Author: Jennifer Malcarne

Keep your home healthy and safe with Malcarne this year!

It’s a brand-new year, and while winter’s clutches won’t loosen for a few months, at least time should slow down significantly from the holiday frenzy. It’s now the season to catch up on responsibilities left on hold for the holidays, work on those resolutions made on January 1, and, most importantly, recover from all those Christmas expenses.

It’s also a great time to take inventory of the shape of your home, find a solution to cut expenses from utilities you use every day, and get your home to work as hard as you do.

During the holidays, it’s easy to ignore the cold draft seeping in through the front door, or the frigid temperature that always seems to rule the first floor. With parties, responsibilities and shopping claiming your free moments, these things naturally fell to the wayside. But now, as temperatures continue to plummet, there’re fewer distractions from the gaps, cracks and holes letting the outside in.

And that’s where we can help your home get a leg up in 2018: Taking account of where your house falls short of efficiency can actually help you pay off those holiday bills in the long run. Tightening up your home’s utility usage is not an impossible task, especially with Malcarne Contracting lighting the way to the best new products and materials to help keep your home and family both healthy and safe.

And Malcarne’s so much more than insulation and air sealing: Knowing that your house is in it’s best shape is likely the best after-Christmas gift to give to yourself and your family. As equipment experts, we can inspect your home’s current heating system, making sure it’s working to full capacity.

Curious about what’s new in the world of heating and cooling, especially when it comes to alternative sources of energy? We take health – of people and planet – seriously: We’ve pledged to make good-for-everyone energy options more accessible to our neighbors, helping to create avenues to get off fossil fuels. We’ve got the goods on solar panels and renewable energy that can transform your home from the inside out.

Still, with the piles of responsibilities you haven’t dived into since before December, the thought of another to-do list is probably making you as stressed out as your holiday gift inventory did just last month. We get it. Our job is to lift that burden: We treat your house as individually as each of our customers, designing a plan that will make “cozy” your home’s best adjective.

It’s a resolution you can easily keep – all year long.

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Make your house comfy and cozy with ductless heating units

It usually hits you when you least expect it: You’re strolling through the mall, vaguely aware of the red and green decorations, when another verse of “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” echoes through the halls. That’s right – the countdown to Christmas has begun, and not enough shopping days have arrived with it.

At Malcarne Contracting, we want to keep your house holiday cheerful in every season, especially when those pretty December flurries become a Nor’easter blizzard. Before hunting for the “perfect something” leaves you stressed this year, it may be time to focus on a gift that can warm your heart and keep your budget happy: ductless heating and cooling units.

Go duct-free

If some rooms in your home leave you either sweltering or shivering, or you’re dreading those winter energy bill blues, it just may be time to rethink your heating system. The perfect solution? A ductless split unit.

Whether you currently have central air pumping through your home or settle for boilers during the winter and window units during the summer, you probably have several issues with your heating and cooling systems. Most are bulky, for one, with seemingly miles of ductwork or heavy, loud units – and they still don’t do the best job at keeping the house as a whole comfortable.

And then there’s the cost: Cranking up the heat during frigid winter nights to keep each bedroom warm can add up quick. Still, to gain energy efficiency, changing the whole house’s system just doesn’t seem practical – right? Not when you go ductless: The whole system takes mere days to set up, and starts saving you energy and money the moment it’s switched on.

Less equipment, better product

Like the name suggests, this system doesn’t rely on ductwork that runs throughout the house. That means, if you’re looking to refurbish an existing home, they’re a cinch to install: Without the need for ductwork, the job goes from major reconstruction to minor renovation.

Ductless systems feature small, permanent wall fixtures installed in key rooms that quietly keep your home warm during cold months – and cool during the summer (no need to lug those window units up from the basement next year!). The compressor – the noisier section of the unit – is installed outside your home, which means duct-free units are incredibly quiet. In addition to never having to yell about the constant hum of a compressor, they ensure more even heating and cooling throughout the house.

