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With the flowers and trees blooming come the first waves of home sprucing and fixing. Our homes give us comfort, shelter, and a place to define ourselves. When our homes are well tended, we feel at ease, and our home becomes our sanctuary. Spring, and then of course, summer, offers us a chance to clean up, rearrange, paint, garden and perhaps even embark on finding a new place to call home.

And this summer, perhaps more than ever, people will be spending more of their time at home. We’ve already been hearing the hot new term for this: the Staycation. If that is the case for you and your family, you may consider putting some of that money previously spent on gas, hotel rooms, and tourist paraphernalia toward making your “Staycation” location a place more conducive to relaxation; which is to say, this summer might be a good time to invest in your home’s appearance and comfort.

Fortunately, the Hudson Valley is chock-full of excellent retailers and service providers to help those so inclined. And we at Roll have made finding those resources a breeze this month with our special Home and Home Improvement Guide, featuring some of the best local companies we could find.

Just as tending to the infrastructure is good for the health of the nation in this economy, so it is also for the average homeowner. Added home value, quality of life, and the good feeling that comes with improving your personal space—plus knowing the money spent with local businesses stays in the community—it’s a win-win situation all around.

So take just a moment to check out our Home & Home Improvement Guide this month, and acquaint yourself with some of these fine local companies; perhaps they can help you make your home a proper “Staycation” destination. And please don’t forget to tell them you saw their ad in Roll!

Pioneer Natural Pools

3622 RT 9 | Cold Spring, NY 10516 | 845-227-7800

Andrea Sardelli, owner and chief creative pool artisan for Pioneer Natural Pools, has been creating backyard oases for 50 years. From building commercial pool havens, such as, for the Luxor hotel in Las Vegas, to creating ingenious picture perfect pools, spas and incredible, one-of-a-kind water features for some of the biggest celebrities and individual pool enthusiasts throughout the world, Andrea has done it all.

We strive to provide maintenance-free swimming for our customers. Pioneer only installs the finest and technologically advanced systems to filter and heat its pools, including Aqua Rite water sanitizers that use salt to condition and purify the water, Jandy control systems, Aqualink computer control systems, and Spectrum Amerlite®, or SAm®, the world’s first underwater light that changes color at the flip of a switch. Unlike ordinary pool lights, SAm features unique electronic circuitry that allows you to control the color of the light emitted by its twin halogen quartz bulbs.

We have a huge portfolio with hundreds of photos you can look at when we meet as well as testimonials from our many satisfied clients. We’ll come to your home to discuss your dream pool and spa. Together, we’ll determine the ideal location and decide on the most suitable design for your needs. After our initial meeting, we’ll come back to you with a sketched design so you can begin to visualize your new pool and spa in your backyard setting.

Why go another summer without your own pool? Pioneer Natural Pools will make your house the most popular place to be this summer.

Pioneer Pools

Faux Intentions

845-532-3067 |

With infinite possibilities, your walls, floors, ceilings, fireplaces, and furniture can be transformed using faux finishing techniques. Cat Quinn, professional decorative artist, sets the standard for excellence in custom faux finishes for your home and business. A full spectrum of decorative finishes using plasters, glazes, and many other mediums, helps to fill your home with your unique personality and spirit. The paints are water-based, and the process is ”as green as you can get.“ Don’t miss the exhilaration of transforming the rooms you live and work in every day into spaces that reflect your sense of style.

Ulster Savings Bank

Call our local customer service center at 866-440-0391 or visit to find our location nearest you.

Today’s current market presents unique opportunities for homebuyers. More properties for sale mean lower prices and more choices for those looking to purchase a new home. With today’s rates near historic lows, it’s a great time to consider a home purchase.

At Ulster Savings Bank, many low down payment programs are available through FHA, USDA and SONYMA programs. Purchase your home before December 1, 2009, and you may be eligible to receive a tax credit up to $8000!

Ulster Savings Bank has money to lend to qualified borrowers. Our experienced and dedicated mortgage loan officers will take the time to explain the choices available to you when financing your home purchase. We offer NO gimmicks and NO surprises.

Ulster Savings Bank is a local bank with locations throughout the Hudson Valley.

Ulster Savings Bank. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.

