January 22, 2022

Beat Schermerhorn

Home Improvement

From paint to plaster, everything in between, find a DIY class nearby

CITY OF NEWBURGH – Watching video tutorials or looking up home repair tips online doesn’t quite cut it for Sebastien Aubert.

“I like to learn from people. They tell you about their own experience,” Aubert said. “And it’s cool that they’re willing to share. I appreciate that.”

Aubert is a French native who moved to Newburgh from Brooklyn two years ago. He has had his hands full restoring a nearly 4,000-square-foot historic home on Grand Street that he purchased just before the pandemic’s onset.

Aubert wanted advice straight from the experts. He turned to Reggie Young, who offers workshops at his business, Hudson Valley House Parts.

Young, who moved to Newburgh seven years ago, has established a business that offers public classes specializing in historic-home restoration and preservation. He has extensive knowledge in restoration after spending years building New York City restaurants, and performing restorative work on Brooklyn brownstones and Hudson Valley homes.

Reggie Young, owner of Hudson Valley House Parts, at the shop in Newburgh.

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Reggie Young, owner of Hudson Valley House Parts, explains the durability of lime mortar over time as opposed to modern concrete in old buildings.

Young said he wanted to help create job opportunities for people living in the city and he was drawn to the architecture for which Newburgh is well known.

His store, Hudson Valley House Parts , sells unique décor and architectural salvage items as well as materials that can be used for projects, like mortar preservation products, crown molding, plaster details and restoration plasters.

But it would be hard to make use of his inventory without knowing what to do with it. That’s one reason Young and his colleagues offer workshops on techniques and materials.

Antique lace and buttons for sale at Hudson Valley House Parts in Newburgh.

Aubert participated in workshops on window restoration and how to use lime mortar.

“I’m looking forward to another class,” Aubert said. “Actually, the lime mortar, if he does another one on that, I might take it again.”

Classes are usually limited to about 12 people for a more individualized experience. Past workshops have also covered mortar restoration pointing and stoop restoration.

Reggie Young, owner of Hudson Valley House Parts, shows bags of lime mortar that he uses in restoration workshops.

“The techniques are not difficult,” Young said. “And to a large degree, the people who take our classes are DIY homeowners.”

He plans to offer a window restoration class in February and create a slate of workshops in the spring covering new topics. Dates for the February classes and information about what’s in store for next year will be announced later, Young said.

Find information on upcoming workshops and newsletters from Hudson Valley House Parts at hvhouseparts.com/workshops

Antique glass light shades stand on display at Hudson Valley House Parts in Newburgh.

More classes in the mid-Hudson

Hudson River Maritime Museum: 50 Rondout Landing, Kingston

The museum located along the Rondout Creek a mile inland from the Hudson River offers beginner-level woodworking classes. Groups or individuals from youths to adults, can get expert instruction on building items ranging from boats to live-edge wooden tables.

Other do-it-yourself woodworking classes have taught participants to build picture frames, Adirondack chairs, work benches, bookcases, fire log racks.