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Kitchen Remodeling

Kitchen remodeling is the number-one way to improve the interior of your home. Updating appliances, countertops, and cabinets is just the start; let us show you how we can improve the functionality and style of your kitchen. Our goal is to take your ideas and offer up our ideas, which are based on years of experience, to create a kitchen that works precisely as you need it to.

Kitchen Design

Remodeling the kitchen requires a series of design, material, and color decisions on your behalf. We can help you make those tough decisions, but ultimately the choice for each will be yours. Some of the important decisions you will need to make include:

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Storage

How much storage will you need in your newly remodeled kitchen? Do we need to include storage for small appliances or will they simply sit on the countertop or in the pantry? Do you need a pantry?
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Shelving or Cabinets

Some homeowners choose open shelving instead of upper cabinets, opting only for lower cabinets. Do you prefer stock cabinetry or custom? Custom cabinetry needs to be ordered well-ahead of time so it’s ready when we need it.
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Countertop Material:

Some of the most popular countertop materials include quartz, granite, soapstone, and marble. We’ll help you choose the best countertop material and color based on the way you plan to use it and the amount of maintenance you’re prepared to put forth.

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Backsplash Material

The kitchen backsplash must be able to stand up to whatever splatters land on it, but it also needs to look amazing. We can help you choose a backsplash that stands out and grabs attention or one that blends well with the rest of the room.
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Specific Storage for Specialty Items

Wine connoisseurs often want specific wine storage to keep their favorite wines at the perfect level of tastiness. Aspiring chefs enjoy having storage for all of the herbs and seasonings they use on a daily basis. Specific storage for small appliances, such as an appliance garage, may also be useful.
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Built-in Items

Built-in cutting boards or hidden trash cans and recycling bins are wonderful additions to the kitchen. You may also consider toe-kick drawers for small items that are rarely used.
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Types of Appliances

The type of appliances you choose will play a large role in the functionality of your kitchen. You know best how you use your kitchen. We expect you to voice your opinions in regards to the type of appliances that are installed. We wouldn’t want to install a professional grade double oven 8 burner range if you rarely cook, for example.
We don’t simply take your kitchen remodeling ideas and run with them; we pull you into the entire design process. We offer a full-service approach to all of our projects including kitchen remodeling. You will have the opportunity to work hand-in-hand with our design team as we design your new kitchen to meet your individual needs.

Kitchen Remodeling

Established in 1985, we have the experience and expertise to complete your project in a timely and professional manner. Your satisfaction is guaranteed…if you’re not happy, we’re not done! We offer a free initial consultation on the feasibility and price range of your project.

When you do excellent work, you can provide an excellent warranty. Our five year free from defects home improvement warranty is five times the industry standard. Contact us now at 518-664-2083 or through the site by clicking here.

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Bathroom Remodeling

The bathroom is the second-most remodeled room in the home. Aside from the kitchen, most homeowners say that an updated bathroom is the most important feature in their home. We fully understand the desire to maintain and update your home as styles change and you need a change of pace.

Some of the most prevalent reasons to remodel the bathroom include:

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Lighting

Many bathrooms built or remodeled in the 80s, 90s, and early 2000s have very poor lighting. Improved lighting in the bathroom may mean the addition of windows, a skylight or solar tube, or the addition of light fixtures.
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Flooring

Leaks and normal bathroom moisture can cause problems with the flooring. You may notice bowing or other types of water damage over time. Flooring replacement is very common in bathroom remodeling projects.
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Electrical Issues

The bathroom and kitchen have specific electrical needs in order to meet the national code for electrical safety. Any electrical source within a few feet of a water source is required to have a GFCI outlet. The GFCI, or ground fault circuit interrupter, shuts off power to the outlet if it detects water or contact with a person. They’re in place to protect you from electric shock.
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New Appliances and Fixtures

