Monday, September 26, 2016

We're Celebrating National Coffee Week!

It's National Coffee Week, but we at Hodorowski Homes celebrate this wonderful beverage every week, every day of the year! Whether it's flavored, hot, cold, with cream and sugar or just black, we drink a lot of the stuff.

Melanie, our Accounts Payable Manager, making her morning brew.

Jennifer, our Service Manager loves Pumpkin Spice from Dunkin Donuts.

When we're able to leave the office, the Capital Region offers a number of great coffee roasters and purveyors.  Some of our favorites are Civitello's on Jay Street in Schenectady.  While known for their great Italian pastry, it's also a good spot for a traditional espresso or cappuccino.

Civitello's on Jay Street - Hasn't Changed Much!

Also in Schenectady, and right next to our J. Luke Buildings of 245 and 242 Broadway is Villa Italia.  Family owned and known for great pastry and gelato, you can also sip espresso after a show at Proctor's Theater.

Villa Italian in foreground, with 242 Broadway Apartments beyond.

In Troy, there is Superior Merchandise Company, specializing in pour-over coffee, or Little Peck's, featuring Tandem Coffee Roasters and an eclectic interior with a pink espresso maker!

Little Peck's.

Whether sipping at our desks, or out and about, we at Hodorowski Homes love our coffee and we happily celebrate it this week.

Nespresso brewing in Paul Hodorowski's office.

Hodorowski Homes is the Capital Region’s premier home builder building single family homes in Schenectady, NY and its surrounding areas. Please visit for more information.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

How To Prepare Your Home For Back To School!

Summer quickly came to an end and out of nowhere the school year was underway. It’s not always an easy transition to get back on schedule, but there are ways you can better prepare yourself- and your home- for the rest of the year.  Try a couple of these organization tips to make hectic mornings and busy after school schedules a little more manageable this year.

How to prepare your home for back to school:

Clothing Organizers. Cut in half the amount of time it takes to get ready in the morning by setting your kids up with clothing organizers.  These simple closet buddies prompt kids to figure out what they’re going to wear the night before and have it ready to go for the next day. No more running around for a missing sock or their favorite t-shirt minutes before the bus leaves.

Create Calendar Central. This area will be the central hub for the organization of all assignments, after school activities, sports, etc.  Use white boards or chalkboards for easy revisions and color code by family member for easier organization. Have it located in a common space that everyone can easily see and be reminded of what’s going on for the week.

Prep the Kitchen. Especially in the first couple weeks of the school year, premade meals are going to be a lifesaver as you get back into a routine.  Plan meals and healthy after school snacks before the week starts and make a trip to the grocery store for everything you need.   Store the meals in the freezer and have the snacks in a designated spot, so they know where to go when hunger strikes.  You’ll thank yourself later.

Filing System. Despite so many things going digital, there will be certain files that you’ll need to keep organized and easily accessible.  Figure out the best way to categorize important papers like birth certificates and medical records in a way that’s easy to remember and accessible when needed.

Stock Up on Extra School Supplies. Pencils, pens and notebooks will all go missing or break throughout the year.  Take precautionary measures and make sure your home is fully equipped with the essentials for when that time comes.

Create a Homework Station. Especially as kids get older, it’s important for them to have a designated space to study and do homework that isn’t the dining room table.  Create a distraction-free space in a bedroom, living room or an office with a desk or bookcases and no TV, so they have one less reason to not get straight-A’s.

Sweet Surprises Stash. A simple surprise may be all it takes to make a tough assignment and stressful test seem not so bad. Keep candies, post-its and other little surprises on-hand to stick in their backpacks and lunchboxes when they have a big day ahead.  Nothing like an afternoon sweet or pick-me-up note to get them through the day!

The start of another school year doesn’t have to be a struggle if you take advantage of a couple of these home organization tips.  Your kids may not be ready to let go of summer and go back to school, but at least your house will be!

Hodorowski Homes is the Capital Region’s premier home builder building single family homes in Schenectady, NY and its surrounding areas. Please visit for more information.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

5 Reasons to Buy a New Hodorowski Home This Summer!

Newly built homes are in high demand these days. Surprised? You shouldn’t be. Homebuyers appreciate the peace of mind and flexibility of brand new homes.  If you’re still sitting on the fence, we have 5 golden reasons why you want to buy a new home NOW!

  1. Timing Is Everything!
Summer is the perfect time to buy a new home. The kids are out of school, everyone’s life is a little more flexible. And if you act quickly on certain homes, you can be moved in and settled by the time school starts! Added bonus: You’ll be able to spend the holidays in your new home!

  1. Have It Your Way.
One of the most appreciated benefits of owning a brand new home is customization. You get to choose the cabinets, flooring, carpets, light fixtures, etc. With new construction, not only can they be custom tailored to your style, they can be custom tailored to your budget.

