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Before & After Fireplaces

Posted by Eric Hertzfeld on Tue, Dec 12, 2017

Now that the weather has finally remembered that it's winter in Cincinnati, thoughts turn to cozy evenings at home. Let's face it, though; not every home has a nice fireplace to curl up next to. A fireplace remodel is one of the best ways to improve your home interior, any time of year. Keep reading for before & after fireplaces we've redone in the area.

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Topics: Fireplaces

Project Spotlight: Western Hills Lower Level Remodel

Posted by Christina Temple on Tue, Dec 5, 2017

For this Western Hills lower level remodel, the homeowners were looking to create a multi-functional basement that allowed for various types of leisure and entertaining. Their goal was to have pockets of rooms that functioned well together, but for each to have a specific purpose, maximizing the usability of the existing square footage. The homeowners’ wish list included space for a game room with a pool table, den, wet bar, home office, and a full bathroom. The blank slate of the basement provided an opportunity to explore a mix of traditional design to match the homeowners’ furnishings, and a transitional feel that would capture a more casual, relaxed feel in the areas their guests would gather.

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Topics: Lower Level

3 Ways to Collect Remodeling Design Ideas

Posted by Steve Hendy on Tue, Nov 28, 2017

Updated: 11/28/17 | Original Post: 11/1/16

Any home remodeling project begins with ideas. Before you sit down with a contractor or designer it helps to have some idea of what you want to do. There was a time when you could put together a list and some simple rough sketches to initiate a meeting with a building professional, but today there is a wealth of information available to use in your planning process to more clearly define your objectives and plan a budget. Here are three ways to collect and organize remodeling design ideas for your project:

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Home Remodeling

Winter Home Maintenance Checklist

Posted by Kevin Dunn on Tue, Nov 21, 2017

Original Post: 10/13/2016 | Updated: 11/21/17

As we head into the coldest months of the year, now is a good time to take care of the last-minute maintenance tasks that will help ensure that your home is prepared for all that winter has in store for it. The biggest priority for your home is to make sure that you don't find yourself needing to handle major repairs or problems when the weather is at its worst. Keep reading for a winter home maintenance checklist of what to look into.

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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 14, 2017

Original Post 11/10/2015 | Updated 11/14/2017

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 to make your kitchen holiday party ready.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens

Project Spotlight: Shaker Style Kitchen Remodel

Posted by Frank Kuhlmeier on Tue, Nov 7, 2017

The goal of this Western Hills residential kitchen remodel was to create an open flow between the kitchen and the living areas beyond. The homeowners were also ready to get away from the white cabinetry to a design with a richer color and texture. A better working triangle was also a goal, in addition to making a kitchen that felt welcoming while still providing ample space for completing tasks.

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Topics: Kitchens

Kitchen Range Hood Design

Posted by Connie Hampton, CKD on Tue, Oct 24, 2017

There are a lot of pre-made range hoods on the market, and each brings its own style to your space. It can also be the case that a custom solution captures the character and style of the kitchen remodel better than any out-of-the-box option. Working with a designer to find the right kitchen range hood design can be a rewarding check off of your new kitchen, so it's important to understand the various questions that will come up. Here we outline 4 things to consider when looking at kitchen hoods.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens

5 Dramatic Before & After Baths

Posted by Michael Henson on Tue, Oct 17, 2017

Remodeling a bathroom is a great way to instantly improve a home. There's something rewarding about having a fresh, new private space that feels like a luxury no matter what the budget was. A bath redesign is a great opportunity to rework the functionality of your space to match your current needs and lifestyle, and can be a great way to add your own character and style to your home. Here are 5 dramatic before and after baths remodeled recently for your inspiration.

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Topics: Bathrooms

Interior Stonework Design Ideas

Posted by Frank Kuhlmeier on Tue, Oct 10, 2017

Updated: 10/10/17 | Original Post: 6/14/16

Using stone as an accent inside the home is a popular design choice. That natural look and texture of stone juxtaposed with interior decor creates a casual look, but also injects the timelessness of a rustic architectural statement. It's not a one-size-fits-all option, however, and there are several ways to apply it that can drastically change the finished look from one option to the next. Here are some interior stonework design ideas you should know when choosing interior stonework for your home.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Lower Level, Fireplaces

Project Spotlight: Contemporary Craftsman Kitchen in Montgomery

Posted by Frank Kuhlmeier on Tue, Oct 3, 2017

When your tastes favor a contemporary look, a traditional, simple, brown kitchen can almost feel like someone else’s home was grafted onto yours. That’s how the homeowner of this Montgomery Contemporary Craftsman kitchen felt before swapping the cabinets out for a new crisp white space in this remodel.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens

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