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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

Home Addition Planning Tips and Design Ideas [Free Guide]

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Jun 9, 2015

Do you need more living space but like your home and neighborhood too much to move? A home addition may provide the solution.

Popular Central New York home addition projects include kitchen expansions, master bedroom suites, family rooms, sunrooms, porches and decks.

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Topics: Additions

Project of the Month: Weedsport Kitchen Remodel

Posted by Vince Petralito on Tue, Jun 2, 2015

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.

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Topics: Kitchens, Projects of the Month

Is the Kitchen Work Triangle Still a Practical Design?

Posted by Vince Petralito on Tue, May 26, 2015

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."

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Topics: Kitchens, Kitchen Design

4 Awesome Lower Level Design Ideas

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, May 19, 2015

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.

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Topics: Basement Conversions

5 Front Entrance Design Ideas That Add Curb Appeal

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, May 12, 2015

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.

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Topics: Entryways

Project of the Month: Lakeside Cottage Deck Addition

Posted by Mark Waite on Tue, May 5, 2015

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.

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Topics: Projects of the Month, Decks

Is Your Deck Ready for Summer? [Free Deck Safety Inspection Checklist]

Posted by Paul Jones on Tue, Apr 28, 2015

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.

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Topics: Decks

6 Space Saving Fixtures for Half Baths

Posted by Jayson Breckheimer on Tue, Apr 21, 2015

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.

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Topics: Bathrooms

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