  1. Speaking of budgets… Look for promotions & incentives!
You might be able to take advantage of budget-saving promotions and/ or incentives. You could save thousands on upgrades, closing costs, or other costs.  Don’t hesitate to ask!

  1. The Green Factor
Homeowners are more green conscious, and many new homes offer double- triple-pane windows, energy efficient appliances, energy-conserving, long-lasting LED lighting and more; all features that decrease the homeowner’s costs and carbon footprint.

  1. Pride in Ownership
A brand new home means that you are the first to own it, to live in it, to make it your own. It gives you a unique sense of pride. After all, you’ve been here since day one, had your style incorporated into the home, and made it yours every day since then.

Visit us in person or online today to start your new home journey.  We're happy to help guide you along the way!

Hodorowski Homes is the Capital Region’s premier home builder building single family homes in Schenectady, NY and its surrounding areas. Please visit for more information. 

Thursday, July 7, 2016

10 Family Fun Projects For Summer

You’ve spent a lot of time and thought decorating the inside of your home with personal touches that make it unique to you and your family. Why not give the same attention to your backyard? Summertime is all about getting outside and enjoying the sunshine… PLUS, July is National Grilling Month!  What better time to convert your backyard into your favorite outdoor hangout?

Check out some easy summer weekend projects that you’ll actually look forward to doing!
1.     Start a Garden
It doesn’t take a professional or even a large backyard to grow your own private stash of delicious fruits and vegetables. Set aside a little area to plant some tomatoes, blueberries, zucchini or whatever else will make the perfect compliment to your next cookout. Gardens are easy and fun to maintain, and you’ll definitely enjoy the fruits of your labor.
2.     Set up a Game Day
Take advantage of your yard by organizing a game day.  Whether you’re building your own wooden corn hole set or simply setting up bocce ball or horseshoes, you’ll have a day full of fun for the whole family.
3.     Build a Tree Bench
There’s nothing like finding a shady spot to enjoy a good book during those hot summer days.  This project lets you create your own comfy spot in your backyard with a clever seating idea that will fit your style and landscape.
4.     Set Up an Outdoor Eating Space
Give yourself a nice space to host family and friends for picnics and parties.  Lay out bluestone or slate slabs for a custom patio space, or simply drag the picnic tables into the grass to accommodate crowded family cookouts. Set up the grill close by and get cooking!
5.     Hang Decorative Lights
Stringing lights over the back patio or deck is a super easy, yet really effective way to add a little “wow” factor to your backyard.  They’ll brighten your space while adding visuals of your landscape long into those summer nights.
6.     Plant Flowers in a Window Box
Everyone appreciates bright, fun flowers during the summer.  Freestanding pots are nice, but window boxes go a step further with a pop of color AND decorative flare.  They’ll add character to your home that can be seen inside and out.
7.     Make a Mosaic
This decorative element gives you a chance to get creative and customize your yard with whatever design you choose. Build a pebble mosaic into your stone patio, or construct a mosaic birdhouse to welcome birds into your yard!  These pieces can really become focal points of your outdoor space.
8.     Build a Tool Shed
Leaving your gardening tools out in the yard is a great way to end up with rusty, wet equipment. And, it also looks messy.  Sheds are great organizers that can also help free up yard and garage space. Constructing a wood lean-to shed against the house is simple and quick.
9.     Add Landscape Lighting
Give your home some curb appeal with some lighting accents that make a big statement to guests and visitors. Lining your front walkway, steps or driveways with fun light fixtures not only adds a nice design element but a measure of safety as well.
10. Hang a Tree Swing or Hammock
No play set for the kids?  No problem.  Add a fun tree swing to an overhanging branch so they have a place to play without cluttering the yard.  Or if a nice, relaxing space is more what you’re going for, set up a hammock for mom and dad to enjoy.
Hodorowski Homes is the Capital Region’s premier home builder building single family homes in Schenectady, NY and its surrounding areas. Please visit for more information. 

Friday, June 3, 2016

Hodorowski Homes and J. Luke Construction Love Orange Theory Fitness!

J. Luke Construction has completed 2 Orange Theory Fitness (OTF) locations in the Capital District! One is located in Niskayuna and the other in Guilderland.  Beside building them, a few of the Hodorowski Homes/J. Luke employees are also members! 

Mike Salisbury, J. Luke Operations Manager and Kristan Hodorowski, Hodorowski Homes Senior Project Manager
Paul Hodorowski, Owner – participated and placed in a marathon running challenge

OTF is a full-body, interval-training program that utilizes a heart rate monitor and offers unique workouts for every one hour session.  The setting is intimate, the lighting dark, and the music pumps and motivates while a knowledgeable trainer is watching and pushing everyone to “empty their tanks,” and leave it all there.  During a one hour session, time will be spent on the treadmill, rowing, and also doing strength and core training.  No two workouts are alike, and some will focus more on endurance or strength or some combination.  You never know.  What you will know, is you worked hard and will burn an average of 500-1000 calories per session. 

