9, H10, G9, G10 Zoom Room, M123
INTERIOR FINISHES, TRIM & MILLWORK Granite & Marble Works, Inc., H2 Nhance Wood Renewal, H5 Queensbury Tile & Spa, A6
KITCHENS & BATHS
American Home and Bath, B5 American Kitchen & Bath Renewal, D2 Instant Bath Inc/Bath Fitter, K1 Kitchens by Christina and KBC Designs, F10 Re-Bath of Albany, E9 Saratoga Kitchen and Baths, A2
AFSCO Fence And Deck, K10 BDB Paving & General Contracting, G5 Brookside Nursery, A5 D&R Lawn & Landscaping/ Exit 15 N Firewood, G8 Gallivan Companies, J10, J11 Grasshopper Gardens, H6, H7 GSL Landscaping and Nursery, D5 Mandy's Spring Nursery, K2 Patio Essentials, N1 Quality Stone Works, B8 Saratoga Sod Farm Inc, G3 Toadflax Nursery, L4
Invisible Fence of Northern NY, C9 Invisible Fence of the Tri-Cities and Hudson Valley, G4 Milton Manor Pet Spa and Resort, M117 Top Dog Pet Fence, K3
Saratoga Springs Police Dept, M125, M126
Clear Water Pools, C2
Advanced Water Systems, F7 Culligan of Scotia, M3 North Country Water Systems, C8
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HELP! MY HOUSE NEEDS
New Wall Colors?
Hardwood or Carpeting? New Lighting?
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I sat down
recently with area contractor, David Steimer of Finishing Touches, for his input on some basic renovations that most (all?!) homeowners would love to have done! (Especially me... managing editor Chris!)
Follow along as he walks us through some of the most common home renovations…
These photos are for illustrative purposes only. David has a great portfolio of his own, check it out for yourself! (Prices are based on moderately priced renovations for a 1,500 sq. foot home in reasonably good condition, but as David pointed out… You should never max out your budget and not allow for “issues.”)
Let's meet David... New tub and surround, new toilet, new sink & vanity, new flooring, tiles or wainscoting on walls and lighting / ventilation.
Interview by Megin Potter
Many people say that if they hit the lottery, the first thing they’d do is quit their job. David Steimer says he’d not only keep the job he has now, but he’d do it for free!
Word-of-Mouth Matters You can’t easily find people like David Steimer. He doesn’t have a flashy online presence. If you’re lucky, you may see his van, with the name of his contracting business; Finishing Touches, drive by at the same moment that you’re thinking about putting those finishing touches to the rooms in your own home.
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More likely however, is that you heard about him through a personal recommendation. They are what has kept him in business for nearly 20 years. It’s what all the work that comes his way is based on. 24 | Saratoga Home & Lifestyle 2016
Three Season Sunroom Cathedral ceiling, insulated tongue and groove pine with 11 windows and wall to wall carpeting. This room will be comfortable most of the year... open a slider or French doors to allow heat flow and you could use this space year round.
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“People speak the world of me because of the trust factor. I want to build relationships with people,” he said. Because of that trust, when he’s on the job, people often leave their houses unlocked for him, and confidently hand over their credit card for materials purchases, he said. “I don’t need to make thousands of dollars, I would rather bless someone. If you’re good at what you do, people will always find you.”
New Front Door l is (Curb appea everything!)
Motivation Matters Whether the job you have for him is on an ice shanty or on a million dollar estate, Steimer’s price stays the same, he said. “My price doesn’t reflect who you are or where you live.” Adding on sunrooms and 3-season rooms, man caves, and updating bathrooms are popular client requests, but he’ll come in to do a job, no matter how big or small, because it’s work that he truly enjoys. He’s travelled from Maryland to Maine to do it, as well. “I don’t refuse anything. I particularly like to build things. I like to take a project and come up with a concept and design, see it unraveling and see the end result,” he said. Because gratitude energizes Steimer’s work, he thinks of it as returning a favor, and presents them with items that he hopes they will truly enjoy. For instance, on a recent project he incorporated sentimental reclaimed mid-1800’s barn wood in closet doors and a vanity instead of opting for impersonal industrial materials.
