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.Read More
Neal's Home Remodeling and Design Blog
Using stone as accents inside the home is a design option we've seen a fair amount of in our 40+ years of remodeling experience. That natural look and texture juxtaposed with interior decor creates a casual look, but also injects the timelessness of a rustic architectural statement. It's not, however, a one-size-fits-all option, and there are several ways you can go that can drastically change the finished look from one option to the next. Here are the things you should know when choosing interior stonework for your home.Read More
Making the decision to remodel the exterior spaces around your home takes a different type of planning and patience than interior remodels. Added to budget, style and material considerations are a host of unforeseeable's and variables that, if not accounted for, can quickly delay or derail your project. Even before the first shovel goes in the ground, it's important to assess all the aspects of your outdoor project, and to ask some very critical questions.Read More
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, 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.Read More
High on the list of priorities for this 1800’s cottage-style home was a cozier kitchen with the feeling that the space had been added to over time. Furniture-style details and a carefully curated selection of colors and finishes create a casual living space with all the comforts of a modern kitchen.Read More
For this Tuscan-inspired space functionality was the top priority, but Neal's Designer Connie Hampton, CKD, was challenged to create function without sacrifying aesthetics. The result is a beautiful space that works naturally with the homeowners habits and needs. This kitchen took home second place in the Southern Ohio/Kentucky chapter of the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s (NKBA) Kitchen Design Competition.Read More
This Project Spotlight master bathroom had the advantage of size, but excelled at little else. The original space felt dark, dreary and dated. The shower was difficult to keep clean, and the whole space needed an injection of style and function. The solution came in seeing the space transformed into a contemporary bathroom inspired by the fusion of modern and traditional Japanese design.Read More
There are many great, functional ways to store and display your wine. Wine storage ideas range from stand-alone temperature controlled units to convenient sliding cabinet storage. We’ve provided some ideas that Cincinnati locals have used in their own homes to inspire you.Read More
This month’s Project Spotlight features a major home addition for an active family of five. They enjoy the neighborhood where they live but it was time to add more space to their home. They needed an area for gathering and entertaining, and they wanted to expand the kitchen, garage and an entryway.
Curb appeal is important to any home. The exterior of your home sets the stage for welcoming guests and, if you’re planning to sell your home, attracting buyers. Entryways should be functional and practical. A covered entryway provides protection from the elements. A front porch can provide outdoor living space and a pleasant place to relax on warm summer evenings.