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10 Practical Universal Design Features for Master Bathrooms

Posted by Scott McClurg on Tue, Sep 27, 2016

A master bathroom is a personal retreat. When people consider remodeling a bathroom they often think about tile, fixtures and amenities. However, it’s important to be practical when planning a master bath remodeling project and to give thought to comfort, safety and function.

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Topics: Bathrooms, Walk-In Showers, Universal Design

Project of the Month: A Universal Design Lakefront Home

Posted by Scott McClurg on Wed, Jan 6, 2016

We worked with a Skaneateles, NY couple to build their lakefront dream home that has many special Universal Design features. These features are so subtle that you may not recognize them, but would admire the home for its smart, efficient and practical design. The transitional design of the home is perfect for the owners and very accommodating when they get together with friends and family.

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Topics: Projects of the Month, Universal Design

Universal Design Features for Every Remodeling Project [Free Guide]

Posted by Scott McClurg on Tue, Dec 15, 2015

We are often contacted by homeowners who ask us to modify one or more spaces in their home to accommodate the changed needs of family members. Needs can change due to illness, injury, aging, the arrival of a newborn, when a parent moves in or other situations.

When lifestyle changes occur, the design of a home and fixtures can present obstacles or become dysfunctional for residents. For example, a person who is impeded by arthritis may reach a point where it is difficult to safely enter a home via stairs or to use a bathtub.

Can homes be designed to accommodate the inevitable changes we all go through during our lifetime? Rather than adapting our homes to each life event, what if we could plan ahead and design our homes so anyone can use them without the need for specialized adaptations?

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Topics: Universal Design

Project of the Month: A Special Kitchen Makeover in Auburn, NY

Posted by Scott McClurg on Tue, Jan 6, 2015

When The Rachael Ray Show contacted us in November to ask for assistance with a kitchen makeover for a mother of three school-age children who is battling cancer, the McClurg Team immediately volunteered to help make her dream come true.

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Topics: Kitchens, Projects of the Month

Project of the Month: Award-Winning Elevated Composite Deck

Posted by Scott McClurg on Tue, May 6, 2014

Our Project of the Month is an easy care, multi-tiered composite deck built at a home surrounded by trees on the shores of Skaneateles Lake. The original design of the deck was maintained. The deck measures 40-by-40 feet and is approximately 30 feet above ground level. Worn pine deck boards were replaced with composite decking. Glass panels, composite posts and railings, and aluminum balusters were used to trim the deck and augment the landscape. All decking materials are durable and easy to maintain. This project was the First Place Winner of Erie Materials' "Build the Greatest Deck" contest.

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Topics: Projects of the Month, Decks, Outdoor Living

What to Do When You Have a Homeowner’s Insurance Claim [Bookmark This]

Posted by Scott McClurg on Tue, Apr 8, 2014

In Central New York our homes are vulnerable to damage by weather and there are times some of us will experience damage due to flooding, fire or other circumstances. We all carry homeowners insurance to cover the cost of damage due to unpredictable events. So, why is it difficult to file and get paid for a claim?

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Topics: Insurance Claims, How-To Tips, Hiring a Contractor

Kitchen Design for Every Stage of Life

Posted by Scott McClurg on Wed, Mar 12, 2014

Small details count when you are planning to remodel a kitchen. We are seeing a growing interest in “Universal Design” features that make a kitchen stylish, safe and functional for people of all ages and stages of life. Even if you are not planning to live in your home for a long period of time, these features make sense by creating a kitchen that is comfortable for your use and will appeal to a wide range of buyers at resale.

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Topics: Kitchens, Universal Design

Project of the Month: Custom Walk-In Shower

Posted by Scott McClurg on Tue, Dec 3, 2013

Our Project of the Month is a master bath remodel featuring a custom walk-in shower, ceramic floor and wall tile, and a new vanity countertop. The Skaneateles, NY homeowners wanted to update their master bathroom and replace an outdated neo-angle shower with a larger walk-in shower that would have more room and a seating area. They also wanted to keep a large soaking tub.

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

Universal Design: Homes for a Lifetime

Posted by Scott McClurg on Tue, May 28, 2013

I’ve been in the residential remodeling business for more than 35 years and have worked with many homeowners as they’ve experienced lifestyle changes. For young homeowners, those changes may be expanding space for a growing family by adding a family room, converting a basement to a playroom or remodeling a kitchen to accommodate more users and gatherings. After the kids leave, empty nesters look to projects they have been putting off, such as remodel a master bedroom suite, or converting that basement playroom into a den or hobby room. When a parent moves in, a home may need to be retrofitted to accommodate all of the occupants. At retirement, additional changes may be needed especially if health issues become a factor.

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Topics: Universal Design

The Latest Trends in Deck Design and Decking Materials

Posted by Scott McClurg on Tue, May 14, 2013

Central New York summers come and go much too quickly. Homeowners in our area truly appreciate the season and enjoy outdoor living spaces. If you’re planning to build or replace a deck, there are many new decking products and features to consider that will add beauty and comfort to your home.

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Topics: Decks