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Project Spotlight: Kitchen Remodel in Morrow

Posted by Frank Kuhlmeier on Tue, Jan 2, 2018

The homeowners’ goals with this remodel were to update the look of the kitchen to better reflect the style of the home and their personal style preferences. Creating better flow and improving the functionality of the working triangle were important considerations as well. The new kitchen needed to handle the homeowners’ needs in daily life, and their entertaining needs. The remodeled space needed to accommodate parties, particularly focused on cooking. The homeowners also desired more closed storage to alleviate the cluttered look of glass-fronted cabinets. This project is a 2018 Local Contractor of the Year Residential Kitchen winner.

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Topics: Kitchens

Project Spotlight: Shaker Style Kitchen Remodel

Posted by Frank Kuhlmeier on Tue, Nov 7, 2017

The goal of this Western Hills residential kitchen remodel was to create an open flow between the kitchen and the living areas beyond. The homeowners were also ready to get away from the white cabinetry to a design with a richer color and texture. A better working triangle was also a goal, in addition to making a kitchen that felt welcoming while still providing ample space for completing tasks.

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Topics: Kitchens

Interior Stonework Design Ideas

Posted by Frank Kuhlmeier on Tue, Oct 10, 2017

Updated: 10/10/17 | Original Post: 6/14/16

Using stone as an accent inside the home is a popular design choice. That natural look and texture of stone juxtaposed with interior decor creates a casual look, but also injects the timelessness of a rustic architectural statement. It's not a one-size-fits-all option, however, and there are several ways to apply it that can drastically change the finished look from one option to the next. Here are some interior stonework design ideas you should know when choosing interior stonework for your home.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Lower Level, Fireplaces

Project Spotlight: Contemporary Craftsman Kitchen in Montgomery

Posted by Frank Kuhlmeier on Tue, Oct 3, 2017

When your tastes favor a contemporary look, a traditional, simple, brown kitchen can almost feel like someone else’s home was grafted onto yours. That’s how the homeowner of this Montgomery Contemporary Craftsman kitchen felt before swapping the cabinets out for a new crisp white space in this remodel.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens

Project Spotlight: Contemporary Kitchen Remodel in Older Hyde Park Home

Posted by Frank Kuhlmeier on Tue, Jul 4, 2017

This Hyde Park home was built in the 1920’s, and the kitchen had not yet undergone a major revision. Typical with older homes, the walls and floors were not level. In order to create the new kitchen, the entire space was gutted and rebuilt. Shifting the floor plan around in this kitchen remodel was the key to gaining a better traffic flow and more space in general. After that, the kitchen was given a face lift with modern selections. The new contemporary kitchen remodel is now an impressively functional space in addition to being beautifully appointed with a contemporary touch.

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Topics: Project Spotlight, Kitchens

Project Spotlight: A Whole House Transformation in Western Hills

Posted by Frank Kuhlmeier on Tue, May 2, 2017

Sometimes a project comes along that we just can't pass up. In the case of this home remodel in Western Hills, the house in question had been built by Neal's back in the 80's. As our modern lives have changed, so too has the way the house needed to function, and so we were given the rare opportunity to improve our own past work to bring new function and beauty to the house for a new era.

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Topics: Project Spotlight, Design Trends and Ideas, Bathrooms, Kitchens

5 Ideas for Improving Your Home's Curb Appeal

Posted by Frank Kuhlmeier on Tue, Apr 25, 2017

Original Post 8/18/2015 Updated 4/25/2017

There are hundreds of factors that go into the curb appeal of any given home. Style of the neighborhood, look of the home, taste of the homeowner, size of the yard or home, color, budget, climate... the list goes on. While there's no easy "curb appeal formula" that can be applied across the board, there are some standard things that factor into curb appeal for any home.

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Topics: Outdoor Living, Design Trends and Ideas, Home Remodeling

Remodeling Older Homes with Contemporary or Traditional Designs

Posted by Frank Kuhlmeier on Tue, Feb 14, 2017

When it comes to remodeling older homes (those older the 75 years), there's often more to the process than simple swapping out old for new. Since our home construction methods have changed, both for safety reasons and because we've generally improved materials and techniques, starting a renovation on an older home has the potential of opening a can of worms. Even if everyone is prepared for the chance that the remodel will reveal major issues, the challenges of remodeling an older home continue in the design phase.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Bathrooms, Kitchens

Outdoor Living Ideas for Sloped or Challenging Yards

Posted by Frank Kuhlmeier on Tue, Aug 16, 2016

Depending on the local landscape of your neighborhood, you may have plenty of flat space to work with, or as in the case of the projects below, the space available to improve your yard poses some type of challenge. Whether you have a hill right off the back door or need to work inside an established footprint, there's a solution to any challenge.

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Topics: Outdoor Living, Design Trends and Ideas

5 Eclectic Kitchen Design Ideas

Posted by Frank Kuhlmeier on Tue, Jun 28, 2016

It's a definite in the design world that strict adherence to a single design style just won't work for some homes and some homeowners. It's these instances when the all-encompassing "eclectic" look is a great solution. Defined by not really being definable, the eclectic kitchen is one where styles intermingle. The difficultly with eclectic kitchens is that, without some boundaries, things can start to get out of hand. Without some guidelines, eclectic can easily turn into cluttered and uncomposed. To avoid that fate, here are 5 eclectic kitchen design ideas for creating balance in your kitchen. The kitchen featured here is a 2013 NARI Local Contractor of the Year Residential Kitchen winner. To see more photos of this project, click here.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens

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