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2024 Home Improvement

Start the new year with resolve in tackling needed home repairs and upgrades. With these savvy solutions from Westchester’s home pros, you’ll knock out your home improvement wish list in no time!

Ai Bo GalleryCalifornia ClosetsConsolidated Plumbing SupplyCountry WillowCounty ComfortFrank Webb HomeLa Maison Supreme Ltd.Henry B. Whitaker Garage DoorsPalisades FuelWilliams Lumber & Home Centers

Elevate your home with art: Ai Bo Gallery

Challenge: I moved into a new house and I want to brighten up my living room with art. How can I pick the right piece to elevate the atmosphere?

Solution: Choosing the right art piece can significantly enhance the ambiance of your living room and brighten up your new space. Think about your personal style and your home’s overall décor, whether it’s modern, traditional, eclectic, or minimalist. Choose artwork that includes colors that match or complement your living room’s existing palette. A bold and vibrant piece adds a pop of color to a room with neutral tones. Consider the size of your wall and furniture — a large piece makes a bold statement, while a gallery wall of smaller pieces can create visual interest. What mood do you want to convey? Selecting artwork that has personal meaning or resonates with you and your desired atmosphere is important, whether it’s a piece that reminds you of a special moment or simply brings you joy. Lastly, set a budget. There are options for every budget, from original paintings to prints and more affordable alternatives. Take your time exploring local art markets, galleries, and online planforms until you find the perfect piece that brings joy and personality to your new home.

Ai Bo Gallery
11 Purdy Ave
Rye
914.263.7500
www.AiBoGallery.com

Storage solved: California Closets

Challenge: I have limited space throughout my home. How can I maximize my storage options?

Solution: Working with the experienced design professionals at California Closets will help you get the most out of your home. No space is to too small or too large to customize. Whether a simple laundry room or a huge walk-in dressing room, California Closets offers custom organizational solutions throughout the entire home. Designing your dream home should be fun and exciting, not stressful and time-consuming, which is why our experts will work with you from start to finish. The first step is a complimentary in-home design consultation where your design consultant will ask you about your needs, ideas, and preferences. They will measure your space and take inventory so they can tailor your organizational solution to meet your requirements, aesthetics, and budget. Next, they will create a 3D model of your project, so you can see your custom-designed solution come to life. Once your design is complete, each system component is crafted for you at our local manufacturing center and then expertly installed in your home. Through highly personalized and collaborative design, we enrich your interior life by making space for what belongs.

PHOTO CREDIT: Stefan Radtke

California Closets
Westchester: 16 Saw Mill River Rd, Hawthorne
Rockland & Hudson Valley: 83 S Main St, New City
914.592.1001
www.californiaclosets.com
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From blah to spa: Consolidated Plumbing Supply

Challenge: We’re thinking of taking on a bathroom renovation. Do you have any advice?

Solution: It’s important to be aware of your motivation. When most people come to us, they are focused on a space that lacks allure. They envision a room that attracts your eye and grabs your attention. Some are motivated by necessity, others by excitement. Any vision can be created if there’s dedication and persistence behind it. The plumbing world is no different. For example, a bathroom starts with a simple piece of tile and a faucet handle to turn the water on. The dream is created with elegant colors, carefully crafted cabinetry, and the staff to support your imagination.

Consolidated Plumbing Supply
121 Stevens Ave
Mount Vernon
914.668.3124
www.consolidatedplumbingsupply.com

Finding fine furnishings that fit: Country Willow

Challenge: I’m thinking of taking advantage of a good deal I found online for a sectional sofa. Is this a good idea? 

Solution: While it’s very tempting to take advantage of the convenience and favorable pricing you may sometimes find on the Internet, making substantial furniture purchases can be tricky. It’s fine to use an online resource to get decorating ideas, but you want to make sure you’re investing in the furniture pieces that are the best for your home and specific space. Buying your sectional at a brick and mortar store like Country Willow, allows you to actually see the furniture piece, touch it, experience it, and understand the customized options before purchasing. Our complimentary design services can help you determine whether the sectional will fit comfortably in your designated space and fit well with your home’s décor. And remember, if your online purchase is not a good fit, returning it will be more complicated than returning a piece of clothing.

Michael Leibowitz, CEO
Country Willow
230 Rte 117 By Pass Rd
Bedford Hills
914.241.7000
www.countrywillow.com

Improving your home’s energy efficiency: County Comfort

Challenge: I would love to improve the energy efficiency and reduce the carbon footprint of my home, but I don’t know where to start. Do you have any suggestions?

Solution: County Comfort Home Solutions means many things for homeowners. Our 1-2-3 punch is a combination of services that are aimed at forward-thinking homeowners who want to improve efficiency, reduce carbon footprint, and produce more energy than you use.

  1. Insulate and air seal your home, locking in your thermal boundaries.
  2. Electrify your heat and AC by converting from fossil fuels to heat pump technology.
  3. Solarize to produce enough energy to offset your annual electrical usage, while eliminating the cost of heating your home.

