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Mark Waite

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Project of the Month: Skaneateles Lakefront Deck and Dock

Posted by Mark Waite on Tue, Jun 7, 2016

We worked with owners of a home located on Skaneateles Lake to design and build a new permanent dock and freestanding deck area.

Projects on lakefront homes can often present a challenge due to the elements, environmental factors and zoning ordinances. Skaneateles Lake is pristine and protected. Building codes and land use are very strict and must be addressed in the design prior to applying for permits.

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Topics: Projects of the Month, Decks, Outdoor Living

Project of the Month: Lakeside Cottage Deck Addition

Posted by Mark Waite on Tue, May 5, 2015

The owners of a summer cottage on Skaneateles Lake enjoy the season and entertaining family and friends on a deck that overlooks the clear blue water and provides space for dining, grilling and gathering. The composite decking they selected is easy to care for and will withstand cold Central New York winters.

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Topics: Projects of the Month, Decks, Outdoor Living

Project of the Month: Open Concept Floor Plan for a Ranch Home

Posted by Mark Waite on Tue, Apr 1, 2014

The project we selected to showcase this month is a renovation of a Post-World War II ranch home built in the late 1950s. During that era (1952-1963), many ranch and cape style homes were built for returning veterans who received government loans for affordable housing. These tract homes were built with small segregated rooms based on function: cooking, dining, relaxing and sleeping. This type of floor plan no longer meets the needs of many homeowners, nor is it functional for today’s appliances, electronics and furnishings.

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Topics: Kitchens, Projects of the Month, Universal Design

Project of the Month: Master Bath with Walk-In Shower and Soaking Tub

Posted by Mark Waite on Tue, Jan 7, 2014

This older home in Manlius, built in the early 1950s, had a small master bath that did not meet the needs of its owners. The home originally did not have a master bathroom. About 15 years ago previous owners attempted to remedy the problem by using some of the space of the master bedroom to create a convenient master bath with a toilet and shower. They added a tight 7-by-8 foot bathroom to the home surrounded by a 3½-foot wide hall corridor that included a hall closet. The bathroom was so small that two people could not use it at the same time.

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Topics: Bathrooms, Walk-In Showers, Projects of the Month

How Spray Foam Insulation Can Reduce Your Energy Costs

Posted by Mark Waite on Tue, Aug 16, 2011

Insulating our homes is essential for Central New York residents. With our very cold winters and hot summers, insulation is a sure way to save on energy costs.

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Topics: Energy Efficiency, Tax Credits

What You Should Know About Fabulous Laminate Products

Posted by Mark Waite on Tue, May 17, 2011

Remodeling a kitchen or bathroom requires a homeowner to make many decisions about products to be used in their project. Our customers will ask for our advice and opinions about construction products that are new to the market or how to save money on their projects. Countertop surfacing is often a big cost item for a kitchen or a bathroom and homeowners have a wide range of options. One of the latest advances in product offerings is laminate surfacing.

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Topics: Kitchens, Bathrooms, Countertops