“I want to leave a little piece that’s unique and different,” he said.
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Cabinets, flooring, counter tops & back splash (everything but the appliances!)
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Mentors Matter Success is never achieved in a bubble, and Steimer is no exception. His first mentor was his father, followed up by fellow builders Bob Carr and Ralph Grasso. Steimer receives encouragement at home from his wife of 26 years, Michelle Steimer, and is still learning today from those he works with; master carpenter Rich Meliski and William Headlin, a seasoned professional, he said. Steimer adds, “We’re a very balanced, well-rounded team. We approach a problem from different angles and complement each other.”
Carpeting in 3 bedrooms, PLUS new tile in the ½ bath and all new lighting fixtures.
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Another important partnership influencing Steimer is his relationship with God. “I’ve always had enough work, through the grace and mercy of God. It’s kind-of neat how God uses me sometimes,” he said. The pastors at Saratoga Abundant Life Church, first Pastor Joe Galarneau, and after his retirement, Pastor Glenn Dionne spent time discussing with him some of the more biblical aspects of the business.
Morality Matters “I’ve always known honesty is the best policy,” said Steimer. He strives to be up front with people and offers free estimates. He consults with others and does his homework at the lumber yard, and then takes his time to make sure the job is done right the first time. “I wouldn’t go cheap on anything. I aim for longevity without spending bundles of money. If you go cheap it’s just going to deteriorate. I give people peace of mind. I want them to know they got the most work and best products for the amount they spent.”
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All New Windows
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Planning a RENOVATION...
Have you ever wanted to update your kitchen or bath, or maybe…
EVERY ROOM IN YOUR HOUSE? Some of the biggest concerns homeowners struggle with are… • Costs and who to hire first? • Do I need a contractor, designer and / or architect? • What’s our style? My spouse and I different in what we like. • Where do we start? 30 | Saratoga Home & Lifestyle 2016
The questions are endless… Can you feel the anxiety that sets in BEFORE the project even gets off the ground? HELP! As an interior designer, I am privileged to assist my clients in updating or building their dream home. Understanding that this process is a once in a lifetime opportunity for most, it is essential to create a memorable journey during the planning, selection, and yes, even sometimes the stressful construction process. Here are a few tips for working with and understanding the value of hiring an interior designer on your next project.
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• Discuss your thoughts on budget while keeping an open mind on the reality check a designer can bring to the table. Having an honest discussion on costs can eliminate a lot of frustration as the selection process gets under way. It’s the experience a designer has to offer that is priceless. Knowing where to compromise to get the most from any budget is key. • Be sure all parties who will have a say in the decision making process are present at the planning meetings. Preparing a list of concerns and desires for your project and the things you do not want to compromise on will give your designer a baseline to work with. Even if you feel your spouse has opposing opinions, this is where your designer can find a middle ground to be sure everyone is happy with the final outcome. • Have a plan in hand before you try to build a room around a faucet. Sounds funny but it happens all the time. I always recommend to my clients that they utilize sites like Houzz. com or Pinterest to get some ideas. Absolutely share these with your designer, even if you don’t know why you like the photos, they will see the continuity and draw your ideas out. From there, your designer can navigate the process of defining your project and making recommendations to increase functionality as well as create a home you’ll love for years to come. Note, however, in a renovation project, if load bearing walls are to be changed or removed, it’s time to call an architect! For new construction, it’s helpful to involve a designer from the beginning as they can work hand-inhand with your architect/builder to ensure all your favorite possessions will have a place to call home. • Now it’s time to make those ever nerve-racking selections. Stay calm knowing you have a professional guiding you. It is always tempting to “go look” at all the options but what really happens is most people become overwhelmed by all that is out there. You can trust your designer to help you focus on the overall project and keep you moving smoothly in one direction.
