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The Hottest Exterior Paint Colors for 2013

Posted by Lauren Szczygiel on Tue, Jun 11, 2013

If you’re planning to paint the exterior of your home this summer to give it a fresh updated look, you’re probably looking at color chips and trying to select colors for the siding, trims and doors. There are four things to consider when choosing exterior paint colors for your home:

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Painting

The 2013 Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report

Posted by Lauren Szczygiel on Tue, May 21, 2013

Each year we look forward to the publication of REMODELING Magazine’sCost vs. Value Report” and to reviewing industry trends both nationally and within our geographic region — the Mid-Atlantic region. One of the most significant changes in the 2013 report is that the expected return on investment (ROI), which measures the difference between average construction cost estimates and estimated resale value, increased for almost all projects.

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Topics: REMODELING Magazine, Cost vs. Value

The Hottest Interior Paint Colors for 2013

Posted by Lauren Szczygiel on Tue, Feb 5, 2013

In our business we see a lot of colors used in Central New York homes. We predict that whites, neutrals and grays will remain strong but we love to see rooms with color that enhances wood flooring, furniture and cabinetry.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Room Colors

6 Tips for Selecting Wall Colors

Posted by Lauren Szczygiel on Tue, Jan 29, 2013

Wall colors are very important to anyone who undertakes a remodeling project. A project may take weeks or months of planning, selecting features and products, and living with construction. Painting the walls and trims is the last step of the process and the point where homeowners add their personal touch to a room.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Room Colors, Painting

A Bathroom Remodel from Start to Finish [Photos]

Posted by Lauren Szczygiel on Tue, Aug 7, 2012

A bathroom is often one of the smallest rooms in a home, yet one of the most complex when it comes time to remodel. From plumbing to wiring to ventilation to lighting to the right choice of materials and fixtures, there’s no question that successful projects require thoughtful planning, skilled design and working with an experienced contractor.

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Topics: Bathrooms, Project Planning

2012 Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report

Posted by Lauren Szczygiel on Tue, Jul 24, 2012

Scott McClurg was recently interviewed on NewsChannel 9's “Bridge Street” about home remodeling projects that provide the best (and worst) return on investment (ROI).

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Topics: REMODELING Magazine, Cost vs. Value

The Hottest Interior Room Colors for 2012

Posted by Lauren Szczygiel on Tue, Jan 31, 2012

I love helping my clients select colors for a remodeled room. Colors often reflect the latest home design trends but can also be a personal statement. To me the latter is more important because it is the way homeowners define their space. There are many ways to add color to a home but people most often ask me about paint colors.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Room Colors, Painting

12 Great Garage Storage Solutions

Posted by Lauren Szczygiel on Tue, Sep 6, 2011

For many homeowners, a garage becomes a catchall for items that are used seasonally. We use our garages to store garden supplies, bicycles, athletic gear, lawn maintenance equipment, outdoor furniture, tools and even holiday decorations.  

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Topics: Storage

East Syracuse Kitchen Remodel From Start to Finish [Photos]

Posted by Lauren Szczygiel on Tue, Aug 23, 2011

When I first meet with homeowners I listen to their ideas and aspirations regarding how they want to use their living space. We develop the best plan to meet their needs within their budget for the project.  

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Topics: Kitchens, Lighting, Kitchen Design, Designs

The Hottest Home Remodeling Design Trends for 2011

Posted by Lauren Szczygiel on Tue, Jul 26, 2011

Trends are important when you are planning a home remodeling project. Updating your home can add value that will last from five to ten years or longer. It’s important to know what trends appeal to you and your family and will hold up for the next buyer.  Making a personal statement with unique finishes on cabinets and unusual counters may not provide the best payback at the time of resale.

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Topics: Kitchens, Lighting, Bathrooms, Kitchen Design, Media Rooms, Designs

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