Neal's Home Remodeling and Design Blog

Painted Kitchen Cabinetry Design Ideas

Posted by Connie Hampton, CKD on Tue, Oct 18, 2016

While nothing beats the timelessness of mixing neutrals in your home, the unexpected use of painted cabinetry is a design trend that adds a unique character to your home. In the kitchen, when a cabinet is a different color than the rest of the space, it can highlight a certain feature or element, or can help visually distinguish a work zone. Painted cabinets in particular add the interest of an additional color to the space. This can steer the style in a certain direction, or play up the homeowner's style. In either case, the use of painted cabinets is a hot trend that's worth considering.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens

Home Office and Craft Room Design Ideas

Posted by Cyndi Kohler on Tue, Oct 11, 2016

More and more people are finding that an office space at home is a modern convenience that's worth the investment. Not only is the work-from-home option available to more people, but our everyday digital lives often require some type of "base of operations" at home. The best thing about a home office is that, unlike your desk at a corporate office, you can dictate style and function. 

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

Project Spotlight: Chic Kitchen Update for a Loveland Family

Posted by Mike Hendy on Tue, Oct 4, 2016

The family of this Loveland remodel needed more than just a new kitchen. They needed a space to gather and connect as a family, while still gaining efficiency with their daily household routines. A brighter space with a rustic-chic style fit the family's taste, while special attention to layout, scale and storage addressed their functional needs. The new kitchen feels like a part of the first floor's family room, encouraging family togetherness through all hours of the day.

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Topics: Project Spotlight, Kitchens

6 Before & After Home Addition Projects

Posted by Alan Hendy on Tue, Sep 27, 2016

Home additions can achieve a few different things. The obvious is that an addition provides additional square footage to the year-round living areas of the home. On the exterior, an addition can facilitate architectural improvements to the home's look, enhancing the home's design or style. Inside, additions can become a catalyst for altering an interior layout in nearby rooms or hallways that may have been less than ideal. In this post, we'll take a look at 6 before and after addition transitions that accomplished one or more of those things.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Additions

3 L-Shaped Kitchen Design Ideas

Posted by Connie Hampton, CKD on Tue, Sep 20, 2016

The L-shaped kitchen may be the most common kitchen layout in American homes. This layout occurs when the two primary countertops run along adjacent walls to meet in the corner. These two counters also house at least two of the three zones of the working triangle- the sink, the stove, and/or the fridge. Quite often, one of the arms of the L is an exterior wall where the kitchen window is situated. This layout is such a popular solution because it's so effective, both functionally and aesthetically. Below we highlight 3 past Neal's projects that all use the L-shape design.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens

Practical Laundry Room Design Ideas

Posted by Christina Temple on Tue, Sep 13, 2016

The laundry room could very well be the hub of the home. It's a space where efficiency and function call all the shots, but it can also be a welcoming and comfortable room that does more than handle the dirty work. Here we take a look at some of the ways the laundry room can be designed to run at full capacity.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Laundry Rooms, Storage

Project Spotlight: A Seamless Sitting Room Addition

Posted by Steve Hendy on Tue, Sep 6, 2016

For this sitting room addition, the clients envisioned a space with the feel of a sunroom, a classic stone fireplace with large hearth, and a ceiling that showcases colorful, architectural artistry. They also desired an update to the areas of the original home that would flow into the addition. This project was a Local NARI Contractor of the Year Residential Addition winner.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Additions

How to Design a Kitchen Island That Works

Posted by Connie Hampton, CKD on Tue, Aug 30, 2016

Orignal Post 12/18/2012 Updated 8/23/2016

The concept of the kitchen island evolved out of a need for a central working counter. In the earliest days of the formal kitchen space, a table fulfilled this role, and over the centuries this basic idea has shaped our concept of what a functional, working kitchen might look like. Today’s kitchen islands are designed to handle a variety of functions, including food prep,  informal dining, entertaining, as a station for cleanup after meals, or even a place for the kids to do their homework. If you’re planning to remodel your kitchen, there are many options for designing an island that meets your needs.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens, National Kitchen and Bath Association

Master Bathroom Vanity Design Ideas

Posted by Michael Henson on Tue, Aug 23, 2016

There for you in the morning rush, and waiting for you again at the end of the day to unwind, the master bath vanity wears many hats for your needs. Not all vanities are created equal, however, so when you are considering changing yours, there are several important questions to discuss with your partner and designer. A great vanity, one that works for you and brings the right level of aesthetic flavor to your space, is an important cornerstone to having a bathroom you love.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Bathrooms

Outdoor Living Ideas for Sloped or Challenging Yards

Posted by Frank Kuhlmeier on Tue, Aug 16, 2016

Depending on the local landscape of your neighborhood, you may have plenty of flat space to work with, or as in the case of the projects below, the space available to improve your yard poses some type of challenge. Whether you have a hill right off the back door or need to work inside an established footprint, there's a solution to any challenge.

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Topics: Outdoor Living, Design Trends and Ideas