All Season Porch

Three season porch with walkout deck - by Clare Home Improvement, Cornwall, New York contractor.
Three season porch with walkout deck – by Clare Home Improvement, Cornwall, New York contractor.
Skylights, tongue and groove wainscoat, and trim to match make this three season porch a perfect way to enjoy the outdoors from the comfort of the indoors - by Clare Home Improvement, Cornwall, New York contractor.
Skylights, tongue and groove wainscoat, and trim to match make this three season porch a perfect way to enjoy the outdoors from the comfort of the indoors – by Clare Home Improvement, Cornwall, New York contractor.

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This three season porch with exterior stairs was finished to match the existing home - by Clare Home Improvement, Cornwall, New York contractor.
This three season porch with exterior stairs was finished to match the existing home – by Clare Home Improvement, Cornwall, New York contractor.

Three Season Porch

Let us build you a special deck or room to savor the seasons.

Savor Your Summers without Trying

How many times have you said, “The summer just flew by!” Here is the key to savoring more of your summers: create a three season room to enjoy the warm season through everyday living.

This three season porch is a perfect way to enjoy the outdoors from the comfort of the indoors - by Clare Home Improvement, Cornwall, New York contractor
This three season porch is a perfect way to enjoy the outdoors from the comfort of the indoors – by Clare Home Improvement, Cornwall, New York contractor

Let’s face it – easy as it sounds, it’s just not convenient to force yourself to leave your comfortable home to get some fresh air. But imagine a home where the fresh air finds you in your everyday activities: dining, reading, watching TV, napping (yes, fresh air can inspire rest, reduce stress, and prolong your life), playing games with the kids…even working. It all becomes part of your memorable summer when you’re doing it in the natural setting of your three season porch.

Natural stained beadboard and exposed rafters make this three season porch the perfect setting to savor the warm season - by Clare Home Improvement, Cornwall, New York contractor
Natural stained beadboard and exposed rafters make this three season porch the perfect setting to savor the warm season – by Clare Home Improvement, Cornwall, New York contractor

Memorable summers don’t just happen, you have to make them happen. And a three season porch will position you and your family to savor every moment of the season.

Here in Orange County, spring fever can set in as early as February. Imagine the first fluke of a warm day in February – you know, the one that teases you into thinking spring is right around the corner. Simply move dinner out onto your three season porch and you’ll have an instant outdoor memory. And the best part is it all happens in the comfort of your own home.

The three season porch surrounded by screen and your natural environment - by Clare Home Improvement, Cornwall, New York contractor
The three season porch surrounded by screen and your natural environment – by Clare Home Improvement, Cornwall, New York contractor

Inquire about a three season porch now, and you might be surprised at how affordable those priceless memories will be.

Clare Home Improvement understands the intricacies of porch design and construction. We can work to convert your old porch to a three season porch, or take down that old rotting deck and build a new glorious three season porch.

Ready to get a quote? We’ll quote your job for free with no obligation. Call James at 845-534-9398 or contact us online.

The three season porch is built on a sturdy decking designed by owner James Whelan - Clare Home Improvement, Cornwall, New York contractor
The three season porch is built on a sturdy decking designed by owner James Whelan – Clare Home Improvement, Cornwall, New York contractor
A solid well built foundation is the key to your long lasting three season porch - by Clare Home Improvement, Cornwall, New York contractor
A solid well built foundation is the key to your long lasting three season porch – by Clare Home Improvement, Cornwall, New York contractor

Slate Tile Entry

First impressions set the mood - refresh your home's entry with new tile or stone work. This is a slate tile entry installation by Clare Home Improvement, an Orange County New York Contractor.
First impressions set the mood – refresh your home’s entry with new tile or stone work. This is a slate tile entry installation by Clare Home Improvement, an Orange County New York Contractor.

Stair Building Photos

Stairs are a transitional area of the home and are often taken for granted. But a well built stair case will last for generations and beautify your property at the same time. Clare Home Improvement takes pride in solid, well-built stairs both in and outside the home. Here are some photos of stairs we built in and around Cornwall, New York.

Ready to get a quote? We’ll quote your job for free with no obligation. Call James at 845-534-9398 or contact us online.

Porch stairs in Cornwall, NY, by Clare Home Improvement, an Orange County New York Contractor. Built to weather the elements and daily wear.
Porch stairs in Cornwall, NY, by Clare Home Improvement, an Orange County New York Contractor. Built to weather the elements and daily wear.
Stairs by Clare Home Improvement, an Orange County New York Contractor.
Stairs by Clare Home Improvement, an Orange County New York Contractor.
Stairs and decorative railing by Clare Home Improvement, an Orange County New York Contractor.
Stairs and decorative railing by Clare Home Improvement, an Orange County New York Contractor.