Best of all, they are extremely energy-efficient: Studies show they’re twice as efficient as traditional heat pumps and air conditioners, which means you can get a jump on next year’s Christmas shopping a little early.

Saving with our growing family of experts

Whether it’s Santa coming down your chimney or someone working on your heating system, you need to feel confident about who’s in your home. At Malcarne, we’re constantly upgrading our knowledge and experience so you get the best work possible.

In fact, about a year and a half ago, Malcarne joined forces with Comfort Tech Heating and Cooling, another leader in the home-care community, making us the Hudson Valley’s premiere ductless and split unit installer. We’ll check our lists twice, making sure you get the best system for your home’s needs.

This year, regardless of what’s wrapped under your tree, your house can be the gift that keeps giving – 365 days a year.

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A Little Extra Room for the Holidays

Whether you’ve been planning for eleven months or feel like the season sneaks up on you each year, it’s officially time for the holidays, and the roller coaster of gatherings, food and frenzy of activities won’t likely stop until the clock strikes midnight on January 2.

And while, with all the hustle and bustle, it may not be the best time of year to consider a major home renovation, there are still ways Malcarne Contracting can get your house holiday-ready with minimal disruption to your packed planner.

The bounty in the basement

It seems to be the nature of the holidays, especially Thanksgiving: Your “intimate gathering” of another family or two has grown to epic proportions, and the thought of everyone’s feet tramping through your already cramped quarters isn’t getting you in the holiday spirit. In the midst of this time of year, with impending snow and less light, building out or up isn’t really an option – but a golden opportunity may lie just beneath your shoes.

This year, it’s time to consider making your basement better – not just a space where you exile the kids and toys, but a comfortable room where everyone will want gather. Instead of guests cramming into the kitchen or needing to pull your lawn chairs into the living room, a finished basement means a comfortable alternative for party space or for out-of-town guests to crash. If you’re not hosting this year, the extra square footage can still come in handy: Maybe it’s finally time to unwrap that “man cave” or media room you’ve been putting off for years.

Best of all, you’re looking at minimal disruption to your home as you plan and prep for the busiest time of the year: It’s more cost-effective than new construction, and you won’t be without key rooms in your home such as bathrooms or kitchens, so there’s no inconvenience of a time of relocation.

Save money, keep comfy

When your house is jammed with people, it may not matter that the thermometer barely reads 20 degrees. Still, by ensuring that your home is properly sealed, you can use even less of that bought heat this year. A quick, free visit from Malcarne can show you where your home is leaking the heat you’re turning up on frost-covered mornings – and keep it inside instead.

This year, it’s time to permanently say goodbye to cramped, overheated kitchens or chilly, damp basements. When your house finally becomes the definition of the word “cozy,” you can make your home the holiday hangout – or the best winter retreat from the stress of the season.

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An Investment with Instant Dividends

While September has been relatively kind to us this year, with more days featuring open windows and balmy breezes than the need to curl up in a warm blanket, October is usually our warning call: Winter’s coming – and Malcarne Contracting’s ready to help you be prepared for future frosty weather.

Now is the time to check on your heating equipment, before waking up to ice on your lawn. It’s critical to maintain your heating system – to have it serviced regularly and change filters – to keep it running at its best. Wondering if your equipment needs a tune up? One call to Malcarne can have you ready to fight back when those glacial temperatures finally arrive.

Investing in something new

But what if a tune up’s not going to cut it this year?

This fall, you may find yourself in the place where your heating system is ready to call it quits, whether it’s at the end of its life or simply is costing you more to run than to replace. In this case, your old system may be doing you a favor: Malcarne Contracting can connect your home with equipment that costs you less to operate.

Bottom line? Your investment in a new heating system can actually pay for itself with the money you save in monthly heating costs. It’s a purchase that literally puts cash back in your pocket.

