Tom Putzel, founder of General Services of Upstate NY, happened upon a new product line that’s thriving during quarantine: raise garden beds, planters and window boxes, all built out of cedar.
Putzel, who works out the barn at his family’s home in Ballston Lake, founded his company in 2018 after contracting work for his wife, interior designer Julie Maleski Putzel, starting hiring him as her go-to contractor, and Putzel’s business took off via word-of-mouth and referrals.
As an interior contractor, Putzel does remodeling projects, finishes basements, does tiling, painting, carpentry and small electrical jobs. A few weeks ago, a client asked Putzel to build her cedar boxes for raised garden beds – a job he could do easily at home and then deliver in his truck. The client’s neighbor saw them, which led to more orders during a time when people are spending a lot of time at home and taking interest in gardening. Putzel is sourcing the cedar through an existing relationship with a supplier, Maleski Putzel said.
Putzel has expanded beyond garden boxes to planters, window boxes and screens for house air conditioning units. Cedar, he said, works well because it is naturally insect repellant and holds up when exposed to the elements.
Garden boxes range in price from $268 to $409; planters from $65 to $220; and window boxes from $35 to $62. Delivery is $25 within an hour from Ballston Lake. For more information on the JMP Interiors Facebook page.
The pandemic forced the Saratoga Springs Preservation Foundation to cancel their annual historic homes tour and porch party, but the organization pivoted and hosted a virtual porch party Saturday, instead.
The foundation board invited Saratoga Springs residents to dress up their porches and book a socially-distant sitting with by Brian V Photography in exchange for a donation to the foundation, which also chose winners from among the decorated porches.
Robert Davis and Denise McDonald, who live along Troy Avenue in Round Lake, dressed their porch in pink paper lanterns and vintage furniture. They won the “Moment in History” prize. Carol Godette’s porch along Nelson Avenue in Saratoga Springs has a Saratoga Race Course theme. She won the Saratoga theme award.
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