Complex Roof Job

Roof Replacement by Clare Home Improvement

Watch Clare Home Improvement replace a complex roof in a one minute video.

Replacing a roof in Orange County, New York is no joke. Two-foot snow falls and heavy, wet snow buildup puts your roof to the test every winter and spring. Behind your perfectly colored shingles is a whole roofing system that, when installed correctly, will protect your house top to bottom from a home’s worst enemy – moisture.

Clare Home Improvement has decades of roofing experience. From the moment we arrive to quote a price for your project, we’ll be examining your home’s roof system to find current and potential trouble spots.

Proper underlayment and flashing is key to roofing that will last. In Orange County, ice dams are a major cause of water intrusion around the home. Left uncorrected, a small moisture issue can turn into a big problem over time. That’s why we use ice and water shield everyplace on your roof that is susceptible to the freeze/thaw cycle.

Replacing your roof is a big project and a big investment, and one you should only have to make once. While our prices are not lowball, you’ll find they are fair and easy to understand. We encourage you to get roofing estimates from two other roofing contractors in order to see how simple and straightforward our roofing service is.

In addition to an easy to understand, all inclusive quote, we’ll provide names and phone numbers of previous clients. Please give our references a call and ask about everything from the roofing crew’s manners to the owner’s management style. It will help you envision the process of transforming your home for the better.

Ready to get a quote? We’ll quote your job for free with no obligation. Call James at 845-534-9398 or contact us online.

Five Gable Roof Replacement

Roof replacement – by Clare Home Improvement, Cornwall-On-Hudson, New York contractor.

This was a big roofing job. Multiple layers of shingles, years of tar patching, and inadequate flashing was letting the water in and threatening the structure with potential rot and mold.

The new owners of this neglected and leaking home called nine roofing contractors for estimates. Four of those contractors came to look at the site, and only 3 of those contractors were willing to provide roofing quotes.

The weight of multiple layers of asphalt shingles over many decades were stressing the home’s structure. We generally estimate a roof tear off to weigh about 200 pounds per square. The torn off roofing material from this home weighed in at the roofing disposal site at over 13 tons!

We estimated that this job would take 6 days. Even with one day of rain/snow mix, the roof and cleanup was finished in 4 days, and the dumpster was gone on the 5th day.

A section of old tongue and groove roof planking catches a breath of fresh air before its newer and lighter Tamko Heritage shingles in slatetone grey are applied - by Clare Home Improvement, Cornwall, New York contractor.
A section of old tongue and groove roof planking catches a breath of fresh air before its newer and lighter Tamko Heritage shingles in slatetone grey are applied – by Clare Home Improvement, Cornwall, New York contractor.
Roofing underlayment - Ice and water shield lines the valley overlapped by felt paper - by Clare Home Improvement, Cornwall, New York contractor.
Roofing underlayment – Ice and water shield lines the valley overlapped by felt paper – by Clare Home Improvement, Cornwall, New York contractor.
Here the old roof is about to be removed - by Clare Home Improvement, Cornwall, New York contractor.
Here the old roof is about to be removed – by Clare Home Improvement, Cornwall, New York contractor.
Tarps protect the yard from tons of debris removed from this failing roof - by Clare Home Improvement, Cornwall, New York contractor.
Tarps protect the yard from tons of debris removed from this failing roof – by Clare Home Improvement, Cornwall, New York contractor.
New Tamko Heritage shingles in slatetone grey on a section of steep roof. The shingles will flatten in a few days as the sun warms them and activates the adhesive tar on each shingle - by Clare Home Improvement, Cornwall, New York contractor.
New Tamko Heritage shingles in slatetone grey on a section of steep roof. The shingles will flatten in a few days as the sun warms them and activates the adhesive tar on each shingle – by Clare Home Improvement, Cornwall, New York contractor.
Waste management is key in a roofing project. There will be literally tons of debris - by Clare Home Improvement, Cornwall, New York contractor.
Waste management is key in a roofing project. There will be literally tons of debris – by Clare Home Improvement, Cornwall, New York contractor.
Steep roof peak covered in new Tamko Heritage shingles in slatetone grey. Note that we omitted the ridge vent because the attic will be fully insulated with spray foam - by Clare Home Improvement, Cornwall, New York contractor.
Steep roof peak covered in new Tamko Heritage shingles in slatetone grey. Note that we omitted the ridge vent because the attic will be fully insulated with spray foam – by Clare Home Improvement, Cornwall, New York contractor.
Matching ridge cap shingles - Tamko Heritage shingles in slatetone grey - top off the roof perfectly - by Clare Home Improvement, Cornwall, New York contractor.
Matching ridge cap shingles – Tamko Heritage shingles in slatetone grey – top off the roof perfectly – by Clare Home Improvement, Cornwall, New York contractor.
Roof replacement complete - a sea of shingles - Tamko Heritage shingles in slatetone grey - by Clare Home Improvement, Cornwall, New York contractor.
Roof replacement complete – a sea of shingles – Tamko Heritage shingles in slatetone grey – by Clare Home Improvement, Cornwall, New York contractor.
Roof replacement - by Clare Home Improvement, Cornwall, New York contractor.
Roof replacement – by Clare Home Improvement, Cornwall, New York contractor.

