Neal's Home Remodeling and Design Blog

11 Universal Design Features That Make Bathrooms Useable for All

Posted by Connie Hampton, CKD on Tue, Jul 15, 2014

Bath design professionals always consider how a room will be used by a home’s occupants. They also take into consideration the special needs of children, large or petite adults, health or mobility issues and the needs of older adults. What may come as a surprise is that many standard bathroom products and common bathroom design elements are also considered to be universal design features that make a bathroom useable for people of different body types, ages and abilities.

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

7 Kitchen Design Details You May Not Have Thought About

Posted by Connie Hampton, CKD on Tue, Jul 8, 2014

If you’re planning to remodel your kitchen there are many details to consider. You may be thinking about the appliances, cabinets and countertops you want for the room. These are generally the most important items in a kitchen remodeling project. Then there are fixtures, tile and flooring to consider. But it’s often the small design details that add style, function and aesthetics to a kitchen.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens

Project Spotlight: A Major Home Addition

Posted by Frank Kuhlmeier on Tue, Jul 1, 2014

This month’s Project Spotlight features a major home addition for an active family of five. They enjoy the neighborhood where they live but it was time to add more space to their home. They needed an area for gathering and entertaining, and they wanted to expand the kitchen, garage and an entryway.

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Topics: Project Spotlight, Kitchens, Additions

Wall Niche Design Ideas for Displaying Artwork and Collectibles

Posted by Neal R. Hendy on Tue, Jun 24, 2014

Architectural design is important when planning a remodeling project. Structural details create expressive interiors and reflect the homeowners’ interests and lifestyles. If you enjoy the beauty of a painting or sculpture, or if your passions include collectibles, how might you display them in your home? A wall niche may provide the ideal solution.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas

6 Great Laundry Room Design Ideas

Posted by Mike Hendy on Tue, Jun 17, 2014

Most of us spend a considerable amount of time every week doing laundry. For some, it’s a daily task, especially for those with young children. If you’ve wanted to re-organize the laundry room in your home, or perhaps move the machines up from the basement to a more convenient location, we have six great remodeling design ideas for making laundry day more efficient, pleasant and less of a chore.

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Topics: Laundry Rooms

Walk-in Shower Design Ideas [Free Guide]

Posted by Michael Henson on Tue, Jun 10, 2014

One of the hottest trends in bathroom remodeling is a walk-in shower. Walk-in showers are a great option because they can be designed for almost any bathroom (the minimum space requirement is 36-by-36 inches) and customized for style and use. Walk-in showers can be built into a corner or integrated with a tub. They can have doors but also be fashioned without a door. A walk-in shower can be equipped with a variety of accessories to create a custom spa experience or meet the special needs of users.

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Topics: Bathrooms, Walk-In Showers

Project Spotlight: A Stylish Master Bath with Universal Design Features

Posted by Michael Henson on Tue, Jun 3, 2014

In the home remodeling business we strive to create beautiful, functional and safe interior environments. This is especially true of bathroom remodeling projects. Bathrooms are often small spaces with many details. Most homeowners want to add amenities or expand the size of the room, especially if the room is a master bathroom.

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Topics: Project Spotlight, Bathrooms, Walk-In Showers, Aging-in-Place, Universal Design

4 Awesome Outdoor Kitchen Design Ideas

Posted by Steve Hendy on Tue, May 27, 2014

In the Greater Cincinnati area Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer. It’s time to shake off “cabin fever” and enjoy spending time outside in mild temperatures and the sun. During summer months our idea of a great meal is one that we cook outdoors. 

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Topics: Outdoor Living, Kitchens

Covered Entryways and Front Porches: Adding Curb Appeal to Your Home

Posted by Frank Kuhlmeier on Tue, May 20, 2014

Curb appeal is important to any home. The exterior of your home sets the stage for welcoming guests and, if you’re planning to sell your home, attracting buyers. Entryways should be functional and practical. A covered entryway provides protection from the elements. A front porch can provide outdoor living space and a pleasant place to relax on warm summer evenings. 

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Topics: Outdoor Living, Design-Build

Remodeling Cost vs. Value in Cincinnati

Posted by Alan Hendy on Tue, May 13, 2014

When homeowners meet with us for an initial consultation, after they’ve taken the time to gather ideas for their remodeling project, one of the main points of discussion is cost. They want to know how much their remodeling project will cost and what would be a realistic budget for the type of project they are considering.

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Topics: Cost vs. Value

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