McClurg's Home Remodeling Blog

3 Options for Walk-in Shower Bases

Posted by Jayson Breckheimer on Tue, Nov 18, 2014

Selecting a shower pan or base is one of the most important decisions you’ll need to make if you’re considering adding a walk-in shower to your home. Bases come in standard sizes or can be customized. There are also threshold and surface options to choose from. Here are some facts to know about the three types of options for walk-in shower bases as you plan your project.

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Topics: Bathrooms, Walk-In Showers

Design Ideas for Kitchens With an Open Floor Plan

Posted by Vince Petralito on Tue, Nov 11, 2014

If you’ve visited the Parade of Homes or browsed through kitchen design magazines and websites, you’ve probably seen the trend where kitchens are integrated with dining room spaces and family rooms. This design trend is commonly referred to as “kitchens with an open floor plan.” Many open floor plan projects involve working within the existing floor plan and opening up the space by removing walls to make the kitchen more efficient and improve the overall use of a first floor living area. Another way to create a kitchen with an open floor plan is to build an addition onto a home that includes a dining area and/or a family room in the design.

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Topics: Kitchens, Additions

Project of the Month: Dining Room and Kitchen Remodel

Posted by Vince Petralito on Tue, Nov 4, 2014

The owners of a saltbox style home in Mexico, NY wanted to update their kitchen and incorporate the space of an adjacent dining room to create a view of the natural landscape from the home. The kitchen wasn’t efficient and they hoped to change the layout. They wanted to add more space for informal dining and amenities that they did not have prior to the dining room and kitchen remodel. This project required innovative design solutions to transform the rustic dining room and kitchen into a bright open space with ample seating and storage along with a few new “bells and whistles.”

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Topics: Kitchens, Projects of the Month

9 Design Ideas for Updating or Adding a Fireplace to Your Home

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Oct 28, 2014

A fireplace is often a focal point in a room. Design details are important and help to define the style and mood of the space - casual or formal. Mantel design, the surround, hearth and the fuel source are key elements to consider when updating or adding a fireplace to your home. There are many products and accessories to choose from. Here are nine unique fireplace projects we designed and built for Central New York homeowners that show a range of options and creative ideas.

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Topics: Fireplaces

6 Things To Do Before Meeting with a Bath Designer

Posted by Jayson Breckheimer on Tue, Oct 21, 2014

If you are planning to remodel a bathroom, we recommend working with a certified bath designer. A bath remodeling project can be complicated. Bathrooms are often small spaces in which you must consider placement of fixtures and cabinetry, tile design, lighting and mechanicals. It is important to have the expertise of an experienced bath design professional to address all of the details. A bath designer can help you save both time and money, and attain satisfying outcomes.

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Topics: Bathrooms

Universal Design: 12 Tips for Designing Safe Bathrooms and Bedrooms

Posted by Jayson Breckheimer on Tue, Oct 14, 2014

Homes can present barriers or become hazardous not only for older adults but also for those with temporary mobility impairments such as a teen who injures a leg in football practice or a person recovering from surgery. If you are planning to update or remodel a bathroom or bedroom, consider these "Universal Design" tips to improve access and safety in your home.

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Topics: Bathrooms, Universal Design

Project of the Month: A Kitchen Makeover in Baldwinsville

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Oct 7, 2014

Cabinet finishes, counter surfaces and backsplash tile are the main decorative elements of a kitchen that determine the design style and look of the room. Changing these features can make a timeworn kitchen look new.

Our Project of the Month features a kitchen makeover for homeowners in Baldwinsville. The kitchen was in very good condition but did not complement or connect with adjacent living areas. The kitchen was transformed by repainting cabinets and installing new counters, cabinet hardware and a mosaic glass tile backsplash.

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Topics: Kitchens, Projects of the Month

Design Ideas for Built-in Entertainment Centers

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Sep 30, 2014

There was a time when many homeowners purchased entertainment centers for the convenience of having a place to hold their media equipment and keep wires out of sight. Today, homeowners are looking for much more. Built-in entertainment centers are designed to define the look you want in a room and add beauty, style and character. They can be customized to house the latest electronics and provide an elegant display setting for artwork, collectibles and books.

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Topics: Cabinets, Storage

The Three Most Popular Kitchen Design Styles

Posted by Vince Petralito on Tue, Sep 23, 2014

Kitchen design styles change over time. If you’ve been considering an update or remodel of your kitchen you may have come across kitchen design styles with names such as Tuscan, Urban Chic, Classic, Country-French and others. All of these “design styles” fall within the three most popular kitchen design styles often referred to by the National Kitchen & Bath Association: Traditional, Contemporary and Transitional.

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Topics: Kitchens, Kitchen Design, Cabinets

Planning Tips for a Bathroom Remodeling Project

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Sep 16, 2014

Have you been thinking about remodeling a bathroom? It’s important to have some ideas in hand before discussing your bathroom remodeling project with your contractor. Clarifying your objectives and priorities will also be helpful in determining a budget for the project.

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Topics: Bathrooms, Walk-In Showers, Universal Design

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