Neal's Home Remodeling and Design Blog

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This month’s Project Spotlight features a home built during the 1950s with an outdated master bathroom that no longer met the homeowners’ needs.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

Outdoor Living: Creative Ideas for Enjoying Cool Days and Nights

Posted by Alan Hendy on Tue, Sep 30, 2014

The fall season is upon us. Leaves are changing color and we’re seeing changes in the gardens and landscapes of our homes. Fall is an exciting time and conjures up images of apples, pumpkins, warm food, hot beverages and, for many of us, football games. Cooler temperatures change the many ways we use outdoor living spaces. Here are several creative ideas to help you enjoy more outdoor living time during the cool days and nights that are ahead.

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Topics: Outdoor Living, Fireplaces

6 Design Elements That Define Contemporary-Style Kitchens

Posted by Cyndi Kohler on Tue, Sep 23, 2014

The beauty of contemporary-style kitchens is found in their sleek clean lines, geometric forms and function. When planning a contemporary-style kitchen, kitchen design professionals often rely on natural elements such as wood and stone, as well as manufactured materials such as stainless steel and glass, to create the contemporary-style look.  

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Topics: Kitchens

Universal Design: The New Norm in Home Product Design

Posted by Eric Hertzfeld on Tue, Sep 16, 2014

Universal Design is the new norm in home product design. More manufacturers are giving serious thought to how their products are used in homes and who is using them. They want their products to accommodate a range of users from youngsters to elders. Safety is also a primary consideration. Product designers are seeking better ways to prevent accidents with products such as stovetop pot fillers and toilet seats with a built-in nightlight.

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Topics: Bathrooms, Universal Design, Kitchens

Smart Bathroom Storage Cabinet Design Ideas

Posted by Cyndi Kohler on Tue, Sep 9, 2014

Bathrooms are often small spaces and storage is always a priority in bath design. When remodeling a bathroom, it is important to plan and to be creative with bathroom storage cabinet selections and placement. The planning process begins by making a list of all the things you want to store in your cabinets such as towels, grooming supplies and appliances, soaps, cosmetics, clothing and even cleaning supplies.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Bathrooms

Project Spotlight: A Second-Floor Master Bedroom Suite Addition

Posted by Neal R. Hendy on Tue, Sep 2, 2014

This month's Project Spotlight is a second floor master bedroom suite addition built over a garage. The addition transformed and updated the exterior of a classic raised ranch home and provided the interior space needed for a stylish and relaxing master bedroom suite with a walk-in shower and walk-in closet.

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Topics: Project Spotlight, Design-Build, Additions

8 Kitchen Pantry Cabinet and Shelf Ideas That Solve Storage Problems

Posted by Cyndi Kohler on Tue, Aug 26, 2014

One of the main objectives of a kitchen remodeling project is to create functional storage. A kitchen pantry cabinet is often high on the list of essentials when homeowners remodel their kitchen. There are many design options for pantry cabinets. You can use shelving designed expressly for contents, inserts to help optimize storage capacity, pullouts for easy access, or open shelves. The advantage of a pantry cabinet is that it is a place to organize items that you want to have at hand and keep them out of sight.

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Topics: Kitchens

Awesome Design Ideas for Walk-in Showers Without Doors

Posted by Michael Henson on Tue, Aug 19, 2014

Homeowners are discovering the convenience, comfort, beauty and easy maintenance of walk-in showers without doors. It’s no wonder that walk-in showers are now one of the hottest trends in bathroom remodeling. In this article you’ll find out why.

When designing a walk-in shower without a door, there are many things to consider. First and foremost are the needs, tastes and budget of the homeowners. Second is the space that you have to work with. Then there are drainage, water containment, mechanicals, fixtures, wall and floor tile, and ventilation.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Bathrooms, Walk-In Showers

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