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Project Spotlight – Raised Ranch Remodel…Reimagined

Full Kitchen Angled

Reimagining the Classic Raised Ranch On this first floor renovation in Wappingers Falls, NY we removed the wall between the kitchen and living room to blend the two spaces into one. We rearranged the layout, and added pantry cabinets for functionality. Refinishing the old hardwoods, rebuilding the entry stairs, and revamping the décor made a […]

Meet The TEKRA Team – Esteban Burtica Bedoya

ESTEBAN BURTICA BEDOYA – CARPENTER APPRENTICE Nicknames: Este, Garbanzo beans   Hobbies Outside work: Fixing up my truck, driving around and finding good places to eat with my girlfriend.   Past Experience/Background: Been swinging a hammer as long as I could remember. Attended the construction trades program at Dutchess BOCCES CTI.   What the Team […]

Meet The TEKRA Team – Art Zegers

ART ZEGERS – LEAD CARPENTER Nicknames: Arty, Arthur, Arty #5, Arty Ploppers, Artimus Maximus   Hobbies Outside work: “Hiking, fishing, cooking, and enjoying the outdoors with my wife and kids.”   Past Experience/Background: “Before working in the trades, I was just starting a career in the field of Civil Engineering. I made the switch because […]

Meet The TEKRA Team – Steve Arket

STEVE ARKET – CARPENTER  Nicknames: Stevo, Faj   Hobbies Outside work: Mountain biking, road biking, dump runs, craft beer, mowing the lawn, vacuuming.   Past Experience/Background: Chief Airplane Inspector for GE Aviation, where he also outfitted airplanes with custom cabinetry and upholstery. Constantly renovating and adding onto his home for the past 30+ years, he’s […]

Meet The TEKRA Team – Dan Arket

DAN ARKET – OWNER/OPERATOR   Nicknames: Danny boy, Darket   Hobbies outside work: Mountain biking, road biking, hiking, trail running, woodworking, playing with Tilly.   Past experience/background:  Graduated from Roger Williams University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, and a focus on building science. After school, he worked for a custom home builder in Rhode […]

Top Kitchen Remodeling Tips from Industry Experts – Redfin

 Top Kitchen Remodeling Tips from Industry Experts – Redfin Article originally published by Redfin It’s safe to say that most homeowners dream of renovating their kitchen. Whether it’s redoing the cabinetry, adding a new backsplash, or transforming the entire layout – a new kitchen will not only make the space more pleasant to be in, […]

Poughkeepsies First Rooftop Bar for Zeus Brewing Co.

Zeus Brewing is Hudson Valley’s newest brewery, that opened in January 2020. We were fortunate to have had the opportunity to build the brewery’s rooftop bar. The goal was to create something classy yet durable enough to withstand 4 seasons in upstate New York.   The rooftop is currently open for dining and drinks. Check […]

TEKRA Builders Awarded Best of Houzz 2020

TEKRA Builders Awarded Best of Houzz 2020

Recognition Dutchess County, New York, February 2020 – TEKRA Builders of Poughquag, New York has won “Best of Customer Service” on Houzz, a leading platform for home renovation and design. The Houzz community consists of more than 2.5 million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals. TEKRA Builders, an innovative residential building and remodeling […]

Blue Kitchen Designed for Functionality

Blue kitchen with white quartz countertops and subway backsplash

On this kitchen renovation project in Rhinebeck, NY the goal was to update and expand the existing kitchen space for the homeowners to enjoy long into retirement. Functionality and aesthetics were at the forefront of the decision-making process and the results are nothing short of unique! Collaboration   For this kitchen remodel, we teamed up […]

Historic Poughkeepsie Home Gets a Modernized Kitchen

On this kitchen remodel in Hudson Valley the goal was to give the kitchen a modern update, without taking away from the character you would expect from a home that is almost 200 years old. Collaboration   Along with some valuable input from the homeowners on the history of the home, this kitchen remodel was […]

Outdated Kitchen Gets a Simple Refresh

White shaker kitchen with gray walls and stainless appliances

On this project in Pawling, NY the goal was to give the kitchen a fresh new look, without losing sight of the overall budget. The homeowner’s goal was to be able to enjoy a new kitchen for a few years before planning to sell the home. Creating value was at the forefront of the decision-making […]

Murphy Bed Added to Existing Built-Ins

On this project in Rhinebeck, NY we were challenged with converting an existing entertainment system to have a Murphy bed built into it. The goal was to make the cabinetry appear as if it was originally designed to incorporate the wall bed. Collaboration   For this project, we were brought on by the Art of […]

Engineered vs Dimensional Lumber

What is Dimensional Lumber? Dimensional lumber is the typical 2x4s or 2x6s you’ll find at a lumberyard or home center. These are most commonly used for building the basic skeleton of a home. Dimensional lumber is most commonly milled from softwoods such as pine, spruce and fir. Although there is nothing wrong with using dimensional […]

Building Permit FAQ: When do you need a one?