Today’s new toilets, sinks, shower heads, and faucets reduce water consumption. Many homeowners are focused on remodeling for the purpose of reducing their carbon footprint and making their home more sustainable with fewer natural resources. New bathroom appliances and fixtures go a long way in achieving that goal.
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ADA Compliance

Many homeowners are focusing on the future during the bathroom remodeling process. They want to ensure that ADA rules are followed in case they or a loved one become impaired. Homeowners in their 40s and 50s are looking at ADA compliance as a way to remain in the home and live independently for another 30 to 40 years.
Bathroom remodeling is different for every homeowner. Allow us to show you how we can remodel your bathroom to meet your individual needs. We don’t focus on what’s popular, we focus on what you want.

We don’t simply take your bathroom remodeling ideas and run with them; we pull you into the entire design process. We offer a full-service approach to all of our projects including bathroom remodeling. You will have the opportunity to work hand-in-hand with our design team as we design your new bathroom.

Bathroom Remodeling

Established in 1985, we have the experience and expertise to complete your project in a timely and professional manner. Your satisfaction is guaranteed…if you’re not happy, we’re not done! We offer a free initial consultation on the feasibility and price range of your project.

When you do excellent work, you can provide an excellent warranty. Our five year free from defects home improvement warranty is five times the industry standard. Contact us now at 518-664-2083 or through the site by clicking here.

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Home Additions

The addition of living space to your home requires a lot of consideration. Building a home addition means changing the shape of your existing home or adding a new living space to your property. Home additions may include anything from the addition of a new bedroom to a new wing or even an entire apartment for rental purposes.

Home Additions Grow with Your Family

Additional bedrooms and bathrooms are very common home additions. Many families choose to buy a small, less expensive home and expand on it as the family grows. This allows the homeowner to enjoy the benefits that come along with increasing the monetary value of the home if they choose to sell at some point. Popular home addition ideas include:

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Bedroom

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Garage

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Kitchen Extension

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Bonus Room

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Porches and Decks

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Second Story

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Office

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Mother-in-Law Suite

Be Part of the Classic Homes Team

We don’t simply take your home additions and remodeling ideas and run with them; we pull you into the entire design process. We offer a full-service approach to all of our projects including whole home remodeling and additions. You will have the opportunity to work hand-in-hand with our design team as we design your home addition.

Remodeling and Home Additions

Established in 1985, we have the experience and expertise to complete your project in a timely and professional manner. Your satisfaction is guaranteed…if you’re not happy, we’re not done! We offer a free initial consultation on the feasibility and price range of your project.

When you do excellent work, you can provide an excellent warranty. Our five year free from defects home improvement warranty is five times the industry standard. Contact us now at 518-664-2083 or through the site by clicking here.

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Basement Remodeling

Are you looking to add a new family room, bedroom, or exercise room to your home? If your basement is unfinished or unused, you may already have the ideal space. A basement remodel can increase your livable square footage and add value to your home.

An unfinished basement is like a blank canvas — the possibilities are endless. Your basement could be:

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A family room

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An extra bedroom

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An exercise room

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A kids’ playroom

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A wine cellar

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A home theater

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Remodeling Process

Custom home remodeling serving New York’s Saratoga, Albany, and Schenectady Counties

Thinking of remodeling? Classic Homes handles both interior and exterior remodeling projects of any scope. Here’s an overview of our remodeling process, or you can contact us for a prompt, personalized quote based on your needs.

