Don't let the cold stop you from tackling your home renovation or home improvement projects; bring your creativity indoors.


If you’re suffering from a touch of the post-holiday blahs now that the uplifting holiday festivities are behind you, consider carving out time to dive into those long-overdue home improvement projects and finally cross them off your to-do list. Yes, there may be hard work involved, but there’s something worthwhile to look forward to after the projects are completed — upgrades to enjoy and share with guests, not to mention the thrill and pride of a significant accomplishment. Following the helpful advice of Hudson Valley home pros can make the projects go smoother and with much less hassle. Not a bad way to start your new year. And, before you know it, you’ll be happily throwing your first dinner party of 2018!


Q. What is important to consider when renovating a kitchen?

A. Kitchens are as unique as the people dreaming them. From cabinets to islands to counter materials, the finished product is as good as the team that helps create the new look. Builders First Source is the nation’s largest supplier of building materials. The kitchen group is the largest distributor of kitchen cabinets to the professional builder in the Hudson Valley. Builders First Source supplies cabinetry, countertops, and more to builders and remodelers. They provide an excellent staff, better products, and better pricing than the competition and are committed to offering the highest level of customer satisfaction in the industry.

Builders First Source
87 Wisner Ave 
Middletown and other locations 


Q. What new kitchen trends are you expecting in the new year?

A. Today’s homeowners are looking for the most functional kitchens possible — kitchens that will make their lives easier by keeping essential items close at hand and saving steps between cooking and prep areas. As long-time partners with the design community, Sub-Zero and Wolf build their products not only for long-term performance and beauty, but also to satisfy this latest consumer desire — offering countless features that make for greater efficiency (and satisfaction) in the kitchen. Contact the dealer nearest you for details on the Grand Kitchen Promotion: a $1,000 rebate with the purchase of a Sub-Zero and Wolf qualifying appliance package:

Sub-Zero and Wolf


Q. What’s new in the plumbing industry?

A. American Standard has resolved the age-old argument of who will clean the toilet… nobody ever wants that job. American Standard has introduced the ActiClean toilet, a self-cleaning toilet! Cleaning is now as easy as the push of a button. The Quick Clean Cycle takes two minutes and the Deep Clean is a 10-minute cycle. Additional features include Vormax flushing technology, a powerful flush using only 1.28 gallons of water; EverClean® surface, which inhibits the growth of bacteria, mold and mildew; and a child-safety lock option. Now you can throw away your brush, rubber gloves, and harsh chemicals!

N&S Supply
Fishkill, Brewster, Kingston, Catskill, Hudson, Danbury showroom locations


Q. Why should I use propane?

A. Propane is efficient, clean-burning, and environmentally superior to most other fuel sources. It’s also highly versatile. With the right planning, a single tank can warm your home, supply indoor and outdoor cooking, and heat your pool or hot-tub. And unlike oil, propane tanks can be reliably buried underground without worrying about hazardous leaks. So, when planning any redesign, inside or out, propane offers a great single-system way to serve multiple needs. 

First Fuel & Propane
1840 Rte 9H 


Q. What are you noticing in lighting trends?

A. Lighting has become an important component in kitchen and bath designs. With the constant growth in the availability of LED lighting options, we have seen a trend among designers incorporating LED lighting into their designs. No longer only available for general lighting applications, such as recessed lighting, the choice for pendants, sconces, and chandeliers is ever evolving. This has allowed these designs to not only be functional, but also creative and fun.

Frank Webb Home
600 Corporate Blvd


Q. What is the best way to add color to the winter doldrums?

A. The winter months are a great time to tackle indoor home improvement projects!  Painting is one of the best projects to tackle since it’s Do-It-Yourself, affordable, and with today’s low-odor water-based paints, you won’t have to suffer through those awful fumes!  For your winter painting project, use Benjamin Moore Natura, which is now certified asthma and allergy friendly. You’ll be thrilled with the durable, washable results and keep the winter blues away . . . unless that’s the color you choose to paint the room!

Williams Lumber & Home Centers
6760 Route 9



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