Tag Archives: Additions

From Dream Home to Reality Building

Have you ever woken from a dream that makes you wish you’d sleep forever? Dreams like that make you wish life had a roadmap – a set of directions to get you to that perfect end.

Life, unfortunately, isn’t quite that simple. There’s no GPS to connect to, although we’re certainly hard-wired to go on dreaming, whether it’s for a future career, family, or even something a little more concrete, like your home.

While we certainly can’t claim to convert all your dreams into reality, when it comes to our wheelhouse – creating the best home for your needs – Malcarne Contracting can not only translate your visions, but make the process itself just as sweet.

How? By assembling a relationship with our customers that goes beyond a simple build.

Interpreting What Matters

Dreams may be complicated, but, more often than not, they’re a reflection of what motivates us. And that’s our first question to you: What’s your motivation? What’s the goal that drives you?

Maybe you’d love to have more room for your family and friends to gather, but the blueprint of your home doesn’t match the one in your head. Or, whether it’s for principle or financial sake, you’re longing to break free from fossil fuels and live off the sun and the grid.

But getting from A to Z is the problem – how do you turn your passion for family togetherness or going green into that tangible reality? We at Malcarne want to hear that dream – for more space where it simply isn’t, for a healthier heating option when your home is reliant on gas and oil, for a more comfortable space where you currently spend summers sweating and winters in blankets.

Give us a call, and let us work out the details. You may see the why, but we see the how – and if it’s meaningful to you, it’s our passion, too.

More Value – With More Than a Builder

We’ve heard the nightmare stories: the families who’ve communicated their dreams to a contractor and found themselves trying to wake up from a nightmare. Maybe they’re talked into buying services they don’t need, or abandoned in the midst of a project.

With Malcarne, you’re not getting a builder, you’re getting a relationship. Our whole company is founded, not simply on what we can fabricate, but on how we can take care of our customer. Think your windows are the source of your draft issues? Before you shell out thousands for new ones, it may be a simple matter of sealing them up. We don’t try to boost your bill by taking advantage of your dream. We go beyond making sure all your questions and concerns are quelled: We’re dedicated to people.

As the buds begin to break through the ground, spring is a great time to plan for that building project that’s been growing in your mind’s eye through the winter (or, perhaps, many winters), but it’s also a time to reflect at what really motivates us in life.

What are the changes that are the stuff of your dreams – the things you’d like to see become reality? What within you inspires you? What’s your passion? If it has to do with your home, we’re your people. We’ll help you to make that dream, that desire, into reality.

Share:Share on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter

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.

Share:Share on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter

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.

Share:Share on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter

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.

Share:Share on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter

The Malcarne Experience

Success in any arena is much more than one or two specific amenities. Case in point: When a restaurant has lines wrapping around the corner, it’s not purely because of its chef’s talent – it’s also the experience the venue provides. An amusement park visit isn’t just about the life-flashing-before-your-eyes rides – it’s also the characters that give guests a once-in-a-lifetime encounter.

And at Malcarne Contracting, we believe that needing a plumber or roofer should be more than just a phone call to a random company who’ll simply get the job done. We want your home to get the best care possible through the one-of-a-kind experience Malcarne has to offer – where every job has one main focus: you.

Master of all trades

Most of the headache of getting work done on a house is thanks to finding a tradesperson or company you can trust. Will the contractor show up on time? Is it really necessary for the electrician to drill that hole in the wall? Do solar panels truly cost that price?

At Malcarne, we take the guesswork out of where to turn for everything from a new roof to a new construction: We do it all. There’s no need to search for a separate expert in insulation, siding, heating, cooling, or any other home-related trade. We have a one-stop shopping guarantee, which means one phone call not only connects you with attic-to-basement care, but that you can feel comfortable with the reputation of everyone who steps into your home.

A holistic look

Sure, one phone number to take care of all your home-care needs is handy, but the Malcarne experience is much more than a marriage of convenience. Our goal is to see your home as a whole, so you can make the best choices possible for your specific abode – and, consequently, you can feel confident in your investment.

Want to go solar? We can show you ways to slash your electricity bills first, even before we install the first panel, so you’re only putting in the equipment you need. Wondering if there’s a way to expand your living space? Malcarne can gauge whether an outdoor patio or deck, or perhaps an addition, can add both value and square footage to your home. Need a new heating or cooling system? Malcarne’s HVAC experts can first show you how to properly seal up your house, and then walk you through the units that both save money and make your home more comfortable throughout the year.

We’re here for you

With this in mind, our bottom line is this: At Malcarne, we’re so much more than the services we provide. Our company is about an experience – one where you get the best encounter possible each time we meet. Your house isn’t just another job to us: We care about your home like you do, and we aim to take care of it as if it were our own.

Just like that trip to the magical amusement park, or the restaurant you had to make reservations for months ago, Malcarne is here to give you so much more than a new roof or updated bathroom. Each step of the journey together, we want to make sure you’re happy and taken care of – to answer any questions or concerns, to be punctual and honest, and to take care of your home’s needs for the long haul. That’s the Malcarne experience.

Share:Share on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter

Need home-project financing? Look no further than Malcarne.

In a few short weeks, we’ll trade beach bags for backpacks, and, soon after, flip flops for flannel. But while fall is looming on the horizon, that won’t stop this last summer month’s parade of picnics, pool parties, and other activities that help us get outside, relax and enjoy the sun.

