McClurg's Home Remodeling Blog

It’s Not Too Late for a Remodel: 3 Benefits of Home Remodeling in the Winter

Posted by Brian Ciota on Thu, Sep 28, 2017


While you may associate the mild weather of spring and summer with home remodeling, there are benefits to setting your sights on a timeframe that revolves around the cooler months. If you have dreams of a newly remodeled kitchen or bathroom, don’t let them be derailed by cold weather! If you act now, by spring you could have your home remodeling project complete—while everyone else is just starting to line up. If you’re still not sure whether a winter remodel is for you, below we’ve listed 5 benefits to help you determine which timeframe is best.


  1. Contractor Availability
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Topics: Home Remodeling, Home Renovation

Take Your Home’s Curb Appeal to the Next Level with These Exterior Renovations

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Jul 18, 2017

The old saying goes that first impressions can be the most lasting. While keeping the inside of your home up-to-date and comfortable is important, have you considered the outside of your home? The exterior is the first—and sometimes only—thing that people see when they lay eyes on your home. When it comes to exterior renovations, much can be done to improve the appearance of your home, including updating your entry way, residing or painting your home, and replacing old windows. Below we’ll cover exterior design ideas that can take your home from ordinary to the envy of the neighborhood.

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Topics: Home Renovation, Entryways, Windows and Doors, Painting, Siding, exterior renovations

Summer Home Maintenance Checklist: Is Your Home Ready for the Season?

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, May 30, 2017

Central New York is known for its distinct seasonal changes. While this has its pros and cons, one thing is certain: Each season affects your home in a different way, and each should involve a home maintenance checklist to make sure your home is prepared. Below we’ve provided you with a comprehensive summer checklist so you can be sure your property is in pristine shape for the warm weather ahead. After reviewing the checklist below, don’t hesitate to contact the McClurg team. We provide a wide range of home installations and repairs.

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Topics: Repair and Maintenance, Home Renovation

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