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Trends to Consider When Designing a Bathroom Vanity

Posted by Michael Henson on Tue, Aug 25, 2015

The bathroom vanity is a make or break element in the design of a bathroom. The style, scale, placement, size, and storage of the vanity in your bathroom are all key to the room's function and feel. In many cases, the vanity is a crucial visual focal point, and may even be the only thing really making your bathroom unique or interesting. With so much resting on the vanity, it deserves a good amount of thought and planning in any bathroom remodel.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Bathrooms

5 Ideas for Improving Curb Appeal

Posted by Frank Kuhlmeier on Tue, Aug 18, 2015

There are hundreds of factors that go into the curb appeal of any given home. Style of the neighborhood, look of the home, taste of the homeowner, size, color, budget, climate... the list goes on. While there's no easy "curb appeal formula" that can be applied across the board, there are some standard things that factor into curb appeal for any home.

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Topics: Outdoor Living, Home Remodeling, Design-Build

5 Ways to Design Spaces for Entertaining

Posted by Steve Hendy on Tue, Aug 11, 2015

The ability to host a group is a trait that many Americans look for in a house. Having family and friends over for gatherings large or small plays an important role in the dynamic of many families, so it makes sense to ensure that remodeling projects in your home account for the need to accommodate the types of parties you like to hold. More than just knowing where to put your furniture, or making sure you have a stocked fridge, truly functional entertaining spaces that help to create traditions in the home start in the design and planning process.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Lower Level, Home Remodeling, Hiring a Contractor, Design-Build, Additions

Project Spotlight: A Basement Remodel Made for Both Adults and Teens

Posted by Neal R. Hendy on Tue, Aug 4, 2015

This lower level remodel was aimed at creating an updated space for entertaining and enjoying time with a more grown-up family. Walls and niches in the space, were rearranged in subtle ways within the basement’s existing areas to create a more open and streamlined living space. Finishes were updated throughout to create an exciting and rich palette without distracting from the room’s purpose. There is still plenty of space for the family to hang out and play.

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Topics: Project Spotlight, Lower Level

Tile Trends in the Bathroom

Posted by Christina Temple on Tue, Jul 28, 2015

There might not be any surface treatment better suited to the wet environment of the bathroom than tile. With a huge amount of styles, colors, materials and installation options, tile makes a good backdrop as well as a focal point. In a bathroom, your choice of tile can have a bigger impact than in a larger space like a kitchen, so it's important to consider all the options available within your budget and style. Here are some of the key planning considerations for bathroom tile:

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Bathrooms

6 Hard-Working Kitchen Islands

Posted by Connie Hampton, CKD on Tue, Jul 21, 2015

The inclusion of an island can bring a lot of value and function to the kitchen. Adding counter space is the primary function of any island, large or small, but sometimes the island needs to do much more than that. Hard-working islands need to earn their keep by offering more than just a work surface. Here are six great examples of kitchen island designs that are the workhorses of their kitchens.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens

Project Spotlight: Bedroom Addition for a Growing Family

Posted by Steve Hendy on Tue, Jul 7, 2015

Children can only share a room for so long. For this family of six, the time had come to carve out a new space for their son. The existing unique roof line provided the inspiration for a dormer-like addition over the study. Even with the single room addition, this project brought a number of individual challenges. The most important of these being to maintain the family’s routine by leaving the existing surrounding home as intact as possible. This project was a 2013 NARI Contractor of the Year Local Winner in the Residential Addition category.

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Topics: Project Spotlight

3 Types of Decorative Kitchen Task Lighting

Posted by Connie Hampton, CKD on Tue, Jun 30, 2015

Functional kitchens require a fair amount of lighting, the most important of which is task lighting. Light directed toward food prep, cooking, eating, and cleaning areas provides for a safer environment, but in general just makes it easier to see what it is you're doing. Task lighting can be achieved in a variety of ways, but in some instances, a decorative light fixture can do the trick. Here are the 3 types of decorative fixtures we see most often.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens, Lighting

7 Ceiling Ideas for All Types of Projects

Posted by Neal R. Hendy on Tue, Jun 23, 2015

Ceilings are an often neglected component in home remodeling and design. Sure there's nothing wrong with a nice flat expanse overhead, but it's nice to know that you do have some ceiling options. The first important step to determining if a unique or special ceiling is feasible for your project is to make sure your home is structurally capable of accomplishing it. If the ideas below have got you thinking about your ceiling, we recommend setting up an appointment for a consultation to speak with a professional. If you're still looking for inspiration after reading this post, follow Neal's on Pinterest, and check out our Ceiling Inspiration board.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas

Get Your Home Ready for Summer With a Mini-Inspection

Posted by Eric Hertzfeld on Tue, Jun 16, 2015

Summer officially begins on June 21 this year- this coming Sunday. This week is your last opportunity to get your home ready for enjoying and surviving the hottest months. We've got you covered, though. Keep reading for our Summer Home Maintenance Checklist.

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