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When to Consider Adding an Addition

Posted by John Graziose on Mon, May 20, 2019 @ 09:05 AM

Does your Rochester-area home need a bit of a facelift and reorganization that a conventional remodeling project can bring—or are you actually in need of an addition? The answer depends on your changing needs. Sometimes “re-engineering the existing space will deliver the results you need. Sometimes, there just is no substitute for more physical space. Let’s take a look at when to consider adding an addition to your Rochester home.

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Topics: garage additions, home remodeling, Home Additions, second-floor additions, first-floor additions

When Remodeling Is More Than Just Freshening Up Your Home

Posted by John Graziose on Wed, Oct 17, 2018 @ 10:10 AM

Sometimes a remodeling of your Rochester-area home involves a bit of a cosmetic “face-lift.” Perhaps you want to make your family room a little brighter. Or you may decide to reorganize your kitchen so that it’s more efficient. Maybe you want to take advantage of unused space in your basement or attic to give your family more living space. There are times, however, when remodeling is more than just freshening up your home. We’d like to walk you through a recent remodeling project we worked on in 2018 that started (literally) from the ground up.

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Topics: garage additions, home remodeling, whole home remodeling, Home Additions, Interior Remodeling, Exterior remodeling, second-floor additions, first-floor additions, Home Remodeling Costs

Which Remodeling Trends Matter Most For Your Rochester Home?

Posted by John Graziose on Wed, Aug 1, 2018 @ 08:08 AM

Every year industry experts talk about the newest trends in the remodeling industry. You’ll hear about these trends on home improvement sites such as houzz.com or on remodeling shows on television. A lot of what you’ll hear or read tends to focus on interior design: What are the “hot” colors this year? What kinds of backsplash materials are “in?” Which hardware finishes are most popular?  Those are all interesting and important items to consider, but which remodeling trends matter most for your Rochester home?

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Topics: Kitchen remodeling, Bathroom remodeling, home remodeling, whole home remodeling, Home Additions, Interior Remodeling, Exterior remodeling, Home Design

Rochester Remodeling—Measuring the Cost Before You Begin

Posted by John Graziose on Sat, Jun 23, 2018 @ 13:06 PM

When you’re considering a remodel of your Rochester-area home, you have a lot to think about. You may be wondering if it makes more sense to buy or build a new home or remodel your existing home. Or If you’re thinking about a kitchen remodel you may be wondering what features you really want in your dream kitchen.  No matter what you decide to pursue, one thing you’ll want to do is measure the cost before you begin.

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Topics: home remodeling, Home Remodeling Costs

Creating Your Perfect Rochester Home: Is New Right for You?

Posted by John Graziose on Sun, Feb 11, 2018 @ 07:02 AM

What should you do if your current Rochester home is no longer meeting your needs?  Family dynamics can change. Perhaps you’ve added a child or two since you first moved in. Perhaps you’ve had an older family member move in with you and you want to be able to accommodate them comfortably. Maybe you need to make some changes that address the needs of multiple generations. Or it could be that you’re looking ahead to your own retirement and want to make sure you’re in a place you’ll enjoy for years to come. How do you go about creating your perfect Rochester home? Is new right for you?

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Topics: Custom homes, home remodeling, Custom Home Features

Understanding the Cost Difference Between 1, 1 ½, and 2 Story Buildings

Posted by John Graziose on Sun, Sep 24, 2017 @ 20:09 PM

One choice you’ll face when choosing a floor plan for your new Rochester-area home is how many stories your home will have. You can chose from a wide variety of different floor plans that include one-story, two-story, and one-and-a-half-story homes. In addition to impacting your lifestyle now and potentially inthe future, the number of stories your house has can impact the cost of your home.

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Topics: floor plans, Custom homes, home remodeling, Home Additions, Building a New Home, second-floor additions, Home Design, first-floor additions

Is Open-Plan Living in the Fingerlakes Region a Fad?

Posted by John Graziose on Sat, Feb 11, 2017 @ 10:02 AM

There is no mistaking the popularity of open-plan design in the homebuilding and home remodeling industry. And if you scour sites such as Houzz.com and BHG.com a lot of the homes you see reflect how widespread this style has become. But is open-plan living just a fad? Is it still something you want to consider for your Rochester-area home?

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Topics: floor plans, home remodeling, Building a New Home

Building a Rochester-area Home That Pampers Your Pet

Posted by John Graziose on Sun, Jan 8, 2017 @ 07:01 AM

For a lot of people living in the Rochester area pets are a big part of family life. Wouldn’t it be nice if the new home you built in the area made your pets feel like pampered members of your family?

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Topics: home remodeling, Home Additions, Building a New Home, Home Design, Custom Home Features

Understanding Pricing Variations in the Rochester Area

Posted by John Graziose on Mon, Jul 18, 2016 @ 10:07 AM

Housing prices in the Finger Lakes region can fluctuate significantly – it’s true for both existing homes and for new homes. That can make some potential homebuyers a little bit uneasy, wondering if now is the right time to buy a home or not. So how can you get a handle on the differences in pricing?

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Topics: home remodeling, Home Building Costs, Home Remodeling Costs

Get More Usable Space in Your Next Rochester NY Home

Posted by John Graziose on Wed, Dec 23, 2015 @ 19:12 PM

When you’re looking for a plan for your new custom home in the Rochester area, having enough space is always a consideration. But not all space is created equal.

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Topics: floor plans, home remodeling, Building a New Home