Step 1: Initial Contact
Whether you place a phone call or email, you can expect us to contact you within 24 hours of receiving your information. During our initial conversation you may be asked additional questions about your project in order for us to determine how we can best serve your needs. In most cases we’ll set a time and date for an onsite consultation at your convenience.
Step 2: Onsite Consultation

During our onsite inspection we will:

  • Listen to your needs, goals and suggestions
  • Review building plans or drawings (if applicable)
  • Determine feasibility of the project
  • Discuss the project budget
  • Take photos of your present site
  • Take necessary measurements
  • Set a time and date to review our proposal
Step 3: Design/Build Remodeling and Renovation Projects

Upon determining the projects feasibility and with a mutual desire to proceed with the project, we will enter a design agreement intended to:

  • Fit within your budget
  • Address space requirements
  • Create an attractive, functional living space
  • Comply with local codes
  • (Most importantly) Tie into your homes architectural style. As most of our clients comment, “It looks as if it’s always been there.”
Step 5: The Construction Process

After coming to an agreement on design, budget and timing, we will meet with you for a pre-construction meeting to include:

  • Addressing any special concerns or considerations you may have
  • Review the plans and specifications of your project
  • Verify all site conditions
  • Consider your house pets
  • Develop a firm work schedule
  • Review work hours
  • Plan for material storage and workers’ parking
  • Check availability of special order items
  • Address the permit and inspection process
  • Discuss our change order policy
During the entire production process, you’ll enjoy open communication with both our onsite supervisor and any subcontractor assigned to your project. Our team is highly skilled and trustworthy.
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New Home Construction

Classic Homes can work with plans drawn up by your own architect or building designer, or we can help you both design and build your own unique, custom home using our design/build process.

Our Process

Building a new home is both a big decision and a big investment; a new custom home is the largest single purchase that most people will make in their lifetime. There are many decisions to make, and for many, it’s a journey down unfamiliar paths…

With over 25 years of building experience, we know how to take the stress out of the building process. Building a new home is an exciting event, and you should be able to enjoy every moment of it. We believe building with Classic Homes is the best decision and best investment you can make for your family.

Initial Building Consultation

First and foremost: You are in charge of the process.

Although most of our clients are experienced home owners, having a custom home built just for them and their families can be an experience that leaves people struggling with where to start.

Should you buy a lot and then find a builder or should you select an architect and get started on the blueprints first? We are simply suggesting that you start by talking with us first, so that we can educate you about our design/build system, and see if it works well for you.

Tell us your ideas and goals, and we will give you our best recommendations to suit your needs. On the other hand, if you haven’t picked out a plan yet or even a location, don’t worry. We’re your one stop shop for every step of the process.

We understand at this time you are still considering other builders, what sets Classic Homes apart is our approach. Our business is built on pride, honesty and attention to personal service. We will build your custom home with you in mind.

Once you have made your decision on which builder will work best with you, if chosen, we will meet to discuss an outline of specifications and costs of the plan proposed along with options from your “must have” list as well as your “wish we had” list. If you haven’t picked out your plan we will at this point propose plans and specifications for you to think about. We can show you some of our plans or help you work with our designer to get things just right.

Designing Your Custom Home

  • Semi-Custom
  • Custom home with your own plans
  • Custom home from scratch

Semi-Custom Home Design

We’ll review our standard options for your consideration.  If you don’t see something you’re looking for, just ask.  As a true Custom Builder, we rarely say no and are able to accommodate most requests for customization.

So you already have blueprints, that’s great! We will review them to make sure they are 100% complete and ready to use for your new custom home project.

If the blueprints require additional pages of information or if they simply need a few minor adjustments, we’ll let you know.

If you have purchased blueprints from a magazine or from an internet source, we have relationships with local design professionals that will work with our clients to modify the blueprints as needed. Usually these types of blueprints offer great basic designs, but are not complete enough to obtain a building permit here in the State of New York.


Building Your Custom Home From Scratch

The Design/Build Method

We at Classic Homes are advocates of the Design/Build method of project construction.

