McClurg's Home Remodeling Blog

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

How to Plan for a Home Addition

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Sep 9, 2014

If you are considering adding more living space to your home, where do you begin? Some of the most popular home addition projects include master bathroom additions, master bedroom suite additions, family room additions, sunroom additions, kitchen additions, two-story additions and second-floor additions.

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Topics: Designs, Additions

Project of the Month: Skaneateles First Floor Addition

Posted by Brian Ciota on Wed, Sep 3, 2014

This month's featured project is a 200 square foot first floor addition to a Skaneateles Lake home. The addition, which is off the kitchen and living room, creates a large seating area and a casual dining area with a beautiful view of the lake for the homeowners and their guests. The addition also features a standing seam metal roof.

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Topics: Projects of the Month, Additions

Kitchen Countertops 102: Time-tested Countertop Products

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Aug 26, 2014

Last week, I wrote about the new types of kitchen countertop products on the market. This week, we’ll talk about traditional kitchen countertop products. Granite continues to be the most popular product selected by our customers. Quartz is a close second. New laminate products are also getting a lot of attention.

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Topics: Kitchens, Countertops

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