Ulster Savings Bank

George Cole Auctions and Realty

Red Hook Business Park
7578 North Broadway (Route 9) | Red Hook, NY 12571
845-758-9114 |

We specialize in Estate Liquidation, and the sale of Real Estate and Antiques. We are also experienced in selling Vehicles and Boats of all types, Farm Machinery and Equipment, Commercial Equipment Liquidation, as well as many other items too numerous to mention.

With over 30 years of operation, we have established an outstanding base of both sellers and buyers. This helps to ensure a fair price for both seller and buyer. Currently the bulk of our sales include quality antique items and furnishings and Real Estate. Most of the merchandise we sell is handpicked from local estates, and sold with no-reserve.

George Cole Auctions and Realty

Silken Wool

36 Main Street | Warwick, NY | 845-988-1888
6 Green Village Road | Madison, NJ | 973-301-2222

We are a direct importer and retailer of authentic Persian rugs. We deal exclusively in true Persian rugs and with years of experience and utter passion for dazzling colors and enchanting designs of authentic Persian rugs we have gathered an extensive collection of beautiful, and often rare, rugs from various regions of Iran. Our collection includes antique and contemporary designs in silk and wool. In selecting our rugs, in addition to high quality and aesthetics, we value and seek rarity; rarity in age, design, and color. The result is the museum quality of our products that is second to none.

To complement our magnificent rug collection, we also carry unique hand made gift items from the nation’s great artisans. These original all handcrafted objects are produced in small workshops throughout the U.S. Among our craft collection you will find beautiful light sculptures, hand blown glass platters and bowls, hand carved wood vessels, and more.

Silken Wool

Ghent Wood Products

1262 Rte. 66 | Ghent, NY 12075 | 518-828-5684 |

Ghent Wood Products produces both standard and custom size pine and hemlock boards and beams, finished lumber including S4S in various sizes, paneling, siding and flooring. We also carry some kiln-dried hardwoods. From its source to the finished project, we can accommodate virtually all your lumber needs: clearing land while maintaining respect for the environment, providing material for small project or large, supplying decorative mulch for your landscaping.

Ghent Wood Products

Hudson Valley Clean Energy

845-876-3767 |

In the fall of 2008, Hudson Valley Clean Energy in Rhinebeck became the first commercial zero-net energy building in New York State. Recent inquiries have shown that they are probably the first in the entire Northeast. So what exactly does ”zero-net energy“ mean? For one, it means that HVCE produces more energy than they consume. It also means that they do not use any fossil fuels to produce this energy. A solar-electric system, also called a photovoltaic or PV system provides all of the electricity for the property, a solar thermal system generates the hot water, and the entire 5,100 square-foot office/warehouse is heated and cooled by a geothermal system. This system combination results in a zero-net energy, carbon neutral building.

In the first year, the PV system generated 16,614 kilowatt-hours of electricity. This is enough to power 2 average Hudson Valley homes. While this number is impressive on its own, what is more exciting is that the building only consumed 15,636 kilowatt-hours in the same year. The result? A utility meter that spins backwards. The company sells the excess energy back to the utility company, making the system not only environmentally friendly, but pocket-friendly too. Using electricity from the PV system, the geothermal system keeps the office at a constant temperature year-round and completely eliminates the company’s need for oil. With oil prices fluctuating every day, the geothermal system is more than comfort, it’s a real investment.

The real question is, how does this apply to your home? Well, HVCE is a full-service design and installation team that can help you reach your own energy goals, whatever they may be. They will handle all the paperwork, design and install the system, and walk you through every step along the way. HVCE is gearing up for a great year helping the Hudson Valley reach its full energy potential. For more information, go to

Hudson Valley Clean Energy

N&S Supply
fishkill/845.896.6291 | brewster/845.279.8075
kingston/845.331.6700 | catskill/518.947.2010
hudson/518.822.1771 | danbury/203.791.9300

N&S Supply is a third-generation family run business in operation for over 60 years. We take pride in offering the highest quality plumbing and heating products at competitive prices, with service that makes us the best and easiest supply house to deal with. Come see why N&S Supply is ”Second to None“.

N&S Supply

Hudson Valley Sunrooms

Route 9W, just south of Kingston
845.339.1787 | Beacon—845.838.1235

Hudson Valley Sunrooms has been your local Four Seasons Sunrooms franchise since 1984 (25 years!). We offer sales, skilled installation and customer service to be talked about for years to come!