A financial opportunity – and more

It’s also a prospect that can affect more than just your home. Choosing to switch from a fossil-fuel-burning heating system to a cleaner earth-friendly system is also an investment in the health of our planet.

Yes, bottom line, stepping away from fossil fuels will save you money, but there’s also a bigger profit margin on this one. By choosing another heating option, we also get to be shareholders in the future of our planet. We’ve only got one – let’s not experiment with it too much.

It’s truly a win-win-win: We’re taking care of our resources, our futures and our wallets, all with one phone call to Malcarne.

Seasonal surplus specials

When you’re talking about a yield this good, there’s no time like the present to dive in. In fact, Malcarne’s offering seasonal specials for our customers to get you comfortable and prepared for what’s right around the corner. Curious about what it would mean for you to step away from fossil fuels? We’d love to walk you through the process to making your house cleaner and more energy efficient – and working harder to stack up the savings.

Before fall’s cold fingers wrap around your home – and have you reaching for blankets number two and three – give us a call.

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Puzzled by construction? Choose Malcarne – we take care of our customers!

Many are tempted by the charms of a tag sale. The “one man’s junk is another man’s treasure” mantra blares in our ears, along with the draw of paying a fraction of the retail price. But there’s also the other side of the coin: There’s a reason why that tempting 2,000-piece puzzle is going for 25 cents.

Unlike the yard-sale puzzle, you’ll never find yourself searching for missing pieces when you call Malcarne for any construction job, whether it’s fixing a leaky patch of roof or building a new home from scratch. Our mantra’s not only simple, but it’s also one we can deliver on every time: From start to finish, we take care of our customers – every time.

We’ve got all the pieces…

If you dump out the 2,000 pieces of a puzzle, whether you’re missing a couple or not, the task at hand can be daunting. Simply sorting out the seven shades of blue sky can make you give up and just frame the box cover instead.

And whether it’s a simple roofing job or a new construction, knowing who to call – and how to coordinate them with your family’s schedule – can make any job intimidating in and of itself. That’s where Malcarne Contracting comes in: We’re not just there to open the box and wish you luck.

We’ll be there to sort through the professionals – the trusted Hudson Valley talent we’ve built solid relationships with for more than 21 years. Collectively, all of our employees’ individual pieces add up to more than 100 years’ worth of experience in the trade – and that’s more than just a pretty picture.

We can see how they all fit together…

Not only do we have all the pieces at our fingertips – the background of professionals working in everything from remodeling to solar energy to new construction – but we know, from start to finish, what to expect.

Never built a new deck before? Unsure of how long you’ll be eating takeout while your kitchen’s being redone? How much can you really save with solar? What does HVAC even stand for?! Part of our job is to walk you through the project, making sure you know what’s coming next.

Because we value you, our customers, our number one priority is to keep you in the know, to make sure you’re comfortable with what’s happening in your home, and to give you confidence in our work. Whatever your issues or concerns, we welcome them and will help you find the solutions so you, too, can see that big picture.

We’re with you each step…

The easiest part of a puzzle may be the first – deciding what picturesque image to piece together – but if you’re not committed to it, it’s easy to give up when those seemingly identical sections just won’t fit.

At Malcarne, we’re with you for the long haul, from deciding on the best route to take with your project to stepping back in admiration. We’re your contractor: Yes, we’ve got the experience and skill to get the job done, but our passion truly lies in taking care of our customers.

And, for us as a company, that’s what really makes all the pieces fall into place.

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This summer, think solar – in 3 easy steps

The season of sun and relaxation is finally upon us: Happy children will scamper off for a much-needed hiatus, vacations are right around the corner, and even the weather reminds us to slow down, take a sip of lemonade, and wait for the fireflies.

Summer’s also the perfect time to catch up on projects you keep saying you need to tackle – especially those around the house. And if you’re thinking solar may be a viable option for reducing those nasty energy bills that kept climbing this winter, we’ve boiled the process down to three simple steps.

