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Our Commitment to Customer Satisfaction

January 22, 2016

Gerety Building and Restoration has been serving the Westchester County, NY and Fairfield County, CT areas for over 35 years. Our success is linked to our commitment to provide the highest level of customer service at every stage of your project.

So what can you expect when you choose Gerety for your next remodeling project? This article outlines our process of delivering the ultimate customer experience to our valuable clients.

Beginning a New Project

Customer service is something you demonstrate from day one. At Gerety Building and Restoration, we demonstrate that in the way we handle estimates – more specifically, I, Keith Gerety, founder and owner, personally handle all project estimates.

Owners of other remodeling companies typically send out an estimator instead. Their logic is that you are not a paying customer yet, and the owner’s time is better spent elsewhere.

At Gerety Building and Restoration, we completely disagree with this logic. I want to show you from day one that YOU are important to our company. I am eager to listen to your project ideas and to make a personal connection with you.

By personally handling the estimate, I can also better guide your project. I can tell you what is realistic for your budget, what is more efficient, what may look better, and so on. My 35+ years of experience can help guide your project and recalibrate your vision so Gerety Building & Restoration can successfully orchestrate that vision.

During the Project

Once the project moves forward, I step back a little and let my team of craftsmen go to work. This is a team I have hand-picked, including carpenters, mechanics, electricians, plumbers, roofers and other skilled tradesmen. They are reliable experts in their fields and I know I can depend on them to carry out the project plans to my own high standard of quality.

However, just because I trust my team doesn’t mean that I take a hands off approach during the project. Projects typically involve challenges (both aesthetic and structural) that require revisions to the plan. As the person in charge of orchestrating your vision, it is my job to troubleshoot when issues come up. I visit every project at least once a week or sometimes more. In addition to troubleshooting, I like to check in on all projects so you know that your project is a continued priority for me.

Ending the Project

To end the project, I personally conduct the final walkthrough with you. I want to discuss what we’ve done and make sure you are happy with the work. Since I keep in communication with all clients and projects from beginning to end, our clients are always delighted with the final results. The final walkthrough is truly an exciting event.
The final walkthrough is never a goodbye though.

Gerety Building & Restoration is a long-term solution company – we advocate long-term solutions and carry all projects through for the long term. During the walkthrough you can sign up for a maintenance program and you can also call us down the line if any issues come up. In this way, our customer service extends into the future because you can always count on us. You are a valuable member of the Gerety family for life.

This important aspect of customer service has helped us build lifetime clients. As years pass, a single project evolves into multiple projects with a repeat client that calls on us any time a new project comes up or when they move to a new home. We have also watched our client’s kids grow up, and then those kids become our clients too. It warms our hearts to think that not only are you a part of the Gerety family – you invite us into your family as well.

Gerety Building & Restoration is the top choice for remodeling in the Westchester County, NY and Fairfield County, CT areas because our focus on customer service is second to none. If you want to experience the best in customer service – as well as breathtaking remodeling services – call us to schedule your estimate today.

Interior Design Trends for 2016

December 23, 2015

2016 is right around the corner, and with the New Year comes new trends for interior design. What design and décor choices will be popular in 2016, and what looks will homeowners be trying to achieve? Get a sneak peek and plan your own redesigns by checking out our list of the top interior design trends for 2016.

Contemporary Design

The style driving the majority of remodeling and decorating projects in 2016 will be contemporary. The contemporary design is modern and minimalist, with a focus on maximizing functionality within the home. The open concept main level will remain hot, and homeowners will strive to create a sophisticated yet comfortable look.

Pendant Lighting

In terms of lighting, 2016 is the year of the statement pendant. A pendant light includes one light fixture that hangs down from the ceiling, usually using metal rods, cords or chains. 2016 is the year of the “statement pendant” because homeowners will choose pendants that make a statement, show some personality and become a focal point of the room. The Edison Bulb will also be popular, now that there are LED models that let you enjoy the vintage look while also being energy efficient.

Functional Decorative Items

Going with the contemporary design trend, we will also see an increase in the use of functional decorative items. Décor such as bowls, containers and chests won’t just be used as a fashion statement – homeowners will also get more use out of them by hiding necessary items such as mail and keys to achieve the minimalist contemporary look. Another example: using mirrors as wall décor adds a decorative element but also works to make small rooms larger and to function as a last minute check before you walk out the door.

Relaxing Bathrooms

The design choices for bathrooms will be focused on creating a spa-like feel. 2016 homeowners want their bathrooms to be places of relaxation and rejuvenation. They will use soothing colors and spa-like decorating choices to create a Zen-like feel.

