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Kitchen Countertops 101: New Countertop Products on the Market


Kitchen addition with butcher block island

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.

6 Design Ideas for Bathroom Wall and Floor Tile


Custom Vanity and Walk in Shower

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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Project of the Month: North Syracuse Master Bathroom Remodel


Project of the Month: North Syracuse Master Bathroom Remodel

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.

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


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

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.

6 Things To Do Before Meeting with a Kitchen Designer


6 Things To Do Before Meeting with a Kitchen Designer

If you are planning to remodel your kitchen, we recommend working with a certified kitchen designer. Given the investment that a kitchen remodeling project involves, it is important to have the expertise of an experienced design professional to address all of the details. A kitchen designer can help you save time and money, and attain satisfying outcomes.

The Most Popular Kitchen Cabinet Accessories


double waste bin cabinet

Functional kitchens are created by cabinets. The depth and placement of drawers and cupboards determines what can be stored. Cabinet accessories help to improve organization and access in drawers and cupboards. Today, cabinet makers offer a wide range of accessories that are specifically designed to fit to their cabinets. We offer two lines of cabinetry as an option for our customers: semi-custom cabinets made by Bishop Cabinets, and custom cabinets made by Elmwood Fine Custom Cabinetry. Both manufacturers offer an extensive line of kitchen cabinet accessories.

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6 Design Ideas for Bathroom Vanities


A Couples Bathroom Retreat

Bathrooms are often small spaces. A vanity, which includes the sink and surrounding cabinetry, can have a major impact in the room and become a focal point. When selecting a vanity consider details including the cabinet style and finish, counter surface, storage capacity, sink shape and placement, hardware, lighting, mirrors and the faucet. A vanity can be custom built to fit in the room or integrated with storage cabinets if space allows.

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Project of the Month: Camillus Kitchen Remodel


kitchen island with quartz surface

Our Project of the Month is a kitchen remodel for homeowners in Camillus, NY who needed more storage and food prep space. They wanted a sleek, modern look for their new kitchen to make it an inviting space for cooking and entertaining.

Design Ideas for Glass Shower Doors and Enclosures


Master Bath Shower

One of the most important elements in a bathroom remodeling project is the shower enclosure. Glass shower doors and enclosures are necessary to retain water but they can also make a design statement in the room. Glass shower enclosures are popular among homeowners for many reasons including ease of maintenance and the visual impact they can make in a small area by creating an illusion of space.

6 Design Ideas for Functional and Decorative Kitchen Lighting


Kitchen with a View

Functional and decorative lighting in a kitchen is important if you are planning a remodeling project. Designing a lighting plan for a kitchen considers five layers of light: natural light, general lighting, task lighting, ambient lighting and accent lighting. The light fixtures selected for a kitchen can add an aesthetic element to the room. Therefore, the design plan should also take into account the décor preferences of homeowners and address “decorative kitchen lighting” when determining fixtures that will be used.

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