McClurg's Home Remodeling Blog

Project of the Month: Manlius Master Bathroom Remodel

Posted by Vince Petralito on Tue, Feb 2, 2016

Bathroom trends and lifestyles change over time. In the 1980s and 1990s desirable features in a master bathroom included a large whirlpool tub and a small shower. A dressing area with a vanity, where a woman could be seated to apply her makeup, and brass finishes were also trends. Today, comfort and easy maintenance are important in bath design.

Our Project of the Month features a late 1980s-era master bathroom in Manlius, NY that was completely remodeled to provide a practical retreat for the homeowner. Updates include an expanded vanity, a private area for the toilet and a walk-in shower without doors that can be turned on by a remote control unit.

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Topics: Bathrooms, Walk-In Showers, Projects of the Month

Our Picks for the Best Bathroom Design Trends for 2016

Posted by Jayson Breckheimer on Tue, Jan 26, 2016

Bathroom design trends are influenced by the introduction of new products and features and the changing preferences of homeowners and professional designers.

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

The Hottest Interior Room Colors for 2016

Posted by Melissa Sposato on Tue, Jan 19, 2016

White will be an interior room color that you will be seeing used frequently in 2016. Why? White accentuates architectural details and unifies rooms of a home when used on walls and trims. White can make a small room seem larger. It reflects light and serves as a neutral background for furnishings and wall art.

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Topics: Room Colors

4 Tips for Your First Meeting with a Design-Build Remodeling Contractor

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Jan 12, 2016

Homeowners frequently ask us about what they should expect and how they should prepare for their first meeting to discuss their home remodeling projects.   They often have ideas they want to communicate to us, or a problem they want us to help them solve.

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Topics: Home Remodeling, Home Renovation, Hiring a Contractor

Project of the Month: A Universal Design Lakefront Home

Posted by Scott McClurg on Wed, Jan 6, 2016

We worked with a Skaneateles, NY couple to build their lakefront dream home that has many special Universal Design features. These features are so subtle that you may not recognize them, but would admire the home for its smart, efficient and practical design. The transitional design of the home is perfect for the owners and very accommodating when they get together with friends and family.

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Topics: Projects of the Month, Universal Design

The Top 5 Home Remodeling Articles for 2015

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Dec 22, 2015

If you missed some of our home remodeling blog articles during the year, it’s your chance to catch up. Here are the top five most read articles for 2015:

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

Universal Design Features for Every Remodeling Project [Free Guide]

Posted by Scott McClurg on Tue, Dec 15, 2015

We are often contacted by homeowners who ask us to modify one or more spaces in their home to accommodate the changed needs of family members. Needs can change due to illness, injury, aging, the arrival of a newborn, when a parent moves in or other situations.

When lifestyle changes occur, the design of a home and fixtures can present obstacles or become dysfunctional for residents. For example, a person who is impeded by arthritis may reach a point where it is difficult to safely enter a home via stairs or to use a bathtub.

Can homes be designed to accommodate the inevitable changes we all go through during our lifetime? Rather than adapting our homes to each life event, what if we could plan ahead and design our homes so anyone can use them without the need for specialized adaptations?

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Topics: Universal Design

4 Facts to Know About Bathroom Grab Bars

Posted by Jayson Breckheimer on Tue, Dec 8, 2015

Home accidents are most likely to occur in a bathroom. According to studies conducted by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) more than 230,000 nonfatal bathroom injuries among people over age 15 are treated in emergency rooms each year.

Injuries occur most frequently in or around a tub or shower. Women are more likely to experience injuries than men. Overall, injury rates increase with age, especially accidents where a person slips and falls near a toilet.

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Topics: Bathrooms, Walk-In Showers

Project of the Month: A 1930s Syracuse Kitchen Remodel

Posted by Vince Petralito on Tue, Dec 1, 2015

A kitchen is the hub of activity in every home. New appliances and gadgets have changed the way we cook and equip our kitchens. The emergence of cable television and the Food Network influences the way we prepare meals and the décor we choose for our kitchens. We are also growing more conscious of the environment and the way we use natural resources.

The owners of our Project of the Month home considered some of these trends when they remodeled the kitchen in their 1930s-era bungalow-style home.

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Topics: Kitchens, Cabinets, Projects of the Month

6 Design Ideas for Kitchen Cabinets and Cabinet Hardware

Posted by Vince Petralito on Tue, Nov 24, 2015

Cabinets are the primary design element in a kitchen remodel. The selection of cabinet style, finish and hardware (i.e., pulls, knobs and hinges) will define the look and functionality of the new kitchen. Other design elements, including countertops, backsplashes and appliances, can be selected to complement the cabinets.

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Topics: Kitchens, Kitchen Design, Cabinets

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