Neal's Home Remodeling and Design Blog

6 Tips for Creating a Functional Laundry Room

Posted by Cyndi Kohler on Tue, Aug 15, 2017

Updated 8/14/17 | Original Post 9/18/2012

Laundry is one of the essential chores we all do, and a well-designed laundry room is an asset in any home. In the past, the basements seemed to be the perfect spot to hook up a washer and dryer. The mechanical considerations were easily handled, but the inconvenience of dragging everything downstairs (and back up again) never quite made those considerations feel worth it. Today, homeowners are creating laundry spaces that better meet their needs on any floor of their home. Careful planning, prioritizing efficiency, and regular maintenance now allow for many more possibilities. Here are 6 tips for designing a functional laundry room.

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Topics: Laundry Rooms, Lighting, Storage

The Basics of Kitchen Cabinets

Posted by Connie Hampton, CKD on Tue, Aug 8, 2017

Updated: 8/8/17 | Original Post: 11/6/2012

Selecting cabinets is one of the most important steps in planning a kitchen remodeling project. There are many products on the market with a wide variety of features and prices. Before choosing kitchen cabinets, it’s important to understand the basics of kitchen cabinets, how cabinets are made and the options available to you. Here are the four basics to get you started. Read More

Topics: Kitchens

Project Spotlight: Lower Level Remodel for Entertaining

Posted by Leanne Matthews on Tue, Aug 1, 2017

The existing lower level in this Indian Hill home was a mix of odd rooms with vague purposes, including outdated materials throughout. This remodeling project focused on pulling these spaces together to form a cohesive space that offered different types of areas to handle a range of hosting options. The lower level remodel also focused on aesthetic choices that would update the look of the lower level, and tie it into the style of the rest of the home. The resulting transformation is a 2017 Local and Regional NARI Contractor of the Year Residential Interior Winner.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Lower Level

6 Trends in Kitchen Flooring

Posted by Christina Temple on Tue, Jul 25, 2017

Trends in home design can be helpful for determining the current and consistent tastes of homeowners. While some trends can be very specific to style, region, or budget range, other trends can be used as a starting point for planning your home remodel. While trends in other areas, such as fashion, revolve fairly quickly, home design trends have sticking power simply due to their very nature. Trends, particularly in the "background" materials like flooring, can provide great inspiration and still not end up being a "trendy" choice in the long-run. Keep reading for six trends in kitchen flooring we've been seeing in our Greater Cincinnati projects.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens

8 Awesome Basement Remodeling Design Ideas

Posted by Alan Hendy on Tue, Jul 18, 2017

Updated: 7/11/17 | Original Post: 4/16/2013

Gone are the days of paneled walls, suspended ceilings, glaring florescent lights, remnants of linoleum and felted rugs. The basement has become an extension of the home's livable space. Homeowners now get creative with their basement remodeling by adding features that reflect their interests and lifestyles in ways that may be too difficult (or simply "too much") on the main floors of the house. If you’re looking for basement remodeling design ideas to transform your lower level into prime living space with character, here are a few we recommend considering.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Lower Level

7 Bathroom Shower Design Ideas

Posted by Michael Henson on Tue, Jul 11, 2017

More and more homeowners are choosing to forgo the traditional large tub and small shower combination in their master bathroom for a setup that better matches their fast-paced lifestyle. In many cases, this means giving more attention to the shower design for an experience that is as relaxing as it is efficient. While the idea behind this bathroom modification is to get in and out and on your way quickly, there's also a desire for the shower to be comfortable and adaptable.

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Topics: Bathrooms

Project Spotlight: Contemporary Kitchen Remodel in Older Hyde Park Home

Posted by Frank Kuhlmeier on Tue, Jul 4, 2017

This Hyde Park home was built in the 1920’s, and the kitchen had not yet undergone a major revision. Typical with older homes, the walls and floors were not level. In order to create the new kitchen, the entire space was gutted and rebuilt. Shifting the floor plan around in this kitchen remodel was the key to gaining a better traffic flow and more space in general. After that, the kitchen was given a face lift with modern selections. The new contemporary kitchen remodel is now an impressively functional space in addition to being beautifully appointed with a contemporary touch.

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Topics: Project Spotlight, Kitchens

The 4 Basic Kitchen Floor Plan Designs

Posted by Cyndi Kohler on Tue, Jun 27, 2017

Functional kitchens are based on the relationship of the sink, cooktop and refrigerator- the three components that make the kitchen a useful space. Designers refer to this as the "working triangle". In order to create a working triangle it's important to think about the layout of the entire kitchen, and explore the possible locations for each of the three elements. What we find is that the majority of kitchens with a triangle that works out well for the space end up falling into one of four basic kitchen floor plan designs. Every home is different, so the details and exact arrangement will always be a bit unique, but starting with the basics is a great way to see the potential for your kitchen remodel. Here, we take a look at each.
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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens

4 Awesome Outdoor Kitchen Design Ideas

Posted by Steve Hendy on Tue, Jun 20, 2017

Updated 6/20/17 | Originally published 6/27/14

Summer is upon us. It’s time to shake off “cabin fever” and enjoy spending time outside in the warmer temperatures and sun. Of course, during the summer months, our idea of a great meal is one that we cook outdoors. New appliances and concepts for outdoor kitchens are changing the way we cook in our backyards. The standard grill for hotdogs and burgers is now morphing into a the ultimate outdoor gourmet experience. If you’ve thought about spending more time grilling and dining “alfresco,” we have four design ideas for creating an awesome outdoor kitchen.

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Topics: Outdoor Living, Kitchens

Remodel Projects with a View

Posted by Alan Hendy on Tue, Jun 13, 2017

The Greater Cincinnati region has several neighborhoods with scenic views. Not every home was built to capture them, however. As we've remodeled around the area, we've had the chance to maximize how much a home takes advantage of the landscape around them. Here are a few photos and design ideas of our favorite remodel projects with a view.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Additions