Friday, August 29, 2014

11 Things to Expect With Your Remodel

If you've never remodeled before or are taking on a big project, you may feel a little nervous. How much will it cost? How long will it take? Between the large expense and the excitement of anticipating your finished remodel, it’s hard not to feel a little apprehensive. Knowing what to expect can help allay your fears and make you better prepared for what’s to come.

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3. Triumphant highs. For you it may be the demolition of the ugly vinyl floors in your kitchen. For others it may be the installation of the carefully selected backsplash tile. Others still may feel elated only when they see Sheetrock go in or get to relax when their project is completely done. 

4. Multiple sighs. It may be that you just want to be done, or that you’re tired of answering so many questions and writing so many checks. Or you may just be tired of having so many people in your house. Hang in there — remodeling fatigue will be short lived when you get to move back into your newly remodeled space.

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5. The unexpected. If you expect anything, expect this. Asbestos, irregular framing, jerry-rigged wiring, funny plumbing and more unexpected surprises are bound to arise. No, you won’t be laughing, and neither will your contractor. Count on finding something no one could have anticipated in your budget and your time frame, and you will be well prepared when it happens.

6. Change orders. The unexpected’s cousin is the change order, by which any new and changed work is documented, along with added or reduced cost. Change orders can also be used to resolve allowances, which are placeholders in the budget for particular items. But most often change orders occur because of things that clients decide to add or change. When you absolutely positively have to have that Italian tile, you can bet a change order is on the way.

7. Cash concerns. Even if your project is right on budget, the sheer amount of money you are spending may cause a bit of a freakout. If you’re used to writing four-digit checks, you can easily be writing checks with one or two more zeros during a large remodel. If costs are increasing, along with change orders, it could increase your anxiety. Having cash on hand that's a bare minimum of 10 percent above contract for contingencies will help alleviate that stress. Have 20 percent if you want to worry less.

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8. Delays. Snow falls, people get sick, cars break down and sometimes faucets ordered from the factory take 10 weeks instead of six. You and your contractor will likely be working from a schedule that assumes the world is a perfect place. It’s not, and knowing that will allow you to be resilient when your schedule shifts a bit. 

9. Decisions. Where should that outlet be? How high do you want the showerhead? Where do you want the cabinet hardware mounted? Oil-rubbed bronze or chrome or brushed nickel or satin nickel? Is your head spinning yet? Count on hundreds of questions that you'll need to answer as your project proceeds, or select your architect as your proxy. Just know that your selection of a contractor is the first of many you will make.

10. Outliers. At the end of your project, expect one or two punch-list items that will take longer to resolve than anything else. It may be a light fixture that arrives broken or the very last two pieces of tile. The important thing is to get the final details right, even if they take a little longer.

11. A party! Expect that you will want to show off your newly remodeled kitchen, living room or addition. We have had clients throw parties and invite friends, along with us and our trade partners. It’s gratifying for everyone to see a beautifully finished home filled with people enjoying themselves.


Friday, August 22, 2014

Geva Fuels Redevelopment of Downtown Buildings


The face of downtown Rochester is changing. Several new residential construction projects are underway, signaling a change in attitude about the city. At least 15 housing projects, many converting old commercial buildings into loft apartments, are planed or under construction.

Construction is underway for a lifestyle development downtown — one that is being fueled by Geva Theatre Center.

Investor and property owner Eduard Nakhamkin and developer Patrick Dutton are currently working on Woodbury Place, which is located on a historic corner in the area known as Washington Square. It is bordered by Woodbury Boulevard, South Avenue, Capron Street and St. Mary's Place.

To house actors, Geva has signed a 10-year lease for 11 lofts, which will represent about 30 percent of the total number of residential units once both phases of the development are done, Dutton said. When both phases are completed, the five buildings formerly occupied by Merkel Donohue will be redeveloped.

"It's significant for Geva, for Washington Square and for downtown Rochester," said Dutton, whose development also will include retail and restaurants.

The development is one of at least 15 projects underway downtown that have housing components, and represent about $370 million worth of work.

The first phase of the Washington Square project, which will be done in January, will include 19 lofts and 10,000 square feet of retail space.

"We need quality housing to attract quality actors," said Geva Executive Director Tom Parrish.

Right now, the regional equity theater rents space for actors in Gates.

"This is a fantastic improvement for housing," said Patrick Noonan, 43, who has acted in Geva plays since 2007 and stayed in the current apartments. He has since made Rochester his home base.

The redeveloped buildings will highlight the existing architectural features of the buildings but will also include modern, loft-style design with exposed brick, rooftop patios and gardens, refurbished wood and concrete flooring, Dutton said.

