McClurg's Home Remodeling Blog

Our Picks for the Best Bathroom Design Trends for 2015

Posted by Jayson Breckheimer on Tue, Jan 27, 2015

If you’re planning to remodel a bathroom this year you may want to consider some of the current trends in bath design that will add both comfort and function to the room. Many of the trends we identified in 2014 will continue to be seen but with growing interest.

Generally bathrooms are small spaces. The average size of a bathroom in many older homes with a combination tub/shower unit is about 5-by-8 feet (40 square feet). In newer construction the average size of a bathroom is larger, approximately 8-by-10 feet. Half baths are typically 3-to-4 feet wide and 5-to-8 feet long. There are new configurations and products available that will optimize the space if you plan to stay within the present dimensions and amenities to add if you plan to expand the room or build a bathroom addition to your home.

Here are ten of our picks for the best bathroom design trends for 2015:

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Topics: Bathrooms, Design Trends and Ideas, Walk-In Showers

The Hottest Interior Room Colors for 2015

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Jan 20, 2015

A considerable amount of research goes into preparing our annual blog article about the hottest interior room colors. We review what paint manufacturers have identified as trends. We assess what customers are requesting for their projects. We peruse interior design resources including websites, magazines and catalogues. From these sources we compile a palette of “The Hottest Interior Room Colors” for your consideration.

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Topics: Room Colors

What to Expect When Meeting With a Remodeling Project Consultant

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Jan 13, 2015

When a homeowner first contacts us to discuss their remodeling project they typically ask about who will be meeting with them and what they should expect from the meeting. These are important questions and we thought it would be helpful to adress them in this article.

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Topics: Home Remodeling

Project of the Month: A Special Kitchen Makeover in Auburn, NY

Posted by Scott McClurg on Tue, Jan 6, 2015

When The Rachael Ray Show contacted us in November to ask for assistance with a kitchen makeover for a mother of three school-age children who is battling cancer, the McClurg Team immediately volunteered to help make her dream come true.

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Topics: Kitchens, Projects of the Month

The Top 5 Home Remodeling Articles for 2014

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Dec 30, 2014

If you missed some of our home remodeling blog articles during the year, now’s your chance to catch up. Here are the top five most read articles for 2014:

# 5 – Project of the Month: Open Concept Floor Plan for a Ranch Home

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Topics: Home Remodeling, Design Trends and Ideas

What Exactly is a Kitchen Update?

Posted by Vince Petralito on Tue, Dec 23, 2014

A kitchen update refers to work that’s done within the existing configuration and floor plan of the room. Some of the changes may be cosmetic, such as repainting cabinets, while other updates may include replacing appliances, counter surfaces and fixtures. An update is different than a kitchen remodel, which involves redesigning the space and installing new cabinets, flooring, lighting, mechanicals and other features.

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Topics: Kitchens

4 Tips for Selecting Quartz Surfaces and Countertops

Posted by Vince Petralito on Tue, Dec 16, 2014

Quartz surfaces and countertops are rapidly gaining popularity among homeowners as well as kitchen and bath designers. Quartz is easy to maintain and is available in a wide range of colors, patterns and even textures. While primary uses of quartz continue to be kitchen and bath counters, it can also be used for backsplashes, shower stalls, shower entries, tub decking and even fireplace surrounds.

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Topics: Kitchens, Countertops

7 Reasons Why Winter is the Perfect Time for Home Remodeling Projects

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Dec 9, 2014

Central New York winters can be long and harsh. Winter is a good time to focus on your home and undertake updating the interior or addressing repairs you may have been putting off. Some homeowners we’ve worked with have found that winter is the perfect time for home remodeling projects. If you’re finding that you need extra space, winter can be a great time to start a basement remodeling project.

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Topics: Home Remodeling, Additions

Project of the Month: LaFayette Basement Remodel

Posted by Jayson Breckheimer on Tue, Dec 2, 2014

Basements can be transformed into lower level living spaces to meet your specific needs and add value to your home. The owners of this LaFayette, NY home wanted their basement remodel to provide more space for entertaining, cooking, exercising and an office. They added a gathering space for family to enjoy that includes a kitchenette, living room, full bath and exercise area. They chose transitional décor for the space featuring Shaker-style cabinets for the kitchenette and bath, quartz counters, upscale vinyl flooring and Mission-style furniture.

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Topics: Basement Conversions

How to Prepare Your Home for a Central New York Winter

Posted by Paul Jones on Tue, Nov 25, 2014

It’s important to regularly inspect your house for wear and tear. Now is the time to prepare for the winter months ahead by checking both the inside and the exterior of your home for signs of damage or deterioration. Finding a problem during a routine check and fixing it right away may save you money and aggravation. If you do find a problem, or suspect a problem, consider contacting a home repair specialist.

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Topics: How-To Tips, Repair and Maintenance

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