Neal's Home Remodeling and Design Blog

10 Smart Walk-in Closet Design Ideas

Posted by Mike Hendy on Tue, Dec 16, 2014

Think of your walk-in closet as a small personal room. You want it to be efficient and match your personal style and needs. This is why design is so important.

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Topics: Storage

Project Spotlight: Japanese-Inspired Contemporary Bathroom

Posted by Frank Kuhlmeier on Tue, Dec 9, 2014

This Project Spotlight master bathroom had the advantage of size, but excelled at little else. The original space felt dark, dreary and dated. The shower was difficult to keep clean, and the whole space needed an injection of style and function. The solution came in seeing the space transformed into a contemporary bathroom inspired by the fusion of modern and traditional Japanese design.

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Topics: Project Spotlight, Bathrooms

4 Wine Storage Ideas

Posted by Frank Kuhlmeier on Tue, Dec 2, 2014

There are many great, functional ways to store and display your wine.  Wine storage ideas range from stand-alone temperature controlled units to convenient sliding cabinet storage. We’ve provided some ideas that Cincinnati locals have used in their own homes to inspire you.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Lower Level, Kitchens

Project Spotlight: Updated 1910's Kitchen

Posted by Neal R. Hendy on Tue, Nov 25, 2014

Housed in a stunning 1910 brick 2-story, this Project Spotlight kitchen had meticulously-detailed woodwork, but was last remodeled in the 1970’s. The existing kitchen design provided unique details that the homeowner enjoyed, but it was time for an update. Of the items to keep, a copper range hood and wood coffered ceiling were first on the list. The challenge? Maintain the character of these details while reviving and renewing the balance of the kitchen space.

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Topics: Project Spotlight, Kitchens

Built-in Bookcases That Add Style and Function

Posted by Steve Hendy on Tue, Nov 18, 2014

Built-in bookcases can be installed in any room of a home where handy storage is needed and can be customized for both fit and function. A bookcase recessed into a wall will optimize both storage and floor space. Custom bookcases can be installed directly onto a wall or be designed as a piece of furniture to serve as a focal point in a room. Bookcases can unify other elements in a room such as a fireplace or media equipment.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas

5 Design Elements That Define Transitional-Style Kitchens

Posted by Cyndi Kohler on Tue, Nov 11, 2014

Transitional design mixes both traditional and contemporary elements. The mix may vary but there are five design elements that generally define the style of Transitional kitchens. These elements include cabinets, wall color, tile, stainless steel and stone and geometric forms used in counters, lighting, accents or furnishings. Here are some examples that show how these design elements define a Transitional-style kitchen.

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Topics: Kitchens

Fireplace Design Ideas for Any Room

Posted by Mike Hendy on Tue, Nov 4, 2014

Today, a fireplace can be added to almost any room of the house where you want warmth, comfort and ambience. Wood, gas or electric fueled fireplaces are versatile in size and structure and can make a design statement. Here are several fireplace design ideas from our portfolio of remodeling projects for homeowners in the Greater Cincinnati area.

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Topics: Fireplaces

6 Hot New Products for Master Baths

Posted by Michael Henson on Tue, Oct 28, 2014

Bath designers are always excited when new products are introduced to the market. This year, we are amazed by the beauty, durability and functionality of glass, wood patterned porcelain tile, frameless cabinets and engineered stone quartz products. Other hot new products for master baths include eco-friendly toilets and steam showers.

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Topics: Bathrooms, Walk-In Showers

6 Design Elements That Define Traditional-Style Kitchens

Posted by Connie Hampton, CKD on Tue, Oct 21, 2014

Traditional-style kitchens are sophisticated and classic. Traditional design incorporates architectural features from the European Old World countries, Mexico and colonial America. Elegant craftsmanship, embellishments and refined details are important. If you love the look of a traditional home, here are six design elements to consider in planning a kitchen remodeling project.

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Topics: Kitchens

Project Spotlight: Master Bath With a Walk-in Shower

Posted by Neal R. Hendy on Tue, Oct 7, 2014

This month’s Project Spotlight features a home built during the 1950s with an outdated master bathroom that no longer met the homeowners’ needs. The existing space was modified to include a walk-in shower and more efficient storage. The space was also made to feel larger by removing soffits. New cabinets, a redesigned vanity, complementing tile patterns and task lighting transform the room into an exquisite and functional master bath with a walk-in shower.

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Topics: Project Spotlight, Bathrooms

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