McClurg's Home Remodeling Blog

7 Tips for Determining a Kitchen Remodeling Project Budget

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Aug 17, 2010

If you’ve put together a wish list the next step is to determine how much it will cost to remodel your kitchen.

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Topics: Certifications, National Kitchen and Bath Association, Kitchens, Kitchen Design, Designs, Cost vs. Value, Appliances, Estimates, Hiring a Contractor

Soaking Up the Sun: Solar Water Heating Systems

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Mar 30, 2010

Home owners often ask me about technologies that can be installed in their homes to reduce both energy costs and their carbon footprint. Installing a solar water heating system is definitely an affordable way to "go green."

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Topics: Green Building, Energy Efficiency, Home Remodeling, Cost vs. Value, Tax Credits

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

Ideas for Transforming Your Basement into Prime Living Space

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Feb 23, 2010

Home improvement specialists and realtors agree - one of the easiest ways to expand your home is to use the space in your basement. Basements generally contain large open space, which makes it perfect for creating a sizeable entertainment area, a guest bedroom with bath, a mini work-out area or even a secluded home office.

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Topics: Basement Conversions, Bathrooms, Media Rooms, Cost vs. Value