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How to Select Room Colors [Free Guide]


Kitchen addition with open dining area and stone fireplace mantel

Choosing paint colors for a room is a very personal decision. The colors you find appealing may be inspired by a favorite painting, or your wardrobe, or even by places you traveled to and now want to bring part of the memory back home. Room colors can be reflect the latest design trends or create the mood you want for the room.


What to Do When You Have a Homeowner’s Insurance Claim [Bookmark This]


fire damage to home

In Central New York our homes are vulnerable to damage by weather and there are times some of us will experience damage due to flooding, fire or other circumstances. We all carry homeowners insurance to cover the cost of damage due to unpredictable events. So, why is it difficult to file and get paid for a claim?

Project of the Month: Open Concept Floor Plan for a Ranch Home


open concept floor plan

The project we selected to showcase this month is a renovation of a Post-World War II ranch home built in the late 1950s. During that era (1952-1963), many ranch and cape style homes were built for returning veterans who received government loans for affordable housing. These tract homes were built with small segregated rooms based on function: cooking, dining, relaxing and sleeping. This type of floor plan no longer meets the needs of many homeowners, nor is it functional for today’s appliances, electronics and furnishings.

Spring Home Maintenance Tips


home exterior

The past five months have produced one of the coldest winters on record in Central New York. With the start of spring, now is the time to inspect your home for winter damage, both inside and out. Our “Spring Home Maintenance Tips” is a guide on what to check for in and around your home. If you suspect a problem or are unsure if you have a problem, we recommend contacting a professional contractor.

5 Great Design Ideas for Outdoor Living


composite decking and railing system

Early spring is the perfect time to start an outdoor living space project. The soil is easy to work, temperatures are moderate and conditions are ideal for adding new plantings to your landscape. Central New York summers are spectacular and can be enjoyed even more with a backyard retreat.

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Kitchen Design for Every Stage of Life


kitchen with open floor plan

Small details count when you are planning to remodel a kitchen. We are seeing a growing interest in “Universal Design” features that make a kitchen stylish, safe and functional for people of all ages and stages of life. Even if you are not planning to live in your home for a long period of time, these features make sense by creating a kitchen that is comfortable for your use and will appeal to a wide range of buyers at resale.

Project of the Month: Master Bath with Walk-in Shower and Walk-in Closet


Master bath walk-in shower without doors

Our “Project of the Month” is a master bathroom remodel in Fayetteville, NY featuring a large walk-in shower without doors, a walk-in closet, and a vanity with his and her sinks and white painted semi-custom cabinets.

5 Creative Design Ideas for Built-In Storage


custom built in bedroom dresser

Finding convenient storage for the things we enjoy in our homes can sometimes present a challenge. Depending on your family, your home may need places to store clothing, dishes for entertaining, media equipment or children’s toys. Storage spaces should be organized, accessible and, if clutter is a problem, a place where items are out of sight.


7 Creative Ideas for Kitchen Islands and Peninsulas


transitional kitchen with large island

Kitchen islands and peninsulas can be designed to address a number of functions and add style to the room. We’d like to share some photos of recent projects that demonstrate some of the creative ways islands and peninsulas have been used in Central New York homes for preparing meals, storage, dining, entertaining and aesthetics.

Our Picks for the Best Kitchen Design Trends for 2014


kitchen with painted and stained cabinets

Each year we report on the best kitchen design trends in home remodeling. Some are new. Others are trends sustained by what homeowners are looking for when they renovate a kitchen. When we compile our list we look at industry trends, consumer publications and what Central New York homeowners are requesting when they discuss their remodeling “needs and wants” with us.

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