House Restoration Project

by Cynthia, Town of Highlands

Clare Home Improvement's experience and knowledge made our restoration job appear easier than it really was. -Cynthia from Town of Highlands, NY
Clare Home Improvement’s experience and knowledge made our restoration job appear easier than it really was. -Cynthia from Town of Highlands, NY

James is a rare delight in the world of contractors. His kindness and creativity sets him apart from all other contractors with which I’ve ever worked. I call him our gentleman contractor. His respect for his customers and a job well done is impressive.

Through previous restoration and house building projects, I’ve met several contractors and learned about their crews and methods. A good and trustworthy contractor is challenging to find. In the past, my husband and I have encountered crews that smoked and drank on the job. They wouldn’t show up for days, even weeks, leaving jobs unfinished. Embarking on our latest house restoration project, we let our previous experience and wisdom guide us. We were hesitant and very careful about whom we chose to work on our house. We interviewed several contractors, and from the first conversation I had with James, there was a reassuring ease about him. At the same time, he exudes an energy and passion for a job well done. I knew we had found our contractor.

James is top notch in his demeanor and his work ethic. One would think that such professionalism would lead to top notch (euphemism for expensive) quotes. That’s partly why he’s such a rarity. His pricing is refreshingly reasonable for the excellence you get in return.

The house we are restoring had been neglected for years before we purchased it. The first job was the roof, and James was there the moment we closed on the house, ready to help save it. We met and spoke with several contractors beforehand. Some roofers didn’t even get back with quotes because the job was too much for them. There are many peaks and challenging rooflines. There were three layers of shingles to tear off first before the new ones could even go on. There was rotting that needed to be mended. Water was pouring into the dining room from the failing roof. None of it scared James. His experience and knowledge made the job appear easier than it really was.

In addition to James’ kindness and professionalism, he knows how to choose good crews. They were all kind and courteous when they were on our property. After dozens of projects over the years, it was the most enjoyable project we’ve experienced with a contractor. It was all because James was at the helm. He was there to oversee every step, making sure that we stayed on course and that it was finished on schedule. We were amazed at the quality and swiftness of the crew. Our neighbors were even stopping just to watch his crew in action. It was like a well-orchestrated theatrical production. The entire project was impressive, just like James. For as long as we own our home here, Clare Home Improvement is at the top of our list for every house project.

-Cynthia, Town of Highlands

Whole House Renovation

by Sandy, Washingtonville, NY

Before and after kitchen remodel by Clare Home Improvement
Before and after kitchen remodel by Clare Home Improvement

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As far as James goes, he is a character. To sum up James in a few words is responsive, conscious-us, professional. He shows up when he says he is going to show up. He works very hard and makes sure it is done right from the begining.

I can not say enough about him. Our house is almost 100 years old and was in desperate need of some TLC. James replaced our porch, built a new deck in the back, renovated our kitchen, added a full bath to the first floor and renovated our son’s room.

Porch Rebuild

Sometimes a porch just needs to get rebuilt. Here we used spindle posts and railings to keep the original character. Contact us for a quote on fixing your old porch.

Finished rebuilt porch - by Clare Home Improvement, Cornwall, New York contractor.
Finished rebuilt porch – by Clare Home Improvement, Cornwall, New York contractor.
Finished rebuilt porch during painting - by Clare Home Improvement, Cornwall, New York contractor.
Finished rebuilt porch during painting – by Clare Home Improvement, Cornwall, New York contractor.
Roofing the porch during rebuilding - by Clare Home Improvement, Cornwall, New York contractor.
Roofing the porch during rebuilding – by Clare Home Improvement, Cornwall, New York contractor.