Neal's Home Remodeling and Design Blog

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

4 Outdoor Living Details to Consider

Posted by Eric Hertzfeld on Tue, Mar 10, 2015

Turning your yard into an outdoor living space can bring both large and small changes. The large changes are what get the most attention and usually set the tone for the new exterior space. Pavilions, decks, patios and porches are all major additions to any home. Beyond these larger items, however, are a hundred details that make them work and make them yours. Based on the outdoor projects we have under our belt, here's four details we think you should consider.

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Topics: Outdoor Living, Design Trends and Ideas

Project Spotlight: A Private Retreat

Posted by Alan Hendy on Tue, Mar 3, 2015

A narrow, sloped swath between the brick home and a rustic forested area made up the whole of the homeowner’s back yard. While they loved the open view, they also desired to improve the livability of the area by introducing a covered structure for year-round outdoor living. The project offered a number of challenges, but for the homeowners, maintaining their view, improving their privacy, and creating a comfortable space were the goals that mattered the most.

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Topics: Outdoor Living, Project Spotlight

The Best Kitchen Design Trends for 2015

Posted by Connie Hampton, CKD on Tue, Feb 24, 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 kitchen.

KBIS Picks for the Top Kitchen 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 Show: Tech Top Wireless Charging Surface - Bring wireless technology into your kitchen with LG's new Charging Surfaces. With the charging base embedded into the countertop surface, you will be able to charge your LG phone without being restricted by outlets or cords and you won't be giving up any valuable counter space. It's as simple as putting down your phone.
  • Best of Kitchen (Gold Medal): Brizo Articulating Faucet - A streamlined design that is inspired by the classic architect's lamp, this faucet is created to make the most of function and style. The structure itself is able to move in the standard side-to-side motion, but the height can also be adjusted. The stylish faucet also features a detachable spray wand to allow full range of motion in the sink.
  • Best of Kitchen (Silver Medal): Brondell Integrated Faucets – If you've been getting your drinking water somewhere other than your tap, then Brondell has your solution. Brondell has released their line of Integrated Faucets that will dispense filtered drinking water as well as your normal tap water from a single device. Best of all, they can be installed in your existing faucet space. You won't have to drill any holes or rely on your refrigerator for pure drinking water; it's all here in one faucet at your kitchen sink.
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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens, Countertops

Soaker Tub Style Options For Your Luxury Bath

Posted by Michael Henson on Tue, Feb 17, 2015

It’s not merely a blast from the past- soaker tubs are coming back into style. They create a luxurious experience that has a design to fit every style from traditional to the most modern. If your dream is to incorporate a soaker tub into your bathroom redesign, you can find the one that’s just right for you here.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Bathrooms

Universal Design [Free Guide]

Posted by Neal R. Hendy on Tue, Feb 10, 2015

Over the course of a lifetime we change and so do our homes. Our homes reflect our lifestyles. There are times when we have active lifestyles and times when we slow down. “Universal Design” is a concept that has been promoted to make homes more livable for a lifetime of use.

Universal Design features are subtle and stylish. You would never know that a house is purposely designed for use by anyone, at any age and with any ability. Many of these features add both function and value to a home. We are seeing a growing trend in the home building and remodeling industry where Universal Design principles and products are being used more frequently in project planning.

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Topics: Bathrooms, Universal Design, Kitchens

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