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• Communication between your designer and contractor/builder is of utmost importance. After all the work you have done to make these choices, it is imperative that your contractor/ builder acquires this information on a timely basis. Maintaining the construction time frame set forth by your contractor or builder ultimately saves you money!
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• Remember, your interior designer is a liaison in the construction process. There are a lot of moving parts while your home is being remodeled or built. Occasionally that beautiful tile will be stuck on the waters of the Atlantic Ocean or your Brazilian granite breaks during installation and action needs to happen… and quickly! Without a need for panic, your designer is ready to bring your project back on track. They are connected to all the various vendors and suppliers and work more effectively to create solutions than you would be able to on your own.
Can you feel the stress falling away? Don’t run from that project you have wanted to undertake. Rather, seek the assistance of an interior designer throughout the entire process. You will find it was the best investment you ever made!
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COLLEEN COLEMAN, AKBD Owner/ Interior Designer CMC Design Studio LLC
“Creating Environments for Life” Colleen specializes in new construction and renovation projects for the residential market while focusing her attention on custom cabinetry. In order to provide clients with a truly unique experience, Colleen presents her design ideas in a 3D format, allowing clients to “walk through” their new space before making final decisions.
Awards & Recognitions: • Triple Award Winner of the 2015 NY Tri-State NKBA Design Competition • Best of Houzz 2016 • Associate Kitchen & Bath Designer (AKBD) Certified by National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) • V.P. of Academic Relations for the National Kitchen & Bath Association NY Tri-State Chapter 6 Franklin Sq., Saratoga Springs NY 12866 518-312-3443 firstname.lastname@example.org
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he holidays are over and most of us have packed away the trimmings and festive decorations for another year. Now that our homes are back to normal, many of us may be thinking that it’s time to spruce up our interior décor, or maybe even do a complete design makeover. That rustic farmhouse-style kitchen that you just had to have may be starting to look too rustic to you now. Or perhaps that retro shaggy white accent rug is beginning to look a little too shabby!
Don’t panic. There’s no need to scrap everything and start all over. Of course, if you can afford to… that’s great too! Either way you need to go, we have the team for you… Janet Longe and Jamie Davies are a mother/daughter team and owners of 23rd and Fourth, a design studio and lifestyle retail boutique. They are experts at identifying the hottest trends and translating them into furniture, accessories and accents to fit your own particular style and add new flair and fashion to your home, while staying true to your own tastes. Celebrating their fourth year in business at One Franklin Square, they are also experts in designing home décor from top to bottom.
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We’re seeing a move away from the standard stainless steel toward brass and golds, particularly rose golds.
Another big trend is toward an eclectic mix of styles, materials, and accent finishes. Janet just returned from the annual Home and Gift Show in Dallas, where she always finds so many “one of a kind” pieces for their studio. At this year’s show, she saw a 38 | Saratoga Home & Lifestyle 2016
So, what’s hot in home design and décor for 2016? “One of the biggest trends this year is the change in metal finishes,” says Janet. “We’re seeing a move away from the standard stainless steel toward brass and golds, particularly rose golds.” Janet is quick to note that design always follows fashion and, just as rose gold is hugely popular right now in jewelry, we can expect to see a lot of it in fixtures, faucets, and accent finishes. She also notes that brushed finishes in copper, brass, and gold are getting a lot of attention.
lot of contemporary touches on furnishings, like acrylic legs on upholstered chairs and as table bases. Jamie likes to refer to this combining of materials and styles as “blendy trendy” and notes that these pieces are a great way to integrate the modern with the more traditional styles that are typical of the Saratoga architecture and decor. And speaking of blending, remember that farmhouse table we talked about? Instead of using it for kindling, the “blending” trend works here as well. Pairing natural elements with chic glamour accents, referred to in the world of design as “opposing style,” continues to be a hot trend. Janet and Jamie recently hung a “glam” chandelier above a rustic table to create a whole new look and feel for their client’s living space.
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Trendy golds seen in this coffee table
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Combining weave patterns with florals can add dimension and contrast to walls and fabrics.
