McClurg's Home Remodeling Blog

How to Plan for a Home Addition

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Sep 9, 2014

If you are considering adding more living space to your home, where do you begin? Some of the most popular home addition projects include master bathroom additions, master bedroom suite additions, family room additions, sunroom additions, kitchen additions, two-story additions and second-floor additions.

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Topics: Designs, Additions

6 Things To Do Before Meeting with a Kitchen Designer

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Jul 22, 2014

If you are planning to remodel your kitchen, we recommend working with a certified kitchen designer. Given the investment that a kitchen remodeling project involves, it is important to have the expertise of an experienced design professional to address all of the details. A kitchen designer can help you save time and money, and attain satisfying outcomes.

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Topics: Kitchens, Kitchen Design, Designs

Design Ideas for Living Room and Family Room Additions

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Nov 19, 2013

Do you need more living space but like your home and neighborhood too much to move? Do you want space for family gatherings and entertaining or for modern amenities such as an area for television viewing, media equipment, a gas fireplace or a wet bar? A living room or family room addition might provide the solution, especially if you love the home you own and plan to live there for many more years.

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Topics: Designs, Windows and Doors, Additions

Project of the Month: New Farmhouse Style Home

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Nov 5, 2013

We built this one-and-a-half story home for a couple who are world travelers and love returning to their working Central New York farm. Both the interior and exterior of the house look as though they came from the pages of Country Living magazine.

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Topics: Designs, Project Planning, Projects of the Month, Construction

13 Awesome Custom Closet Design Ideas

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Aug 13, 2013

One of the best ways to organize personal items is to custom design a closet space expressly for the things you need to store. There are two types of closets in our homes: reach-in closets and walk-in closets. Most closets come equipped with the standard rod and shelf and are often cluttered. Sometimes homeowners install ready-made storage systems only to find that they did not optimize the space for the items they need to store and still have clutter.

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Topics: Designs, Cabinets, Storage, Closets

5 Design Tips for Kitchen Islands

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Mar 12, 2013

Kitchen islands provide a space for food prep, informal seating, storage, and can also be a location for appliances or a sink. When designing a kitchen island, it’s important to understand the basics, your needs and options. Here are five design tips to help you get started:

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Topics: National Kitchen and Bath Association, Kitchen Design, Designs

How to Design a Kitchen for the Home Cook

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Mar 27, 2012

People who love to cook know how important it is to have a kitchen that is both functional and a pleasant environment to work in. If you’re planning to remodel your kitchen where do you start? We advise homeowners to talk with a Project Consultant or a kitchen designer because there are a lot of factors considered in a remodeling project. From our experience as a design/build firm we have seen kitchens where mistakes have been made when a clear and well considered design was not developed to guide the work.

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Topics: Kitchens, Kitchen Design, Designs

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

How Skylights Can Reduce Your Energy Costs

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Jun 28, 2011

Many homeowners can save on their energy bills by incorporating some very basic elements of passive solar building design into their remodeling plans.

The key to passive solar heating is to take advantage of the local climate. One way you can improve the efficiency of your home is by installing skylights and south facing windows. Skylights allow heat from the sun to enter the home during the day.

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Topics: Energy Efficiency, Designs, Energy Star, Tax Credits, Skylights