Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Wanted: Home Renovation Salvage

Do You Have These Items To Sell?

Hudson Valley HistoricsCustomers Want To Buy Them!

During the past few weeks, our customers have requested quite a few items -- so many, in fact that we decided to list them and see if any of *you* have these items and are interested in selling them:

Newel Post:43" post for a renovation in Brooklyn. Antique in dark wood if possible.Cast Iron

Enamel Sink:Double Sink Requested, but will look at anything. Needs to fit into a 36" base cabinet.

Porch Post:Antique turned wood, 6" in diameter, 90"-96" tall for a renovation in Long Island.

Sliders. French Doors or Oversized Windows:Addition being planned for a house in New Jersey. Rear wall will be mostly glass, and hopefully will have a slider of french door (or two) as a centerpiece.

Kitchen Cabinets:New/Unused kitchen cabinets, white preferred, but will consider wood.

Feel free to forward this post to any friends, homeowners, contractors, builders or architects you know. Perhaps you can help them sell something that they've been holding on to waiting for the right person to use it. If you have something to sell, let us know, and if you have specific product needs, send us an email!

As always, we'll handle all the negotiations, payment, pick-up and delivery of any of the items we sell for you.Thanks in advance for reading this email and to helping us repurpose building materials.

Matt Kovner
Hudson Valley Historics

Monday, June 15, 2009

AGC: Construction unemployment reaches 19.2%

Building Design and Construction
June 5, 2009

Unemployment in the construction sector climbed to a “horrendous” 19.2 percent (not-seasonally adjusted) as an additional 59,000 construction workers lost their jobs in May according to new federal data, said construction economist Ken Simonson today.

Simonson, who discussed the significance of the new jobs data during a media conference call with contractors from across the country, said that construction employment has declined by 990,000 jobs, or 14 percent, in the past year while overall nonfarm employment has declined by 4 percent.

“Construction continues to bear a disproportionate share of the pain from the recession,” Simonson, the chief economist for the Associated General Contractors of America, said. “Simply put, the unemployment rate for construction in May was horrendous.”

Simonson said that the construction employment figures would likely have been worse if not for the stimulus. “The stimulus is doing its job putting men and women back to work,” and, “It is boosting opportunity and generating economic activity in an increasingly broad geographic area.”

Read Simonson's remarks at:

Friday, June 5, 2009

Peekskill 12th Annual Open Studios

Peekskill 12th Annual Open Studios

Sat & Sun, June 6 & 7, Noon - 5pm

100+ artists 12+ exhibiton 25+ artists' studios
Art all around the town!


Free Guided Tours from the Gazebo at 1 pm and 3 pm both days or pick up the map and walk on your own.

George Dubinsky, Eclectic ImagesThe Field Library
Drawn Group show of PAC membersStandard House thru July 26
Off the Beaten Track--Peekskill artists Westchester Community College
Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Free admission during Open Studios
Openings and Artist's Receptions
Peekskill Youth Bureau Paint-In at the Field Library during Open Studios
Free Shuttle Bus-to the Standard House, the Hat Factory, HVCCA and the Gazebo
Free parking through out downtown

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS (updated) Scarlett Antonia, Joanna Astor, Andrew Barthelmes, Bob Barthelmes, Brian Beaton, Deborah Beck, Curt Belshe, Kelli Bickman, Leela Bora, Lisa Breznak, Jo-Ann Brody, Chris Burke, Ed Burke, Larry D'Amico, Jeanne Demotses, Dana DeVito, Inge Dube, Jessica Dubin, George Dubinsky, Marcy B. Freedman, Wendie Garber, Laura Gillen, Howard Goodman, Nadine Gordon Taylor, Elana Goren, Lorraine Gregus, Sarah Haviland, Anne Johann, Carla Rae Johnson, Barbara Jones, Kevin Kall, Adele Kamp, Cheolhwan Kim, Thomas Kuehl, Leslie Lew, Brook Maher, Stephen Mancusi, Bill Maxwell, Sherry Mayo, Wilfredo Morel, Roshi Newman, Joanne Oechsner, Bohdan Osyczka, Gene Panczenko, Berenice Pliskin, Bob Pliskin, Lisa Prown, Leah Quinn, Sheilah Rechtschaffer, Derek Reist, Susan Roecker, Marilyn R. Rosenberg, Donna Rossi, Calvert Schlick, Ilse Schreiber Noll, Phyllis Senghaas, Barbara Smith, Joe Squillante, Peg Taylor, Sone Tower, Leigh Trifari, Keren Valentin, Patty Villanova, Anthony Volpe, Carol Wax, Lavinia Wiggins, Linda Winters, Maureen Winzig, Yardena Donig Youner, Judy Zabar & others

For further information call
Larry D'Amico at 734-1292
Jo-Ann Brody at 737-1646
Peekskill Arts Council
P O Box 2268
Peekskill, New York 10566

For further information
Click this link to our web site

Galleries, Museums and Exhibitions
Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Paramount Center for the Arts, Steel Imaginations, The Gallery at Westchester Community College, The Field Library Gallery, The Standard House, The Art Lot, The Garden Gallery at the Hudson River Health Care Center, The Bean Runner Cafe, Flat Iron Gallery, Driftwood Gallery, Peekskill Coffee House Open Studios is sponsored by the Peekskill Arts Council, Arts Westchester, the City of Peekskill & local businesses.


At the Gazebo Park & Division Sts.
Lauren Michelle & Paolo demonstrate Swing Dance
Saturday 2-3:30 Jazz singer Papahawk Goldberg
Sunday 3-5pm Jazz duo: Bert Rechtschaffer & Frank Paul Pierangelo

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Builders say demand for front porches rising

By Mary Beth Breckenridge mcclatchy-tribune

A front porch is more than a shelter from the elements. It's a friendly face on a home, a comfortable bridge between our private lives and our public selves. And almost by its very presence, it conveys neighborliness.

That's a big part of the reason housing experts believe the front porch is regaining its importance in home construction.

Increasing demand for front porches in new homes was projected by most of the 60 builders, architects, designers and other specialists who were surveyed for the National Association of Home Builders' Home of the Future study in 2007.

Among the panelists, 70 percent predicted front porches would become popular in new homes of about 2,400 square feet, while 79 percent expected it to be a desired feature in upscale homes of 3,000 feet or more. The experts aren't talking about porches intended primarily for decoration, noted Steve Melman, the association's director of economic services.

"This is something where you could actually sit out," a covered space big enough to accommodate a swing or a table and chairs. Melman thinks the movement has several roots.

Front porches fit with the trend toward traditional home design, and they meet homeowners' desire for a more casual lifestyle, he said.

What's more, Melman said, porches feed people's desire to belong. A front porch is an icon of the American neighborhood, and its presence helps create a sense of community almost instantly".

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Thomas M. Leigh, Architect is currently designing a front porch addition for a 1970's home in Cortlandt Manor, NY; a Hudson River Town.