McClurg's Home Remodeling Blog

Planning for a Successful Remodeling Project

Posted by Amy Ross on Tue, Sep 21, 2021

When is the best time to start planning a remodeling project? Often times, people forget to factor in the time it takes to plan for their project – from estimates and drawings, to shopping and selections, planning can take anywhere from days to months. If you’re ready to take on a project this spring, now is the time to start planning.

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Topics: Project Planning

Remodeling? What to Salvage, Repurpose and Donate

Posted by Paul Jones on Tue, Aug 25, 2015

When planning a home remodeling project it’s important to consider what items can be salvaged, repurposed and donated.

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Topics: Renovating, Project Planning

Project of the Month: New Farmhouse Style Home

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Nov 5, 2013

We built this one-and-a-half story home for a couple who are world travelers and love returning to their working Central New York farm. Both the interior and exterior of the house look as though they came from the pages of Country Living magazine.

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Topics: Designs, Project Planning, Projects of the Month, Construction

Remodeling Your Kitchen: An A-to-Z Wish List Guide

Posted by Vince Petralito on Tue, Oct 29, 2013

Most people begin a kitchen remodeling project with a “wish list” – everything you NEED and WANT in your dream kitchen. To help start your wish list, we’ve developed this handy A-to-Z list of features you’ll want to consider as you plan and budget for your project:

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Topics: Kitchens, Kitchen Design, Home Remodeling, Project Planning

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

5 Advantages to Starting Your Remodeling Project During Winter Months

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Dec 18, 2012

When you consider home improvement projects, how often have you said to yourself, “I’ll have to wait until spring to do it”. Central New York winters can be long and harsh but some homeowners have found that winter is an ideal time to undertake a home remodeling or home repair project, or to begin the planning process.

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Topics: Home Remodeling, Project Planning, Hiring a Contractor, Job Site Cleanup

A Bathroom Remodel from Start to Finish [Photos]

Posted by Lauren Szczygiel on Tue, Aug 7, 2012

A bathroom is often one of the smallest rooms in a home, yet one of the most complex when it comes time to remodel. From plumbing to wiring to ventilation to lighting to the right choice of materials and fixtures, there’s no question that successful projects require thoughtful planning, skilled design and working with an experienced contractor.

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Topics: Bathrooms, Project Planning

What You Need to Know About Renovating Historic Homes in CNY

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Jul 17, 2012

Over the years, we’ve had the pleasure of helping owners of historic homes with renovation and remodeling projects. Restoring a historic home is rewarding and challenging, especially if the home is located in a historic preservation area where zoning ordinances will impact plans to renovate or remodel.

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Topics: Renovating, Home Renovation, Project Planning

How Long Does a Home Remodeling Project Take? See Our Timeline

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Feb 28, 2012

When we meet with homeowners to discuss a remodeling project they’re planning, one of the first questions they ask is “How long will it take"? Generally they’re asking about the construction phase. However, we also advise them that it takes time to plan a project and order materials.

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Topics: Home Remodeling, Project Planning, Hiring a Contractor