Neal's Home Remodeling and Design Blog

Ideas for Kitchen Hoods

Posted by Cyndi Kohler on Tue, Jan 20, 2015

A fun way to add character to your kitchen is with a kitchen hood. Whether you want to disguise it or make it a focal point, there is a way to perfectly transform your kitchen using a hood. Here are some ideas for both contemporary and traditional designed kitchens.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens

Hottest Interior Colors of the Year: 2015

Posted by Connie Hampton, CKD on Tue, Jan 13, 2015

Changing up the interior room color in your home is a great way to bright up the walls and bring a much needed light to the dreary feel of winter. Choosing colors selected by the interiors and paint industry is also an easy way to add designer style without a huge commitment. The interior colors for 2015 trends lend themselves extremely well to the long term, so while the hottest interior colors may be “hot picks” now, there’s bound to be one or two that look and feel timeless to you.

Marsala, color power-house Pantone’s pick for 2015 Color of the Year, is a deep wine hue with heavy brown undertones that manages to be a neutral color while still being sophisticated and bold. Pantone calls it “complex and full-bodied” without being overpowering, and we’d have to agree. In fact, we’ve seen a recent interest in these types of heavy browns in our remodeling projects.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Room Colors

Project Spotlight: Old-World Kitchen

Posted by Alan Hendy on Tue, Jan 6, 2015

While relatively spacious, the original area in this Project Spotlight did not allow for much ease and flow when entertaining, especially near the island area. The clients desired a more open space that combined the kitchen and dining room, more natural light, and attention to carpentry details. The result is a new kitchen with a dramatic old-world quality.

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Topics: Project Spotlight, Kitchens

Our Most Popular Kitchen and Bath Design Blog Posts in 2014

Posted by Eric Hertzfeld on Tue, Dec 30, 2014

"Best of" lists are an end-of-year tradition. We look back at the year that has been to help us see a possible direction for the year yet to be. For our part in this New Year's tradition, we'd like to take a moment to look at the 5 blog posts we've shared here that you found the most helpful or relevent in your journeys to remodel your homes.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Bathrooms, Walk-In Showers, Universal Design, Kitchens, Storage, Room Colors

Dream Remodeling Projects Become Reality

Posted by Neal R. Hendy on Tue, Dec 23, 2014

We all have dreams for remodeling our homes. Whether it’s just repurposing a room, taking advantage of otherwise wasted space, or starting from scratch and redoing an entire floor, the possibilities of remodeling are endless. Which is perfect when you have something very specific in mind, like in the case of these four "dream room" projects.

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Topics: Project Spotlight, Home Remodeling

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

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