The project is led by property owner and investor Nakhamkin, a Russian-born former art dealer who currently lives in Miami. Nakhamkin purchased the property eight years ago and teamed with Dutton to develop it.

Mayor Lovely Warren lauded the development.

"We are a city on the move," she said. "We are a city that's coming back."

Source: Democrat & Chronicle

Friday, August 15, 2014


ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The big day is here! The doors at Hart’s Local Grocers open wide at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 15. Hart’s is the first grocery store to open downtown since the last one left Midtown Plaza more than a decade ago.
Hart’s Local Grocers is a locally owned and independent full-service food retailer. The store is located in the heart of the East End occupying 20,000-square-feet of the two-story brick building at 10 Winthrop St., located between the Little Theatre and Restaurant 2Vine.
“I am thrilled that our vision for a full-service, downtown grocery store is finally coming to life,” said Glenn Kellogg, Founder and President of Hart’s Local Grocers. “With the help of a great team and support from Canandaigua National Bank & Trust and the City of Rochester, Hart’s Local Grocers is ready to fulfill our promise of serving Rochester and celebrating this region’s great food.”
Hart’s will feature products from more than 50 local vendors, including a selection of organic products and produce, alongside the national brands shoppers expect at a full-service grocery store. Hart’s will serve many city neighborhoods, including the Center City, Park and East Avenue neighborhoods, Neighborhood of the Arts, and the South Wedge, in addition to shoppers who work in the city. More than 50 employees have been hired to date.

Opening Weekend activities kick off Friday, Aug. 15 at 9:45 a.m. with remarks by local and national elected officials. Officials in attendance will include Senator Ted O’Brien, Senator Joseph E. Robach, Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks, Rochester Mayor Lovely A. Warren, and City Council President Loretta Scott.
Following a 10 a.m. ribbon cutting, Hart’s will open its doors to the public.
“This new grocery store will be a wonderful addition for the City of Rochester and for downtown in particular,” said Rochester Mayor Lovely A. Warren. “For too long, downtown has been a food desert. This new store will give area residents more convenient access to groceries and help to make downtown an even more desirable place to live. Our East End is already vibrant, and the addition of Hart’s Local Grocers will add to the vitality of the neighborhood while also bringing new job opportunities.”
For Opening Weekend only, Hart’s will feature discounted specials on local and national favorites.
Hart’s will be open seven days a week, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. The store opens at 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 15, and begins normal operating hours on Saturday and Sunday of Opening Weekend. Parking for Hart’s Local Grocers includes 130 onsite parking-lot spaces as well as dedicated bike racks. Hart’s is also training its employees to make the store a deaf-friendly atmosphere.
Since announcing its arrival in January, Hart’s has built a strong following by participating in community events and through social media. To date, Hart’s has more than 2,000 Facebook likes and 1,200 Twitter followers and more than 1,500 people have signed up for Hart’s Rewards Cards, which will be mailed in advance of Opening Weekend.

“Hart Hat” Media Tour: Monday, Aug. 11
Hart’s will be hosting a “Hart Hat” media tour at 10 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 11. Members of the media are invited to tour the store in advance of its opening, while final shelf-stocking and preparations are under way. Local relatives of the Hart family and some former workers from the original Hart’s Food Stores also will join the media tour.
Yelp! Shopping Cart Races at 9 a.m. Opening Day
In collaboration with online site Yelp!, Hart’s will be hosting smartphone shopping cart races for the Yelp! Rochester Elite Squad at 9 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 15. Ten local “Yelpers” will be given shopping lists for an in-store scavenger hunt. Instead of adding these items to a shopping cart, participants will take a photo of each item to post to the Yelp! event page and across social media.
The Hart’s Story
Hart’s mission is to build community, delight the senses, and connect Rochesterians to the region’s greatest foods. This traditional neighborhood market offers city residents local and fresh meat, dairy, produce, and baked goods alongside national brands, while raising the retail standard of excellence through a socially and environmentally responsible food system.
It is estimated area grocery stores locally source between 2 and 4 percent of products, whereas Hart’s is well into double digits. Each department head is charged with continually searching for local and regional options for products sold at Hart’s, including natural and organic product options.
The vision for Hart’s Local Grocers is that of Glenn Kellogg, an urban economic planner from Washington, D.C. Through his company Rochester Local Capital he drafted a business plan and gathered a team of industry and startup veterans from around the region and the country. They studied demographics, looking closely at city neighborhoods, identifying the best opportunities and locations, and finding out what residents are hungry for.
Hart’s started renovating its new home at 10 Winthrop Street in March. The two-story brick building was constructed in 1930, and most recently was the home of Craig Autometrics. It previously served as the repair and body shop for nearby Hallman’s Chevrolet.
Media Contact
Trevor Eckart, Communications Supervisor
(585) 880-7680