McClurg's Home Remodeling Blog

10 Hot Trends in Kitchen Design for 2011

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Jan 4, 2011

Many of our customers look to books, magazines and even HGTV,  for ideas about remodeling their kitchens. Often they’ll talk to us about things they’ve seen or ask us for our thoughts about kitchen design. Here is our top 10 list of kitchen design trends that you may want to consider if you’re planning to remodel your kitchen in 2011.

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Topics: Green Building, Kitchens, Lighting, Kitchen Design, Designs, Cabinets, Storage, Appliances, Energy Star

5 Family Room Storage Ideas

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Nov 23, 2010

At the end of the day, I can’t wait to get home and relax with my family. We like to watch a movie or a sports event, enjoy the warmth of a fireplace on a cold night, play board or video games or just sit down and read. With active and growing children, our family room probably gets the most use in our home, or at least it’s a close second to our kitchen.

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Topics: Media Rooms, Designs, Storage

Weathering CNY: 6 Storage Ideas for a Welcoming Entryway

Posted by Brian Ciota on Wed, Nov 10, 2010

We all know Central New York’s weather brings a mixture of every possible element. We also know they tend to make their way into our homes starting at our entryways. Who hasn’t had snow, salt, rain, mud and leaves dragged into their home at some point?

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Topics: Designs, Storage, Additions

Bathroom Remodel: Shopping for the Essentials

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Sep 28, 2010

Over the years, we’ve worked with homeowners on many bathroom remodeling projects helping create attractive, functional living spaces by listening to their ideas and defining a work plan. 

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Topics: Certifications, Lead Paint Safety, Community Service, Energy Efficiency, National Kitchen and Bath Association, Lighting, Bathrooms, Designs

10 Hot Trends in Bathroom Design

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Sep 21, 2010

Today’s hectic lifestyles create a demand for a place at home where you can relax at the end of the day and revive in the morning. More homeowners are now investing in luxury bathrooms as a private haven where they can “de-stress.” To see how some of your neighbors have converted their bathroom spaces, visit our “Bathrooms Gallery”.

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Topics: Lighting, Bathrooms, Designs, Painting

Awesome Resources to Help Plan Your Dream Kitchen

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Sep 14, 2010

If you’re planning to remodel your kitchen you’ve probably looked at magazines and books, visited home shows, visited showrooms, talked to friends and searched the Internet. 

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Topics: National Association of Home Builders, REMODELING Magazine, National Kitchen and Bath Association, Kitchens, Kitchen Design, Designs, Home Remodeling, Cost vs. Value

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

The Aguirre Project: Building a Wheelchair Accessible Deck

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Jul 20, 2010

This summer, McClurg Remodeling & Construction Services joined with 12 other local businesses to build a deck for Judy Aguirre, a Baldwinsville mother who suffered a spinal cord injury, which caused paralysis, when she fell in her home.

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Topics: Community Service, Designs, Decks, Universal Design

The “Ins and Outs” of Universal Design: Tips for Home Entryways and Exits

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Jul 6, 2010

If you’ve had a child with a broken leg, parents who are experiencing problems with walking or if you have had an injury or surgery which has impeded your mobility, you know that entering and exiting buildings can be a problem. There is nothing more frustrating than being unable to enter or exit your home easily.

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Topics: Lighting, Designs, Home Remodeling, Repair and Maintenance, Renovating, Windows and Doors, Universal Design

Universal Design: 12 Kitchen Design Ideas for Today and Tomorrow

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Jun 22, 2010

Recently I met with a client who wanted to remodel a kitchen. Her house was built in 1958 and the kitchen layout and cabinets were original to the home. She told me it wasn't a practical design. She had to get down on her hands and knees to access the lower cupboards, the work triangle didn't provide for modern appliances, food prep space was scarce, the sink had an old fixture that lacked a spray to clean dishes, and the faucet was too low to fill large pots. When she was preparing meals, she often banged her head on an exhaust hood placed over a cook top on a peninsula.

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Topics: Certifications, Kitchens, Lighting, Kitchen Design, Designs, Storage, Home Remodeling, Repair and Maintenance, Appliances, Windows and Doors, Universal Design