Neal's Home Remodeling and Design Blog

Universal Design: The New Norm in Home Product Design

Posted by Eric Hertzfeld on Tue, Sep 16, 2014

Universal Design is the new norm in home product design. More manufacturers are giving serious thought to how their products are used in homes and who is using them. They want their products to accommodate a range of users from youngsters to elders. Safety is also a primary consideration. Product designers are seeking better ways to prevent accidents with products such as stovetop pot fillers and toilet seats with a built-in nightlight.

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Topics: Bathrooms, Universal Design, Kitchens

Smart Bathroom Storage Cabinet Design Ideas

Posted by Cyndi Kohler on Tue, Sep 9, 2014

Bathrooms are often small spaces and storage is always a priority in bath design. When remodeling a bathroom, it is important to plan and to be creative with bathroom storage cabinet selections and placement. The planning process begins by making a list of all the things you want to store in your cabinets such as towels, grooming supplies and appliances, soaps, cosmetics, clothing and even cleaning supplies.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Bathrooms

Project Spotlight: A Second-Floor Master Bedroom Suite Addition

Posted by Neal R. Hendy on Tue, Sep 2, 2014

This month's Project Spotlight is a second floor master bedroom suite addition built over a garage. The addition transformed and updated the exterior of a classic raised ranch home and provided the interior space needed for a stylish and relaxing master bedroom suite with a walk-in shower and walk-in closet.

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Topics: Project Spotlight, Design-Build, Additions

8 Kitchen Pantry Cabinet and Shelf Ideas That Solve Storage Problems

Posted by Cyndi Kohler on Tue, Aug 26, 2014

One of the main objectives of a kitchen remodeling project is to create functional storage. A kitchen pantry cabinet is often high on the list of essentials when homeowners remodel their kitchen. There are many design options for pantry cabinets. You can use shelving designed expressly for contents, inserts to help optimize storage capacity, pullouts for easy access, or open shelves. The advantage of a pantry cabinet is that it is a place to organize items that you want to have at hand and keep them out of sight.

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Topics: Kitchens

Awesome Design Ideas for Walk-in Showers Without Doors

Posted by Michael Henson on Tue, Aug 19, 2014

Homeowners are discovering the convenience, comfort, beauty and easy maintenance of walk-in showers without doors. It’s no wonder that walk-in showers are now one of the hottest trends in bathroom remodeling. In this article you’ll find out why.

When designing a walk-in shower without a door, there are many things to consider. First and foremost are the needs, tastes and budget of the homeowners. Second is the space that you have to work with. Then there are drainage, water containment, mechanicals, fixtures, wall and floor tile, and ventilation.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Bathrooms, Walk-In Showers

9 Features to Consider When Remodeling a Half Bath or Powder Room

Posted by Cyndi Kohler on Tue, Aug 12, 2014

A half bath or powder room is often a challenging remodeling project. The space is generally small and used by guests as well as family members. When remodeling a half bath it is important to consider both function and aesthetics. Since a half bath is small, it may be a place to splurge to create a welcoming space in a home.

Here are nine features that you may want to consider when remodeling a half bath or powder room:

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Topics: Bathrooms

Project Spotlight: Kitchen With an Open Floor Plan

Posted by Neal R. Hendy on Tue, Aug 5, 2014

This month’s “Project Spotlight” shows how a 1980’s kitchen was transformed into a modern family friendly space. The new kitchen has an open floor plan, commercial grade appliances, transitional-style Brookhaven cabinets, granite counters, an island and an inviting eat-in area. Here’s how this transformation took place.

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Topics: Project Spotlight, Kitchens

Creative Ideas for Window Seats in Any Room

Posted by Eric Hertzfeld on Tue, Jul 29, 2014

Versatile window seats provide a solution for creating more seating and storage in a room. They can be used to add a different design element to the room, fill recesses or even camouflage unattractive elements such as a radiator. Generally, window seats are custom-built to fill spaces and to accommodate drawers or base cabinets. Here are several creative ideas for window seats that we have designed and built for almost every room.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas

11 Universal Design Features That Make Bathrooms Useable for All

Posted by Connie Hampton, CKD on Tue, Jul 15, 2014

Bath design professionals always consider how a room will be used by a home’s occupants. They also take into consideration the special needs of children, large or petite adults, health or mobility issues and the needs of older adults. What may come as a surprise is that many standard bathroom products and common bathroom design elements are also considered to be universal design features that make a bathroom useable for people of different body types, ages and abilities.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Bathrooms, Walk-In Showers, Universal Design

7 Kitchen Design Details You May Not Have Thought About

Posted by Connie Hampton, CKD on Tue, Jul 8, 2014

If you’re planning to remodel your kitchen there are many details to consider. You may be thinking about the appliances, cabinets and countertops you want for the room. These are generally the most important items in a kitchen remodeling project. Then there are fixtures, tile and flooring to consider. But it’s often the small design details that add style, function and aesthetics to a kitchen.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens

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