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3 Keys to Upgrading Your Outdoor Living Space

Posted by Alan Hendy on Tue, May 22, 2018

Enjoy your yard more with clever and stylish updates.

The principle idea of outdoor living is to extend the usefulness of your property by providing functional and comfortable areas outside of the house. While some homes come with great outdoor areas already, often these lawns, porches and patios don't account for the specific ways you and your family want to interact with your outside space. Below, we've highlighted a few of our favorite outdoor living considerations to show how personalizing your yard can improve your home's outdoor living areas.

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Topics: Outdoor Living

Integrated Interior Cabinet Lighting

Posted by Alan Hendy on Tue, Feb 20, 2018

A trend captivating homeowners this year is integrated interior cabinet lighting. While in-cabinet lighting isn't new, it used to take special electrical work (with the added cost) to install, and therefore hasn't been on the radar of most homeowners until recent years. Now, cabinet makers are designing with interior lighting in mind from the start. With this advancement, the benefits of integrated lighting make it something worth considering for the modern remodel.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Lighting

8 Awesome Basement Remodeling Design Ideas

Posted by Alan Hendy on Tue, Jul 18, 2017

Updated: 7/11/17 | Original Post: 4/16/2013

Gone are the days of paneled walls, suspended ceilings, glaring florescent lights, remnants of linoleum and felted rugs. The basement has become an extension of the home's livable space. Homeowners now get creative with their basement remodeling by adding features that reflect their interests and lifestyles in ways that may be too difficult (or simply "too much") on the main floors of the house. If you’re looking for basement remodeling design ideas to transform your lower level into prime living space with character, here are a few we recommend considering.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Lower Level

Remodel Projects with a View

Posted by Alan Hendy on Tue, Jun 13, 2017

The Greater Cincinnati region has several neighborhoods with scenic views. Not every home was built to capture them, however. As we've remodeled around the area, we've had the chance to maximize how much a home takes advantage of the landscape around them. Here are a few photos and design ideas of our favorite remodel projects with a view.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Additions

8 Great Design Ideas for Outdoor Living Spaces

Posted by Alan Hendy on Tue, May 16, 2017

Original post 5/7/2013 | Updated 05/16/2017

In our climate, summers are great! If you want to take full advantage of warm days, why not vacation at home by creating an outdoor living space for all the activities you enjoy? Add a patio for relaxing, a pool to cool down on a hot day or an outdoor kitchen for entertaining. An outdoor fireplace and hot tub can be a perfect setting for a romantic evening or a place where the family can roast marshmallows and warm up the kids after a swim. A screened porch is an ideal spot to read a book or enjoy a summer’s eve with family and friends.

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Topics: Outdoor Living, Fireplaces

8 Questions to Ask a Remodeling Contractor

Posted by Alan Hendy on Tue, Nov 29, 2016

When it's time to move your remodeling plan from just a vague idea to a real project, one of the first steps is to locate a trustworthy general contractor, or a full-service design/build contractor such as Neal's. Not all contractors are the same, and not all are going to provide the same level of project management, quality, and planning, for a variety of reasons. To make sure that the contractor you select has your and your project's best interests in mind, it's a good idea to ask every contractor you are considering a standard set of vetting questions. Read on for the eight questions you don't want to leave out.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Home Remodeling, Hiring a Contractor, National Kitchen and Bath Association

6 Before & After Home Addition Projects

Posted by Alan Hendy on Tue, Sep 27, 2016

Home additions can achieve a few different things. The obvious is that an addition provides additional square footage to the year-round living areas of the home. On the exterior, an addition can facilitate architectural improvements to the home's look, enhancing the home's design or style. Inside, additions can become a catalyst for altering an interior layout in nearby rooms or hallways that may have been less than ideal. In this post, we'll take a look at 6 before and after addition transitions that accomplished one or more of those things.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Additions

Project Spotlight: A Tailored Kitchen Remodel

Posted by Alan Hendy on Tue, Jul 5, 2016

Sometimes a kitchen can look like it is working just fine, but under the surface there are issues that the homeowner can easily detail for you. This was one such project. Under-utilized spaces, inefficient details, and dark cabinetry with no personality were just a few of the issues.

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Topics: Project Spotlight, Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens

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: 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

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