Tag Archives: remodel

Nothing about a kitchen renovation is exactly quick. Planning takes time. Selecting products thoughtfully takes time. Assembling and checking the order takes time, and is as essential as hiring the contractor. Interviews need to be scheduled, contracts reviewed and a project plan created.

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We were so honored when Dennis Wedlick of Dennis Wedlick Architects of Hudson, NY and New York City asked us to participate in a project that he was passionate about. He was going to partner with Bill Stratton Building Company of Chatham, NY and Sciame Developers to build a PASSIVE house. This house would reduce its dependence on fossil fuels, have a near zero carbon footprint, heat and cool itself passively and use a fraction of energy without sacrificing an ounce of comfort, style or good design.

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My friend, Joseph Polar, is a serial re-modeler.  He and his partner John have a wonderful old house in upstate New York built in 1840 with an 1892 addition. Clearly its orientation is “country house” but the decoration has evolved into an updated, fresh, and casual style great for 21st century living.  He and John spent many weekends (or is it years?) turning an ugly duckling into an incredibly smart weekend retreat for themselves and their rescue dog, Theo.