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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

Project Spotlight: Stunning Outdoor Living Retreat

Posted by Alan Hendy on Tue, Sep 3, 2013


If you’re planning a remodeling project, you’ve probably spent some time browsing through “Before” and “After” photos of projects other people have done. It’s helpful to see how spaces can be transformed. This month we are introducing a new feature to our blog, “Project Spotlight”, where we will show before and after photos of recent projects and provide details, including a discussion of the homeowners’ objectives and designs we created to help them achieve their objectives.

This month’s project features a stunning outdoor living space. The owners of this beautiful home love both nature and entertaining. They envisioned an “outdoor room” that could be a quiet year-round retreat as well as a place to host parties and entertain guests.

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Topics: Outdoor Living, Project Spotlight, Fireplaces

4 Things to Know About Kitchen Tile Design

Posted by Alan Hendy on Tue, Jul 30, 2013

A kitchen tile backsplash is often a focal point in the room and complements cabinetry and appliances. A tile backsplash is an architectural element that defines the décor style of a kitchen i.e., contemporary, traditional, country, cottage, Mission, Country French, Art Deco, Retro, Tuscan, Asian, Southwestern or transitional. Tile is also used for kitchen flooring and counter surfaces.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens

8 Great Design Ideas for Outdoor Living Spaces

Posted by Alan Hendy on Tue, May 7, 2013


In our climate, summers are great! If you want to take full advantage of sultry 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