Advantages of Design Build Construction

There are key advantages to using the design-build method of construction over the classic design-bid-build method:

  • Single Source of Accountability – The design build approach provides a single source for your entire project.  In the classic design-bid-build method the owner must; select an architect / designer, finalize the design, bid the project, select a contractor, and then act as an intermediary.  The design-build method fosters teamwork and lends itself to cooperation.  The relationship built during the design phase helps to ensure that the stage is set for a successful construction project.
  • Budget Management – Discussing budget during the design phase (not waiting until the bids come in) helps to keep the projects within a realistic budget.  Communicating the cost implications of design decisions ensures that the owner plays a key role in arriving at the final project price.  Once the scope of work has been finalized, the project costs are clearly defined and controlled by the design-build firm.
  • Enhanced Communication – Specific design and construction details are being developed throughout the entire process and the focus stays on owner “value”.  The communication benefits of working with a construction expert and design professional at the same time ensures that potential problems are discovered before the project starts.
  • Quality Control – The design build method helps to remove ambiguity that may arise in material and construction specifications.  Since the designer, engineer and builder are united, the focus remains on protecting the clients interest.

After completing the Design process, we will be ready to start the Construction phase of your new home, including making all the selections that will make your new home a reflection of your personality and lifestyle!

The Construction Process

Building Just Got Easier

There’s a lot that goes into building a new home. With more than 25 years of home building experience, we’ve developed a collaborative construction process that home buyers can easily follow. From our first initial meeting to the day you receive the keys to your new home, We’ll guide your through the construction process and ensure your home building experience is seamless and successful.

At the pre-construction meeting, you will have the opportunity to sit down with your construction coordinator to ask specific questions regarding the construction of your new home. Your construction coordinator will review every aspect of your home from the placement on the home site to a review of your interior selections.

At this time, your new home will transform from a vacant piece of land to a busy construction site. During this process, your basement will be excavated, your foundation footings and walls will be poured, a damp proofing will be sprayed on the outside of your basement walls, drain tile and stone will be set in and around the perimeter of your foundation, your home will be back-filled, and utilities will be installed.

During the framing stage, your home will begin to take shape. The structural steel, lumber, floor system and engineered roof trusses will be delivered to your home and one of Classic Homes’ highly skilled sub-contractor crews will begin to craft your new home. Upon completion of framing we’ll schedule our 1st client walk thru. During this time we’ll confirm that everything is just where you want it.; We’ll also layout lighting, switches and outlets and review placement of heating registers so you can plan your furniture placement.

Over the next several days, you will see your home transform from an empty shell into a functional home. This is when plumbing, heating and cooling and electrical components will be installed. Once all of your rough mechanicals are installed, the local building department will conduct inspections to ensure the mechanical components of your home comply with building codes. You will be contacted near this point of construction to meet your construction coordinator at your new home for your pre-drywall orientation meeting. During this meeting you will walk your new home to inspect the inner workings, view the quality of installations and confirm locations.

Now that all required structural inspections have been conducted, you will see your new home come to life. First, insulation will be installed and then several stages of drywall installation will take place. Around the time that the drywall work has begun, you will also see the exterior components of your new home begin to take life. This is when exterior features, such as stone and siding, will be installed.

When the drywall is complete, things will begin moving very quickly. Almost everyday there will be something new going on in your home. First, the interior trim consisting of your interior doors, base and window moldings will be installed. You will also see the remaining items on the exterior of your home take shape, like the driveway, sidewalks, porch posts, garage doors and exterior painting. Because your home is being built in an ever-changing climate, these items may be completed at different stages of construction depending on the weather and time of year.

Once we have ensured that the trim and drywall are ready for paint, the interior of your home will be painted, flooring will be installed and cabinets and counter tops will be put in place. Once this is done, your final mechanicals will be installed. This will consist of your plumbing fixtures, light fixtures, plugs & switches and floor registers.

As soon as your interior finishes are in, your house will be cleaned, carpet will be installed and your construction coordinator will conduct a final Inspection to ensure your new home is move-in ready.

Your New Home

Once your new home has passed all of the required municipal inspections, received a Certificate of Occupancy and the construction coordinator has completed their final quality inspection, you and your construction coordinator will complete a very detailed walk through of your new home. During this meeting, you will not only inspect the entire home but you will also be educated on all the inner-workings of your new custom home.

