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7 New Design Trends for 2017 You Should Be Considering For Your Home

Posted by Brian Ciota on Wed, Feb 15, 2017

We’re well into February, a time when you may be reassessing your New Year’s resolutions and goals. With tax season in full swing and tax returns around the corner, it’s a perfect time to consider putting your home renovation ideas into action. It’s also that time of year in Central New York when it feels like winter has way overstayed its welcome. Making some much-needed changes to your abode can be the perfect way to shake off those winter blues.

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Topics: Home Remodeling, Design Trends and Ideas, Home Renovation

4 Tips for Your First Meeting with a Design-Build Remodeling Contractor

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Jan 12, 2016

Homeowners frequently ask us about what they should expect and how they should prepare for their first meeting to discuss their home remodeling projects.   They often have ideas they want to communicate to us, or a problem they want us to help them solve.

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Topics: Home Remodeling, Home Renovation, Hiring a Contractor

Design Ideas for Interior and Exterior Staircases

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Apr 16, 2013

Designing a staircase is like putting the pieces of a puzzle together. There are many details to address as you make design decisions. First, you’ll want to become familiar with the various parts of a staircase and terminology because you will find there are many design options to consider that add both architectural interest and function to your staircase. Second, there are building codes that apply to interior and exterior staircases. Building codes specify the height of risers, size of stairs and slope of a staircase.

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Topics: Home Remodeling, Home Renovation

The Most Common Problems in Remodeling Older Homes

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Feb 26, 2013

We frequently work on older homes (i.e., those built prior to 1980). Once a home reaches the 30-year mark, things begin to wear out or become outdated. Remodeling becomes a necessity.

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Topics: Lead Paint Safety, Home Remodeling, Home Renovation

What You Need to Know About Renovating Historic Homes in CNY

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Jul 17, 2012

Over the years, we’ve had the pleasure of helping owners of historic homes with renovation and remodeling projects. Restoring a historic home is rewarding and challenging, especially if the home is located in a historic preservation area where zoning ordinances will impact plans to renovate or remodel.

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Topics: Renovating, Home Renovation, Project Planning

A Whole House Renovation: Johnson Family [Photos]

Posted by Scott McClurg on Tue, May 8, 2012

For the past year and a half we joined with members of the Syracuse Fire Department to plan a renovation of the home of retired Deputy Chief Dave Johnson and his wife Diana. The Johnson's were nominated by the Fire Department to the ABC television show “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”.  When the show was cancelled, we reverted to “Plan B”, a remodel of the kitchen, bathrooms and basement area.

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Topics: Community Service, Home Renovation

A Sneak Peek at the Johnson Family Home Project

Posted by Scott McClurg on Tue, Apr 24, 2012

For more than a year we’ve been involved with Syracuse firefighters in planning an “extreme home makeover” of the home of Dave and Diana Johnson. We nominated the Johnson Family for the ABC television show “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” but the show was cancelled last fall. We knew that bringing the show to Central New York would be a long shot and committed ourselves to renovating the Johnson home if they were not selected.

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Topics: Community Service, Home Renovation

Does Your Home’s Exterior Need Replacement? Vinyl Siding May Be The Solution

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Nov 30, 2010

If your home needs an exterior upgrade or replacement, you’ll want to look at vinyl siding. Vinyl siding was introduced in the early 1960s and has been a popular product due to its durability and easy maintenance. Vinyl siding is made of polyvinyl chlorate (PVC), a material that is strong, rigid and impact resistant. For more information about PVC, check out the Vinyl Siding Institute.

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Topics: Renovating, Home Renovation, Siding

Fiber Cement Board Siding: Preserving Your CNY Home Today and Tomorrow

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Oct 12, 2010

If you visited the 2010 Central New York Parade of Homes last month at Mallard’s Landing in Manlius, you were probably impressed by the "curb appeal" of the eight homes on display. These newly built homes were designed to reduce maintenance and remain attractive for years to come. Several of the homes were sided with fiber cement board siding. We love this product. Fiber cement siding was developed over a hundred years ago in Australia to withstand harsh climates. There are many advantages to using it on Central New York homes:

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Topics: Home Remodeling, Home Renovation, Siding

A Kitchen Remodel Survival Guide

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Sep 7, 2010

When work begins on your kitchen remodeling project you and your family don’t have to starve but you will have to make other arrangements for meals, especially if it will take several weeks or a month or two to complete the job. Eating out every night is an option but an expensive one.

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Topics: Kitchens, Home Remodeling, Renovating, Home Renovation

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