McClurg's Home Remodeling Blog

5 Ways to Maximize Space in a Small Home

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Jun 16, 2015

Small homes are gaining popularity among homebuyers. Baby boomers seeking to downsize and live more simply, and first time homebuyers looking for affordable housing, are driving the trend. Small homes include bungalows, cottages and ranch-style homes with less than 2,000 square feet of living space.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Additions

Home Addition Planning Tips and Design Ideas [Free Guide]

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Jun 9, 2015

Do you need more living space but like your home and neighborhood too much to move? A home addition may provide the solution.

Popular Central New York home addition projects include kitchen expansions, master bedroom suites, family rooms, sunrooms, porches and decks.

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Topics: Additions

5 Tips for Planning a Sunroom Addition

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Apr 14, 2015

Have you been dreaming about adding a sunroom to your home? A three-season sunroom can help extend the summer season and provide a bright retreat for relaxing or entertaining. If your home needs more space, a year-round sunroom can be the perfect solution.

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Topics: Additions

7 Tips for Planning a Kitchen Addition

Posted by Vince Petralito on Tue, Mar 17, 2015

Planning a kitchen addition and bringing an idea to reality can be an exciting process. It can also be stressful, but less so if you can break the planning process into steps. There are many details involved in designing and building a kitchen addition including determining the size and configuration of the space, blending the addition with the architecture of the home, creating a layout for appliances, adding mechanicals, designing lighting and selecting products for the room.  It helps to follow a planning process that guides you from concept, to meeting with a design professional, to construction.

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Topics: Kitchens, Additions

6 Tips for Planning a Master Bedroom and Bath Addition

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Feb 17, 2015

A master bedroom and bath addition is a popular remodeling project for personal comfort and enjoyment. A term that you may be hearing a lot lately is “en suite.” En suite refers to a bathroom adjoining a bedroom. A master en suite may include a king size bed, multiple dressers, walk-in closets, a bath with spa features, a walk-in shower, a free-standing tub and other amenities. If space for a master en suite cannot be attained by making interior changes, many homeowners will opt to build an addition.

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Topics: Additions

7 Reasons Why Winter is the Perfect Time for Home Remodeling Projects

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Dec 9, 2014

Central New York winters can be long and harsh. Winter is a good time to focus on your home and undertake updating the interior or addressing repairs you may have been putting off. Some homeowners we’ve worked with have found that winter is the perfect time for home remodeling projects. If you’re finding that you need extra space, winter can be a great time to start a basement remodeling project.

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Topics: Home Remodeling, Additions

Design Ideas for Kitchens With an Open Floor Plan

Posted by Vince Petralito on Tue, Nov 11, 2014

If you’ve visited the Parade of Homes or browsed through kitchen design magazines and websites, you’ve probably seen the trend where kitchens are integrated with dining room spaces and family rooms. This design trend is commonly referred to as “kitchens with an open floor plan.” Many open floor plan projects involve working within the existing floor plan and opening up the space by removing walls to make the kitchen more efficient and improve the overall use of a first floor living area. Another way to create a kitchen with an open floor plan is to build an addition onto a home that includes a dining area and/or a family room in the design.

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Topics: Kitchens, Additions

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

Design Ideas for Living Room and Family Room Additions

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Nov 19, 2013

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.

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Topics: Designs, Windows and Doors, Additions

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