Outdoor living spaces enable Central New Yorkers to take full advantage of our spectacular but too brief summers. Decks are a popular way to integrate a home with the outdoors. Deck additions can be customized for almost any home and to meet the needs of homeowners, whether it be a space for entertaining and outdoor cooking, a surround for a pool or hot tub, or a place to relax at the end of a warm summer day.Read More
McClurg's Home Remodeling Blog
Small homes are gaining popularity among homebuyers. Baby boomers seeking to downsize and live more simply, and first time homebuyers looking for affordable housing, are driving the trend. Small homes include bungalows, cottages and ranch-style homes with less than 2,000 square feet of living space.Read More
Popular Central New York home addition projects include kitchen expansions, master bedroom suites, family rooms, sunrooms, porches and decks.Read More
The owners of a Weedsport, NY home with a large kitchen found that the space was not efficient. There was a corner with inaccessible storage space camouflaged by a curtain, a range that did not provide adequate capacity for baking, insufficient counter space for food prep and, while the kitchen had an ample pantry, there was not enough functional storage.Read More
Have you ever noticed that the sink, refrigerator and stove in many kitchens form a triangle? It's not a coincidence. In the 1950s, the University of Illinois conducted a study to determine the most "sensible" kitchen design for a four person home. Researchers concluded the most efficient way for a cook to work was to organize a kitchen's three dominant food preparation areas into a "work triangle."Read More
One of the easiest ways to expand your living space is to use the area in your basement or lower level. Lower levels generally are perfect for adding a sizeable entertainment room, a guest bedroom with bath, a kitchenette, a workout area or even a secluded home office.Read More
Topics: Basement Conversions
Front entries define the look of a house. Real estate agents will tell you that curb appeal can add value to a home and helps to attract buyers.
Here are five front entrance design ideas from homes in Central New York that show how an updated front entry can transform a home.Read More
The owners of a summer cottage on Skaneateles Lake enjoy the season and entertaining family and friends on a deck that overlooks the clear blue water and provides space for dining, grilling and gathering. The composite decking they selected is easy to care for and will withstand cold Central New York winters.Read More
May is Deck Safety Month®. If you own a home with a deck, it’s time to get ready for summer outdoor living by ensuring that your deck is safe to use. According to the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI) only 40 percent of existing decks are completely safe.
To help you get started, we developed a “7-Point Deck Safety Inspection Checklist” to guide you through the process and show you what to look for.Read More
Half baths are small spaces that are often less than 24 square feet in size. The primary fixtures used in this space are a toilet, sink, mirror and lighting. Vanities, cabinets and shelving can be used if space permits.
How can a small space be optimized for both comfort and function? Here are the things you need to know about six space saving fixtures if you are planning to remodel or update a half bath.Read More