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Why You Should Consider Doing These Three Renovation Projects in the Summer

Posted by Brian Ciota on Fri, Jun 16, 2017

With more pleasant weather on the way, now is a great time to act on those home renovations you’ve been dreaming about during the cold winter and rainy spring. The summers may feel short in CNY, but this season provides a substantial chunk of mild weather. This makes it an ideal time for hiring a trusted design-build contractor to discuss your plans with, and make your home renovation dreams a reality before cold weather arrives and the snow starts flying yet again. Below we’ve listed three types of renovation projects you may want to consider completing in the summer.

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Topics: Kitchens, Bathrooms, Renovating, Additions

7 Questions to Ask Before Starting a Home Addition

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Dec 6, 2016

Do you feel like your home needs more space? Are you considering a home addition?

Popular home addition projects include master bathrooms, master bedroom suites, family rooms, sunrooms, mudrooms, kitchen additions, two-story additions and second-floor additions.

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Topics: Additions

Project of the Month: A Stylish and Practical Kitchen Addition

Posted by Melissa Sposato on Tue, Oct 4, 2016

This month’s featured project is from a colonial style home built in 2000 in Manlius, NY. The home’s small, narrow kitchen had become outdated and inefficient. Working with the homeowners, we redesigned the kitchen and added new space to create more storage, seating, workspace, and a place for people to gather.

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Topics: Kitchens, Kitchen Design, Projects of the Month, Additions

5 Exterior Design Ideas Using Natural and Manufactured Stone Veneer

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Jul 5, 2016

At the 2016 Central New York Parade of Homes most of the model homes featured exterior stone facades and trims. Stone is an architectural element that adds beauty and value to the exterior of a home.

Stone veneer, which has been available for many years, can be made from real stones or manufactured stone. It is generally used as a decorative cover on exterior walls and surfaces.

Because of recent advancements in technology, more homeowners are now remodeling with manufactured stone veneer.

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Topics: Entryways, Additions, Porches, Fireplaces

7 Inspiring Design Ideas for Outdoor Living Spaces

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Jun 21, 2016

If you visited this year’s Parade of Homes you may have gathered many ideas for home remodeling projects. Several of the homes on display had outdoor living spaces to showcase. There were decks, screened porches, a three-season room, two pools with hardscape, firepits and a pool house to view.

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Topics: Patios, Decks, Additions, Porches, Fireplaces, Outdoor Living

The Top 5 Reasons to Build a Home Addition

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, May 24, 2016

The decision to build an addition onto a home is often based on intrinsic value. Most people who decide to build a home addition love their house and where they live. It’s worth the time and investment to expand their living space to satisfy their needs.

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Topics: Additions

7 Tips For Planning A Deck Addition

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Mar 22, 2016

Early spring is the perfect time to think about planning an outdoor living space for your home. In Central New York one of the most popular outdoor projects is a deck addition. 

A deck addition can be as simple as a grade-level platform that stands on its own a few inches above the ground or as intricate as multi-tiered structures with steps, railings, pergolas, trellises and built-in features such as tables, benches, planters and hot tubs.

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Topics: Decks, Additions

Project of the Month: Elevated Deck Addition

Posted by Jayson Breckheimer on Tue, Oct 6, 2015

A deck addition built onto a raised ranch home in a suburban Syracuse, NY neighborhood provides an outdoor living space for entertaining, grilling and dining. The elevated deck was part of the homeowner’s master plan for a complete home renovation.

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Topics: Projects of the Month, Decks, Additions, Outdoor Living

What You Need to Know About Manufactured Stone Veneer

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Aug 11, 2015

Stone veneer is an architectural element that adds beauty and value to a home. It is typically used as a decorative cover on interior as well as exterior walls and surfaces. Stone veneer, which has been available for many years, can be made from real stones or manufactured stone.

Because of recent advancements in technology, more homeowners are now remodeling with manufactured stone veneer. Compared to natural stone veneer, manufactured stone is more affordable, lighter in weight, easier to install, available in many shapes and colors, easy to maintain and requires no sealing. Manufactured stone veneer products are made to replicate the look of natural stone and are backed by manufacturer warranties.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Additions, Fireplaces

Project of the Month: Lakefront Porch Addition and Outdoor Kitchen

Posted by Jayson Breckheimer on Tue, Aug 4, 2015

The owners of a cottage located on Canandaigua Lake enjoy entertaining family and friends. To optimize the time they spend at the lake, they asked us to design and build a lakefront porch addition with some unique features that allow them to extend the season. This challenging project took six months to complete and was started just as the snow was melting in March. The new outdoor living space includes many amenities such as a gas fueled pizza oven and grill, bar sink and refrigerator, and a wood-burning outdoor fireplace.

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Topics: Projects of the Month, Additions, Porches, Outdoor Living

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