McClurg's Home Remodeling Blog

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

Universal Design: 12 Kitchen Design Ideas for Today and Tomorrow

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Jun 22, 2010

Recently I met with a client who wanted to remodel a kitchen. Her house was built in 1958 and the kitchen layout and cabinets were original to the home. She told me it wasn't a practical design. She had to get down on her hands and knees to access the lower cupboards, the work triangle didn't provide for modern appliances, food prep space was scarce, the sink had an old fixture that lacked a spray to clean dishes, and the faucet was too low to fill large pots. When she was preparing meals, she often banged her head on an exhaust hood placed over a cook top on a peninsula.

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Topics: Certifications, Kitchens, Lighting, Kitchen Design, Designs, Storage, Home Remodeling, Repair and Maintenance, Appliances, Windows and Doors, Universal Design

Universal Design: 12 Tips for Creating a Safe, Comfortable Home for a Lifetime

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Jun 15, 2010

Over the course of time, we experience many changes in our lifestyles and our homes must evolve to adapt to these changes. If you're a parent of young children worried about home safety, a family caregiver attending to the needs of elderly parents, or a person with a disability, you'll want your home environment to accommodate your lifestyle.  

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Topics: National Association of Home Builders, Bathrooms, Designs, Storage, Home Remodeling, Renovating, Home Renovation, Appliances, Windows and Doors, Universal Design, Construction

10 Trouble Spots: A Spring Check Up for Your Home

Posted by Brian Ciota on Mon, Apr 5, 2010

Spring has finally arrived! The ice has melted from the rooftops and milder temperatures encourage housebound Central New Yorkers to inspect our homes for winter damage and start "spring cleaning." Here are ten areas of the home you should check for problems:

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Topics: Repair and Maintenance, Windows and Doors, Decks, Skylights, HomeRepair by McClurg, Siding

Payback: Remodeling Projects That Add Value to Your Home

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Mar 23, 2010

The majority of home owners view their home as their most important investment. We're always considering ways to improve our homes to accommodate our lifestyles. Popular remodeling projects include new kitchens with up-to-date appliances, luxurious bathrooms, home offices or media rooms. In Central New York, with our frequent cloudy days, many people add a sunroom to ease the drudgery of winter. Basement renovations add living space and improve a home's function. But which projects add value to a home investment when it comes time to sell?

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Topics: REMODELING Magazine, Basement Conversions, Kitchens, Bathrooms, Media Rooms, Home Remodeling, Cost vs. Value, Renovating, Home Renovation, Estimates, Hiring a Contractor, Windows and Doors, Additions, Siding