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How to Complete Cost-Effective Renovations

By Megin Potter | Your Home

Creating a big impact in your home on a modest renovation budget will never go out of style.

One of the most desired trends in real estate right now is to do this by building a master suite. Adding extra living space and amenities to the homeowner’s master bedroom and bath are just a few of the recent projects that the experienced team of craftsmen at Harris Incorporated has been working on. 

They’ve found that what really sets a house apart is in the details.

Harris Inc.’s special niche is using highly sought after reclaimed wood to give their projects a one-of-a-kind look. The wood they use has been carefully disassembled and reserved from barns and other time-tested structures, including a Vermont covered bridge. They’ve also used Mushroom Wood, the organically sculpted wood reclaimed from the bedding bins of mushroom growing facilities.

Reclaimed wood is used as flooring, ceiling beams, doors and wall treatments. Grown in and harvested from a natural environment, this wood is both durable and strong. Its long history gives it a unique aged appearance and color that would be difficult to mimic with modern materials.

“It really adds a lot of warmth and personal character to a home,” said Keith Harris, owner of Harris Inc. He scours the country for antique hardware, and has approximately 100 sets of reclaimed hardware to choose from when building architectural elements including sliding barn doors.

“You really get a pretty good bang for your buck out of it,” he said.

Harris built his own house when he was 23 years old. It was the first house he’d ever built but he enjoyed the process so much that he went on to open Harris Incorporated in 1997. While renovating existing homes is the majority of their business, the crew, which has an average of 27 years’ experience, is also certified aging-in-place builders. 

“Every project we do, we can add those elements in and look at it from that perspective,” said Harris. This means ensuring that door widths are large enough to accommodate wheelchairs and that the proper safety equipment is installed. 

They also have done light commercial work, as well. In 2015, they replaced the large roof at The Presbyterian- New England Congregational Church on Circular Street in Saratoga Springs and will be doing some façade work there later this year.

Praised for their quality workmanship, Harris said people also appreciate his flexibility and desire to make the entire process as stress-free as possible. 

“I don’t mind starting right from the ground floor and when we get into a project, I have no problem making changes,” he said.

Offering a free personalized consultation, Harris Inc. endeavors to do those projects that will make your home feel complete.

“When they have an idea – call us – the sooner, the better,” said Harris. 

For more information call 518-260-4898 or go to http://www.harrisbuilds.com/ 

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