McClurg's Home Remodeling Blog

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

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

Decking Materials and Deck Product Ideas for Your Home

Posted by Jayson Breckheimer on Tue, Apr 26, 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: Lighting, Decks

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

How to Set a Budget and Priorities for Your Kitchen Remodeling Project

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Dec 21, 2010

We’re often asked how much should be budgeted for remodeling a kitchen? The answer, in our view, depends on what you plan to do with your home and over what time period. Some remodeling “experts” suggest your budget should not exceed a certain percent (e.g., 15 percent) of the current value of your home. While that may be a helpful guideline for someone planning to sell their home in the near future, it doesn’t apply to all situations.

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Topics: REMODELING Magazine, Kitchens, Lighting, Kitchen Design, Media Rooms, Home Remodeling, Cost vs. Value, Appliances, Estimates, Hiring a Contractor

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

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