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Transform Your Outdoor Space with these Backyard Remodeling Trends

Posted by Brian Ciota on Thu, Jun 27, 2019

With summer finally in the air in Upstate NY, there is no better time to transform your outdoor living space than now! We’re here to bring you the latest in backyard remodeling trends so you can spend less time inside and more time soaking up the sun in your new backyard oasis.

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Topics: Outdoor Living, exterior renovations

Transform Your Outdoor Living Space with These 4 Design Ideas

Posted by Brian Ciota on Fri, Jul 27, 2018

Summer is the best season to entertain outdoors in Central New York. Is your property allowing you to get the most out of the good weather? A boring outdoor space can have a negative impact on the overall look of your home and property. If you’re someone who likes to impress your guests with your exquisite taste in design, or you just want a relaxing space to enjoy time with family, it may be time to transform your outdoor living space! Here are 4 helpful design ideas that you’re sure to love:

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Topics: Home Renovation, Outdoor Living, exterior renovations

Project of the Month: A Poolside Outdoor Living Space

Posted by Jamie Sprague on Tue, Sep 6, 2016

A poolside pavilion with a bar, outdoor kitchen, outdoor television and an attached pergola that serves as a sheltered dining area was built for Manlius homeowners who enjoy entertaining and outdoor living activities.

Project planning began during the winter months. The work started in April and was completed in time for a Fourth of July celebration.

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Topics: Projects of the Month, Outdoor Living

7 Inspiring Design Ideas for Outdoor Living Spaces

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Jun 21, 2016

If you visited this year’s Parade of Homes you may have gathered many ideas for home remodeling projects. Several of the homes on display had outdoor living spaces to showcase. There were decks, screened porches, a three-season room, two pools with hardscape, firepits and a pool house to view.

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Topics: Patios, Decks, Additions, Porches, Fireplaces, Outdoor Living

Project of the Month: Skaneateles Lakefront Deck and Dock

Posted by Mark Waite on Tue, Jun 7, 2016

We worked with owners of a home located on Skaneateles Lake to design and build a new permanent dock and freestanding deck area.

Projects on lakefront homes can often present a challenge due to the elements, environmental factors and zoning ordinances. Skaneateles Lake is pristine and protected. Building codes and land use are very strict and must be addressed in the design prior to applying for permits.

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Topics: Projects of the Month, Decks, Outdoor Living

Project of the Month: Elevated Deck Addition

Posted by Jayson Breckheimer on Tue, Oct 6, 2015

A deck addition built onto a raised ranch home in a suburban Syracuse, NY neighborhood provides an outdoor living space for entertaining, grilling and dining. The elevated deck was part of the homeowner’s master plan for a complete home renovation.

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Topics: Projects of the Month, Decks, Additions, Outdoor Living

Project of the Month: Lakefront Porch Addition and Outdoor Kitchen

Posted by Jayson Breckheimer on Tue, Aug 4, 2015

The owners of a cottage located on Canandaigua Lake enjoy entertaining family and friends. To optimize the time they spend at the lake, they asked us to design and build a lakefront porch addition with some unique features that allow them to extend the season. This challenging project took six months to complete and was started just as the snow was melting in March. The new outdoor living space includes many amenities such as a gas fueled pizza oven and grill, bar sink and refrigerator, and a wood-burning outdoor fireplace.

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Topics: Projects of the Month, Additions, Porches, Outdoor Living

Project of the Month: Lakeside Cottage Deck Addition

Posted by Mark Waite on Tue, May 5, 2015

The owners of a summer cottage on Skaneateles Lake enjoy the season and entertaining family and friends on a deck that overlooks the clear blue water and provides space for dining, grilling and gathering. The composite decking they selected is easy to care for and will withstand cold Central New York winters.

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Topics: Projects of the Month, Decks, Outdoor Living

Project of the Month: Award-Winning Elevated Composite Deck

Posted by Scott McClurg on Tue, May 6, 2014

Our Project of the Month is an easy care, multi-tiered composite deck built at a home surrounded by trees on the shores of Skaneateles Lake. The original design of the deck was maintained. The deck measures 40-by-40 feet and is approximately 30 feet above ground level. Worn pine deck boards were replaced with composite decking. Glass panels, composite posts and railings, and aluminum balusters were used to trim the deck and augment the landscape. All decking materials are durable and easy to maintain. This project was the First Place Winner of Erie Materials' "Build the Greatest Deck" contest.

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Topics: Projects of the Month, Decks, Outdoor Living

9 Tips for Designing the Perfect Deck

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Apr 22, 2014


Decks are a great way to add outdoor living space to your home. A deck can be as simple as a grade-level platform that stands on its own a few inches above the ground or as intricate as multi-tiered structures with steps, railings, pergolas, trellises and built-in features such as tables, benches, planters and hot tubs.

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Topics: Cost vs. Value, Design Trends and Ideas, Decks, Outdoor Living

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