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    What to Include in a Family Communication Center

    Posted by Christina Temple on Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    Unless you were born with the ability to remember every single detail about the schedules, committments and needs of each member of your family, the chances are high that you rely on shared calendars, and any number of other organizational tools to keep it all straight. These days, mobile apps go a long way to assisting us with the task of keeping up with the family, but there are plenty of bits and pieces in the physical world that should be tracked, displayed, or exchanged. This is the usefulness of a Family Communication Center in your home. The communication center or kitchen desk is a single dropping-point for all the various things your family needs to know and remember as you each go about your daily lives.

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    Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens, Storage

    The Newest Home Design Trend: Reclaimed Wood

    Posted by Mike Hendy on Tue, Nov 17, 2015

    The age and character of an old piece of wood is like it's own piece of art. Adding reclaimed wood to your home is a style statement, and has become a trend in recent years. A browse through Houzz for reclaimed wood photos provides hundreds of clever and beautiful installations. Reclaimed wood is a huge category, from raw beams and boards to old architectural pieces, so there are plenty of options for just about every project you have in mind. Before jumping on this design trend, however, there are some considerations surrounding the choice to include used wood in your home.

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    Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Home Remodeling

    7 Ways to Make Your Kitchen Holiday Party-Ready

    Posted by Cyndi Kohler on Tue, Nov 10, 2015

    Time and again we see that the kitchen is the heart of the home. So as we near the holiday party season, you may be looking at your kitchen and wondering how it can work better when you're the host. Entertaining comes with its own set of challenges and needs, and if you have guests over often, it may be worth while to adjust the form and function of your kitchen to account for a crowd rather than simply for your immediate family. The seven ideas below are some great things to consider.

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    Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens

    Project Spotlight: A Black & White Traditional Kitchen

    Posted by Steve Hendy on Tue, Nov 3, 2015

    Over time, things stopped working in this kitchen. First, there were small inconveniences in the layout and inefficiencies in the work triangle. Then the cabinets started to fall apart. Eventually, it became difficult to keep up with the maintenance – too many little things. Until the oven stopped working. That was the last straw. This kitchen remodel was faced with the task of tackling a wish list compiled from over a decade of dealing with a dysfunctional space. Read on to find out how we did it.

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    Topics: Project Spotlight, Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens

    Adding Farmhouse Style to Your Home

    Posted by Connie Hampton, CKD on Tue, Oct 27, 2015

    The term "farmhouse style" is a loose phrase that encompasses a collection of design principals rather than a strict list of must-haves. A handful of more distinctive styles fall under the umbrella of "farmhouse", so it's easy to either follow one style or to grab components of several and still have your project result in a cohesive space. Keep reading for a look at some of the key style points behind a successful farmhouse look in your own home.

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    Topics: Kitchens

    Using Houzz for Your Next Home Project

    Posted by Leanne Matthews on Tue, Oct 13, 2015

    Renovations, of any scope or variety, require creativity, communication and planning, most often involving several people at once. There are a lot of tools out there to help you with this, but when you're just starting out with your project, there are few tools better than Houzz. If you aren't familiar with it yet, Houzz is the world's leading home renovation platform. It's a social-style network where homeowners and professionals can gather to share inspiration, have discussions about specific issues, and collaborate on projects. Unlike other sites like Facebook or Pinterest, Houzz is specifically geared to you the homeowner and your journey as you improve your home.

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    Topics: Design Trends and Ideas

    Project Spotlight: A Rustic Lodge Room Addition

    Posted by Alan Hendy on Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    With a large extended family and a penchant for entertaining, the clients felt limited with their relatively small, screened-in porch. They desired a larger space for the wide variety of family gatherings and entertaining they enjoy. The completed project included a spacious all-season room addition and an outdoor patio great for entertaining as well as daily usage. This project was recognized as a 2010 Local & Regional Winner in the NARI Contractor of the Year Residential Addition category.

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    Topics: Project Spotlight, Additions

    The Five Changes That Will Transform Your Kitchen

    Posted by Connie Hampton, CKD on Tue, Sep 29, 2015

    Most kitchen remodels rely on changes to any combination of 5 primary categories. Updates, large or small, to any one of these areas offer the potential to refresh the kitchen, making it good-to-go for the next ten years. Whether you're making changes to these items as part of a larger kitchen renovation in which you are also changing the floor plan, or you're looking to make the space a bit more up-to-date without going into full-blown construction, these changes can go a long way.

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    Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens, Lighting, Countertops

    8 Must-Have Kitchen Storage Accessories

    Posted by Cyndi Kohler on Tue, Sep 22, 2015

    A functional kitchen is more that just one with a working layout and useful appliances. The modern concept of function also includes a wide variety of accessories installed behind cabinet and drawer doors to increase the kitchen's storage abilities. Long gone are the days when organizing your kitchen tools relies on make-shift custom solutions. We've compiled a list of the eight functional cabinet accessories we include in our remodels most often.

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    Topics: Kitchens, Storage

    5 Questions to Ask Before Creating a Home Gym

    Posted by Steve Hendy on Tue, Sep 15, 2015

    When planning for the inclusion of a gym in your home, there are some very important questions to ask to ensure that you create a space that is well-suited to your workout needs. While any space in the home can be set up for exercise, getting the details right can make a big difference in the success of your personal exercise goals.

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    Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Lower Level, Design-Build

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