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Artisanal designs, fabrics, and textiles are another big trend for 2016. For instance, the combination of fine linen with a rugged wool in soothing tones and shades adds dimension, texture and sophistication to a window treatment or accent piece, notes Janet. The same trend holds true for floor treatments. Earthy, tribal motifs in natural and organic rugs can add another dimensional layer to a room, giving new life to a sofa or accent table. Walls also play a huge role in the overall design scheme of your space. “We are seeing a return to floral wallpapers in softer, more fluid patterns and shades,” says Janet. Again, as in window treatments, furniture, and flooring, the juxtaposition of patterns and textures creates a whole new look. Combining weave patterns with florals can add dimension and contrast to walls and fabrics. And, if the thought of wallpaper scares you, take another look. “These are not your grandmother’s wallpapers,” jokes Janet. When it comes to the color palette, pinks and mauves are making a comeback. Soft pinks in particular are popular, in part because they tend to go well with darker, bolder colors being used on walls and in furniture. Of course, the ongoing trend of creating beautiful and functional living spaces outdoors is as hot as ever. “Outdoor furniture and fabrics have come a long way,” says Janet. While the weather in this part of the country presents some challenges to creating outdoor living spaces, there is so much more to choose from than ever before. Fabrics that look like
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they have no business being outside are commonplace and available in a vast array of colors, patterns and styles. The same is true for outdoor rugs. And Jamie notes that the growing number of fabric designers makes it easier to turn an outdoor space into a beautiful and functional extension of your home.
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Regardless of trends, what doesn’t go out of style is the interior designer’s ability to guide clients in the design process without inflicting her own personal tastes and desires onto them. At 23rd and Fourth, this is an integral part of Janet and Jamie’s working style. While the motherdaughter team proudly refer to themselves as honest, open, and direct, they are not what they like to call “prima donna designers.”
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By guiding rather than directing clients, we end up with very happy outcomes
“We think our open approach makes people comfortable when working with us,” says Jamie. “By guiding rather than directing clients, we end up with very happy outcomes.”
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Adirondack Have you ever dreamed of being nestled in the warmth of a true Adirondack Cabin? Where you sink into the furniture and just feel the stress of the work week melt away?
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The time is now to start building the ...
Shake off that winter chill and slide into a warm water abyss created by the experts at Concord Pools & Spas. Resort-style outdoor living can be achieved with the Capital Region’s largest in-ground swimming pool builder. In their 43 years in operation, Concord Pools has installed more than 10,000 pools in the Capital Region. Concord Pools has installed pool as far south as Kingston, as well as in Massachusetts and Vermont. From the simplest to the most complex designs, Concord Pools works to make 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. Concord Pools does a lot more than install amazing pools. They do the designing, building and servicing of spas and saunas, outdoor renovations, safety covers, pool openings and closings. They will help you create an entire outdoor entertainment environment. An integrated design approach incorporates custom water features, landscaped slides, custom stairs and benches around deluxe outdoor kitchens, fireplaces, and outdoor living rooms to create your own unique personal backyard oasis. Behind the fantasy is the strength of an innovative and 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 construction techniques for 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. 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 and were voted a lifetime member of the AQUA 100 Hall of Fame by AQUA Magazine. Concord Pool’s 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 the Latham International Dealer Advisory
Board, the largest manufacturer of inground swimming pool components in North America. Concord Pools is the pool builder with the proven track record that can transform a backyard into a place where magic happens. 156 Sparrowbush Road, Latham 136 South Broadway, Saratoga Springs 518.783.8976 www.concordpools.com 518.587.4949
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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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Low Cost Retirement Living Banking On The Sun For
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small, passive-solar home brings retirement security to a Greenfield couple.
The golden years are supposed to be a time of stress-free living, but for many, the ever escalating cost of living within a fixed income can be make retirement not so golden after all. The big family home becomes a burden, with the maintenance and utility costs putting a squeeze on both budget and personal time. The big buzzword for many in this dilemma is “downsize.” A smaller house, smaller bills, and a more manageable living space are what many people seek.
