“We build people’s dreams, we really do,” said Rose Paciullo in a recent telephone interview.
The dreams she referred to are the one’s her clients have for new kitchens and bathrooms, and she clearly enjoys the role of fairy godmother.
In 2008, when she and her husband Jim began their kitchen and bath business on Mosholu Avenue, they hit upon the name New Visions because they wanted to be a different kind of company.
They had a vision of offering personalized service to their customers while working with American made products that promised to be gentle on the environment — all without breaking their clients’ budgets.
Jim was no stranger to remodeling, having spent 18 years doing home remodeling with his father in Putnam and Dutchess counties before moving to Riverdale.
Angela Conran, who owns a townhouse condominium in North Riverdale, remembers being a bit nervous when she first stepped in to the New Visions showroom. She had a limited budget, but she dreamed of having an elegant new bathroom.
Before she was done, she had contracted for top-to-bottom renovation of two bathrooms and a gourmet kitchen, and she and her husband Philip could not be happier.
“How often do you end up being friends with your contractor?” she asked.
Rose explained that the challenge at the Conrans’ was to maximize the sense of space in relatively small rooms.
A signature feature of New Visions bathrooms includes the niches designed into tilework, whether in the tub area or around a sink or vanity. “You can tuck away all those little items that end up cluttering the space,” Rose said.
The Paciullos match their designs to their clients’ tastes and their showroom offers countless samples for them to choose from.
Current trends include oversized stone tiles and ribbons of accent tiles in contrasting colors.
“They held my hand every step of the way,” Angela recalled.
She chose a “Tuscan look” for her kitchen with off-white raised panel cabinetry. Rose noted with pride the cabinets aren’t Italian. They’re all American made.