Building Permits

Building Permit FAQ: When do you need a one?   IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: The information published in here is for homeowner education purposes only. It is not particular towards any specific municipality. Contact your local town or city building department to find out about the exact laws and codes in your area for obtaining a building […]

An American take on a traditional Japanese bathroom

An American take on a traditional Japanese bathroom On this master bathroom remodel in Mahopac, NY we were challenged with creating a space that squeezed a lot into a small layout. Combined with creating a bathroom that felt authentic to the homeowner’s Japanese roots, this project was a fun challenge for our team. Collaboration Along […]

Creating a Traditional Front Door Surround with Versatex PVC

PVC moldings used to create a traditional front door surround

Ever look at an older home and the front door and surrounding trim catches your eye? On this project in Brewster, NY we took advantage of the opportunity to replace some rotted trim to create a traditional front entry door surround using Versatex PVC. The front door was still in good condition and was not in […]

Schluter DITRA-Heat WiFi Thermostat Review

The Schluter DITRA-Heat WiFi thermostat is an excellent complement to their floor warming system. It allows for you to operate and manage your heated tile floor with ease, all from your smartphone or tablet. The Schluter floor warming system can be purchased at your local tile supply store, or purchased directly through the manufacturer on […]

Components of a Heated Tile Floor

Adding floor warming to your bathroom, kitchen, or other room you have tile in makes it feel a bit more inviting and comforting. It’s one of those things that you may not think you would need, but once you have it, you couldn’t imagine your life without it! Considering installing them on your next project? […]

Pros and Cons of PVC Trim

Porch with PVC trim column wraps and molding

Cellular PVC trim is a wood replacement product most commonly used in exterior applications. The applications are similar to wood, except it won’t rot, crack, cup, split or warp like wood and its resistive to termites and wood boring insects. PVC trim is naturally white throughout, which makes it an excellent choice for trim on […]

10 Reasons to Hire a Contractor vs. DIY

Attempting to tackle a home remodel can sound enticing, but often homeowners are overwhelmed and find themselves biting off more than they can chew.   Here’s 10 reasons to consider hiring a contractor instead of doing the project yourself.   Forecasting Issues A quality contractor has years of experience in the trade, and is well […]

The Scope of Work

The Scope of Work (also referred to as the Work Scope) in a construction project is an item-by-item description outlining exactly the work that will be done, as well as any work excluded from the project. Communication is Key A clear scope of work is ultimately a communication tool between the contractor and the homeowner. […]

Be Cautious Choosing the Lowest Bidder

Choose your contractor based on VALUE, not just price. In the construction industry, it’s pretty common for homeowners to feel they should get three “bids” from their potential contractors and either choose the lowest bidder, or the one in the middle. Here’s why you should be cautious when doing that. COMPARING APPLES TO APPLES Often, […]

Home Protection And Cleanliness

Treating your home like it’s ours Most homeowners fear the disruption associated with remodeling and renovating, so we’re committed to be the least intrusive to your home and routine as possible. Whether it’s a working or non-working day, extreme care should be taken throughout the process. We’ve invested heavily in some of the best dust […]

Fixed Price Vs Time and Materials

In residential construction and remodeling, there are two basic types of contracts most often used by contractors. These are commonly referred to as “Fixed Price” and “Time and Materials.” Each has their pros and cons so it’s important to know the differences of each before starting your next project. FIXED PRICE A Fixed Price contract […]

Communicating Your Budget

A successful construction project is built on trust and good communication. As a builder, it’s our goal to provide our clients with a tailored experience because we understand that every project is unique, and so is every customer. In order for us to do this, we need to be on the same page. MANAGING EXPECTATIONS […]

5 Mistakes Homeowners Make During a Remodel or Renovation

Read this before DIY’ing your project or hiring someone to do it for you. Choosing to remodel your home is a large investment in both your time and your money, so it’s important to get it right the first time. Here’s 5 remodeling mistakes to avoid so you can get the most out of your […]

The Rough In Stage

You may have heard of people in the construction industry using the term “rough” in context of a construction related project. This doesn’t refer to how the project is going (hopefully), but what they most likely are referring to is the “Rough In” stage. Why’s It Called Rough? The term “Rough” in construction refers to […]

Stone Wool Insulation

When it comes to insulating your walls and ceilings, not all insulation is created equal. In a broad sense, the main reason insulation is used is for its thermal resistance, preventing energy loss and saving you energy on your utility bills. Stone wool insulation, commonly reffered to by “mineral wool” or the name brand “Rockwool/Roxul” […]

5 Tips For Finding YOUR Perfect Contractor

Finding a good contractor can be a scary process. You’re about to let complete strangers into your home for weeks, months or even years at a time. Hopefully, I can help put you at ease knowing that your best-fit contractor isn’t too far out of reach. One of the main things I’d like you to […]