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Make the Most of Your Outdoor Space

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Is your home’s outdoor space the amazing private paradise you’ve been imagining? From pools to plantings, let Westchester’s home pros help you move your space from dream to reality.

Attract buyers with outdoor amenities: Compass Real Estate 


The world has changed in the past couple of years, and so have buyers’ preferences. People are spending more time in their homes and when buyers are looking for a new home, the outdoor space is more important than ever. Beautiful yards that are peaceful and private are in high demand, and the more amenities the better. Pools are at the top the list of must-haves, as well as built-in kitchens and grills, stone terraces, large decks, tennis courts, hot tubs, and sprawling lawns.

Julie Schneider
Compass Real Estate
387 Main St

Make your pool as unique as you: Coral Sea Pools

coral sea pools

Coral Sea Pools is celebrating 40 years of designing and building custom in-ground gunite pools and spas for discerning clients. The company, named Best of Westchester for seven consecutive years, creates exclusive and enticing pools — large and small, rectangular, and free form. In addition to managing each phase of design and construction, Coral Sea Pools specializes in the opening, closing, and weekly maintenance of the pools they construct, so all you have to do is look forward to the warm weather and decide what swimsuit to wear. Best of all, the shape of your pool and its features can be customized to reflect your tastes, so it’s just as unique as you.

Coral Sea Pools
518A N State Rd
Briarcliff Manor

Make an impression that sells: Douglas Elliman Real Estate

Douglas Elliman

When it’s time to sell, you can’t go wrong following the advice of Douglas Elliman Real Estate: “When considering selling your home, it’s important to understand that homebuyers are looking for that wow factor as soon as they arrive.” It’s all about curb appeal — a trimmed green lawn, paved pathways, colorful plantings, and a freshly painted and well-lit entry go a long way in creating that memorable first impression. Today’s buyers are looking for turn-key properties, so the more you spruce up your home, the more likely it is to sell faster. Outdoor entertaining spaces with amenities like a screened porch, terrace, pool, or an outdoor firepit are more popular than ever. Making sure your home’s al fresco spaces are clutter-free and inviting can make all the difference in bringing the perfect buyer to your doorstep.

Douglas Elliman Real Estate
26 Popham Rd

Maximize comfort: Henry B. Whitaker Garage Doors

Henry B. Whitaker Garage Doors

Don’t leave the garage as an after-thought. According to Henry B. Whitaker Garage Doors, “In recent studies, we learned that 71% of Americans use their garage door as the primary entrance to their home. Considering the busy nature of life today, we can appreciate the wear and tear on the system. With the various moving parts and the high volume of use, the function of the garage door is clearly essential. Quality is critical and awareness is key. We consider yearly maintenance a must, especially considering that the springs are the most important and dangerous part of the garage door. Although the springs should last 5 to 10 years, it’s important to listen and watch for any developing issues to avoid an unexpected catastrophe. Give Whitaker a call to schedule a maintenance consultation.”

Henry B. Whitaker Garage Doors
5 Fallsview Ln
Brewster Heights

Enjoy the experience of edible gardening: Homefront Farmers

homefront farmers

We’ve seen a drastic increase in the popularity of home vegetable gardens over the last two (pandemic) years, but it’s really an acceleration of a trend that’s been rising for much longer. At a time when technology is taking over everything we do, people hunger for a more meaningful and grounded connection to the natural world around them — especially children. Homefront Farmers designs, builds, and maintains organic fruit and vegetable gardens, so Westchester families can experience the joy of growing their own food at home, effortlessly.

Homefront Farmers
130 Picketts Ridge Rd
Redding, CT

Complete your outdoor entertainment experience: Michael Labriola Inc.

michael labriola

Michael Labriola Inc. realizes that outdoor kitchens, strategic landscaping, or accent lighting are critical additions to complete your outdoor entertainment experiences. Whether it’s a masonry constructed fire pit using natural wood-burning fires or faux inserts /interiors that creates a relaxing mood, Michael Labriola can help design and construct to your satisfaction. The company has also noticed that the location and construction of a masonry outdoor fireplace is an option that in recent years has become more popular and of interest to homeowners. “At Michael Labriola, we make the process a breeze by coordinating all aspects of the project, including landscape architecture, services with your plumber, electrician, and/or propane company, so that your new outdoor living area will not only be beautiful, but fully functional. Using our one-stop-shop approach, we will design your outdoor kitchen space to complement your home, be entertainment-ready, fulfill your functional needs, and stay within your budget.”

Michael Labriola Inc.
84 Business Park Dr, Suite 214

Make outdoor improvements affordable: Mid-Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union

Mid-hudson federal credit union

Powering-up your outdoor living space? According to Mid-Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, “You’ve got options when it comes to paying for that project. Home Equity Loans and Lines of Credit are common choices. With either, you’ll likely find lower interest rates since the loan is secured by your home. If you’re not comfortable putting your home’s equity on the line, though, you can consider a personal loan. You may be limited in how much you can borrow since these are unsecured loans. Credit cards — while an option — are generally a less-favorable one because of their higher interest rates. Talk to your financial institution about what options are available — and right — for you.”

Mid-Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union
Serving Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester Counties

Bring your vacation to your own backyard: Scenic Landscaping

scenic landscaping

Now more than ever, we realize our backyards are our sanctuaries. Whether to host gatherings or relax in a private oasis, many homeowners are opting to bring the vacation experience to their own backyard. Our team of professionals will help guide you through the process to enhance and improve your outdoor living space while cultivating the design that best suits your lifestyle. Adding in firepits, fireplaces, pools, spas, outdoor kitchens and bars, outdoor TVs and music systems, patios or new garden spaces, creates new rooms for families to enjoy outside of their home. With the warmer months ahead of us, spending time together outside is appreciated more than ever.

Scenic Landscaping
7 Argyle Rd
Haskell, NJ

Add a layer of curb appeal: Shuttercraft, Inc.


Functional wood shutters were the first storm windows. Shutters that are sized correctly for the window opening and mounted on hinges can really pop and add a layer of curb appeal to the façade. In the 1700s, panels were used on the first floor for privacy and security, while louvered shutters on the second floor provided light and ventilation. In the early 1900s, panels with cutout patterns were prevalent. Shuttercraft offers cedar mortise and tenon shutters in all types, sizes, and paint colors, along with dozens of hardware and cutout options. Family/woman owned for 35 years, Shuttercraft products are Made in USA.

Shuttercraft, Inc.
15 Orchard Park
Madison, CT

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