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When that downsizing notion came to Tom and Lina Sprung of Greenfield, the sudden sale of the property next door was the call to action. Their current house would be tough to leave however. Designed by Bruce Brownell of Adirondack Alternate Energy of Edinburg, it was a passive solar home that the couple loved. “It was the most comfortable house we have ever lived in, but it was too much house” commented Lina. “So when we were looking to build a smaller home on the adjacent property, I said to Tom, let’s get ahold of Bruce again.”
Adirondack Alternate Energy (AAE) has been building passive solar homes in the Northeast for over 30 years. Over that time, AAE homes have developed an almost cult-like status. Their super energy efficient design and unique air distribution method combine to make a living environment that is very human friendly. So it’s no wonder that the Sprungs, having experienced the AAE lifestyle, would want it to continue, albeit in a more compact footprint
Smaller IS Better The 1,584 square foot design is compact, makes efficient use of space, and was economical to build. While the design is small, it makes good use of available space with generous glazing and a high ceiling over a portion of the living and dining area to provide a feeling of spaciousness. This AAE home has its main entrance on the north porch. A coat closet and utility space with stacked washer/dryer are adjacent to the entrance. A common space on the first floor provides a livingfamily area, dining, kitchen, and access to a bathroom, and first floor bedroom. Two more bedrooms are up a flight of stairs; the large windows in the hall bathe the space in light. Should there be a mobility issue in the future, the couple can make the first floor bedroom the master, and all of the needs for the 56 | Saratoga Home & Lifestyle 2016
couple are accommodated living on one floor. The wraparound porch is accessible from the living space and is a favorite place where the Sprungs love to just hang out and watch the wildlife play in the fields below.
Capture and Keep the Heat Key to the passive solar design is the capture of heat from the sun. The entire home is wrapped in a super insulated envelope so that any heat that comes in, stays in. The southeast orientation takes advantage of the morning sun penetrating the ample glazing, which optimizes heat gain in the winter. The high angle of the summer sun deflects off the glazing, keeping the interior cool. Unique to the AAE design is the heat battery within a concrete slab below the floor. Air from the peak of the house is drawn down a central air shaft by a fan, sending it into multiple tubes within the slab to be distributed throughout the home. The heat within the tubing transfers to the surrounding concrete, acting as a storage battery for nighttime withdrawal and for when the sun is not shining. So effective is this heat capture and storage method, AAE homes will not freeze in the event of a power outage. This heat battery also works to cool the home in the summer; heat from within the home is captured and dumped into the concrete. Additional heating and cooling support is provided by a ground-sourced heat pump to optimize the comfort levels in any season. “We can set the house temperature to any degree we want,” says Tom, “and once the desired temperature is reached, the system holds that temperature with very little energy input.” The Sprung home was part of a detailed monitoring analysis that AAE performed from July 2007-August 2010. The collected energy usage and space conditions data clearly showed that the Sprung house is very efficient and has low energy demand. Total electric cost for 2010 was $1,433, of which only $329 was used for heating and cooling.
Comfort level AAE homes are known for their comfort. The combination of the super insulated envelope and even air distribution eliminates cold spots within the home. And because there is no “furnace,” humidity levels are optimized at about 55%, which is perfect for human comfort. Lina comments: “In the wintertime there is no dry air. We don’t have the problems with sinuses here like we do in other places.” Perhaps the greatest comfort is knowing that heating bills are a thing of the past. The sun never sends a bill!
Annual Monitored, NYSERDA 2010, Electric Costs @ 0.13/Kwh = $1433.00 or which $329.00 was used for heating & cooling for 2 people
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For more information about Adirondack Alternate Energy, go to www.aaePassiveSolar.com or call 518-863-4338
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Local couple moves from a place on the lake to make a place on Lake Avenue.
