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10 Hardscape Design Ideas for Gardens

Posted by Alan Hendy on Mon, Jun 15, 2020

Though gardens are primarily composed of plants, they can be enhanced with additional features like pathways, retaining wall or structures. Non-plant landscaping elements are referred to as hardscaping, since most of these features are composed of hard materials such as stone or concrete. Hardscaping serves as a framework around which gardens can be arranged, separating planting areas, offering connections between different garden plots, or helping to pull an all-over yard landscape together. Though a hardscape isn't necessary for a beautiful garden, it may be worth considering.  See how different hardscape design ideas were used in our outdoor living projects to inspire using the additional elements in your landscape to help your yard feel more put together and usable. 

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Topics: Outdoor Living, Design Trends and Ideas

Smart Home Technology

Posted by Alan Hendy on Tue, May 19, 2020

With "always-on" mobile technology already helping us organize our time and entertain ourselves, it makes sense that we should look to our homes to provide the same kind of on-demand possibilities. We might still be a few decades away from the types of high-tech, futuristic home technology portrayed in the movies these days, but smart home technology has certainly come into its own in the past few years. 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: Home Remodeling

15 Creative Basement Remodel Ideas and Designs

Posted by Alan Hendy on Tue, Feb 18, 2020

For many homeowners, having a home with a basement is like winning the square footage jackpot. This space, whether it's already finished or not, offers an entire category of possibilities that are often separate from the needs of the home above. Whether the basement is a lower level walk-out with easy access to the exterior, or if it has few windows and a lower ceiling, there are many tasks that it can be designed to accommodate. Options for a basement remodel include considerations for entertaining, family hang outs, storage, home office space, laundry rooms, and home gyms. Keep reading for great ideas from our local basement remodeling projects to inspire you in your basement redesign.

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Topics: Lower Level

How to Plan a Kitchen Remodeling Project (Free Guide)

Posted by Alan Hendy on Tue, Jan 21, 2020

Over the years we have worked with homeowners across the Greater Cincinnati region with designing and remodeling kitchens of all styles and sizes. The kitchen is the heart of the home. It is the place not only for preparing meals, but where family and guests tend to gather to enjoy each other’s company. Kitchens are special and important places.


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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens, Cost vs. Value

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