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Contemporary Kitchens: One of the Hottest Trends in Kitchen Design

  
  
  
contemporary kitchen with linear layout

With the busy lives we lead, it’s no wonder that more homeowners are finding a contemporary-style kitchen meets their needs. Once considered bland and sterile, today’s contemporary kitchens are bold, stylish and showcase modern appliances. They are also functional and easy to maintain which, according to the 2014 National Kitchen & Bath Association Design Trends Survey, makes them one of the hottest trends in kitchen design.

Project Spotlight: Outdoor Living Room and Open Patio Cooking Area

  
  
  
outdoor living room and open patio cooking area

As warm days approach, do you find yourself thinking about getting outside more and how you can enjoy your own backyard? This month’s “Project Spotlight” showcases an outdoor living room that provides a great place to relax and entertain with an adjacent open-air patio setup for cooking, dining and gathering by a fire on a cool evening.

Universal Design: A Hot Trend in Bathroom Remodeling

  
  
  
universal design shower with slip resistant flooring

Universal Design features are subtle and stylish but have a purpose. The concept has been promoted to make homes more livable for a lifetime of use. According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association, 60 percent of designers surveyed for its 2014 Design Trends Survey say they are including Universal Design features in their bathroom projects.

The Best Kitchen Design Trends for 2014

  
  
  
contemporary kitchen with frameless cabinets

Each year we look forward to the design trends report issued by the National Kitchen and Bath Association. NKBA conducts an annual survey of its members and publishes its findings in February. The trends revealed in the NKBA 2014 Kitchen and Bath Design Trends Survey come as no surprise to us. They reflect what many of our customers ask for in their kitchen remodeling projects.

How to Transform Your Yard Into an Outdoor Living Space [Free Guide]

  
  
  
How to Transform Your Yard Into an Outdoor Living Space

Have you had enough of winter weather? Do you find yourself daydreaming about the warm sunny days of summer? You are not alone. During these cold, blustery days we compiled a new resource for homeowners, “How to Transform Your Yard Into an Outdoor Living Space.” In this 16-page guide you will see some of the best outdoor design ideas for recreation, relaxation, entertaining, outdoor cooking and creating a backyard oasis. There are many photos of projects we’ve built for customers residing here in the Greater Cincinnati area.

Project Spotlight: Backyard Poolside Pavilion

  
  
  
backyard poolside pavilion

The owners of this home enjoy spending time entertaining family and friends. In summer, when the days are longer and the nights warmer, they wanted to bring some of the amenities they enjoy indoors to the outdoors. They needed a way to shelter an outdoor kitchen, bar, television, screened gas fireplace and seating area from the elements – including the sun on a hot afternoon. The solution was a tall, open-sided poolside pavilion.

Neal’s Presents Home Makeover Secrets at the Home & Garden Show

  
  
  
Neals Home Show Booth

Looking for design ideas or inspiration for a home remodeling or makeover project? Then plan to attend the Cincinnati Home & Garden Show. This is our area’s largest home show. It will be held at the Duke Energy Convention Center on Saturday and Sunday, March 1-2, and Wednesday through Sunday, March 5-9.

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How to Select Products for Your Kitchen Remodeling Project [Free Guide]

  
  
  
How to Select Products for Your Kitchen Remodeling Project

We are very pleased to introduce a new resource to assist homeowners in planning a kitchen remodeling project. “How to Select Products for Your Kitchen Remodeling Project” takes you step-by-step to learn about the many products and choices that will define the look and function of your new kitchen. This is our second kitchen remodeling guide, which complements our original guide "How to Plan Your Kitchen Remodeling Project."

The Best Bathroom Design Trends for 2014

  
  
  
clean lines in bath design

The bathroom design trends we expect to see in 2014 focus on comfort, aesthetics and detail. Small half baths and powder rooms are becoming more inviting for guests. Master bathrooms are being designed as a private retreat with optimized space and spa features. Walk-in showers are customized to better fit the space in a room and to provide more comfort for users.

Project Spotlight: Master Bath for a Vintage Home

  
  
  
master bath with walkin shower

A second floor addition was built onto a vintage 1918 home in the late 1970’s to add more space for a master suite, but it didn’t match the original architecture or decor. The design of the bathroom addition failed to address both privacy and style. The re-design and remodel of this bath addressed both of these issues by creating a new floor plan within the long narrow space, restoring elements of a home built during the “American Progressive Era 1890-1920” and adding modern amenities to the renovated bathroom.

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