We also provide free rebate and tax incentive guidance, that can reduce the cost of improvements by up to 50%. Call 914.COMFORT and make an appointment to visit one of our local showroom and rebate education centers.

County Comfort
265 US-6
Mahopac
914.COMFORT
www.countycomfort.com

Benefits of visiting showrooms: Frank Webb Home

Challenge: We’re considering renovating our master bathroom to make it more spa-like. Is there any benefit to visiting showrooms before we start?

Solution: Whether you’re replacing a single fixture, remodeling a bathroom, or building a new home, spending some time browsing through showrooms can help spark ideas as well as help clarify your preferences. Frank Webb Home’s luxury bath, kitchen, and lighting showrooms are here to help. Our showrooms offer classic styles and the latest trends in settings that help you envision the fixtures in your own home. Unique working displays allow you to experience how water is delivered from dozens of faucets and showerheads, providing an easy way to compare products and make your selections with confidence. Homeowners and design professionals rely on Frank Webb Home for a wide selection of the industry’s finest products. Our friendly, expert consultants will help provide you with inspiration and guidance from the start of your project down to the very last detail. Visit frankwebb.com for more information on our 48 showrooms.

Frank Webb Home
600 Corporate Blvd
Newburgh
845.567.3803
www.frankwebb.com

Enriching your home with timeless elegance: La Maison Supreme Ltd.

Challenge: I’d like to integrate timeless elegance into my home, but have no clue where or how to find the right pieces. Any suggestions?

Solution: Step into a world of timeless elegance at La Maison Supreme Ltd., nestled at 21 North Broadway in Tarrytown since November 2022. This enchanting store brings a taste of French grace to the picturesque Rivertowns of Westchester. As you cross the threshold, bask in the gentle radiance of chandeliers and the welcoming embrace of inviting furnishings and treasures. Our carefully curated collection, featuring French, English, Italian, and American antiques, seamlessly harmonizes with our exquisite antique crystal, china, and silver, infusing your home with undeniable sophistication. Visit us and allow yourself to escape to the enchantment of Paris, if only for an afternoon. Your journey into elegance awaits.

La Maison Supreme Ltd.
21 North Broadway
Tarrytown
914.372.7036
www.lamaisonsupreme.com

Maximize comfort: Henry B. Whitaker Garage Doors

Challenge: The bedroom and bathroom above our garage door are so cold during the winter and sweltering during the summer. What can I do?

Solution: Believe it or not, the best way to solve this problem is to install an insulated garage door. Not only will an insulated garage door keep you comfortable, but it can also help you save on energy costs. When the garage door isn’t insulated, warm air is allowed to escape in winter and isn’t prevented from coming in during the summer. Unlike the past, when garage doors were an afterthought, they’re now getting the attention of a front door that can make the look of your home more aesthetically appealing. We customize garage doors for each home and homeowner. Our large variety of doors ensures something for everyone — choices that fit every style and every budget.

Casarra Cover, Owner
Henry B. Whitaker Garage Doors
5 Fallsview Lane
Brewster
914.962.9873
www.whitakergaragedoors.com

Keeping your home oil tank primed and ready: Palisades Fuel

Challenge: I’m not sure how often to monitor my oil tank. How do I know when to call for fuel delivery?

Solution: The number one thing you want to avoid as a homeowner is allowing your oil tank to run low. This can lead to heating system malfunctions, frozen pipes, and other issues. Rather than worrying about your oil tank, consider signing up for Automatic fuel delivery. Automatic fuel delivery offers convenience and peace of mind by ensuring consistent fuel supply without the hassle of ordering refills. Additionally, when you sign up for Automatic fuel delivery with Palisades Fuel you can gain access to a Platinum Service Agreement that provides emergency response 24/7 during the harsh winter months.

Palisades Fuel
68 S Highland Ave
Ossining
914.945.0645
www.palisadesfuel.com

Selecting best projects to tackle during winter: Williams Lumber & Home Centers

Challenge: What is a good home improvement project to tackle during the winter timeframe?

Solution: If you¹re looking for a quick refresh, nothing beats a new coat of paint. The peaceful, blue-green hue of Aegean Teal featured is Benjamin Moore’s 2021 color of the year. “While beautiful, venturing into bold, saturated colors like Aegean Teal can be an intimidating step,” says Kim Williams, Vice President of Retail Operations at Williams Lumber & Home Centers. As an authorized retailer of Benjamin Moore, Williams paint associates are trained to assist customers on how to seamlessly incorporate bold paint color into their homes. “To stay close to home this season, I recommend downloading the Benjamin Moore’s Color Portfolio app. There you can test and select paint color, order online, and pick up at our closest location.” 

Williams Lumber & Home Centers
6760 Rte 9
Rhinebeck
Locations: Rhinebeck, Hudson, Hopewell Junction, Tannersville, Red Hook, Pleasant Valley, High Falls
845.876.WOOD (9663)
www.williamslumber.com

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