McClurg's Home Remodeling Blog

How Sun Tunnels Bring Natural Light to a Room

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Sep 20, 2011

Sun tunnels are a relatively recent innovation. They’re designed to bring light into dark hallways, bathrooms and interior rooms that have little or no natural light, and for areas where glass skylights are not an option. A sun tunnel is a skylight that captures daylight at the roof, carries it through a tubular shaft and delivers light into your home.

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Topics: Energy Star, Tax Credits, Skylights

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

Four Tips to Help You Select Appliances for Your Kitchen

Posted by Jayson Breckheimer on Tue, Jun 14, 2011

Today's guest blogger is Jayson Breckheimer, a Project Consultant specializing in Design/Build applications. Jayson has worked with the McClurg Team for a year. He previously owned and operated a home building and remodeling company for 9 years. Jayson attended SUNY Canton and has certificates in Construction Technology, Heating & Plumbing, and Electrical Construction and Maintenance, as well as an Associate Degree in Applied Science.

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Topics: Kitchens, Appliances, Estimates, Energy Star

The Latest on Lighting: Compact Fluorescent and LED Lights

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Jun 7, 2011

Lighting is important to every project we build. Our clients, both residential and commercial, often ask us about new energy saving lighting products, especially since in the near future consumers will no longer be able to purchase incandescent lights.

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Topics: Energy Efficiency, Lighting, Energy Star

What You Need to Know If It’s Time to Replace Your Windows

Posted by Vince Petralito on Tue, May 24, 2011

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Topics: REMODELING Magazine, Energy Star, Windows and Doors, Tax Credits

Go Green: Energy Saving and "Green" Products for Your Home

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Mar 22, 2011

Homeowners often ask us how they can save energy and about products that are eco-friendly.  You don’t have to go to extremes to reduce your carbon footprint. Some simple lifestyle changes and consumer choices will help you to save money and conserve the environment.  

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Topics: National Association of Home Builders, Energy Efficiency, Green Products, Energy Star, Tax Credits

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

Let There Be Light! The Facts about Skylights and Sun Tunnels

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Mar 16, 2010

Skylights and sun tunnels provide daylight and warmth to a home, especially in dark rooms with small or few windows. New designs now give homeowners a wide variety of options for adding natural light and ventilation. No leak skylights have now replaced the dripping units of the 1960s and the acrylic bubbles of the 1980s. Today's skylights have added layers of water protection and better flashing design. New glazes help to improve energy efficiency. Venting can be done at the touch of a button.

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Topics: Green Building, Energy Efficiency, Energy Star, Skylights