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Spring Home Maintenance Checklist

Posted by Paul Jones on Tue, Mar 24, 2015

Are you ready for the snow to thaw, warmer temperatures and for the start of spring? Syracuse and the Central New York region have once again experienced record snowfall. As of March 15th, 116 inches of snow has fallen so far making Syracuse the snowiest city in the nation with a population of over 100,000. Our area also had many record cold days, especially throughout the month of February.

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Topics: Repair and Maintenance

7 Tips for Planning a Kitchen Addition

Posted by Vince Petralito on Tue, Mar 17, 2015

Planning a kitchen addition and bringing an idea to reality can be an exciting process. It can also be stressful, but less so if you can break the planning process into steps. There are many details involved in designing and building a kitchen addition including determining the size and configuration of the space, blending the addition with the architecture of the home, creating a layout for appliances, adding mechanicals, designing lighting and selecting products for the room.  It helps to follow a planning process that guides you from concept, to meeting with a design professional, to construction.

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Topics: Kitchens, Additions

Six Facts to Know About Walk-in Showers Without Doors

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Mar 10, 2015

One of the most popular features homeowners ask about when planning a bathroom remodeling project is a walk-in shower without a door. This type of shower uses less space in a bathroom since there are no door swings or a frame to account for and can be adapted to your lifestyle and décor preferences.

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Topics: Walk-In Showers

Project of the Month: Syracuse Galley-Style Kitchen Remodel

Posted by Melissa Sposato on Tue, Mar 3, 2015

The owners of a University area home built in 1929 wanted to renovate their galley style kitchen to add lightness, brightness and better storage. This was achieved with new finishes, cabinets, fixtures and appliances unifying the room and complementing the historic elements of the home.

The kitchen had undergone several updates over the years. One side had wood cabinets built in place during the 1950s. On the opposite wall were white laminate cabinets with wood trim popular during the 1980s. The two eras clashed in the room and did not provide proper storage or organization for the homeowners who love to cook.

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Topics: Kitchens, Projects of the Month

4 Things to Know About Kitchen Tile Design and Installation

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Feb 24, 2015

Tile is one of the most important design elements in a kitchen remodeling project because of its function and the aesthetic appeal it gives to the room. If you are planning to remodel your kitchen, here are four things to know about selecting and installing tile:

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Topics: Kitchen Design, Tile

6 Tips for Planning a Master Bedroom and Bath Addition

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Feb 17, 2015

A master bedroom and bath addition is a popular remodeling project for personal comfort and enjoyment. A term that you may be hearing a lot lately is “en suite.” En suite refers to a bathroom adjoining a bedroom. A master en suite may include a king size bed, multiple dressers, walk-in closets, a bath with spa features, a walk-in shower, a free-standing tub and other amenities. If space for a master en suite cannot be attained by making interior changes, many homeowners will opt to build an addition.

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Topics: Additions

Our Picks for the Best Kitchen Design Trends for 2015

Posted by Vince Petralito on Tue, Feb 10, 2015

The best home design trends are often concepts that can be sustained over the course of time and will preserve a home’s value. At this year’s Kitchen and Bath Industry Show, held in Las Vegas in late January, six kitchen design trends were spotlighted for 2015. These design trends, which can be used in almost any kitchen, are similar to what we’re seeing here in Central New York. Here are our views on the best kitchen design trends for 2015.

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Topics: Kitchens, Design Trends and Ideas

Project of the Month: Lower Level Living Space Remodel in Fayetteville

Posted by Paul Jones on Tue, Feb 3, 2015

Basements in many homes are underutilized. The owners of this Fayetteville home remodeled a 1500 square foot basement into a multi-purpose lower level living space featuring a new exercise room, new flooring, new lighting, new ceiling, wall paint, upgrades for storage and a bathroom renovation.

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Topics: Basement Conversions, Insurance Claims, Projects of the Month

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

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