Neal's Home Remodeling and Design Blog

Asian-Influenced Design

Posted by Cyndi Kohler on Tue, May 26, 2015

There's a lot to like about Asian design, so it makes sense that home interiors across the globe often look to oriental cultures for inspiration and influence. As with any specific style, Asian design can be achieved with a handful of key elements. For the greatest impact, these elements should be implemented in the construction and finishing of the space, rather than just decor. Here are 4 ways to achieve Asian-influenced design in your project.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Bathrooms, Kitchens

Transform Your Backyard Into a Party Space

Posted by Eric Hertzfeld on Tue, May 19, 2015

Grill-out, barbeque, picnic, or party - whatever you call it, inviting family and friends over for an afternoon or evening in the back yard is a staple of warm-weather life in Cincinnati. In many cases, these types of gatherings are casual and laid-back affairs, but that doesn't mean they aren't worthy of entertainment spaces designed to accommodate them. We've combed through our gallery of past projects, and have come up with several ideas for converting your backyard into the party space of your dreams.

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Topics: Outdoor Living, Design Trends and Ideas

2015 Designer Trends in Bars, Entertainment & Dining Room Displays

Posted by Alan Hendy on Tue, May 12, 2015

In 2015 while visiting The Merchandise Mart in Chicago, our designers have taken note of three exciting trends they believe are worth keeping an eye on. While these trends all fall under the category of "cabinetry", their applications extend into more than just a row of cupboards in the kitchen. Bar design, living room entertainment centers, dining room display, and more, are all areas of the home that these new designer trends might find a place.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Home Remodeling, Kitchens, Lighting, Storage

Project Spotlight: Casual Cottage Kitchen Remodel

Posted by Frank Kuhlmeier on Tue, May 5, 2015

High on the list of priorities for this 1800’s cottage-style home was a cozier kitchen with the feeling that the space had been added to over time. Furniture-style details and a carefully curated selection of colors and finishes create a casual living space with all the comforts of a modern kitchen.

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Topics: Project Spotlight, Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens

6 Common Hard-Surface Flooring Materials

Posted by Steve Hendy on Tue, Apr 28, 2015

With all the other choices presented to you for a home remodel, flooring can sometimes take a back seat. However, the choice of material at your feet can have a dramatic impact on a room and the success of other improvements you make. There are several choices for flooring materials available on the market, some tried-and-true and others a bit edgy and new. Whatever you’re aiming for in your project, here are the basics on 6 common hard-surface flooring materials.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Flooring

3 Things to Consider When Choosing Kitchen Cabinet Doors

Posted by Connie Hampton, CKD on Tue, Apr 14, 2015

The style of cabinet door used in your kitchen is unquestionably the most important design feature. Door style and color set the tone for the space, and provide the backdrop to the unique elements that make one kitchen different from the next. Cabinet doors, drawer fronts, and appliance panels create the core of the kitchen’s visual look. With all the options for the form and style of the door, color and finish, and extra details, it’s easy to be overwhelmed. To help you stay on track, we’ve outlined the three key points to consider when selecting cabinet doors that suit you, your home, and your needs.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens

Project Spotlight: Tuscan-Inspired Kitchen Remodel

Posted by Frank Kuhlmeier on Tue, Apr 7, 2015

For this Tuscan-inspired space functionality was the top priority, but Neal's Designer Connie Hampton, CKD, was challenged to create function without sacrifying aesthetics. The result is a beautiful space that works naturally with the homeowners habits and needs. This kitchen took home second place in the Southern Ohio/Kentucky chapter of the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s (NKBA) Kitchen Design Competition.

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Topics: Project Spotlight, Kitchens

Islands and Peninsulas in the Kitchen

Posted by Cyndi Kohler on Tue, Mar 31, 2015

The addition of an island or peninsula to your kitchen is a great way to maximize space. Additional storage space, work surface, and space for seating are all welcome enhancements that can come with the inclusion of either feature. The possibilities for design, function and layout are nearly endless, including the potential for universal design considerations, making it easy to find an island or peninsula that perfectly suits your needs.

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Backsplash Design Options for Your New Kitchen

Posted by Connie Hampton, CKD on Tue, Mar 24, 2015

The backsplash brings out the personality of a kitchen. Choosing a backsplash for your kitchen is a great way to show off your style. Backsplash styles and materials range from sweet and simple to elegant and elaborate to coordinate with your lifestyle. It can naturally tie a design together or become a stunning focal point. If you need help narrowing down some tile design ideas, or just with finding a place to start, keep reading.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens

The Best Bathroom Design Trends for 2015

Posted by Michael Henson on Tue, Mar 17, 2015

The newest and best design trends coming in 2015 were recently debuted at the annual Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS). For over 50 years, KBIS has showcased the latest industry products, trends and technologies. We’ve picked some of our favorite products from this year’s show for you to consider for your bathroom.

KBIS Picks for the Top Bath Products of 2015

The KBIS organizers select a series of the "best" products at the show as standards in the industry for the coming year. Winners were selected based on functionality, quality & durability, flexibility, aesthetics & style, and innovation.

  • Best of Baths (Gold Medal): Inspired by men’s tailoring patterns, Walker Zanger presents their Sterling Row designs for the bathroom. The wood-finish ceramic comes in eight different designs including Houndstooth, Oxford and Tuxedo. With black, white and grey tones, create a sleek and masculine finish that can be utilized on floors or walls.
  • Best of Baths (Silver Medal): Sleek lines, industrial details, and streamlined details combine in this Michael Berman Graceline C-Spout Widespread Lavatory Faucet from ROHL. Thumb notches are featured on the dial or lever shaped handles and the faucet curves gracefully and adds a touch of elegance to your bathroom.
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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Bathrooms

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