McClurg's Home Remodeling Blog

5 Home Remodeling Ideas to Make Winter More Bearable

Posted by Brian Ciota on Fri, Jan 26, 2018


It’s been a long, cold winter here in Central New York. The bad news is we’re not even halfway through the season yet. The good news? Luckily, you can think of your home as an oasis to get away from it all. There are plenty of remodeling ideas that will make your home both comfortable and cozy.

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Topics: Home Remodeling, Walk-In Showers, Windows and Doors, Skylights

Take Your Home’s Curb Appeal to the Next Level with These Exterior Renovations

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Jul 18, 2017

The old saying goes that first impressions can be the most lasting. While keeping the inside of your home up-to-date and comfortable is important, have you considered the outside of your home? The exterior is the first—and sometimes only—thing that people see when they lay eyes on your home. When it comes to exterior renovations, much can be done to improve the appearance of your home, including updating your entry way, residing or painting your home, and replacing old windows. Below we’ll cover exterior design ideas that can take your home from ordinary to the envy of the neighborhood.

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Topics: Home Renovation, Entryways, Windows and Doors, Painting, Siding, exterior renovations

Let the Sunshine In: 5 Ways to Let More Natural Light Into Your Home

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, May 23, 2017

As spring is turning to summer, the days are getting longer in Central New York. This means more hours to enjoy the sunlight—a welcome sight after a long winter. There are plenty of ways to enjoy the sunshine outside, but what if you want to bring more of this natural light into your home so you can capture that summery feeling indoors?

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Topics: Lighting, Windows and Doors, Skylights

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

Design Ideas for Living Room and Family Room Additions

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Nov 19, 2013

Do you need more living space but like your home and neighborhood too much to move? Do you want space for family gatherings and entertaining or for modern amenities such as an area for television viewing, media equipment, a gas fireplace or a wet bar? A living room or family room addition might provide the solution, especially if you love the home you own and plan to live there for many more years.

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Topics: Designs, Windows and Doors, Additions

7 Interior Trim Design Ideas That Add Style to a Home

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Jul 16, 2013

Trims and moldings can help change the look and style of any home. They can be used to accentuate architecture and augment décor. When selecting trims and moldings it’s important to take into account:

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Windows and Doors, Additions

How to Choose the Right Replacement Windows for Your Home

Posted by Vince Petralito on Tue, Oct 16, 2012

Homeowners hear a lot about replacement windows in television ads. You may have even received calls from telephone solicitors hawking their products but they provide little information. If your home needs new windows what are your best options?

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Topics: Windows and Doors

Surprising Facts About the ROI for Door and Window Replacement

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Apr 3, 2012

Homeowners often ask us about remodeling and home improvement projects that are a good investment and will provide a return at resale. Surprisingly, door and window replacement  are two of the best “payback” projects, according to Remodeling magazine’s “Cost vs. Value Report” for 2011-2012.

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Topics: Windows and Doors

What You Need to Know If It’s Time to Replace Your Windows

Posted by Vince Petralito on Tue, May 24, 2011

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Topics: REMODELING Magazine, Energy Star, Windows and Doors, Tax Credits

The “Ins and Outs” of Universal Design: Tips for Home Entryways and Exits

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Jul 6, 2010

If you’ve had a child with a broken leg, parents who are experiencing problems with walking or if you have had an injury or surgery which has impeded your mobility, you know that entering and exiting buildings can be a problem. There is nothing more frustrating than being unable to enter or exit your home easily.

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Topics: Lighting, Designs, Home Remodeling, Repair and Maintenance, Renovating, Windows and Doors, Universal Design