McClurg's Home Remodeling Blog

Remodeling? What to Salvage, Repurpose and Donate

Posted by Paul Jones on Tue, Aug 25, 2015

When planning a home remodeling project it’s important to consider what items can be salvaged, repurposed and donated.

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Topics: Renovating, Project Planning

8 Exciting Kitchen Update Design Ideas

Posted by Vince Petralito on Tue, Aug 18, 2015

Is it time to update your kitchen? Changing a few design elements can give an exciting new look to a kitchen. Here are eight design ideas to help you refresh your kitchen with changes that will make a big impact without having to alter the current configuration.

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Topics: Kitchens, Kitchen Design, Design Trends and Ideas

What You Need to Know About Manufactured Stone Veneer

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Aug 11, 2015

Stone veneer is an architectural element that adds beauty and value to a home. It is typically used as a decorative cover on interior as well as exterior walls and surfaces. Stone veneer, which has been available for many years, can be made from real stones or manufactured stone.

Because of recent advancements in technology, more homeowners are now remodeling with manufactured stone veneer. Compared to natural stone veneer, manufactured stone is more affordable, lighter in weight, easier to install, available in many shapes and colors, easy to maintain and requires no sealing. Manufactured stone veneer products are made to replicate the look of natural stone and are backed by manufacturer warranties.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Additions, Fireplaces

Project of the Month: Lakefront Porch Addition and Outdoor Kitchen

Posted by Jayson Breckheimer on Tue, Aug 4, 2015

The owners of a cottage located on Canandaigua Lake enjoy entertaining family and friends. To optimize the time they spend at the lake, they asked us to design and build a lakefront porch addition with some unique features that allow them to extend the season. This challenging project took six months to complete and was started just as the snow was melting in March. The new outdoor living space includes many amenities such as a gas fueled pizza oven and grill, bar sink and refrigerator, and a wood-burning outdoor fireplace.

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Topics: Projects of the Month, Additions, Porches

The Latest Trends in Laminate Countertop Products and Edge Options

Posted by Vince Petralito on Tue, Jul 28, 2015

Countertop surfacing is often a big cost item for a kitchen or a bath remodeling project. While homeowners have a wide range of countertop options, one of the latest advances in counter products is laminate surfacing. Laminate is being talked about by kitchen and bath designers and home magazine writers because of the colors, patterns, finishes and the quality of products that manufacturers now offer.

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Topics: Kitchens, Countertops

5 New Trends in Flooring Products

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Jul 21, 2015

If you’re considering remodeling or replacing flooring in your home there are five new trends in flooring products that may be of interest to you. These products offer an option to traditional flooring such as hardwoods, laminates, linoleum and carpet. Some are eco-friendly and all are attractive and durable.

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Topics: Flooring

The Exciting New Look of Shower Wall Panels

Posted by Vince Petralito on Tue, Jul 14, 2015

Manufacturers of shower wall panels are creating exciting new designs. They now feature products made from fiberglass and composite materials that can be molded with grooves, various textures and finished edging. Some new designs replicate popular tile patterns, including subway tile and grid tile layouts. Most are available in a range of colors and finishes. Matte, gloss and textured finishes are also options that have changed the look and aesthetic appeal of shower wall panels.

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Topics: Bathrooms, Walk-In Showers

Project of the Month: Kitchen With Two Islands

Posted by Paul Jones on Tue, Jul 7, 2015

The kitchen is the heart of a home. It’s important that the space meets the needs of the people who live there. Our Project of the Month is a 15-by-26 foot kitchen with dark oak cabinets that was redesigned to function more efficiently for an active family of five in Fayetteville, NY.

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Topics: Kitchens, Kitchen Design, Projects of the Month

7 Great Deck Design Ideas

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Jun 23, 2015

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.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Decks

5 Ways to Maximize Space in a Small Home

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Jun 16, 2015

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.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Additions

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