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Project Spotlight: Laundry Room in Symmes Township

Posted by Cyndi Kohler on Tue, Jul 31, 2018

An awkwardly large laundry room in this Symmes Township home was a great opportunity to create a functional space with unique amenities.

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Topics: Laundry Rooms

6 Kitchen & Bathroom Countertop Options

Posted by Cyndi Kohler on Tue, Jul 10, 2018

Your choice of countertop material for your kitchen or bathroom is a key element to creating the design and style of your space. There are many types of counter surfaces to chose from (and many color and style options within each), so it can be a bit of an overwhelming decision. It's helpful to know the popular materials and their properties, so we've outlined the 6 most common options below to get your started.

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Topics: Bathrooms, Kitchens, Countertops

The 4 Basic Kitchen Floor Plan Designs

Posted by Cyndi Kohler on Tue, May 15, 2018

Most kitchen floor plans take into account the relationship of the sink, cooktop and refrigerator- the three components that make the kitchen a useful space. Designers refer to this as the "working triangle". In order to create a functional kitchen, it's important to understand which triangle configuration works best in the space. What we find is that most kitchens end up fitting into one of four basic floor plan designs. Every home is different, so the details and exact arrangement will always be a bit unique, but starting with the basics is a great way to see the potential for your kitchen remodel. Here, we take a look at each.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens

Backsplash Options for Your Kitchen

Posted by Cyndi Kohler on Tue, Mar 20, 2018

Updated: 3/20/18 | Original post: 3/24/15

The backsplash brings out the personality of a kitchen. Choosing a backsplash for your kitchen is a great way to show off your style. Backsplash styles and materials range from sweet and simple, to elegant and elaborate to coordinate with your tastes. It can naturally tie a design together or become a stunning focal point. If you need help narrowing down some tile design ideas, or just with finding a place to start, keep reading for backsplash options for your kitchen.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens

Project Spotlight: Master Bath in Western Hills

Posted by Cyndi Kohler on Tue, Feb 6, 2018

Updating the layout was the focus of this master bath in Western Hills master bathroom remodeling project. The chopped up bathroom in the original design was disorganized and cramped, and the look and finishes were tired and dated. The new design starts with a reworked floor plan that makes better use of the available space. Then, a fresh color scheme and several timeless features brings the new master bath into the modern era.

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7 Ways to Make Your Kitchen Holiday Party-Ready

Posted by Cyndi Kohler on Tue, Nov 14, 2017

Original Post 11/10/2015 | Updated 11/14/2017

Time and again we see that the kitchen is the heart of the home. So as we near the holiday party season, you may be looking at your kitchen and wondering how it can work better when you're the host. Entertaining comes with its own set of challenges and needs, and if you have guests over often, it may be worth while to adjust the form and function of your kitchen to account for a crowd rather than simply for your immediate family. The seven ideas below are some great things to consider to make your kitchen holiday party ready.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens

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

The 4 Basic Kitchen Floor Plan Designs

Posted by Cyndi Kohler on Tue, Jun 27, 2017

Functional kitchens are based on the relationship of the sink, cooktop and refrigerator- the three components that make the kitchen a useful space. Designers refer to this as the "working triangle". In order to create a working triangle it's important to think about the layout of the entire kitchen, and explore the possible locations for each of the three elements. What we find is that the majority of kitchens with a triangle that works out well for the space end up falling into one of four basic kitchen floor plan designs. Every home is different, so the details and exact arrangement will always be a bit unique, but starting with the basics is a great way to see the potential for your kitchen remodel. Here, we take a look at each.
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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens

New Trends in Kitchen Products 2017

Posted by Cyndi Kohler on Tue, Mar 21, 2017

The newest and best design trends in kitchen products in 2017 were recently debuted at the annual Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS). For over 50 years, KBIS has showcased the latest industry products, trends and technologies. We've picked some of our favorite products from this year's show for you to consider for your kitchen.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens

Islands and Peninsulas in the Kitchen

Posted by Cyndi Kohler on Tue, Feb 21, 2017

Original Post 3/31/2015 Updated 2/21/2017

The addition of an island or peninsula to your kitchen is a great way to maximize space. Additional storage space, work surface, and space for seating are all welcome enhancements that can come with the inclusion of either feature. The possibilities for design, function and layout are nearly endless, including the potential for universal design considerations, making it easy to find an island or peninsula that perfectly suits your needs.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens

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