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5 Practical Ideas for Remodeling or Adding a Family Room

Posted by Frank Kuhlmeier on Mon, Jun 8, 2020

Family rooms have evolved over the years. The concept was first introduced in the 40's, but didn't really come into vogue until dens were included in home designs along with the wider-spread ownership of television sets which homeowners didn't want in their formal sitting rooms. In the 1990s, family rooms were included in many new home designs as a "great room" that combined the kitchen, dining room and family room as one open space- a home design style that's still being used in newly built homes. Today's family rooms are designed according to the lifestyle needs of modern homeowners. A family room can be located in a central area of a house but also on a second story or basement, ideal for homes in which there is limited space for a family room on the main floor. Homeowners are also building home additions to provide space for new dens or family rooms. Often a family room addition will be built off a kitchen to create an open and functional space for the family and guests.

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Topics: Lower Level, Home Remodeling, Lighting, Storage

3 Things to Consider in Outdoor Living Design

Posted by Frank Kuhlmeier on Tue, Apr 21, 2020

With the days getting warmer and our desire to spend more time outside growing stronger, it would be no surprise if an outdoor living remodel is on your mind. For many homeowners, a backyard transformation is often based on a full wish list of features that encompass wanting a fun and relaxing space for the family and an inviting setting for entertaining. We spoke with Kevin Werbrich of Werbrich's Landscaping about outdoor living projects, and here are three often overlooked things he says you may want to consider.

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Topics: Outdoor Living

5 Ideas to Inspire Your Fireplace Remodel

Posted by Frank Kuhlmeier on Tue, Nov 26, 2019

A fireplace in the home is a feature that adds comfort and a ready-made focal point. There are many different styles and types of fireplaces, so there's one for every home, budget and need. When you're considering remodeling a fireplace or adding a new fireplace, the wide range of options can make it hard to know exactly what might be right for your space. Below, we've found 5 distinct fireplaces from our projects to highlight 5 very different styles to help you envision what might be possible and right for the fireplace in your home.

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Topics: Fireplaces

Project Spotlight: Scandinavian-Influenced Kitchen in Indian Hill

Posted by Frank Kuhlmeier on Tue, Nov 5, 2019

With a balanced mix of relaxed Scandinavian style and details typical of traditional design, this remodeled kitchen in Indian Hill is a casual and welcoming space with a lot of interesting elements. With the large kitchen space to work within, the new design took advantage of plenty of opportunities to explore its unique style direction. 

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Topics: Project Spotlight, Kitchens

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