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Enjoy a Staycation in Your Own Backyard

It may be tempting to go away and get pampered at a ritzy resort, but what if you could achieve the same level of relaxation in your own backyard? Center Island Contracting’s design experts can help achieve a staycation-worthy atmosphere right at home on the north shore of Nassau County, Long Isl

Long Island Laundry Room Ideas to Bring an Otherwise Boring Task to Life

If you’re undergoing a home renovation or starting a new construction, an updated and modern laundry room might be an idea to toy with. While laundry isn’t always the most exciting household task, a well-planned out laundry room can make it much more bearable. By creating design elements with a

Syosset Home Design Trends for 2018

We’re now a month into 2018 and for those of you who are undergoing a home renovation or starting a new home construction, you’re probably interested in the newest in home design trends. While 2017 saw home trends like mixing up finishes and incorporating statement tile, 2018 will see trends li

Kitchen Tips for Fuss-Free Entertaining

When undergoing a kitchen remodel, making your kitchen work for you should be at the forefront of your vision, particularly if you do a lot of entertaining. A kitchen renovation is a big project, and one of the most important home remodeling tasks you can undertake. We recognize that your kitchen is

Popularity of Bathrooms Without a Tub on the Rise

One of the newest trends in bathroom remodeling is eliminating a bathtub altogether, which makes way for more space and/or a more elaborate stand-up shower. Gone are the days the bathtub is one of the focal points of a bathroom – these days there’s less of a need for it, especially amongst those

Siding Trends for 2018

Is 2018 the year you’ve decided to update the exterior of your home? If so, you will be interested in the newest siding trends for this upcoming year. The exterior of your home should be modern, updated and give off a good first impression. The colors you choose should go together cohesively and

The Benefits of Remodeling Before Moving In

Remodeling your spaces before moving in will always save you time, money and much unnecessary aggravation. We all walk into our kitchen and turn on the sink and expect water to come out, and if we turn it to the left it's hot, turn it to the right, it's cold. Remodeling can be quite different depend

5 Things You Must Consider When Remodeling

The decision to undergo a home renovation is a big one that’s often met with a series of important decisions. There are many factors that go into a remodel, such as budget, time constraints, style decisions and finding the right contractor. Whether you’re undergoing a bathroom, kitchen or compl

Create More Space for Your Family with Long Island Dormers

There are a variety of home additions that can enhance both the aesthetic and monetary value of your home. Whether you need dormers, extensions, home additions, or an interior remodel, we are ready to provide you with a complete design, consistent with your home’s existing architecture. If you’r

Renovate vs. Relocate

Should you stay or go? How do you decide whether to invest the money to renovate your home, or throw in the towel and find a new home? The first step would be to get your house appraised, so you know how it compares to the rest of the houses on your street or neighborhood. If you invest too much mon

Go Green this Holiday Season with LED Christmas Lights

This holiday season, consider going green with your Christmas lights! Who else has struggled with one Christmas light burning out, only to take the whole string of lights out with it? With LED lights, this won’t happen. Did you know LED lights are 90% more efficient than traditional lights? While

Home Remodel: Dining Room Edition

With the holidays approaching, your attention is probably shifting to your formal dining room. Whether you’re hosting five or 50 people for holiday festivities, the dining room is where the entire family congregates to share meals and stories. Since it’s such an important room during the holiday

Ideas for Outdoor Flooring That Fit Every Budget and Style

  There are just as many choices for outdoor flooring as there are for the interior of your house, making your outdoor space just as stylish as the inside. The flooring you choose for your outdoor space, such as the patio, pool deck, front porch and beyond, will determine the curb appeal of yo

6 Benefits of a Finished Basement

A finished basement is a blank slate for a design overhaul, providing plenty of open space to decorate and renovate. Not only does a finished basement add value to your home and add more livable square footage for your family, but below are even more benefits of a finished basement. Center Island Co

Holiday Home Prep: Finish Home Remodel Projects Before Your Guests Arrive

The holidays are just around the corner, which usually means lots of entertaining and hosting. Now is the time to finish those home remodel projects you’ve been putting off, just in time for your guests’ arrival. Depending on the size of the project and the time you have to complete it, there ar

What You Should Renovate Before Moving In

There’s often a debate on whether you should renovate your new home before moving into it, and there are valid arguments for each side. The main component to figure out if your family is renovating before moving in is having a place to stay during the renovation. If you do, we recommend the follow

Center Island Contracting: Your Relocating Construction Specialists

Whether you’re planning to move across town or down the street, Center Island Contracting can help. As a design/build firm, think of us as your relocating construction specialists. Building a new home can seem daunting, but you’re in good hands with our professionals at Center Island Contracting

5 Decisions to Make Before Adding a Dormer

Thinking of adding a dormer to your home’s existing architecture? Adding dormers can accentuate the beauty of your current structure and increase usable square footage in a cramped space. Center Island Contracting’s experienced professionals are familiar with these types of renovation projects o

5 Benefits of Going Green for New Home Construction

The importance of designing and constructing new homes while incorporating green solutions has increased, and that can be attributed to the many benefits of green building. Going green is good for your health, increases the value of your home and positively impacts the environment, which is why ther

10 Things to Do Before You Move In

All the paperwork is completed, the movers are scheduled and you’re so close to moving into your new home. The real work begins on moving day, but there is plenty of work to be done before you move in. There’s packing, organizing, purging and the to-do list goes on before the big move, so get th