ocal builder Lou Galarneau and his wife Denise had what many would consider the perfect home in a dream location. As a builder of fine homes, Lou built his personal home overlooking Saratoga Lake with all the bells and whistles. A showcase of high end living with a beautiful lake view, the Galarneaus had it all! But Lou Galarneau is a restless man – he is continually seeking the cutting edge in home design and locales to build dream homes for his clients. The locale of choice, it seemed, was right in front of him every day. A reoccurring request from clients was to have a home within the inner district of Saratoga Springs. The walkability, the access to parks and shops, the modern urban lifestyle is trending big in Saratoga Springs. And Lou’s daily commute from Saratoga Lake to his office on Maple Avenue took him right through the center of it all. On these daily commutes, Lou was particularly enthralled by the diverse architecture within the neighborhoods of Saratoga Springs. While Saratoga Springs is well known for its Victorian architecture, it was the early 20th century styles that intrigued him the most. Perhaps it was his memory of growing up in Schenectady, where the multi-story Craftsman style homes are prominent. Then there was the lot. A vacant lot next door to the old armory on Lake Avenue (which now houses the Saratoga Military Museum) was up for sale. Lou thought of it first as a great site for a client, but the discussions with his wife Denise about relocating to the city core would finally motivate the couple to “get it while you can.” As the saying goes… “When opportunity knocks, answer the door” …and they did! It would prove to be the best decision they had ever made.
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With the lot acquired, Lou set about designing their new home. The fall-away sloped lot was awkward for a home-site, but Lou saw it as an opportunity to go vertical, in a style that would be similar to the other homes on Lake Avenue. Lou also saw an opportunity to build this home as a place that would allow him and Denise to live comfortably well into their golden years without impediments, should there be mobility issues that may arise as they age. The phrase “Aging in Place” refers to just that – having a home design that can accommodate the senior lifestyle changes.
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A City to Live In True to its intent, the new Galarneau home sits proudly on the Avenue, blending in with its neighbors as if it has been there for years. The Galarneaus traded their lake view for a city view. The broad front porch, complete with porch swing, is but a mere twenty feet from the sidewalk. This is a favorite place for the couple to hang out in the summertime. The pedestrian traffic from their perch on the porch is brisk in the prime time of summer. “We’ve had so many great conversations with the passersby,”
exclaimed Lou. From the doorstep, Broadway is just three blocks away. Four Seasons Natural Foods is practically in their backyard. “We hardly drive at all now,” Lou explains. “We’ve always loved Saratoga Springs, but living downtown has given us a whole new appreciation for it.”
Back to the Future While the Galarneau’s new pad may look like an early 20th century abode, inside it has the cutting edge design that Galarneau Builders are famous for. Broad hallways provide
a feeling of spaciousness, and can readily accommodate a wheelchair or scooter if the need for one comes into their life. The main living area on the first floor spans the entire width of the house, encompassing the kitchen, dining and family room without walls. A broad walnut countertop slab separates the family room from the working area of the kitchen; bar stools on one side allow guests to engage with the cooking activity on the other. “This is what people are looking for,” explains Lou, pointing out the open space layout. The kitchen and living space integrate rather than separate. He touches a key pad on the side of the countertop and the lighting changes from bright to a soft, warm glow. “We can change the lighting to whatever mood we want to create, explains Lou. The entire house is rigged with high tech enhancements; ring the doorbell and a camera activates, turning on the wide screen TV in the main living area to show who’s at the door. Music can be piped into any of the rooms, even the outdoor patio and deck. All changes can be made from a smartphone app. Perhaps the most impressive enhancement to this home may well prove to be its most essential element – the elevator. From the garage at ground level to the attic loft, there are four floors. That is a lot of stairs to climb. Because of the vertical nature of this home, the installation of an elevator was a no-brainer, according to Lou. The ability to move items between floors is a whole lot easier with the elevator. And if there ever comes a time where one of them becomes disabled for whatever reason, the elevator will allow the couple to remain independent within their own home. “We are starting to get more calls for these,” says Lou. “It’s a $30,000 add-on to a build, but the peace of mind it gives is priceless.”