After you’re in the hands of the solar experts at Malcarne – find more information at our new website, malcarnesolar.com – all there’s left to do this summer is sit back and enjoy the long-awaited warmth; warmth that’s actually adding to your bank account this season.

Step One: Reduce your energy consumption first.

Solar energy is great, but why would you pay extra cash before first making your home as energy-efficient as possible? At Malcarne, we can help you “reduce before your produce” – to the tune of kicking up to 50 percent of your energy bill to the curb before solar energy even enters the picture.

Our certified professionals can show you at least a dozen ways to change your home and reduce your energy usage – before that first panel is even installed. As our fearless leader, Joseph Malcarne, puts it, if you’ve got a boat that’s taking on water, do you get a bigger bucket, or do you patch up the holes? Knowing where to “patch up” your home through our energy-reduction recommendations means spending less on solar installations – and it starts saving you money before the job even begins.

Step Two: Research your home’s solar accessibility.

At Malcarne, we take the time to get to know you and your home – not only how you use it, but also how it can work for you. The next step in the journey to solar is seeing if and how it can fit in as an option on your property. We can help you ask all the right questions: Do you have enough sun access for solar panels to be installed on your roof? Is there space on the ground that would make more sense? Does your home have solar access at all?

We know what you’re thinking: “They may say I can’t do solar at all?! Why bother with energy reduction?” Don’t be fooled: Reducing energy consumption is always the best first step and will radically reduce your bills – with or without solar. If you’re able to take the next step toward solar, making your home the most energy-efficient it can be will guarantee that you’re not installing more of a system than you need – again saving you time and money.

Step Three: Receive the right system for your home.

We’re used to options – dozens of ice cream flavors, paint colors, car selections – but how do you narrow down those choices? Choosing chocolate over vanilla is one thing, but what do you do when face with the many good, viable options for solar panels now available to the public? Do the panels go on your roof, your yard, the shed or the ground? Where do you even start?

You may be tempted to react like the overwhelmed kid in a candy store, reduced to tears by the looming decision. Or, you can call the premier experts in the field who know the ins and outs of each option. This step poses the most questions, and can mean the difference between saving a bit more after step one’s revamps or taking your house to a net-zero energy home – with no energy bills at all. We know solar and we’re here to guide you – and, best of all, we’re local, living and working right here in the Hudson Valley, just like you.

In summertime, there are a few guarantees we love to count on: Barbecuing will be delicious, even in the rain; hanging out on the porch watching the sun set beats watching a TV set any day; and calling Malcarne Contracting to tackle your dreams for reducing your energy bills is a sure way to make your home a better, more comfortable place, all year long. From energy reduction to solar installation, saving money with Malcarne is as sweet as any summer day.

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Lights – Hold the Camera – Action!

“Are you ready?”

The couple nods furiously while nervously squeezing each other’s hands. They stare in expectation at the designer in whom they’ve trusted to transform their house from drab and impractical to the fabulous home of their dreams. They face the direction of their once too-small, poorly laid out residence, hoping that the dramatic reveal will showcase the abode they’ve dreamt of for so long.

The host finally says the words they’ve been anticipating for months: “OK, then – open your eyes!”

There’s something so satisfying about seeing a project – especially any home-related project – go from start to finish, all neatly wrapped in an hour-long cycle. Yet, if there’s anything we’ve learned from a few decades of reality TV, it’s that reality plays a very small role in many of those shows. Still, home-renovation programs do contain at least one nugget of truth: In the right hands, the right changes create a wow factor that is 100 percent authentic.

With Malcarne Contracting, you actually can take your home from “need to move now” to “I can’t believe I didn’t do this sooner” with very little stress – and absolutely no commercial interruptions.