And while we’re not letting the inevitable fall and back-to-school store displays keep us from our warm-weather fun, our question this summer is this: What’s keeping you from completing those home-renovation projects on your to-do list? If cost makes you wary, now may be the time to reconsider. With new financing opportunities, Malcarne Contracting can help bridge the monetary gap between you and your home-project goals.

Finding financing through Malcarne

Whether it’s upgrading to a central-air system, finding out more about solar energy, or finally adding a deck to the back yard, it’s not difficult to dig up ideas that could make you more comfortable and build equity in your house. The major challenge? Most often, it’s funding these projects effectively.

Now, however, there’s no need to look further than Malcarne Contracting – even for financing. Malcarne currently has partnered with several financial institutions to offer options for all your renovation needs, meaning Malcarne’s truly a one-stop shop, from planning out your idea to enjoying it in real time.

Renovations that pay you back

This summer’s string of 90-degree days (and the likelihood of frigid nights this winter) can put a dent in your wallet after running an A/C unit or central air 24-7. If you’re looking for a home project that will not only increase your home’s value, but will actually put money back into your pocket, it may be time to go solar. Energy-saving solar makeovers are still in high demand – and there’s no doubt Malcarne Contracting’s the best in the business.

First off, homes of all types – new construction or older, and those built to use electricity, natural gas, propane, oil or a combination – start with an energy retrofit, meaning properly insulating the house and getting high-efficiency appliances and lighting, and end with watching your energy bills go down significantly from those small changes. The next step involves additions such as solar walls, geothermal heating pumps and solar electric panels, which can garner all the energy a home needs to operate free from utility bills.

No energy bills and a comfortable home? That’s a “net-zero energy retrofit,” and, in the long run, it’s an upgrade that, by saving you from traditional energy bills, pays for itself.

Maintenance, the smart way

If you’re looking for other ways to add equity and still save big bucks, consider projects such as changing the shingles on your roof, or the siding on your home. Any projects involving asphalt, a petroleum product, are experiencing much lower-than-average costs, as oil prices are currently down. Once oil prices rise – and you can bet they will – these upgrades will also cut into a bigger chunk of your bank account. Have 10 years or less left on your shingles? Now’s the time to take advantage of what will likely cost much more next year.

And while cosmetic improvements such as siding won’t pay for itself like solar energy will, it’s a great way to add in both curb appeal and energy-saving insulation. And that means your heat and air conditioning stays inside, where you paid to have it.

No need to go anywhere else

Being a homeowner is a financial investment – more often than not, a worthwhile one that’s both a present and future asset. But it’s not without costs, either. Still, with new financing options through Malcarne Contracting, we can help you make smart upgrades and upkeep choices that will save you money.

Whether you’re pining for solar energy that can erase utility bills and pay you back in time, or needing routine but necessary maintenance items like a new roof, Malcarne has the home know-how and, now, the financing options to help complete the project.

Share:Share on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter

Adding luxury – and equity – to your bathroom

For nearly every kid under the age of ten (and probably many teenage boys) a conversation revolving around the bathroom is likely met with a stern, “Let’s keep that kind of talk to a minimum.” But if you’ve ever tried to sell a house, or are shopping for one, “bathroom” just may be the most important word in your vocabulary.

Ask any home expert: Kitchens and bathrooms sell houses, regardless of the number of bedrooms, the size of the backyard, or even a home’s square footage. And for Malcarne Contracting, this past year pointed straight to the all-important restroom: Our most-requested work order was to overhaul our customers’ baths. In fact, even at the Hudson Valley’s most recent home show, the loo also tied with kitchens for first-place among homeowners as the most popular place to revamp – after all, everyone’s got to use it.

Thankfully, Malcarne’s experience allows you to get more than just a pretty privy. If an update’s on your to-do list, refreshing your bathroom may be as simple as installing new fixtures like a soothing rain showerhead or that trendy glass vessel sink. If your commode is stuck in the ’70s thanks to floral printed tile, boasts a leaky shower, or is – gasp! – carpeted, it may be time for a complete overhaul. A full gut allows you to choose a better layout for your bathroom, to install floor-to-ceiling tile in the shower, or to finally expand your formerly crowded vanity from one to two sinks.

And while a day at a pricy spa may be a splurge that’s just not worth busting the budget for, many homeowners get the same look and feel in their own homes – and they get to have it every day with a chic master bathroom. Malcarne can trade out that boring bathtub for the claw-foot or deep, jetted variety, give you more storage in your vanity, or even add a chandelier or frameless glass shower doors for both elegance and function.

Still, your lavatory may feel more like a latrine thanks to a small footprint – or perhaps your home lacks a master bathroom altogether. Investing in this addition adds serious home value, and Malcarne has the options and know-how to make it a reality. Whether it’s by expanding your home’s current walls, combining the current bath with a close-by closet, or even transforming a small bedroom into a bath, putting effort into an ensuite not only adds luxury, but equity as well.

Whether you’re hoping to move on to a new address or want to make your current one more comfortable, upgrading your bathrooms – from refreshing the look to a complete gut or even to an expansion of the room itself – makes both dollars and sense every time.

And that’s “potty talk” even Mom would approve of.

Share:Share on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter