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7 Inspiring Front Door and Entryway Design Ideas

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Sep 20, 2016

A welcoming front door and entryway provide both architectural interest and curb appeal to a home.

An entrance can be transformed in many ways. You can add a covered entryway, portico or stone accents. You can add a new door and lighting. You can replace or repair stairs and pathways. You can also enhance a front entrance with a fresh coat of paint or new landscaping.

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Topics: Entryways, Windows and Doors, Porches

5 Exterior Design Ideas Using Natural and Manufactured Stone Veneer

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Jul 5, 2016

At the 2016 Central New York Parade of Homes most of the model homes featured exterior stone facades and trims. Stone is an architectural element that adds beauty and value to the exterior of a home.

Stone veneer, which has been available for many years, can be made from real stones or manufactured stone. It is generally used as a decorative cover on exterior walls and surfaces.

Because of recent advancements in technology, more homeowners are now remodeling with manufactured stone veneer.

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Topics: Entryways, Additions, Porches, Fireplaces

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

10 Awesome Ideas for Outdoor Lighting

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Jun 14, 2016

Outdoor lighting is essential for any home. For safety and access it’s important to illuminate entries, driveways and walkways. Lighting is also very important if you have an outdoor area for that you enjoy using for entertaining such as a deck, patio, porch or pool.

If you are considering ways to illuminate the exterior of your home, here are some awesome ideas from projects we’ve worked on recently for Central New York homeowners:

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Topics: Lighting, Decks, Porches

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

5 Great Design Ideas for Outdoor Living

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Mar 18, 2014

Early spring is the perfect time to start an outdoor living space project. The soil is easy to work, temperatures are moderate and conditions are ideal for adding new plantings to your landscape. Central New York summers are spectacular and can be enjoyed even more with a backyard retreat.

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Topics: Decks, Porches, Outdoor Living

Design Ideas for Creating Inviting Entryways

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Nov 26, 2013

Inviting entryways are a focal point of a home. Ask any realtor about curb appeal and they’ll tell you that first impressions are very important when trying to sell a home. An attractive entryway can add value. Here are some design ideas for creating an inviting entry to your home.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Entryways, Porches

5 Tips for Planning a Porch Addition

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Jul 9, 2013

Our Central New York summers can be short and sizzling. There are also periods of thundershowers and cooler days that limit the time we can spend outdoors. Many homeowners are optimizing the days of summer by adding a porch addition to their houses. If you’re considering adding a porch to your home, where do you begin? 

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Topics: Project Planning, Additions, Porches, Outdoor Living

8 Design Ideas for Outdoor Living Spaces

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Jun 18, 2013

Central New Yorkers look forward to the warm days and nights of summer when we can get outdoors to relax or socialize. To truly enjoy the season, it’s great to have an outdoor living space right outside your door. That space can be a small sundeck or a large yard with a patio and pool. No matter what the size of your yard or house, an outdoor living space can be designed for your lifestyle and to add value to your home.

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Topics: National Kitchen and Bath Association, Storage, Patios, Decks, Porches, Outdoor Living

7 Tips to Ensure Your Porch is a Haven, Not a Headache

Posted by Brian Ciota on Wed, May 26, 2010

Porches are a great addition to homes, especially in Central New York where our spectacular summers are far too short. A porch can be a place for relaxation, outdoor dining or even sleeping on a warm summer night. Screened porches extend the time you can spend enjoying summer breezes by protecting you from insects.

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Topics: Lighting, Repair and Maintenance, Home Renovation, Painting, HomeRepair by McClurg, Porches

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