5 reasons people choose to renovate their kitchens

Posted by in Kitchens | July 28, 2014
5 reasons people choose to renovate their kitchens

If you find yourself looking at your kitchen and wondering if it’s time for a renovation, it might be a good idea to think about the reasons why other people redo their kitchens. There are a number of things that can lead people to decide on a kitchen remodeling project, and these can help you get prospective on your own home and whether it’s time to tackle a full scale kitchen renovation project.

Custom kitchen and bathroom designer at Alure Home Improvements, Sherry Gossett talked about some of the most popular reasons that people decide to get a new kitchen. 

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Alure’s 4 tips to reduce your energy consumption

Posted by in Educational Resources | July 25, 2014
Alure's 4 tips to reduce your energy consumption

Whether it’s the air conditioner in the summer or the heater in the winter, your home’s energy consumption can quickly become expensive. No one wants to use more energy in his or her house than necessary, but it’s not always easy to tell where you should try to cut back. Here are a few tips from Alure Home Improvements that can help you reduce the amount of energy your family uses. 

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What stylish bathroom storage option is best for your redesign?

Posted by in Bathrooms | July 22, 2014
What stylish bathroom storage option is best for your redesign?

One of the biggest reasons for renovating and remodeling homes is the need for more space and storage. Whether your family has grown since you first moved into your house or you’re just tired of trying to find a place for everything in your cramped bathroom, a remodeling project may be the answer to your growing needs.

Many bathroom design ideas tie in storage options in stylish and functional ways so you’ll still have the elegant and relaxing bathroom you want without worrying about where to keep everything. Alure Home Improvements’ customer bathroom designer Blythe Tract recently outlined some of the most popular ways to add or install storage options into a bathroom without taking away from its great design.

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Pool safety 101: Keep cool and safe

Posted by in Educational Resources | July 18, 2014
Pool safety 101: Keep cool and safe

When the summer sun is beating down, nothing may be more refreshing than a nice dip in the pool. Although many Long Island residents live just down the street from the ocean, residential pools are different. You don’t have to worry about hot sand, cold water, crowded parking lots or the other aspects that can make beaches less than relaxing. Pools can be fun places for adults, kids and families to cool off, exercise and play. However, in addition to the benefits of these aquatic home additions, they can also present dangers to the people who use or own them.  We interviewed Kyle Chaikin, President of North East Spa and Pool Association and owner of Chaikin Ultimate Pools, and he shared a few of the basic safety tips that any pool owner or user should know.

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Keep your home safe from water damage with the right gutters

Posted by in Roofing | July 10, 2014
Keep your home safe from water damage with the right gutters

When working properly, gutters can easily be forgotten as you think about your home’s exterior. They’re often an afterthought because they blend into the siding and don’t make themselves known until there’s a problem. However, forgetting about your gutters and neglecting to maintain them can be just the thing that leads to one of these problems.

Keeping your gutters clean is especially important for people who live in areas surrounded by trees. Alure Home Improvement’s exterior design expert Bob Sansivero explained that when he moved into his heavily wooded home, the first thing he was told was that he needed to keep his gutters clean or he’d have serious water damage. As someone who deals with gutters nearly every day, Sansivero has tried to echo this advice back to other homeowners. 

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Second Annual Summer Remodeling Fashion Show

Posted by in How to Tips,In The Community,Remodeling,Resources | July 7, 2014

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Get in the know and join us for Alure’s second annual summer remodeling fashion show.

Below are some of the exciting home improvement products and technologies that will be featured on the runway:

LEARN: What’s hot, what’s not and see the hottest trends in remodeling products, technology, fixtures, and space design.

Bathroom Digital Technology - Kohler touch-less toilet & light up seat, and Moen’s io Digital Faucet – The very latest technology in residential kitchens and baths including remote controls for your shower!!
Inspiration as Art in the Kitchen and Bath Remodel – Explore inspiration in your kitchen or bath remodel including decorative expression of Zen, Urban Industrial, Beach, Modern, Old Hollywood, Classic and more!
Saniflo Toilets - See the revolutionary system that allows you to have that extra toilet/bathroom downstairs!! Saniflo masarators and grinders make it possible to locate plumbing fixtures anywhere in the home without the high cost and damage to the existing structure.
Chief Architect Technology - See your basement BEFORE we even build it! You can take a virtual reality tour of your new lower level space with this state of the art technology!
Exteria Stone - The look of natural stone with, with Exteria’s life like stone textures and color variations create unprecedented authenticity and curb appeal.
Built In Blinds - Never clean your blinds again with the built in blinds on Alure’s Ultrashield windows
Hideaway Screens - Open your home to the great outdoors and enjoy the fresh air and sounds of nature with retractable hideaway screens
Closet Options - Organize your life with Alure’s custom closet and pantry storage systems.
Sunroom Awing Windows - Keep the rain out & let the fresh air in, with new sunroom awning windows!!
& MORE!

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Where to celebrate the Fourth of July on Long Island

Posted by in How to Tips | July 1, 2014
Where to celebrate the Fourth of July on Long Island

The Fourth of July is a great community holiday. Whereas other major holidays can be more focused around family, religion and small get-togethers, the Fourth of July is a celebration of everyone in the U.S.

The Fourth of July, or Independence Day, commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence. It was signed by 56 members of the Continental Congress on July 4 and other dates throughout the summer of 1776. The document explained to the world that the U.S., its thirteen colonies and 2.5 million citizens were independent from British rule.

Now, more than 230 years later, with a population of more than 315 million, the U.S. celebrates that continued independence with parades, cookouts and fireworks. If you’re interested in partaking in some of these American festivities, but aren’t sure where on Long Island has the best events, here are a few of the best Fourth of July extravaganzas around the island. 

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Which bathtub style is right for your new bathroom?

Posted by in Bathrooms | June 24, 2014
Which bathtub style is right for your new bathroom?

While one trend in bathroom design has been to install freestanding showers in master bathrooms because they’re more practical than tubs for everyday use, the bath tub hasn’t disappeared from bathrooms in any sense.

Bathtubs, in fact, are still very popular for a variety of uses. Some people like having this bathing option for its added relaxation and serenity, while others need it for washing their young children or their physical therapy needs. Regardless of the reasoning behind them, bathtubs can offer families and homeowners features that showers simply can’t. Alure Home Improvements’ custom bathroom design expert Ken Gold outlined some of the most popular styles and features found in modern bathrooms and why these could work in  your home. 

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Transform your basement into a versatile space for the whole family

Posted by in Basements | June 20, 2014
Transform your basement into a versatile space for the whole family

In many homes, basements just collect boxes and dust. Aside from the occasional storage or maintenance need, these massive areas can go unused and families will miss out on hundreds of additional square feet of livable, usable space to enjoy.

Luckily, people can finish their basements to transform the cold, dark concrete room into an extension of the rest of the house without the cost of a whole new addition. In fact, many homes are built with basements that are ready to be finished, with high ceilings and quality windows already installed.

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Check out some of the most popular surface options before you plan your bathroom

Posted by in Bathrooms | June 13, 2014
Check out some of the most popular surface options before you plan your bathroom

Not only do many bathroom remodeling projects expand the size of your bathroom to give you more space for getting ready in the morning or cleaning yourself up, but they also create a new atmosphere in your home. A major component of bathroom redesign projects is getting the right surfaces for your new floors, walls, shower and countertop. These are the materials that you’ll look at and feel each morning, so it’s important that they send the message that you want them to and work with how you live. 

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