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Marcella’s Clearance Center in Schenectady, planned for renovations, damaged in Tuesday fire; Owner responds

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SCHENECTADY — Not even three weeks after announcing plans to renovate his Crane Street appliance store, John D. Marcella is trying to figure out if the building is salvageable after a fire broke out there Tuesday morning.

The fire was called in at the 810 Crane St. building at around 8 a.m. Tuesday. The initial cause is believed to be water seeping into a light fixture, Marcella said.

The century-old building serves as a clearance outlet and a warehouse for the larger headquarters of Marcella’s Appliance Center down the hill on Broadway, as well as a smaller Clifton Park retail location.

In late September, Marcella’s announced it would renovate the façade and other parts of the Crane Street building. The Schenectady County Metroplex Development Authority announced it would provide a $50,000 façade grant for the project, which it said would boost the ongoing city-county effort to revitalize the Crane Street corridor.

As a first step, Marcella said, he had the roof partly replaced over the last two weeks at a cost of more than $40,000.

The first employees arrived at the location around 7 a.m. Tuesday, he said. They smelled something odd inside but couldn’t track down its source.

The origin became very apparent an hour later, when flames erupted through the roof, Marcella said.

The workers escaped harm. The building did not. Firefighters got the blaze out in about an hour, officials said. One firefighter suffered minor injuries, officials said, but no other injuries were reported.

“What a mess,” Marcella sighed Tuesday afternoon. “I don’t believe it’s restorable right now. … All the walls are shot and all the electric is shot.”

Beyond that, 150 new appliances were damaged.

The engineering and architectural plans for parts of the project were completed

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It’s not just your neighborhood. Contractors are incredibly busy with home renovations

From the sound of things in some neighborhoods, you might not think the economic downturn has been all that severe in Massachusetts.



a person standing in front of a building: President and owner of Golden Builder Construction Tomasa Pujol at a residential job site in Dorchester.


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President and owner of Golden Builder Construction Tomasa Pujol at a residential job site in Dorchester.

Saw blades are buzzing, nail guns are popping, and drills are spinning as contractors descend on home renovation projects in huge numbers. It’s a striking aberration in an economy where many businesses continue to suffer and unemployment remains high.

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The activity is also another indication of how unevenly the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic has been distributed. Some homeowners ― often those whose incomes have not taken a hit ― have reduced costs for commuting, travel and other expenses, giving them more discretionary income. At the same time, interest rates for home equity loans and mortgages are historically low, making it cheap to borrow money.

And many people have spent an unprecedented number of hours at home, giving them a clear-eyed understanding about what they love — and hate — about their homes.

“The pandemic, especially for people in the middle class and the upper middle class has created this bubble,” said Chris Parish, a Franklin homeowner searching for a contractor who’s not too busy to take on a small bathroom renovation sometime soon. “We’re all thinking the same thing at the same time, which is, we can’t go anywhere, so we should get the most out of the space.”

Contractors around Boston say they experienced a huge demand for services this summer that has extended into fall — especially for modest projects such as adding a backyard deck or fence. The trend is helping to offset the loss of work builders suffered earlier in the year when larger commercial jobs were put on hold

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The Best Way to Pay for Home Renovations This Fall

If you’ve decided to renovate your home, you’ll need to work out how to finance the project.

Given that most of us have been sheltering in place since March, it’s no wonder that we’re in the mood to renovate our homes. The online remodeling platform Houzz reported a 58% jump in the number of contractors’ project leads this June from the year before. Contractors working in outdoor spaces saw the largest increase, as folks looked to have pools and spas installed. Homeowners also seem far more interested in decks, patios, and landscaping than they were pre-pandemic. Kitchens and baths, traditionally the most popular remodeling projects, saw a 40% increase in demand.

If you’re itching to give your place a facelift, you may wonder about the best way to pay for it. Here are six possible home renovation financing options:

1. Personal loans

Personal loans are available through online lenders, banks, and credit unions. It is not uncommon to find personal loans for as much as $100,000. If you have a strong credit score, you should qualify for today’s attractive rates and terms that suit your needs. Most personal loans are unsecured, meaning there is no collateral for the lender to repossess if you default on payments. That said, don’t agree to loan terms if you think you might default — it can destroy your credit and even land you in court. Here are some of the best renovation loans on the market right now.

2. Home equity loans

Since it’s your home that’s getting spruced up, consider a home equity loan. With a home equity loan, your home acts as collateral, meaning it can be repossessed if you fail to make payments. But that collateral also means you’re likely to score a lower interest rate. Home equity loans are distributed

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Second Mortgages And Tax Credits For Dwelling Renovations

Like several renovation, a profitable office renovation requires appreciable planning. Hardwoods and ceramic tiles are the most popular decisions for kitchen flooring. Eradicating wallpaper is a good suggestion for any Salt Lake City toilet reworking project. I love watching the home slowly get remodeled as each new wall is painted and better of all if you do it your self it shouldn’t be too expensive.

Kitchen Transforming: Every dream home has a “dream” kitchen to go along with it. You’ll be able to turn any common kitchen into focus by making main or minor renovations. Ask them for suggestions on normal high quality of labor, if the contractor accomplished work within the time frame, and if he was simple to succeed in in case of problems.

Since a floor is likely one of the most noticeable features of a room, a brand new floor can have a huge impact on bathroom renovations. Typically, renovations can change into a bargaining chip when figuring out a home’s appraised worth. The renovation then becomes useless and does not change the home’s appraised worth or bring it down.

Once you’re within the design part of your venture, you will start to see the long run imaginative and prescient of your workplace. And for a major facelift for much less of the fee, have your partitions repainted and new sidings installed. This activity will be one of the vital sophisticated processes, since you should element all the things about your renovation plans in an effort to bid the project out to a contractor.

Depending on the objectives you have established, you may need to rent a contractor to supervise construction work and an inside design professional to oversee the design of your new offices. You need to be sure the company you rent will return …

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Kitchen Renovations

Deciding on a whole home renovation will depend on a number of components. Invest in new toilet flooring. Additional, while you want a notable change but you don’t want to remove them and change with drywall, you possibly can paint them. Reno tip for kitchens: don’t under estimate the size of time to pick a designer, finalize the small print of the brand new kitchen (it should take a number of design periods looking at alternatives), or the manufacturer and installer lead time.

A recent spray of paint or a wall sticker change can liven up your office. Check how a lot obtainable flooring space you could have and determine whether it is sufficient enough so that you can do typical lavatory actions. She started her search for land and was having the identical issues she had when she was on the lookout for a house, she was unable to seek out land within her funds that was massive enough for the house.

The picturesque toilet seemed like it belonged on the front cover of Higher Houses and Gardens, the effectively-finished toilet included an attractive corner tub for space conservation, a traditional mounted rain shower head, wall mounted rest room storage cupboards, new bathroom vanity and earthy coloured ceramic ground tiling.

A new paint job can be used to brighten up a room, make a room feel hotter or cooler, it can be used on accent walls, or to assist obtain every other interior design look you are going for. Before you push another desk into the nook or seek for a brand new workplace space, take into account consulting with a design skilled.

Though it is the repetition of the identical previous word you hate, however the creation of a funds for your dwelling renovation venture is extraordinarily vital. …

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