Neal's Home Remodeling and Design Blog

Tile Trends in the Bathroom

Posted by Christina Temple on Tue, Jul 28, 2015

There might not be any surface treatment better suited to the wet environment of the bathroom than tile. With a huge amount of styles, colors, materials and installation options, tile makes a good backdrop as well as a focal point. In a bathroom, your choice of tile can have a bigger impact than in a larger space like a kitchen, so it's important to consider all the options available within your budget and style. Here are some of the key planning considerations for bathroom tile:

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Bathrooms

6 Hard-Working Kitchen Islands

Posted by Connie Hampton, CKD on Tue, Jul 21, 2015

The inclusion of an island can bring a lot of value and function to the kitchen. Adding counter space is the primary function of any island, large or small, but sometimes the island needs to do much more than that. Hard-working islands need to earn their keep by offering more than just a work surface. Here are six great examples of kitchen island designs that are the workhorses of their kitchens.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens

Project Spotlight: Bedroom Addition for a Growing Family

Posted by Steve Hendy on Tue, Jul 7, 2015

Children can only share a room for so long. For this family of six, the time had come to carve out a new space for their son. The existing unique roof line provided the inspiration for a dormer-like addition over the study. Even with the single room addition, this project brought a number of individual challenges. The most important of these being to maintain the family’s routine by leaving the existing surrounding home as intact as possible. This project was a 2013 NARI Contractor of the Year Local Winner in the Residential Addition category.

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Topics: Project Spotlight

3 Types of Decorative Kitchen Task Lighting

Posted by Connie Hampton, CKD on Tue, Jun 30, 2015

Functional kitchens require a fair amount of lighting, the most important of which is task lighting. Light directed toward food prep, cooking, eating, and cleaning areas provides for a safer environment, but in general just makes it easier to see what it is you're doing. Task lighting can be achieved in a variety of ways, but in some instances, a decorative light fixture can do the trick. Here are the 3 types of decorative fixtures we see most often.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens, Lighting

7 Ceiling Ideas for All Types of Projects

Posted by Neal R. Hendy on Tue, Jun 23, 2015

Ceilings are an often neglected component in home remodeling and design. Sure there's nothing wrong with a nice flat expanse overhead, but it's nice to know that you do have some ceiling options. The first important step to determining if a unique or special ceiling is feasible for your project is to make sure your home is structurally capable of accomplishing it. If the ideas below have got you thinking about your ceiling, we recommend setting up an appointment for a consultation to speak with a professional. If you're still looking for inspiration after reading this post, follow Neal's on Pinterest, and check out our Ceiling Inspiration board.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas

Get Your Home Ready for Summer With a Mini-Inspection

Posted by Eric Hertzfeld on Tue, Jun 16, 2015

Summer officially begins on June 21 this year- this coming Sunday. This week is your last opportunity to get your home ready for enjoying and surviving the hottest months. We've got you covered, though. Keep reading for our Summer Home Maintenance Checklist.

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How to Add Glamour to the Bathroom

Posted by Cyndi Kohler on Tue, Jun 9, 2015

Designers use a handful of simple techniques to add glamourous sparkle, drama, and class to a space. Typically associated with the decadent 1940's Hollywood scene, glamour is perfectly suited to the bathroom. Keep reading to learn these designer techniques. For even more inspiration, follow Neal's on Pinterest and check out our Glamour in the Bathroom board.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Bathrooms

Project Spotlight: Spacious Master Bath Remodel

Posted by Neal R. Hendy on Tue, Jun 2, 2015

With more than enough room, this master bath had the potential to be a showpiece space with luxury to spare. Upon living in the home, however, the existing space did not live up to our client’s original expectations. With inexpensive and now out-of-date materials throughout, and a disregard for the scale of the room, the master bath was less than ideal as the dream bath the homeowners desired. The remodel’s goals were to reevaluate the space usage and floor plan, better integrate the larger scale of the room into the design, and inject updated style into the space with timeless material choices, better suited to the luxurious and elegant bath the room could be for our client.

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Topics: Project Spotlight

Asian-Influenced Design

Posted by Cyndi Kohler on Tue, May 26, 2015

There's a lot to like about Asian design, so it makes sense that home interiors across the globe often look to oriental cultures for inspiration and influence. As with any specific style, Asian design can be achieved with a handful of key elements. For the greatest impact, these elements should be implemented in the construction and finishing of the space, rather than just decor. Here are 4 ways to achieve Asian-influenced design in your project.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Bathrooms, Kitchens

Transform Your Backyard Into a Party Space

Posted by Eric Hertzfeld on Tue, May 19, 2015

Grill-out, barbeque, picnic, or party - whatever you call it, inviting family and friends over for an afternoon or evening in the back yard is a staple of warm-weather life in Cincinnati. In many cases, these types of gatherings are casual and laid-back affairs, but that doesn't mean they aren't worthy of entertainment spaces designed to accommodate them. We've combed through our gallery of past projects, and have come up with several ideas for converting your backyard into the party space of your dreams.

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Topics: Outdoor Living, Design Trends and Ideas

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