Do you need more living space but like your home and neighborhood too much to move? Do you want space for family gatherings and entertaining or for modern amenities such as an area for television viewing, media equipment, a gas fireplace or a wet bar? A living room or family room addition might provide the solution, especially if you love the home you own and plan to live there for many more years.
Trims and moldings can help change the look and style of any home. They can be used to accentuate architecture and augment décor. When selecting trims and moldings it’s important to take into account:
Our Central New York summers can be short and sizzling. There are also periods of thundershowers and cooler days that limit the time we can spend outdoors. Many homeowners are optimizing the days of summer by adding a porch addition to their houses. If you’re considering adding a porch to your home, where do you begin?
The economy and caregiver relationships have created more households where families are sharing a home and expenses. Many young adults are living at home with their parents as they deal with college debt, divorce, single parenthood or unemployment. Parents are moving in with adult children as they cope with the loss of a spouse, health issues related to aging or to lend a helping hand to a young family. Immigration is also a factor in the increasing number of multigenerational households.
Today's guest blogger is Lauren Szczygiel. Lauren is a graduate of Cazenovia College with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Interior Design. She began work at McClurg Remodeling and Construction Services as an intern. After graduating she was hired as a Project Designer. She is presently preparing to be certified by the National Kitchen and Bath Association and for the National Council of Interior Designers' Qualification. She was promoted to the position of Project Consultant in May 2010.
Central New York winters can be long and harsh. Even if you ski or snowmobile or hunt, we typically spend a lot of time indoors at this time of year. For some, this is a good time to focus on their homes and undertake updates or repairs they’ve been deferring. Others will escape the cold and snow by heading south. Some homeowners we’ve worked with have found the time when they’re away to be an ideal time to undertake a remodeling project. Having the work done while you’re away means your home life won’t be disrupted.
We all know Central New York’s weather brings a mixture of every possible element. We also know they tend to make their way into our homes starting at our entryways. Who hasn’t had snow, salt, rain, mud and leaves dragged into their home at some point?
The majority of home owners view their home as their most important investment. We're always considering ways to improve our homes to accommodate our lifestyles. Popular remodeling projects include new kitchens with up-to-date appliances, luxurious bathrooms, home offices or media rooms. In Central New York, with our frequent cloudy days, many people add a sunroom to ease the drudgery of winter. Basement renovations add living space and improve a home's function. But which projects add value to a home investment when it comes time to sell?
Spring is almost here! The ice is melting and the time has come to do a check up on your home, put together a "to do" list of repairs and home improvement projects, and visit the CNY Home and Garden Show at the NYS Fairgrounds, March 18-21, 2010.
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