Comfort and Quiet Across the street from the Galarneau home is the City Firehouse. Two blocks south is Caroline Street, Saratoga Springs’ infamous home of
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rowdy night life. Sounds like a noisy place to be, right? Well, Lou took that all into consideration in the design, and incorporated a layer of sound deadening sheetrock along with spray foam insulation and triple glazed windows. He points to the military tank parked next door, saying “they could shoot that gun off and we’d barely notice it.” The spray foam insulation also makes the house very energy efficient. Two HVAC systems keep the house at optimum comfort with minimal cost. There is even a radiant heated floor in the master suite, making late night barefoot bathroom breaks comfortable. The same radiant heat also gets piped under the outdoor walkways, eliminating potential slips and slides. Within the HVAC system is an automated steam generator which optimizes humidity levels within the home. All the air circulating through the system passes through an ultraviolet sanitizer, which eliminates any odors and pathogens that happen to be in the air.
Fun, Fitness and Family The greatest joy for the Galarneaus is having a place for their family to come and enjoy each other. Their son Josh and two daughters, Tara and Heather, and three grandchildren come to visit often, so the 3 extra bedrooms on the second floor can accommodate the whole gang. The ground floor has a playroom for the kids including a home theater, and one for the adults too – with exercise equipment and sauna. A sauna may seem like a luxury, but health experts suggest that sauna therapy is important to help detoxify the body. And as we get older, the buildup of toxins can create a host of other problems. Lou’s brilliant planning for the future, is evident again with the sauna and exercise room. And of course, the open floor plan of the main living area keeps the family
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together, sharing, laughing and loving. Yet to be finished is the 4th floor – accessible by the elevator only. Lou and Denise have plans for this space to be a game room, with pool table, bar and other amenities to entertain young and old. A peak out the windows yields a commanding view of downtown Saratoga Springs.
As a builder of fine homes, Lou Galarneau needs to keep abreast of the latest trends. His new home is a proving ground for the creature comforts that any client may desire. He can gain firsthand knowledge of the cutting edge technology and design characteristics to help him better advise clients as to what will best suit their needs. But on a more personal level, Lou and Denise have a place that will suit THEIR needs, no matter what circumstances may come their way. If, God forbid, a disability were to come to either of them, they know that they can handle it – at home, where they want to be. Not only are they able to age in place, they can age with grace!
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Aging in Place An emerging trend in home design is what’s being called “Aging in Place.” Simply put, aging in place means that one can stay in the home for life, even if a disability or other life altering event were to occur. “The house won’t kick you out,” according to local design consultant, Liz Kormos. Most homes are built with an elevation off of ground level, requiring a set of stairs to get into, and out of the house. No big deal for the able-bodied, but if one were to suddenly (or gradually) end up in a wheel chair, those stairs become a formidable impediment. Either big alterations will be needed, or worse, an outright sale and relocation to a barrier-free home, often at great cost and heart-break. “We use the term ‘universal design,’” say Ms. Kormos. It’s a design that considers life’s ups and downs, and how to accommodate them. The elimination of walls to create an open floor plan is common in universal design. Gone are the separated kitchen, dining room and living room. All come together as one large common area for a more fluid movement of people and placement of furniture. Multi generational living is also a common driver of universal design. Elements such as a second living area with a small kitchen in another part of the house (aka in-law apartment) allow accommodation for a family member or even a boarder moving in. Kormos suggests that Universal Design is good for everyone. Wider doors and hallways; lever door handles, touch pad switch plates – these elements are not just good for folks with handicaps, it turns out we all appreciate the spaciousness, convenience, and functionality these things provide. And while some of these upgrades will add to the cost of a home, it can be well worth it, according to Kormos. “When we look at the story of our lives, nothing is static,” she explains. “We can never predict what may happen, so designing a home to consider the ‘what if ’ will bring peace of mind if and when ‘what’ happens.” It’s a more sustainable way to look at our lifestyles, and making where we live work better for us. And if “what if ” never happens, the elements of the Universal Design are there serving us anyway, so we win either way!
Got an Aging in Place question for Liz? Call 518-466-8904 For more information about Galarneau Builders, go to GalarneauBuilders.com
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