Same community, new quarters

Let’s face it: Moving is no fun. Just the thought of a sea of boxes staring at you, waiting to be filled and stored, is enough to make most people perish the thought. And moving isn’t all about the structure: Your friendly neighbors, great school district, proximity to frequented shops – these are all things you can’t pack in a POD and move with you.

Before you speed-dial a realtor, now is the perfect time to give Malcarne a call. Love the open floor plans that make so much sense, with room to entertain and clear sight-lines to keep an eye on your little ones? Desperate for an addition to accommodate your growing family? Ready for an update to your tight kitchen or ancient bathroom? Instead of calling it quits with a home that just isn’t working, now is the perfect time for Malcarne to create that one-of-a-kind transformation, making your house the one that makes sense for years to come.

Old problems, new solutions

It’s likely you and your current home have a history, if you’ve lived there for any length of time. The latest model may seem like the answer, but, with the expense of starting over on a mortgage, paying closing costs, and the fact that a different house also comes with its own imperfections, a new home may simply just mean a fresh set of problems – ones you just don’t see yet.

In this type of relationship, it’s actually helpful to keep a record of faults that have been driving you crazy for years: that damp, unused basement, the lack of a second bathroom, the drafty third floor, or boxy, closed-up floor plan. Then bring us your list: After our job is done, our most-heard response is “Why didn’t I do this sooner?”

We may not have a full-fledged camera crew on staff, but we do have all the professionals to completely transform your home to television makeover-show standards. It’s a piece of TV magic that can actually be reality – no cable contract necessary.

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From blueprint to building: Plan now to bring that project into the present

Those who say Rome wasn’t built in a day – they’re not kidding. Experts say it took more than 500 years for one of the greatest cities in history to go from a plot of land to a major plotline in antiquity.

Lucky for you, your dream home-building project won’t take five centuries – just some precise planning for Malcarne Contracting, who builds on your blueprint to make your home the Pantheon of its true potential. Forget gladiators: Malcarne’s troop of experts are all available to make your dream addition, new construction project, renovation or remodel one for the books.

Want the right foundation? Start planning now!

Starting a home project may seem as impossible as refurbishing the Colosseum, but whether you’re looking for a renovation, a remodel or a brand-new room in your home, the perfect first step in the plan is to avoid procrastination. Malcarne can take your dream from brainwave to blueprint, but timing is key. Plan now to get to know the experts who will lead you through the process – and then begin to enjoy the best version of your home as soon as possible.

Assemble all the experts – with only one call.

If the idea of spending your spring haggling with contractors, researching builders, and coordinating the schedules of everyone from carpenters to carpet-layers is keeping you from turning that renovation or remodel into a reality, it’s time to rethink your tactic. Since Malcarne Contracting oversees everything from start to finish, one phone call literally rallies the legion of professionals to handle your specific home’s needs. It’s one-stop shopping at its finest – with no emperor required.

Need decades of experience in your tool belt? Find it with Malcarne Contracting.

Whether you’re renovating your first house or building your dream home, you’ve still got some points in common with that great Italian city of days gone by: Any structure with staying power needs some know-how, from conception to implementation – the right tools to get the job done. Rome had its innovators years ahead of their time, and, with Malcarne, you’re not just getting an army of experts behind you: You’re also getting their collective decades of experience. Nervous about an issue with plumbing arising, or flabbergasted by local building codes? At Malcarne, we’ve seen it all, and we’ve successfully sailed through it.

No, Rome wasn’t built in a day, but, this summer can be the perfect season to usher in a new era – and to make your own mark on your home’s history.

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Malcarne Solar: Our new branch buds this month!

March came in like a lion, but this month is often a highlight for those of us looking forward to saying goodbye to winter in the northeast. It’s a time to welcome the much-anticipated spring, its milder temperatures, and the new life, change and growth it ushers in. Soon, we’ll see blossoms poking through the long-frozen ground, birds returning to the state, and the new branch of Malcarne Contracting – Malcarne Solar – taking off in the Hudson Valley.

