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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

6 Elements of a Craftsman Style Kitchen

Posted by Alan Hendy on Tue, Sep 8, 2015


Craftsman style is known for warm, earthy colors, well-crafted woodwork, and artistic details, as seen in this kitchen by Wood-Mode Cabinetry.

There are very few architectural styles in America as pervasive as Craftsman. Also referred to as Arts & Crafts, Mission, or bungalow style depending on where you are, Craftsman architecture, grew out of a European movement that challenged the ornate frivolity of Victorian style at the end of the 19th century. By 1905, the movement had taken a firm root in America, and influenced architects and designers, as well as home decor artisans like Cincinnati's own Rookwood Pottery. Read on for a look at how a Craftsman look can be achieved in the most important space in your home- the kitchen.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens

2015 Designer Trends in Bars, Entertainment & Dining Room Displays

Posted by Alan Hendy on Tue, May 12, 2015

In 2015 while visiting The Merchandise Mart in Chicago, our designers have taken note of three exciting trends they believe are worth keeping an eye on. While these trends all fall under the category of "cabinetry", their applications extend into more than just a row of cupboards in the kitchen. Bar design, living room entertainment centers, dining room display, and more, are all areas of the home that these new designer trends might find a place.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Home Remodeling, Kitchens, Lighting, Storage

Project Spotlight: A Private Retreat

Posted by Alan Hendy on Tue, Mar 3, 2015

A narrow, sloped swath between the brick home and a rustic forested area made up the whole of the homeowner’s back yard. While they loved the open view, they also desired to improve the livability of the area by introducing a covered structure for year-round outdoor living. The project offered a number of challenges, but for the homeowners, maintaining their view, improving their privacy, and creating a comfortable space were the goals that mattered the most.

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Topics: Outdoor Living, Project Spotlight

Project Spotlight: Old-World Kitchen

Posted by Alan Hendy on Tue, Jan 6, 2015

While relatively spacious, the original area in this Project Spotlight did not allow for much ease and flow when entertaining, especially near the island area. The clients desired a more open space that combined the kitchen and dining room, more natural light, and attention to carpentry details. The result is a new kitchen with a dramatic old-world quality.

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Topics: Project Spotlight, Kitchens

Outdoor Living: Creative Ideas for Enjoying Cool Days and Nights

Posted by Alan Hendy on Tue, Sep 30, 2014

The fall season is upon us. Leaves are changing color and we’re seeing changes in the gardens and landscapes of our homes. Fall is an exciting time and conjures up images of apples, pumpkins, warm food, hot beverages and, for many of us, football games. Cooler temperatures change the many ways we use outdoor living spaces. Here are several creative ideas to help you enjoy more outdoor living time during the cool days and nights that are ahead.

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Topics: Outdoor Living, Fireplaces

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

10 Hardscape Design Ideas for Gardens

Posted by Alan Hendy on Tue, Apr 22, 2014

Hardscapes serve as the foundation for garden plantings and range from stone edging and pathways to architectural structures designed for shade, shelter and outdoor living.

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Topics: Outdoor Living, Design Trends and Ideas

How to Select Products for Your Kitchen Remodeling Project [Free Guide]

Posted by Alan Hendy on Tue, Feb 18, 2014

We are very pleased to introduce a new resource to assist homeowners in planning a kitchen remodeling project. “How to Select Products for Your Kitchen Remodeling Project” takes you step-by-step to learn about the many products and choices that will define the look and function of your new kitchen. This is our second kitchen remodeling guide, which complements our original guide "How to Plan Your Kitchen Remodeling Project."

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens, Countertops

Project Spotlight: Backyard Retreat with Lagoon-Style Pool

Posted by Alan Hendy on Tue, Dec 3, 2013

There’s no place like home and more people are opting for “staycations” by creating personal backyard retreats. If you have a family with school age children, are a “Baby Boomer” with adult kids and grandchildren or are a person who loves their home, a yard with amenities such as a pool, hot tub, outdoor cooking area, firepit, outdoor fireplace, foot paths and gardens is a delightful haven. The best part is that it’s just outside your back door.

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Topics: Outdoor Living, Project Spotlight, Design Trends and Ideas, Lighting

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