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Smart Technology for Your Home

Posted by Steve Hendy on Tue, May 24, 2016

We might still be a few decades away from the types of high-tech, futuristic home technology portrayed in the movies these days, but the smart home concept has certainly come into its own in the past few years. With "always-on" mobile technology already helping us organize our time and entertain ourselves, it makes sense that we should look to our homes to provide the same kind of on-demand possibilities. But what exactly is a "smart home", and how can it make our lives better? Keep reading for a look at the three primary areas that modern smart technology is improving the home experience.

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6 Before & After Bath Transformations

Posted by Michael Henson on Tue, May 17, 2016

One of the best parts about remodeling your home is the opportunity to reflect on the changes you made by comparing before and after photos. When it comes to bathrooms, which typically look radically different with even minor changes, the differences between what it used to look like and what you changed it to can look like completely different homes. We've looked through our library of images and found 6 Before and After bathroom transformations that show just how much a bath can be changed.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Bathrooms

5 Classic Kitchen Tile Ideas that Last

Posted by Connie Hampton, CKD on Tue, May 10, 2016

The mark of a successful kitchen remodel is that it stands the test of time, and doesn't feel dated inside of 15 years. There are many facets to a kitchen's design that contribute to this, but one area that can make or break the kitchen's style longevity is the backsplash. There is a time and place for trendy tile installations, and when installed with long-term appeal in mind, they can still feel on-point a decade later. That isn't for everyone, however, nor every home. Instead, consider these five tile design ideas that can feel contemporary and trendy, but are still classic backsplash solutions.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens

Project Spotlight: A Kitchen Addition Adds Much Needed Space

Posted by Neal R. Hendy on Tue, May 3, 2016

For this West Chester, OH project, the homeowners were looking for a seamless addition to the back of their home to increase the square footage in their kitchen and laundry room. The primary purpose was to provide more space for entertaining in the kitchen, and to improve function and space in the laundry room. The project also provided a chance to update and improve finishes in the kitchen. The resulting addition is a 2013 NARI Contractor of the Year Residential Addition Winner.

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Topics: Project Spotlight, Kitchens, Additions

Newest Trends in Wall Treaments

Posted by Eric Hertzfeld on Tue, Apr 26, 2016

An easy way to update the look of any room in your home is to refresh the look of the walls. Even a simple change of color can make a room feel like a whole new space. The options for wall treatments have been around for a long time which means that they keep getting technically better, or easier to install. So if it's been a while since you've taken a look at how to finished your interior walls, now is a great time to look again.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Room Colors

Tile or Hardwood in the Kitchen?

Posted by Christina Temple on Tue, Apr 19, 2016

Assuming that you're not particularly interested in keeping that linoleum tile your 1970's forebears installed in your kitchen, the choice between tile and hardwood is probably on your mind as you plan your kitchen remodel. With good reason, since both tile and hardwood bring a lot to the table in terms of style and function. There are pros and cons to both, and certainly examples of each to be inspired by. The ultimate choice, therefore, doesn't come down to "which is best", but "which is right for me and my home". So to help you answer that, here are a few of the major considerations of each for you to compare.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens, Flooring

Home Exterior Lighting Ideas

Posted by Alan Hendy on Tue, Apr 12, 2016

Chances are good that when you dream about your home's ideal exterior, you aren't automatically thinking about lighting. It's not the most glamorous aspect, especially next to new landscaping and beautiful outdoor living spaces. When the sun goes down, however, without lighting on the outside of your home, all those wonderful exterior spaces (and all that effort to improve them) are lost to the darkness.

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Topics: Outdoor Living, Lighting

Project Spotlight: Covered Backyard Porch

Posted by Neal R. Hendy on Tue, Apr 5, 2016

Almost immediately after moving into their newly-constructed house, the homeowners realized that the existing outdoor living space would not fulfill their needs. The focus of this remodel was to enlarge the existing space without completely starting over, as well as to correct some of the existing functionality issues. The new expanded porch offers lots of comfortable space for the family and looks as if it had been part of the original construction. This project is a 2016 NARI Contractor of the Year Local Residential Exterior Winner.

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Topics: Outdoor Living, Project Spotlight

3 Essential Elements in Home Bar Design

Posted by Steve Hendy on Tue, Mar 29, 2016

Having a home bar sounds like a luxury, but most homes and most budgets have the potential to include a functional bar. Home beverage and bar stations have a few key, and very basic needs which can be achieved in a number of simple or complex ways. Adding a bar to your home is a great solution for those who entertain often, or anyone who likes having a selection of liquors, wines or beers on hand. Read on for our suggestions for a well-appointed, functional home bar.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Lower Level, Storage

Planning Ahead for Your Outdoor Projects

Posted by Frank Kuhlmeier on Tue, Mar 22, 2016

Making the decision to remodel the exterior spaces around your home takes a different type of planning and patience than interior remodels. Added to budget, style and material considerations are a host of unforeseeable's and variables that, if not accounted for, can quickly delay or derail your project. Even before the first shovel goes in the ground, it's important to assess all the aspects of your outdoor project, and to ask some very critical questions.

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Topics: Outdoor Living, Design Trends and Ideas

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