McClurg's Home Remodeling Blog

4 Tips for Selecting Quartz Surfaces and Countertops

Posted by Vince Petralito on Tue, Dec 16, 2014

Quartz surfaces and countertops are rapidly gaining popularity among homeowners as well as kitchen and bath designers. Quartz is easy to maintain and is available in a wide range of colors, patterns and even textures. While primary uses of quartz continue to be kitchen and bath counters, it can also be used for backsplashes, shower stalls, shower entries, tub decking and even fireplace surrounds.

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Topics: Kitchens, Countertops

7 Reasons Why Winter is the Perfect Time for Home Remodeling Projects

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Dec 9, 2014

Central New York winters can be long and harsh. Winter is a good time to focus on your home and undertake updating the interior or addressing repairs you may have been putting off. Some homeowners we’ve worked with have found that winter is the perfect time for home remodeling projects. If you’re finding that you need extra space, winter can be a great time to start a basement remodeling project.

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Topics: Home Remodeling, Additions

Project of the Month: LaFayette Basement Remodel

Posted by Jayson Breckheimer on Tue, Dec 2, 2014

Basements can be transformed into lower level living spaces to meet your specific needs and add value to your home. The owners of this LaFayette, NY home wanted their basement remodel to provide more space for entertaining, cooking, exercising and an office. They added a gathering space for family to enjoy that includes a kitchenette, living room, full bath and exercise area. They chose transitional décor for the space featuring Shaker-style cabinets for the kitchenette and bath, quartz counters, upscale vinyl flooring and Mission-style furniture.

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Topics: Basement Conversions

How to Prepare Your Home for a Central New York Winter

Posted by Paul Jones on Tue, Nov 25, 2014

It’s important to regularly inspect your house for wear and tear. Now is the time to prepare for the winter months ahead by checking both the inside and the exterior of your home for signs of damage or deterioration. Finding a problem during a routine check and fixing it right away may save you money and aggravation. If you do find a problem, or suspect a problem, consider contacting a home repair specialist.

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Topics: How-To Tips, Repair and Maintenance

3 Options for Walk-in Shower Bases

Posted by Jayson Breckheimer on Tue, Nov 18, 2014

Selecting a shower pan or base is one of the most important decisions you’ll need to make if you’re considering adding a walk-in shower to your home. Bases come in standard sizes or can be customized. There are also threshold and surface options to choose from. Here are some facts to know about the three types of options for walk-in shower bases as you plan your project.

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Topics: Bathrooms, Walk-In Showers

Design Ideas for Kitchens With an Open Floor Plan

Posted by Vince Petralito on Tue, Nov 11, 2014

If you’ve visited the Parade of Homes or browsed through kitchen design magazines and websites, you’ve probably seen the trend where kitchens are integrated with dining room spaces and family rooms. This design trend is commonly referred to as “kitchens with an open floor plan.” Many open floor plan projects involve working within the existing floor plan and opening up the space by removing walls to make the kitchen more efficient and improve the overall use of a first floor living area. Another way to create a kitchen with an open floor plan is to build an addition onto a home that includes a dining area and/or a family room in the design.

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Topics: Kitchens, Additions

Project of the Month: Dining Room and Kitchen Remodel

Posted by Vince Petralito on Tue, Nov 4, 2014

The owners of a saltbox style home in Mexico, NY wanted to update their kitchen and incorporate the space of an adjacent dining room to create a view of the natural landscape from the home. The kitchen wasn’t efficient and they hoped to change the layout. They wanted to add more space for informal dining and amenities that they did not have prior to the dining room and kitchen remodel. This project required innovative design solutions to transform the rustic dining room and kitchen into a bright open space with ample seating and storage along with a few new “bells and whistles.”

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Topics: Kitchens, Projects of the Month

9 Design Ideas for Updating or Adding a Fireplace to Your Home

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Oct 28, 2014

A fireplace is often a focal point in a room. Design details are important and help to define the style and mood of the space - casual or formal. Mantel design, the surround, hearth and the fuel source are key elements to consider when updating or adding a fireplace to your home. There are many products and accessories to choose from. Here are nine unique fireplace projects we designed and built for Central New York homeowners that show a range of options and creative ideas.

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Topics: Fireplaces

6 Things To Do Before Meeting with a Bath Designer

Posted by Jayson Breckheimer on Tue, Oct 21, 2014

If you are planning to remodel a bathroom, we recommend working with a certified bath designer. A bath remodeling project can be complicated. Bathrooms are often small spaces in which you must consider placement of fixtures and cabinetry, tile design, lighting and mechanicals. It is important to have the expertise of an experienced bath design professional to address all of the details. A bath designer can help you save both time and money, and attain satisfying outcomes.

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Topics: Bathrooms

Universal Design: 12 Tips for Designing Safe Bathrooms and Bedrooms

Posted by Jayson Breckheimer on Tue, Oct 14, 2014

Homes can present barriers or become hazardous not only for older adults but also for those with temporary mobility impairments such as a teen who injures a leg in football practice or a person recovering from surgery. If you are planning to update or remodel a bathroom or bedroom, consider these "Universal Design" tips to improve access and safety in your home.

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Topics: Bathrooms, Universal Design

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