McClurg's Home Remodeling Blog

13 Awesome Custom Closet Design Ideas

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Aug 13, 2013

One of the best ways to organize personal items is to custom design a closet space expressly for the things you need to store. There are two types of closets in our homes: reach-in closets and walk-in closets. Most closets come equipped with the standard rod and shelf and are often cluttered. Sometimes homeowners install ready-made storage systems only to find that they did not optimize the space for the items they need to store and still have clutter.

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Topics: Designs, Cabinets, Storage, Closets

8 Space Saving Ideas Using Built-in Cabinets and Shelves

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Jul 23, 2013

Most homeowners find they need more storage space or a better way of organizing the things they own. Sometimes adding more storage space is difficult, especially if you own a small home. Make-shift shelving that you find at home centers often is not sturdy or attractive. Ready-made book shelves take up floor space and although generic, may not be suitable for the items you want store. 

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Topics: Kitchens, Bathrooms, Cabinets, Storage, Entryways

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

How to Organize Your Home’s “Drop Zones” for Winter Storage

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Oct 30, 2012

Central New York winters require that we keep coats, boots, hats, gloves and scarves on hand at all times. Often a home’s entryway is cluttered during these months. Here are four winter storage ideas for organizing your “drop zones” to keep cold weather gear in its place:

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Topics: Storage, Entryways

6 Hot Ideas for Kitchen Pantry Storage

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Sep 18, 2012

Kitchen storage is at the top of the list for most homeowners when they think about remodeling or updating a kitchen. A well-organized pantry is one of the best solutions for storing canned and dry foods, pots and pans, dishes and other kitchen essentials. Some of the “hottest” pantry storage trends in today’s kitchens incorporate shelves, custom cabinets, organizers and drawers. In planning kitchen pantry storage for your home consider both function and aesthetics. Here are six design ideas to consider for your kitchen pantry storage project:

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Topics: Kitchens, Kitchen Design, Storage, Design Trends and Ideas

6 Garage Storage Ideas for Packing Away Summer

Posted by Paul Jones on Tue, Sep 4, 2012

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Topics: Storage

6 Great Storage Ideas for Decks, Patios and Pools

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, May 22, 2012

Summer is almost here in Central New York and it’s time to get ready for outdoor living!

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Topics: Storage, Patios, Decks, Outdoor Living

Downsizing? 10 Tips to Make the Most of Less Space

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Mar 20, 2012

People look for smaller homes and quarters for a variety of reasons. First time homeowners find that a small home is an affordable option to paying rent. Empty nesters may need less space once the kids have moved out. Changes in family life and finances are often the incentives for people to sell a large home and to seek a smaller house with less of a tax and mortgage burden. Other advantages of a smaller home are less upkeep and often reduced heating costs.

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Topics: Storage, How-To Tips

5 Exciting Basement Design Trends for 2012

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Feb 21, 2012

Thinking about remodeling your basement? Gone are the days of paneled walls, suspended ceilings, shag carpets and large fluorescent lights. Basements are now an extension of the look and architectural style of the upper level of a home.  

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Topics: Basement Conversions, Storage, Design Trends and Ideas

Storage Design Ideas and Solutions for Every Room

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Nov 29, 2011

When we meet with homeowners to discuss their remodeling ideas, they often tell us that they need more storage space. To help you find solutions, we have developed a guide based on our 30+ years of experience. “Homeowner’s Guide: Storage Design Ideas and Solutions for Every Room” is the fourth in a series of consumer guides we have developed to help answer your basic questions about home remodeling and renovation, and to share information to help make your project a great success.

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Topics: Storage