McClurg's Home Remodeling Blog

Spruce Up Your Pool Area with These Design Ideas

Posted by Brian Ciota on Mon, Jun 26, 2017


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Topics: Patios, Decks, pool storage, pool house

Spring is Right Around the Corner: Is Your Deck Ready?

Posted by Brian Ciota on Fri, Mar 31, 2017


It may not feel like it quite yet, but according to the calendar it’s officially spring. Central New York took a beating this winter, with Syracuse alone getting over 100 inches of snow for the season. Now that the snow is slowly receding, it’s a great time to get your deck ready for the warmer weather headed our way.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Repair and Maintenance, Decks

7 Inspiring Design Ideas for Outdoor Living Spaces

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Jun 21, 2016

If you visited this year’s Parade of Homes you may have gathered many ideas for home remodeling projects. Several of the homes on display had outdoor living spaces to showcase. There were decks, screened porches, a three-season room, two pools with hardscape, firepits and a pool house to view.

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Topics: Patios, Decks, Additions, Porches, Fireplaces, Outdoor Living

10 Awesome Ideas for Outdoor Lighting

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Jun 14, 2016

Outdoor lighting is essential for any home. For safety and access it’s important to illuminate entries, driveways and walkways. Lighting is also very important if you have an outdoor area for that you enjoy using for entertaining such as a deck, patio, porch or pool.

If you are considering ways to illuminate the exterior of your home, here are some awesome ideas from projects we’ve worked on recently for Central New York homeowners:

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Topics: Lighting, Decks, Porches

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

How to Get Your Deck Ready for Summer Fun

Posted by Paul Jones on Tue, Apr 26, 2016

Next week marks the beginning of May and Deck Safety Month®. Now that the snow has melted it’s time to check your deck to be sure it is ready for the summer months ahead.

Here are seven areas of a deck that should be routinely checked every spring for problems:

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Topics: How-To Tips, Decks

7 Tips For Planning A Deck Addition

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Mar 22, 2016

Early spring is the perfect time to think about planning an outdoor living space for your home. In Central New York one of the most popular outdoor projects is a deck addition. 

A deck addition can be as simple as a grade-level platform that stands on its own a few inches above the ground or as intricate as multi-tiered structures with steps, railings, pergolas, trellises and built-in features such as tables, benches, planters and hot tubs.

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Topics: Decks, Additions

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, Outdoor Living

7 Great Deck Design Ideas

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Jun 23, 2015

Outdoor living spaces enable Central New Yorkers to take full advantage of our spectacular but too brief summers. Decks are a popular way to integrate a home with the outdoors. Deck additions can be customized for almost any home and to meet the needs of homeowners, whether it be a space for entertaining and outdoor cooking, a surround for a pool or hot tub, or a place to relax at the end of a warm summer day.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Decks

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