McClurg's Home Remodeling Blog

Design Ideas for Built-in Entertainment Centers

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Sep 30, 2014

There was a time when many homeowners purchased entertainment centers for the convenience of having a place to hold their media equipment and keep wires out of sight. Today, homeowners are looking for much more. Built-in entertainment centers are designed to define the look you want in a room and add beauty, style and character. They can be customized to house the latest electronics and provide an elegant display setting for artwork, collectibles and books.

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Topics: Cabinets, Storage

The Three Most Popular Kitchen Design Styles

Posted by Vince Petralito on Tue, Sep 23, 2014

Kitchen design styles change over time. If you’ve been considering an update or remodel of your kitchen you may have come across kitchen design styles with names such as Tuscan, Urban Chic, Classic, Country-French and others. All of these “design styles” fall within the three most popular kitchen design styles often referred to by the National Kitchen & Bath Association: Traditional, Contemporary and Transitional.

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Topics: Kitchens, Kitchen Design, Cabinets

Planning Tips for a Bathroom Remodeling Project

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Sep 16, 2014

Have you been thinking about remodeling a bathroom? It’s important to have some ideas in hand before discussing your bathroom remodeling project with your contractor. Clarifying your objectives and priorities will also be helpful in determining a budget for the project.

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Topics: Bathrooms, Walk-In Showers, Universal Design

How to Plan for a Home Addition

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Sep 9, 2014

If you are considering adding more living space to your home, where do you begin? Some of the most popular home addition projects include master bathroom additions, master bedroom suite additions, family room additions, sunroom additions, kitchen additions, two-story additions and second-floor additions.

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Topics: Designs, Additions

Project of the Month: Skaneateles First Floor Addition

Posted by Brian Ciota on Wed, Sep 3, 2014

This month's featured project is a 200 square foot first floor addition to a Skaneateles Lake home. The addition, which is off the kitchen and living room, creates a large seating area and a casual dining area with a beautiful view of the lake for the homeowners and their guests. The addition also features a standing seam metal roof.

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Topics: Projects of the Month, Additions

Kitchen Countertops 102: Time-tested Countertop Products

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Aug 26, 2014

Last week, I wrote about the new types of kitchen countertop products on the market. This week, we’ll talk about traditional kitchen countertop products. Granite continues to be the most popular product selected by our customers. Quartz is a close second. New laminate products are also getting a lot of attention.

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Topics: Kitchens, Countertops

Kitchen Countertops 101: New Countertop Products on the Market

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Aug 19, 2014

We are often asked about kitchen countertops, including new products to the market. If you are remodeling or replacing kitchen countertops in your home, new products to consider include wood, PaperStone, copper, glass, concrete and products made from recycled materials.

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Topics: Green Products, Kitchens, Countertops

6 Design Ideas for Bathroom Wall and Floor Tile

Posted by Jayson Breckheimer on Tue, Aug 12, 2014

Tile design is likely on your checklist of decisions you need to make if you are planning to remodel a bathroom. There are many patterns, materials, shapes and an endless array of colors that you can use. Here are six design ideas for bathroom wall and floor tile from remodeling projects we’ve worked on for Central New York homeowners.

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Topics: Bathrooms, Tile

Project of the Month: North Syracuse Master Bathroom Remodel

Posted by Jayson Breckheimer on Tue, Aug 5, 2014

A 1980s master bathroom in a North Syracuse home was renovated with modern amenities. During the 1980s, whirlpool tubs, brass metallic finishes, wood finish trims and solid surface counters with integrated sinks were state-of-the-art in bathroom décor. After thirty years products and design trends change. Today, the features homeowners look for in a master bathroom include walk-in showers without doors, environmentally friendly showerheads, multiple showerheads, comfort height toilets, stone counters, self-closing cabinet drawers and doors, heated floors and safety features such as grab bars and slip-resistant flooring.

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Topics: Bathrooms, Walk-In Showers, Projects of the Month, Universal Design

Universal Design: How a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist Can Help

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Jul 29, 2014

Today, more homeowners are thinking about how their (or a relative’s) needs will change over their lifetime and they are requesting Universal Design features when remodeling and for new home construction. Homes designed for comfort, safety, function and accessibility are appealing to both owners and potential buyers because they are accommodating to people of all ages and abilities. A Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) is an expert who provides design-build solutions that incorporate Universal Design concepts.

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Topics: Certifications, National Association of Home Builders, Universal Design

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