Bringing the Outdoors In

One of the most popular interior design choices for 2016 will be adding live plants to the home, including the kitchen, living room, and even the bathroom. This includes hanging plants, small table-top gardens and groups of pots on side tables. Homeowners will also seek to bring the actual outdoors “inside” by using large windows and sliding glass doors for a better view, with the ability to get closer to nature on the other side.

The theme of bringing the outdoors in has other applications as well. Other trends in 2016 interior design include the use of outdoor-themed prints – florals, animal prints, plant-inspired designs, and the like. These design choices will not be done as heavy patterns or in entire rooms, but rather used sparingly to create subtle accents.

Natural Materials

Natural materials will play a visible role in interior design in 2016. From marble vases or coffee tables to reclaimed wood feature walls or shelving, many of the interior design choices will involve the use of natural materials like wood, stone, marble, quartz, concrete and more.

Modern Metallics

In terms of natural materials, we wanted to call out metallics as a trend all of its own. Here we are seeing the resurgence of metals such as gold, rose gold, copper, brass, bronze and silver, which add a touch of glamor and sophistication to any space. In 2016, we’ll see metallic used in everything, including textiles (like a gold or silver print on pillows), lighting, faucets, fixtures, and general decor. The trend will be to mix and match metals and not necessarily stick to one choice. For example, a homeowner may choose one metal as the focal point but use a second metal to create additional accents.


Some of the other trends have hinted toward the overall trend of sustainability – natural materials and bringing the outdoors in, for example. The focus on sustainability will manifest itself in many forms in 2016 interior design choices. In addition to natural materials, sustainable décor will focus on recycling, repurposing, reinventing and reusing items. Whether you take a DIY approach or buy pre-made items, sustainable décor means finding new uses for old things and reimagining pieces that you currently own.

Artisan Décor

Jumping off the sustainability trend, there will also be a trend toward featuring artisan décor in 2016 homes. Homeowners are looking for signature pieces such as hand-crafted pottery, handwoven textiles, and décor that is made by hand. This allows homeowners and decorators to support their local artisans but also to fill the home with unique one-of-a-kind pieces.

Geometric Designs

The trend of geometric designs is also a way to get back to the basics – squares, triangles, rectangles and other geometric shapes, arranged in interesting patterns, will be found in many 2016 homes. Geometric designs will be popular for elements like flooring, backsplash, and countertops, where geometric patterned tiles can create intrigue. Geometric designs will also be popular in things like light fixtures, wall decals, décor, and furniture.

Neutral Tones with Bold Accents

Part of the contemporary style is the focus on neutral colors, including white, cream, beige, black, gray and basic earth tones. These colors create a classic and sophisticated “grown up” look. However, designers are also reemphasizing the importance of color, using bold colors to mix up an otherwise neutral color scheme.

Colors can be added as a bold accent wall or in sprinkling color in your design elements like colorful chairs, pillows, rugs, furniture, and wall decorations. One of the trendiest colors will be a bold blue, but Pantone 2016 colors of the year Rose Quartz and Serenity Blue will also be popular. Keeping the main walls, flooring etc. neutral will allow homeowners to show character with color accent pieces, but also change things up when desired.


Wallpaper has been seen as dated and old-fashioned for a while now, but it will certainly be coming back in 2016. The Huffington Post recently did a piece on wallpaper trends for 2016, which includes geometric shapes and wallpaper that mimics natural materials – two trends that we have already discussed in this article.

Depth of Texture

A final 2016 interior design trend to mention is the goal of creating a depth of texture in a room with the design choices. This can include mixing hard textures like wood or cement with smooth surfaces like shiny metallic or glass with soft textures such as suede or faux fur. Having a range of textures in the décor and surfaces of the room creates an appealing look where your senses of sight and touch come alive.

The 2016 interior design trends represent a mix of modern elements with a focus on sustainability, functionality, natural materials, and design choices that appeal to the senses. Gather your inspiration from the list above and from other articles on our blog, then get to work recreating the looks in your own home.

Where Have All the Bathtubs Gone?

September 15, 2015

A Bathroom Remodeling Trend for Those with No Interest in Bathing

If we went back in time and showed the title of this blog to our grandparents when they were young, they might have been afraid that future generations would hold a general disinterest in personal hygiene. Thankfully that’s not the case… The reality, however, is that there has been a major shift in recent bathroom remodeling trends that has left the tub out in the cold. And, to be more specific, this shift has taken place primarily in the master bathroom.

4 Tips for Adding the Perfect Lighting to Your Kitchen Design

August 28, 2015

When you think of kitchen building and remodeling, what comes to mind? If you’re like most homeowners, visions of counters, textured backsplashes, deep sinks, storage space, and stunning cabinetry dance in your head. Those are all definitely important and add to the function and “wow factor” of the design.

