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5 Eclectic Kitchen Design Ideas

Posted by Frank Kuhlmeier on Tue, Jun 28, 2016

It's a definite in the design world that strict adherence to a single design style just won't work for some homes and some homeowners. It's these instances when the all-encompassing "eclectic" look is a great solution. Defined by not really being definable, the eclectic kitchen is one where styles intermingle. The difficultly with eclectic kitchens is that, without some boundaries, things can start to get out of hand. Without some guidelines, eclectic can easily turn into cluttered and uncomposed. To avoid that fate, here are 5 eclectic kitchen design ideas for creating balance in your kitchen. The kitchen featured here is a 2013 NARI Local Contractor of the Year Residential Kitchen winner. To see more photos of this project, click here.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens

Solutions for Awkward Spaces in Your Home

Posted by Christina Temple on Tue, Jun 21, 2016

Awkward rooms, weird hallways, odd spaces. We've all got them. From that out-of-the-blue angled wall, to the narrow room that isn't quite a room, but somehow doesn't qualify as a hallway either. In some homes, these spaces add character and charm, or possibly a sense of history or pedigree. But most of these types of spaces are throwbacks that don't quite mesh with the modern ways we live our lives and utilize our homes. Here, we've scoured our gallery of design work, and found four projects that tackled the design challenge of the awkward space in four very different ways.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Laundry Rooms, Home Remodeling, Kitchens, Storage, Entryways and Mudrooms, Additions

Interior Stonework Design Ideas

Posted by Frank Kuhlmeier on Tue, Jun 14, 2016

Using stone as accents inside the home is a design option we've seen a fair amount of in our 40+ years of remodeling experience. That natural look and texture juxtaposed with interior decor creates a casual look, but also injects the timelessness of a rustic architectural statement. It's not, however, a one-size-fits-all option, and there are several ways you can go that can drastically change the finished look from one option to the next. Here are the things you should know when choosing interior stonework for your home.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Lower Level, Fireplaces

Project Spotlight: A Backyard Transformation

Posted by Steve Hendy on Tue, Jun 7, 2016

Faced with an expansive backyard with no character and a rolling slope, the homeowners had a very simple objective: make the yard a party space. Beyond this clear objective, the homeowners had a wish list of key elements, including a pool, an outdoor living room, and lots of comfortable space for a crowd. The result is a space that takes full advantage of the back yard while keeping scale, space and views at the forefront of the design. The resulting transformation is a 2016 NARI Contractor of the Year Residential Exterior Winner.

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Topics: Outdoor Living, Project Spotlight

Smart Technology for Your Home

Posted by Steve Hendy on Tue, May 24, 2016

We might still be a few decades away from the types of high-tech, futuristic home technology portrayed in the movies these days, but the smart home concept has certainly come into its own in the past few years. With "always-on" mobile technology already helping us organize our time and entertain ourselves, it makes sense that we should look to our homes to provide the same kind of on-demand possibilities. But what exactly is a "smart home", and how can it make our lives better? Keep reading for a look at the three primary areas that modern smart technology is improving the home experience.

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6 Before & After Bath Transformations

Posted by Michael Henson on Tue, May 17, 2016

One of the best parts about remodeling your home is the opportunity to reflect on the changes you made by comparing before and after photos. When it comes to bathrooms, which typically look radically different with even minor changes, the differences between what it used to look like and what you changed it to can look like completely different homes. We've looked through our library of images and found 6 Before and After bathroom transformations that show just how much a bath can be changed.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Bathrooms

5 Classic Kitchen Tile Ideas that Last

Posted by Connie Hampton, CKD on Tue, May 10, 2016

The mark of a successful kitchen remodel is that it stands the test of time, and doesn't feel dated inside of 15 years. There are many facets to a kitchen's design that contribute to this, but one area that can make or break the kitchen's style longevity is the backsplash. There is a time and place for trendy tile installations, and when installed with long-term appeal in mind, they can still feel on-point a decade later. That isn't for everyone, however, nor every home. Instead, consider these five tile design ideas that can feel contemporary and trendy, but are still classic backsplash solutions.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens

Project Spotlight: A Kitchen Addition Adds Much Needed Space

Posted by Neal R. Hendy on Tue, May 3, 2016

For this West Chester, OH project, the homeowners were looking for a seamless addition to the back of their home to increase the square footage in their kitchen and laundry room. The primary purpose was to provide more space for entertaining in the kitchen, and to improve function and space in the laundry room. The project also provided a chance to update and improve finishes in the kitchen. The resulting addition is a 2013 NARI Contractor of the Year Residential Addition Winner.

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Topics: Project Spotlight, Kitchens, Additions

Newest Trends in Wall Treaments

Posted by Eric Hertzfeld on Tue, Apr 26, 2016

An easy way to update the look of any room in your home is to refresh the look of the walls. Even a simple change of color can make a room feel like a whole new space. The options for wall treatments have been around for a long time which means that they keep getting technically better, or easier to install. So if it's been a while since you've taken a look at how to finished your interior walls, now is a great time to look again.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Room Colors

Tile or Hardwood in the Kitchen?

Posted by Christina Temple on Tue, Apr 19, 2016

Assuming that you're not particularly interested in keeping that linoleum tile your 1970's forebears installed in your kitchen, the choice between tile and hardwood is probably on your mind as you plan your kitchen remodel. With good reason, since both tile and hardwood bring a lot to the table in terms of style and function. There are pros and cons to both, and certainly examples of each to be inspired by. The ultimate choice, therefore, doesn't come down to "which is best", but "which is right for me and my home". So to help you answer that, here are a few of the major considerations of each for you to compare.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens, Flooring

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