A glass room addition adds light and space to any room in your home! We have expanded our product line to include replacement windows & doors, pergolas, retractable awnings & more...

Please come visit our Design Center! We’re located just south of Kingston on Route 9W. Design Center Hrs: 9:00AM to 5:00PM Monday through Saturday. We're looking forward to meeting with you!

Hudson Valley Sunrooms

NeJame Pool Specialists, Inc

P.O . Box 172 | Verbank, NY 12585
845-677-7665 (POOL) | 800-724-2675 (toll free)

The NeJame name has been installing pools in your area for more than 50 years. We pride ourselves on creating your dream, your way! Building the pool is only the beginning. Building to fit your lifestyle is what keeps us apart from the rest. Whether it is vinyl or concrete, we are able to take you from conception to completion.

Each pool is designed with years of experience and with your needs in mind. NO two pools are alike. Your family, lifestyle, and budget are all factors that we work with. We can design the project for phases that can be done over the years or all at once. You get what you want, not what someone else wants to sell you.

Selling, designing, and installing the pool are only the beginning of the relationship. Maintenance, and service are the next step. We have a year round service department that is always ready for whatever you may need.

Will III Builders

99 Main Street | New Paltz, NY 12561
845-255-0869 |

The habitat you live and work in should inspire you to beautify and preserve the environment around you. We focus on intelligent design decisions using materials that make healthy buildings to live in. We also construct our buildings with quality materials and sound construction practices that will assure our buildings will stand for future generations. Human skill and craft of buildings from the past combined with cutting edge technologies of our industry today are our most valuable resources. We recycle materials and buildings and give them new life, preserving not only our history, but the forests that we enjoy today.

Will III Builders

Ackerman's Appliance

752 Warren Street | Hudson, NY 12534
518-828-7339 |

Your family deserves appliances that are beautiful, functional, and energy efficient. A home that has great appliances is worth more, and a kitchen that is beautiful and useful will give back to your family with years of well-loved service. An energy efficient appliance also reduces your family’s utility costs, and helps the environment too! Invest in your home and your home will be the sanctuary that you always wanted it to be.

Ackerman’s Appliance offers the area's best selection and service of the highest quality appliances. Here at Ackerman’s, we believe that quality is remembered long after the price has been forgotten. That’s why we carry the appliance industry’s best brands, such as Frigidaire, Bosch, Asko, Jenn-Air, Wolf, Viking, Miele, Maytag, Dacor, Thermador, Subzero, Aga, Garland, Gaggenau, Fisher & Paykel, Factory Authorized, Amana, GE Monogram, Kitchenaid, and Whirlpool.

No one goes the extra mile like Ackerman’s. That’s because we’re not satisfied unless you are. Repeat and referral customers are the foundation of our business.

Ackerman's Appliance

Bare Furniture

4737 US HWY 209 | Accord, NY 12404
845-626-0061 |

At Bare Furniture, we personally select each piece of furniture in our storeroom. Even our most affordable furniture is high quality and chosen with care. We buy from respected names like Gothic Cabinet Craft, Hardwood Specialties, Khoury, and Whittier.

We are proud to have earned Real Wood Furniture Finished Your Way® certification. We are certified real wood furniture specialists—ask us about different woods and their characteristics, and let an expert finish your furniture for you.

Northern Dutchess Hardwood

Northern Dutchess Hardwood

19 East Market Street | Red Hook, NY 12571 |
Hours: M-F 9-5, Sat 10-3

Full-service flooring store located in Red Hook. We specialize in wood flooring, wide-board, rustic, long-length, antique and reclaimed, vintage and pre-finished choices are all on display.

We provide expert installation for all of our products, which include natural stone and porcelain tile, laminate flooring, sustainable choices such as bamboo and cork floors, along with carpet, sheet vinyl and marmoleum.

Northern Dutchess Hardwood

Standard Glass of Poughkeepsie

1916 New Hackensack rd Poughkeepsie
845-462-1818 |

Standard Glass Inc. is a 3rd generation family owned & operated business that has been serving the Hudson Valley for over 50 years.

We specialize in all your residential glass needs, from custom shower enclosures, along with mirrors, insulated glass, tabletops, screens & storms.

Come visit us at our showroom to see our many different glass displays, or visit us at our web site;

Standard Glass of Poughkeepsie

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