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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

5 Tips for Planning a Sunroom Addition

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Apr 14, 2015

Have you been dreaming about adding a sunroom to your home? A three-season sunroom can help extend the summer season and provide a bright retreat for relaxing or entertaining. If your home needs more space, a year-round sunroom can be the perfect solution.

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Topics: Additions

Project of the Month: Kitchen and Dining Room Remodel

Posted by Jayson Breckheimer on Tue, Apr 7, 2015

The owners of a split-level ranch-style home built in 1977 wanted to remodel their kitchen and adjacent dining room for entertaining family members, especially grandchildren. The original kitchen was dark and closed in by a wall that separated the space from the dining area. The kitchen had a U-shaped configuration with a narrow work aisle that constricted the flow of traffic in the room when the family gathered together for holidays and special occasions. Lighting was dim and appliances were outdated.  

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Topics: Kitchens, Projects of the Month

Spring Home Maintenance Checklist

Posted by Paul Jones on Tue, Mar 24, 2015

Are you ready for the snow to thaw, warmer temperatures and for the start of spring? Syracuse and the Central New York region have once again experienced record snowfall. As of March 15th, 116 inches of snow has fallen so far making Syracuse the snowiest city in the nation with a population of over 100,000. Our area also had many record cold days, especially throughout the month of February.

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Topics: Repair and Maintenance

7 Tips for Planning a Kitchen Addition

Posted by Vince Petralito on Tue, Mar 17, 2015

Planning a kitchen addition and bringing an idea to reality can be an exciting process. It can also be stressful, but less so if you can break the planning process into steps. There are many details involved in designing and building a kitchen addition including determining the size and configuration of the space, blending the addition with the architecture of the home, creating a layout for appliances, adding mechanicals, designing lighting and selecting products for the room.  It helps to follow a planning process that guides you from concept, to meeting with a design professional, to construction.

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Topics: Kitchens, Additions

Six Facts to Know About Walk-in Showers Without Doors

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Mar 10, 2015

One of the most popular features homeowners ask about when planning a bathroom remodeling project is a walk-in shower without a door. This type of shower uses less space in a bathroom since there are no door swings or a frame to account for and can be adapted to your lifestyle and décor preferences.

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Topics: Walk-In Showers

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