Neal's Home Remodeling and Design Blog

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

How to Determine Your Home Design Style

Posted by Christina Temple on Tue, Sep 26, 2017

Do a Google search for "find my design style", and you'll find a plethora of style quizzes. Most of them ask you seemingly random questions that will either hit your style spot on, or be humorously off the mark. While these quizzes can be a fun pit stop on the way to remodeling your home, understanding what style preferences you have isn't something you should leave in the hands of an internet quiz. Fortunately, there are some key places to look and questions to ask that can get you the answer a lot more accurately.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas

6 Traditional Design Elements for Kitchens

Posted by Connie Hampton, CKD on Tue, Sep 19, 2017

Updated 9/19/2017 | Original Post: 10/21/2014

Traditional-style kitchens are sophisticated and classic. Traditional design incorporates architectural features from the European Old World countries, Mexico and colonial America. Elegant craftsmanship, embellishments and refined details are important. If you love the look of a traditional home, here are six traditional design elements for kitchens to consider in planning a kitchen remodeling project.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens

Trends in Smart Home Automation

Posted by Eric Hertzfeld on Tue, Sep 12, 2017

With all the technology already integrated into our daily lives and routines, it's no wonder that smart home systems are rapidly becoming a wish list item for many homeowners. The ability to control the way our homes operate through intuitive and innovative apps or interfaces can have a positive impact on many areas of our lives and the ways in which we use our houses. Keep reading for some of the ways smart home automation can be added to your home.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Lighting

Project Spotlight: Stylish Dual Master Baths & Walk-In Closet

Posted by Steve Hendy on Tue, Sep 5, 2017

Mixing traditional style with a rock-n-roll attitude, this Indian Hill remodel brought a cohesive and eye-catching design to four separate spaces, turning the master suite into an enviable destination in the home. Bold but curated selections in tile, counters, and hardware work in tandem with the classic and traditional bones of the cabinetry. This project encompasses dual master baths, a walk-in closet & dressing room, an a hallway that connects the spaces and adds additional closet storage.

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Topics: Bathrooms

Walk-in Shower Design Ideas [Free Guide]

Posted by Michael Henson on Tue, Aug 29, 2017

Post updated: 8/29/2017

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.

Our free 15-page guide includes design ideas and remodeling suggestions to help you plan your project. Here are some of the things you will find in the guide:

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Topics: Bathrooms, Walk-In Showers

Creating an Outdoor Living Space for Year-Round Use

Posted by Neal R. Hendy on Tue, Aug 22, 2017

When you invest in an outdoor living space, one large consideration is the bang you'll get for your buck throughout the year and the changing weather. Southwestern Ohio and the surrounding areas experience a wide range of seasonal weather patterns, and the thought of putting your budget into something you'll only get to use 4 months out the year can turn many homeowners off. The good news is that there are ways around that with some clever designs and helpful products.

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Topics: Outdoor Living

6 Tips for Creating a Functional Laundry Room

Posted by Cyndi Kohler on Tue, Aug 15, 2017

Updated 8/14/17 | Original Post 9/18/2012

Laundry is one of the essential chores we all do, and a well-designed laundry room is an asset in any home. In the past, the basements seemed to be the perfect spot to hook up a washer and dryer. The mechanical considerations were easily handled, but the inconvenience of dragging everything downstairs (and back up again) never quite made those considerations feel worth it. Today, homeowners are creating laundry spaces that better meet their needs on any floor of their home. Careful planning, prioritizing efficiency, and regular maintenance now allow for many more possibilities. Here are 6 tips for designing a functional laundry room.

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Topics: Laundry Rooms, Lighting, Storage