McClurg's Home Remodeling Blog

10 Awesome Basement Storage Ideas

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Sep 17, 2013

Do you need more storage space to control the clutter in your home? You may find a solution to your storage problems in your basement. If you’re planning on remodeling your basement or renovating to meet your storage needs, here are 10 ideas for creating basement storage space:

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Topics: Basement Conversions, Media Rooms, Storage

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

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

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

Payback: Remodeling Projects That Add Value to Your Home

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Mar 23, 2010

The majority of home owners view their home as their most important investment. We're always considering ways to improve our homes to accommodate our lifestyles. Popular remodeling projects include new kitchens with up-to-date appliances, luxurious bathrooms, home offices or media rooms. In Central New York, with our frequent cloudy days, many people add a sunroom to ease the drudgery of winter. Basement renovations add living space and improve a home's function. But which projects add value to a home investment when it comes time to sell?

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Topics: REMODELING Magazine, Basement Conversions, Kitchens, Bathrooms, Media Rooms, Home Remodeling, Cost vs. Value, Renovating, Home Renovation, Estimates, Hiring a Contractor, Windows and Doors, Additions, Siding

Ideas for Transforming Your Basement into Prime Living Space

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Feb 23, 2010

Home improvement specialists and realtors agree - one of the easiest ways to expand your home is to use the space in your basement. Basements generally contain large open space, which makes it perfect for creating a sizeable entertainment area, a guest bedroom with bath, a mini work-out area or even a secluded home office.

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Topics: Basement Conversions, Bathrooms, Media Rooms, Cost vs. Value