Otterbeck Builders…Love the House You’re In

Any HGTV viewer knows that renovating is far easier said than done. That doesn’t stop any of us from mentally making a few changes to our homes — whether we own them or not — even though we may not intend to hire a contractor anytime soon. Or, perhaps a renovation is actually within reach, but you’re not pleased with the generic inspiration found at your local home superstore. No matter which camp you’re in, you’re bound to love Otterbeck Builders, Inc. They began in 1988, currently serving the entire Capital Region. The Owners Dett and Julie Otterbeck holds informational workshops at their showroom helping consumers with their home improvements projects and questions. Visit their website Otterbeck Builders to inspire your renovations and remodeling projects, let the “Otterbeck Team” transform your ideas from dreams into reality!
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The “Fab” In Prefab

Modern prefab homes are making cutting edge design and beautiful, sustainable  living accessible to more and more homebuyers. The “prefab” in a prefab home means the home’s shell is constructed (fabricated) off-site and shipped to the home’s final location. The term prefab encompasses both panel homes and modular home. Panel homes involve shipping and placing prefabricated walls once the homes floors have been laid. Modular homes consist of several modular sections based on standardized designs. Once on location, the individual modular pieces of the home are joined together to allow for a more customized final product.
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Are You Comfortable?

 

Most of us can’t imagine living in a place without available heating and air conditioning. After all, there is much to be said for being able to step inside on a hot summer day to find a cooling break or walking into a toasty warm room after spending time in blustery wind and cold. When it comes to heating and air conditioning systems for your home, you want to be sure that whatever system is installed can meet your home’s needs.

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Garden Design… Where Do You Begin?

 

While choosing your dream garden design, its crucial to keep in mind the character, style and personality of your home. Versatility is the key to creating a garden where you and your family will spend many memorable hours together. Pulling the elements that are unique and eye-catching is what Jerry Parmenter owner of Elemental Landscapes Inc. achieves with his landscape designs.
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My Exquisite Room…A Design By Michele

Hi and Welcome! I’m so excited to take a moment and share a bit about myself with you today! I’m Michele Conti, my company is Designs by Michele. I’ve been Blogging for the Times Union Home Expo for three years now and love sharing informative tips and ideas from the vendors attending the Expo each year.  Today I’d like to share how I got started designing. My husband and I built our home together (and yes stayed happily married in the process, which by the way is not an easy task when your husband is a builder and you a designer!) I have learned a ton about home building, construction, and design in the process so I hope I can be a resource and an inspiration to you…I enjoy what I do and love to dream of design, today I was perusing through furnishings to put into a family room design for a client.  My mind started to drift and I asked myself what would my dream living room include?
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Sun Worshipers Rejoice!

Here in the Northeast, we are in the middle of winter and enjoying the warmth of cozy fires, while looking at the beautiful blanket of white that covers the earth outside our windows. Hmm…but is this what we see?

Are you a sun worshiper and love large windows, but feeling the sun will do more harm than good? Do you have beautiful windows, but have covered them with costly shades only to feel that the shades clearly weren’t as fun to stare at as the view was, and they really didn’t help much with the cold or heat.
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