McClurg's Home Remodeling Blog

Universal Design: How a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist Can Help

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Jul 29, 2014

Today, more homeowners are thinking about how their (or a relative’s) needs will change over their lifetime and they are requesting Universal Design features when remodeling and for new home construction. Homes designed for comfort, safety, function and accessibility are appealing to both owners and potential buyers because they are accommodating to people of all ages and abilities. A Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) is an expert who provides design-build solutions that incorporate Universal Design concepts.

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Topics: Certifications, National Association of Home Builders, Universal Design

How to Finance a Home Remodeling Project [Now May Be the Best Time Ever!]

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Sep 25, 2012

We don’t often write about financing home remodeling projects, nor do we provide financing, but the current availability of low interest loans presents consumers with a unique opportunity to invest in their homes.  In our 34 years of business we have never seen interest rates as low as they are now. Interest rates under 4 percent were unheard of. Today’s rates have fluctuated to the point where banks are offering loans under 3 percent.

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Topics: National Association of Home Builders, Home Remodeling

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

Awesome Resources to Help Plan Your Dream Kitchen

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Sep 14, 2010

If you’re planning to remodel your kitchen you’ve probably looked at magazines and books, visited home shows, visited showrooms, talked to friends and searched the Internet. 

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Topics: National Association of Home Builders, REMODELING Magazine, National Kitchen and Bath Association, Kitchens, Kitchen Design, Designs, Home Remodeling, Cost vs. Value

Universal Design: 12 Tips for Creating a Safe, Comfortable Home for a Lifetime

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Jun 15, 2010

Over the course of time, we experience many changes in our lifestyles and our homes must evolve to adapt to these changes. If you're a parent of young children worried about home safety, a family caregiver attending to the needs of elderly parents, or a person with a disability, you'll want your home environment to accommodate your lifestyle.  

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Topics: National Association of Home Builders, Bathrooms, Designs, Storage, Home Remodeling, Renovating, Home Renovation, Appliances, Windows and Doors, Universal Design, Construction

New Home Siding Products

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Apr 27, 2010

Today's technologies have produced new products for home siding that are both attractive and durable. Two popular options for home siding are fiber cement and vinyl siding. Both products have been around for a while and innovations in manufacturing have improved the performance and look. If you're thinking about siding your home, here's some information to consider. 

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Topics: National Association of Home Builders, Green Building, Home Renovation, Construction, Siding