Proud to be a member of the “40 club”

Boilard Lumber is pleased to announce that Kristin Whalen, the company’s kitchen designer, has earned recognition from Professional Remodeler magazine, as one of their 2018 Forty Under 40 winners
Boilard Lumber is pleased to announce that Kristin Whalen, the company’s kitchen designer, has earned recognition from Professional Remodeler magazine, as one of their 2018 Forty Under 40 winners

Want to know what it feels like to be part of an exclusive club? Just ask Kristin Whalen, a young, up-and-coming kitchen designer with Boilard Lumber who recently received huge industry accolades. The company is pleased to announce that Kristin has earned recognition from Professional Remodeler magazine, as one of their 2018 Forty Under 40 award winners.

More than 90,000 residential remodeling professionals, of which 100% are authorized to purchase and specify materials, rely upon the editorial integrity of Professional Remodeler magazine. Every year through its Forty Under 40 awards program, the publication recognizes a handful of young and promising individuals, who represent the industry both as it is and as it will soon be. Candidates must be nominated by their peers, who are tasked with providing detailed and relevant examples of their impact on the remodeling landscape, and the company they are employed with.

Kristin is in good company. This year’s recipients are a talented group whose minds are overcoming the labor shortage and embracing the next generation of technology; taking remodeling into an era of new professionalism and efficiency.

A win for Kristin is an even bigger win for Boilard Lumber customers

Kristin puts her skills to the test daily at Boilards, where she works with clients whose kitchen design needs cater to all ends of the price-point spectrum. Her attention to detail allows her to handle client projects seamlessly, and she excels at managing deadlines and setting expectations for her customers. Kristin embodies the characteristics that many other staff members at Boilard Lumber possess; she is experienced, capable, and eager to ensure her clients have their home visions realized. Boilard Lumber is proud of the talent that it employs, and Kristin’s award recognition solidifies them as a go-to place for quality building materials, servicing do-it-yourselfers and residential construction professionals in Western Mass.

If you are ready to remodel your kitchen, you have more options with Boilard Lumber’s experienced staff that can help your design ideas become a reality. We carry cabinets, fixtures and everything in-between. If you would like us to quote and/or design your dream kitchen, just stop in and we’ll be happy to assist you. Contact us today to get started and don’t forget to ask for our Forty Under 40 winner, Kristin!

Ditch Drafty Windows

You know fall is in the air as the leaves begin to change and the air is delightfully crisp. While fall’s cool beauty is refreshing, it’s also a friendly reminder from Mother Nature that it’s time to prepare our homes for winter. It’s never a fun experience to weather the winter with old, drafty windows, so don’t wait until it’s chilly and frosty to address the draft. Maximize your enjoyment of winter and gain energy savings by replacing your home’s windows in the fall.

Prime Weather

When a window replacement is done, there’s always a period of time when the window opening is windowless, especially for a full-frame window replacement where the installer will need to take time to remove the old frame and repair any rotted wood before installing the new window. This makes fall an ideal time for interior comfort during the window replacement process. Comfort isn’t the only reason why fall is the optimal time, caulk adheres best when the weather is warm but not hot, generally in the 40–80-degree Fahrenheit range. While the application can be done in other temperatures, fall weather is ideal for most sealing techniques.

Benefits of Fall Installation

If cost is a concern, some professionals believe that windows are most affordable during August when families are too busy with vacations and back-to-school plans to schedule renovations. It may be easier to schedule a contractor during this time as well, since window installers are much less likely to be booked up in the summer and winter months.

Cold-Weather Installation

Of course, there are times when you can’t get around a cold-weather installation during the fall months. Here are a couple precautions homeowners can take to make sure that the window is replaced properly.

  • Have your contractor come on a sunny, warm day if possible: Schedule the job mid-morning, giving the materials a chance to warm up and expand. Be wary of the forecast as some sealants need up to 24 hours to set before they can be exposed to water.
  • Apply the correct caulk: Make sure your contractor applies silicone-based caulk around the window instead of latex or acrylic. Not only will it adhere to the window in colder temperatures, it’s also better for waterproofing and weatherization. TIP: Ask your contractor to use a sealant with high joint movement capability, preferably with plus or minus 25 percent movement.

An Unexpected Color Source

Have you noticed anything interesting about window frames lately? Chances are, you’re seeing a lot more than the usual white, cream or brown. Colorful frames can offer a pleasing contrast to walls, creating a refreshing statement both inside and out. Let’s spin the color wheel and look at options you can use for your window frames.

  • Bold Black: As classic as black is, it’s a relatively new exterior color. Delivering a sophisticated look, black pairs well with industrial and modern looks. On the exterior, black iron railings, doors or pergolas can help create a striking complement to black window frames.
  • Clean Green: In general, green works well with farmhouses and coastal-style homes as well as traditional or historical houses. Custom green aluminum-clad windows pop against smoky blue siding and white casings and trim, delivering a fresh and bright hue.
  • Easygoing Gray: Count on gray to make a calming, subtle impact. As a neutral cornerstone, it’s the ideal choice if you’re still designing your interiors or plan to change them.
  • Staple Red: This color’s popularity is holding steady due to it’s ability to pair well with wood tones. It can be used in many regional styles, such as coastal Victorians and Midwestern Arts and Crafts.
  • Bright Blue: It’s an excellent accent color when working with wood, stone or brick. You can balance it with brown; as part of the orange family, brown is blue’s complementary color. Blue makes brown look browner and brown makes blue look bluer.

Window frames provide another, unexpected way to express your style, draw out a room’s atmosphere or highlight the character of your exterior. And when it comes to color, homeowners are embracing what’s new. “People are moving more, taking their tastes with them and building homes in a style that they like, not necessarily a style that’s most common in an area,” said Pat Verlodt, a color designer and longtime consultant for Andersen Windows and Doors.

Boilard Lumber is a Platinum Andersen Dealer and a factory certified member of the Andersen Dealer Service Network, offering after-sale service for the Andersen product line. Boilard Lumber also carries windows from Marvin®, Atrium® and Velux®. If you’d decide it’s time to ditch your drafty windows, contact our professionals today.