Pittsford Ranch Remodel

Six months into the renovations, and the inside is done. We’ve been working on the garage and finished basement, then we will try and tackle the roof shingles when we have a patch of decent weather. For now, the ZIP panel sheathing is keeping us nice and dry… Here’s some pictures of the renovated interior of the home compared to…

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4 Months of Renovations

It’s been four months since we purchased a little ranch straight from the 1960s! It’s amazing to see just how much we’ve accomplished in that short amount of time, including (but not limited to)… • landscaping (the backyard was a jungle with overgrown weeds and brush) • stripping off the old shingle siding • removing wall sheathing and replacing old…

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The Move to Pittsford

We just recently made the move to Pittsford, NY, a beautiful suburb of Rochester. We are still building new construction homes, however we have been increasingly interested in focusing on energy efficient remodels and additions. The housing market in Rochester is much different than what we have grown accustomed to. There’s a plethora of older homes here that just need…

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Is geothermal in your future?

As a green home builder, we are always wanting to keep up with emerging technologies that may help save money, improve comfort, and reduce our overall impact on the environment. During the never-ending process of learning about new technologies, geothermal has been the most intriguing. It is, without doubt, one of the most beneficial green technologies known today, and now, at Bear Creek Builders, we are able to provide you…

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Safe wooden toys

Okay, so this isn’t entirely building related, but we did make a few wood toys in our shop last year! Since we focus on building more sustainable homes that focus on quality over quantity, it makes perfect sense that we carry these same values towards our child’s toys. As you know from reading previous blog posts, we have always been against buying much…

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Breaking Ground for A New 2 Story Craftsman

Last month, we broke ground on lot #2, in preparation to build a new 2-story 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath Craftsman home. The home site is set back from the road approximately 120 ft., and fits the lot perfectly between two mature white ash trees and several smaller poplars and maples. More details on this future home could be found here. Although we’re still busy…

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Time for Change

We just spent the past month working in and out of the wood shop on this beautiful dry sink. This piece of furniture stemmed from our quest to design and build a changing table for our first baby, which we are expecting any day now! We didn’t want a “changing table” per-say that would only serve it’s purpose for a few…

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A part of the North Country goes to Florida

  Our latest project consisted of 52 maple cabinet door and drawer faces for a family member’s condo in Florida. The existing cabinets were MDF coated with white vinyl. Other than the cabinets, the kitchen had been updated recently and already looked pretty modern, so it made sense to just make new faces and leave the existing infrastructure. We decided to take on the…

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