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Show your home some love this spring with trusted advice from Hudson Valley home professionals.

It’s spring, the traditional time we associate with renewal and rejuvenation, including refreshing your home. If you’re out of ideas or need help bringing your vision to life, Hudson Valley home professionals can help you turn your home into your personal retreat.

Increase your living comfort

Make the most of your outdoor space with a deck or patio and plan for your patio time to continue well into the fall. According to Williams Lumber and Building Centers, Trex believes that every home can expand beyond its threshold. They offer a variety of decking and railing collections, so every family and every budget makes the “Trex decision that’s right for you.” Williams experts recommend Trex decking because it’s made with 95% recycled materials, has 25-year limited residential warranties and is guaranteed against fading and staining, and low maintenance. Kim Williams, Vice President of Retail Operations at Williams Lumber & Home Centers, says, “Now is the perfect time to build or rebuild your deck! Decks are a place for gathering, entertainment or decompression. Expand your outdoor living space and turn it into your very own paradise! Williams Lumber is located in Rhinebeck, Hudson, Hopewell Junction, Tannersville, Red Hook, Pleasant Valley and High Falls. For more information, call 845.876.WOOD (9663) or visit their website at

Beautify your home — inside and out

Builders first advises: “Despite the uncertainty of the current economy, the country’s exterior renovation spending shows no signs of slowing down! Homeowners are looking for recommended value products that can transform outdoor living spaces into personalized escapes. Builders First Source offers a wide selection of high-quality materials to meet your deck and patio needs and budget. Choose from a wide selection of traditional woods and environmentally friendly treated wood decking and railings. Builders First Source offers new composite decking that requires minimal maintenance, does not need to be sanded or painted, and is generally weather resistant. It also comes in a variety of colors and styles. Stop by one of our Builders First Source locations and chat with our experienced sales team about your project ideas! Builders First Source is your first source for all your building materials!

Create an outdoor oasis

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Outdoor spaces can also present specific and unique challenges. Like Edith Katz, creator/designer of The beauty despite the beast explains: “Outdoor spaces and especially gardens are more important than ever as we spend time at home and in our environment, which can bring so much beauty and relaxation. Imagine creating and planting a garden of perennials, then watching it grow and bloom throughout the season. But, if browsing creatures, like deer, has dampened your enthusiasm, then check out the deer-resistant gardens at Beauty Despite the Beast. Beautiful and alluring outdoor flower gardens can be created despite the “beasts”. Now is the perfect time to determine and make a plan for the spaces you want to plant. Pre-planned garden plans can be purchased and downloaded online at or you can request personalized consultations for a design. March and April are the perfect times to select a plan and order perennial plants and shrubs from recommended online nurseries with designs, including plant delivery to your doorstep at the best planting time for your climate zone. Instructions for preparing the ground and placing the plants are included in the DIY plans. Get ready for this spring, especially after the last frost when it’s safe to plant. Then sit back and watch your garden blossom into summer.

Choose your outdoor furniture

Landscaping specialists, Live down to earth believes that good patio furniture should bring style, comfort and functionality to your outdoor spaces. Select furniture with quality cushions and it will quickly become a second family room during the warmer months and will be used more often than furniture with good design but average comfort. Remember, if your ensemble has neutral throw pillows or a solid finish, incorporating pillows and accent pieces with bold pops of color or fun patterns will brighten up and enhance the look and design of your ensemble. together.

Make Exterior Upgrades Affordable

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Boost your outdoor living space? According to Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, “You have options when it comes to paying for this project. Home equity loans and lines of credit are common choices. With either, you’ll likely find lower interest rates since the loan is secured by your home. If you’re not comfortable putting your home equity on the line, you may want to consider a personal loan. You may be limited in the amount you can borrow since these are unsecured loans. Credit cards – although an option – are generally less advantageous due to their higher interest rates. Talk to your financial institution about the options available to you – and which are right for you.


The beauty despite the beast

Builders first
87 Wisner Avenue
Middletown and various other locations

Live down to earth
1040 NY-45

Federal Credit Union of the Hudson Valley
Serving Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester counties

Williams Lumber and Building Centers
6760 Route 9
With locations in Rhinebeck, Hudson, Hopewell Junction, Tannersville, Red Hook, Pleasant Valley, High Falls
845.876.WOOD (9663)

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