Get Inspired.. update your front yard or back yard design with shrubbery, gardens, walkways and more…Grasshopper has been helping clients create beautiful green spaces, making their outdoor living flow with the existing architecture. They offer Lawn Care, Design and Construction and Landscape Maintenance.
Create winding paths, with boxwoods whether rounded, squared off, or snaked through other borders, they can add charm to any country garden. The clipped boxwood above leads you down the path which artfully binds the garden to the house.
This Garden Courtyard, with stone paths framed by tall grass and spirea sprinkled through .. brings you to a relaxing seating area, creating an oasis for relaxing and entertaining in this outdoor space..
This elegant landscape, with bee balm and Liatris Spricata has a variety of perennial plantings that making it colorful and easy to maintain.
Let Grasshopper set up your quiet corner, this lush is space overflowing with Tardiva and Annabelle hydrangeas. Grasshopper will be located at booth 309 in the Times Union Center, let them help you design and install the landscape you’ve dreamed of..
More adventures to come at the Times Union Home Expo..
See You There! XOXO
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With wide open spaces, blurring the division between indoor and outdoor spaces using large windows, there is a certain beauty, and inner strength that matches the outer beauty of a Post and Beam Home. In contrast with the surrounding wooded landscape, absolute symmetry rules in this space, double-height living room, from the placement of the windows to the positioning of the furniture.
The owners of Hartwick Post and Beam Ridge Shinn and son Newell Ridge-Shinn have been building quality post and beam homes for thirty years, and no two are alike. They can be anywhere from Contemporary in design, Rustic or Intimate and Dramatic.. Post and Beam homes capture the true spirit of living green, using renewable building materials and showing off their natural beauty. To me there is nothing more beautiful than a spacious timber home with expansive ceilings and drop dead gorgeous views.
Although new this home has the deep, rich warmth of something that’s been around for a long time, the flagstone fireplace anchors the space in this modern interpretation of Post and Beam Living..
Sculptural shapes make up a moment of richness in this kitchen, there is a sense of comfort that comes from Rustic materials. The architectural details also create a warm, welcoming sense of place in this handsome kitchen. The look is part farmhouse, part industrial, with the trussed ceiling and metal stools and fan, the blend of materials work well in this space. Visit Booth 366 at the Home Expo. From start to finish the folks at Hartwick Post and Beam will work closely to make your dream home happen.
Stay tuned..More to come at Home Expo 2016
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Okay… So I’m the kind of woman that is very meticulous when it comes to the cleanliness in our home. I basically drive my family insane…Nevertheless, I believe that cleaning floors and other surfaces shouldn’t be a horrendous chore. A great working vacuum makes my role as a wife, working mom, and housekeeper pretty sweet.
The staff at Albany Central Vacuums are ready to help you with your purchase of a new vacuum or vacuum system.
Featuring the Hide a Hose System, its easier, cleaner and faster! Albany Central Vacuum is an authorized dealer of Hide a Hose, now you can eliminate carrying (or storing!) a bulky hose up and down stairs or from room to room. Simply pull out the length of hose needed for the cleaning job, connect your choice of attachment, and begin vacuuming. It’s that easy. When finished, the system uses the suction from the central vacuum power unit to retract the hose back into the PVC tubing installed within the walls of the home.
Looking for Service? Look no further, Albany Central Vacuum serves the entire Capital Region and service’s all makes and models of vacuums and central vacuum systems. There are 1000’s of vacuums out there, the staff at Albany Central Vacuum has 20 years combined experience, If you need an expert in the cleaning field, go to booth 352 at the Home Expo and ask for Miles, the manager of Albany Central Vacuum he’ll help you get the most suitable vacuum cleaner for you and your home.
And now for all you DIY’ers… I love Buzz Feed..Check out this thrifty idea…
Turn an old Kitchen Cabinet into a chic kitchen island.
Need a little more counter space in your kitchen? Don’t buy an expensive new kitchen island! Try repurposing an old kitchen cabinet! Look the counter braces on the overhang…Table Legs :-)
Thanks for spending some time with us.. Stay Tuned for more Adventures..
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Builders and homebuyers today recognize that building a new home “stick by stick” is often not the most efficient building method. The most frequently used systems-built technology today is the panelized building system. A Panelized Building Systems is a form of construction in which all components of a house are prefabricated at their climate-controlled factory, using quality materials and then transported to the building site for construction. In most instances of Panelized Homes the weather-tight shell can be assembled in a matter of days..
Harvest Homes has been building distinctive, energy efficient custom homes since 1961. Their headquarters located just 20 miles west of Albany, New York, in the rural community of Delanson. They have built thousands of homes throughout the northeast.
The Rockland – 4 Bedroom / 2 Story
The Rockland is a Design Basics plan. This home has classic lines that will maintain its appeal over time. The very large and open first floor design makes it ideal for an active family as well as a perfect setting for entertaining.
Harvest Homes will be at booth 135A, in the Times Union Center at the Home Expo, The bottom line? Panelized Building Systems are proven construction techniques. Do your research and talk with the builders at Harvest Home let their time-tested experience build your new home.
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There is nothing worse than trying to prepare a meal with a dull knife. If you’re knife isn’t sharp you might as well just try ripping apart your ingredients with your hands instead of cutting them. If it’s one thing everyone needs, it is good kitchen knives, American Made Cutco Knives have been around since 1949. Cutco has proudly made high-quality kitchen knives and products in Olean, New York. A local company right in our own backyard! Cutco sells more than just knives, they offer cook ware, garden tools, flatware and more. See all their products at their location on the upper level at booth 338 in the Times Union Center.
This is the Feature recipe this month from Cutco:
With the holidays behind us it’s time to hunker down and treat ourselves to comfort food that will carry us through the chill of winter.
This make-ahead All-in-One Ham Casserole is great for a weeknight dinner. Once the prep work is done, everything is in one dish and ready to cook. It just needs to be heated through and dinner is served. It’s perfect for days when you’re looking for something quick and hearty.
All-in-One Ham Casserole
- 4 medium potatoes
- 3 cups frozen chopped broccoli
- 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
- 3 tablespoons butter, divided
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- 2 cups cubed fully cooked ham
- 1 can (10 ½-ounce) condensed cheese and broccoli soup, undiluted or any creamy condensed soup such as cream of mushroom, cream of celery, cream of onion
- 1/4 cup plain panko bread crumbs
- Cook potatoes in salted water until tender; drain. Cool, peel and cube; set aside.
- Cook the broccoli according to package directions, omitting the salt; drain and set aside. Preheat oven to 350º.
- Sauté onion in a large skillet in 2 tablespoons butter until tender. Add flour and pepper; stirring until smooth. Add milk gradually. Cook and stir until mixture boils and thickens. Remove from heat; stir in cheese until melted. Stir in ham, soup, potatoes and broccoli.
- Transfer to a greased 2 1/2 quarter baking dish. Melt remaining 1 tablespoon of butter, mix with bread crumbs. Sprinkle over top of casserole.
- Bake, uncovered, 20 to 30 minutes or until heated through.
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