As a company, Malcarne Contracting has been a leader in construction, renovation and maintenance for more than 20 years, but our expertise in energy-efficient renovations has also made major strides. With certifications in thermography, solar electric, geothermal, insulation, and Energy Star labeled homes – and that’s just the beginning of the list – we’ve got the training and experience to take your home from dollar-draining to money-saving.

How? Our tried-and-true system of lowering energy usage before adding the solar elements to your home or business means making smart changes based on your specific structure – and that’s what truly makes it cost-effective, every step of the way.

Our dedicated crew at Malcarne Solar follows the mantra, “First, energy reduction; then, solar production.” For homeowners, that means switching out appliances for ones that eat up less energy, insulating all the gaps, cracks and holes in the house, and considering an HVAC upgrade, for example. Businesses will automatically see a decrease in energy bills by upgrading lighting and HVAC monitoring and control systems as well.

After you’ve reduced your energy usage, it’s time to let the solar transformation grow – and you’ll likely need less of an overhaul because of the smart changes you’ve already planted. If your green thumb doesn’t extend to energy efficiency, worry not: You’re never on your own with Malcarne. Our crew plans and walks with you through each step in the process, not only calculating the cost of the changes, but how much you’re likely to save based on the reduced footprint.

And at Malcarne Solar, saving you money via energy reduction is all we do: As a separate sector of the Malcarne family, Malcarne Solar’s sole focus is to reduce your electric use, then use solar to erase the rest of your energy bills – and to get you the best deal in the process.

Malcarne’s been rooted since 1996, and been growing in our experience with solar energy for the past 10 years. Unlike the up-and-down weather of the month of March, you can depend on Malcarne Solar’s know-how to be the best value and savings for the least investment from you, the property owner.

When it comes to choosing solar energy, we don’t want to simply lower your heating and cooling bill a few notches: We want to transform your home or business into the best-running, most energy-efficient version that it could be.

Want to know more about how you can save the most with Malcarne Solar? Check out our brand-new website: www.malcarnesolar.com.

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Trust Malcarne to Take the Stress Out of Renovation

Whether you’re planning your daughter’s sweet sixteen birthday bash, mapping out your hopefully not-too-rocky road to retirement, or plotting your big return to school and higher education, it’s nice to have a guide along the way. From finances to fun events, if it’s a new adventure of any sort, having a leader who knows enough of the journey’s twists and turns means you’re more likely to leave stress along the wayside and feel more confident in your options and decisions.

We at Malcarne Contracting realize that few things are as frustrating as dealing with home construction or renovation – especially if it’s major. But like that planner who completely saves the wedding day by remembering things you never knew you needed, we also can turn a potentially migraine-inducing incident into an exciting, totally-worth-it experience.

Nearly every major change in life requires planning and working ahead: Renovations such as additions, solar power conversions, or a new construction are no different. And chances are good that it will also get overwhelming.

At Malcarne, we’re able to remove that stress completely, each step of the process. We start with your vision: What is your goal for the changes in your home? With our years of experience, we can not only accurately quote you a cost and time frame, but also give you a realistic idea of, say, how long workers will be in your home to get your kitchen renovation just right, or when the best time is to install those solar panels on your roof.

Most of all, we’re able to take the guesswork out of the process, asking the right questions, sorting out the details so you know what to expect, and anticipating and resolving any issues before they come to fruition – much like having a planner to separate those feuding family members’ tables at a wedding. It’s with this knowledge that trusting the proven staff at Malcarne Contracting turns your home project from stress-inducing to sigh-producing: All you have to do is sit back and watch your house transform.

When you’re in good hands, even not-so-enjoyable events – finally sorting out your kids’ college funds with a financial advisor or registering for that first master’s course – can be truly exciting. Changing your home into the masterpiece that you know it can be? With Malcarne Contracting, that can easily go from your chore-filled to-do list to the top of your can’t-wait-to-enjoy list.

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