McClurg's Home Remodeling Blog

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

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

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

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