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A Tale of Two Cities in Upstate NY

Under most circumstances I would never think to make a comparison between my business and a famous Charles Dickens novel but in this case it seems fitting. The opening line in Dickens's famous novel, A Tale of Two Cities, starts with the words "It was the best of times it was the worst of times."No truer words more

Where I'm Meant to Be

There’s been moments in my life where I’ve been completely, 100 % convinced of what it was I wanted. I felt that way most recently when I first laid eyes on my house. It was meant to be.  Many days have come and gone since the wife and I closed on our house, and many things have changed. I recently found myself taking a few minutes to relax as I reflected upon the past few months. Much like a young couple experiencing new love, keeping track of every little milestone in their relationship..... read more

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Victorian Pondering

I find myself this first week of December (and in my mind the start of the holiday season) pondering upon days of the past. This may be largely due to the house I’m currently working on, a grand 1800’s era   read more

Faux Finish Fireplace

I’ve come to notice over the years that there seems to be two types of people; those that love painting and those that hate it. I’m definitely one of those people who loves it. Whether it be through transforming a room with nothing more than primer and paint, or something more elaborate like   read more

Updated Bathroom Tile

Recently I was doing what most people do these days, thumbing through old pictures on my phone when I stumbled across a few memories. Last year around this time I was contracted by no other than Dexter Davis to tile his downstairs bathroom. If this name doesn’t ring a bell than it should. He’s a local… read more

Bathroom Remodel

Nothing like taking an old and outdated bathroom and completely remodeling it.  read more

Happy Holidays

​The air is cold, the season is festive, the holidays are upon us once again. With the hustle and bustle of this busy time of year it’s easy to overlook your home, and any maintenance that may be more

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It's a Wonderful Life in Upstate NY

​It started seven years ago. Like most of us, I’ve come to embrace certain holiday traditions that I recreate every holiday season, whether it be attending local festivities such as Troy’s Victorian Stroll or along with my wife throwing a lively Christmas Eve bash. One of the most recent traditions fulfilled this year was   read more

Reflections of a Day Well Spent

There’s something about home-ownership that brings a smile to my face. Whether it be mowing my lawn, helping the wife with her landscaping or even cooking dinner in our tight fitting kitchen, I’m in love. Not that it’s been all roses and sunshine from the get go, but nothing in life is ever more

A Place Called Home

When it rains it pours. Most of you would probably assume that I’m talking about the unusually high volume of rain we’ve had these past few months. While that in itself is true enough, I’m actually referring to both my business and my personal life. Last time I wrote on this blog I spoke of the resurrection of my business more

Porch Restoration

And we’re back with another post from your favorite general contractor in Capital Region, Upstate NY. This time I’m featuring pictures of a complete cedar and mahogany read more