Neal's Home Remodeling and Design Blog

    Project Spotlight: Rustic Pub Room Remodel

    Posted by Mike Hendy on Tue, Feb 2, 2016

    The homeowners were looking for a pub-inspired room, with casual, rustic finishes. They desired a space in which “peanut shells could fall on the floor, and they wouldn’t look out of place.” They wanted the room to feel masculine, and were looking to create a unique space within the home. A room at the corner of their home, originally an office space with no character, was the candidate for the transformation. They also wanted to convert the low ceiling to something with a grander design in keeping with the architecture of the house and the look they hoped to achieve in the new space. This project is a National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) 2016 Local & Regional Contractor of the Year Residential Interior Winner.

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    Topics: Project Spotlight, Design Trends and Ideas, Additions

    What Exactly Is Design-Build Remodeling?

    Posted by Steve Hendy on Tue, Jan 26, 2016

    If you’re thinking about a home remodeling project you may want to consider the advantages of using a design-build remodeling contractor.

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    Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Home Remodeling, Hiring a Contractor, Design-Build

    4 Design Options for Walk-in Showers

    Posted by Michael Henson on Tue, Jan 19, 2016

    A walk-in shower is one of the most popular choices for bathroom remodels. Walk-in showers are attractive, easy to clean and can be customized for safety, comfort and use. They can be designed to fit almost any bathroom space, and can be designed to complement a separate soaking tub. When it comes to walk-in shower design, there are four fundamental design options to consider. We'll take a look at each.

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

    The Hottest Interior Colors for 2016: Mixing Neutrals

    Posted by Connie Hampton, CKD on Tue, Jan 12, 2016

    Take a stroll through an internet search for "2016 Paint Color Trends" and you'll discover a fairly mixed bag. Color giant Pantone selected the pair of pastels, Serenity and Rose Quartz, for the 2016 Colors of the Year, but leading paint manufacturers like Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams are leaning even further to the neutral end of things by highlighting off-whites as this year's trending paint color. While it's true that we've seen a rise in white backdrops on our Pinterest home design image searches, we've noticed an even greater interest in the mixing of neutral colors in the homes we've had the pleasure of working on for several years now. It's a trend mentioned on Houzz that seems to be gaining more momentum into 2016.

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    Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Room Colors

    Project Spotlight: A Romantic Oriental-Inspired Master Bath

    Posted by Michael Henson on Tue, Jan 5, 2016

    Originally, this master bathroom was tucked away past a small foyer-like space just off the master bedroom. The narrow bathroom beyond had a practical layout, but lacked style and felt like a closet. The main goal of this remodel was to create a unique space by combining the two spaces into a single room, increasing storage and usability.

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    Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Bathrooms, Universal Design

    Our Most Popular Kitchen and Bath Design Blog Posts in 2015

    Posted by Eric Hertzfeld on Tue, Dec 29, 2015

    "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 relevant in your journeys to remodel your homes.

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    Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Bathrooms, Kitchens, Lighting, Room Colors, Countertops

    How to Plan a Kitchen Remodeling Project (Free Guide)

    Posted by Neal R. Hendy on Tue, Dec 22, 2015


    Over the years we have worked with thousands of homeowners in designing and remodeling kitchens. We understand that a kitchen is the heart of the home. It is the place not only for meals, but it’s also the place where family and guests tend to gather to enjoy each other’s company and conversation. Since kitchens hold such a place of honor in the home, it makes sense to want them to work their best for you, your family, and your needs.

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    Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens, Cost vs. Value, Countertops

    Mixing Cabinet Colors in the Kitchen

    Posted by Connie Hampton, CKD on Tue, Dec 15, 2015

    A staple standard in kitchen design has always been to select a single cabinet color and pair it with a single countertop. When we look back over the kitchen remodels we've completed in the past two years, however, we see a trend emerging- the use of multiple cabinet door colors across the kitchen. By using two or more cabinetry colors, homeowners are also able to play with the idea of including more than one cabinet style, which gives the kitchen a more unique personality. Mixing countertop materials and colors as well creates a color story that is more complex even as all the elements mix together for a seamless look.

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    Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens

    Neal's Wins 5 Local Contractor of the Year Awards for 2016

    Posted by Leanne Matthews on Wed, Dec 9, 2015

    Project Consultant Mike Hendy and Marketing Manager Leanne Matthews accepted the awards on behalf of Neal's.

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    Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, National Kitchen and Bath Association

    Fireplace Ideas for Your Home

    Posted by Mike Hendy on Tue, Dec 8, 2015

    Today, a fireplace can be added to almost any room of the house where you want warmth, comfort and ambiance. 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: Design Trends and Ideas, Fireplaces

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