We would also encourage you, though, to consider another crucial component in the creation of a functional, stylish kitchen. Ready for it?


5 Tips for Designing Your Outdoor Kitchen

August 14, 2015

Are you considering adding an outdoor kitchen to your home?

If so, you certainly aren’t alone. This is a hot trend right now, and for good reason! Outdoor kitchens go a few steps beyond simply enjoying a deck and a grill; it is a literal extension of your home that reaches into the outdoors. Luxuries and amenities that are normally surrounded by four walls and a ceiling are left out to the open air, with just the sky overhead on a warm summer evening.

Home Improvement Projects that Offer ROI (Return On Investment)

July 16, 2015

Why not let your upgrade pay you back someday?

On one hand, your house should be all about you. The textures, styles, colors, and materials you surround yourself with all are chosen simply because you enjoy them, and they work together to turn what was once a structure into a home. From bold wall colors to unique custom features, anything goes!

On the other hand, many homeowners like to keep an eye on the future by strategically picking home improvements and upgrades that will likely pay them back. If not a complete refund, they at least return most of the investment. In the real estate world, this is referred to as “ROI,” or return on investment.

In case you are looking for worthwhile project ideas for your property, we’ve put together a brief list of upgrades you will likely never regret.

Features to Consider before Your next Bathroom Remodel

April 30, 2015

Are you considering a bathroom remodel?

If so, you’ll never regret it. Bathrooms (along with kitchens) are huge selling points in a home, adding long-term value to your property investment. For more about why bathroom remodeling is valuable, take a look at another article we wrote: Is It Worthwhile to Remodel Your Bathroom?

Beyond simply the investment factor, a comfortable, modern bathroom also makes life a little more enjoyable every day. What could be better?

Kitchen Backsplash Options and Ideas for Your Fairfield County Home

March 16, 2015

Your kitchen is a genuinely unique place. On one hand, it’s designed to work, being carefully organized for efficiency and productivity. Ideally (not always, though), you know where each cup, ladle, measuring spoon, pot or pan is located, and meals can be created with relative ease.

On the other hand, your kitchen is also a place where you can showcase your own style, holding tremendous opportunity to customize, personalize, and create a truly breathtaking space.

Stone Tile Installation in Westchester, NY

January 30, 2015

When you think of ways to add style to your home, what comes to mind? Interior paint colors? Architecture? The quality of your kitchen cabinets, appliances, and fixtures? These are all good and valuable answers, but here’s another one to consider: stone tile.

A Walk through a Kitchen Remodel and Addition in Larchmont, NY (Part 2)

January 15, 2015

In our last entry we asked you to join us as we explored a kitchen remodel and expansion project in Larchmont. Specifically, we shared a few exterior pictures and discussed just how much of a difference can be made by even a relatively small addition, debunking the misconception that a life-improving change in your home can only come from a massive project. There is a quiet, valuable power in strategic planning and quality work.

As promised, let’s zoom in even closer now, throw open those beautiful French doors, and take a stroll through this custom kitchen.

A Total Kitchen Transformation

Below you’ll find a picture of the finished interior. Quite a difference!


Custom Cabinetry, Wood Floors, and so Much More

Our mission was to completely transform this part of the home. With this goal in mind, we started by demolishing the original kitchen and building the addition to provide the precious square-footage that the client needed.

The scope of the project included:

  • Custom cabinetry
  • Gorgeous wood floors
  • Window and skylight installation
  • French doors (to let in even more soft, natural light)
  • Granite countertops
  • Tile backsplash

We also installed custom lighting to help create the perfect soft, warm ambience, as well as spotlights for specific work areas in the kitchen.

As an additional valuable feature, we installed radiant heat. This is an incredibly comfortable heating system which, in addition to being extremely efficient, also keeps your feet warm as you make the morning coffee. What could be better?


What do you think of how it all turned out?


Kitchen Features and Amenities

This kitchen obviously boasts some good looks and quality finishing touches. It isn’t just a pretty face, however, but still needs to function as the day-to-day activity hub for this home. To answer the call, we included:

  • New appliances
  • A sub-zero refrigerator
  • A rugged, attractive, and timeless farm sink
  • Nickel hardware

Perhaps the best part of this project was the fact that not only did the addition and remodel turn out beautifully, but our client was absolutely thrilled with the result. After all, that’s what it’s all about! At Gerety Building and Restoration, we want to help you make your home everything that you dream it could be.

Do you have any questions about home building, construction, or remodeling? If so, we would love to hear from you and help however we can. Please feel free to contact us!