Building a new home is both a big decision and a big investment; a new custom home is the largest single purchase that most people will make in their lifetime. There are many decisions to make, and for many, it’s a journey down unfamiliar paths…

With over 25 years of building experience, we know how to take the stress out of the building process. Building a new home is an exciting event, and you should be able to enjoy every moment of it. We believe building with Classic Homes is the best decision and best investment you can make for your family.

Building Your Classic Home

Although most of our clients are experienced home owners, having a custom home built just for them and their families can be an experience that leaves people struggling with where to start.

Should you buy a lot and then find a builder or should you select an architect and get started on the blueprints first? We are simply suggesting that you start by talking with us first, so that we can educate you about our design/build system, and see if it works well for you.

Tell us your ideas and goals, and we will give you our best recommendations to suit your needs. On the other hand, if you haven’t picked out a plan yet or even a location, don’t worry. We’re your one stop shop for every step of the process.

We understand at this time you are still considering other builders, what sets Classic Homes apart is our approach. Our business is built on pride, honesty and attention to personal service. We will build your custom home with you in mind.

Once you have made your decision on which builder will work best with you, if chosen, we will meet to discuss an outline of specifications and costs of the plan proposed along with options from your “must have” list as well as your “wish we had” list. If you haven’t picked out your plan we will at this point propose plans and specifications for you to think about. We can show you some of our plans or help you work with our designer to get things just right.

Semi-Custom Home Design

We’ll review our standard options for your consideration. If you don’t see something you’re looking for, just ask. As a true Custom Builder, we rarely say no and are able to accommodate most requests for customization.

So you already have blueprints, that’s great! We will review them to make sure they are 100% complete and ready to use for your new custom home project.

If the blueprints require additional pages of information or if they simply need a few minor adjustments, we’ll let you know.

If you have purchased blueprints from a magazine or from an internet source, we have relationships with local design professionals that will work with our clients to modify the blueprints as needed. Usually these types of blueprints offer great basic designs, but are not complete enough to obtain a building permit here in the State of New York.

Building Your Custom Home From Scratch

The Design/Build Method

We at Classic Homes are advocates of the Design/Build method of project construction.

Advantages of Design Build Construction

There are key advantages to using the design-build method of construction over the classic design-bid-build method:

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Single Source of Accountability

The design build approach provides a single source for your entire project. In the classic design-bid-build method the owner must; select an architect / designer, finalize the design, bid the project, select a contractor, and then act as an intermediary. The design-build method fosters teamwork and lends itself to cooperation. The relationship built during the design phase helps to ensure that the stage is set for a successful construction project.
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Budget Management

Discussing budget during the design phase (not waiting until the bids come in) helps to keep the projects within a realistic budget. Communicating the cost implications of design decisions ensures that the owner plays a key role in arriving at the final project price. Once the scope of work has been finalized, the project costs are clearly defined and controlled by the design-build firm.
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Enhanced Communication

Specific design and construction details are being developed throughout the entire process and the focus stays on owner “value”. The communication benefits of working with a construction expert and design professional at the same time ensures that potential problems are discovered before the project starts.
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Quality Control

The design build method helps to remove ambiguity that may arise in material and construction specifications. Since the designer, engineer and builder are united, the focus remains on protecting the clients interest.
After completing the Design process, we will be ready to start the construction phase of your new home, including making all the selections that will make your new home a reflection of your personality and lifestyle!

Your Custom Home Can Be a Reality!

Established in 1985, we have the experience and expertise to complete your project in a timely and professional manner. Your satisfaction is guaranteed…if you’re not happy, we’re not done! We offer a free initial consultation on the feasibility and price range of your project.

When you do excellent work, you can provide an excellent warranty. Our five year free from defects home improvement warranty is five times the industry standard. Contact us now at 518-664-2083 or through the site by clicking here.

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