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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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Plan for home projects and renovations – and for spring – now!

For once, that silly groundhog was right.

When good old Punxsutawney Phil made his appearance back at the beginning of February, the majority of his followers likely laughed at the prospect of an early spring. But here we are in March, with Easter, gardening and vacations right around the corner, and Old Man Winter really didn’t put up much of a fuss this year.

And now that his reign is just weeks away from officially ending, it’s the perfect time to plan for those big home projects – maybe an addition, a deck perfect for outdoor entertaining, a kitchen renovation, or other major remodeling – that require a length of snow-free weather to complete.

 Also, spring’s a great time to take a home inventory: Maybe you noticed the drafts leaking in through your basement or windows. Or, you’ve decided to make those eco-friendly, energy-smart upgrades to your home, such as solar heating, after your utility bills were through the roof, even during a mild season.

If you’re considering a revamp such as these, planning time is crucial: It takes up to two to three months to meet with the experts at Malcarne, to get a game plan in place, and to put your ideas and home needs on paper. In addition, there’s often building permits to consider, which also can take time to obtain – and all of this is before the project even starts in your house.

If you’re hoping for that ensuite bathroom so you don’t have to share with the in-laws during their annual fall visit, or want to cook out on a new deck this Fourth of July, don’t let another lukewarm winter day pass by: Now’s the time to get that project in the works. Getting the ball in motion now means your house can blossom into your dream home this year, instead of waiting until spring rolls around yet again.

Sure, the winter of 2015-2016 didn’t leave the Hudson Valley rattled with Nor’easters this time – but don’t expect that to be the rule: Next year isn’t likely to do us the same favor. So rather than ignore these mild, well-above-freezing days, maybe they’re just the perfect reminder to focus on that season that inspires us to clean, turn over a new leaf, and to plan those home projects that have been wishful thinking for so long – just like a favorable prediction from fluffy old Phil.

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Should you sell or renovate your home?

Do you remember the first moment you stepped into your home? Perhaps it was love at first sight – a chef’s kitchen that called to you, or that en suite bath of your dreams come to life. Or maybe your relationship developed slowly, with memories growing like your kids’ height chart on a closet door.

What you know now is that you’re considering a break-up.

To sell or to renovate: It’s not an easy choice to make, for sure. But there’s a reason why you initially fell in love with your home, and while selling may seem like an easy option, renovation may actually be the more cost-effective and less stressful choice, ultimately rekindling that romance with your abode.

The thought of a brand-new home that meets your laundry list of “must-haves” is tempting, but before calling that real-estate agent, it may be time to reflect on if that grass is really greener in another neighborhood. First, is your current home market-ready? Most homes require cosmetic tweaking, such as paint or flooring, at the least; there’s the need to pack away many personal items; and – perhaps the most challenging of all – homeowners must keep the house spotless for months at a time (try explaining that to your toddler – or teen, for that matter).

Plus, your next home may bring about complications, too: It may not be in your preferred community, or come with a longer commute. You may need to sink cash into the new home too, if repairs are needed or, worse yet, carry two mortgages if your home takes time to sell – and then cut a four-to-five percent check to each real-estate agent for commissions.

Our advice? Call us first! With Malcarne Contracting looking at the potential your current home has to offer, you could just decide to give it another chance. You may know the answer to your housing needs (a finished basement for the kids’ mountain of stuff) or be open to ideas (your property has some room to build and reconfigure your space). Either way, once you’ve contacted us, there’s no need to make a second call. From start to finish, our experts have the tools to make your home even better than what the market has to offer, from brainstorming to the final coat of paint, and without ever having to pack a box.

In any case, if you’re considering a renovation, remodel or addition, we see a common thread with nearly all of our customers: “We wish we would have done this sooner!” Whether you’re planning a project that will keep you in your home for a lifetime or with the thought of a future “For Sale” sign on your lawn, now is the best time to get the most out of it. Don’t wait to make your current address work effectively for your family. At Malcarne, we know homes, and we can point you in the right direction to a layout, addition or renovation that’s perfect.

You and your home? We want to help you work things out – for the long haul.

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