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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: Kitchens, Bathrooms, Design Trends and Ideas

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: Design Trends and Ideas, Outdoor Living

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

Interior Stonework Design Ideas

Posted by Frank Kuhlmeier on Tue, Jun 14, 2016

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.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Lower Level, Fireplaces

Planning Ahead for Your Outdoor Projects

Posted by Frank Kuhlmeier on Tue, Mar 22, 2016

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.

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Topics: Outdoor Living, Design Trends and Ideas

5 Ideas for Improving Curb Appeal

Posted by Frank Kuhlmeier on Tue, Aug 18, 2015

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.

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Topics: Outdoor Living, Home Remodeling, Design-Build

Project Spotlight: Casual Cottage Kitchen Remodel

Posted by Frank Kuhlmeier on Tue, May 5, 2015

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.

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Topics: Project Spotlight, Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens

Project Spotlight: Tuscan-Inspired Kitchen Remodel

Posted by Frank Kuhlmeier on Tue, Apr 7, 2015

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.

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Topics: Project Spotlight, Kitchens

Project Spotlight: Japanese-Inspired Contemporary Bathroom

Posted by Frank Kuhlmeier on Tue, Dec 9, 2014

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.

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Topics: Project Spotlight, Bathrooms

4 Wine Storage Ideas

Posted by Frank Kuhlmeier on Tue, Dec 2, 2014

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.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Lower Level, Kitchens


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