McClurg's Home Remodeling Blog

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

7 Interior Trim Design Ideas That Add Style to a Home

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Jul 16, 2013

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:

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Windows and Doors, Additions

5 Tips for Planning a Porch Addition

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Jul 9, 2013

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? 

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Topics: Project Planning, Additions, Porches

5 Design Ideas for Multigenerational Homes

Posted by Scott McClurg on Tue, May 15, 2012

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.

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Topics: Entryways, Universal Design, Additions

2011 Remodeling Cost Vs. Value Report

Posted by Lauren Szczygiel on Tue, May 3, 2011

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.

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Topics: REMODELING Magazine, Kitchens, Bathrooms, Cost vs. Value, Roofs, Decks, Additions

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

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Dec 7, 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.

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Topics: Lighting, Home Remodeling, Repair and Maintenance, Decks, Additions, Porches

Weathering CNY: 6 Storage Ideas for a Welcoming Entryway

Posted by Brian Ciota on Wed, Nov 10, 2010

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?

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Topics: Designs, Storage, Additions

Payback: Remodeling Projects That Add Value to Your Home

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Mar 23, 2010

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?

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Topics: REMODELING Magazine, Basement Conversions, Kitchens, Bathrooms, Media Rooms, Home Remodeling, Cost vs. Value, Renovating, Home Renovation, Estimates, Hiring a Contractor, Windows and Doors, Additions, Siding

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