Master Bathroom Remodel Inspiration from Center Island Contracting

Beginning the process of a master bathroom remodel can be daunting at first – but this is where the experts at Center Island Contracting come in. With so many tiles, countertops and sinks to choose from, how can you possibly start designing your dream master bedroom, all within your budget? Bathro

5 Benefits of Renovating Your Home

Home renovation projects, both small and large scale, are beneficial in many ways. Whether you’re renovating one or two rooms or undergoing a complete home renovation, your home will feel different, fresh and new. We understand that whenever you start a home remodeling project, you need to tr

New Home Sales On the Rise: Hire Center Island Contracting

Thinking of building a new home? It can be a daunting, yet exciting idea when it’s still in conception, but Center Island Contracting can help. Our knowledgeable and talented team of construction professionals can provide you with all the services you need to complete your project. From inception

Create a Tropical Home Oasis Despite Location

Long Island might drop to chilling temperatures for part of the year, but creating a tropical home oasis can make you feel like you’re on vacation despite your home’s location. Even when there’s snow on the ground, adding tropical design touches to your home can provide the pick-me-up needed t

Maximize Your Space with Dormer Windows

Dormer windows can be added to any home with the goal of adding more livable square footage to your space. There are a variety of dormer windows that can enhance both the aesthetic and monetary value of your home, and we are ready to provide you with a complete design consistent with your home’s e

7-Step Checklist to Refinishing Your Basement

Having a finished basement creates additional living space, and can provide a retreat for both adults and kids. Not only do finished basements provide more living space, they can also increase your home’s resale value. Before you start your home renovation to include a finished basement, go throug

After the Holidays: Hanukkah & Christmas Clean-Up Tips

After the chaos of the holiday season, the last thing anyone wants to think about is cleaning up after Christmas and Hanukkah festivities. When reality sets in, however, the tree has to come down, along with all of the other decorations that come with it. Whenever you decide to start the process, he

How to Prepare Your Home for Springtime and Warmer Months

After winter comes spring, so it’s time to set our sights on preparing for the warmer months ahead. Although we still have some time, preparing for spring ahead of time is a good idea because of how neglected the outside of our homes can get over the winter when we spend the majority of our time i

Top Winter Maintenance Tips to Start 2017 Off Strong

Now that we’re in the thick of winter, it would be wise to complete a winter checklist to make sure your home maintenance is being properly taken care of. This winter maintenance checklist is similar to the pre-winter checklist, however, it’s always good to make sure your household is running sm

How to Light Your Home like a Pro

A well-lit home is a happy home, but with so many options to light your home out there, it can be difficult to figure out which lighting is best for certain rooms. A good lighting plan can highlight your space and do wonders for rooms like offices, family rooms and bathrooms. The following are sugge

Remodeling Project Ideas Just in Time for the Holidays

The holiday season is a time for nesting inside with loved ones, and that often means houseguests are staying over more than usual. Now is the time to get those remodeling projects done that we’ve been putting off all year long! If you’re not sure where to start, the following are some home remo

First Impressions Count: Create a Home with Creative Curb Appeal

Your home should be your family’s oasis, so from the very moment you pull into the driveway you should get that tingly feeling that tugs at your heart strings and makes you feel at home. Curb appeal allows you to put your home’s best foot forward and sets the tone for the rest of the house, both

4 Reasons Fall is the Best Month to Replace Vinyl Siding

Replacing vinyl siding can give your home a cosmetic makeover as well as protect it from the cold weather during the winter months. The fall happens to be the best time of year to undergo this home renovation project, and below are four reasons why. Installing vinyl siding correctly is imperative an

6 Landscape Tips for Fall to Boost Curb Appeal

Just because the alluring colors of fall trees are returning to our yards, doesn’t mean we can slack on maintaining the rest of the yard. The landscape design still needs to look clean and polished while the leaves are falling and the temperature is dropping, and showcasing fall foliage and the ri

8 Bathroom Updates that Won’t Break the Bank

These affordable bathroom makeover ideas can be completed in a matter of days and will give your home the refreshed look you’re craving. Whether it’s a master bathroom, guest bathroom or the powder room, here are eight bathroom updates that will refresh your space and won’t break the bank. Con

Prepare for Upcoming Winter Months on a Budget

As the cold weather looms, getting the house ready for the frigid temperatures should be high priority. Winterizing your home can cost a pretty penny, especially with the holidays coming up and budgets are tight. With that said, we’ve compiled a list of low budget ways to keep your family comforta

Reduce Stress by Giving Your Home a Paint Color Makeover

Most of us desire to create a home that serves as a calming force in an otherwise stressful world. As such, we will do anything in our power to create a home environment that is soothing, comfortable and peaceful. There are certain colors that are scientifically proven to act as mood boosters, so us

Renovating a His and Hers Master Bedroom for Two

Are you planning for a new build or a home renovation? Center Island Contracting’s construction management team takes pride in the ability to treat every new home building or remodeling job as if the home belongs to a member of the team. With that said, the prospect of separate spaces within one m

Making an Eerie Entrance: How to Decorate the Porch for Fall

Fall is a fun time of year to decorate the house, and that includes the porch! With the weather turning a bit chilly, creating a cozy atmosphere is top priority. It’s also exciting to decorate using fall staples like pumpkins and haystacks and celebrating fall holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiv

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