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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

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

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