The workout typically results in increasing ones metabolic rate for 24 to 36 hours after a workout!  This phenomena is one OTF markets, and with good reason. It is called “Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption,” or EPOC.  It is designed right into the workout, where they aim to, “produce 12 to 20 minutes of training at 84% or higher of your maximum heart rate.”  If your heart rate is in that zone (they call it the Orange zone, clever!) for 12 to 20 minutes, you’re also able to enjoy additional calories burnt for hours following the workout.

The classes are conveniently scheduled through an app on your phone.  After your workout, a report is emailed to you, showing you the amount of calories burnt, and what your heart rate did throughout a given workout.  All of it serves as great motivation.  So does attending with friends and family…bringing out a little of the competitive spirit!

The (2) locations in the Capital District are:

3333 Consaul Rd, Schenectady, NY 12304
(518) 930-0283

1704 Western Avenue, Albany, NY 12203
(518) 930-0283

And a third location is coming…!  Call them to set up a free workout session.  Someone from Hodorowski Homes/J. Luke Construction may be there!

Hodorowski Homes is the Capital Region’s premier home builder building single family homes in Schenectady, NY and its surrounding areas. Please visit for more information. 

Friday, May 20, 2016

There's a lot going on at The Hodorowski Group!

242 Broadway
242 Broadway

J. Luke Construction’s current project, 242 Broadway in downtown Schenectady, is nearing completion. There will be 39 luxury apartments on the upper floors, with commercial space on the ground floor. The Institute for Clinical Pharmacodynamics, Inc. is the main tenant for the first floor space. 
242 Broadway
The building is situated next to Proctor’s Theatre and Villa Italia bakery – a local legend for its gelato and pastries. Leasing information is available through Paragon Property Management, (518) 313-5049. For more info, check out

Tyler Model
At Hodorowski Homes, we’ve just completed construction of our brand new Tyler model at Hunter’s View in Halfmoon. The Tyler plan features an innovative open floorplan, and a first floor master suite. The family room is open to the dining area and kitchen, and has a fireplace. The second floor includes two additional bedrooms, a full bath, and a loft space. 

Phase II of the Estates at Haywood Landing
Neal Savoca, Hodorowski Site Supervisor, 
and Kim Mesko, Site/Sales Coordinator

We’ve also opened Phase II of the Estates at Haywood Lane in North Greenbush!  This community features picturesque wooded lots and 1+ acre homesites.  If you’re interested in learning more, please contact Kim Mesko at or (518)366-0176.
Build On Your Lot
Hodorowski Homes is also marketing a “Build On Your Lot” site. The 1+ acre home site is located in desirable Niskayuna, on Rosendale Road.  It’s mere minutes from shopping, recreation, and medical facilities. It’s also in the Niskayuna School District. You can choose from one of our many plans, or bring your own plan to us. Contact John Mesko at (518) 466-9700 or for more information.

Hodorowski Homes is the Capital Region’s premier home builder building single family homes in Schenectady, NY and its surrounding areas. Please visit for more information. 

Monday, January 4, 2016

Island Fever

Homeowner after homeowner tells us that the kitchen is the most used room in the entire house. We get it all the time! Beyond that, the kitchen island is easily the most used element in the home.  It's a place where kids can eat their snacks and do homework; chefs can prepare and store their food; hosts can prepare and serve wonderful platters for parties. With the help of our homeowners and cabinet suppliers, we have designed and installed a number of islands in kitchens over the years.  Here are some of our favorites.

Rolling Hills Model - Country Flair in Black and Glass

Rolling Hills Model - Contrasting Island and Perimeter
Kitchen trends come and go, whether it's the finish of the cabinet or the type of countertop being used. Painted cabinets with a glaze, a full-overlay door or stained wood to show off the grain are just a few choices a home buyer is faced with.  There are just as many choices for countertops, whether the preference is for natural stone in granite, marble or manufactured acrylic products like Corian. Another popular option is an engineered stone product that incorporates quartz; commonly known brand names are Cambria and Zodiac.
Homecrest 'Anchor' Gray with Sedona Doors and Granite Overhang
12' Island with 'Cirrus White' Granite, Java Cabinets and Appliances
The size and shape of an island are often determined by the house layout and it's desired function in a kitchen. Questions like, 'how many stools do you plan on using?' are often a driving force behind the design. Angled, L-shaped, or rectangular islands are some of the most popular shapes we've seen.
Angular Island with Overhang at Traver's Meadows
L-Shaped, Tiered Island at Hunter's View
For those who are not afraid of a little pop of color, every cabinet maker offers some great options.  Shades of green, blue, yellow and red can be found in most lines.  An island is a great way to introduce color, without overwhelming the palette.

Green Island with Decorative Legs at Traver's Meadows
Share any island ideas you may have by leaving a comment!

Hodorowski Homes is the Capital Region’s premier home builder building single family homes in Schenectady, NY and its surrounding areas. Please visit for more information.